Global Champaign Day, Wild Food Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
October 28, 2013


(In case you were wondering….)

★~  Today’s Quote:  “Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.”  ― Bill Gates

★~ Global Champaign Day: 


Pop open a bottle of the  bubbly, and celebrate Champagnes awesomeness. Can’t we all use a little more sparkle in our lives? Cheers to my Sister and Law and Brother in Law!

★~ Wild Foods Day:

wild foods

Walk on the wild side today and gather wild plants, fruits, and vegetables for tonight’s dinner.  There are wild food safaris that you can sign up for that will teach you how to forge for your own food or you can just hunt for your car keys and take a ride over to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s and gather greens, mushrooms, roots, fruits, berries, vegetables flowers, into your cart. Take them home and graze to your hearts content.

★~ Today in History:

Rhoda Morgenstern

♥~ 1950 – Jack Benny took his well-known radio show [on radio for 20 years] to television. The show aired for 15 years.

♥~ 1965 – The Gateway Arch (630ft/192m high), St. Louis, Missouri, was completed. Construction had begun Feb 12, 1963.

♥~ 1974 – 51-million viewers attended the TV wedding of Rhoda Morgenstern and wrecking company owner Joe Gerard. For years, Rhoda had searched unsuccessfully for a husband on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in Minneapolis, but found one almost immediately on her own series in New York.

♥~ 1986 – The  Neiman-Marcus catalogue offered, a unique holiday gift, a 100-year subscription to The Wall Street Journal — for just $6,000. That was a $5,400 saving over the regular 100-year rate!

♥~ 2002 – A Turkish man with four wives and 50 children announced he didn’t want any more kids. Sirin Yavuz fathered 14 children with his first wife, 12 with the second, 14 with the third and ten with his fourth. The Istanbul tobacco farmer said he’d had enough.

♥~ 2005 – Elvis Presley topped Forbes magazine’s list of Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities for the fifth successive year, earning $45 million in royalties. Elvis was followed by Charles M. Schulz ($35M), John Lennon ($22M), Andy Warhol ($16M), and Dr. Seuss ($10M).

♥~ 2006 – Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Still the Same… Great Rock Classics of our Time’ the singers fifth US No.1 album.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1897 – Edith Head  was an American costume designer who won eight Academy Awards, more than any other woman. The record-breaking Oscar winner was a key part of Alfred Hitchcock’s team, and helped Audrey Hepburn achieve movie immortality. Google honors her birthday today with a Doodle.

♥~ 1942 – Michael (John) Crichton writer: Jurassic Park, Twister, Rising Sun, The Great Train Robbery, The Terminal Man, Disclosure, The Great Impostor, The Secret of Canta Victoria, Congo; director: Runaway, Coma, Westworld, The Great Train Robbery; died Nov 4, 2008

♥~ 1952 – Annie Potts actress: Designing Women, Love & War, Goodtime Girls, Breaking the Rules, Who’s Harry Crumb?, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Ghost Busters series

♥~ 1955 – Bill Gates (William H. Gates) computer software mogul, 2nd richest man in the world (behind Charlos Slim Helu-Mexico) ahead of Warren Buffett by 6 billion (Forbes-March 2011)

♥~ 1963 – Lauren Holly actress: Dumb & Dumber, All My Children, A Smile Like Yours, Picket Fences, Down Periscope, Chicago Hope, Any Given Sunday, What Women Want; Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

♥~ 1967 – Julia Roberts Academy Award-winning actress: Erin Brockovich [2000]; Pretty Woman, Mystic Pizza, Steel Magnolias, Dying Young, Hook, The Pelican Brief, I Love Trouble, Mary Reilly, Blood Red, Flatliners, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Conspiracy Theory, Runaway Bride, Ocean’s Eleven

★~ Good to Know: Bill Gates Mansion


♥~ The mansion took seven years to building and cost $63M.

♥~ The swimming pool runs 60-feet-long and includes underwater music system. A locker room has four showers and two baths.

♥~  The dining room is 1,000 square-feet large.

♥~ When a guest arrives, they are given a pin that interacts with sensors in each room in the house. Depending on their preferences, the temperature, music and lighting will change in the house wherever they are.

♥~ The home is also an “earth-sheltered house,” meaning it uses its natural surroundings as walls for temperature and to reduce heat loss.

♥~ Bill Gates pays $1M a year…on taxes on the house.

♥~  The house has a trampoline room with a 20-foot ceiling. We’re guessing there is a trampoline inside it, but, not confirmed.

♥~ Located somewhere inside the house is Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th-century notebook, the Codex Leicester, which Gates purchased for $30.8 million.

♥~ There are 84 steps down from the entrance to the ground floor. Of course you can always just take the elevator if you’re lazy.

♥~ The 2,300 square-foot reception hall can seat 150 people for dinner or 200 for a cocktail party.

♥~ The house contains 24 bathrooms. Twenty-four. Including ten baths. That is a lot of bathrooms, you guys.

♥~ Speakers are hidden beneath the wallpaper and allow music to follow you from room to room, depending on where you go and who you are.

♥~ The home comes with a 23-car garage. Twenty-three people can drive to his house, get their own parking spot and then use their own bathroom WITH ONE TO SPARE!

♥~ Anyone in the house can “call up” a favorite painting or photograph on $80,000 worth of combination TV-computer screens that is run by several $150,000 computer-storage devices.


Did you see this Halloween Costume? A dad crafted an LED baby stickman costume for his 22 month old toddler. I love clever.


And did I show you this pasta I received as a gift. Isn’t it pretty? It looks good enough to eat, but I think I’ll just put it on a shelf and enjoy admiring it.

pretty pasta

And one last picture.  We made sure out Saucy Aussie Antoinette celebrate an American Halloween before she went home. . . .This is one of my favorite pictures. Cole carved the pumpkin and saucy provide the smile!

Antoniette pumpkin

Wishing you a most merry Monday.I was just kidding Monday doesn’t really hate you!

Odd Loves Company!

11 thoughts on “Global Champaign Day, Wild Food Day

  1. Well what do you know? Bill Gates’ house is magnificent but I still like mine better. Be it ever so humble. 🙂
    Monday seems like it does not love me too much this morning–headachey and sinus junk. Ugh. I wanna go back to Texas……
    Great picture of the Aussie who is back to the grind today back down under, right?
    Hope you have a fabulous Monday!

    • Ok–but what about a staff to go along with your abode? Sorry you aren’t filling spiffy. Hope you improve as the day goes on.
      Yep, our Aussie is back in the classroom. Sheesh that jet lag has to be the worst.

  2. Morno,
    From Beer to Champaign it’s a wonderful life. Gates house is real nice but a little big for me and all that white would be hard to keep up.
    Could I just listen to Springsteen’s song Wild Thing?
    Cool picture of the Aussie.
    Have a good one.

    • Yes, Springsteen will work. I think the house comes with some staff so no worries about having to run the vac or scrub the bathroom tiles. Just don’t spill on the white. . .

  3. Nice contemporary house Gates has there. I’d like being able to hear my type music in any room even underwater. Same with room temp.
    Aussie A looks like a fun person, too! Sure she is planning her next trip abroad already.
    I’ll be wild & eat nuts & berries. Trail mix anyone?
    Good day!

      • Aussie A is very fun. She travels for 5 weeks every 18 months. Uhm, she is a teacher–she accrues the time. Not sure what she will be up to next.
        No. Trail. Mix.

  4. I’ve ridden to the top of the Gateway Arch a couple of times now, and it never fails to impress.

    Champagne Day on a Monday? Who sets these things up, anyway??

    Love the photo of the pumpkin and Antoinette — glad she’s got a keepsake to remember her travels to Chicago.

    Bill Gate’s house is a bit on the too-lavish side for me. Sure, some of the features are pretty cool, but I’d really hate shelling out that much every year on taxes.

    • The Gateway Arch is very impressive. I’ve only been once, but remember it well.
      My BIL/SIL would say everyday is a champaign day.
      The Gates houses taxes are startling, but when you are the 2nd richest man in the world it probably not that big a deal. Love the view and setting.

  5. Loved Bill’s house but all that white with a Doberman probably wouldn’t work all that well.
    I feel like I’m coming down with something but I’m fighting it.

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