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November 30, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. ~ Mark Twain
★~ Small Business Saturday:
A day set aside between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage shoppers to spend their holiday money at local mom-and-pop stores on clothing, jewelry, toys, accessories and other merchandise. American Express,started Small Business Saturday in 2010, to help small retailers during the economic downturn; the NFIB; and the federal Small Business Administration estimate that nearly 70 million customers spent $5.5 billion nationwide last year at small, independent stores during the event. American Express will extend a $10 credit to cardholders who shop at participating retailers.
Small-business owners nationally give back to their communities in some way, be it working with nonprofits, coaching youth sports teams or holding public office, said Ron Aldridge, Mississippi director of the nonprofit nonpartisan National Federation of Independent Business. Today and throughout the holiday season is one way to give back that support.
★~ National Mousse Day:
The secret to great mousse is incorporating air bubbles to give it a light texture. Depending on the amount of air that gets whipped in, it can be thick and creamy or downright fluffy. The base begins with eggs, cream, sugar and whatever way you want to flavor it.
This creamy creation was once only found in French restaurants, but it started appearing on the tables of British and American families in the 1960s. The word mousse itself means “lather” or “foam” in French, which helps explain why you can also tame your hair with mousse – just a different kind.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1931 – The Joy Of Cooking 80th anniversary was self-published by Irma Rombauer (1877–1962). Rombauer was a comforting voice for cooks during the Depression, and the book grew into an institution. The first commercial edition of the book appeared in 1936, and it offered a revolutionary “action format” (chronologically ordered ingredients followed by instructions) now commonplace in cookbooks. The numerous editions overseen by Rombauer and later her daughter and grandson sold more than 14 million copies.
♥~ 1887 – The first softball game was played — in Chicago, IL. The game was really called indoor baseball; it used a broomstick for a bat and a boxing glove for a ball.
♥~ 1985 – The world’s largest beer mug was unveiled by the Selangor Pewter Company of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 6-foot tankard holds 615 gallons.
♥~ 1835 – Samuel Clemens,wrote under the pen names Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, Sergeant Fathom, Rambler, and W. Epaminondas Adrastus Blab but his most famous pen name of them all, and the one we know him best by is Mark Twain. He was born in a log cabin in Florida, Missouri, loved the story of Joan of Arc, and hated the writings of Jane Austen. He once said that every time he read Pride and Prejudice, he wanted to dig up Austen and “beat her over the skull with her own shin bone.” He was as famously cantankerous as he was witty, sometimes referred to as “America’s first stand-up comic.”
♥~ 1874 – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian children’s author, born in Clifton, Prince Edward Island.She wrote more than 500 short stories and poems, and 20 novels. Nineteen of these novels were set on Prince Edward Island, including her first, Anne of Green Gables(1908), about an old farm couple who think they have arranged to adopt a boy to help out with their farm in rural Prince Edward Island, and instead end up with Anne, a spunky red-headed orphan girl
♥~ 1874 – Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, British statesman and the first man to be made an honorary citizen of the US (by an act of Congress, Apr 9, 1963), was born at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England. Dedicated to Britain and total victory over Germany, Churchill as minister of defense and prime minister was a strong leader during WWII. A stirring public speaker, Churchill said upon becoming prime minister in 1940, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
♥~ 1929 – Dick Clark, Producer, TV personality (“American Bandstand”),
♥~ 1955 – Billy Idol (Broad) musician: guitar, singer: Mony, Mony, Eyes Without a Face, Dancing with Myself, White Wedding, Rebel Yell, To Be a Lover, Speed, Cradle of Love; songwriter: Hot in the City
★~ Good to Know: Odds and Ends
♥~ Chicago at its finest – The Chicago Transit Authority is getting into the holiday spirit with the popular Holiday Train! Santa and his elves will ride the train passing out candy canes and season’s greetings.
The spectacular train is an amazing sight – during the daytime and at night. The outside of the six-car train is adorned with holiday seasonal images. Thousands of twinkling lights outline the shape of the train and windows, with even more lights running across the tops of the cars.
Interiors of the cars are decked out with thousands of multi-colored lights, red bows, garland, and red and green overhead lighting. The hand poles are wrapped to look like candy canes.
As the train pulls into each station, Santa waves to the boarding passengers from his sleigh on an open-air flatcar carrying his reindeer and decorated holiday trees.
♥~ “Car-L” meets the lions
♥~ 20 thing we should say more often
♥~ This is Mike, he owns a Golf Shop and doesn’t need a fancy commercial to get his point across loud and clear! Lots of people found the commercial annoying. It was, but at least after watching the commercial you know what Mike is selling–advertising 101.
♥~ CT couple named ‘longest married’ in US
♥ ~ This next video falls into the Don’t Miss category
★~ Rabbit Rabbit Reminder!
Today is the last day of November and you know what that means don’t you? It’s time to prepare for the first of the month and all that can be yours by simple saying ”rabbit, rabbit!” The first words out of your mouth on the first day of December must be “rabbit, rabbit.”
Do you put up Christmas decorations over Thanksgiving weekend or wait until a little further into the season? We wait until the first weekend in December and are still debating if we will chop down our tree again this year. Last year our trek to bring home the perfect tree was fun, but the weather was very mild. It’s more fun chopping, carrying, and hoisting a tree onto your car when the weather is in the 50’s and dry than when it’s in the 30’s and wet. I guess you could call us fair weather pioneers.
Today, I’ll be hanging out with my campers and continue to enjoy left-overs. What are your plans?
Odd Loves Company!