Chocolate Covered Anything Day, Odds and Ends

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December 16th, 2013

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★~ Today’s Quote: With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.~  Eleanor Roosevelt

 ★~ Chocolate Covered Anything Day:

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Chocoholics, rejoice! Chocolate Covered Anything Day is your day to top whatever your heart desires with chocolate.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1773 – Boston Tea Party Day:  The people of Boston made the biggest ever batch of iced tea by boarding a British vessel and dumping its cargo — 342 chests of tea – – into the harbor. The British responded by sending ships with lemons and drinking straws, but by the time they arrived, all the iced tea had floated to Long Island, creating a whole other reason to celebrate.

♥~ 1901 – Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter, was printed for the first time, complete with Potter’s watercolor illustrations. Ms. Potter had come up with the Peter Rabbit concept eight years earlier when she sent a story, told in pen and ink drawings, to a five-year-old who was sick in bed. The first story about the ill-behaved rabbit was meant to cheer up the little boy. Children throughout the world enjoy the first and 22 more tales about the cotton-tailed bunny and his friends.

♥~ 1951 – NBC-TV debuted “Dum-de-dum-dum. Dum-de-dum-dum-daa.” Dragnet made it to TV, in a special preview, on Chesterfield Sound Off Time. The Jack Webb (Sgt. Joe Friday) police drama opened its official TV run on January 3, 1952. Trivia factoid: Sgt. Friday’s boss in this preview was played by Raymond Burr (later of Perry Mason and Ironside fame).

♥~ 1971 – Melanie (Safka) received a gold record for the single, Brand New Key, about roller skates and love and stuff like that. This one made it to #1 on Christmas Day, 1971.

♥~ 1971 – Don McLean’s eight-minute-plus (8:32) version of American Pie was released. It became one of the longest songs with some of the most confusing (pick your favorite interpretation) lyrics to ever hit the pop charts. It was a disc jockey favorite since there were few songs long enough for potty breaks at the time. American Pie hit #1 on January 15, 1972.

★~ Born Today:


♥~ 1770 – Ludwig van Beethoven composer: Regarded by many as the greatest orchestral composer of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven was born at Bonn, Germany. Impairment of his hearing began before he was 30, but even total deafness did not halt his composing and conducting. His last appearance on the concert stage was to conduct the premiere of his Ninth Symphony, at Vienna, May 7, 1824. He was unable to hear either the orchestra or the applause. Often in love, he never married. Of a stormy temperament, he is said to have died during a violent thunderstorm Mar 26, 1827, at Vienna.

♥~ 1775 – Jane Austen author: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility; died July 18, 1817

♥~ 1943 – Steven Bochco Emmy Award-winning executive producer: Hill Street Blues N.Y.P.D. Blue, Cop Rock, Capitol Critters, A Fade to Black; writer: Ironside; story editor: Columbo

♥~ 1943 – Anthony Hicks musician: lead guitar, songwriter: group: The Hollies: Stop, Stop, Stop, The Air that I Breathe, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

♥~ 1949 – Billy Gibbons musician: guitar, singer: group: ZZ Top: Salt Lick, Jesus Just Left Chicago, La Grange, Tush, Gimme All Your Lovin’, Legs, Sharp Dressed Man,Sleeping Bag

♥~ 1962 – William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry football: Chicago Bears defensive tackle: Super Bowl XX

★~ Good to Know: Odds and Ends 


When travelers at Chicago Union Station walk past one seemingly lonely piano, magic happens.

The piano comes to life! And in the video above, its powers add a little extra flair to a child’s rendition of “Chopsticks,” some drama to an angry businessman’s phone call, a dance soundtrack for one extremely happy man, and much, much more.

Rob Bliss Creative and Amtrak set up the project to bring some holiday cheer to the station.

Of course, the piano didn’t work alone — pianist Andrew Blendermann played the tunes from a control room. But we still believe in magic.

♥~ The Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself Today

~ Folding a piece of paper into an origami elephant isn’t really newsworthy…unless you’re trying to make it life size.

♥~ The King of Jordan helps push cars during a snow storm.

♥~ Which professions have the most psychopaths? (we added a few on Facebook—feel free to make your suggestions in the comments)

♥~  You Shall Not Pass Dog: 


♥~ Road Bike Party 


♥~ Just Silly


♥~ “Rarely, if ever, does an empathic response begins with, ‘At least…”


♥~ When diving headfirst into the snow to catch mice, foxes are hardly ever successful unless they’re facing north in which case they catch prey 75% of the time. Because science.


♥~ I want to swim more! 


♥~ I had a little puppy/his name was Tiny Tim

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♥~ Looking for that perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday wishlist? How about a magical unicorn sculpture that pees lemonade and shoots fire from its horn?


Of-course, I loved the Chicago Union Station video, but the You Shall Not Pass video ^ made me laugh out loud. Cats are just so unapologetically evil. I like that about them.

Onward into a week that includes campers checking in, holiday concerts, and putting the final bows on Christmas. The Christmas card photo shoot went really well and I hope to be able to share the fruits of our frostbite in a few days.

A warm front is heading our way and by Wednesday the temp is suppose to hit 30F. Oh joy, a houseful of tail waggers and a yard filled with slush. Well, at least my groomer (Cole) will be happy, he’ll have a long list of pups signed up for a camp clean up!

Merry Monday!

Odd Loves Company!

11 thoughts on “Chocolate Covered Anything Day, Odds and Ends

  1. snowflakes are back!
    this may be my favorite food day! need to head to the store for some chocolate.
    great videos. chicago piano was tops. enjoyed the all too common dog/cat scenarios. cute insistent swimming fawn.
    good morning!

    • They are back–inside on odd and outside too.
      That little fawn sure liked to swim or she saw those little girls and thought I’ll take my chances with the water. :-D.
      Hope you had a good day and are breathing easy.

  2. Morno,
    Today is a good one. The possibilities are limitless.
    Interesting Odds and Ends, I’ll look at more of them later, but the Chicago video is outstanding. Always impressed how people come up with stuff like that. The Fox mouse hunting is interesting too. Clever like a fox rings true.
    Have a good one.

    • I love the fact that Chicago was clever. We do the holidays well. Wasn’t that Fox something! I think, I need a fox.

  3. I’m always up for chocolate — clever that they put this day so close to Christmas, too!
    Ooh, a warming trend all the way to 30, huh? Well, yeah, I guess. I won’t tell you how warm it’s supposed to get here on Wednesday. On second thought, yes, I will — it’s supposed to be 72 and sunny!!
    Thanks for the videos — love the piano one!

    • I could un-approve this comment, ya know! Nothing worse than a gloating vacationer. Next you’ll be sending screen shots.
      Glad you are feeling better!

  4. Hard to beat Chocolate-covered Anything Day! Yummy.

    And the video with the dogs afraid of the cats in their lives was HILARIOUS!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Wasn’t the cat/dog classic? So typical and so funny. Yep Chocolate is just good! We always celebrate the winter solstice with a chocolate fondue so we are double lucky this week.

  5. Chocolate dipped anything is wonderful!!! I love it . All of it. I absolutely loved your videos today. The angry business man on the phone with the piano—priceless. 🙂 The cat and dog video was fabulous—I watched it the other day and laughed and laughed. Very true. I almost missed this post!!!! How could that have happened??

    • People and their phones can get pretty testy. I think we are all a little overwhelmed these days—Usually I look forward to reprieve in Jan. but this year Cole’s Senior project clicks into high gear. . .Wonder if I am weary or wicked?

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