Monkey Day, Bouillabaisse Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
December 14, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote: Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town. George Carlin

★~ Monkey Day:

monkey selfie

Quit monkeying around and take a moment to participate in this celebration of all things simian!

Did you know that there are three distinct types of simian primates? Familiar species like baboons and macaques are classified as Old World Monkeys; capuchins and howler monkeys are New World Monkeys, and chimpanzees and gorillas are Apes. There are currently 264 known monkey species in the world.

To celebrate Monkey Day, dress in your favorite monkey attire, share your favorite monkey photo with your friends, eat a banana, or donate to your favorite monkey charity. While you’re at it, don’t forget to indulge in some mischievous monkey business! For more ideas, visit the official Monkey Day websiteClick for fascinating Monkey Facts.

★~ Bouillabaisse Day:


What the heck is bouillabaisse?” you ask. “Fish soup,” I say. “Yuck,” you reply. But before you go jumping to conclusions, give bouillabaisse a chance. After all, it’s trés chic in the Mediterranean, and French people have been slurping this soup since 600 B.C. And since when have the French ever eaten anything weird?

Bouillabaisse originated in Marseilles, France. Marseille fishermen typically make the dish when they return to port. Rather than using the more expensive fish that they catch, they use common fish like rockfish and shellfish. For flavor, different herbs and spices such as garlic, orange peel, basil, saffron, and bay leaf are added to the soup. Vegetables like tomatoes, onions, celery, and potatoes were added during the 17th century.

When bouillabaisse is made, it is rarely made for fewer than ten people. The more people who share the meal, the more different varieties of fish that are included in the soup, making it a tastier bouillabaisse.

★~ Today in History:

National Velvet

♥~ 1798 – David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patented the nut and bolt machine, and the screw, too

♥~ 1819 –  Alabama became the 22nd United State.  Montgomery is the state capital;  the camellia, is the state flower, and the state bird, is the yellowhammer.

♥~ 1944 –  MGM released the movie National Velvet. Elizabeth Taylor starred as Velvet Brown.

♥~ 1985 – America’s winningest high school football coach, Gordon Wood, 71, of Brownwood High School in Central Texas retired after 43 years. Wood sported a career record of 405 wins, 88 losses and 12 ties. The football stadium at Brownwood High has since been rebuilt and named for him.

★~ Born Today:


♥~ 1503 –  Nostradamus was born Michel de Nostradame in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France. He studied medicine and became a physician, treating plague victims throughout France and Italy. It’s believed he had a psychic awakening. He began to practice the occult and make predictions of the future, which he published in The Prophecies. Many people today believe his predictions have come true or will in the future. One legend of Nostradamus claims that, during his travels in Italy, he came upon a group of Franciscan monks, identifying one as the future Pope. The monk, called Felice Peretti, was ordained Pope Sixtus V in 1585, fulfilling the prediction of Nostradamus.  Most of the quatrains Nostradamus composed during his life dealt with disasters such as plagues, earthquakes, wars, floods, invasions murders, droughts, and battles. Nostradamus enthusiasts have credited him with predicting numerous events in world history including the French Revolution; the rise of Napoleon and Hitler; the development of the atomic bomb; and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Nostradamus’s popularity seems to be due in part to  the vagueness of his writings and their lack of specific dates make it easy to selectively quote them after any major dramatic events and retrospectively claim them as true. Some scholars believe he was not writing to be a prophet, but writing to comment on events of his time and the people in it. Whatever his method or intentions, Nostradamus’ timeless predictions continue to make him popular to those seeking answers to life’s more difficult questions.

♥~ 1946 – Patty (Anna Marie) Duke Academy Award-winning actress: The Miracle Worker [1962]; Emmy: Captains and the Kings [1976-1977]

♥~ 1949 – Cliff Williams musician: guitar: group: AC/DC:

★~ Good to Know: How to say Merry Christmas in 24 different languages 



It’s much warmer today – 30F and snowing. This is a good thing since Cole is bringing the Bug home from school for the holidays. The Bug heater is still being worked on. Once that is accomplished we’ll go forth and find the perfect Christmas tree.

What are your plans for the day?

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12 thoughts on “Monkey Day, Bouillabaisse Day

  1. does sound like the best day to bring a tree & the bug home. bet it feels almost balmy!
    no monkey or fish soup for me.
    i am laying low this weekend. i had sinus surgery thursday. looking forward to being able to breathe……finally.
    good morning!

    • Ouch. That surgery is not fun. Hope you are breathing deep and feeling fit soon! I could never breath in your part of the country. It was the humidity!

  2. I raise my banana in honor of monkey day! 🙂 Going to finally get the presents sorted, wrapped and packaged up for mailing today. Woo hooo! It will be good to make some headway in that way.

  3. Morno,
    Looks like I am lagging behind today. Not much on the agenda. Might have dinner with some friend tonight.
    I like to watch the Monkeys at the zoo.
    Hope you feel better Irene ^. I’ve heard that sinus surgery is rough but the results are worth it.
    Hope the Bug comes home without a hitch and without having to push it.
    Have a good one.

    • Thank you for the warm bug wishes. Maybe we could just put it on skies.
      Sometimes a slow nothing mucher of a day is just what you need before the holidays. I bet your kids are home soon.

  4. Katybeth,
    I was going to raise a banana in honor of monkey day but I like your idea of banana bread. I’ll make some of that with chocolate chips instead. If my daughter, Lizzy, was here, I hop around the house like a chimpanzee just to embarrass her a little bit. (Gotta keep these 13-year olds on their toes!).
    Love the history of bouillabaisse but I’d rather be on the coast of France (well, really, I prefer Spain) eating it!
    Hope you find the perfect tree today and that Cole’s bug (love it!) stays warm!

    • Julie!!
      So nice of you to drop in! I always say if you can’t torture your children why in the world have them! I agree bouillabaisse on the coast of France would be perfect.
      Thanks we are bundling up and Have a wonderful Holiday season. ♥

  5. I love the way bouillabaisse sounds, and I don’t even mind the way it looks but the taste would get me every time.
    You know I don’t think I ever saw National Velvet, maybe I’ll rent it over the holidays.
    Wrapped gifts today, baking starts next week.

    • I think I saw National Velvet and there are a few sad parts but ends well. I would check.
      Wrapping gifts tomorrow. Waiting for bake goods to arrive.

    • We had about 3 inches. It is really pretty the first couple of days but slush is sure a nothing mucher.
      No fish soup for me either. Or tacos 😀

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