National Cookie Day, Santa List Day, Brown Shoe Day, Dice Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
December 4, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote:

“You are
What you do
When it counts”
– Armor

★~ National Cookie Day:

The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekje,” which means little cake? Dutch bakers used to test oven temperatures on small amounts of batter so that they would not waste the entire cake mix if the temperature wasn’t right. It was not long before they discovered that these tiny pieces of cooked batter were actually quite tasty!

I love cookies of all kinds, as long as they are made from real butter, real chocolate, real sugar, and when possible nuts. We love these cookies: Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

★~ Santa List Day:

Today is the day Santa Claus finalizes the list of Good and Bad kids, and all of the candidates have been thoroughly vetted.

Naughty kids: The deadline is here, and if you made the naughty list, you’re going to be beaten with sticks and kidnapped by der Weinachtsmann’s helper. (That’s Santa Claus, but everything sounds scarier in German, right?)

Nice kids: Lots of presents are coming your way,  in addition to not being whipped and taken from your homes in the middle of the night.

Now, allow me to share a little-known Christmas hack… there are 21 days before the naughty and nice review process begins again on December 26th. This gives you three weeks where your actions are virtually consequence-free.! But, let’s keep this between grown-ups, shall we?

★~ Brown Shoes Day:

Brown Shoes

These brown desert boots ^ are Cole’s (proudly a size 13). He found them on his recent thrift shopping trip (along with the entire outfit) with a thrift shop expert. I’ll try to post about his experience today. His finds were amazing, the prices were terrific, and the stories were too funny.

★~ Dice Day:


Dice are the oldest gaming implements known to man they were used in wagering long before long before Vegas was a twinkle in a hotel magnate’s eye. An archeological dig once yielded dice that were 5,000 years old, proving that even the ancients liked to gamble. Do you think they went to Caesar’s Palace? In ancient times the throw of a dice was not just considered to be luck, the outcome was believed to be controlled by the gods, and casting dice was a way of dividing inheritances, choosing rulers and as a method of prediction. The Roman goddess, Fortuna, daughter of Zeus (known to gamblers as Lady Luck), was believed to determine the outcome of a throw.

Before standard cubical dice became common, ancient peoples would use fruit stones, sets of flat sticks, sea shells, nut shells and pebbles to get random results for games.   Below are the directions for a game of dice.

The goal of the game is to get to 10,000 points.
Each player rolls 5 dice.
If you roll a 5, it counts for 500 points.
If you roll a 1, it counts for 100 points. I
If you don’t roll a 5 or a 1, you lose your turn.
If you roll 3-of-a-kind, it will count for the number × 100.
If you roll 4-of-a-kind, double the number;
5-of-a-kind, double the number.
If you roll a straight 12345 or 23456, you earn 1,500 points.
Once someone reaches 10,000 points, he or she has to make every die count; once that is done, everyone else has a chance to beat the person’s score.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1791 – The first edition of the British newspaper The Observer was published. It’s the oldest Sunday paper in the world. Exactly 90 years after The Observer was first published,  the first edition of the Los Angeles Times, was published on this day in 1881.

♥~ 1867 – The National Grange of Husbandry was founded. The organization of farmers was known, typically, as the Grange. The group contributed to agriculture and served as a focus for rural social life in America. The Grange hall served as a social hall for many small towns.

♥~ 1945 – Fifty-one countries belonged to the United Nations when it started in 1945, and on this date in ’45, Senators in Washington voted to let the United States join the U.N.  The U.S. had stayed out of the previous international organization, the League of Nations, which was championed by President Woodrow Wilson after the first World War. On December 4th, 1918, Wilson boarded a ship to travel to the peace talks at Versailles, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to travel to Europe.

♥~ 1965 – The United States launched the Gemini 7 spacecraft. Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Commander James A. Lovell, Jr. were aboard. Their primary mission was to prove that humans could live in weightlessness for 14 days, a space endurance record that stood until 1970.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1858 – Chester Greenwood inventor: ear muffs; died Jul 5, 1937

♥~ 1875 –  Rainer Maria Rilke, poet made a career by seducing a series of rich noblewomen who would support him while he wrote his books. One princess let him live for a while in her Castle Duino near Trieste, a medieval castle with fortified walls and an ancient square tower. Rilke’s room had a view of the gulf of Trieste, which he loved. In a letter from his room he wrote, “I am looking out into the empty sea-space, directly into the universe, you might say.”

♥~1944Dennis Wilson, drums, vocals, The Beach Boys, (1966 UK & US No.1 single ‘Good Vibrations’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles). Wilson drowned while swimming from his boat moored in Marina Del Rey, California on 28th December 1983 after a heavy day’s drinking.

♥~ 1949 – Jeff Bridges actor: White Squall, Wild Bill, Blown Away, The Vanishing, American Heart, The Fisher King, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Starman, Against All Odds, The Last Picture Show, The Company She Keeps, Fearless, Thunderbolt & Lightfoot, Sea Hunt; songwriter; son of actor Lloyd Bridges; brother of actor Beau Bridges

♥~ 1951 – Patricia Wettig Emmy Award-winning actress: thirty something, Stephen King’s The Langoliers, City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold, City Slickers

♥~ 1964 – Marisa Tomei Academy Award-winning actress: My Cousin Vinny [1993]; Chaplin, Oscar, The Paper, Untamed Heart, A Different World, The Flamingo Kid,As the World Turns

★~ Good to Know:


Because I know so many of you like sports:  You’ve seen how the Iron Bowl ended. You’ve seen the fall out in the Top 25 rankings. Now see how complete strangers reacted to (I’m told) one of the greatest endings in college football history



I thought this was funny

Kid is still under the weather. However, my Great Dane with montezuma’s revenge has gone home and my bed is put back together.  How is your day going?

Odd Loves Company!

13 thoughts on “National Cookie Day, Santa List Day, Brown Shoe Day, Dice Day

  1. Morno,
    I’m at the top of the nice list, I’m sure of it. Brown shoes or black shoes, I’m happy either way. Chocolate Chip cookies are hard to beat. Haven’t played a game of dice in years but I do have several sets of dice somewhere.
    I saw the game. Don’t know if Auburn is the “team of destiny” but someone up high must be a fan.
    Have a good one.

  2. Now you see why we SEC fans are so RABID when it comes to football! I just sat there stunned when this happened — of course, Both Auburn and ‘Bama beat my Rebels, but there’s something inherently satisfying about taking down a team that’s been ranked #1 for so long!

    Glad your bed is back to normal. Here’s hoping Cole will be, too. And soon. Being sick in December sucks.

    I’ll be back to read the tales of Cole’s thrift shop shopping.

    • I do! I had not idea–although I do remember seeing Notre Dame make some unbelievable play. And I agree it is so exciting when the underdog takes the game.
      Thrift shop post is on hold until my thrifter is feeling better and is willing to model an outfit or two.

  3. I did make cookies today! My book group meets for the last time tomorrow until after the first so we’ll celebrate the holidays with good food, good company, good books. I made an assortment but my favorite are the sugar cookies.
    Your son looks great. He certainly does justice to brown shoe day. Interested to hear about the thrifting. Sounds like an adventurer. Sorry he is still sick.
    I didn’t watch that game, but my husband did and it was OMG exciting there for awhile. Unbelievable.

  4. i could easily celebrate cookie day!
    i believe i have been good this year. really.
    sounds like a fun dice game. not certain if I’ve ever played dice before.
    yes, the iron bowl game ending was one of the best. alcohol fueled many of those reactions……a bit over the top. my favorite were the auburn radio announcers.
    cole have the flu? figured he’d be up & at ’em. hopefully soon.
    good night!

    • I believe you! And I will swear to it for you.
      Dice is a fun game. I like it because it is easy, fast, and everyone understands the rules.
      Of-course I didn’t see the game but I almost wish I did–love surprises!
      Yep, Cole does have the flu. We thought he was feeling better and then he went down for the count.

  5. That cookie recipe looks awesome! I may have to add those to the holiday baking repertoire (try to spell that without spell check!). Almost ready to start the baking. Woot woot!

  6. I hate it when Cole is sick! Just because you get a flu shot doesn’t mean you won’t get the flu, however, If you get the flu it probably won’t be as bad if you got the shot.
    I made choc chip cookies yesterday.
    It’s snowing here, great big fluffy flakes. The mountains look so pretty.

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