Saint Nicholas Day, Put On Your Own Shoes Day, Gazpacho Day

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December 6, 2013

Corso Canalgrande

★~ Today’s Quote: It always seems impossible until its done.  ~ Nelson Mandela

★~ Saint Nicholas Day:


St. Nickolas and his silent servant Rupert visit our house every year. Click here for our story.  Click here for the whole St. Nick story. Click here for the Elf On The Shelf to our Christmas Traditions.

★~ Put On Your Own Shoes Day:

St.Nicholas Shoes

After you leave your shoes out for St. Nick, why not put them on yourself, and let your personal shoe putter-oner have the day off! Today’s the day to convince the general public that you’re one of them. To help with this, you may want to wear a small tiara and take a Town Car instead of the limo.

★~ Gazpacho Day:


The coldest soup with the coolest name to say, gazpacho has its roots in ancient Moorish kitchens and has remained popular over the years among European field hands as a refreshing lunch after working in the hot sun. This tomato-based dish has dozens of variations, but perhaps one of the best known is the gazpacho bloody Mary. Add a celery stick and you’ve got a whole salad in a glass! Gazpacho Recipe

★~ Today in History:

Vintage Ladies Home Journal

♥~ 1883 –  Ladies’ Home Journal and Practical Housekeeper was published for the first time. It became one of the few magazines to reach a circulation of over one million. Paid circulation is over 3,000,000.

♥~ 1955 – New York psychologist Joyce Brothers won The 64,000 Question by answering a boxing question.

♥~ 1960 – Domino’s Pizza was founded by Thomas S. Monaghan. The first Domino’s opened in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

♥~ 1969 – The Rolling Stones staged a rock concert at the Altamount Speedway in Livermore, CA for some 300,000 fans. The Stones hired the Hell’s Angels for security. Fans were beaten and one person, Meredith Hunter, was stamped and stabbed to death by a Hell’s Angel during the show. (The 1970 documentary filmGimme Shelter told the story.)

♥~ 1975 – Paul Simon’s album, Still Crazy After All These Years, was number one in the U.S. It was Simon’s first #1 solo album and it contained his first recording with Art Garfunkel since their 1969 breakup (My Little Town, which was also included on Garfunkel’s Breakaway album).

♥~ 1998 – Astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour completed the most difficult task of their 12-day mission, mating modules from Russia and the United States to create the first two building blocks of International Space Station. “We have capture of Zarya,” Commander Robert Cabana announced when the two pieces came together at approximately 9:07 p.m. EST. “Congratulations to the crew of the good ship Endeavour,” replied Mission Control. “That’s terrific.”

★~ Born Today:


♥~ 1953 – Tom Hulce actor: The Heidi Chronicles, Fearless, The Inner Circle, Parenthood, Dominick & Eugene, Amadeus, National Lampoon’s Animal House

♥~ 1955 – Steven Wright stand-up comedian: deadpan, monotone; in film: Desperately Seeking Susan

♥~ 1956 – Peter Buck musician: guitar: group: R.E.M.: Stand, So Central Rain, Seven Chinese Brothers, Radio Free Europe

♥~ 1962 – Janine Turner (Gauntt) actress: Northern Exposure, Behind the Screen, Cliffhanger, Steel Magnolias, Monkey Shines, Knights of the City

♥~ 1967- Judd Apatow, director:  Knocked up.  The 40 Year Old Virgin, Bridesmaids

★~ Good to Know: KICKSTARTER 

Love this pillow!

If you don’t browse Kickstarter from time to time, you must! Over the past year we have bought a number of cool products and have never been disappointed.

(Edited from the Kickstarter web site)

♥~ Kickstarter  funds creative projects:  Everything from  films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Cole backed a Fountain Pen

♥~ Since their launch in 2008 , 5.3 million people have pledged $906 million, funding 52,000 creative projects.

♥~ Each project is independently created:  The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects.

♥~ Together, creators and backers make projects happen.  Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money.  To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

♥~ Creators keep 100% ownership of their work. Backers are supporting projects to help them come to life, not to profit financially. Instead, project creators offer rewards to thank backers for their support. Backers of an effort to make a book or film, for example, often get a copy of the finished work. A bigger pledge to a film project might get you into the premiere — or a private screening for you and your friends.

♥~ Creative works were funded this way for centuries. Mozart, Beethoven, Whitman, Twain, and other artists funded works in similar ways — not just with help from large patrons, but by soliciting money from smaller patrons, often called subscribers. In return for their support, these subscribers might have received an early copy or special edition of the work. Kickstarter is an extension of this model, turbocharged by the web.

♥~ Kickstarts mission is to help bring creative projects to life. They are an independent, 70-person company, based in New York City’s Lower East Side. A few of the things they do: Review projects, help buyer and sellers, and find new projects.  If a project is successfully funded, they collect a 5% fee to the funds collected. 

A Few Projects we have backed

Cole backed a Fountain Pen (KickStarter is a great way for a kid to see innovation, production, and completion in process)

Grow Food.  Local and for our Community.

College Bound Bar 

Flint and Tinder: Premium Men’s Underwear



Teen feels a little better but is still down and out, I’m holding strong! And Rascal is making the most of having someone to cuddle with all day. Hopefully, Cole will perk up after St. Nicholas arrives!

It’s cold in Chicago but nary a snow flake in sight. Dumb city. Everyone loves snow in December (well, maybe not our friend and camp helper Vickie, but she loves it more in December than January–if she loves it all. Which is doubtful).

Wishing everyone a happy TGIF Day!

Odd Loves Company!

13 thoughts on “Saint Nicholas Day, Put On Your Own Shoes Day, Gazpacho Day

  1. Morno,
    My kids swear my KS now that it has the El Morno seal of approval I will have to spend more time with it. Pillow is cool. Might make an interesting Christmas present for my two KS fans beyond my usual cash.
    Gave my Shoe Putter Oner the day off and an orange, but I’m not giving up the limo.
    Hope your boy feels better, in the meantime looks like Rascal is content to keep him company.
    Glad it is Friday.

    • The pillow is cool and don’t your kids travel back and forth to college a lot?
      Rascal is content to sleep. One of the things she likes to do best.

  2. You know I love Kickstarter! I just ordered more Societea bars to stick in stockings. Not sure if the guys will love them as much as I do but they are really great things to have for a snack on a plane or anytime!!! I have a love of all things Kickstarter so I am going to head over thanks to your urging. Rascal looks very comfy. Pets make it all better. Hope Cole is up and at em again soon.

    • I’ll have to check out the Societea bars. I spend some time looking around — take your cc lots of cool stuff.

  3. Good Morno,
    I’ve heard about Kickstarter but never visited the site guess it is time. We celebrated St Nicholas eve when I was a kid and put out our shoes. In the morning the shoes would be filled with little treats. Very exciting.
    I did put on my shoes this morning. Not a fan of Gazpacho but I can get on board with a Bloody Mary.
    Rascal is so cute! Sending Cole Hurry Up and GET WELL wishes.

    • Well St. Nicholas day here was celebrated from the couch but Cole was pleased with his Christmas jamies and a couple silly toys. It’s fun.
      Thanks for the wishes, I’ll pass them on.

  4. Well, it’s snowing right now here, so perhaps you need to head downstate to satisfy your craving for the white stuff!
    Rascal is a lucky pup, having her kid to cuddle with — though I’m pretty sure Cole is tired of being under the weather by now. Hope he feels better soon.
    Thanks for the info on Kickstarter. I hadn’t visited there before, but I’ll be back now!
    Guess I didn’t realize Domino’s is so old!! A pizza sounds inviting about now!

    • Lucky you. We had clear sunny skies. Bah humbug. I had to make my Odd snow to console myself.
      I’ve been hungry for pizza, we’ve lived on grilled cheese, baked potatoes, mac and cheese, pot pies, soup, soup, soup. All comfort foods. At least they are easy to make even if they aren’t very exciting.

  5. St. Nicholas sounds like such a nice tradition. We don’t celebrate but I do tend to leave treats for the kids throughout the season. I like to celebrate the whole season and not just on Christmas Day. We carol, and bundle up to take a tour of all the lights. I haven’t checked out Kickstarter but I will now. Thanks for the heads up.

    • It is nice to use the whole season. I’ve always wanted to go caroling and we’ve been invited but the timing has never worked out.
      I think you’ll like Kickstarter. We’ve sure enjoyed it.

  6. i liked the previous banner & like this one, too. clean looking. who can resist santa rascal?!
    simon & garfunkel’s my little town…….wow. cole age memories. great sing-along, too.
    never heard of kickstarter. i’m feeling suddenly hip!
    nice to hear cole is rebounding albeit slowly. watch out for yourself!
    good night!

    • Thank you. Truthfully, tonight I can resist her–one two many alligator jerky treats. Awful.
      One of my favorite songs too.
      You are hip and Kickstarter is fun!

  7. It’s been very cold up here this weekend. We had a 3 day agility show, luckily it was all inside, however, it was mighty cold getting there and walking dogs. It snowed like carzy on Fri. but it didn’t stick. It also snowed today but didn’t stick. O. K. I’m tired of winter, when does spring begin?

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