Hat Day, Strawberry Ice Cream Day

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January 15, 2014


~  Today’s Quote:  I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personality.  Why just be yourself? ~ Margaret Atwood

★~ Hat Day:


Be it cloche or wide-brimmed, knit or straw, today is the day to wear your most chic chapeau.

El Morno Friend, Carol Smith shared that she wears a “Red Hat on the 2nd Wednesday of the month when it is my red hat outing day with the other gals. I have some very stylish ones to say the least and have spent a few bucks on them. I had 25 at one time. Winter walking hat is one with ear flaps that come down when the winter wind is blowing out here. It is a cozy, warm and soft one, made out of those soft throws you see now. Nice and warm.”

Carol, El Morno wishes you and all the red hat gals a happy red hat day.

★~ Strawberry Ice Cream Day:

The ice cream we know and love today evolved from ancient flavored ices. As early as 3000 BC, people in China served their guests sweet juices mixed with ice or snow.The average American eats a whopping 23.2 quarts of ice cream. According to a survey conducted by the International Ice Cream Association, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor, favored by 5.3% of the population; vanilla and chocolate are the favorites. Here’s an interesting tidbit, should you need to defend your strawberry cone choice: Dolley Madison served strawberry ice cream at President Madison’s second Inaugural Ball in 1813.

Ultimate Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

~ Today in History:


♥~ 1919 – Twenty-one people were killed and more than 100 others were injured by a flash flood in Boston — a flood of molasses. A 50-foot-tall holding tank owned by the Purity Distilling Company burst open, and more than two million gallons of molasses poured out in a wave that was said to be as high as 15 feet. The tank had sprung leaks before that day, and experts think the “Great Molasses Flood” might have been caused by unusually warm winter weather.

♥~ 1967 –  At the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever world championship game of American football.

~ 1943 – The world’s largest office building was completed, just outside of Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The massive structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors, plus, a whole lot of secret places that we’ll never know about. Why? Because it’s the Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States defense effort.

~ 1947 – The mutilated remains of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, known as the ‘Black Dahlia’ (for the dark outfits she wore), were found dumped in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The Black Dahlia murder case remains unsolved even though some 500 hundred men have confessed to the murder.

~ 1967 – Ed Sullivan told The Rolling Stones to change the lyrics AND the title to the song, Let’s Spend the Night Together, or “be off my riiiillly big shew!” So, the Stones gave in… changing the tune to Let’s Spend Some Time Together

~ 1974 – Happy Days began an 11-year run on ABC-TV

♥~ 1981 – Hill Street Blues premiered on NBC-TV. It ran through May 19, 1987.

~ 2001 13 year anniversary of Wikipedia, web-based encyclopedia.

♥~ 2009 – Another East Coast disaster 90 years later had a much happier ending -the “Miracle on the Hudson,” when U.S. Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger landed Flight 1549 from New York’s La Guardia Airport onto the Hudson River after birds flew into the engines two minutes into the flight. All of the crew members and the 150 passengers survived the water landing.

~ Born Today:

martin-luther-king jr

~  1939Martin Luther King, Jr. . His dream was to bring about social, political and economic equality for blacks. In the quest for his ideals, he became one of the greatest civil rights leaders of the 20th century. A Baptist minister (as were his father and grandfather before him), he preached ‘nonviolent resistance’ to achieve full civil rights for all. Leading the African-American struggle for equality through non violent demonstrations. King was award the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

~ 1906 – Aristotle Onassis Greek shipping magnate: 2nd husband of Jaqueline Kennedy

~ 1913 – Lloyd Bridges actor: Sea HuntRootsHigh NoonAirplane!Airplane 2The Grace Kelly StoryThe RainmakerThe Great WallendasJoe Versus the Volcano; Jeff & Beau’s dad;

~ 1951 – Charo (Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza) ‘The Hootchy Cootchy Girl’: actressChico and the ManAirport ’79singer: LPs: Guitar PassionCuchi-CuchiOle OleCaliente!Gusto

~ Good to Know: 

Hat Tip

The custom of removing a hat…

“Taking the hat off is the modern remains of the ancient custom of Knights who removed their helmets in the presence of those they felt their friends and thus, before those they wished to honor by showing that they trusted them. A man removes his hat before a woman to show his respect. Touching the brim is but a perfunctory salute”

“In the days of knight errantry, every one meeting a stranger had to suppose him an enemy; ten to one he was. And the sign and proof of friendly intention was raising the right hand without a weapon in it. The hand was raised high, to be seen as far as they could shoot with a bow, and a further proof was added when they raised the vizor and exposed the face. The danger of the highway continued long after knights ceased to wear armour; so, with the same meaning, the same gesture was used, but with a lifting of the hat. If a man did not tip his hat it, he was either showing contempt or hostility for the other, or proving himself an ignorant brute. So, in all civilized countries, lifting the hat became a sign of mutual confidence and respect.”(Minding Your Hat Manners) 

Why were there different rules for knights and ladies? It may have to do with the difference in the styles of men’s and women’s hats. Men’s hats are easily removed, but women’s hats with ribbons, bows, flowers and other decorations can be quite a production to remove, especially if they’re anchored with hatpins.  Women might also risk messing up their hairdos if they had to remove their hats. Hat hair, you know.


pope usie

I’m sure you know that a selfie is taking a picture of yourself, but did you receive the memo that the word “usie.” is a photo in which the subject of the selfie is joined—or crowded, or photobombed—by at least one other person? Currently, the gold standard usie (as in us—you and me—not the verb “to use”) is this photo of Pope Francis with some teen fans.  I’m sure a few church ladies are tisking and tasking about his lack of Pope and circumstance, but I think a Pope that can relate to the “usie” generation and makes us smile is FUN. And, in my opinion, anyone that wanted to become outstanding in the field of marketing, public relations, and brand resurrection should skip college and devote their time to studying the Catholic Church. Nobody does it better.

Important announcement.  Tomorrow (1/16) is Fig Newton Day. In case you do not know, my dear dad’s absolute favorite cookie is the Fig Newton and because he always feels a little sad that the Fig Newton is often over looked after the holidays I would appreciate it if you would send my dad (Charlie) a text or e-mail wishing him a Happy Fig Newton Day. It will brighten his day. No need to mention me when you e-mail or text…I think it’s best if he believes the gesture came directly from you. Please click the Evernote link below for contact information.

Wish Charlie A Happy Fig Newton Day

Of-course I will remind you again tomorrow. I just wanted to give you a little advanced notice so maybe you could invite others to send a Happy Fig Newton celebratory message—the more the merrier, I always say.

Have a wonderful Wednesday,

Odd Loves Company!

12 thoughts on “Hat Day, Strawberry Ice Cream Day

  1. LOVE the hat quote, Katybeth! Margaret Atwood is my favorite writer. Her stuff is awesome–like yours!

    Hope you are staying warm today!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  2. Good Morno,

    I am wearing my favorite sock hat. Strawberry ice cream sounds nice. It’s been awhile since we’ve had an ice cream day.
    Funny picture of the Pope. He seems like a good guy, if you can say that about a Pope.
    Hats off inside and for occasions and moments. Its a simple courtesy. Hat tip to El Morno and friends.

    • And hat tip to you! I’m not a pope expert, but I don’t think Pope Francis would mind being called a good guy.
      Put you sock hat on and head out for a cone! More ice cream days to come, tho, if you miss this one.

  3. I look ridunkulous in hats. My favorite this time of year when I MUST wear one is my panda hat . It comes down over my ears and has little tassels that sway back and forth. It is my snow shoveling hat. I am hoping I do not have to wear it today.
    Thanks for the heads up for Fig Newton day and your dad’s love of them. I vaguely remember that from last year. I will prepare myself appropriately….

    • Me too–hats ug. I like the idea of hats tho. A Panda hat? I can only imagine.
      Yep Fig Newton day again—time sure flies.

  4. The Red Hatter’s are taking the next 2 months off due to us being old ladies that don’t like being out in the cold unless absolutely necessary. I will surely send your “Papa” a happy Fig Newton day. I never did like those, so he can have my share of them. Here hoping all you gals with fancy schmancy hats don them and strut your stuff!
    P.S. Ya know, I never realized how much men love to see a woman in a hat until I got into the Red Hat group. Always, some guys would come up to our group and comment on how wonderful it was to see lady in a hat. So, if you are looking to find a man ….put on a nice pretty hat!

    • Thank you—I don’t like them either, not at all. He always takes them on car trips and I make him put them in a separate bag so they don’t fig on my far Superior Chips Ahoy.
      Funny, my Mom has always said the same thing about men and hats. I think I’ll pass and besides I look terrible in hats–
      I’m sure the red hats will be ready flirt in the spring!

  5. Interesting comment about men loving women in hats from ^Carol^. I’d never considered that, preferring to wear a hat to protect against the elements rather than as a thing of beauty (my mom is exactly the opposite — she’s always loved hats!)

    Great usie of the Pope and his fans. You’re right — he’s an excellent ambassador for the Church!

    My late aunt used to bake the most delicious fig cakes. They’re like a Fig Newton, but w-a-a-a-y better! I’m sorry I never got her recipe.

    • My Mom has always said the same thing about hats, and since she pointed it out I’ve noticed it too. I just look awful in most hats.
      He’s a good Pope. I like him.
      Joe’s family had a fig tree—a want-a-be fig tree really—My father-in-law informed me that his mother had brought a branch from the old country (Italy) and then one day he looked at it and informed me I had killed it. I told him, I did not-and besides it was really a nothing mucher of a fig tree, anyway. I love my FIL. And I most assuredly did not kill the family fig tree–my story and I am sticking to it. Maybe you could google fig cake recipes and at least get close to the recipe your Aunt made–and may I say you’ve surprised me by liking figs!

  6. we’ve had ice cream weather the past few days. strawberry sounds tempting.
    i do like the traditional, & respectful, remove your hats rules. drives me nuts when people do not remove hats during any of our patriotic songs or moments of silence.
    will be prepared for the fig newton email to your dad! i always preferred the blueberry filled.
    good for the pope! we need more people in position we can relate to.
    good evening!

    • Thank you. My dad will be SO HAPPY. I agree about the hat–I think baseball caps brought a new level of causal. Your weather has warmed? Dam–I’ll try hard to share our cold.

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