Polar Bear Day, No Brainer Day, Strawberry Day, Kahlua Day

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February 27, 2014

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★~ Today’s Quote:It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. ~ John Steinbeck

★~ Polar Bear Day:

Polar Bear

Polar Bear Day celebrates one of nature’s most impressive hunters, and the world’s largest carnivore.. Polar Bears International asks everyone to turn down their thermostats by 2 degrees and “bundle up for polar bears to lower carbon emissions. Reducing our carbon footprint can slow and even reverse climate change, which causes sea ice to melt,” says Kathryn Foat, of PBI. Or you could join the polar bear club by committing to come to Chicago on March 2nd and plunge into Lake Michigan. Oh. My. God. can you even imagine how cold Lake Michigan will be? Of-course,  The good news is you do not have to be bare and the money raised is donated to the Special Olympics.  Chicago Polar Plunge?

★~  No Brainer Day: 


By definition, a “No brainer” is dong something that is simple, easy, obvious, and/or totally logical. Be productive today by focusing on the easy tasks that require the least amount of brain power.

★~ National Strawberry Day;


Today we pay homage to one of the most popular fruits in the world. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen every year, so they are often called the “taste of spring.” The bright red juicy berries are both delicious and incredibly good for you. Each bite is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.

People have been enjoying strawberries and their health benefits for centuries. In fact, the Ancient Romans believed that strawberries could cure fevers, fainting, inflammation, and several other ailments. They also used the berries for teeth whitening! Fresh or Parfait enjoy strawberries today.

★~ National Kahlua Day:


Kahlua is a rich, creamy alcoholic liqueur from Mexico. People enjoy it straight up, on the rocks, and mixed in coffee or cocktails (like the White Russian). Kahlua is also used to flavor desserts such as ice cream, cakes, and cheesecakes.

The word “kahlua” means “house of the Acolhua people” in the Nahuatl language. A company named Domecq has produced the drink since 1936 and named it for the native people of Veracruz. Kahlua is made with rum, Mexican coffee, sugarcane, and vanilla.

For a touch of international mystery and intrigue, celebrate Kahlúa day with a Black Russian, a drink that has been described as “a flavor more complex than calculus.”

Black Russian:
Legend has it the Black Russian was created in 1949 by a Belgian bartender to honor a feisty socialite who was the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. The cocktail is so named because it mixes the dark liqueur of Kahlúa with vodka, the beloved Russian spirit.

1 part Kahlúa
1 part Vodka

Fill a rocks glass with ice, add Kahlúa and Vodka  and stir. Add crème and you have a White Russian (Cheers El Morno friend, Irene!)

★~ Today in History:

Mickey Mantle

♥~ 1879 – Constanin Fahlberg announced he discovered saccharin.  Constanin Fahlberg was working on the furthest thing from an artificial sweetener: coal tar. He was working late one night and completely forgot about his dinner. Without pausing to wash his hands, he sat down to eat, noticing a sweet taste to his bread. He thought little of it until after the dinner when he noticed even his napkin tasted sweet. At that point, he was intrigued. A little detective work later, and he traced it back to something he must have had in his lab. He recalled in an interview later that “There, in my excitement, I tasted the contents of every beaker and evaporating dish on the table. Luckily for me, none contained any corrosive or poisonous liquid.” On, February 27, in 1879 Fahlberg announced a discovery that “outsugared sugar”, as he put it. Saccharin is so sweet that two or three teaspoonfuls converts a barrel of water into a syrup. A small wafer of it converts the bitterest quinine solution or acid drink into a regular molasses. One of its most valuable uses has been disguising and destroying all the bitter and sour tastes in medicine without changing the character or action of the drugs. On the other hand it comes from coal tar—just sayin’.

♥~ 1939 – United States labor law: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners’ rights and are therefore illegal.

♥~ 1963 – Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees signed a baseball contract worth 0,000. Back in 1949, Mantle had signed his first Yankee contract for $1,100.

♥~ 1974 – A new magazine was issued by Time-Life (now Time-Warner). The magazine was People. It had an initial run of one million copies and became the most successful celebrity weekly ’zine ever published.

♥~ 1987 – A team of 90 elementary school students in Kumamoto, Japan, skipped a rope together 160 times without missing, for a Guinness world record.

♥~ 1993 – Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You became the longest-running number-one pop single.

♥~ 1992 –  Tiger Woods, at the age of 16  becomes the youngest PGA golfer in over 30 years.

♥~ 1996 – Kurt Wait became the first man ever to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off with his Macadamia Fudge Torte. First prize awarded in Dallas: $1-million! One slice: 460 calories.

★~Born Today:

John Steinbeck

♥~ 1807 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poet The Village Blacksmith’ and ‘Paul Revere’s Ride’. Published his first poem, called the ‘The Battle of Lovell’s Pond,’ in Portland’s Gazette at the age of 13. In addition to writing his own poems, he was the first American to translate Dante’s Divine Comedy. Both of his marriages ended in death, wife Mary Potter died in 1835 and wife Frances Appleton died in 1861

♥~ 1902 – John (Ernst) Steinbeck: Nobel Prize author of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ (1939) and ‘Of Mice and Men.’ Returned to California after failed attempts at writing jobs in New York, and worked as a tour guide and caretaker at the fish hatchery in Tahoe City. Married Carol Henning in the midst of the Great Depression.

♥~ 1932 – Elizabeth Taylor: Glamorous movie actress, and humanitarian, Motion picture debut at the age of nine in Universal’s ‘There’s One Born Every Minute’. Owns some of the biggest and most famous bling in the world, including the 33-carat ‘Krupp Diamond’ Married and divorced eight times, two of the eight were to fifth husband Richard Burton between 1964 and 1976

♥~ 1934 – Ralph Nader: Consumer advocate published ‘Unsafe at Any Speed. Before fame is was a lecturer at the American University Washington College of Law. Ran for president five times. His sister, Laura Nader, is an anthropologist.

♥~ 1980 – Chelsea Clinton first daughter: daughter of 42nd U.S. President William Clinton and 1st Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Currently working as a Special Correspondent for NBC News. Attended public elementary school and skipped third grade. Married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010

★~ Good to Know:


What a great way to start the Morno…

Every day, 84-year-old Tinney Davidson sits in her living room and sees passing students on their way to Highland Secondary School in Comox, British Columbia. Unlike how many people act around strangers, though, she acknowledges them, and not just with a nod of the head. Every passing teenager gets a happy wave and Mrs. Davidson’s biggest smile.

“I just liked the look of the children,” she says. “And they all looked in, so if they’re looking in, I’ll wave to them. And that’s how it started.”

After she’d been reaching out to these kids with her simple, jovial kindness for going on 7 years, the students decided to get together and offer her their own simple gesture in return…



Did you miss me yesterday. I was formatting 191 note cards for Cole’s Senior Project presentation. He will only go on stage with about 25 cards but finds note cards an easy way to memorize the needed facts. The truck in the header is one of my favorite pictures from his power point slides (Note to truck lover Sue, Cole has offered to send it to you–background can be changed). I cried MINE before he could claim it for his blog. As his number 1 sponsor I’m claiming a few perks.

A bug road trip is in our future this Saturday as we drive about 20 miles to the Volkswagen dealership. The dealership owner and his employees will sign the June Bug. I use the world “we”  loosely. The temperature is suppose to be below 10 on Saturday, and I feel it might make VERY good sense for me to follow the Bug in my van. Cole can’t really argue with the logic, but I think he might suspect there is more behind my thinking then common sense. Maybe.

My schedule will be erratic until about the 10th. El Morno is written in “real time” so it may reflect my erracticness (it should be a word). But it’s very hard for me to miss a day on Odd so I’ll be here some how, at some time. In March, we will be starting the 4th year of El Morno. We will celebrate. I bet, I know more about regular EL Morners food tastes than any other person in their life! For instance,  Debbie does not like Strawberries because of the texture! El Morno is kind of like a diner where everyone knows your food tastes :-D. I will wow you more after March 10th. it will give us something to look forward too.

Wishing you a most wonderful day!

16 thoughts on “Polar Bear Day, No Brainer Day, Strawberry Day, Kahlua Day

  1. I fear that every day is a no-brainer for me. Maybe that’s why my mother said I’d lose my head if it weren’t attached?

    Have a great day, Katybeth!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  2. Love the truck drawing…don’t know why but I would love to have an old pick up…
    Love strawberries..I do not love Ralph Nader…ugh ! 🙄

    • Some day you’ll have that old pick-up! Did you know that one in every 4 Texans owns a pick-up? Pretty impressive.

  3. Yes, I missed you yesterday, but I’ll keep checking on you. Thanks for the shoutout — I think I’d like strawberries just fine if somebody took off those seeds!

    How exciting — Cole’s senior project is winding down and the June Bug is winding up for a road trip! Good luck with both!

    Steinbeck is celebrated with Google’s Doodle today — did you notice?

    Polar bears are sooo cute, but I can’t imagine plunging into frozen Lake Michigan — wouldn’t a simple donation suffice??!

    • Thanks Debbie. I’m afraid I will be behind this upcoming week too.
      I did notice about Steinbeck—thanks for adding to El Morno which I forgot to do. I’ve actually enjoyed Steinbeck’s writing around cars. Some of it is very funny. Hard to believe after Grapes of Wrath.
      Funny, I just looked over at the television (11:18 Sunday night after the Oscars) and they showed clips of people plunging into Lake Michigan and screaming. Well, really what did they expect? Today alone never hit 20F. Not me.

  4. I have been sorely AWOL but am trying to get back in the swing here. Sigh. This cold has my butt kicked. The kid we hired to snowplow the walks showed up at 9:45 pm last night. Then this morning I discovered he did half of it—-our house sits on a corner lot and he did to the sidewalk to the from door but now it is in L instead of a T snow free sidewalk. Sigh. And we paid him heftily. An email to his mom and we will see what happens …….
    Our college mascot was a polar bear. Yes, in Ohio. Because we all know that polar bears live in Ohio. But I love them. All of them. Ohio polar bears and all others.
    Hang in there. Busy times ahead for you, too. I will try to stay more current……

    • Ok…lets take this slowly. Beth Ann, are you sure about Polar Bears in Ohio? And you love all Polar Bears…up close or from a distance. Hope the kid got the job done right. Good God, 9:45pm is a little late to be snow plowing.
      I think we are all behind right now. I blame the weather. We are worn out.

  5. I love to watch Polar Bears play at the Zoo. I read they they will track humans down and can smell them for hundreds of miles. So a word to the wise, if you go to Alaska be sure to pack your deordorant!

    • Ok that was funny. And when we went Alaska we did pack our deodorant—and I carried a few Fig newtons with me, I knew no Polar Bear could handle the smell of a newton.

  6. What a heartwarming story between the elderly hand waver & neighborhood students walking to & from school. I’m glad the school (students) honored Mrs. Davidson. The world needs more stories like this.
    One day I will participate in a Polar Plunge! I have sat in ice baths after long runs so the natural progression would be a Polar Plunge. Perhaps after downing a few White Russians!
    Always liked The Mick & my Yanks.
    You & Cole are in the Bug home stretch. Stay strong for the next few weeks. Good luck!

    • Wasn’t that the sweetest (genuine sweet) story. I bet she benefits to because those kids would notice if she wasn’t at the window.
      Really you would plunge? I think that is so cool. Do it in Chicago so I can take pictures and blog about it! We will toast you with White Russians !

  7. That quote of the day is so true. I have no idea why I spend time worrying at night! I love the truck drawing too as I love trucks.. 🙂 I am just a lover of vehicles! I got the sweetest thank you from Cole. Good luck on the road trip with June Bug!

    • Thanks the road trip did not happen. I don’t know why we worry or why kids always spike a 104 temp after 11pm.
      :-D. Glad you got the thank you!

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