Borrowing Days, Mom & Pop Business Day, Lemon Chiffon Cake

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March 29, 2014


★~ Today’s Quote: 

March borrows from April
Three days and they are ill;
April returns them back again,
Three days and they are rain.

March does from April gain
Three days and they’re in rain,
Returned by April in ‘s bad kind,
Three days and they’re in wind.

★~ March: Borrowing Days:

Stormy March

According to the novelist Sir Walter Scott – author of such classics as Ivanhoe and Rob Roy – the last three days of March are said to be the “borrowing days”. These are supposed to be unusually stormy, and therefore the story arose that March had “borrowed” them from April in a last-ditch attempt to extend his influence over the spring weather, before March winds gave way to April showers.

A rhyme originating from Staffordshire sums up the belief: “March borrowed of April,/ Three days, they say;/ One rained, the other snowed,/ And the other was the worst day that ever blowed”. Oddly, the same story appears in a Spanish folk-tale: a shepherd promised to give March a lamb if he would reduce the strength of his winds, and thereby safeguarding the flocks against harm. But once March had done so, the shepherd refused to hand over the lamb. In revenge, March borrowed three days from April, and used them to produce even fiercer winds in order to pay back the shepherd for his deceit.

Yet another piece of folklore contradicts the “borrowing days” theory. It is said that towards the end of March there is often a period of fine, sunny and warm weather, which brings the blackthorn into bloom. But once the plant has flowered, the weather then turns cold, a period known as the “blackthorn winter”.

★~ Mom-and-Pop Business Owner Day:


March 29th celebrates more than 27 million hard working people creating almost 70 percent of all new jobs in the country. Click to read how one innovative hardware store owner changed his business plan to compete with Home Depot.

★~ Smoke and Mirrors Day:

Phyllida, also known as Leaf insects

The Phyllida also known as Leaf insects is a master of smoke and mirrors! The insect uses camouflage to take on the appearance of a leaf. They do this so accurately that predators often aren’t able to distinguish
them from real leaves. In some species the edge of the leaf insect’s body even has the appearance of bite marks. To further confuse predators, when the leaf insect walks, it rocks back and forth, to mimica real leaf being blown by the wind.

★~ Lemon Chiffon Cake Day:

Lemon chiffon cake is a light, refreshing, lemon-flavored dessert that is perfect for any occasion. The secret to its texture is to beat the egg whites separately from the yolks. The recipe also calls for vegetable oil instead of butter or conventional shortening. The result is a fluffy and moist cake!

Chiffon cake was invented by Harry Baker in 1927, and it was the first type of new cake to be invented in over a century. Mr. Baker often sold his cakes to the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles. In 1947, he sold his chiffon cake recipe to General Mills and its popularity spread nationwide.

Lemon Chiffon Cake Recipe 

★~ Today in History:

coke invented

♥~ 1848 – For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara river above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop. Tours were canceled … and  ticket prices were refunded.

♥~ 1886 – John Pemberton brewed the first batch of Coca-Cola in his backyard in Georgia. I believe this should be a national holiday!!

♥~ The juries in two famous murder trials reached verdicts on March 29th, 1971. One jury convicted Lt. William Calley of murdering Vietnamese civilians in 1968, in what became known as the My Lai massacre. The other jury recommended death sentences for cult leader Charles Manson and three of his female followers.

♥~ 1917 – Man o’ War, the famous American race horse, was foaled.

♥~ 1937 – The radio serial, Our Gal Sunday, debuted. The question, “Can this girl from a small mining town in the West find happiness as the wife of a wealthy and titled Englishman?” was asked each day as the show continued for the next 22 years!

♥~ 1959 – Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon was released in the U.S.

♥~ 1992 – Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton acknowledged experimenting with marijuana “a time or two” while attending Oxford University, adding, “…I didn’t like it and I didn’t inhale.”

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1927 ~ John McLaughlin, TV host (“The McLaughlin Group”)

♥~ 1936 ~ Judith Guest, Author

♥~ 1943 ~ Eric Idle, Comedian (“Monty Python”)

♥~ 1943 ~Vangelis, Composer (“Chariots of Fire”)

♥~ 1955 ~ Earl Campbell, Football Hall of Famer

♥~ 1961~ Amy Sedaris, Comedian, actress (“Strangers With Candy”)

♥~ 1967 ~ John Popper, Rock musician (Blues Traveler),

♥~ 1968 ~  Lucy Lawless, Actress (“Xena: Warrior Princess”)

<strong>★~ Good to Know: Odds and Ends 

♥~ 14-Year-Old Proves U.S. Can Save $370 Million by Changing Fonts.

♥~ Slow Life.Odd and Fascinating.

♥~ FUN way to commute: 300ft Water Slide for Commuters

♥~ Silly: Baristas are the Ultimate Male Fantasy


♥~ Creative Teaching;

Creative teaching   

♥~ Creative Marketing:

Creative Bowl

♥~ Well named:

Funeral Home Sign

♥~ Monkey with a mission:

Monkey business

This man should be released immediately . . .He will never be judged guilty by a jury of his peers.

Snow Flame thrower


I just made a loaf of French Bread in my Ez Doh. As an aside – I am sharing about EZ Doh because it has been such a fun, tasty product and I want to break bread with all of you!! It’s a love link not an affiliate link.

EZ DOH French Bread

It’s a rainy day but the temps are mild, so I’ll be spending the morno outside with my campers. What are your plans for the day?

Odd Loves Company!

13 thoughts on “Borrowing Days, Mom & Pop Business Day, Lemon Chiffon Cake

  1. Rainy here but not too cold. Hope it clears by this afternoon. Golf is on the agenda.
    I’m a big fan of supporting local businesses. Especially since we are a family business. Industrial not retail but the community still supports us.
    We are going out to dinner tonight to celebrate a couple of birthdays. Tomorrow my sister is having everyone over.
    Funny about the flame thrower. I imagine he just did what many more had dreamed of doing this winter.
    Have a good one.

    • Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned. Hope the weather clears so you can hit the golf course.
      I’m glad we did not own a flame thrower because I would have been very tempted.

  2. It’s cold, grey, and windy here, so I’m watching women’s NCAA basketball and trying to get ahead on my web design project (shh, don’t tell!)
    Leaf insects are very clever. The lemon chiffon cake sounds delicious. I’m ALL for small biz. Never heard of “Borrowing Days,” but it’s a concept I can relate to.
    Happy weekend to you both!

    • Your secret is safe with me. It’s chilly here but no rain. Uhm, of-course you’ve heard of borrowing days—I’ve posted about it year after year. Clearly I am going to have to start testing on the El Morno material—-Oh wait, that would mean I would have to be completely original every day…never mind….I am so glad each day remains fresh for you!! ♥

  3. Chariots of Fire is very motivating……still gives me memory chills.
    Do whatever works for those spoiled rotten kids.
    Nik’s rescue organization had their quarterly meet & greet at Nik’s foster’s farm. Homecoming to Miss Nikki! Fun day.
    Good evening!

  4. Lemon chiffon cake sounds good. Was thinking about making a cake….was considering applesauce…but yet…lemon chiffon…hmmmm…..

    • Lemon Chiffon is very spring like, just sayin. I like apple sauce tho…I’m sure you’ll make the right choice.

  5. Love the links. I am buying an EZ Doh tomorrrow! That Fargo man should not be arrested. Creative teaching at it’s finest.
    Hope to see you earlier tomorrow. The mornings have been so rushed.

  6. Dog gone it, now it looks like I am going to have to buy ANOTHER EZ dough machine. First lovely loaves of bread, then cinnamon buns, now Frendh bread. Will you please stop with the EZ dough machine????

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