Spring, Ravioli Day, Bockbier Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
March 20, 2014


★~ Today’s Quote:  Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ~ Robin Williams

★~ Spring: 

Spring! Time for My Favorite Waldorf Spring Song!

This year in the Northern Hemisphere, the Spring Equinox happens on March 20 at 11:02 UTC. People around the world will celebration the passing of winter and the coming spring.  Many of these celebrations go back to ancient times.  The Norse celebration of spring was called Summer Finding.  In Poland spring is celebrated on Marzenna.  Ancient Romans celebrated Hilaria, an observation of spring and of the goddess Cybele.  Buddhists and Hindus honor spring at Holi. Many Pagans will be celebrating the beginning of spring, under the name “Ostara”. Ostara comes to us from German tradition and is said to be named after the German goddess Eostre.

Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, will be enjoying the Fall Equinox, or Mabon. Mabon is a time of thanksgiving for the bounty of the earth and the bounty in our lives.

★~ Bockbier Day:


Centuries ago, German monks adopted this hearty dark brew as “liquid bread” to provide them with carbohydrates and calories as they fasted during Lent. Some believe the name bock came from the shortening of einbeck and thus beck to bock. Others believe it is more of a pagan or old-world influence that the beer was only to be brewed during the sign of the Capricorn goat, and that bockmeans goat in German. In Europe, pictures of knights fighting in wars or goats ready to ram would portray the strength of the beer. Before Prohibition in America, many of the breweries turned out colorful poster art showing beer-drinking goats doing everything from bellying up to the bar to floating in a hot air balloon. Basically, this beer was a symbol of better times to come and moving away from winter. Sounds like a good way to toast the start of spring to me!!

★~ Ravioli Day:


Take one tasty food—pasta—and fill it with another tasty food—cheese, or meat, or mushrooms—and you’ve got the wondrous little yum pillows we call ravioli, wonton, or kreplach. Stuffed pasta is thought to date back to medieval times and contained cheese, nuts, and spices. “In European/Christian cultures they were often served with cheese during Lent and on other meat-abstaining days, The earliest mention of ravioli appears in the writings of Francesco di Marco, a merchant of Prato in the 14th century. 

Recipe: Spring vegetables in Parmesan broth with goat cheese ravioli

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1967 – Fashion model, Twiggy, arrived in the United States for a one-week stay. She quickly became the most sought-after subject of photographers due to her terrifically skinny-yet-wholesome good looks and the shortest dresses ever seen (to that time).

♥~ 1980 – After 303 weeks on the Billboard album chart, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon became the longest-charting rock album of all time. It stayed on the chart for over eight more years, finally dropping off after 741 weeks.

♥~ 1985 – CBS-TV presented The Romance of Betty Boop. The special starred Desiree Goyette as the ‘Boop-Boop-Be-Doop’ cartoon cutie from the Max Fleisher one-reel films in the 1930s. There were 112 Betty Boop shorts produced. Only two other cartoon characters have surpassed Betty in animation fame. They are: Felix the Cat and (of course) Mickey Mouse. Most people thought Betty Boop was fashioned after the actress, Clara Bow, the ‘it’ girl.

♥~ 1996 –  A 21-year-old Muppet fan claiming to have a bomb took over a radio station in Wanganui, New Zealand, and demanded that “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog be played non-stop for 12 hours. Police evacuated the area, decided the bomb was a fake, stormed the station, and arrested the listener. No one was hurt.

★~Born Today:

mister-rogers spring

♥~ 1928 – Fred Rogers TV host: Mr. Rogers Neighborhood; Celebrate Mr Rogers birthday by putting on your favorite spring sweater and promoting neighborliness in your neighborhood.

♥~ 1957 – Spike Lee director: She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Clockers

♥~ 1950 – William Hurt actor: Broadcast News, The Accidental Tourist, Altered States, The Big Chill, Trial by Jury, Children of a Lesser God

♥~ 1958 – Holly Hunter Academy Award-winning actress: The Piano [1993]; Broadcast News, The Firm, Raising Arizona

★~ Good to Know:.


♥~ William Wordsworth was inspired to write the poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, also known as Daffodils in 1804.

♥~ Daffodils, Narcissus, jonquils, March blooms, these terms all refer to the flower that comes back every spring on roadsides, hills, and flower gardens over a large part of the Northern Hemisphere. They are a part of the Amaryllis family, and many types grow wild.

♥~ According to the American Daffodil Association, there are 13 different divisions of daffodils, each with a different look. They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, which serious growers raise for competition, and casual gardeners try out for something new and different.

♥~ The flower Narcissus was named for the Greek god who fell in love with his own reflection. The bell of the flower tilts downward, like someone gazing at his reflection in the water. But the word also resembles the Greek word narke, or narcotic. Daffodils are toxic, especially the bulb. The main poison is lycorine, although other toxins are present in smaller amounts.

♥~ In 2009, students at Gorseland Primary School in Suffolk, England were poisoned when a cooking project went wrong. The students were using ingredients from the school’s garden, and a daffodil bulb was mistaken for an onion. Twelve children were taken to the hospital, but quick intervention saved them from permanent harm.  Moral: Always sniff for the onion smell when using garden onions.

♥~ The daffodil is the national flower of Wales, and is traditionally worn on March 1st, St. David’s Day. St. David was a monk in 5th century Wales who worked hard, never drank alcohol, founded many monasteries, and eventually became archbishop. He is the patron saint of Wales. St. David’s symbol is the leek, so the wearing of daffodils on his feast day is more of a patriotic custom than a religious gesture.

♥~ In England, daffodils are sometimes referred to as Lent Lilies. A poem by A. E. Houseman tells how the daffodil blooms at the beginning of Lent and is gone by Easter. It says, in part:

And there’s the windflower chilly
With all the winds at play,
And there’s the Lenten lily
That has not long to stay
And dies on Easter day.

♥~ An old tale from China links the daffodil with prosperity. A farmer left land to two sons, but one grabbed the lion’s share, leaving the other with only an acre of rocks -but there was water on that acre. A fairy granted him some narcissus bulbs, which grew and impressed people so much they bought them and made him a wealthy man. His greedy and jealous brother also planted narcissus bulbs, but they did not grow because his land, though vast, had no water supply. Even today, the legend goes, if a daffodil blooms by the date of the Chinese New Year, it is a symbol of good luck and prosperity for the coming year. In northern latitudes, this means growing them indoors and forcing the blooms.

♥~  The daffodil is associated with love and fertility — place fresh ones in your home to bring about abundance. Wear the flower close to your heart to draw love and luck.


SPRING!  I do love winter. But it is time to boot  say goodbye to Dear Father Winter and Welcome Spring! We are having a Spring Fling on Facebook but for those of you not on Facebook I brought you a few spring treats: Scones, mimosa, and some daffodils. Please help yourself!


And some music! Because I feel Groovy! And I hope you do too!


Today is my 1035 El Morno Post. I start posting El Morno on Odd (for real) on March 20, 2011. Those early posts make me cringe but I love them all. Especially the part where I get to visit with you! Because as ya’ll know….ODD LOVES COMPANY.


17 thoughts on “Spring, Ravioli Day, Bockbier Day

  1. Good Morno,
    1035 El Morno’s I haven’t missed any have I? Hope not. Spring is a good season. Not to cold, not to hot, just right. And golf starts to swing out.
    I like ravioli and dark beer.
    Well time to put a spring in my step and head out. I’ll buy something sweet at the bakery to celebrate the change of seasons.

    • Well you have been sick a time or two and traveling but overall I think you have been around for most of the El Morno’s. So glad you have, El Morno would not be the same without you.

  2. Happy Oddaversary. We are so glad you are here! Raising my glass to spring. If it only would come for real today. Sigh.
    Love ravioli—–the boys were split on it growing up. Micah loved cheese and Aaron loved meat. I could never keep it straight and usually served them the wrong type. Now I think I remember correctly because it was opposite what I thought they would each like!!!

    • It is NOT my Oddaversary–that is in May or early June–I think. It is however my El Mornoaversary on Odd. Whatever–glad you are here to share with us! :-D.
      Kids are like that–evil and oppositional. But kind of cute too….

  3. Oh my gosh. . . Twiggy! Now there’s a name from the past! She was one skinny minnie!

    Happy spring! Usually by now, spring has already sprung in NC, but this year we were watching the calendar like everyone in the midwest. I remember one year when we lived in Chicago I had a First Day of Spring brunch. I dug out a bag of old, crocheted dogwood-like flowers and attached them to a large limb which I stuck it in the snow in the front yard, but not near enough to the walk for close examination. Several guests commented on the tree and wondered what kind it was. I told them it was a Tackywood.

    • I think you have the best stories! A Tackywood–silly and clever! You brought a little redneck to the midwest.

  4. Feeling groovy, eh? Congratulations on the El Morno 1035!
    How long has the spring header been in place? I just noticed this morning.
    That’s a lot of research & writing. Glad to be a part of the Odd gang!
    I like ravioli with meat or cheese……red sauce please. None for me today although we are going to the weekly spaghetti lunch put on by a Greek Orthodox Church down the street. Interestingly, they mix cinnamon in their red sauce. Tasty!
    Had fun at the farm. Beautiful weather, Nik reunited with fellow dobe Gilbert. Then I locked the keys in the Jeep. Nik was not inside thankfully. An hour & $$ later, we drove home. Oh well.
    College basketball ad nauseum…….life’s good!
    Good morning!

    • Yep a little groovy! The Spring header just showed up today (20th)! We are glad you are part of the gang too.
      The weekly spaghetti lunch sounds fun! I put cinnamon in chili but I have not added it to a spaghetti sauce.
      Your car experience is all too familiar. Sorry that happened….I’m glad Nik and Gilbert had fun, tho.

  5. Ah, I didn’t know it was Mr. Rogers’ birthday. You know he’s from Pittsburgh, my home town. I was so sad when he died. Happy first day of spring.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Mr. Rogers great guy! I didn’t not know (or remember) that he was Pittsburgh.
      Spring has sprung!!


  6. That ravioli recipe sounds good..I will have to make it.
    The Daffodil is one of my favorite flowers….when I was a kid growing up in Rockford, Il., we had a bunch of them growing in the backyard..I knew winter was over when the Daffodils bloomed.

    • The Daffodil is such a happy flower! And hearty even with the winter we had they are still starting to bloom. Hopefully we have seen the last of winter although I suspect cold is not all together behind us…Let’s just hope the summer heat does not match the winter cold!

  7. So glad that I happened upon El Morno. You always brighten my day, Katybeth. I am not a fan of ravioli. Don’t care that much for pasta thingies. I prefer Swedish dishes…Hmmm wonder why. Just plain old American is really my fave.
    Can’t wait to see the Apple blossoms appear. Of course the Crab apple tree has seen better days and know it will be taken down this year as also my apple trees. They are old and more of a nuisance now. Know the grandsons will feel bad. Those were once a place for tigers and lions to hide when they were little. Time marches on.

    • No Ravioli? That does seem a little Odd but Swedish dishes are good too! Especially the pancakes.
      Apple blossoms are so pretty—I’m sorry about the other trees–I guess there is a season for everything but it never makes change easier.

  8. Happy Blogieversary!!! I had to click right over when I read the word ‘ravioli’.. love ravioli! I know you will know about toasted ravioli Katybeth, which is my fav! The ravioli recipe you have up top sounds awesome. I am so ready for our daffs to bloom but they need to pop up first!

    • Thanks. Not really my Blogieversary!! Which is in June (I think) but it is my Odd Mornoieversary!
      We do like Ravioli around here…toasted, boiled…all kinds of different ways.

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