Iced Tea Day, Herb and Spice Day

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June 10, 2014

Polar Bear Lale today, so tired:) (explore 2014-06-09)

★~ Today’s Quote: “There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen” ― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

★~ Ice Tea Day:

Iced Tea Day, Herb and Spice Day

Iced tea is an iconic summer beverage and one of the most refreshing elixirs known to man. There is something magical about the combination of brewed tea, sugar, mint leaves, and fresh lemon slices served over ice. Historians believe that people began serving cold tea sometime during the 19th century. The drink became popular when vendors started selling it at public events and the World’s Fair.

Sweetened or unsweetened, flavored or unflavored, celebrate Iced Tea Day with a nice, tall glass of your favorite iced tea!  Lipton cold brew ice tea is a tasty choice. I drink it by the gallons in the summer. Other options include:

Southern Sweet Iced Tea
Iced Tea Granita
Long Island Iced Tea
Peach Iced Tea

★~ Herb and Spice Day:

Iced Tea Day, Herb and Spice Day

Spices and herbs have been used in foods for centuries. Archeologists estimate that by 50,000 B.C. primitive man had discovered that parts of certain aromatic plants help make food taste better, according to the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA). Spices were once so costly only the wealthy could afford them. In 11th Century Europe, many towns paid their taxes and rents in pepper. One of the reasons for Columbus’ voyage in 1492 was to seek a more direct passage to the rich spices of the Orient. What’s the difference between a spice and an herb? Herbs are leaves of low-growing shrubs. Examples are parsley, chives, marjoram, thyme, basil, caraway, dill, oregano, rosemary, savory, sage and celery leaves. These can be used fresh or dried. Dried forms may be whole, crushed, or ground. Spices come from the bark (cinnamon), root (ginger, onion, garlic), buds (cloves, saffron), seeds (yellow mustard, poppy, sesame), berry (black pepper), or the fruit (allspice, paprika) of tropical plants and trees. Click for more information on Herb and Spices 

Today add a Little Spice (and Herbs) to Your Life!

★~ Today in History:

Iced Tea Day, Herb and Spice Day

♥~ 1902 –  Americus F. Callahan patented (U.S. No. 701,839) what he called the outlook or see-through envelope. The rest, of course, is accounts payable history…

♥~ 1943 – The Ball Point Pen was patented  by Laszlo Josef Biro of Budapest, Hungary.

♥~ 1972 – Sammy Davis Jr. earned his place at the top of the popular music charts for the first time, after years in the entertainment business.  The Candy Man, stayed at the top for three consecutive weeks.

♥~ 1976 – Paul McCartney and Wings set a record for an indoor concert crowd as 67,100 fans gathered at the Kingdome in Seattle, WA to hear the former Beatle and his new group.

♥~ 1988 – An American clergyman claimed the TV cartoon character “Mighty Mouse” had been shown snorting cocaine. CBS producers denied the claim and said he was only sniffing flowers.

★~Born Today:


 ♥ ~ 1881 – Leo Tolstoy Author,  Tolstoy two greatest novels, were War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877)

♥~ 1895 – Hattie McDaniel Academy Award-winning actress: Gone with the Wind [1939]: 1st African-American to win Oscar; Judge Priest, The Little Colonel, Showboat, Saratoga, Since You Went Away; died Oct 26, 1952

♥~ 1915 – Saul Bellow Nobel Prize-winning writer: The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Dangling Man, The Victim, Henderson the Rain King; died Apr 5, 2005

♥~ 1922 – Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm) singer: Over the Rainbow, The Trolley Song, You Made Me Love You, The Man that Got Away; actress: The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Star is Born, Easter Parade, The Harvey Girls, Judgment at Nuremberg; mother of Liza Minnelli and Lorna & Joey Luft; died June 22, 1969

♥~ 1928 – Maurice Sendak author, illustrator:  Sendak was discovered by legendary children’s book editor Ursula Nordstrom in the 1940s while working as a painter for window displays at F.A.O. Schwarz. He went on to publish more than 50 books, including “Where the Wild Things Are,” one of the most beloved children’s books of all time. Sendak’s works are known as complex and characteristically dark. His many awards have included the Caldecott Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

♥~ 1965 – Elizabeth Hurley, Model, actress: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Christabel, Orchid House, Passenger 57

★~ Good To Know: 


If You’re Not a Morning Person Meet Thor is Your Spirit Animal –  Thor, is a Great Dane puppy that hates waking up in the morning. His parents own a bagel shop so they have to be up bright and early to start baking. Thor does not approve and this is his daily protest.


One more sleep until my sweet Mom and dear Dad arrive.

Cole has taken over Cookie duty for the most part, but I stopped over yesterday to let him out and we played the I hate you, I hate you more game. Three more days until the neighbors son returns home from college. Cole and I are counting the hours.

The graduation slide show is still be culled and cultivated. I suspect it won’t be finished until we hit play on Sunday. Last night, I was sucked into matching music to slides and sunk to the point of no return. So many memories of the way they were, it goes by in a blink,  soon they will be leaving on a jet plane, I hope they don’t expect a rose garden,  it’s a wild world.  I could go on but I won’t. My  phone just relayed a text message: ” We really like the song, Down In The Valley.” And the list grows.  What  song did your graduating class chose to sing at your graduation?

My parents, the road warriors, made it to Amarilla by lunch yesterday and ended the day in OK-lahoma. So far the warriors have reported road construction as their primary hindrance  and not the plague, pestilence, hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards my dear dad anticipated crossing their path. But it’s early yet and they have not passed through Mount Vernon, Il where they were stranded for 2 nights, 20 years ago, due in inclement weather. My dear dad says it could happen again. It could. My sweet Mother is a Saint. And my dear dad, will risk it all, for his grandson’s graduation. Lordy, how he loves that boy.

Speaking of which, I need to wake the soon to be graduate up. He is burning the candle at both ends. At least, we’ll go up in flames together.

Have a spicy Tuesday.

Odd Loves Company!

5 thoughts on “Iced Tea Day, Herb and Spice Day

  1. Poor Thor. Being a morning person, I don’t really empathize with his not wanting to get up — so much to do, so little time to do it!

    Love the polar bear photo at the top! I’m not into iced tea, but I’ll celebrate with a cuppa the hot version.

    I don’t remember my class’s song, but I remember Domer’s like it was yesterday — Five for Fighting’s “100 Years.” ( A real tear-jerker.

  2. Oh Thor. That was adorable. But it made me want a nap—yawn.
    I was thinking about the song selections—we did not have one but of course the one that I remember is Green Day’s Time of Your Life. Ah yes.

    Glad Cole has accepted Cookie duty and that the son will soon return to take over. Good golly you guys are good people. I don’t think I could handle the stress of Cookie.

    Hope the rest of the rents trip is uneventful and that they are soon with you guys. Hope all continues to fall into place and that sleep comes to you and Cole once this is all over. Memories are being made!

  3. I enjoy a glass of ice tea. Very refreshing. On the other hand so is a Miller.
    Thor reminds me of my daughter. It takes her forever to wake up and become a pleasant human being. I think we started offering her coffee in her bottle.
    Hope your folks trip continues to be uneventful.
    Have a good one.

  4. I think I’m one of the few down here who does not drink iced tea. Popular with these people.
    I am thinking Thor is one of your boarders from time to time? Lazy morning boy!
    So far so good with the NM travelers. Glad it’s been uneventful. You just never know with all those miles. Come hell or high water……
    I do not remember my class song. Appropriate tune I’m sure.
    One day you’re slide show WITH music will be a memory. Hang in there!

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