Book Lovers, Polka, Rice Pudding

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
August 9, 2014

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★~ Today’s Quote: “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”  ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

★~ National Book Lovers Day:

Book Lovers Day, Polka Day, Rice Pudding Day

Book Lovers Day encourages us to kick back and relax with a great book. From shaded spots under arching trees to being tucked up warm in bed, there’s no better way to celebrate Book Lovers Day than to while the hours away lost in a book. Here is a short list of some of the books I’ve enjoyed this summer.

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands  (Chris Bohjalian)

The Cuckoo’s Calling: A Cormoran Strike Novel   (Robert Galbraith)

The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike Book 2 (Robert Galbraith)

What books have you enjoyed recently?

★~ Polka Day:

Book Lovers Day, Polka Day, Rice Pudding Day

The polka is a snappy dance that originated in Bohemia in the 1800s. Some believe a peasant girl named Anna Slezak actually “invented” the dance in 1834. The dance quickly spread to ballrooms around the world and the rest, as they say, is history.

The basic step consists of a continuous series of triple “step-close-steps” accompanied by polka music.

Some may be inclined to poke fun at the polka, but don’t knock it till you try it. Grab the accordion, put on those dancin’ shoes, and party down polka style.

★~Rice Pudding:

Book Lovers Day, Polka Day, Rice Pudding Day

Almost every region of the world has its own take on rice pudding. Some versions are sweet while others are savory, and some are thick while others are thin. In the United States, most people serve their rice pudding sweetened with a sprinkle of nutmeg and raisins.

Not My Grandma’s Rice Pudding Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. MAKES: 4-6 servings
1-1/2 cups cooked rice
1/4 cup raisins
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Additional milk, optional

Place rice and raisins in a greased 1-qt. casserole. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, sugar and nutmeg; pour over rice.

Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool. Pour milk over each serving if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 4-6 servings.

★~ Today in History:

Book Lovers Day, Polka Day, Rice Pudding Day

♥~ 1944 – Smokey Bear, an advertising character by the U.S. Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council, made his debut on a poster promoting forest-fire prevention. Remember, “Only you can prevent forest fires.”

♥~ 1975 – New Orleans, Louisiana was celebrating– and it wasn’t even Mardi Gras time. The Superdome was opened as the hometown Saints met the Houston Oilers in an exhibition football game. The Oilers won handily, 31-7, in what was described as “a very lackluster” game. The Superdome cost $163 million to construct .

♥~ 1999 – 14-year-old Ryan Tripp of Beaver, Utah, finished mowing the lawn at the Hawaii state Capitol and announced his retirement. He had mowed the lawns at all 50 state capitols, except Alaska where the capitol had no lawn, so he mowed at the governor’s house.

♥ ~ 2005 – NY radio station WQHT Hot 97 was fined a whopping $240,000 (£134,480) for running an on-air contest where young women were encouraged to slap each other silly to win cash and other prizes. The money went to a domestic awareness charity.

★~Born Today:

Book Lovers Day, Polka Day, Rice Pudding Day

♥~ 1593 – Isaac (Isaak) Walton author:  A long, long time ago — several centuries, to be exact — Isaac Walton (often spelled Isaak Walton) was born in Stafford, England. It was 1593 and his parents had no idea that they were going to raise a fishing expert, and a knighted one, at that.

When Isaac was growing up he spent a lot of time studying the art of fishing. By the time he was seventy years old, he had written the masterwork on angling, titled, The Compleat AnglerSir Isaac Walton was pretty clear about the fact that no matter how many years you’ve spent fishing, you’ll never quite get it right, even if you read his book. He said, “Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics, that it can never be fully learned.” Gone fishing.

♥~ 1944 – Sam Elliott actor: Gettysburg, Lonesome Dove, Mask, Tombstone, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, TVs Mission Impossible

♥~ 1957 – Melanie Griffith actress: Working Girl, Night Moves, Smile, A Stranger Among Us, Born Yesterday, Mulholland Falls, Lolita [1997], Crazy in Alabama; actress Tippi Hedren’s daughter

★~ Book Lovers Gallimaufry:


Meet Philani Dladla, a 24-year-old book lover who lives on the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa. Instead of panhandling to survive, the so-called “Pavement Bookworm” reads, reviews, and sells books in order to earn a living. Dladla deep appreciation for the value of books was sparked when he managed to rescue himself from drug addiction by reading self-help books. Now, Dladla acts as an unlikely book ambassador and role model for young people.



It’s really hard to stay focused on finishing things when your friends send you cool things like this dog video and you start planning with your teen where to build it in the yard!  I feel a little like the person who goes on a diet and is gifted a dozen donuts. But we will stay strong to our current creed – Finish before you start.

I broke up with the Container Store this week.  I’ve decided it’s easier to get rid of stuff then organize it.  If we don’t love it or use it; we are rehoming it or pitching it. The egg cooker? Gone. However, I’m not totally blowing the Container Store off, we’ve meant too much to one another for too many years. We’ll have a brief holiday fling in the gift wrap aisle.

Randomly speaking,  we were given some fresh Salmon this past week. Cole cooked it, I tasted it and liked it, but I couldn’t eat it. I kept picturing it swimming happily in the ocean or wherever Salmon swims before it took the bait and bit it. It was just too fresh for me. I like Salmon sealed cryogenically from Cosco. My teen on the other hand enjoyed every fresh bite, “Mom, it’s over for the Salmon might as well do him justice.”  Let justice ring, I passed him my Salmon.

Odd Loves Company!

16 thoughts on “Book Lovers, Polka, Rice Pudding

  1. Good morno to you-o! I loved the video of Philani! What a great guy! And quite the book ambassador. Very impressive array of books to share with his reader friends. Awesome!
    Have read some great books this summer–am reading F is for Fugitive now by Sue Grafton and it is pretty good. The last one I read that I LOVED was Watching You by Michael Robotham. GREAT book.
    As for salmon—I wish I could say that I love it but I don’t. I like every kind of fish but salmon. For some reason I have never acquired the taste for it but I do wish I liked it because it is so good for you. Oh well, I will stick with my other fish and eat them instead.

    • Homeless with focus and a mission. Now why is that guy homeless? I know, leave it alone, but I still wonder! How about a job in an inner city library or park program- not shelving books but inspiring readers. Background check, small apartment and a mentor. What can I say….
      Odd about Salmon I love it bones and all–just not straight from the stream.

  2. Morno,
    How can you not like fresh fish? So tasty and good for you. No offense to Cole but maybe it was they way it was cooked?
    Polka. My grandparents were fans of the Polka. And as I recall pretty good at it.
    Every once in awhile my son passes along a good book. I’ll have to look up the title.
    Off to play golf. We are getting a late start. I hope I don’t melt.
    Have a good one.

    • It’s just too fishy. I do like Salmon so maybe it was how it was fixed. I eat another bite.
      Did your grandparents teach you and your sis how to polka?

  3. Oh, my. That dog “entertainer-thingy” is a hoot! I can totally see your campers begging to play in something like that. Dallas, being my one and only dog, wouldn’t have as much fun with it — unless, I of course, played “chase” with him!!
    Not much for rice pudding. Or salmon. I wish I liked salmon, but honestly, tuna tastes so much better (and doesn’t have all those bones!)
    I love the Container Store and wish we had one! But I know what you mean about STUFF running you over. Gotta pare down every now and then.
    I just finished reading The Racketeer by John Grisham. Usually, I love his work, but this was a disappointment. It’s hard to root for a protagonist you don’t like, ha!

    • Dallas doesn’t have playmates. . .not that he needs them since you spend so much time with him.
      I haven’t had tuna in ages. We’ll have to grill some soon.
      The container store (much like office supplies stores) is evil when it comes to selling me clever stuff I don’t really need. Maybe you would stay strong. I cave the moment I walk through the door.
      John Grisham is so good. I didn’t pick up Racketeer tho. I guess I am glad that I skipped it.

  4. Grilled salmon……I can definitely go for that any day of the week! Rice pudding? No.
    The book guy is impressive. He doesn’t seem to be like the other homeless I have seen.
    Entertainment reading this summer included the number (Janet Evanovich) & alphabet (Sue Grafton ^) mystery writers. I’m waiting for JE’s Top Secret 21 to land on the shelves at Half Priced Books. I finished SG’s latest, W is for Wasted, the other day. Yes, I have read them all in order!
    Fun playground equipment for the pups. You wonder what they’re thinking here?!
    Be brave & brutal with getting rid of stuff. It’ll all make sense once it’s finished. You can do it!
    Good afternoon!

    • I like grilled salmon from Cosco just not straight from the wild.
      Janet Evanovich can be so funny! Impressive that you have read them in order!
      Ruthless is my middle name. Kind of.

  5. I’m not a fan of salmon or rice pudding. Although truthfully, I’ve never tasted either one. I tried but I just don’t care for fish fixed anyway. Rasins don’t appeal to me either, nor does pudding. I’m not a really picky eater, i consider myself a discerning eater.

  6. The Puppy Playground looks wonderful – they were having so much fun, I couldn’t quite tell *how many* pups there actually were! 🙂 <3
    I can definitely see you putting one of those in your backyard.

  7. My mother made the best rice pudding, which I didn’t eat, but everyone else loved it and wanted her to make it for get together’s. Salmon….I’m with Beth Ann on this.. I just don’t like the taste at all. Like all other fish though.

    • Funny. I’m not a huge fish lover but I like Salmon as long as it’s not fresh. I guess it’s too fishy tasting or something. Sounds like your Mom has the pudding touch! 😀

  8. About that doggie playground…. it is definitely a must have for your campers! Look at the great fun they are having and keeping exercised and just having a great time. Oh Yes.. a must have. Get going on it.

    • Current project is building a pool the size of the kiddie pools with some drainage but after that we are onto the hill-tunnel! So much fun.

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