Root Beer Float Day, Wiggle Your Toes Day, Fresh Breath Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno ♥~★~★~♥ ~
August 6, 2014


★~ Today’s Quote: “Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That’s one of my favorite things to say. So what.”  ― Andy Warhol

★~ Root Beer Float Day:

What’s better than an ice-cold root beer on a summer day? Nothing. Smooth vanilla ice cream, coppery root beer, and frothy foam have made the root beer float an all-American classic. Root beer has been manufactured, bottled, and sold since 1880, and the story they’re sticking to is that the root beer float (sometimes referred to as “a black cow”) was invented 13 years later. Looking out the window late one night in Cripple Creek, Colorado, Frank Wisner caught a glimpse the snow atop nearby Cow Mountain, illuminated by the light of the full moon.  The view inspired him to float a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of his glass of root beer. The tasty treat was tremendously popular with the town’s children, who then called it a “black cow.”

★~Wiggle Your Toes Day:

I thought I would just show off my toes to celebrate this auspicious day.

★~ Fresh Breath Day: 

dog breath

Holy Halitosis! Grab some breath mints and celebrate fresh breath day!

The origins of the breath mint can be traced back to the Egyptians.  It seems their teeth suffered badly from the sand and grit resulting from stone-grinding their flour, and since dentists were not yet an option, decayed, odorous mouths were common. Breath mints were made by boiling together frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon and honey. The solids were then fashioned into pellets and voila fresh breath!

If your pantry is low on frankincense, and myrrh, try these tips.

Drink more water.  Six to eight glasses of water will generate saliva rich in oxygen. Oxygen in saliva kills bacteria that causes bad breath.

Avoid alcohol and sugar – both produce a sulfur-producing bacteria underneath your tongue and in the throat and tonsils that can lead to bad breath.

Alcohol leads to dry mouth and a dry mouth is a perfect place for bad bacteria to breed.

Reduce your coffee and anything high in acid, like tomatoes or citrus drinks. Acid helps produce the bad bacteria leading to halitosis.

Medications can lead to bad breath – 70 percent of prescription medications create dry mouth.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1926 – Nineteen-year-old Gertrude Ederle from New York became the first woman to swim the English Channel and she picked this day to do it. She accomplished the feat in 14 hours and 31 minutes, breaking the men’s record by 2 hours.

♥~ 1980 –  On General Hospital Luke and Laura spent a romantic evening locked inside Wyndham’s department store.

♥~ 1992 –  Harold Russell, going against the wishes of the Motion Picture Academy, sold his Oscar statuette for $60,500 to pay for his wife’s eye surgery. He had won the award in 1947 for The Best Years of Our Lives. It was the first Oscar to be sold.

★~ Born Today:


♥~ 1809 – Alfred Tennyson England’s Poet Laureate [1850]: The Charge of the Light Brigade, In Memoriam, The Lady of Shalott, The Lotuseaters, The Idylls of the King, Maud, Enoch Arden, Locksley Hall Sixty Years After; died Oct 6, 1892

♥~ 1911 – Lucille Ball Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: I Love Lucy [1952, 1953], The Lucy Show [1966-67, 1967-68], 12th Annual Atlas Governor’s Award [1988-89]; The Lucille Ball Comedy Hour, Yours, Mine and Ours, Mame; died April 26, 1989

♥~ 1917 – Robert Mitchum actor: The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Cape Fear, A Family for Joe, African Skies, Night of the Hunter, The Story of G.I. Joe; commercials: “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.”; died July 1, 1997

♥~ 1928 – Andy Warhol (Warhola) filmmaker, pop artist: Campbell Soup; “In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.”;died Feb 22, 1987

★~ Gallimaufry: Cinderella Surgery 

Cinderella Surgery

Cosmetic foot surgery is now the latest bizarre trend in the beauty enhancement industry. Also known as ‘Cinderella Surgery’, the controversial procedure involves altering the size and shape of women’s toes to perfectly fit into high-heeled designer shoes.

The surgery promises to shorten or lengthen toes, shave off excess bone to remove lumps and bumps, and even suck off excess fat from big toes. It first gained popularity in the United States, but the trend is now catching up rapidly in the UK and other countries around the world. Cosmetic clinics offering this kind of surgery are capitalizing on the deep yearning that women seem to have for perfect feet.

According to podiatric surgeon Dr. Jason Hargrave, “Cosmetic foot surgery is a rapidly growing trend, fuelled by the popularity of the Sex-And-The-City-style killer heels. They’re seen as the most glamorous, desirable accessory, and not being able to wear them can be depressing.” He says that all his patients long to wear open-toed shoes, but can’t because they hate their feet.

I think, El Morno friend Debbie, found a better less expensive solution Yoga for the Feet .


Our goals for finishing things this week has been going pretty well. I’ll post pictures of the picnic table later. It had a make-over. The ceiling in the basement is in the works. Chopper, the French bull dog, is progressing with his skate board skills, and will be ready to show off in a day or two. Maybe.  I have a cupcake post, and Bear post almost completed. Our finish list is long, but our motivation is mighty!

One of Cole’s playmates left for Florida this morning to start her college adventure. I cried. I tried to insist all our kids stay within two hours driving distance of home, but some of them are poor listeners. Of-course, her Mom’s have prepared her well to go forth and conquer college. And I’m sure her family will make it more than clear to, one and all, that she has a steadfast fan club back home that can kick butt as needed. . .I sent her a Starbucks card; I want her to be prepared for anything.

Hi Ho off to finish I go. I hope you’ll join me for a root beer float later today!

Odd Loves Company,

8 thoughts on “Root Beer Float Day, Wiggle Your Toes Day, Fresh Breath Day

  1. Morno,
    Those are the most talented toes I’ve seen in a long time. The blue polish is interesting.
    A rootbeer float sounds good. Maybe I’ll stop at DQ later today.
    Women really get so depressed over their feet that they are willing to have them cut on? I could understand fixing a big ugly nose but not ugly toes. Dumb idea, in my humble opinion.
    Have a good one.

    • Thank you. Usually I wear bright pink on my toes but I branched out.
      I think it is a dumb idea too. A nose is fair game.

  2. I am fascinated by your flexible toes! You’re quite fortunate, you know, so keep practicing. Really? You can open doors with your feet? I never tried that. And I know Dallas would never stand for me petting him with my feet (though I imagine his furs would feel GOOD on my toes!)

    I used to love Black Cows, back in the day when I could tolerate caffeinated beverages. Sigh. Sure would taste good on a hot summer’s day.

    Thanks for the shout-out! I’m still wearing my Yoga Toes every single day for an hour or more, and I do believe they’ve helped. Much more flexible and less pain.

    I can’t fathom surgery to fit into stilettos. To relieve pain? Yes. To fix an obvious flaw? Maybe. But not just to fit into pretty shoes. After all, the fashion industry is pretty fickle and who knows what new fad they’ll come out with — after everybody struggles to get pretty feet!!

    • Most dogs hate it when you pat them with your feet. I respect that. Rascal doesn’t seem to mind and loves being on camera. The pay is good.
      My yoga toes are due to arrive this week. I can’t wait to try them.
      Yes, when we spend the money for a do over lets make it count! Shall we? 😀

  3. Did you do any toe exercises for your plantar fasciitis? Picking up marbles, scrunching up a towel on the floor,…..?
    Cosmetic foot surgery is nuts. Foot/toe issues would be a different matter.
    A Root Beer float is a great idea! Haven’t had one in ages.
    I’m interested in the basement project!
    Good day!

    • I do foot exercises everyday and I’m constantly picking up things with my feet. I’ve picked up marbles but I have scrunched the towel. My plantar fasciitis is much better the shoes really helped. I guess you are never really cured but you can minimize the pain.
      Agree about non essential foot surgery. My chin. If I was going to do cosmetic surgery it would be for my chin never my feet.

  4. You had your toe nails painted BLUE? BLUE!!! What possesed you.
    A root beer float does sound good. Maybe when I go to the store tomorrow I’ll get root beer.
    Nope I’m not in favor of cosmetic foot surgery. I’ve had non cosmetic foot surgery and it hurts like hell.

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