Senior Citizen Day, Spumoni Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
August 21, 2014

Good morning

★~  Todays Quote: “’Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?’ ‘Supposing it didn’t,’ said Pooh. After careful thought Piglet was comforted by this.” ~ A. A. Milne

★~ Senior Citizen Day: 

Senior Citizen Day, Spumoni Day

In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”

★~ Spumoni Day:

Senior Citizen Day, Spumoni Day

Spumoni is an Italian dessert made from layers of ice cream, whipped cream, candied fruit, and nuts. It is typically made with three layers of flavor: chocolate, pistachio, and cherry. Each layer of ice cream is mixed with fruits and nuts.

Spumoni originated in Naples, Italy, and was introduced to America in the 1870s by Italian immigrants. Traditionally, spumoni would include chocolate, cherry, and pistachio gelato. Once in America, Italian ice cream shop owners eliminated the fruit and nuts to keep costs down, and the flavors eventually became chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. But don’t be fooled — American ice cream does not taste like Italian spumoni. Give it a try and see for yourself. But remember, spumoni should always be sliced, never scooped.

★~ Today in History:

Senior Citizen Day, Spumoni Day

♥~ 1959 – President Eisenhower signed the law making Hawaii the 50th state.

♥~ 1984 – Victoria Roche was the first girl to compete in a Little League World Series game. The reserve outfielder from Belgium played in the annual event held in Williamsport, PA with her brother, starting outfielder Jeremy Roche.

♥~ 1984 – Clint Eastwood contributed a hand print and the words, “You made my day,” to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Mann’s Chinese Theatre.

♥~1991- In Independence, Missouri, the owner of a Domino’s Pizza restaurant, dressed as a giant red rabbit to attract business, was knocked unconscious by Bobo the Clown, who was promoting a Pizza Hut across the street. The rabbit declined to press charges.

♥~ 1993 – The soundtrack from Sleepless in Seattle hit number one on the Billboard LP chart. Other hit albums: #2 Black Sunday (Cypress Hill), #3 janet. (Janet Jackson), #4Zooropa (U2), #5 Core (Stone Temple Pilots).

♥~ 1999 – Hua Mei, the giant panda cub, was born at the San Diego Zoo weighing a not-so-giant 4-5 ounces. Her parents are Bai Yun and Shi Shi (they arrived at the zoo on Sep 10, 1996 on a 12-year conservation study). Hua Mei was the first panda born in the U.S. in ten years. Click for fascinating facts about Pandas

★~Born Today:

A-A-Milne-Christopher-Robin, Senior Citizen Day, Spumoni Day

♥~ 1920 –  Christopher Robin Milne was the son of author A. A. Milne. As a child, he was the basis of the character Christopher Robin in his father’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories and in two books of poems. Pooh the bear was gifted to Robin on his first birthday, August 21, 1921

♥~ 1936 – Wilt (Wilton) Chamberlain Basketball Hall of Famer, “Wilt the Stilt,” standing at 7 feet, 1 inch was chosen as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA History: winning two NBA championships, earning four regular-season Most Valuable Player awards, the Rookie of the Year award, one NBA Finals MVP award, and being selected to 13 All-Star Games and ten All-NBA First and Second teams. Chamberlain was subsequently enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, elected into the NBA’s 35th Anniversary Team of 1980. He is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He won seven scoring, nine field goal percentage, and eleven rebounding titles, and once even led the league in assists. Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season, a feat he accomplished nine times. Click to see full size ad above.

♥~ 1938 – Kenny (Kenneth Donald) Rogers Grammy and CMA Award-winning singer: She Believes in Me, Lady, Lucille, Islands in the Stream [w/Dolly Parton], What are We Doin’ in Love [w/Dottie West], Through the Years, We’ve Got Tonight [w/Sheena Easton], You Decorated My Life, Coward of the County, The Gambler; groups: The Kirby Stone Four, The New Christy Minstrels, The First Edition; actor: The Gambler series

♥~ 1959 – Jim McMahon football: quarterback: Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears: Super Bowl XX

★~ Senior Citizen Gallimaufry:

Dorothy Parker, Senior Citizen Day, Spumoni Day

Dorothy Peterson is more than a grandmother in her 80s; she’s a cold-blooded table-tennis assassin. And she’s got the trophy case to prove it. Each year, this Serena Williams of the 85-and-up set treks to the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah and returns home to North Mankato, Minn., with a suitcase full of gold medals.

Peterson’s age and dominance have left her with one problem, though: She can’t find worthy opponents. The Mankato Free Press wrote about her fruitless search for decent competitors. The Associated Press picked up the story, and Peterson became national news. Then a contender stepped forward—a 77-year-old man with his own talk show.

He challenged Peterson to an on-air match, and that’s how Peterson ended up playing Regis Philbin during an episode of Live with Regis and Kelly.

Regis may be the hardest-working man in television, but he couldn’t fend off Peterson’s forehand. The affable host quickly learned what her opponents already knew: Peterson’s wrists may be well into their ninth decade, but they can still generate some vicious spin. By the time the ball stopped bouncing, Peterson had thrashed Regis, 15-6.

These days, Peterson uses her newfound fame to promote an active lifestyle for senior citizens. She closes each interview by reminding her fellow seniors, “If I can do it, you can do it. Age is just a number.” As for her search for competitors, let’s just say that the World Senior Games had a big increase in turn-out for women over 85. Peterson welcomed her new challengers by dominating the women’s singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles competitions. You didn’t think the champ would go easy on the new meat, did you?


Rainy Morno in Chicago which will either cool things down or steam things up. Either way my teen and I will be in the basement soundproofing the ceiling. We did good work yesterday and after today hope to be able to add drywall early next week. Right now I could use a rain day morno snooze which I think I will indulge in!  zzzzzz.

Have a great day!

Odd Loves Company




14 thoughts on “Senior Citizen Day, Spumoni Day

  1. Sounds like a lot of hard work. But I’m sure the results of a soundproofed basement will be satisfying – especially when beagles are at camp 🙂

    • It takes time but is surprisingly easy. Clean up is harder. It will help with most beagles but not the one that snores on my pillow or the upstairs couch. 😀

  2. I’m super-impressed at Ms. Peterson’s table tennis ability; I hate to think of our senior citizens only wasting away and waiting to die. She’s using it before she loses it!

    Never been much for Spumoni. The addition of fruits and nuts wouldn’t be more appealing, either.

    Domer had a Pooh-bear when he was little, and I remember reading him Milne’s books, too. Nice memories!

  3. Morno groan,
    I’ve been poisoned or just have a stomach bug. I may or may not be dying.
    See you tomorrow (I hope) have a good day for both of us.

    • OH NO. I’m so sorry you are sick. I hope it’s just a 24 hour bug. But I must ask if you have ticked anyone off lately?
      Come back well tomorrow! I insist on it.

  4. Ms. Peterson is VERY impressive. Mankato is not that far from me—and the girl that takes care of our kitties is moving into her dorm there today so maybe she will hear of the fame of Ms. Peterson ! Amazing. I only hope that I can be as agile at her age.

    • I could not find out if Ms Peterson is still alive and well. I googled and researched but might have to scratch a little deeper.
      She could really move couldn’t she? Sheesh.

  5. Senior Citizen Day needs to be celebrated everyday.
    A dish of Spumoni sounds like a deal about now.
    I can see the concentration in Dorothy Peterson’s face. Good for her staying so active & being a role model! Winning also helps!
    Feel well Mike ^!
    Send some rain down here please.
    Good evening!

    • I hope you treated yourself to a dish. Winning is a good motivator.
      Blowing rain in your direction but it that fails there is always the ice bucket challenge. Should help with the heat!

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