Grandparents Day, Acorn Squash, Salami

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September 7, 2014

If it looks close, it's because it was!

★~ Today’s Quote:  Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. ~Grandma Moses

★~ Grandparents Day:

Grandparents Day, Acorn Squash, Salami

National Grandparents Day has more than one origin. Some people consider it to have been first proposed by Michael Goldgar in the 1970s after he visited his aunt in an Atlanta nursing home, Spending $11,000 of his own money in lobbying efforts to have the day officially recognized, he made 17 trips to Washington DC over a seven-year span to meet with legislators.

Others consider Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia, to have been the main driver for the day of observance. Throughout the 1970s McQuade worked hard to educate the people about the important contributions senior citizens made and the contributions that they would be willing to make if asked. She also urged people to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year and not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience.

In any event National Grandparents Day was finally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. Marian McQuade received a phone call from the White House to advise her of this event. Many people believe that National Grandparents Day was inspired by her efforts. A presidential proclamation on September 6, 1979, made this day official – it designated Sunday, September 9, 1979, (being the “first Sunday of September following Labor Day”) as National Grandparents Day.

Each year the President is requested to issue a proclamation to: designate the first Sunday in September after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day; and to call on people, groups and organizations to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

The official sf National Grandparents Day is “A Song for Grandma And Grandpa” by Johnny Prill. The official flower for the day is the “forget-me-not” flower

★~  Salami Day!

Grandparents Day, Acorn Squash, Salami

The Salami Appreciation Society (SAS) believes that Salami is a too-often overlooked meat in the world of deli meats, and  deserved it’s day in the sun. Salami has a rich history and is definitely a part of a healthy diet, providing important nutrients such as protein and potassium. It can be eaten on sandwiches, crackers, in pita wraps, tortilla wraps, or even by itself. No one can resist the ultimate duo of salami and cheese! So today be sure to tell your friends about Salami Day so everyone can share in the joy that salami brings to the world!

I love salami on Ritz crackers with a bit of apple and cheese!

★~ Acorn Squash Day: 

Grandparents Day, Acorn Squash, Salami

As summer draws to a close many of us are ready to pull on our soft hoodies and fix soups and stews and and acorn squash! Today is the day to enjoy this sturdy, little tasty gourde. One way to make acorn squash,is to simply cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, drizzle with some oil, salt and pepper and roast until tender. Season with dried spices, fresh herbs, flavored oils, or even sweeteners like honey or maple syrup for extra flavor. Or if you want to get a little fancy Bake a tasty Buttery Sage Acorn Squash Tart. Stuff the squash with pork or go for a Southwestern flavor profile.

How to cut hard squash without shedding blood. 

★~ Today in History:

Grandparents Day, Acorn Squash, Salami

♥~1888 – Edith Eleanor McLean was the first baby to be placed in an incubator. She weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces. Originally, the incubator was called a hatching cradle.

♥~ 1921 – The first Miss America Pageant was held at Atlantic City, New Jersey. This first contest was a promotion to keep tourists in the resort town after the Labor Day holiday (the unofficial end of summer). Miss Washington, D.C. won the contest and received a golden statue of a mermaid as her prize! She was 16-year-old Margaret Gorman.

♥~ 1967 – “The Flying Nun” took off from a convent in Puerto Rico. The popular TV series starred Sally Field as Sister Bertrillle.

♥~1972 – Curtis Mayfield earned a gold record for his Superfly album, from the movie of the same name.

★~Famous Birthdays:

 Dr. Michael DeBake, Grandparents Day, Acorn Squash, Salami

♥~ 1860 – Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson) artist: modern, primitive work: The Old Oaken Bucket, Christmas at Home, The Quilting Bee; first painted at age 78; died Dec 13, 1961

♥~ 1908 – Michael Debakey – Heart and vascular surgery pioneer, medical ambassador and inventor, born in Lake Charles, LA. DeBakey invented the roller pump, which helped make open-heart surgery a possibility, and he made the first connection between smoking and cancer. Performed more than 60,000 operations, and cited by the American Journal of Medicine as perhaps “the greatest surgeon ever.” DeBakey died July 11, 2008

♥~1923 – Peter (Sidney Ernest Aylen) Lawford actor: Rosebud, Ocean’s 11, Mrs. Miniver, The Longest Day, Exodus, The Oscar, Harlow; member: Rat Pack; died Dec 24, 1984

♥~ 1949 – Gloria Gaynor singer: I Will Survive, Never Can Say Goodbye

♥~ 1950 – Julie Kavner Emmy Award-winning actress: Rhoda [1977-78], The Simpson’s: voice of Marge Simpson [1991-92]; The Tracy Ullman Show, This is My Life, Radio Days, I’ll Do Anything,Hannah and Her Sisters

♥~ 1970 – Tom Everett Scott actor: Grace Under Fire, That Thing You Do!, An American Werewolf in Paris, The Love Letter

♥~1987 – Evan Rachael Wood actress: Profiler, Search for Grace, Practical Magic, Once and Again

★~Gallimaufry: Peeling Mango’s, Kiwi’s and Avocados. 



Odd experience some glitches earlier in the day and El Morno was not published until later  So I’m playing catch up. Please feel free to celebrated the missed holidays anytime during the upcoming week.  I hope everyone had a terrific weekend and hopefully you aren’t dreading a Miserable Monday, too much.

Odd Loves Company,

12 thoughts on “Grandparents Day, Acorn Squash, Salami

  1. We can celebrate yesterday today. Happy Grandparents Day.
    Acorn squash always a sure sign that Fall is near.. The stores, of-course, have been pushing Halloween since before school started. I love salami. It’s so good on crackers and I agree very underrated.
    I love Kiwi and I can’t wait to try the new way of peeling it. Thanks.

  2. I’m back. Slow but back. I have no idea what day it is other than Monday Morno.
    I like Salami. Sorry it feels unrecognized. Squash looks good too.
    Debakey was a marvel. Saved a lot of lives including a good friend of mines who met up with him Houston.
    Have a good day.

  3. Life intervenes — again — so I’m late. Sounds as if I might not be the only one, though!

    Why does it take two days to catch up from one day of playing???

    • No not the only one. And wordpress and have been upgrading which has brought it’s own host of problems. The cat’s revenge? (when the cat is out the mice will play….?)

  4. I worked with the Debakey’s dog when I lived in Houston. They were very nice in a strange sort of way. He was a magical surgeon that’s for sure.

    • I think when you’re looking for a surgeon if you don’t find a strange one you should keep looking. What kind of dog did they have?

  5. Acorn squash sure looks like what’s for dinner (wishful)!
    DeBakey was a god-like figure here, of course. Denton Cooley & DeBakey reportedly had quite a rivalry.
    Day late again…… Work gets in the way.

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