Pickle Day, Loosen Up Lighten Up Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
November 14, 2014

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★~Friday Giggle:  Q: What does the non-believing pickle say? A: You’re gherkin my chain.


★~ Pickle Day:

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The Pickle has been popular for thousands of years. In fact Cleopatra “attributed her good looks to a hearty diet of pickles” according to the New York Food Museum.  Today we honor the pickle as a condiment, snack, or side dish. The Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American eats 8.5 lbs of pickles a year.

Pucker up!

 ★~ Loosen Up Lighten Up Day:

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LU-LU Day! is all about celebrating joy and laughter.  Don’t worry be happy! Is today’s motto.

★~ Today In History:

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♥~ 1851 – “Call me Ishmael. Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world…” Thus begins Herman Melville’s book Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, which was first published in New York City by Harpoon & Brothers (or was that Harper and Brothers?)

♥~ 1987 – The Dirty Dancing movie soundtrack was the number one album in the U.S. It was number one for a total of eighteen weeks.

♥~ 2007 – A sculpture of a stainless steel heart hanging from a golden bow sold for $23.6 million at a Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sale in New York. The piece, by artist Jeff Koons, was the most expensive piece by a living artist ever auctioned.

♥~ 2008 – The U.S. Army promoted a woman to the rank of four-star general for the first time. Ann Dunwoody received her fourth star on this day in a ceremony held at the Pentagon in Washington DC.

★~ Born Today:

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♥~ 1840 – Claude Monet artist: Water Lilies, La Grenouillere, Impression: Sunrise, Old St. Lazare Station, Paris; died Dec 5, 1926

♥~ 1907 – Astrid Lindgren, author-  She grew up on a farm in southern Sweden, playing with her brothers and sisters and listening to her family tell stories. Eventually she got married, had a daughter, and gave up working at age 24 in order to stay home and take care of her kids. One day, her daughter, Karin, was sick in bed, so Astrid started telling her stories of a spunky, strong, independent girl who mocks adults and manages to get by just fine without a family, caution, education, or the opposite sex. The girls name was Pippi Longstocking, with magical powers, a pet monkey, freckles, and bright red pigtails that stuck out on either side of her head. The book was published as Pippi Långstrump(1945) in Sweden, Pippi Longstocking in English, and it became one of the most beloved children’s books of all time

♥~ 1927 – McLean Stevenson actor: M*A*S*H, The McLean Stevenson Show, Hello Larry, The Tim Conway Comedy Hour, The Doris Day Show, Condo; died Feb 15, 1996

♥~ 1948 – Prince Charles (of Wales) (Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor  Mountbatten) heir to British throne.

★~ Clean Smell Gallimaufry:

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We love to reuse jars and may be addicted to mason jars.  Occasional though our efforts are thwarted by the smells of its previous contents.  Usually the culprit is garlic, garlic-based, or pickled.

There is, however, a quick and easy way to get that old stink out of your jar and make it usable again. You just need two things…

Mustard & Water

Yes, mustard! Turns out basic yellow mustard (no need to get the fancy Dijon or whole-grain kind) or mustard powder (if you have some in your spice drawer) mixed with hot water will get out the smell.

Pour about a teaspoon of the yellow stuff in the bottom, add hot water and swirl or shake the solution with the lid on. Throw out the water, and then wash and rinse your glass container. It’s like the Ghost of Pickled Onions Past was never even there.

Why is mustard so good at dispelling odors? There is vinegar present in most mustard condiments and mustard seed itself is known as a rubefacient, or a substance that causes the skin to redden because it creates heat. Perhaps those factors in combination with the pungent, powerful, and volatile compounds in mustard seeds themselves helps get rid of stinky stuff.

It definitely works, try it the next time you want to reuse that pickle jar!


Home Sweet Home Friday. No place to run off too, just a day at home with my campers, computer, camera, and a pot of tea for the morning and little cokes for the afternoon. My teen wants to explore Merz Apothecary so we may meander over there this afternoon, or not. And I’m planning to make stew and fry up some of my own doughnuts. What are your plans for the weekend?

Odd Loves Company,



Q: What do you get when you cross a deer and a pickle?

A: A dilldoe

9 thoughts on “Pickle Day, Loosen Up Lighten Up Day

  1. Pingback: Pickle Day, Loosen Up Lighten Up Day - Odd Loves Company

  2. Morno,
    I’m lightening up on the golf course. Looks like today will be the only pretty day going into the weekend.
    What do you call a pickle you buy at a great price? A: A sweet Dill! I like pickles.
    Interesting about removing smells with Mustard. Does this tip work on other things? A friend of mine had some golf clubs skunked last summer (long Ohio story) and they still smell.
    Have a good home day.

    • Hope you had good weather and a good game.
      The mustard tip does work on other things including Skunk road kill on your car tires. So I suspect rubbing some into the golf clubs, leaving it on for awhile, and rinsing would get rid of the smell. It can’t hurt.
      Sweet dill? Not bad. Not good, either.

  3. Must try the mustard dip. I love interesting bottles and jars for all kinds of things but like to get the old smell out before I use them.
    I enjoy a good pickle as long as I’m not in one.

  4. No big plans for the weekend — my team has a bye on Saturday, but I expect to watch ND play Northwestern.

    They’re talking snow showers (hopefully, nothing will stick!), so a pot of tea and several uninterrupted hours writing sounds awfully good to me.

    Didn’t know that about mustard. Now I’m going to have to find something to try it out on!

    • GO ND. I don’t have any alliance to Northwestern. Although when Cole was a tot he looked cute in an oversized sweatshirt he was gifted. Love deep purple.
      Snow, cold, polar vortex…I could handle it all a lot better if the weather people would just stop going on and on about it. They had already overused the word Polar vortex in September.
      I’ve now learned mustard works on all types of smells. The seeds are even good for shoe smells.

  5. Bread & Butter pickles for me. Dill once in a while.
    That elephant looks like it’s really moving!
    Usable tip. Mustard, huh? My guess would have been vinegar. Need to remember this.
    Nik has an appointment tomorrow. Will then have lunch with a newly retired former colleague. She’s getting her Boston Terrier pup in a couple weeks. Yep…..talking dogs! Will try to fit in a couple hours at the farm, too.
    Another beautifully nippy day! Good to see people in cold weather wear.

    • Sounds like a fun weekend all the way around. Boston terrier pups are so cute and tell your friend they look great in hats!
      I thought vinegar too but the mustard really works. I used the seeds.
      Cold here too. Light snow. It always amuses me how surprised people are. “Gosh, looks like it’s gonna get cold.” Indeed.

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