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September 29, 2016
★~ Today’s Quote: “Eat a goose on Michaelmas Day, Want not for money all the year” (Goose Day tradition)
★~ National Coffee Day:
Wake up. It’s Eight O’Clock! The best part of waking up, is Folger’s in your cup! Tastes as good as it smells! It only tastes expensive! How many of these coffee slogans do you remember? We’ve come along way since the 25 cent cup of coffee….in my case about $4.70 (Pumpkin Spice, White Chocolate Mocha, Chili Mocha) My 20 year old loves the real deal usually a double shot of espresso. Yuck! Too bitter for this Mom’s taste buds. I love the smell of coffee, but not the taste so I smother it in whip cream and syrups and then I like it. A lot! Starbucks is fine enough for me while the kid has explored and rated most of Chicago’s coffee houses.
However, today all coffee fiends can join hands, rejoice and celebrate their beloved coffee bean with a cuppa of their favorite brew. Dunkin’ Donuts, plans to use National Coffee day to celebrate its 66th birthday, they will be selling medium-sized cups of coffee for 66 cents. Krispy Kreme will offer a free Original Glazed Donut and a free 12 oz cup of coffee. These deals may vary by area.
★~ Michaelmas Day:
The festival of Michaelmas occurs on September 29 and is named after St. Michael, known as the protector of humanity, who inspires qualities of courage, initiative, and steadfastness. As we move away from the expansiveness of summer, the weather turns cooler, the days grow shorter, and we stop and honor St Michael, allowing his strength to help strengthen our will and move us into a more reflective and meditative state as we approach winter.
The Celts celebrated Michaelmas as a way to mark the autumnal equinox — the end of harvest time and the turning of the weather and seasons. In the Christian tradition, St. Michael fights and slays a dragon. Simply put, the dragon is a metaphor for the devil and the temptation to sin.
St Michael’s Day traditions include giving visitors bunches of carrots tied with pieces of red string. Carrots were considered lucky, especially if the carrots had forked roots. A well-fattened goose fed on the stubble from the fields after the harvest is eaten to guarantee the diner good fortune in the coming year and that he or she would be at least $1,000 richer by the end of 12 months. Another tradition is predicting the weather for the coming winter by the color of the breast meat of the Michaelmas goose. Also a posy of Michaelmas daisies or purple asters was used to decorate the dinner table.
On Michaelmas Day, we are invited to consider the resolve we require as we head into winter, the areas that we need to strengthen in ourselves, the fears that we need to face, and the initiatives that will we take.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1916 – John D. Rockefeller’s wealth made him the first American billionaire.
♥~ 1960 – My Three Sons was welcomed into U.S. homes on ABC-TV. Fred MacMurray, who was a movie actor, had a difficult time making the adjustment to the small screen. But adjust he did, and My Three Sons endured so well that CBS bought the successful hit for somewhere between seven and ten million dollars in 1965.
♥~ 1963 – The sitcom My Favorite Martian premiered on CBS-TV. It starred Bill Bixby as Tim O’Hara and Ray Walston as the Martian, Martin O’Hara. The show ran through Sep 4, 1966
♥~ 1987- Thirty Something the debut of the popular baby boomer TV series It starred Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, and Melanie Mayron.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1547- Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, written four centuries ago and now considered to be the first modern novel.
♥~László József Bíró was the inventor of the modern ballpoint pen. Check out Google’s doodle!
♥~ 1907 – (Orvon) Gene Autry ‘The Singing Cowboy’: actor: 100+ cowboy westerns; singer: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine, The Death of Mother Jones, You are My Sunshine, Mexicali Rose, Back in the Saddle Again; owner: California Angels, Golden West Broadcasting; CMA Hall of Famer; only person to have 5 Hollywood Walk of Fame stars [film, radio, TV, stage, records];died Oct 2, 1998
♥~ 1923 – Stanley Berenstain and his wife, Jan, created the Berenstain Bears, a series that now has more than 200 books. They wrote the first, called The Big Honey Hunt, in 1962.
♥~ 1923 – Bum Phillips football coach: Houston Oilers
♥~ 1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis Rock and Roll Hall of Famer :singer: Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On, Great Balls of Fire, Breathless; cousin of singer Mickey Gilley, and evangelist Jimmy Swaggart
★~ Coffee Gallimaufry:
Legend has it that Ethiopian shepherds noticed the effects of caffeine when they saw their goats appearing to become frisky and dance after eating coffee berries.
Originally, coffee was eaten. African tribes mixed coffee berries with fat which formed edible energy balls.
Hawaii is the only state in the US that grows coffee.
In 1675, the king of England banned coffee houses, claiming they were places where people met to conspire against him.
Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth. Old is the first.
Espresso— please say it correctly e-spres-oh!
After coffee beans are decaffeinated, coffee manufacturers sell the caffeine to soft drink makers and pharmaceutical companies.
The average U.S. worker spends $1,092 on coffee each year.
Starbucks is named for Captain Ahab’s first mate. The founders had considered naming it Pequod’s, after Ahab’s ship.
Chock Full O’Nuts coffee does not contain nuts. It’s named for a chain of nut stores the founder converted into coffee shops.
According to legend, Honore de Balzac drank 50 cups of coffee a day to fuel his writing.
In 1932, Brazil couldn’t afford to send its athletes to the Olympics in Los Angeles. So they loaded their ship with coffee and sold it along the way.
In 1674, the “Women’s Petition Against Coffee” said it was turning British men into “useless corpses” and proposed a ban for those under 60.
Coffee was banned in Mecca in 1511. It was believed to stimulate radical thinking and hanging out.
Back in 1991 the first webcam watched a coffee pot. It allowed researchers at Cambridge to monitor the coffee situation without leaving their desks.
I’m off to start my day with a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s dog park day and since we’ve had a lot of rain I suspect it will also be a muddy day. Which means park day will be followed by bath day. However, I’m loving the cool temperatures too much to complain about mud. And a Latte will help keep my happy mood alive and well.
Wishing everyone a terrific Thursday! If you don’t drink coffee, enjoy a beverage that you do love. Cheers!
Odd Loves Company,
3 thoughts on “Coffee Day, Michaelmas Day”
What a great day. I am a big believer in coffee. And believe it or not I still like Folgers. But I can also go for an Americano at Starbucks. My son taught me to order.
I remember Michaelmas from past El Morno’s. Might have to see if Cindy (the florist) has any on those purple flowers for the office. My secretary (now assistant, she says) of, god knows how many years, would like them.
I still like writting with a ball point pen more than typing on a computer.
Have a good one.
HAPPY COFFEE DAY! It deserves all caps, don’t you think?
You know I’m not a coffee drinker, but I’m glad to celebrate the occasion with a cup of hot tea! I used to drink coffee when I was a kid — a splash of coffee, with a LOT of milk and sugar! — but I never developed a taste for it as an adult. Oh well.
Thanks for telling us the traditions of Michaelmas Day. I didn’t know all that. Around here, it’s mostly a day to seek St. Michael’s aid for whatever is ailing you!
Doesn’t Bum Phillips look awesome in his cowboy hat and Sherpa-lined jacket?!?
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