Thursday, March 22, 2018

Celebrating some Centennials!

2018 is a great year for many things that have been around for 100 years!!!

For example: Velveeta Cheese (yes, who would have thought!)
(And no, the Velveeta you buy in the store is NOT 100 years old, though it can last quite a while.)

I copied and pasted the following from this site.
"Gooey, orange, delicious. Young Swiss immigrant Emil Frey was an unheralded genius, at least when it comes to nacho technology. Working for the Monroe Cheese Company of Monroe, New York, Frey invented Velveeta in 1918, a few years after he came up with the far less popular Liederkranz cheese."


Lincoln Logs

Generations of American kids have built tiny cabins with Lincoln Logs over the years. Lego may be the dominant player in toddler construction, but these humble brown logs are far more patriotic.

Raggedy Ann

Indiana-based author and painter Johnny Gruelle got a patent for his Raggedy Ann doll in 1915. He introduced the character to the public via a 1918 book, Raggedy Ann Stories. Two years later, Raggedy Andy Stories brought her brother into the world.


Chevy Trucks!

The 1918 One-Ton was the first purpose-built Chevrolet truck. The company is celebrating 100 years with a special Centennial Edition for its Colorado and Silverado 1500 models, along with centennial-themed hats, shirts, jackets, camping gear, and more in its store. Take a look back at the last 100 years of Chevy Trucks at the anniversary website.


Daylight Savings Time.

Spring forward, fall back. Most of us are tired of the practice now. One hundred is a nice round number. Why not call it quits? Anyway, the purpose and usefulness of DST remains heavily debated today. It was intended for an agrarian society, it's about energy… yadda yadda yadda. Actually, its origin has more selfish reasoning. A New Zealand entomologist George Hudson proposed the idea so he could have more daylight to collect insects. A British builder then pushed the concept so that he could have more time to golf, according to the book Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Tim


Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth

 My dear friend/sister-type, Peggy Johnson, is a chaplain there in the cancer ward. Can you imagine that job?
Here she is with her dear husband, Lee...
Lee is the pastor at Bear Valley Church on Precinct Line in Colleyville.
We started that church in 1992.

Not only is Peggy a chaplain for young cancer patients at Cook Medical Center,
she also leads the ESL program at Bear Valley.


Another 100 year old is ...
 Greyhound Lines

 Still one of the most reliable ways to get from A to B (if not the most glamorous), Greyhound has been servicing Canada, the US and Mexico for a century. The company got its start out of Minnesota when a failed car salesman converted his 7-seat automobile into a bus service for local miners.


Oh, here's another thing: World War I.
It was known as The War to End All Wars.
We know how that turned out. Since then, there have been more wars than all those before the WWI.

You can read more about that war by clicking HERE.

On a more positive note, I will close this blog post with my favorite thing that is 100 years old:

EL FENIX is a popular chain of Mexican restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (Texas) and the oldest chain of Mexican restaurants in the U.S. WOW! The name is Spanish for "the phoenix", the legendary bird which, according to mythology, arose from its own ashes. The chain has its headquarters in Dallas.
My mother and her family started eating at El Fenix years and years ago (maybe in the late 1930's - when they moved to Dallas). And that is where my Uncle Warren had his first date with his wife, Aunt Helen. Every time Uncle Warren comes to town (from Tennessee) we go to El Fenix a few times. And ALWAYS he makes a special trip to the Oak Cliff EL FENIX, where he took his sweetheart so many years ago.

For its 100th anniversary EL FENIX is having a special going on: TEX MEX TRIO - a 3 course FIESTA!!
Sam had it when we went with Uncle Warren and Jim to the Grapevine EL FENIX a few weeks ago. It was YUM!!!

So if you are at all near one - go and celebrate EL FENIX's 100th birthday soon!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Leonardo Da Vinci loved animals so much that he used to buy caged animals at the market just to set them free.


Japan has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world. Switzerland, Australia, and Spain are next on the list. Japan's average life expectancy is 84 years.


After the Marvel movie, BLACK PANTHER, was released in the movie theaters, shelters reported an increase of black cats being adopted.


All octopuses have heads, called mantles, surrounded with 8 arms, called tentacles. All vital organs are located in their head.
They have 3 hearts and their blood is blue in color.


Lightning strikes men about seven times more often than it does women.


A U.S. park ranger named Roy C. Sullivan held the record for being struck by lightning the most times, having been struck — and surviving — seven times between 1942 and 1977.
You can click HERE to read what Wikipedia says about him.


Canada has the most lakes of any country, which might explain the country's affinity for so many lake-oriented activities. Parts of Canada even border Michigan and the Great Lakes.


Before dating John F. Kennedy, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy was once engaged to a Wall Street banker named John Husted at the age of 22. She broke it off after three months in 1952, because she was reportedly hesitant about becoming a housewife.


The custom of giving eggs at Easter time has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol of life.


That's it for today.
I hope your week is going well!!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Some funnies for TODAY!

Seth: What do you call a fake Irish stone?
Spencer: What?
Seth: A shamrock!

David: Mom, I met an Irish boy on St. Patrick’s Day.
Mom: Oh, really?
David: No, O’Reilly!

Joe: Why shouldn’t you iron a four-leaf clover?
Bob: Tell me.
Joe: You might press your luck!

Peyton: What did the leprechaun say on March 17?
Cody: I dunno.
Peyton: “Irish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fun home decor and fun food design!

First, some fun home decor...



Now for some fun food...

Well, I thought that was fun.
 You can click HERE for my other blog post with creative home decor, and creative food design.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.

Babies held by amateur sumo wrestlers cry during the 'baby-cry sumo' competition
at the Irugi shrine in Tokyo on September 21, 2014.


Car accidents rise 10% during the first week of daylight savings time.
(You don't need a picture for that.)


Luby’s cafeterias were founded in 1947 in San Antonio, TX by Robert Luby (1910-1998).

Winston Churchill's mother was born in Brooklyn.
That's Lady Churchill with young Winston.


There's this....


Saint Patrick's Day began as a "feast day". To honor him, Christians could put aside their Lenten restrictions on food and alcohol consumption, which is why excessive drinking has become linked to the celebration.


After Hitler ordered the deportation of Denmark's Jewish population, Danish citizens organized a massive evacuation of the Jews to neutral Sweden, despite the risks. In the end, 99% of Danish Jews survived the Holocaust.


There are more than 7,000 languages spoken in the world, and they are constantly changing and adapting based on the community and surroundings. About 1/3 of these languages are on the verge of becoming extinct.


That's all for today.

Have a great week.