Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

 Lucille Ball was the face on the first ever cover of the original TV Guide! She then went on to star on 39 covers altogether in her career. Her role in revolutionising the TV sitcom explains just why she graced so many magazines.

She celebrated her 40th birthday before I Love Lucy began airing.
In an industry where women are all too often tossed to the side after 35, Lucy got her biggest break when she was already 40 years old.


The CIA reads up to 5 million Tweets a day.

Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd dusted off their Ghostbusters costumes to visit a terminally ill child who was a fan of the film and wanted to meet them.

 Bill Murray's role in GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) was originally intended for fellow SNL star John Belushi.

Dan Akroyd has played harmonica since he was 17 years old.


Here are two things that are interesting about Paraguay:
Guarani is an indigenous tongue and pretty unique to Paraguay. Spanish is spoken in businesses and in formal settings, but Guarani is spoken in the homes of nearly everyone.

 Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

Here's some trivia about IHOP...

Prior to opening the IHOP breakfast chain with his brother Jerry, co-founder Al Lapin had already found success with a lucrative string of Coffee Time carts, which helped him provide funds for the first IHOP in 1958.

The Lapin brothers perfected the pancake recipe passed down from their mom to create the delightfully fluffy pancakes IHOP diners love to devour.

The Vermont IHOP is the only one with real maple syrup.


Aransas Wildlife Refuge in Texas is the winter home of North America 's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.


That's the trivia for today.

Have a great week!!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Birthdays, Olympics, Family - They Equal Fun, and LOVE!

Here is a lovely picture...
Bailey and I and Nell (whom you can't see) are singing the HAPPY BIRTHDAY song to Mother, and my cousin David.
Mother turned 92 last Friday, and David will turn 71 Feb. 28, and so it seemed to be the time to celebrate Friday night.

It was an easy celebration, as I talked myself into not baking a cake, but to buy cupcakes from Albertons' grocery store. (I think I'm more about 'easy', than anybody I know. And I don't apologize for it.)

Here's Mother reading the birthday card I got her...
I'm getting something else for her birthday, but it hasn't 'come in yet', shall we say.


Sunday night we had an easy meal at our house with Will and his family,
Dave and Sandy, Mother, and Sam and me. 

Here is Will with his 2 biggest fans...
That's 2 year old Liam and 4 year old Nell, his two kiddos.
Boy, do they adore their daddy.

Oh, and they love - and bond - with their mother, Bailey...

And here they're all watching the men's figure skating event in South Korea. 
It was mesmerizing.

Here are Dave and Sandy.
They came all the way from their home state, Iowa,
to celebrate Mother's 92nd birthday, and Dave's 71st birthday. 

By the way, Dave is my oldest first cousin, as he is the oldest grandchild of my mother's parents.

Well, I have to show you this picture of Dave, with his little sister Susan...
Isn't that the sweetest picture?

That was before I was born.
David and Susan had another brother later, and maybe someday I can blog about him.
(I do have a story to tell about Steve.)

I'll close with this family picture after our Sunday supper/Olympic skating fun.
I think that is sweet.
For sure it is loving!

I have more for later,
but that's it for now.


Except this:
My blog has many purposes: it is a photo album;
a commentary of my life and beliefs;
a list of my favorite things in life;
as well as whatever else comes into my mind.

It covers almost everything in my life,
Well, almost, but not everything!!!

See you next time!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

It is illegal to ride on a Mardi Gras parade float in New Orleans without wearing a mask.

New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras parade in 1837. Floats appeared 20 years later.

 New Orleans wasn’t the first place in the United States to celebrate Mardi Gras, however. That was Mobile, Alabama.
It wouldn’t be Fat Tuesday without purple, gold and green beads, but why? The International Business Times says that the King of the first daytime carnival in 1872 selected those colors based on their meaning and he would toss them to people he thought fit that meaning.
Purple = justice
Gold = power
Green = faith


-More than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine's Day.
You can click HERE to find some good Valentine's ideas for dogs or cats.

-Around 3% of pet owners PREFER to give Valentine gifts to their pets, as they are more grateful than humans.

-15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.

-Hallmark produced its first valentine in 1913.

-BBC reports that Shiv Sena, a nationalist political party in India, has spoken out against Valentine's day, calling it "nothing but a Western onslaught on India's culture to attract youth for commercial purposes."


That's it for today!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Birthday Greetings for TWO, plus some Funnies for YOU!

It's February 9, 2018.

That means my mother is 92 today!!!

Now really Mother is more gorgeous than that,
but that is one of my favorite pictures of her since she is so happy
holding her great grandson, Liam,
who is also happy, happy.

Oh, here she is with me and her friend Edith recently in the tea room... 



This date in history also means our nephew is 34 today!!!
Here he is with his dad and cousin Will...
Is anybody else yawning besides me?

I like that picture of handsome John,
and I like its message.



Since we're talking about birthdays, let's talk (and laugh) about aging, okay?

Here we go....

"We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress."
Will Rogers

"Old age is when you resent the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated because there are fewer articles to read." George Burns

"I don’t plan to grow old gracefully. I plan to have face-lifts until my ears meet." Rita Rudner

"An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her."
Agatha Christie

"Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving."
Author Unknown

"I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying."
Woody Allen

"When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of algebra."
Will Rogers

"I’m at an age when my back goes out more than I do."
Phyllis Diller

I'll end with this one..

So there you have my birthday greetings to two very special folks,
AND some sillies for YOU!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

The longest time that a place remained without rain was Arica, Chile – from October, 1903 to January, 1918 – 14 years!


Until they reach 2 years, lions can't roar. Once they learn how to vocalize, their roars can be heard on the distance of up to 5 miles.


Willie Nelson studied martial arts for over 20 years, first in Tae Kwon Do under Sam Um, then studying Gongkwon Yusul under Um. Nelson holds a 5th-degree black belt in the art, having received it in 2014.
On a different note, he is known to have said:
“Three chords and the truth - that's what a country song is.”


Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England -- a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.


Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.


Movie popcorn costs more per ounce than Filet Mignon.
Whoa. I guess that's true.
No wonder I like movie popcorn.


Cuba is the only Caribbean island with a railway.
Hmm. I guess there's a railway there.


You can survive being in outer space without permanent damage for about half a minute.
HALF A MINUTE??? I think there is something wonderful said to be here on earth!!!


Bacteria that cause tooth decay, acne, tuberculosis, and leprosy can be cured with cashews.
Well, I did read that on the Internet,
Surely it's true???


That's all my trivia for today.
There will be more.
Stay tuned.