Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Today, a part of Plymouth, Massachusetts, looks just as it did in the 17th century.

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The woman behind "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is also responsible for Thanksgiving's recognition as a national holiday. In 1863, writer and editor Sarah Josepha Hale convinced President Abraham Lincoln to officially declare Thanksgiving a national holiday that recurred every year. She wrote countless articles and letters to persuade the president — and the rest is history! 

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You might consume up to 229 grams of fat during the big meal.We hate to break it to you, but that's about three to four times the amount of fat you should eat in a day. You're probably also wondering how many calories you might eat — and unfortunately an entire Thanksgiving meal could total over 3,000 calories. 


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Most Americans like Thanksgiving leftovers more than the actual meal.

Almost eight in 10 agree that the second helpings of stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pie beat out the big dinner itself, according to a 2015 Harris Poll.


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Only male turkeys, fittingly called gobblers, actually make the gobble sound. Female turkeys cackle instead.
You can click HERE to learn how to tell the difference between a male and a female turkey.


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An estimated 50 million pumpkin pies are eaten on Thanksgiving.


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Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.


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The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade didn't feature any balloons.

But when the parade made its big debut in 1924, it did have something that might be even cooler than balloons: animals from the Central Park Zoo.

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 German American illustrator Tony Starg, who completed illustrations for Good Housekeeping, also had a passion for puppetry, which he used make the amazing floats come to life in 1927.
 

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That's all for today.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving week: some treasures

Being thankful is wonderful.
It's hard to worry, if you're thinking of things to be thankful for.

Here are a few of mine.

First, this picture...
I love this picture on so many levels!
(That is my grandson with his other grandparents and his dad and his Aunt Victoria.

That picture just makes me smile big time.

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I'm also thankful for this...
That is my hubby walking his grands to the nearby park, near St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Sam is a wonderful 'Daddy-Pap'.


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I'm also thankful for...
Frank.
Papa Frank built doll houses for his great granddaughters
and now is building a barn for his great grandson.

He and his wife (my precious Aunt Helen) were both widowed years ago
and found each other in the early 1990's.
We are so glad they did!!!

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I'm also thankful for...
Kurt Kaiser.

He was a prolific Christian songwriter. Sadly he died on November 12 at age 83.
He wrote one of my most favorite songs.
The first time I heard it I LOVED IT!
I was, I think, 17 years old - at a Baptist youth event at First Baptist, Edinburg, TX.
This is how it sounded when I first heard it. (Oh, and I sang in the musical TELL IT LIKE IT IS - in 1968. Our Valley Baptist youth choir even performed it on South Padre Island - in the pavilion. What a thrill. Anyway, here it is, as I first remember it.


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I'm also thankful for...
Teri!
She's the lady in the picture.
Technically she is my first cousin-once removed.
Her dad is my cousin Dave.
Teri is the first great grandchild of my mother's parents, Earl and Ora White.
Teri and I don't get together very often (she lives in Wisconsin),
but when we do we just talk and talk and oh my, I love her so.


Here is her family in an earlier picture...
Beautiful family, huh?


And here she is in high school (in Marshalltown, Iowa.)
OH, and it happens to be her birthday today!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TERI!!!!!!

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There are other things I'm thankful for - like oxygen, a cozy bed, a loving family, etc., etc., but I'll close for now.

I like thinking about what and whom I'm thankful for.
It is good for my soul.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.



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Even though piano keys are referred to as the "ivories," they haven't been made out of ivory since the 1940s to protect endangered species. Today, they are most often made of plastic or resin.


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Pet parrots can eat virtually any common "people-food" except for chocolate and avocados. Both of these are highly toxic to the parrot and can be fatal.


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Barack Obama proposed to Michelle at a Chicago restaurant and the ring arrived on a tray with the dessert.

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Johnny Mathis was born in Gilmer, Texas, in 1935, the fourth of seven children of Clem Mathis and his wife, Mildred Boyd.
Johnny Mathis is one of the relatively few popular singers who received years of professional voice training that included opera.

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Tennessee won its nickname as The Volunteer State during the War of 1812 when volunteer soldiers from Tennessee displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans.


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An average American consumes 46 pizza slices in a single year. That’s quite an amount which explains why there are 69,000 pizzerias spread all across America.

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Surgeons who listen to music during operations perform better than those who don't .


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Burger King is America’s fastest drive-thru chain, a recent study found.




That's all for today.

Have a great week!!!


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Five years ago today...

Penelope Faye was born!
She goes by Nell, and here she is through the years...

... with part of her adoring family...



With her gorgeous Mimi.



Nell has beautiful parents.


With her daddy...




Well, I need to move on or we'll be here forever looking at my oldest grandchild.


Oh, well, here's her aunt feeding her...

With her gorgeous mommy...



With Nana...


With her happy Grammy...
You can't see Nell much, but I love this picture of me and her. Yeah.


On the trampoline with Caroline, Andrew and Anna...


With Daddy-Pap...




Halloween 2015, as Princess Leia...


Her baby brother was born the very next day....


Here's Nell with Nana and Baby Liam...


















With 'Uncle Jim'...






I know. Those were a LOT of pictures.
Well, after all, she IS my first grandchild.

And I told her I was going to take some down, since there were so very many.
"NO! I love them all," she said.

I said, "Okay!"



HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NELL!!!!!
WE LOVE YOU!!!!