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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bad To The Bone!

Today's History Lesson - 2
History is not limited to just one event on any given day. So, let's turn the page forward from April 29, 1913 and step back in time from today to the year 2004. This day marks the end of an American classic...automobile, that is.
This Day in History: April 29, 2004

From 1897...
Oldsmobile was first manufactured by the Olds Motor Works in Lansing, Michigan, a company founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897. In 1901, the company produced 425 cars, making it the first high-volume gasoline-powered automobile manufacturer. In 1908, Oldsmobile was the second brand, after Buick, to become part of the newly established General Motors (GM). 
'Til the last rolled off the assembly line in 2004

The last dark cherry Alero left the line with
 Lansing Car Assembly’s two most senior employees behind the wheel.
Thousands of people signed their names underneath the hood.
On April 29, 2004, the final Oldsmobile drove off the line at General Motors’ Lansing Car Assembly plant. It was an Alero sedan. That Alero represented the send-off to a nameplate founded in the city more than a century ago by the son of a machinist. It was just not unique enough to pique the interest of young people. When the final Oldsmobile rolled off the assembly line more than 35 million Oldsmobiles had been built during the brand's lifetime.
Not a terribly bad car nor an especially good one, the Alero’s white-bread mediocrity is typical of the small to midsize cars that Detroit has churned out for years,” it wrote. “The Alero is, in fact, a virtual twin of the Pontiac Grand Am. Both are transportation devices, cars for people who don’t like cars very much.”
This marked the end of the road for the Oldsmobile...an automobile well remembered from the 70s and 80s. During those decades, the Oldsmobile Cutlass was America's best-selling auto. 

Olds 442 Cutlass

Bad To The Bone!

Just zip it!

Today's History Lesson

It's never too late in the day to learn something new, especially when that something is a necessary 'connection'. The most popular is probably found on a pair of blue jeans. That is, unless you prefer the skinny, latex pull-on styles that hug your hips and legs like a glove. You know, the 'candle' pants...those that you feel like you were melted and poured in. For today, however, we'll stick with those that necessitate the zipper. 

Begin with an image - fashion without the zipper...

 Ladies' undergarments either laced or hooked as well.
A woman's attire in the 19th century was composed of 6 layers.

 Even men's trousers - NO zipper!

Proceed to your closet - How many articles of clothing do you have that have a zipper? Think about each of those items NOT having the zipper but all of those openings that need to be closed having snaps or hooks & eyes instead. Consider it is Monday morning and time to get ready for work. Need an extra hour? Two? Definitely need more than two hands, especially the ladies!

This Day in History: April 29, 1913 (17?)

Embrace the Past...

Thank you, who perfected that miraculous device, the zipper! Of course, it did not come about without trial and error. Just think back to the number of times you have experienced a broken zipper and multiply that many times over until the zip in the zipper was perfected.
Clasp Locker or
Unlocker for Shoes
This Day Trivia marks April 29, 1913 as the day of the all-purpose zipper

Illustration: Whitcomb Judson's clasp locker

The term "zipper" was coined as an onomatopoeia by B.F. Goodrich, whose company started marketing galoshes featuring the fastener in 1923. Regrettably, Whitcomb Judson died in 1909, and never heard the term, or saw the success, by which his invention would become ubiquitous.
Source: Inventor of the Week Archive
Next time you put on a pair of jeans, slacks, shorts or cutesy top, 'just zip it!' with a smile! Usually it takes only seconds and you are on your way.

Can you imagine this with hooks & eyes?

Shrimp, Shrimp, Scampi, Scampi

Are you wondering what to have for dinner tonight? Think no more. If you are a seafood lover, then today's celebration is exactly what to put on the menu. If it is too late or the necessary ingredients are not on hand, time to go out for dinner!

April 29 is...

National Shrimp Scampi Day

This quick scampi is perfect over pasta or by itself with fresh-squeezed lemon. It serves 2 as a main course and 4 as an appetizer; and it's easy to double for a crowd. Recipe
Shrimp Scampi with Linguine Recipe

Bet you can smell this one! Recipe

If it is too late to celebrate this day's foodie, have it tomorrow! 
It will still be delicious! Any day is the right day for good food!

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

♫Melody is Memory♫

Every day is a day of music. Whether a song makes the charts as a No.1 hit, a new song is released or recordings take place for future announcements, music is in the air. Today is no exception as we span five decades from the 40s through the 80s.

Today in Music History: April 28 

1946 Perry Como's "Prisoner Of Love" hits #1.
1958 "Witch Doctor" by David Seville topped the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks.
1979 "Heart of Glass" by Blondie topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
1987 The Art Of Excellence by Tony Bennett becomes the first album to be initially released on CD instead of the traditional vinyl format.
1964 Elvis Presley, "Viva Las Vegas"
1967 Elvis Presley, "Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On)"
1969 Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago I)

1940 Glenn Miller, "Pennsylvania 6-5000"

1960 Elvis Presley: "Big Boots," "What's She Really Like?," "Pocketful of Rainbows," "Wooden Heart"

1966 The Beatles, "Eleanor Rigby"


And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Oh, my! Pie! Pie! Pie!

My! My! My! It's Pie! Pie! Pie! Not just any pie but this pie is filled with blueberries, or star berries as the Native Americans called them. The humble blueberry is one of few blue foods, one of nature’s super foods, and one that is native to the Americas. The state of Maine is the larger producer of blueberries in the world with more than 60,000 acres being farmed. In the United States and Canada, harvesting season can run from early May in the warmer portions to the end of August in the northern-most area.

April 28 is...
National Blueberry Pie Day
OMG! That looks good!

What could be more enjoyable than a slice of, delicious, Blueberry Pie? 

Wild Maine Blueberries in Greenfield, MA
Blueberries are packed with rich flavor, high in antioxidants, are known to improve memory function and can reduce the effects of aging. The chemicals found in blueberries may contribute to fighting diseases and prevention against certain cancers. Of course, it is widely known the blueberry pie is one of the best pies ever, second only to strawberry! It is no wonder we should have a special day, National Blueberry Pie Day, in which to celebrate and eat all the pie we want!

Americans have been enjoying blueberry pies since colonial times and there is no shortage of scrumptious recipes. Why not have your own blueberry pie celebration by making a pie, or blueberry themed dishes? As well as using traditional blueberry pie recipes, why not experiment with some new ones? Adding ricotta cheese to the filling, will add a creamy twist to the pie or adding black pepper, combined with warm spices, will give your pie a real kick! Add a little extra zing with a teaspoon of lemon zest in the pie crust dough!

Recipe of the Day...


Don't want to bake a whole pie?


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How about a blueberry pie cupcake?

 Lemony Blueberry Pie Cupcake Recipe

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!