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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wednesday Hodge Podge

1. Summer is upon us this week in the Northern hemisphere. Tell us three things on your summer bucket list.

lots of getting out in nature and enjoying the outdoors

2. Something fun you used to do as a kid in the summertime?

swimming, bike riding, again getting outside and having lots of fun

3. Rooftop or backyard? Why?

I don't really care but I am a bit scared of heights. So I must likely would say backyard

4. Do you read food labels? Place importance on them? Make an effort to find out/care about where your food comes from?

yes I do with my health issues I pay and more attention to what is in my food

5. A song you'll have on repeat this summer?

american Kid by Kenny Chesney

6. Insert your own random thought here.

While I am not sure what I will all be doing this summer but I do know  that it will all be dealing with my children, grand-children and family

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cucumber for Ant Bites

Ants are normally social insects that live in colonies with thousand other nest mates. They often do not make friends with two legged creatures such as us. In fact they are often a nuisance if they are found in your house. Ant bites can bite or sting when they sense danger. To control the biting and treat the wounds here are a few tips:

Black Carpenter Ants:
most common ant, they are distinguished by large size and smooth rounded thorax. They live in hollow trees, logs, firewood, and wood exposed to water. When a carpenter ant feels that their nest is in danger they will naturally attack any predator. They do not sting , rather they will bite. If a bite does happen they often will spray a formic acid into the wound that will increase the pain. The bite will resemble a small welt, minor swelling and inchiness

Red pavement ants:
The kings of the sidewalks, driveways and all types of pavement. These ants may also be located on kitchen counters or on picnic table in search of sugary crumbs. While their name indicates red color they may be red brown to a blackish brown color. They are rather small normally no bigger than 4-5 mm long. These ants sting with a non-poisonous venom. The venom does cause an allergic reactions or rash for people with sensitive skin.

Fire Ants:
Often known as Red Fire Ants are often light brown in color but there are fire ants that are black. The red fire ant bite is more painful but both the black and red are no more than 1/8 inch long. This type of ant is most commonly found in southern area of the United States. Fire ants are very protective of their territory and will fight aggressively if they feel a threat. Multiple bites with venom injected causes severe pain that leads to swelling and pus filled blisters and infection.

Most ant bites are minor in nature and often require a doctors visit. Ants with venomous stings can cause allergic reactions. Nausea, severe swelling, difficulty breathing may result and require immediate medical help. To clean and treat ant bites or stings at home start by:

  • washing the wound with soap and water
  • dab on rubbing alcohol to prevent infection
  • ice should be applied to sting to aid with pain and swelling
  • cortisone cream will help eliminate itchiness and redness

Strawberry Ice Cream Soda

1 pound strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons strawberry jam
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 pint strawberry ice cream
Sparkling water

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the ice cream onto the paper and freeze until ready to use.
Rinse the strawberries and cut the stems off. Add to a medium saucepan with sugar and jam. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the berries have broken down and are soft. Put the strawberry sauce through a strainer to get rid of the seeds. Pour the syrup into a bottle.
Slice a strawberry almost all the way through and attach to the side of the glass. Add a scoop of vanilla and a scoop of strawberry to a glass. Pour about 2 tablespoons strawberry syrup over the ice cream. Top with sparkling water.

recipe source here

Lionel Richie

As a freshman in high school in a much larger school in a new part of the state that I had never lived in I was a bit lost. It was with a great friend of mine and the music of Lionel Richie that made it all o.k. The songs that Richie sang were soothing songs full of love. I am sure that I was not the only one that felt the power of a Lionel Richie song.

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. was born June 20th , 1949. As an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer he sang funk and soul in both the band Commodore and also in a career of his own. He helped Michael Jacskon write the 1985 charity single "We Are The World" Richie also holds the record for selling over 90 million records worldwide. The five time Grammy Award winner Lionel Richie was inducted into the songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016 with the Johnny Mercer Award.

Lionel Richie was born in Tuskegee Alabama and grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute. Richie has been a star tennis player in school and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Tuskegee Institute, Richie also had a strong urge to study divinity and become a priest but decided to stop attending school and instead concentrate on his own musical abilities. He was highly involved with Kappa Kappa Psi the national honor fraternity for band members

During the 1960s Richie formed several R&B groups. In 1968 Lionel became a singer and played sax with the Commodores. Around this time he began to write and sing romantic easy listening ballads such as "Lady"

During the 1970s Richie's songwriting gained attention of others. He was replaced as lead singer for the Commodores in 1983 Lionel Richie would debut with his solo album and have three hit singles. "Truly", "you Are" and "My Love" were the top hits His first album "Can't Slow Down" sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards. One of my favorite songs "All Night Long" was on one of his first albums. The song was used at the closing ceremonies during the Los Angels XXIII Olympic Games

Songs such as "Hello" a popular ballad in 1984, "Stuck on you" and "Penny Lover" were the beginning of his movement into R&B. In 1985 Richie wrote and performed "Say You, Say Me" for the film White Nights. The song won an Oscar for his efforts and reached No. 1 on the U.S. charts.

"Dancing on the Ceiling" produced a run of five US and UK hits. For a time after that he disappeared but returned in 1992. Richie had a relaxed schedule with recordings and concerts and live work to minimum. Lionel Richie's albums failed to make a breakout and was dim compared to early work. Lionel Richie's music will forever live in my personal mind and heart.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Who was Moses Harry Horwitz

Moses Harry Horwitz was his name and he was born on this day the 19th of June in 1897. You may not recognize his name and when I tell you his stage name was Moe Howard you may still be lost a bit. Moe was the leader of a comedian trio with his partners and Larry and Curly. Together the team starred in motion pictures and t.v. shows for more than 4 decades. Originally the trio was known as Ted Healy and His Stooges, an act that toured the vaudeville circuit.

Moses Horwitz was born in Brooklyn New York, in a party of the city known as Bensonhurst. His parents Solomon and Jennie. Solomon was one of four brothers that were of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. Shemp Howard is the younger brother of Curly Howard who eventually became the duo known as three stooges with Moe.

Trivia about Moses Harry Horwitz better known as "Moe" prior to the Three Stooges

  • Moe earned his distinctive hairstyle when as a boy he cut off his curls with a pair of scissors. The cut produced a ragged bowl cut like shape. 
  • Moe loved to read and reading was a great pleasure of his. The books he read would help give him ideas Reading also helped him when it came to memorizing his acting lines.
  • As Moe's interest in acting started his grades began to get worse. He often went to the theaters paid his dime to get in and watch the action
  • He sang in a bar with his older brother Shemp until their father put a stop to it. 
  • Moe sold real estate with his mother for a short period of time.