Mmmmm . . . Celebrating Chips and Dips . . . and Lots More!

Mar 23rd

Another Saturday gone far too quickly, and here we are starting on our Sunday already! Time sure does fly when it’s a weekend, doesn’t it?  Yesterday ended up being pretty nice overall.  Hubby worked in the garage, Mom and I went to town to get something her car needed, and we got to spend the evening watching Frozen with my parents and laughing at how cute it was!  Once again the non-human characters in a Disney film stole the show . . . it wouldn’t be the same if they didn’t!  Today should be fun though.  I got a big surprise the other day . . . I’d mentioned awhile back that I wanted an ice cream maker, so hubby ordered one for me!  The freezer bowl has been in the freezer all of yesterday and so far today, and I’ve decided for my first use to try to make a healthy coconut sorbet.  I’m hoping it turns out to be as good as it sounds!  As for the other things on the agenda. . . the usual . . . spending time with hubby, and getting a few things together for the upcoming week.  We are supposed to have decent weather for today and tomorrow, then back into rain by Tuesday.  I hope they are wrong about rain for the coming week.  Not only can our rivers not deal with too much more – we are getting landslides in various areas, the rivers are getting pretty high and on a purely selfish note, I am going down to pick up our grandson on Friday night to spend the weekend with him and we’d planned to introduce him to day hiking with his own pack, binoculars, and other light day hike gear.  If it’s raining I’m sure he would love it, but not so sure how much I will!  I am trying to come up with alternative ideas for entertaining him if it rains . . . the Bug Museum sounds like an option he’d like!

OK Day – I am positive we all use the abbreviation OK numerous times throughout each day.  I know that I do.  It never occurred to me to wonder WHERE it came from . . . so I attempted to find out . . . especially in light of the fact that today is OK Day!  Other folks must have been wondering about it too.  The expression became popular to use in the U.S. during the mid-19th century.  Most of the attempts to explain where it began are just speculation and many do not even seem to be likely.  One of those is that it comes from the Scott expression “och aye”, the Greek “ola kala” (it is good), The Choctaw Indian “oke” or “okeh” (it is so), the French “aux Cayes” (from Cayes – a port in Haiti with a reputation for having good rum), or “au quai” (to the quay – as supposedly used by French speaking dockers).  Another idea for the beginnings of OK is that it was the initials of a railway freight agent by the name of Obadiah Kelly, who was said to have written his initials on all the documents he had checked.  A more likely explanation is that the term OK started as an abbreviation of “orl korrekt”, which was a joke misspelling of “all correct” which was used in the U.S. in the 1830s.  The oldest written references to OK result from when it was used as a slogan by the Democratic party during the American Presidential election of 1840.  Their candidate, President Martin Van Buren” was nicknamed  Old Kinderhook (after his birthplace in New York State), and his supporters formed the OK Club.  This very likely helped to make the term popular, but it did not help to get their candidate re-elected.  The only other theory that I found with even a degree of plausibility is that the term started among the Black slaves of West African origin, and represents a word that means “all right, yes indeed” in various West African languages.  Unfortunately, the historical evidence that would allow the origin to be absolutely established has proven to be difficult to pin down.

 

 

Near Miss Day – We all have things happen, or nearly happen, where when they are done we say “Whew, THAT was close!”  Well, today we commemorate one of those days!  On March 23, 1989 an asteroid the size of a mountain came within 500,000 miles of a collision with Earth.  In interstellar terms, it was a near miss!  Had it collided with Earth it would have left a crater the size of Washington DC.  It’s affect on our planet would have been catastrophic.  “They” say that near misses with large, potentially life threatening galactic objects  happen infrequently.  It is believed though that a large asteroid collided with the earth and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.  Other near misses of asteroids in recent history were in 2003 when an asteroid that was about 10 meters in diameter came within 54,700 moils of Earth on September 27th, and in March of 2002 when an asteroid nearly 70 meters long came within 288,000 miles.  Scientists believe that it is only a matter of time before another catastrophic collision with Earth happens . . . don’t worry about it though.  We can’t change it if it does happen, and odds are that it won’t happen for a very long time. 

This Day In History
1775 – Patrick Henry declares “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

Food Celebration of the Day

National Chips and Dips Day – Dipping food into sauces is an ancient practice, but the chip and dip craze that we know today did not really take off until the 1950s when, thanks to intense marketing campaigns by the Thomas J. Lipton Company.  Today we celebrate America’s favorite snack combination – Chips and Dips.  If you have a party, it is just about a given that chips and dips are on the snack list.  Even at an ice cream party it would be nice to have chips and dip to counter the sweet with some salty goodness!  It is important to note that on March 14th we had National Potato Chip Day . . . for today the chip is more generic and could be any chip of choice – corn chips, tortilla tips, bean chips, potato chips . . . whatever you want, with the dip of your choice.  We have some bean chips and salsa in the kitchen, so that will likely be our celebration of this one today.  Here are some interesting dip ideas from www.food.com to get your started on your celebration today.

Well, let’s get on with our day! The sun is out (at least it is here), the sky is blue and there are better things to do than sit in front of our computers, right?  Have a wonderful day!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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