December Sunrise

Welcome back everyone. Surprise for me. For reasons I cannot explain, I have some posts that did not publish “automagically” as scheduled. Since they were all Thanksgiving related, it makes no sense to post them now. It also doesn’t look like we have snow on our blogs this year either. Hmmm.

So I’m not sure how I managed it, hopefully when you read this it will really be posted on Thursday, December 6th.

32 degrees Fahrenheit would make me pull up my fog blanked too. Brrr

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



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Give Thanks for Dorcas Reilly, An American Inventor

Ever wondered who invented green bean casserole? Meet Dorcas Reilly over at the BoFN.

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What are the things you associate with Thanksgiving dinner? Turkey, stuffing, salads, pumpkin pie, and green bean casserole? What would Thanksgiving dinner be without green beans, Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup and fried onions?

According to Campbell’s an estimated 20 million-plus American households will be serving it this year.

Did you ever wonder who created such culinary comfort food? Clearly someone so well named she ended up here on the Blog of Funny Names.

Dorcas Reilly worked as a supervisor of Campbell’s home economics department. A photo of her is not available in the public domain, but you can see her here.

When a call came from the Associated Press back in 1955 asking, “What’s a good recipe for a vegetable side dish that features common pantry products?” The only restrictions: it needed to have green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup. Apparently in 1955 almost every household…

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In the Still of Predawn

For days wind, rain, hail, thunder and lightening cleared the air and soaked the parched earth.

In the still of predawn the clouds parted. The lapping water rippled its mirror surface. Salt water scented the chilly air, air cold enough we could see our breath.

This was the treat which greeted us yesterday morning before work.

Once upon a chilly morning . . .

May your weekend hold pleasant surprises and beauty.



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A Special Edition: Post Halloween Wrap-Up Party

It’s Thursday. Carl the Camel and I are tired. He spent all day Wednesday celebrating. My husband and I’ve been drying out and wrapping the Halloween candle holders—all 240 of them.

We discovered a mermaid set up shop in the graveyard advertising free swimming lessons.

Would you take swimming lessons from a mermaid?

Otherwise, Halloween was a screaming success.

Wednesday arrived. With it, the ghost and wizards and goblins smiled on us. The final set-up began at 3 p.m.

That’s when we discovered this . . .

This is what it looks like when a pumpkin is on the pot and his next door neighbor is down wind.

. . . we know why this pumpkin is smiling.

This year’s volunteers arrived at 4 p.m. to help with the candle lighting ceremony. Let’s face it, what’s a graveyard without candles? Less spooky.

They came early, they came often. We celebrated a new Wednesday night record of 198 trick or treaters.

8:00 p.m. rain fell from the sky and Halloween ended in our neighborhood.

By 9:30 p.m. we gathered up the candles from the graveyard but left up the decorations for the second time in our history. Several people requested we leave them up through the weekend because they couldn’t make it last night. I’m all for it.

Only 364 days until next Halloween.

Thanks for stopping by!



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A Special Edition: Halloween Countdown 2018 6 Days . . .

Only 6 haunting days left until Halloween. The decorations are almost finished. Families new to the neighborhood are finding their way to our graveyard. Word is spreading about  “You’re Never Too Old to Trick or Treat.” Even my beloved aunt is coming to trick or treat this year. She’s nearly 90-years-young. Yeah!

A few more of our neighbors volunteered to help place 225 candles in our yard on Halloween night. Phew. *Fannie wipes her brow.*

That’s a lot of candles. It took an entire evening.

When Halloween comes around, even the jackalopes look for a handout.

Animal control for graveyards?

Don’t mess with this mummy or she’ll leave you hanging . . .

“Wire hangers? I think not!”

And finally the untold story of the phaery-godfather . . .

Some stories might be better left unsaid.

Until next week when we have our post-Halloween wrap-up party.



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A Special Editions: The 2018 Halloween Count Down

Only 12 haunting days left until Halloween. The decorations are coming together.

Our alien mummy was quite perplexed by the deflated cat on the top of his coffin.

What is that thing?” Even alien mummies can be confused.

Witch Wanda’s students await her arrival for their first broom riding lessons at Brunnhilde’s Broom Flight Institute.

Death and dismemberment insurance mandatory with enrollment.

Even Igor is digging Dracula’s summer home.

Igor, do this. Igor, do that. It’s not easy being Igor.”

Until next week. Happy haunting everyone!



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Freddie Perren and Boogie Fever

Ever wanted to know who started Boogie Fever? Check it out over at the BoFN.

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American songwriter Frederick James “Freddie” Perren produced records, arranged music and was an orchestra conductor. He graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with future Capital Records executive Larkin Arnold.

He started his career with Barry Gordy over at Motown in 1969 co-writing hit songs for The Jacoson 5 like I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, and Mama’s Pearl among others. With the birth of Disco in the 70’s, He shifted into the Disco arena and produced hits like Do it Baby and Love Machine for The Miracles.

In 1976 Perren reunited with his friend, Larkin Arnold, Vice President, over at Capital Records. In the next two years Perren helped The Sylvers achieve success producing their first two Capitol Albums. They had two Gold singles with Hotline and then Boogie Fever which reached number one on the Billboard Top 100 and Hot Soul Singles.

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