Friday, December 14, 2018 Blog


Every year on December 14 this National Day celebrations around the world recognize the unique characteristics of simians.

Monkey Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated internationally on December 14.  While the holiday is mainly about monkeys, it also celebrates other non-human primates such as apes, tarsiers, and lemurs.

Monkeys live all over the world and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Their personalities and habits capture the attention of humans on many levels. These intelligent animals with opposable thumbs live in family groups, too.


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A Michigan State University art student, Casey Sorrow, created National Monkey Day when he wrote Monkey Day on his friend’s calendar. A celebration followed and grew. Visit Monkey Day to learn more.

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My computer did a system upgrade when I opened it so it wasn’t available to use for about an hour.

We had a bagel w/cream cheese so April could take her morning medication and then I cooked breakfast (bacon, scrambled cheese-eggs and toast). Pat wrapped Scott’s birthday present and we met him and Dorian to get some food at 12:30.

We had a good visit with them over lunch. April and I shared one of their delicious cheeseburgers with fries. I made some pictures:

Dorian and Scott
Scott’s birthday present from us; Apple TV
The waitress took this picture for us.

The window decorations made interesting shadows on the shades.

Scott said he was taking Dorian shopping to get food for him after lunch (he is on a diet restricted from what most of us eat). We told him to call us when they got back home and we would come for a visit so I could install his Apple TV.

We went back home and down for a nap. We watched the news when we got up and went to his place about 5 o’clock. I installed the Apple TV and showed him how to use it. We visited for a while and came back home to eat supper. I warmed some of the Tortilla Soup for our supper. We watched TV until bedtime.


  • To Corvallis for Pat’s Bible Study and me to go to work.
  • Go somewhere for lunch
  • Back home for a nap
  • Supper
  • TV
  • Bed


That’s all for December 14, keep in touch.

The Family Patriarch

Thursday, December 13, 2018 Blog


 A cold December day is the perfect time to make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy National Cocoa Day.  Each year on December 13, people across the country celebrate their favorite cold weather comfort drink.

Hot cocoa is a warm beverage made with cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and sugar.  The terms hot chocolate and hot cocoa are often used interchangeably by Americans causing a bit of confusion.  To make hot chocolate, we use ground chocolate which contains cocoa butter.  It’s mixed with hot milk and is actually a drinking chocolate.  

Hot chocolate is also known as drinking chocolate.

Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder. Through the fermentation, drying, roasting and grinding process of cocoa beans a paste called chocolate liquor is produced. Through another method, the cocoa butter is separated leaving cocoa powder. It is this cocoa powder that we use to make hot cocoa. It has very little fat and calories and is mixed with either hot milk or water.

Both are enjoyed in a variety of combinations, topped with whipped cream or marshmallows. Sometimes a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dash of peppermint makes the chocolate extra special.

It is believed that 2000 years ago the first chocolate beverage was created by the Mayas and a cocoa beverage was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD.  Europe popularized the drink after it was introduced from Mexico in the New World and it has undergone multiple changes since then.  Up until the 19th century, hot chocolate was used medicinally to treat ailments such as stomach diseases. 

In the United States, an instant form of the drink is popular. It is made with hot water or milk and a packet containing mostly cocoa powder, sugar, and dry milk.   People enjoy topping it with marshmallows or whipped cream.

There are health benefits to drinking hot cocoa.  Cocoa contains significant amounts of antioxidants that may help prevent cancer.  It has also been shown that the cocoa beans help with digestion. The flavonoids that are found in the cocoa also have a positive effect on arterial health.


Drink a warm cup of hot cocoa and use #NationalCocoaDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the creator of National Cocoa Day.

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(This is a new version of WordPress and I’m having to learn how to use it. It is really different so the blog may look somewhat different. Here goes…)


We ate a light breakfast and got to Corvallis around 9:15. Pat went to the meeting with the young women of Mom’s Connect and I went to get started on making the facilities presentable for Wednesday activities.

At 11:50 we went to get something to eat. We hadn’t had Mexican in a while so we shared a chimichanga plate.  (Susan, I always think of you when we have chimichangas. You made the first I ever ate one year when we were out here on vacation at Jean’s. P.)

After lunch we went back to church and I finished getting the facilities ready. I took a break at one point to rest a few minutes and we created some slides for Sunday School.

We left to come home about 3 o’clock. We went down for a nap when we got here. We put some hot dogs on the stove on low to be ready to eat when we finished our nap. We watched the news while we ate the hot dogs and chips.

We went to church for business meeting at 7 PM.

When we got back home we had a small bowl of Tortilla Soup at time for April to take here heart medicine.

We found out that Chant and Dorian made it home safely from the airport last night. Scott said he had ordered some gluten free pizza for Dorian and they would pick it up on the way home.

When I got home yesterday all the leaves were gone from my gutters. Thanks again Dave and Nancy, what a wonderful Christmas present!


We plan to go to Scott’s place this afternoon to see them and get a hug from Dorian. He spent the night with Scott last night and will come here to spend some time with us tonight.
We have some arranging to do on the house to accommodate him so we will be busy with that also.


That’s all for December 13, keep in touch.

The Family Patriarch

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Blog


Gingerbread House Day is observed annually on December 12.

A favorite food of an Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, brought gingerbread to Europe around 992 AD and taught French Christians to bake it. Gingerbread was often used in religious ceremonies and was baked to be sturdy as it was often molded into images of saints.

We can thank the Brothers’ Grimm for the idea of a gingerbread house through their tale of Hansel and Gretel. It didn’t take long for the German gingerbread guilds to pick up the idea and put it to a more festive use making snowy cottages made from the spicy-sweet treat.


Gather the family together, bake up some gingerbread and start building and decorating your very own gingerbread house.  Give the recipe below a try.

Gingerbread House

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Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of Gingerbread House Day.  

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Pat cooked sausage, biscuits and fried eggs for breakfast served with juice and coffee.  We watched some TV and I went to the barber shop to get a haircut.

During the afternoon a fellow stopped by to give an estimate on cleaning the gutters on our house. Nancy and Dave have hired him to do that for us, he said he will come by today to clean them. Isn’t that a wonderful gift? Thank you Nancy and Dave! You’re my favorite!  😁 I have been dreading and putting off that job for a while now.

After he left we went to the Post Office to mail a MK package and to a customer in the Mennonite Village to make another delivery.

Then we went to the grocery to get the stuff on our list. It was raining pretty hard and there weren’t many people in the store compared to what there usually is.

She made a pot of Tortilla Soup for supper. We watched the news while we ate our food. As I watched the news I was inspired to make this little video.

We need border security, too many illegals and drugs coming into our country. I am not against immigration but it needs to be done legally. Too many bad people and bad things are coming into our country.

During the evening we watched some TV and I cleaned up the kitchen. We mostly watched some of the network shows that we like.


Our plans are for both of us to go to Corvallis, she will meet with the Moms Connect group and I will work on the facilities to get ready for tonight. We will go somewhere in Corvallis to eat lunch and return home about mid afternoon.

Scott called and said Chant is driving to Portland to pick Dorian up at the airport, he is coming for a visit. He will spend the night at Scott’s place tonight and will come here to be with us some later.

We have a quarterly, end-of-year business meeting at church tonight at 7:00.


There is snow at mountain pass level.







That’s all for December 12, keep in touch.

Family Patriarch

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Blog


National App Day is observed annually on December 11.  The word “App” was listed as the word of the year in 2010 by the American Dialect Society.   

Short for Software Application, apps quickly appeared as our mobile cellular phones incorporated smart technologies including processing chips, internet connectivity and touchscreens.

Since that time apps have changed how we work, live and play.  They have created thousands of new companies, millions of new jobs and billions of dollars in revenue.


Post what your favorite app is on social media using #NationalAppDay, including why you couldn’t imagine life without it.  Click here to read the 2018 press release from the founder of App Day.


National App Day was submitted to and accepted by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in December 2017 by CJ Thompson, founder of Platinum Edge Media.

The purpose of National App Day is to celebrate the importance of apps as they change our collective culture by organically promoting creativity and innovation.

Apps accelerated in growth with the advent of Apple’s iPhone in 2007.  In 2008 Apple introduced OS 2.0, which included approximately 500 apps and allowed third-party app generation.  Today there are over 2 million apps on both the Apple and Android platforms and thousands more introduced daily.


I made our usual Monday morning breakfast of bacon-egg-cheese waffle sandwich for breakfast.

I got to work at 10:30 to get the church facilities ready for the week. The pastor was frustrated because the police had just called him and said there was a couple camping on our property next to the house down the street. Our church had bought the couple the tent last week because they were having to sleep outside. They were not given permission to camp on our property however, that’s against the law in Corvallis.  They also had left beer cans laying around. The adjacent property owners had called the police so he had to go deal with it and apologize to them. He said as he was there taking down the tent the couple came up and when he asked them about the beer cans they said they had company over last night. You meet all kinds in church work.

At 11 o’clock I took a break to eat my container of yogurt and see what I needed to do to about security. I made a couple of assignments and they declined so I’ve got to address the issue again before Sunday.

I took out trash and serviced restrooms until noon when I took my lunch break. As usual I had a video chat with April over lunch.

After lunch I finished my work on the restrooms and trash then spent the rest of my time working on the Sanctuary, to get it ready for Sunday. I also did a little work on the Sunday School lesson for Sunday.

I left to come home at 4 PM and went by the Comcast office to return a digital to analog device for a TV that has quit working. I drove home on Hwy 34 because I didn’t want to deal with crossing the Albany bridge at that time of day. It was a little farther but the Albany bridge at around 5 PM is crammed with traffic.

I got home at 5 PM and crashed in the bowflex.

April made a delicious supper of cooked cabbage, stewed potatoes, cornbread and Great Northern Beans. YUM!

We watched the news and TV shows until bedtime.


I need to get a haircut and we need to go to the grocery sometime.


That’s all for December 11, keep in touch.

Family Patriarch

Monday, December 10, 2018 Blog


Nobel Prize Day is observed annually on December 10.

On November 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his third and last will at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris. When it was opened and read after his death, the will caused a lot of controversy both in Sweden and internationally, as Nobel had left much of his wealth for the establishment of a prize. His family opposed the creation of the Nobel Prize, and the prize awarders he named refused to do what he had requested in his will. It was five years before the first Nobel Prize could be awarded in 1901.

Where does the money for the Nobel Prizes come from?

At the age of 17, Swedish Alfred Nobel spoke five languages fluently. Nobel became an inventor and businessman, and at the time of his death on 10 December 1896; he had 355 patents worldwide – one of them was the patent on dynamite. Furthermore, he had started 87 companies all over the world. According to his will, Alfred Nobel’s enormous fortune was to be used to establish prizes to award those who had done their best to benefit mankind in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, five years after Nobel’s death. In 1969, another prize was added “The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.”

The Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies

The Nobel Laureates are announced at the beginning of October each year. A couple of months later, on 10 December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, they receive their prizes from the Swedish King – a Nobel diploma, a medal, and 10 million Swedish crowns per prize. All Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, except for the Nobel Peace Prize, which is awarded in Oslo, Norway. (When Alfred Nobel was alive, Norway and Sweden were united under one monarch, until 1905 when Norway became an independent kingdom with its own king.)

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Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded annually on December 10.  

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I had cereal, banana, juice and coffee for breakfast. April had banana, juice and coffee.

We got to church by 9 o’clock and went to the worship service. After worship I grabbed some some snacks and coffee from the snack bar and we went to teach our Sunday School class. There were 11 in the class.

After church was over we went to meet Scott, Chant and Alea to take the them to lunch for their birthdays; Scott’s was yesterday and Chant’s is on the 19th. We couldn’t give Scott his birthday present because it is in transit and won’t be here until the 18th. We all had a good lunch and it was fun being together.

Chant and Alea

We came home after lunch and went down for a nap. I didn’t want to get up when the alarm went off but I did. April said she never did get warm so I turned on the heater in the den for her. She had already turned up the furnace some.

I converted and uploaded the sermon video to the church Vimeo site.

Mighty God from Grant Avenue Baptist Church on Vimeo.

We watched some TV and got caught up on Facebook, well, we tried to get caught up. 🙂

For supper she warmed the Chinese leftovers from our Friday lunch.

We watched a Hallmark movie after supper.











After the politically correct crowd came out an said we can’t say certain things I made a little video in protest. I am afraid to post it on Facebook because some of those people out there are crazy but I’ll share it on here. This is my protest against political correctness.


I will be going to work in a while to get the church facilities ready for the weeks’ activities. I’m not sure about April’s plans for the day and not sure what I will do when I get back here this evening.


We’re in the “Ho Hum” stage in our weather right now but I’ll take it. Jinny says y’all have ice in West Tennessee. Ours is just clouds and drizzle with temperatures in the 30s and 40s.

That’s All for now, Keep in touch.