Wednesday Reader April 3

DRESSED UP MACARONI AND CHEESE RECIPE, LAYMAN’S LIST OF 10, SEA SNAKE TRIVIA, RIDDLE FUN

Hello
Hola
Bonjour
Daymakers!

Presenting Wednesday’s  Reader on this 3rd day of April.  How’s April rolling in for you?  Good here.  We had some heavy April showers yesterday which my trees and grass (and weeds – ha) were grateful for = me, too.

Cool + fun + interesting line up today.

Beginning with:

LESLIE ELMAN’S POP QUIZ
I had to refer to good ol’ Google for the pronunciation of the word Qaanaaq in question #1 because I’d never seen the word before and it totally intrigued me.  Here’s how it’s pronounced if you, too, are intrigued *click*

QUICK QUESTION
What’s the most monotonous sport to watch for me?  BOWLING!
And Golf follows at a very close 2nd and then Tennis absolutely is #3.  All fun to play/do — but being a spectator is a different ball game sort of thing.  You?

LAYMAN’S LANGUAGE COLLECTION OF 10
Is spot on.  I am especially fond of #6  “… it’s just a bend, not the end.”

RECIPE FOR DRESSED UP MAC AND CHEESE
Although I don’t eat it often – I do love Mac and Cheese.  Sparks my inner child happy dance.  And this recipe is one of those nothing-fancy-just- plain-good.   If you’re a broccoli and tomato fan, by all means top your mac and cheese with the two.  You won’t be disappointed.

TRACY BECKERMAN’S LOST IN SUBURBIA COLUMN
Is a hoot.  She never fails us with her brilliant tongue-in-cheek writing style/topics.

FASCINATING FACTS
What?  Sea snakes?  Who knew?  Well, now we do!

GOTTA LOVE THE SPEED BUMP CARTOONS
Dave Everly creator/artist knows how to tickle a funny bone!

THANKS ALL FOR POPPING IN AND GIVING US A READ
We are grateful for your time + laughter + comments + sharing.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
CATCH YA ON FRIDAY
SAME TIME
SAME PLACE

POP Quiz

POP QUIZ

  1.  QAANAAQ (A GEOGRAPHICAL PALINDROME) IS THE NORTHERNMOST TOWN IN WHICH PLACE?
    a) Alaska
    b) Canada
    c) Greenland
    d) Russia
  2. IN 2023, WHICH ATHLETE AND FASHION DESIGNER BECAME THE FIRST SPORTSPERSON TO RECEIVE THE FASHION ICON AWARD FROM THE COUNCIL OF FASHION DESIGNERS OF AMERICA?
    a) David Beckham
    b) LeBron James
    c) Megan Rapinoe
    d) Serena Williams
  3. WHICH FLOWER TAKES ITS NAME FROM THE GREEK WORD FOR “RAINBOW”?
    a) Crocus
    b) Daffodil
    c) Iris
    d) Petunia

Wednesday Reader April 3

QUICK QUESTION

ACCORDING TO YOU
WHAT IS THE MOST MONOTONOUS
SPORT TO WATCH?

Wednesday Reader April 3

POP QUIZ ANSWERS

  1. Qaanaaq is the northernmost town in Greenland.
  2. Serena Williams became the first athlete to receive the Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
  3. The iris takes its name from the Greek word for “rainbow.”

~ COPYRIGHT 2024 LESLIE ELMAN
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LAYMAN’S LANGUAGE

  1. Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout.
  2. Why is a car’s WINDSHIELD so large and the REAR VIEW MIRROR so small?  Because our past is not as important as our future.  So, look ahead and move on.
  3. Friendship is like a BOOK.  It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
  4. All things in life are temporary.  If going well, enjoy it — won’t last forever.  If going wrong, don’t worry, it won’t last forever either.
  5. Old friends are GOLD!  New friends are DIAMOND!  If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold!  Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold.
  6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end.”
  7. When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities.
  8. A blind person asked St. Anthony, “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?”  He replied, “Yes, losing your vision.”
  9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
  10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away today’s PEACE.

~ Writer unknown
from my fabulous email collection

CHOOSE TO BE OPTIMISTIC
IT FEELS BETTER

INSTANT KARMA

EXPLAIN PATIENTLY

RIDDLE ME THIS

WHAT KIND OF RUNNING LEADS TO WALKING?

Ultimate “dressed Up” Mac & Cheese

ULTIMATE DRESSED UP MAC & CHEESE

I honestly do not know of anyone who can pass up a scoop of macaroni and cheese on their plate when on a table.
This recipe is an oldy-but-goody I have that’s folded and folded and faded in my recipe box (saved from an old magazine article by Kraft). “Dressed Up” is simply the bow tie pasta instead of elbow macaroni.  Quick to make and delicious to eat.  If you wanna dress it up a little more and make it seem/taste a little * ahem * healthier?  Top the Mac & Cheese with chopped steamed broccoli + fresh, small diced tomatoes!  That’s what I do.  Ta Dah   Makes about 4 medium-size servings.

HERE’S HOW THE RECIPE GOES

  • 2 cups farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
  • 3/4 pound (12 ounces) VELVEETA cheese, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp cracked pepper

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350*

COOK
Pasta in a large sauce pan as directed on package instructions.

DRAIN
And return to pan.

STIR IN
VELVEETA cubes, milk and pepper.

COOK
On low heat until, stirring frequently, until VELVEETA melts.

SPOON PASTA + CHEESE MIXTURE
Into a 2 quart casserole dish.

BAKE IN PREHEATED OVEN
For 25 minutes.

REMOVE FROM OVEN
And let rest on countertop for about 5 minutes.

SPOON INTO PRETTY BOWLS
And top with chopped, steamed broccoli and fresh diced tomatoes and a little more fresh cracked pepper.

SERVE

RIDDLE ANSWER

RUNNING OUT OF GAS

Wednesday Reader April 3

LOST IN SUBURBIA

HELLO, IT’S ME, ALOE
BY TRACY BECKERMAN

According to some experts, it’s advisable to practice taking care of something living before you have kids.  A lot of people start out with a pet.  But before you have pets, you might need to first be able to keep a houseplant alive.  And if you find you really stink at this caretaking thing, you might even want to step back beyond that and start with an amoeba.

Before we plunged into parenthood, my husband and I felt confident we could move beyond the single-celled organism phase and start with a houseplant.  So, we looked up which plants are supposed to be especially hearty and decided on an aloe plant.

And then I named it George.

“I think George needs to be watered,” I said to my husband.  “His soil is dry.”

“How do you know the plant is a ‘he’?” he said.

“He leaves his socks on the floor,” I replied.

Meanwhile, I really had no idea whether George was thirsty or not.  George was a succulent, like a cactus, and I had read that they should be watered deeply but infrequently.  However, they did not say how frequently infrequently was.  I wondered how taking care of this plant would truly help me know how to care for a newborn, other than being able to tell when my child needed to be watered and if the baby would grow better in direct or indirect sunlight.

“The website says after we repot George, we should ignore him for a week or so,” my husband said, reading from “The Care and Feeding of Your Succulent.”

“You mean, like, exclude him from conversations and pretend he’s not there?”  I said.  “That’s not very nice.  And besides, I think it might affect his self-esteem.”

“They mean to not water him so he doesn’t get root rot.”

“ROOT ROT?”  I exclaimed.  “That sounds horrible!   Can our baby get root rot, too?”

“Probably only if we water him too much.”

It suddenly dawned on me that caring for this aloe plant was far more complicated than I’d anticipated, and I wondered if we should start over and work on “The Care and Feeding of Your Paramecium” instead.

I should mention here that I do come from a long line of green thumbs, so I was somewhat optimistic.  My grandmother had a fabulous garden and lots of plants around the house, and so did my mom.  Feeling confident, my first plant when I lived on my own was a ficus tree.  It seemed really happy for the first week, but then one day I came home from work, and it had dropped every single leaf on the floor.  It was completely bare.  I had no idea what I had done wrong and decided it wasn’t my fault.  It probably had a gene for baldness, just like my grandfather did.

So the aloe plant was not actually my first plant, but it was my first plant with my husband, and I thought, since we would be raising a child together, it made sense to raise an aloe plant together.  The aloe plant thought otherwise.  Within two weeks, the leaves of our thriving aloe plant had turned yellow, and then brown, and then dead.

“You watered it too much,” said my husband accusingly.

“That’s true,” I said.  “But I learned an important lesson from this.”

“What?”

“I should bathe our child infrequently.”

~ Tracy Beckerman is the author of the Amazon Bestseller, “Barking at the Moon:  A Story of Life, Love, and Kibble.
COPYRIGHT 2024 CREATORS.COM

Fascinating Stuff

FASCINATING STUFF

  • Three-time Olympic gold medalist Florence Griffith-Joyner was as renowned for her glamorous style as she was for her achievements on the track.  (What other sprinter would crush her competition to dust while wearing a one-legged bodysuit?)  When she designed uniforms for the NBA Indiana Pacers, there was no doubt they’d make a statement.  The team wore the “Flo-Jo” uniforms — V neck jersey and long shorts with a stacked triangle design — from 1990-1997.
  • As you can guess from their name, sea snakes live in saltwater environments.  Yet they need fresh water to drink if they hope to survive.  So, they wait for rainy days, when rainwater pools on the surface of the sea, and they drink their fill.  Then they slowly dehydrate and remain that way until the rain falls again.
  • The puckery sensation you have when drinking tea or red wine is caused by tannins, natural chemicals that act as preservatives and pesticides in growing plants.  In your mouth, they bind with the proteins in your saliva to make your mouth go dry.  Grapes are loaded with tannins; so are pomegranates and some nuts and spices.  Oak contains tannins as well, which is one reason wine is traditionally stored in oak barrels.
  • In Guam’s Apra Harbor, shipwrecks from World War I and World War II lie side by side by side on the sea floor.  The first is the SMS Cormoran II, a German cruiser that had been in Guam for more than two years before the United States entered World War I.  Rather than surrender his ship as circumstances demanded, the German captain scuttled it on April 7, 1917.  The other is the Japanese freighter Tokai Maru, torpedoed and sunk by the U.S. submarine Snapper on Aug. 27, 1943, so close to the remains of the Cormoran that the two are touching.
  • The fragrant peony flowers in your garden likely have roots that reach all the way back to the ancient imperial city of Luoyang in China’s Henan province.  Luoyang has been known for its peonies since the days of the powerful empress Wu Zetian, who ruled from 690 to 705.  Today, it’s home to the Luoyang National Peony Garden, with more than a million peony trees of some 1,200 varieties, including one that’s estimated to be 1,600 years old.

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12 replies
  1. Carol says:

    You had me at macaroni and cheese! And then the artwork. And then Layman’s Language. Great reads, all.

    Oh, and it’s bowling for me too 😉

    Reply
    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      So delighted you enjoyed today’s Reader! Makes our day.

      Yeah, bowling. Phew!! Painful to be a spectator.

      I remember being in a lounge at an airport waiting for my connecting flight and bowling was on the big screen. The bartender and I were visiting and he said, “Can you imagine how hard it is for the sportscaster to do a play-by-play for the audience on bowling? I mean seriously?” I laughed! Hadn’t thought about it from the sportscaster angle but it was verrrrry true. That would take some real creative dialogue to keep things sorta-kinda peppy.

      Thanks so much for your supportive love of Daymaker. We sure are grateful.

      Reply
  2. Marty says:

    Daymaker, your art illustrations today, are as always, FABULOUS. Regarding the Mac and Cheese recipe: Have you noticed how frozen Mac and Cheese has nearly doubled in price in the last months? Here’s my solution: Bake the easy recipe of April 3 Daymaker’s and then freeze meal size portions to pop in the microwave as hunger calls. .

    Reply
    • Carol says:

      What a wonderful idea! The recipe sounds sooo good and uses Velveeta cheese which I’ve been wanting to give a second chance since Daymaker’s recent article that the cheese’s nutritional content is better than we’d been led to believe. Sounds win-win to me!

      Reply
  3. Marty says:

    Daymaker question: “WHAT IS THE MOST MONOTONOUS SPORT TO WATCH?” Immediately I thought of TV GOLF . Once the player has reached the putting green, time stops! One has to bend down and eye ball the path which seems forever, then, hooray, back on their feet again and time for the perfect gentle swing. Wrong! Again, something is noticed in the ball’s path. Again, the player slowly walks forward and picks up a piece of lint and we repeat the entire process. It’s the only sport I know where the player doesn’t work up a sweat cause the fans do it for them. Well actually there is one exception to this golf game: It’s called Grandchildren! “Now, you can take all the time you need.”

    Reply
    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      That’s funny, Marty, because it’s EXACTLY correct.

      TV GOLF = YAWN!

      When my sisters and I were young, our dad was the “decider of what was playing on the TV” when he was home on the weekend. And on Saturday or Sunday afternoons when some kind of golf tournament was televised – yeah – that’s what was on our one television set. Believe me we didn’t have to be told to go outside and play or watch boring golf. Ha! We were happily out the door!

      Appreciate ya.

      Reply
    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hi Trent!

      Thank ya for the compliment and glad ya enjoyed the read.

      Yay for bringing you a smile and thought provoking! That makes me smile.

      Appreciate your time and comment.

      VALUABLE

      Happy Day!

      Reply

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