Wednesday Reader May 10 | The Hornet

WEDNESDAY READER | MAY 10

Hello All!

It’s hump-day or mid-week or whatever we individually call it.  It’s Wednesday.  And I present the Wednesday Reader.

Tracy Beckerman’s column on “Sleeping with the Enemy,” is so funny to me.  She’s gonna be part of the Wednesday line up from here on out.  Welcome Tracy!

Hmmm … my answer to the question – Easy come, Easy go … still thinking about it.  You?

Poppy Seed dressing is stellar.  I make it and keep it in the fridge for whatever strikes “my fancy” in the warmer/hotter months.  Refreshing.

Leslie Ellman’s Trivia Bits – Pop Quiz and Fascinating Stuff – remains one of my favorites.  Love it.  Hope you do, too.

Friday’s issue is gonna be cool!  Posting pics and a little story about attending Scarborough Fair Festival with my friend Laurie.  I cannot believe how fun it was and how I’ve been missing out for all these years!

As always, thanks to one and all for sliding by and giving Daymaker Readable Art a read.  Grateful.  My hope is that it gives a chuckle or two and stays with you as you wonder and think about a couple pieces you’ve read here.

See ya Friday!

Wednesday Reader May 10

POP QUIZ

  1. TRADITIONAL GRENADINE SYRUP IS MADE WITH THE JUICE OF WHAT FRUIT?
    a)  Apple
    b)  Orange
    c)  Pomegranate
    d)  Raspberry
  2. MEMBERS OF WHICH GROUP COMPOSED THE SCORE FOR THE 1980s MUSICAL “CHESS”?
    a)  ABBA
    b)  Electric Light Orchestra
    c)  Journey
    d)  The Rolling Stones
  3. ALSO KNOWN AS FUSHIGIDANE, WHICH POKEMON IS NO. 001 IN THE POKEDEX?
    a)  Bulbasaur
    b)  Charmander
    c)  Jigglypuff
    d)  Squirtle
  4. ACCORDING TO GREEK MYTHOLOGY, ATHENS WAS NAMED FOR ATHENA AFTER SHE GAVE THE CITY WHAT GIFT?
    a)  Fire
    b)  Gold
    c)  An olive tree
    d)  Written language

~ COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELMAN
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Wednesday Reader May 10

QUICK QUESTION

WHAT’S YOUR BEST EXAMPLE OF EASY COME, EASY GO?

Wednesday Reader May 10

POP QUIZ ANSWERS

  1.   Traditional grenadine syrup is made with pomegranate juice.
  2.   Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA composed the score for the 1980s musical “Chess.”
  3.   Bulbasaur is No.  001 in the Pokedex, the first Pokeman in the series.
  4.   Athena became patron deity of Athens when she gave the city an olive tree.

COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELLMAN
contact her at triviabitsleslie@gmail.com
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DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?

It was the final examination for an introductory History course at a university.  Like many such freshman courses, it was designed to weed out lesser students, due to class-size restrictions.

The examination was two hours long, and exam booklets were provided.  The professor was very strict and told the class that any exam that was not on his desk in exactly three hours would not be accepted and the student will fail.

Half of an hour into the test, a student came rushing in and asked the professor for an exam booklet.

“You’re not going to have time to finish this,”  the professor stated sarcastically as he handed the student a booklet.

“Yes, I will,” replied the student.

The student took a seat and began writing.  After two hours, the professor called for the exams to be turned in.  The students filed up in line and handed them in.

All except the late student, who continued writing.

An hour later, the late student came to the professor’s desk.  The professor was sitting at his desk preparing for the next class.

The student attempted to put his exam on the stack of exam booklets already there.

“No, you don’t, I’m not going to accept that.  It’s way too late,” said the professor.

The student looked at the professor.

“Do you know who I am?”

“No, as a matter of fact I don’t.”  said the professor.

The student asked again, “Do you know who I am?”

“No, as a matter of fact I don’t,” replied the professor with an air of pomposity in his voice.

The student asked a third time, “Do you know who I am?”

Professor answered dismissively, “No, and I don’t care.”

“Great,” replied the student, who quickly lifted the stack of completed exams, stuffed his in the middle and walked out of the room.

~  As heard told a storyteller in a group of people

LORD, PLEASE HELP ME NOT TO SAY WHAT’S ON MY MIND

(( Starve the landfills.  Recycle. ))

RIDDLE ME THIS

WHAT 3 NUMBERS GIVE THE SAME RESULT WHEN MULTIPLIED AND ADDED TOGETHER?

Wednesday Reader May 10

POPPY SEED DRESSING

Probably not a stranger to many of us … this is hands down best recipe to make at home. 

A fabulous dressing drizzled over fruit chunks, or cabbage salad with thinly sliced red onion slices, or butter lettuce salad with thinly sliced green apples and avocado.  Or … or … or …

HERE’S HOW WE MAKE IT:

IN A BLENDER:

1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp salt
2/3 cup white vinegar
1 small sweet yellow onion, chopped small
2 cups vegetable oil

BLEND FOR ONE MINUTE – STOP BLENDER AND ADD:

3 TBSP Poppy Seeds

PULSE THE BLENDER A COUPLE TIMES TO BREAK UP THE POPPY SEEDS

STORE IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER IN FRIDGE AND ENJOY!

~ Hippie Cowboy Recipe Box

RIDDLE ANSWER

1, 2, and 3 = 6 ( 1 + 2 + 3 = 6)
and 1 x 2 x3 = 6

Picked Beets Rag

SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY

Whenever my husband goes out of town, I cheat.  I figure what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him, and since there’s no way for him to find out that I cheated, why not have some fun while he’s out of town?

Do I feel guilty about this?  Maybe a bit.  But only because I know that my indiscretions may eventually catch up with me in the end.  You see, I don’t just have one lover.  I have two.

Ben AND Jerry.

It’s true:  I’m supposed to be dairy-free.  Wheat-free, too.  It’s not that I’m allergic to wheat or dairy; it’s more of an intolerance.  And by intolerance, I mean that when I eat anything with wheat or dairy in in …

I snore.  Yes, I snore.  And it’s loud.  Like rocket-engine loud.  Someone once measured it in decibels and it was somewhere between a heavy-metal rock concert and a baby crying on a plane, both of which are annoying, but apparently not as annoying as an extremely loud wife snoring in the bed next to you.

Or so I’ve been told.

While my husband is out of town, I don’t care if I snore.  I don’t wake myself up snoring, and I don’t keep anyone else awake either.  Yeah, sometime the dog gets annoyed, but then again, sometimes he snores, too.  When he snores, he gets thrown out of the room.  My husband doesn’t do that with me because it would make me mad, and he knows which side his bread is buttered on.

Wheat-free bread, that is.

It was a tough decision but for the sake of my marriage, I chose domestic bliss over fresh bread.  But when the cat is away, the mouse will play … and a lot of cheese, pizza and ice cream.

I thought I was in the clear, but the problem with wheat and dairy is they always come back to bite you in the butt, or at least make your butt bigger.  After several months, it was becoming clear that I definitely had a little something going down on the side and I knew I was going to have to come clean.

But then I found a guy who makes really good gluten-free cakes and bread.  And my favorite ice cream dudes, bless their hearts, started a line of dairy-free ice cream.  Was it possible I could have my wheat-free chocolate lava cake and it, too?

I made the switch while my husband was away.  And then when he came home, we went to sleep, and I assumed all went well.

But alas, I was wrong.

“You snored last night,” he said accusingly the next day.  “Did you eat wheat or dairy yesterday?”

“I did not,” I replied honestly.

“Well, you must have had something.  What did you have?”  he asked.

“The only thing I had that I didn’t make was a piece of wheat-free chocolate cake.”

“Maybe you are chocolate-intolerant now, too,”  he said.

I glared at him.  “So, you’re saying that now you think I should give up chocolate?”

“Maybe.  If it makes you snore.”

“Actually, I think you should give up something now, too,”  I replied.

“What?” he wondered.

I shrugged.  “Sleeping in the bedroom.”

Tracy Beckerman is the author of the Amazon Bestseller, “Barking at the Moon:  A Story of Life, Love, and Kibble.”
You can visit her at www.tracybeckerman.com
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Fascinating Stuff

FASCINATING STUFF

  • Since 2014, the Japanese port city of Yokohama has hosted an annual festival called Pikachu Outbreak!  honoring the happy yellow Pokemon “pocket monster.”  The event includes a parade and performances featuring dozens of life-size costumed Pikachu doing the Pikachu dance.
  • Maple trees aren’t the only ones that can be tapped for their sweet sap.  Black walnut, butternut and other species of walnut trees yield sap that can be made into syrup.  Many birch species do as well.  They’re not as productive as sugar maples, and processing their sap into syrup takes more time and effort, so the end product tends to be more expensive.
  • The earliest chess sets from India and Persia didn’t have pieces called queens.  Instead, the piece that stands beside the king at the start of a game was known the counselor or frazin (the spelling varies).  When depicted in human form, it would be male.  There were knights on horseback and pawn foot soldiers similar to what we find in standard chess sets today, but there were no bishops.  In some early variations of the game, the pieces in the bishop’s position were elephants dressed for battle.
  • The original 1858 plan for New York City’s Central Park included a dairy to provide fresh milk for children.  At the time, the city was enduring what became known as the “Swill Milk” scandal, in which hundreds of children died after consuming tainted milk from cows fed on the solid byproducts of the city’s beer breweries.  To alleviate the crisis and cultivate the family atmosphere they wanted for the park, designers Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead created a charming Victorian milk bar serving milk from dairy farms outside the city.  In the 1870’s, the building was converted to a restaurant.  Today it’s a visitor center.

~ COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELMAN
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3 replies
  1. Marty says:

    Daymaker’s Poppy Seed Dressing offering today brought memories of my childhood. My brother couldn’t stand any green salads until Mom was given a recipe for Poppy Seed Dressing. Lo and behold, he tried it and to this day eats green salads IF there’s poppy seed dressing

    Thanks Daymaker. We love you.

  2. Carol says:

    Loved the whole issue but laughed out loud at Sleeping with the Enemy!!! Thanks, Cheryl, for the fun, art, facts, recipes – EVERYTHING!!!

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