Wednesday Reader May 15

COLD SESAME NOODLES + TRIVIA + RIDDLE + HUMOR + ART ILLUSTRATIONS

Hola!
Bonjour!
Howdy!

Wednesday greetings, friends!  Midweek is here and Friday and the weekend are just 2 short days away!

Great line up to share today beginning with:

LESLIE ELMAN’S TRIVIA BITS POP QUIZ
I knew 1 outta 3 and now I know 3 outta 3 and you will too.  We just got schooled (in a good way) and feel “light bulb” brighter/smarter!

QUICK QUESTION
Me, my favorite junk food *gasp*  is Doritos Nacho Cheese chips.  I’d eat myself sick on them if left unattended.  Ha.
However, I rarely keep them in my house.  When working on Set I used to grab a little bag from the Craft Service table and pop that bad boy open and savor!  You?

K9-ALITIES
Had me laughing out loud!

RECIPE FOR COLD SESAME NOODLES
Is TDF!  It’s so. so. so. so. good.  Did I mention good?  It’s outstanding.  And, yes, leftovers are the dreams of midnight snack attacks!

FINDER’S KEEPERS WREATH
Yep, that’s my beautiful piece that will always be a work in progress.  Whenever I find something along my path that someone tossed away as a tiny piece of garbage and most others just walk past it – I spot it, exclaim to myself (or sometimes, outloud – ha), “WHOA!  WOW!”  Grab it and put it in my pocket and bring it home to my Finder’s Keeper wreath.  There’s always room for ONE MORE to join the piece to make it even cooler.

TRACY BECKERMAN’S “SLUGGING IT OUT”
Column is a hoot.  Tracy never disappoints with her humorous slice-of-life writing style.

FASCINATING FACTS
My favorite take-away is the Walrus trivia!
Didn’t the Beetles do a song about a Walrus at one time?  Kinda sorta remember something like that.  Although, Beetles fans get ready to throw snowballs or blow straw paper wrappers at me, I am not, nor have I ever been a Beetles fan.  I know.  Peter loved the Beetles, as do most people on the planet.
I digress.  The Walrus trivia along with the other 4 are super intriguing.

THANKS ALL
For popping in today to give us a read + sharing + caring + loving.  We are grateful.

OH, WAIT!
5 for FRIDAY episode is just 2 days away.  It’s gonna be a blast of a read.  No spoiler alerts.  My lips are zipped.
Although, I can tell ya that Stacy’s World is on hold this week as she is on vacay with her husband, Rick, in and around Sedona.  However, I do know that she’s got her camera and pen and paper in hand to snap pictures and write about whatever pops up along the way to share with us when she finds us next Friday.  Can’t wait!

Ready?
Set.
Go!
Enjoy the read.

POP Quiz

POP QUIZ

  1. A TRADITIONAL PRODUCT OF GREECE, RETSINA IS A TYPE OF WHAT?
    a) Pastry
    b) Pottery
    c) Stew
    d) Wine
  2. HOW WOULD THE YEAR 2024 BE WRITTEN IN ROMAN NUMERALS?
    a) LXVI
    b) IXXMM
    c) MMXXIV
    d) MCMXI
  3. IN THE 1936 CHILDREN’S BOOK “THE STORY OF FERDINAND” BY MUNRO LEAF, WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL IS FERDINAND?
    a) Bull
    b) Elephant
    c) Horse
    d) Snake

Wednesday Reader May 15

QUICK QUESTION

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE JUNK FOOD?

Wednesday Reader May 15

POP QUIZ ANSWERS

  1. Retsina is a type of wine traditionally produced in Greece.
  2. The year 2024 would be written as MMXXIV in Roman numerals.
  3. In the 1936 children’t book “The Story of Ferdinand,” the title character is a bull.

~ COPYRIGHT 2024 LESLIE ELMAN, TRIVIA BITS
DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM

K9-ALITIES

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?

GOLDEN RETRIEVER:
The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, and you’re inside worrying about a burned out bulb?

BORDER COLLIE:
Just one?  And then I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.

DACHSHUND:
You know I can’t reach that lamp!

ROTTWEILER:
Make me.

LABRADOR:
Oh, me, me!!!  Pleeeeeeeease let me change the light bulb!  Can I?  Can I?  Huh?  Huh?  Huh?  Can I?

GERMAN SHEPHERD:
I’ll change it as soon as I’ve led these people from the dark, checked to make sure I haven’t missed any, and just make one more perimeter patrol to see that no one tried to take advantage of the situation.

MALTESE:
Let the Border Collie do it.  You can feed me while he’s busy.

JACK RUSSELL TERRIER:
I’ll just pop it in while I’m bouncing off the walls and furniture.

POODLE:
I’ll just blow in the Border Collie’s ear and he’ll do it.  By the time he finishes, my nails will be dry.

COCKER SPANIEL:
Why change it?  I can still pee-pee on the carpet in the dark.

DOBERMAN:
While it’s dark, I’m going to sleep on the couch.

BOXER:
Who cares?  I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark …

CHIHUAHUA:
Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

IRISH WOLFHOUND:
Can somebody else do it?  I’ve got this hangover …

POINTER:
I see it, there it is!  Right there.

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD:
First, I’ll put all the bulbs in a little circle.

OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG:
Light bulb?  I’m sorry, I don’t see a light bulb.

HOUND DOG:
Zzzzzzzzzz

I ONLY HAD ONE SUPERSTITION.
I MADE SURE TO TOUCH ALL THE
BASES WHEN I HIT A HOME RUN.
~ BABE RUTH ~

INSTANT KARMA

MAKE A WISH FOR THE DAY
EACH MORNING

RIDDLE ME THIS

WHAT CAN NEVER
BE PUT IN A SAUCEPAN?

Wednesday Reader May 15

COLD SESAME NOODLES WITH WALNUTS AND CILANTRO

This recipe is fresh, delicious lunch or dinner worthy.  This is pretty much a stand-alone meal – as in no additional food side kicks.  Serve with a big glass of iced tea, a glass of favorite wine or frosty mug of beer.

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE IT

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 TBSP grated, fresh ginger (or minced tiny, tiny, tiny)
  • 2 1/2 TBSP toasted sesame oil
  • 3 TBSP fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 TBSP Asian sweet chili sauce

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 1 pound thin vermicelli or angel hair pasta
  • 1 large boneless, skinless whole chicken breast, (boiled or baked), cooled and cut into thin julienne strips
  • 1/2 pound deli smoked ham slices cut into thin julienne strips
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag coleslaw mix
  • 1 large red pepper, thinly sliced into matchsticks
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro

GARNISH:

  • Walnuts, chopped
  • Small diced green apples
  • Additional fresh chopped cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.  Set aside or refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavors do a meet and mingle thing.  If dressing is too thick, add a little hot water to help thin it out.
  2. Boil pasta noodles according to package instructions.  Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. In a large bowl combine rinsed pasta with coleslaw mix, chicken, deli ham, red pepper, green onions, chopped cilantro.  Best way for me to do this is with clean hands and go for it!
  4. Toss with dressing – hands in/on again – and transfer to a large serving bowl and refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours

WHEN READY TO SERVE:

  • Plate individual servings or put pretty bowl on table with tongs for a self-serve option.
  • Garnish with chopped walnuts + small diced green apples
  • Additional fresh chopped cilantro

~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box

RIDDLE ANSWER

ITS LID

Wednesday Reader May 15

SLUGGING IT OUT

LOST IN SUBURBIA
BY TRACY BECKERMAN

Living in the suburbs, I encounter lots of wildlife to keep my on my toes.  I’ve had several run-ins with aggressive squirrels, a quarrel with a cranky woodchuck, an unfortunate encounter with a pissed-off skunk.  But none of this prepared me for the monster thing I stumbled upon while we were on vacation in the woods.  This thing was so big and so scary, I thought I might end up spending the whole two weeks indoors.  It was gargantuan.  It was behemothic.  It was…

A slug.

Now this was not just any slug.  I’ve seen slugs in the past in my yard and on my deck that were your normal, everyday, garden-variety slugs.  This was not that slug.  This slug was was the largest, slimiest gastropod I had ever laid eyes on in my life.  It was brown with dark spots and probably about eight feet — I mean, inches — long, stretched across the middle of the front wooden stoop where I had nearly stepped on it.  Surely, had that happened, it would have swallowed my foot, maybe my whole leg, depending on how hungry a monster slug gets.

Fortunately, I noticed it just before I put my foot down and half-jumped/half catapulted over it onto the grass below.

“Joel!”  I shrieked to my husband inside.  “Help!”

He came running out with the dog and a bat.  We had heard on the news that there were bears in the area, and I’m sure the first thing that ran through his head was that I was under attack by an angry bear.  I’m also sure the thing that didn’t run through his head that I was under attack by a giant slug.  To be fair to the slug, it hadn’t actually tried to attack me.  But I had no idea if slugs were territorial and might get aggressive when threatened.  Was it possible to get slimed to death?  I wasn’t sure, but I didn’t want to be the first person to find out.

Fortunately, my husband lunged out the door and over the stoop, missing the giant slug entirely, which was a good thing because otherwise it might have eaten both of us, and I would hate for my kids to become orphans and have to tell people their parents died in a tragic slug assault.

He looked around for the black bear and obviously saw nothing.  Then he looked down at me on the ground.

“What’s going on?  I thought you were in trouble.”

“I was.  I am,” I said.  “Look!”  I pointed to Slugzilla on the stoop.

Joel dropped the bat, and he and the dog went over to investigate.

“Wow, that’s a big one,” he said.

“Don’t get too close!”  I yelled, scrambling to my feet.  “It might try and slime you, and who knows, the slime could be toxic like a poison dart frog.”

“Slugs are not poisonous to humans,” he said, shaking his head.

“What, are you suddenly a slug expert?”

“I’m going to look it up,” he said, ignoring me and disappearing inside.  A moment later he came back with his phone in hand.

“It’s a leopard slug,” he said, showing me a picture of a slug that looked a lot like our slug.  “They are common in this area and not poisonous.”

“What about murderous?”  I asked.  “Does it say anything about murderous?”

“No, not murderous either.”

“Well that’s a relief.  But I’d really like it relocated to another location where I don’t risk stepping on it or it swallowing me.”

“Don’t worry, honey, it looks like it’s on its way someplace else,” he said as we both stared at the giant slug.  In the time since I had first discovered it, it looked like it had moved a mere millimeter to the left across the stoop.

“Yeah,” I said, “And with any luck, it will arrive there next week.”

~ 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

  • The U.S. Capitol building was designed by William Thornton, a medical doctor and amateur architect born in the British West Indies.  George Washington himself chose Thornton’s design from those submitted in 1793 for the prestigious commission and the $500 prize that went with it.  Thornton also designed Woodlawn, the Federal-style residence adjacent to Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia.  In 1952, Woodlawn became the first property to be acquired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • A walrus consumes between 3% and 6% of its body weight in food each day, which is a lot of food when you consider that a typical adult walrus weighs upwards of 3,000 pounds.  While they’ll dine on all sorts of sea creatures, clams are their favorite.  How many clams?  Between 3,000 and 6,000 in a single feeding session.
  • Aristides was an ancient Greek statesman known for his honesty and fairness, which earned him the honorific Aristides the Just.  More than 1,000 years after he was attempting to keep Athenian politics on the straight and narrow, another Aristides made history in North America.  On May 17, 1875, Aristides, the colt from Lexington, won the first Kentucky Derby.
  • We use the adjective “minuscule” to describe something very tiny.  Originally, “minuscule,” which means “somewhat smaller,” was coined to refer to lowercase letters.  It distinguished those somewhat smaller letters from “majuscule”  — “somewhat bigger”  — letters, which we know as uppercase or capital letters today.
  • When Catherine of Argon married Arthur, Prince of Wales, in 1501, she was 16 and he was 15.  They’d been betrothed since she was 3 and he was 2!  Though Catherine and Arthur’s engagement was long, their marriage was not.  He died about six months after the wedding.  A few years later, Catherine married his younger brother, who would soon be crowned King Henry VIII of England.

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8 replies
  1. Carol says:

    I can’t quite wrap my head around cold noodles, but the ingredients in the sauce and the noodles make me want to try. . .

    Love your Finder’s Keepers wreath! I’m on the lookout for one so I can copy your idea.

    The junk food I indulge in most often is my husband’s popcorn. He seasons it perfectly and I can make a meal out of it anytime!

    So many fun facts and cartoons. I’m set for the day!

    Until Friday . .!!!

    Reply
    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Whoa, your husband’s perfectly seasoned popcorn has to be fantastic, Carol!

      Glad you enjoyed the fun facts and cartoons. I love them, as well. Fascinating and funny.

      Appreciate your wonderful comments and sharing with us and giant support of Daymaker!

      Reply
  2. Marty says:

    Daymaker’s cartoons had me laughing aloud esp. walking the dog!

    Now the question “Favorite junk food” would be Lay’s Classic Potatoes Chips in the bright yellow bag with red lettering. I buy several medium size packages to keep them fresh as possible. I carefully pull out two handfuls to avoid breaking and carefully place them on a small glass boat dish on the counter by the Keurig Coffee maker. It’s a site to behold! I graze on them 24-7. Example, I start my day with coffee therefore I help myself to one or two perfectly shaped chips. Returning for coffee, I repeat step one! And so on is my day.

    Yes, I like popcorn like Carol commented today, but Chips have me hooked.

    Miles of smiles.

    Reply
    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hi Marty –

      I, too, am a giant fan of the plain ol’ Lay’s potato chips in the bright yellow bag with red lettering. They’re the only kind of potato chips I choose among all the different flavors out there!

      Yes to popcorn as well!! Especially movie theater popcorn I remember from back in the day.

      Miles of smiles back at ya.

      Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

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