Ice Cream Comes to America (Part II)

By: Proserpina , 4:23 PM GMT on September 09, 2012



“My advice to you is not to inquire why or whether, but just to enjoy your ice cream while it is on your plate - that’s my philosophy.”
Thornton Wilder, ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’, 1942

As we have seen, in the Old World, the making of ice cream or sorbets depended on a supply of ice. Colonial and Federal America was no exception. Certainly ice was available during the winter but only the wealthy could afford to build and maintain icehouses. As a result ice cream in the Colonies, similarly to the Old World, was enjoyed only by the very wealthy.

Ice was gathered from frozen ponds and lakes in winter, and stored in ice houses. An ice house was an insulated underground chamber with drainage. Usually the ice blocks were deposited in the icehouses by people who crawled on all fours with the ice on their backs. This was done because to reach the deposit area, a person had to pass through narrow underground corridors to the icehouse itself. Removal was the same process in reverse. Usually layers of straw separated the blocks of ice to facilitate the removal of the ice blocks.

It is known that many of the plantations had icehouses including plantations in Colonial Virginia. Hence the plantation owners, their families, and their guests enjoyed iced drinks, frozen desserts, and yes ice cream, throughout the summer. For most of the Colonists ice was a luxury beyond their means.

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Morris icehouse

There was an icehouse in eighteenth-century Williamsburg in a garden behind the Governor’s Palace. Another icehouse of note from the 18th Century is the Robert Morris icehouse built in 1781. In the year 2000 archeologists uncovered the Morris icehouse which is located in a corner of the President’s House property in Philadelphia. This 18th century ice house was reburied and lies beneath the floor of the new Liberty Bell Center.

To learn more about the structure of an icehouse and in particular the Morris icehouse, please go to: icehouse.htm

Ice cream began to appear in the Colonies during the first half of the 18th century. The first known mention of ice cream being served is found in the Journal of William Black. The date was 1744. A group of Virginia commissioners stopped at the home of Governor Thomas Bladen in Maryland, where they were served ice cream made from milk and strawberries. William Black was one of the guests who in 1777 wrote “… after which came a Dessert no less Curious; Among the Rarities of which it was Compos’d, was some fine Ice Cream which, with the Strawberries and Milk, eat most Deliciously”.

George Washington is said to have eaten ice cream in 1782 at a party in Philadelphia, given by the French minister. It is a myth that Martha Washington invented ice cream however she did serve ice cream at Mount Vernon. We do know that in 1784 George bought a ‘cream machine for ice’ for the price of $200 (a huge amount for those times). The same year an icehouse was built on his estate.

It is also believed that the wife of Alexander Hamilton, Betsy, served ice cream to George Washington in 1789. From then on, George served ice cream at his Thursday dinners.

Jefferson’s recipe

Thomas Jefferson
learned to make ice cream while he was in France as Secretary of State. Upon his return home in 1789, he brought a ‘cream machine for ice’ and a recipe. The recipe can be found in the American Treasures section of the Library of Congress.

Dolly Madison
, wife of President James Madison, heard of a new dessert made in Wilmington by a freed slave (Aunt Sallie Shadd). To satisfy her curiosity Dolly went to Wilmington to try out the new dessert sensation made from frozen cream, sugar, and fruit. She enjoyed the ice cream so much that it was served at her husband’s Second Inauguration Ball in 1813.

According to existing records, in 1770 ice cream made its debut in N.Y. at a Gelateria (ice cream shop) established by Giovanni Bosio, an Italian immigrant.

Lenzi’s advertisement

In 1774 another immigrant Filippo Lenzi, made the first public advertisement for ice cream. He notified the public that he had just arrived from London and would be offering jams, jellies, pastries, sugar plums, ICE CREAM, and other delicacies.

19th Century

By the 19th Century Philadelphia was considered the ice cream capital of the USA because of the quantity of ice cream produced there, the large number ice cream ‘houses’, and the tasty ice cream called ‘Philadelphia’.

The year 1843 was a very good year for the world of ice cream lovers. On September 9, 1843 Nancy M. Johnson was given patent No. 3254 for her recently invented hand-cranked ice cream freezer! Her basic design is still used today. The invention of this machine marked a revolution in the history of ice cream. From now on anyone could make delicious ice cream at home and more importantly, it led to the first wholesale ice cream business!

The first wholesale ice cream business in the USA was opened on June 15, 1851 in Baltimore, MD, by Jacob Fussell. Jacob was a milk dealer and needed to find a way to sell his cream. The solution was to produce and sell ice cream on a large scale. He used large replicas of the Nancy M. Johnson cranks. By 1909 the Fussell factory was making 30 million gallons of ice cream annually. Today Fussell is considered the father of American ice cream industry.

July 12, 1854 may have been the day when the largest ice cream social of the Civil War occurred. The following is quoted from: eCreamHistory.htm

“Was This the Largest Ice Cream Social of the Civil War? by Harold Screen, The Ice Screamer, Issue #102, May, 2004. Source material: The Baltimore Country Public Library, the Baltlimore County Historical Society and the Maryland State Archives:

On the morning of July 12th, Johnson received word that Federal reinforcements were on their way and decided to return to Virginia but on their way home they passed by Painters Mill, the Owings Mills (then Owens Mill), Maryland, location of an ice cream factory. The employees were loading ice cream on a boxcar for delivery to Baltimore when the Confederates arrived. General Johnson allowed his men to help themselves to these frozen vittles (typical activity of the Civil War - living off the land). Many of his men were from the mountains of southwest Virginia and had never seen ice cream before. Its reported that the soldiers pressed every available cup, pail and tin cup into service, some even used their hats to enjoy this unexpected treat.”

The Civil War is not the only instance where ice cream was part of the military story, ice cream is also associated with WWII. During 1941 and 1945 for every pilot rescued from the water by an escort destroyer, the rescuing ship would be given a twenty-gallon reward of ice cream! Ice cream was one of the ways that group morale was maintained.

The following is another quote from: eCreamHistory.htm

“In 1945, the Navy commissioned the worlds first "floating ice cream parlour" for service in the Western Pacific. The parlor was a refrigerated concrete barge, built at a cost of over one million dollars, that was capable of producing ten gallons of ice cream every seven seconds. The barge had no engine of it's own, but was towed around by tugs and other ships. It's sole responsibility was to produce ice cream for US sailors in the Pacific region.
Sources: World War II in the Pacific, Special Ships and The United States Navy Then and Now”

Ice Cream Cones

There are many stories about who invented the first ice cream cone and where it first made its appearance. I will let the historians decide who gets the credit for inventing the cone. We do know that the edible cone made its appearance at the first world fair held in the USA. It was the Centennial Exhibition which was held in 1876 in Philadelphia, to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

While many claimed to have invented the cone, it was the immigrant Italo Marchiony (Marchioni) who obtained the patent for having invented the machine to bake the cones as we know them today. Italo applied for the patent on September 22, 1903 and on December 15, 1903 patent Number 746971 was issued to him. Marchiony started his business in Hoboken, N.J. and by 1924 ice cream cone production reached 245 million.

There is a lot more that I could write on the ice cream subject but I will finish with the story of the person who invented the Popsicle.

“ In 1905, the Popsicle was invented by an eleven-year-old Frank Epperson. Frank Epperson was only 11 years old when he invented the originally named Epsicle. He had left his fruit flavored soda outside on the porch with a stir stick in it. The drink froze to the stick and tasted good. It took 18 more years in 1923 for Epperson to apply for a patent for a "frozen ice on a stick" called the Epsicle ice pop, which his children re-named the Popsicle. In 1925, Frank Epperson sold his famous Popsicle to the Joe Lowe Company of New York. Good Humor now owns the rights to the Popsicle.”
(Read more at e-popsicle-was-invented-by-an-11-year-old/#od0zyPh CAYY0FVZb.99 )


In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month (July 17, 2011) as National Ice Cream Day.

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123. Proserpina
10:33 AM GMT on October 01, 2012
Ylee and Sandi, thank you very much for the October poem, wishes and graphics.

Ylee, just a new post on my other blog and maybe I'll post it here too. It is just a quick commentary and a few photos.

, I hope that you continue to feel better and better. It is amazing what the right diet and medications can do for a body. Now, if only I could take my own advice! But I love sweets!
We had a lovely day yesterday, I have no idea what is in store for us today. It is still dark and I have not turned on the news. I hope your day is a very good one indeed.

Briar,Sandi, and Alley, you are absolutely right, of course. No new pets as long as Koko is with us. Thank you for your advice, I know that my WU friends are great helpers when needed.

Briar, I am now getting horribly abusive political emails from 'friends' who are trying to get me to vote for their candidate. I finally made it clear that I do not appreciate the emails/forwards, and that I am a big girl with a mind of my own.
I used to giggle, probably sententiously, when little old ladies got upset and 'spoke up'. Well, I am now that crusty, independent, no nonsense old lady!

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122. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:11 AM GMT on October 01, 2012
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121. Ylee
8:40 AM GMT on October 01, 2012

White rabbits, Pros!
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120. sandiquiz
7:41 AM GMT on October 01, 2012

October: tenth month of the year,
Comes the winds, first frosts appear.
Takes the warmth from pure blue skies,
Opal mists, sun rays disguise,
Beguiles our hearts with morning's mild
Evenings come with weather wild,
Relinquishing our summer

Pros - Wishing you a very happy, healthy and safe month.

PS - got your mail, will reply once I have done my ist of the month duties:)
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119. Ylee
4:13 AM GMT on October 01, 2012
Hi, Pros! Hope you've had a good weekend! Did I read somewhere that you may be doing another geneology blog? That would be neat!

Take care!
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118. Alleyoops
10:48 AM GMT on September 30, 2012
Good morning PROS. Just finishing up an early breakfast and taking my first meds of the day. Been up since 4:30 so I think I will head back to bed for a few more zzzzzz's before really starting my day.

Took my blood sugar reading before I had a couple of toast with coffee and am pleased to see it is down l.5 points. I hope this continues and I see it back in my usual range of 6-7. All I can do is take each day, one at a time and watch what I eat. Since I cooked chicken yesterday, today will be lots of protein and low carb day.

Have a great day dear one. Enjoy your cuddle with Koko...
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117. sandiquiz
9:54 AM GMT on September 30, 2012
I agree with Ally and BC..... A kitten would be lovely, but KoKo is an old lady and she needs all your love and support.
My Blue is getting old but the thought of introducing a new kitten into the house is not something I would do, as he is so used to being on his own... And has been for over 10 years since his brother died at two and a half from a heart attack!

Have a happy Sunday :-)
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116. BriarCraft
9:13 PM GMT on September 29, 2012
Quoting #96: The political phone calls continue and I am exasperated! Yesterday I answered the phone by saying if you are shopping for votes hang up now! It was an important call for my hubby! I hope the woman on the other end has a sense of humor!

Lucky you [she said sarcastically], to be in a "battleground state". I am amazed that, so far, I have not received any political robo-calls. Two years ago, we were bombarded with them. Even though Washington is a firmly "blue" state, we have a couple of potentially controversial ballet measures that I expected to generate lots of telephone and mailbox junk. First, there is the legalize-tax-and-regulate-marijuana initiative. Second, is legalize-same-sex-marriage. The second has generated exactly 2 over-sized postcards in the mailbox. I (almost) feel slighted.

I agree with Alley that you should maybe hold off getting a cat or kitten just yet. Poor Koko would be jealous and/or stressed. Interactions between cats and dogs are impossible to predict. Sometimes they can become best friends, other times they just hate each other.

I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather.
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115. Proserpina
1:57 PM GMT on September 29, 2012
Alley, you are absolutely right! Koko should feel safe and special in her 'own' home! That's wise advice.

My goodness, I thought I was a walking pharmacy! I'll give you the special honor! If the pills keep you feeling good and healthy, so be it. Please do keep the sugars under control, you will live a better life. My hubby also has diabetes and in my opinion, he indulges too much with the sweets. I try to keep the amount of cookies etc. in the house to a minimum, so he goes out and buys them! Yes, he brings them home to 'share'! I have to really work at not being tempted by sweets, but often if not always win the battle. Except for Talenti! Who was the person who turned me on Talenti? It is all your fault!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving. I am sure that you know that there are lots of healthy versions of pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, etc. I like making and eating these fruit/veggies breads but most often I decrease the amount of fats and sugar. I do not know what I am going to do this year about Thanksgiving, I may order a turkey already prepared from Wagemans. I'll prepare the pies and the side dishes. I just do not have the energy to keep up my usual holiday dinners.

Take care, enjoy life as best you can. Big hugs for my Alley.
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114. Alleyoops
1:35 PM GMT on September 29, 2012
Good morning PROS. Actually had my first good day in a long while yesterday. Hope today is a repeat. Just took the first 3 pills and when I eat I take too more, then I take 2 more at lunch, for supper I have 3 more to take. Who needs food with all these meds...LOL. I try to wait about a hour before eat now that I have taken my BP meds before I take my metformin with toast. At lunch comes the Januvia and ranitidine. Dinner is another ranitidine and my metformin. Oh well, I guess they want to keep me around a bit longer.

I am not a bad cook so I have been told. I have not heard of anyone dying from it but have had alot complaints that people have gained a few lbs from overeating....ROFLMBO With next weekend being the Canadian Thanksgiving, there will be a few treats to sample but I will not overdo it this year. I will just stuff a little turkey breast and do some root veggies to go with it. Going to cut back on the sweets as well, maybe make a sweet potato and pumpkin pie. I will pick up some extra pumpkin to make a couple of pumpkin loaves I can freeze as well as make some zucchini bread to freeze too.

Hope all goes well for your friend. Chemo can be a rough regiume sometimes and you take each day as they come.

If I were you I would hold off getting a kitty at the moment with KoKo reaching her final years, I think it would be hard for her to adjust to a new face in the house. I would wait until she passes before bringing a new pet in the house. Call it an age thing but I know from experience, when a pet has been the only one around for so many years, it will take its toll on her. Look at it this way, then you can give an older cat a good home when the time is right.

Have a blessed day dear one. Take care of yourself too.
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113. Proserpina
1:07 PM GMT on September 29, 2012
Good morning Sandi and Janet.

Sandi, isn't it fun to keep people guessing? Yes, I am pretty much recovered from the chattering but as you know chattering can metamorphose into book writing! More confusion for our guessing folks! By the way can metamorphose be considered a verb? Where is Shore when I need her!

, I had no idea that you have a new kitten or maybe I just do not remember (lots of senior moments). What a smart idea to take him for rides. Did I mention that a week ago today we went to a Cat adoption event but came home empty handed? The ones my husband liked were huge and four years old, our dog would not get along with them and vice versa. The kitten that I semi liked did not speak at all to my husband. So our quest continues.
I am so glad that your chemo was successful and that the ordeal was not too bad. That's what I said to my friend, that chances are that she will have minor side effects. She is so positive and matter of fact about the situation and very trusting in her Lord, and all of this will help her. I am not going to call today but I will email her husband, I do not want to intrude on what might be a challenging day.
Again, so glad that you won the battle!

I am going to start a little genealogy project (I think) and will be on and off the blogs, not gone but 'absent' now and then.
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112. sandiquiz
6:01 AM GMT on September 29, 2012
Good Saturday morning to you.
I hope you have recovered from all your chattering yesterday.... funnily enough I do the same, talk far to much if I am worried or nervous!

I love your yellow shot! - (Now folk are even more confused! lol)
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111. janetlee
1:13 AM GMT on September 29, 2012
You are so sweet to spend that time with your friend during her treatment. I hope she does well with it. I had no ill effects (except for losing all my hair) from mine but everyone reacts differently.

Our new kitten has settled in and gets along just great with everyone. He is a lively little guy! We take him for car rides to get him used to traveling.

Have a great week-end, we are getting rain according to our forecast.
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110. Proserpina
11:22 PM GMT on September 28, 2012
Hi, I spent time with my friend today while she was receiving her first chemo. She is amazing, positive and calm.

Hi Sandi, yes, the visit went well and my chatter made the time pass fast, so it seemed. I wonder if we are confusing anyone with our 'green shot' talk! LOL!

Hi Ylee, hubby says, if you want the cordless handset, go get it!
Thank you for your kind words. My friend is very religious and her faith is helping her at this time.

Hi Mass, for some reason the acorn yield isn't very big this year. There are hardly any acorns on the ground! I wonder what it all means as related to our winter. We will have the fallen leaves however, I will call a service to do the raking/bagging/disposing. We just have too many trees to handle it ourselves.
Don't think about the winter cold until you absolutely have to deal with it! I do remember some really nasty cold winters from the time we lived in MA! Hopefully you and I will have a mild winter this year.
How exciting that you drive by Robert Frost's house! Is it open for tourists? Have you been in the house? I do not go too far from the house right now due to a problem, hopefully our neighborhood will show the Fall colors at its best.
Thank you for stopping by, it is always nice to see you.

Alley, how are you feeling? Is the new medication helping you? How about your new diet, are you enjoying it? I saw some of your new recipes on FB and they do look tasty. Besides, you will dress them up with your favorite spices to suit your taste buds! I have a feeling that you are a fabulous cook. Please let me know how you are feeling, thank you.

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109. sandiquiz
11:52 AM GMT on September 28, 2012
Hope today goes well for you :-)
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108. Ylee
7:15 AM GMT on September 28, 2012
Pros, we have a cordless handset setup where you plug the phoneline in the main box that has the transmitter and answering machine, and once the handsets are charged(each handset has its' own charging station), each handset(you can get 2 to 6 handsets) will automatically show the phone no. on its' display!

God be with your friend and you tomorrow!
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107. sandiquiz
7:41 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Thanks for dropping by my blog.
I think your planned tomorrow is a very selfless act.... It shows what a wonderful person you are.

Hope it goes as well as it can. I will mail you tomorrow :-)
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106. masshysteria
4:13 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Good Late Mornin' / Early Afternoon to you, Pros!

Currently, we're experiencing a gloriously sunny, cool autumn morning before our weather takes a downward turn the next few days.

The view outside my computer room is lovely with neighboring trees now showing increasing tinges of color. The only drawback is looking at all the fallen acorns strewn in our front and back yard. At night, they sound like bowling balls on our roof while rolling down and off to the ground. LOL! Naturally, it also brings thoughts of all those sticky, large fallen oak leaves needing to be raked, mulched and bagged for pick up. At least, on better days, it's nice to be outside amongst the fresh air and colorful scenery, but my ole bones aren't as up to the overwhelming task of fall yard work as they once were. Such is life! LOL!

Hubby's continuing to do reasonably well and remains pacing himself as he increases his physical activity indoors and out. At this moment, his favorite activity is napping on the lounge in our small Florida room. Most of the window slats are closed, so the sun's beams are providing much enjoyable free warm solar power in the room and bones! LOL! Unfortunately, it won't be long before winter's cold arrives and we'll be again forced to hibernate inside the house while swaddled in layers of flannel clothing. Ugh, perish the thought! LOL!

Oh, I wanted to tell you that, while traveling to and from Derry, NH, either Sat. or Sun. afternoon of each week, I pass by the ole Robert Frost home/farm (on Rt 28) each time. Thankfully, it's still attracting enough of a tourist trade to keep it open and reasonably maintained. It closes down for the season this Sat., Oct. 6th, until it opens again next May. At least, my weekly drive has begun to offer some increasingly colorful and lovely fall scenes for us to enjoy.

Hope you're doing well and able to partake of much deserved decent weather and scenes in your neck of the woods!

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105. Alleyoops
2:27 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Hi PROS...just reading where you are getting a lot of "spam" calls. Do like I did, I set my answering service to take all calls because of the overload of spam I was getting. There is nothing I hate more than unsolicited telemarketers calling. By screening the calls, I can get rid of the rubbish calls and return the important ones I want. Sure has cut down a lot of the rubbish calls as they get an answering service instead of me. My message just reads " You have reached (phone number) and because of the large volume of telemarking calls and other spam, I now screen all calls. Please leave a message and I will call you back asap."

Hope you are feeling better these days now that it has cooled down some and are getting a good night's rest. My visit to the doc the other day was interesting and he put me on a new diabetic drug. Thing is, the drug is contraindicated for folks who have had pancreatic problems. Will wait to hear from him if there is a drug that I can take with it that will ease the side effects it poses. Don't want my stomach acting up like before. Don't need the pain.

Anyway have a great day, enjoy the sunshine. BIG HUGS
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104. sandiquiz
2:27 PM GMT on September 26, 2012
Hi Pros,
I have left you a comment about my green shot on your green shot!! Lol
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103. Proserpina
1:57 PM GMT on September 26, 2012
Janet, I do the same thing, make a comment somewhere and the answer has already been given elsewhere. No problem! Glad that you have a lovely morning, as we do. We had been told that today would be gloomy and rainy but so far we have sun and nice temperatures.

, when things break down in our house they stay in limbo for a very long time, that's what's happened with our ID caller identifier. Often I do let the phone ring and allow the answering machine pick up the call but there are times when answering the phone is the timely thing to do.

Sandi, we do have laws here about unwanted calls but certain kind of calls do not seem to fall in the category on unsolicited calls. Politics here seem to be a right of the politicians!
I wanted to leave a message for your green photo but it is group only and for some reason the site doesn't recognize me as being part of the group. Anyways, I like the photo. You make art photography from the most mundane items!

, thank you for your notes and graphics, including the greetings for Kat. Sorry that you are still having problems and that hubby becomes 'needy'. Bless you for your unselfish help to your mate and family.
I hope that your weather as as beautiful as ours. So far this fall it has been really nice. Yesterday hubby came home with three large pots of mums, now it really feels like Autumn.
I hope you get to enjoy your day.

Hi Bug
. Isn't it funny how we fall in love with cute babies? Hopefully there will be another pregnancy by momma! Unfortunately it costs a fortune to get momma pregnant and a lot of human effort.
Happy Wednesday to you.
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102. janetlee
1:28 PM GMT on September 26, 2012
post note--I guess I should read my own blog before going to others..:/
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101. janetlee
10:00 AM GMT on September 26, 2012
I'm sorry I did not get to you yesterday to let you know how much I loved your paintings. Have you ever done a gallery showing? One of our local galleries spotlights a local atist of the month.

I am with Ylee on the answering machine. We do not answer any of the calls we do not recognize. We have our #'s on the do not call list but it seems political calls, charity calls & or anyone you have ever done business with are exempt from the list.

Aren't you just loving this Fallish weather! The early mornings are so crispy clear and beautiful. I stood out for a while with Molly and just admired the sky. In fact I have to go find her, shes still out there somewhere probably digging holes. That is one of her bad habits.
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100. sandiquiz
7:07 AM GMT on September 26, 2012
Oh, poor you .. I see those unsolicited phone calls are beginning to irritated you. Time to move to the UK - we have a law about unsolicited calls. They are not allowed!

I agree with Ylee, let the answer phone take the call.
Have a Winsome Wednesday!

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99. Ylee
10:18 PM GMT on September 25, 2012
Simply put, if the caller ID is a toll free call, or a number I'm not familiar with, I let voicemail take it! No worries! :)

Take care!
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98. palmettobug53
4:50 PM GMT on September 25, 2012
Hi, Pros,

I saw that in the paper this morning. Something about liver issues but that a full necropsy is being done and they won't know the cause of death for a bit yet.

Poor baby. Poor mama.
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97. masshysteria
3:13 PM GMT on September 25, 2012
Good Mornin' (((PROS and A HAPPY BELATED B'DAY, (((KAT))) ~

Sorry I haven't had a chance to keep up with my posting and blog the past few days, as it's been hectic with hubby's (one month later) repeat chest xray, labwork and doctor's appts. all seemingly scheduled about a day apart from the other. Hubby continues to be doing reasonably well, but gets bored and grumpy quite easily. Naturally, I'm called upon to remedy that, too. LOL!

Anyhoo, hope everyone's doing well and wanted to post sincere, but belated, HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES to our good friend, KAT! Hope it was a great one and that her hubby's doing better as well!

(((KAT))) ~

(((PROS & WU FRIENDS)))) ~
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96. Proserpina
12:47 PM GMT on September 25, 2012
Good morning Sandi, Kat, Rob, Aubie, Ylee, Bug, Janetlee, GG, I hope your Tuesday is a perfect one for you.

We have a sunny morning with temps at 48 degrees a half hour ago, now up to 50 degrees. Best to enjoy today as tomorrow we expect clouds and showers.

The preliminary reports on the baby Panda is that she had fluid in her stomach and problems with her liver. Momma Panda did NOT sit on her and cried for a long time when she realized that her baby was dead. I have heard her moans and they are heartbreaking. However, momma is beginning to interact with her handlers.

The political phone calls continue and I am exasperated! Yesterday I answered the phone by saying if you are shopping for votes hang up now! It was an important call for my hubby! I hope the woman on the other end has a sense of humor!

Anybody shopping for Christmas yet? Yes, 'Christmas' is already in the shops! I guess I missed Thanksgiving! Ooops!

Well, have fun at whatever you are doing today.
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95. sandiquiz
11:46 AM GMT on September 25, 2012
Ooh, after seeing your comment in my blog I realise your Tuesday might not be so terrific!!!

Hope the routine dentist appointment goes OK :-)
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94. sandiquiz
6:57 AM GMT on September 25, 2012
Morning Pros - hope you have a terrific Tuesday :-)
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93. ColoradoKat
4:19 AM GMT on September 25, 2012
Thanks, Rob! I did have ice cream today, too!
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92. RobDaHood
7:11 PM GMT on September 24, 2012
Happy Birthday CK!
Ya know, on your birthday you get to eat all the ice cream you want! Enjoy!
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91. ColoradoKat
7:07 PM GMT on September 24, 2012
Finally had time to read this part of the ice
cream story. Whoever, whenever and however it
got to America, I'm sure glad it did!:-)
Thank you for researching and putting together
this delicious blog, Pros! You always have the
most interesting subjects!
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90. ColoradoKat
6:23 PM GMT on September 24, 2012
Thanks, Ylee and Aubie!
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89. auburn (Mod)
6:19 PM GMT on September 24, 2012
Happy birthday, Kat!
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88. Ylee
5:47 PM GMT on September 24, 2012
Happy birthday, Kat!

Pros, it is so hard for pandas in captivity to have babies successfully. Maybe next time!

Hope you are doing well!
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87. ColoradoKat
5:12 PM GMT on September 24, 2012
Thank you very much, Maria! I already got two
great gifts...Bud took me out on a photo shoot
yesterday to a really beautiful area and there
was lots of Fall color ans the second one is RAIN!
We need it and we got some and it's supposed to
rain some for the next few day. Yay!
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86. palmettobug53
4:53 PM GMT on September 24, 2012
Quick hello.....
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85. janetlee
12:46 PM GMT on September 24, 2012
What a shame the new baby died. Poor Momma Bear.

I hope some of your paintings have been of the beautiful flowers you have posted here for all of us. Maybe yo will post your painting when its finished. Speaking of paintings, our church had a fund raiser recently, passing out blank canvasses then auctioned off the full ones. They raised over $300.00. Not bad for us really. some of them were very good, some were differnt and some not so good but at least they all tried. I'm afarid my stick drawings would not be considered art of any form :)
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84. Proserpina
12:18 PM GMT on September 24, 2012
Happy Birthday Images, Quotes, Comments, Graphics
Happy Birthday Pictures - Quotes - Photobucket

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83. sandiquiz
6:10 AM GMT on September 24, 2012
Good morning to you - I have been sitting at the computer for over half an hour. I have dealt with my group on Flickr and now wandering through the halls of WU. No one around, I even had to write a post into the main blog!! lol

There was a really interesting documentary on the TV last night. It was called Real or Fake, and was about three paintings by JMW Turner, the early 19th century artist.

It appears for the last 18 years of his life he lived with a widow, who was thought to be his mistress. When he died his will said he wanted all his paintings and his sketch books to be left "to the nation". Then in 1907, the son of the mistress sold three paintings to a collector, saying they were Turner's. When the collector died, the paintings were left to the Turner Gallery in Cardiff, but thought to be fakes and never put on display. The TV programme investigated these three paintings, and using modern techniques, did actually get the experts to agree they were Turner's work.
The programme also investigated whether the three paintings were thought to be forgeries, due to the provenance.... belonging to Turner's mistress, whose son was a well-known forger!

Anyway, there are three new Turners on display in the Turner Gallery, thanks to the programme.

Happy Monday :)
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82. Proserpina
8:09 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
But, mom howled in despair when something must have happened. Poor baby, poor mommy.
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81. palmettobug53
6:57 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
Awwww..... poor baby.

The newspaper article I read right after it was born said that panda newborns frequently died when mama rolled over on them, basically suffocating them. They are SO small compared to mom.
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80. Proserpina
6:07 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
National Zoo's panda cub dies

The giant panda cub born last weekend at the National Zoo has died.

Zoo officials say the cub was found dead Sunday morning after panda keepers heard sounds of distress from its mother, Mei Xiang.

Staffers were able to retrieve the cub about an hour later. The cause of death is unknown. The cub appeared to be in good condition, and there were no outward signs of trauma or infection.

Read more at: a-cub-born-sept-16-at-national-zoo-in-washington-d ies-cause-of-death-not-known/2012/09/23/79382070-0 598-11e2-9eea-333857f6a7bd_story.html

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79. palmettobug53
1:54 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
Hi, Pros.

Thanks for stopping by to leave a post for Dad. He enjoys having visitors.

I thought I stopped by here yesterday morning but, if I did, I didn't leave a post.

Things at work should pick up soon. The coworker who was on vacation last week will be back. (He'd booked a cruise to the Bahamas with friends several months ago, long before we knew we'd have a couple of vacancies.) They've filled either one or both of the vacancies and the new hire(s) will be here in about a week.

I have enjoyed learning how to post charges on accounts. It's not something I'd want to do all day, every day. It would fast become mind-numbingly boring but as an occasional thing, it's a nice change of pace. You have to pay attention to what you're doing but it doesn't require a lot of mental strain!

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78. GardenGrrl
8:46 PM GMT on September 22, 2012
Happy Autumn!
All treats and no tricks.
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77. Proserpina
1:28 PM GMT on September 22, 2012

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
George Eliot

HAPPY AUTUMN to Kat and all who visit here but do not have an open blog, also to visitors and lurkers.
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76. Proserpina
12:26 PM GMT on September 21, 2012
Good morning. It is chilly but comfortable, 55 degrees (it was in the low 40s when I got up yesterday morning). The sun is shining and I think that it will be a good weather day.

I have busied myself with painting, reading, crossword puzzles, taking care of Koko,... Yesterday I drove to my friend's house to bring her a pumpkin bread and a container of Talenti Gelato (as Ylee suggested) but she was not home. I called from the driveway to make sure she was not home and left a message. She was expecting to start chemo as soon as the doc called so she might have done so yesterday. So many troubles in the world, so many prayers to be recited.

Hi Bug, I am so afraid of thunderstorms that I probably would not mind not being able to hear them! Of course, I would be selective in that I would want to turn on and off my hearing. Come think of it, that's what my husband does with his hearing aid, he turns it off when he doesn't want to hear what I have to say! LOL!
Is the work load more acceptable? I assume that the new people hired recently have started to work and contribute to the well-being of the office.

Sandi, things are about the same here. You already know that I have been keeping busy and out of trouble. Wishing you a very good day with sunshine and a nice cup of coffee/tea.

Shore, how exciting to see the shuttle so close! I saw the pics on LowerCal's blog, they are very good! I hope that the cooler weather is on her way to your area. We thought that it would never come back here but it did and the same will happen in your area.
Puccini and Woody Allen! I love Puccini but absolutely dislike Woody Allen, can't wait to see what you have to say. Oh oh, I will be humming arias from Puccini all day, beginning with 'Un bel di', followed by 'Luccevan le stelle', etc.

Mass, from your heading on your blog, I see that the weather was not a bad factor in your area. So glad! I do hope that we get to see more of you as it would mean that things are better in your home. I have not been too involved with the news, what is going on in MA? Anything interesting?

Alley, the news is so complicated! Life is so complicated! I had no idea about the events in France until you mentioned it. Sometimes I find it salutary to stay ignorant for a few days and that's what I have been doing this week. I'll catch up soon enough. I am also trying to shut off any and all political advertisements, phone calls, news media, etc. I just cannot stand it any more! A few days ago I told one of the callers that I would vote for the person who made no calls to my home! Have a good day.

BC, I wanted to make sure. I agree, better to laugh than cry! Humor is good and please keep it up, even when I am too dense to catch on easily. I have said it before, I think that you are an excellent writer. I like your humor and intelligence, and the way you express yourself.

Ylee, I never thought of it! You are right, good thing the cams are long distance from the beaches. There is a total mindset on the European beaches. I know a woman, I was her co-operating teacher when she did her student teaching with me. She was in her late 30s at the time. Anyways, she went to Spain that summer and when she returned she told us that after a while she decided that she wanted the experience, took off her bra and ran into the sea to hide her you know what! We are still laughing at her story. She is too!

The second cup of coffee is beckoning me, see you all later. Have a wonderful day everyone.
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75. palmettobug53
4:45 PM GMT on September 20, 2012
Hi, Pros.

We've had a little bit of rain but no rough weather.

That I know of.

I can't always tell when I'm at work. Can't hear thunder and can't see a window from where I'm at.

If it happens at night, if I'm asleep, I won't wake up. Not unless there's a lot of lightning flashes. Those will eventually make me stir.
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74. sandiquiz
6:29 AM GMT on September 20, 2012
Good Morning to you :-)

I do hope you slept well, I think I did!
It is definitely chilly this morning, the sky is grey and the wind sharp! Brrr, winter draws on, as they say. If it remains like this I may have to turn the heating on before nightfall.
My sister and her new hubby are in the Peak District for a few days, enjoying a walking holiday as part of their honeymoon. They are only having four days and then another three at the end of October in the Lake District. They are saving up to go to New Zealand for their joint 60th birthdays in 2014! Lucky things!

Hope you have a delicious day.

Linda - wow, the shuttle flying over your apartment! I remember the thrill I felt when in Guernsey and Concorde flew over the Island to celebrate .... something? I forget what it was, but I do remember Concorde!
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73. shoreacres
1:42 AM GMT on September 20, 2012
Evening, Pros -

What an exciting day we've had around here - not only did the shuttle do a flyover, it flew and flew and flew! I was surprised at how many times it came around. I didn't get the good pictures I could have if I'd known how to use the new lens I put on the camera. But I did get two nice ones - they're posted over at LowerCals. No need to put them all over the place.

They're going to do another flyover in the morning after it takes off from Ellington Field. It will be early enough that I can go over to the other side of the lake and make another run at getting some pics. They're just going over JSC tomorrow, so I'll have to go over there. I thought the excitement was over this morning and came home to get ready to go back to work - and here came the shuttle again! It came right over my place, at who knows what altitude. It certainly rattled everything in the house and sent Dixie under the bed. I ran outside and managed a glimpse - had to look straight up!

That pumpkin bread sounds good. We're still waiting waiting waiting for cooler weather. I won't turn the oven on in this heat. But the humidity is down, thank goodness, and I do have the windows open tonight.

I've got a new wordpress up you should love - opera, Puccini, offended Italians and Woody Allen! What's not to like?

I hope you're having a lovely evening - later!
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