Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Interesting Things about October 8 by Merrillee Whren

Did you know there will be a lunar eclipse tonight? (An editorial note: The eclipse was actually early this morning.) Do you plan to watch the eclipse? I hope to watch it if we have clear skies. In the desert where I live, we have a lot of evenings with clear skies, but this week we are expecting some clouds. Here is a photo that I took of a full moon some months ago.
If you look very, very closely you can see the outline of the mountains just below the moon. The little red dots are traffic lights in the distance.

In addition to the eclipse, October 8th is National Fluffernutter Day. That's the celebration of the sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow creme or fluff. That brings me to another point. One Christmas our family got in a discussion about marshmallow creme, which I use when I make fudge at Christmas. Both of my sons-in-law call it marshmallow fluff. I had never heard of Fluff until we moved to Massachusetts in the 1990's. I had always called it marshmallow creme. Which came first? Supposedly, marshmallow creme was actually invented in Massachusetts in 1917, but when the recipe was sold to Durkee-Mower, Inc., they renamed it Marshmallow Fluff. Check out the commercial for Fluffernutter at the bottom of the page.

October 8th is also National Pierogi Day. I have seen the pierogi race at the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. Have you? Check out this link

This is also National Emergency Room Nurses Day. Here's a shout out to my friend Nancy who worked for many years as an emergency room nurse. Do you know an emergency room nurse?


11 comments:

Sandra Orchard said...

Oh, good, my neighbor told me the lunar eclipse had been this morning at 6 am. I hope you're right and it's tonight, because I didn't hear about it until just before I read your post!

Christine Johnson said...

I think it was this morning, because it was on the weather news when I got up. Naturally I missed it.

Yay to ER nurses! Their service and dedication during difficult situations saves so many lives. They deserve their day of recognition.

Merrillee said...

It was completely overcast last night, and it's going to be the same way today. So we won't see an eclipse in this area no matter what day it is.

CatMom said...

What a fun post, Merrillee!
I have to admit I've never had a sandwich made with "fluff" LOL. Lots of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but no marshmallow crème! We do, however, always add "fluff" to the top of our sweet potato casseroles at Thanksgiving--YUM!
Blessings, Patti Jo :)

Merrillee said...

Christine, you are correct. The eclipse was this morning. When I read October 8 was a lunar eclipse, I never thought about it being in the morning. I've only witnessed an eclipse at night although I do know you can see the moon during the day at times.

Merrillee said...

Patti Jo, I've never tried marshmallow creme on sweet potatoes. I always use mini-marshmallows. I may have to try the "Fluff."

Margaret Daley said...

Monday night when I was outside, I noticed the moon was full (or nearly full). I remember in school when we had a solar one and had to be careful how we looked at it.

Keli Gwyn said...

I enjoyed your post, Merrillee. It's fun to think of each day being special and looking for the joy to be experienced in it.

Let's hear it for ER nurses! The one that comes to my mind is former ER nurse Candace Calvert. She's now writing medical hope drama, as she calls it. I call her stories gripping medical romances that keep you turning pages into the wee hours. Yes, I speak from experience.

Merrillee said...

Margaret, the only solar eclipse I remember was the one when my kids were in elementary school. It wasn't total but nearly. I've seen many lunar eclipses, but our cloud cover made this one impossible to see.

Merrillee said...

Keli, let's hear it for emergency room nurses. They are an amazing group of people.

Pamela Tracy said...

The only kind of marshmellow I like is burnt by the fire and put in a Smore... Even then, I can only eat two.

Way too sweet for me.

Thanks to all nurses! My sister is one :)