Our Friend and Ally, the one, the only, Frostbite Frank, is back in town.

Like Patti and myself, Frank spent this past winter in “warm climes” and then came home to Alaska.

Like us, Frostbite Frank is “feeling cold” in our 50°F temperatures.

His words to describe how he is feeling about our temperatures:

“Looks Like We’re Having An Early Fall This Year!” 

I replied : “Too, Too, Funny Frank”

Oh By The Way. I have been “repeating Frank’s words to various people on the street” and they all seem to agree!

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With out the below explanation, not one of you would “have a clue in a carload” of just why I selected one of today’s Holidays.

Yesterday, Patti and I were sitting in our living room looking out at our “Green Strip”.

I thought I saw, in the distance, a large dog and I said to Patti, “Is that a large dog out there in the distance Patti?”

Calm as a she could be, Patti quietly said, “No, there are some Cranes out there.”

Up I jumped, grabbed my smart phone, and outside I scampered.

Patti was correct. 

We had a pair of wild Cranes! Out in our Green Strip!

A year ago, last June the 10th, 2023, we had our first ever visit from migrating Cranes.

These two were out in front of our Condo. 



How fortuitous to suddenly have WHOOPING CRANE DAY.. after our above recent exposure to “Our Cranes”!

Yes, we know! “Our Cranes” are Sandhill Cranes and not Whooping Cranes but “you all get the idea”!

Whooping Crane Day takes place every year on May 28 to show appreciation for the rarest of all cranes. Adult Whooping Cranes are usually almost completely white. Their non-white markings are their black wingtips and black facial markings. Whooping Cranes are well known for the fact that they mate for life. The chicks are born a cinnamon brown color. The male and female Whooping Cranes do not have specific gender names like most animals. They have elaborate courtship rituals which usually involve dances and unison calls.

The Whooping Crane was very close to extinction back in 1973 with less than 50 birds in the entire population. The International Crane Foundation, located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, helps conserve cranes and their ecosystems around the world. The organization provides information, leadership, and encouragement to help resolve the issues affecting cranes. People need to cooperate to protect and restore Whooping Crane populations and their ecosystems. The holiday serves as an important opportunity to spread awareness to people about the situation with Whooping Cranes. More people in society can understand what these wonderful creatures go through. This allows us to create measures that help to protect them. Once we understand an animal species better, we can help them survive and grow.

The Whooping Crane is considered to be among the oldest living bird species on earth. Many people know about them but do not take that much interest. The average American may be aware of cranes but not know how they live or the situations they face in their environments. Cranes serve as a symbol of longevity and fidelity. The Crane symbol can also represent purity, vigilance, longevity, and good fortune. The meanings of crane birds can also be negative in some cultures. They can be used to represent deception, death, or even as a symbol of the devil. About 11 of the 15 species are currently threatened with extinction due to factors such as hunting, habitat loss, and poisoning. Conserving endangered birds has proven to be a challenge.

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Oh My.. Oh My.. How “Yours Truly” loves his hamburgers! I could NOT skip over and bypass THIS HOLIDAY!


Every May 28, National Hamburger Day celebrates America’s most iconic food. Americans eat over 50 billion burgers a year, so it’s only fitting we set aside a whole day for these special sandwiches. Originating in Hamburg, Germany, the hamburger as we know it was developed in Seymour, Wisconsin, a town still famous for its hamburger heroics.

Ah yes, the hamburger. A baked bun, beef patty, mustard, ketchup, onion, pickles, with optional cheese. Convenient, cheap, and delicious, the world-famous burger has a storied and uncertain history. No one is quite sure about the origins of the hamburger, other than that it is eponymously named for the town of Hamburg in Germany.

People have been eating cooked meat on bread for centuries, but the association with Hamburg seems to stem from a 1758 recipe for a dish called the “Hamburg Sausage.” Others think the name originates from a cruise company known as the Hamburg America Line, which served its passengers similar sandwiches in the Mid-1800s.

To this day, there is little agreement over who actually created this iconic food.

As such, numerous deli and diner owners across the United States claim that their joint is responsible for inventing the burger. However, there seems to be some consensus amongst historians that the food as we know it today truly gained popularity at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, an event that also gave us the ice-cream cone. However it happened, the hamburger has grown to be one of the world’s most widely consumed food items, found on menus from Texas to Thailand. They can be had for a dollar apiece or made from gourmet ingredients that cost hundreds. However you decide to chow down, this day is for you. Fire up the grill, gather round your friends, and cook up some delicious burgers.



International Burger Day is celebrated on May 28 annually. Burgers are one of the most popular foods in the world and for good reason. They are fast, inexpensive, and tasty. Formerly considered inferior to prime slices, ground beef was considered a cheap byproduct but is now popularly used for hamburgers. Burgers have grown to international fame with different toppings, condiments, and variations. Whether pan-fried, flame-broiled or barbecued, one thing is certain, burgers are going to be served in a bun and International Hamburger Day is a celebration of that.

It may surprise you to learn that the hamburger is an emblem of American fast food, yet its roots are obscure. Throughout history, from the military barracks of Genghis Khan to German steamships docking in New York Harbor, the humble hamburger has had a rather interesting existence.

Aside from the fact that it is called after the German city of Hamburg, no one knows where the hamburger came from or how it got its name. The link with Hamburg appears to have stemmed from a recipe for a meal known as the “Hamburg Sausage” that was published in 1758. The Hamburg America Line, according to some historians, was a cruise line that provided identical sandwiches to its passengers in the mid-1800s and gave the sandwich its name. According to some, the hamburger was created in New Haven in 1900 by Danish immigrant Louis Lassen, who used European principles.

Enough Huh?

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Over And Out For Today!

Cap and Patti

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