My most sincere thoughts on Mother’s Day
Hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. I know I will.
Hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. I know I will.
Most of you know eating is one of my favorite pastimes. And afterwards, there’s nothing like ice cream … unless of course there’s also pie, or cake, or cookies … But I’m talking ice cream now.
- US industrial production of ice cream begun in 1851 in Boston, MA.
- The largest consumption of ice cream is here in the states, where one average person consumes 48 pints of ice cream per year.
- The most popular flavor of ice cream is of course vanilla, followed by chocolates, strawberry, cookies n’ cream.
- Ice cream cones were invented during 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, when large demand forced ice cream vendor to find help from nearby waffle vendor. (PIA Job for sure) – Together they made history.
- Over her entire lifetime, one daily cow can produce enough milk for 9,000 gallons of ice cream – it takes 12 gallons of milk to create one gallon of ice cream.
- Historians remember that Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) loved to eat snow flavored with nectar and honey.
- One average sized cone of ice cream can be finished off in 50 licks.
- California is the larger producer of ice cream in United States. During 2003 they alone made 121 million gallons of this cold treat.
- Ice cream “Brain Freeze” effect is triggered when cold ice touches the roof of your mouth, which causes blood vessels in the head to dilate.
- End of the World War II was celebrated by eating ice cream.
- Biggest ice cream sundae (24tons) was created in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1988.
- There is 273 calories in one cup of vanilla ice cream. (ok engineers – about 30K per year – plus or minus the syrup & nuts)
- Ice cream can be made in many types – ordinary ice cream, frozen custard, frozen yogurt, reduced-fat ice cream, sherbet, gelato, and others.
Find more info at icecreamhistory.net
After a long cold winter, we at Kowalski Heat Treating are heading out to enjoy the warmth of spring, filled with all kinds of North Coast events, festivals, sports and more. Here’s a short list of some of our “don’t miss” favorites:
1. Hessler Street Fair at CWRU
2. North Coast Harbor Block Party
3. Earth Fest at Cuyahoga County Fair Grounds
4. 86th Annual Geauga Maple Festival
5. The Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field
6. British Drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art
7. The Cleveland International Film Festival
8. The Cleveland Asian Festival
9. Tri C Jazz Festival
10. Lebron & the Cavs at Quicken Loans Arena
11. Preschool Safari at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
12. Third Fridays at 78th Street Studios
13. Saturdays at The Cleveland Flea
14. Thursday Nights at Edgewater Live
15. Glass House Explorations at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens
16. K-Love the Octopus at Cleveland Aquarium
17. #1 Best Beer City in America Conde Nast Traveler
18. New Urban farmer and Crop Kitchen restaurants
19. Farm and Art Market at BAYarts
20. Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic Horse Show
And in case you get hungry (like I do) while watching the action:
Image: Courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
You may be aware that Kowalski Heat Treating is all about helping with those PIA (Pain In The @%$) Jobs. And this one’s a doozie.
Every year we do our part to help thaw the Lake and melt the ice by funneling our excess heat north across the lake from our marvelous plant location on the North Coast … and based on current satellite images – it’s working!!
We’ll keep you posted on progress, but weather experts predict in about a month or so, we should be seeing blue lake waters sparkling in the sun outside our window. Oh, yea.
Above: Actual shot of the total solar eclipse seen from Svalbard, Norway March 20, 2015. Photograph- Haakon Mosvold Larsen-AP
As you know, I love anything to do with heat. And there’s nothing hotter than the sun. Tiosgenphyroheal And also, as you may know, I’m always up way before the birds. So, before I left for work this morning I watched the feed online.
Planet Earth’s only total eclipse of the sun this year was this morning and best viewed from a windowed sauna in Svalbard, Norway.
The Kowalski clan (I had to wake my family for this and, yes, they think I’m obsessed) and the rest of us in the USA were watching the eclipse online starting at 4:30 a.m. ET this morning on Slooh.com. (go there for the replay) Of course we wore eye protection from the plant. 🙂
And this is what a #SolarEclipse looks like from space. Courtesy NASA.
Eight things you probably didn’t know about Cleveland’s premier heat treating family.
St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated next Tuesday around the world. Here in Cleveland, we too celebrate our Irish heritage and culture and the oft forgotten legends of the O’Kowalski’s and the role we’ve played throughout the centuries.
The Earls of Rosse, in Ireland were great inventors and studied things such as photography, engineering and other marvels. Most famous, however, is the Rosse Telescope, which was built in the 1800s by one of the Earls and held the record for largest telescope in the entire world for the better part of a century. The telescope had a reflector that was 72 inches in diameter, supported by tempered metal framing heat treated by Shamus O’Kowalski. Said Shamus, ‘ey – it was a real PIA (pain in the %@$) job, and we were glad we could help.”
Feast Day – St. Patrick’s Day is much more solemn in Ireland thanks to Uncle Murphy O’Kowalski. A heat treater by trade, Murphy skipped all the frivolity at the local pubs, and concentrated on his favorite hobby – cooking, where he taught the locals how to heat salted water and boil their food. “put it all in at once,” cried Murphy, “she’ll cook down nice for supper.” To this day, the O’Kowalski family gets together on holidays and reminisces about Uncle Murphy and cookin’ ‘em potatoes.
An Irishman designed the White House – In 1792 George Washington and Thomas Jefferson organized a competition to decide who would build the domicile of the President, and the man who won was an Irishman named James Hoban, not only born in Ireland, but he also studied architecture in his homeland as well. Not only did he design it, but he also built it, with the help of his best friend and fellow architect Kathleen O’Malley O’Kowalski – and more than once. After the White House was destroyed in 1814, Hoban, tired of the project asked dear Kathleen to build it all over again. Famous for her favorite sayin’ – “come on boys, let’s git ‘er done” she helped build what we enjoy today.
St. Patrick’s clearing of the Emerald Isle of snakes isn’t true – The legend says that St. Patrick cleared the Emerald isle of snakes; this has become such a widely popularized myth that it is believed by nearly everyone. It is also, completely untrue. The truth is the snakes were cleared decades before St. Patrick by the O’Kowalski’s. “It took some doin’, said Micheal O’Kowalski, but we finished the job, just like we always do.”
The Irish may have discovered America first – Some say Christopher Columbus was the first to discover America, as the poem goes “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”. Some suggest that the first to discover America were the Vikings, or even the Chinese. According to legend, an Irish monk called St. Brendan O’Kowalski set out on an expedition to find paradise and after seven years discovered an island that was so large that even after forty days they could not reach the far shore. The monks returned home with the news much earlier than many of the other first discoveries of America.
St. Patrick was not actually Irish – St. Patrick, despite popular belief, was not actually Irish. St. Patrick was the son of Romans who were living in Britain, legend says he was kidnapped and taken as a slave to the Emerald Isle where he helped herd sheep. However, he actually went to Ireland of his own accord and sold heat treating so that he wouldn’t have to be drafted into a job as a tax collector.
The Reuben – nothing says Irish more than the sandwich Reuben, but where did it originate? History tells us of a small boy named Reuben O’Kowalski. Always up for mischief, he said to his Mum one day – “its kind of dry, can you put some cabbage on it.” She did, and slid it into the O’Kowalski Heat Treating oven, only to come out crispy and tasty. And the rest is history.
Kiss the Stone Instead – in 1314, Robert the Bruce held a ceremony at the Blarney Castle to honor Cormac O’McKowalski (the predecessors to the O’Kowaslki clan today) for his valor in support of the Battle of Bannockburn. During the ceremony, Robert the Bruce heated is sword in the fire, and asked Cormac to knee and kiss it for good luck. “it’s a wee bit hot, me lord,” said Cormac. Toeroarowalfi Not wanting to disrupt the ceremony, Cormac proclaimed – “how about I just kiss the stone instead,” launching a tradition that holds true today.
Call me on Monday and share YOUR Irish heritage stories – and be sure to walk in the Cleveland Irish Festival Parade and salute all of us Irish.
We know all about raising the temperature – something that happens around here day and night. Here are a few fun ideas and tips you can use to make the most of your Valentine’s Day and weekend.
1. Get Tickets to a Show – go online and look in your local area for fun show tickets. Check out local theater and what’s on the bill downtown. See if the matinee fits your schedule and make a day of it – go a bit early and enjoy the sights and sounds of the neighborhood.
2. Take A Long Walk – remember when you were dating and how much fun it was to walk holding hands. Bundle up and create a new route in your neighborhood. If it’s cold, like here in Cleveland, write your name in the snow and be sure to end up back in the kitchen for hot chocolate and marshmallows. Bring the kids along too and watch how much fun you’ll all have together.
3. Hide The Remote – may sound crazy, but declare a “no screens” night. No TV, computer or video games. Start a fire and just relax together. Talk about all the projects around the house that need to be done…don’t worry, by morning they will be forgotten.
4. Share A New Wine – set a budget and venture into the wine shop to try something new. Spend a little extra, and then head over to the grocery store to match it up with a simple light dinner and dessert. Light a candle and make it special.
5. Go Shopping Together – find a local store you both like and go shopping together. Set a budget, and split up to find something for your loved one. Check out separately, and wait until you get home to surprise one another. Save the receipt as you never know if your selection matches what your mate has in mind.
6. Build A Fire – there’s nothing like a nice fire to warm the house and help you relax. Pile on the firewood and get out the blanket. Spend time together just sitting. Perhaps a back rub is in order.
7. Text All Day – starting when you get up, send a text to your spouse (and kids) once an hour. Tell them just how special they are and have some fun. Send them on a scavenger hunt around the house with clues and remind them of the days when you first met.
8. Dinner & Dancing – remember when you were young how much fun you had dancing together. Pick up dinner on the way home and surprise your spouse. Dig out the old tapes and CD’s and play your favorites. If the kids are with you, make it a fun pizza night, and let them be the DJ – move away the furniture and boogie up a storm together – you’ll have a blast!
BONUS: Visit the Senior Center – have the kids make up handmade Valentine’s Day cards and buy some inexpensive candies. Head over to the center nearby and get permission to drop off Valentine’s Day goodie bags to the residents – watch their faces light up that someone took the time to make their day.