Monday, July 25, 2022

Monday Musings - July 25, 2022


1. The final Monday of the month of July has arrived. My favorite month of the year will soon be complete and it is all a downhill slide into darkness from here. There are 23 Mondays remaining to celebrate during 2022. 

2. Yesterday afternoon during the 3 o'clock hour it was reportedly 97 degrees. Hot! And where was I? By and in the pool which had cooled a degree overnight to 89 degrees. It actually felt very good. 

My Empty Wine Rack
Elkridge, MD
July 24, 2022

3. What is sadder than an empty wine rack? Probably nothing. I boxed up my wine collection yesterday as we cleaned closets in preparation for the move. The wine rack is on the cut line. We are unsure whether it moves to Florida or is sold.

4. The heat has been stifling. I noted, however that it was 8-10 degrees cooler in Jupiter, Florida every day of the current heat wave! Just saying.

5. We are off to the annual golf tournament for my nephew's scholarship fund this coming weekend. Due to COVID concerns, it is being played for the first time in two years. I wonder if it is cooler in Central New York?

6. What is the plan for the day? More of the same.

7. Today in History. On July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) is born at Oldham and District General Hospital in Manchester, England, to parents Lesley and Peter Brown. The healthy baby was delivered shortly before midnight by caesarean section and weighed in at five pounds, 12 ounces.

Before giving birth to Louise, Lesley Brown had suffered years of infertility due to blocked fallopian tubes. In November 1977, she underwent the then-experimental IVF procedure. A mature egg was removed from one of her ovaries and combined in a laboratory dish with her husband’s sperm to form an embryo. The embryo then was implanted into her uterus a few days later. Her IVF doctors, British gynecologist Patrick Steptoe and scientist Robert Edwards, had begun their pioneering collaboration a decade earlier. 

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-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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