Thursday, August 17, 2017

Black Cat Appreciation Day August 17, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day
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Because of superstitious beliefs in some cultures, black cats are sometimes associated with bad luck and, sadly, are more likely to be put to sleep or wait a long time to be adopted from shelters. Black Cat Appreciation Day was launched to show people that a black cat could be the perfect cat for them, and help raise awareness about black cats in general.
If you’ve been looking for a rescue cat yourself, why not consider a black cat? Not only are the superstitions about them bringing bad luck completely untrue, but you might find a black cat to be a fantastic feline companion for you! 
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Word of the Day

laic 


Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to the laity.
Synonyms:laysecular
Usage:He was a laic leader, but many of his followers believed him to be a prophet.

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Idiom of the Day

know every trick in the book

 — To be aware of or knowledgeable in every possible way to do or achieve something, especially ways that are clever, cunning, or ethically questionable.

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History

Miles Davis's Kind of Blue Is Released (1959)

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Recorded in just two sessions in the spring of 1959, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue is widely considered to be one of the most important jazz albums ever produced. Davis assembled a group of talented musicians—including saxophonist John Coltrane and pianist Bill Evans—and gave them minimal instructions before recording. 
Kind of Blue is possibly the best-selling jazz album of all time.

Mae West (1893)

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West was an American stage and movie comedienne who started her career in burlesque and vaudeville. In 1926, she began to write, produce, and star in her own Broadway plays, which were often replete with sexual innuendo. A master of the double entendre, she treated sex with broad humor in popular films such as I'm No Angel. As a result, she constantly battled the censorship of the motion picture Production Code. 

Rodents Help NASA Take the Next Step to Mars 

NASA's future deep space exploration – including to Mars – is an unprecedented venture in spaceflight, requiring us to tackle challenges we've never faced before. 
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Rodents help NASA take the next step to Mars
Rodents help NASA take the next step to Mars

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1859 - A hot air balloon was used to carry mail for the first time. John Wise left Lafayette, IN, for New York City with 100 letters. He had to land after only 27 miles. 

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1894 - John Wadsworth of Louisville set a major league record when he gave up 28 base hits in a single game.

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1896 - The Klondike gold rush was set off by George Carmack discovering gold on Rabbit Creek in Alaska

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1903 - Joseph Pulitzer donated a million dollars to Columbia University. This started the Pulitzer Prizes in his name. 

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1961 - The Communist East German government completed the construction of the Berlin Wall. 

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1977 - Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reported that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland had surpassed the number for any other event in the company's history. 

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1982 - The U.S. Senate approved an immigration bill that granted permanent resident status to illegal aliens who had arrived in the United States before 1977. 

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1998 - Carlos Santana received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

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2002 - In Santa Rosa, CA, the Charles M. Schulz Museum opened to the public. 

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DAILY SQU-EEK





If You Were Born Today, August 17
You are a bit of a maverick. Although sensitive, you are not afraid to do your own thing! Personal magnetism and appeal are strong, although you can be quite pushy and manipulative at times when you want your way. You have good people skills when you need them, however, and you are adept at combining business and pleasure. It’s just that you are very charming and might get used to having things go your way as a result. Your main challenge in life is to put the past behind you and to avoid letting worries and fear rule your life. You are highly intuitive and imaginative. Very amorous, you live for the excitement of romance. You are very giving in love, and need to make sure you are met halfway or you could become resentful. Loyalty in a mate is an especially important quality for you. Famous people born today: Davy Crockett, Robert De Niro, Mae West, Sean Penn, Taissa Farmiga.



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SAVE THE DATE
The Most Anticipated Solar Eclipse in US History
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solar eclipse 1999 4 nr Everything You Need to Know About the Most Anticipated Solar Eclipse in US History
 
On August 21st, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cut through the entire continental United States. This year’s solar eclipse could be the most viewed celestial event in history.
Roughly 12 million people already live in its main path (on August 21, all they have to do is step outside and gaze up) and another 78 to 88 million more Americans live within 200 miles of the eclipse’s trajectory. 
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HITS Weeklong Tri-Camp 2017

Aug 14-18, 2017 | Saugerties, NY

Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern|25 S Partition St 

Sometimes we wonder how we’re going to make the distance from the fridge to the couch in time for the new Game of Thrones episode. This festival presents a new type of challenge: what distance will you go to make it through a challenging triathlon course? For the seasoned athlete or total beginners, there’s a course for you depending on your athletic ability and level of training.

further information: Diamond Mills Tri-Camp

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

Aug 4-28, 2017 | Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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If you love the arts, Edinburgh offers a virtual ticket every summer when the Edinburgh Festival Fringe happens. With a program of over 40,000 performances, 3,000 distinct shows and artists from nearly 50 countries, it’s no wonder that nearly 2 million people come out for the festival every year. Whether you’re into concerts, plays, and ballet; or opera, synchronized pyrotechnics, and improv comedy, there’s something on the schedule for you.

further information: Home | Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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McKeesport International Village Festival 2017

Aug 15-17, 2017 | McKeesport, PA

Renziehausen Park|690 Eden Park Blvd

As one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest ethnic festivals, you’d be doing yourself a huge disservice by relaxing at home. Dozens of food vendors will be on site to serve you authentic ethnic delicacies from around the world. Your three days here are also packed with ethnic live entertainment, music, dancing and educational opportunities to learn about various cultures around the world.

further information: McKeesport's International Village | Since 1960 | Pittsburgh area ethnic food and music festival

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Pictures of the day

Kue
Jajan pasar (market munchies) in Java, consisting of assorted kue and usually served as a food gift or as a dessert for a rice dish known as tumpeng.
Kue is a fairly broad term in Indonesian used to describe a wide variety of bite-sized snacks, including cakescookiesfritterspiesscones, and patisserieKue demonstrate influences from indigenous, Chinese, Indian, and European cuisines, as well as European cake and pastry influences. For example, bakpia and kue ku are of Chinese Peranakan origin; kue putu is derived from the Indian puttukue bugiskleponnagasarigetuklupis and wajikare native origin; and lapis legitkue cubitkastengelrissolesand pastel are European influenced.

INTRICATELY CUT BLINDS SHOW 
ICONIC CITYSCAPE AT NIGHT
Ukrainian-based ‘HoleRoll‘ has created a series of roller blinds that feature famous cityscapes like New York City and London at night.

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BONUS BRITISH PATTERN: Eyelet Rib Socks

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How to Knit the FLEUR DE LYS Pattern with Studio Knit | 2 Stranded Colorwork
B=blue W=white - Cast On Multiples of 6 + 3

1 Knit B3, * W1, B5 *
2 Purl W1, * B3, W3 *, B2
3 Knit B3, * W1, B5 *
4 Purl B2, * W1, B5 *
5 Knit W2, * B3, W3 *, B1
6 Purl B2, * W1, B5 *, W1


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RECIPE
thanks, Ruth
THE TWO MINUTE OMELET
The 2 Minute Omelet

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CROCKPOT RECIPE
thanks, Helen
You are gonna love this Crock Pot Cheeseburger Pie! Young and old alike will gobble this up!

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SWEETS
thanks, Shelley

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ADULT COLORING

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CRAFTS
thanks, Kathy
EASY Caftan Dress Tutorial

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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... maze




solution:





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PUZZLE
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Bottle Top Handle Jigsaw Puzzle

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WORD SEARCH


album
always

black
blank
boredom
boundary
boxer

chain
chorus
copper
crag
crave
creek

delay
duty

empty
failure
favorite
fleece
found

glory

happy
hickory
hollow
honor
lonely

maybe

pale

rear
roam
really
river
sign
small
still
stream

water
wonder
world


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SUDOKU ... hard




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QUOTE
They talk most who have the least to say. - Matthew Prior



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Despite being born with cerebral palsy, Sean "The Champ" McCarthy of Milton, Massachusetts, racked up a series of impressive boxing wins with a record 11-0 knockout streak! Submitted by Dan Paulun, W. Lafayette, OH.-------------------- Abdul Samad Sheikh, 60, of Bangladesh, has planted at least one tree every day for the past 48 years!-------------------- In June 2017, a sheep gave birth to a malformed lamb in Chris Hani District Municipality, South Africa, prompting locals to accuse each other of witchcraft!


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CLEVER
Soda Can Planters
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EYE OPENER

100 Summer Activities For Kids

  • go bowling
  • go to a movie
  • have a picnic
  • watch a sunset
  • fly a kite
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  • camp in the backyard
  • stargaze
  • play tag with friends
  • run through sprinklers
  • feed ducks
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  • make homemade popsicles
  • grow a garden
  • have a lemonade stand
  • go swimming
  • go on a hike
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  • paint pet rocks
  • go on a bike ride
  • watch fireworks
  • go to the park
  • play frisbee
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  • go to an historical site
  • have a water balloon fight.
  • go mini golfing
  • get ice cream from an ice cream truck
  • make a sidewalk chalk mural
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  • bake something yummy
  • Catch fireflies
  • play in the rain
  • collect seashells
  • make Tye-Dye shirts
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  • make ice cream in a bag
  • blow bubbles
  • build a sand castle
  • eat watermelon
  • roast marshmallows and make s’mores
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  • go on a nature walk
  • wish on a star
  • have a dance party
  • watch a movie in the backyard
  • play a game
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  • have a sleepover
  • join local Library summer reading program
  • visit a museum
  • go berry picking
  • learn to juggle
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  • learn to cook something
  • ride in a boat
  • do cartwheels
  • make slime
  • do a craft
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  • eat a snow cone
  • do a random act of kindness
  • bake cookies for a neighbor
  • go fishing
  • draw a picture
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  • color
  • make origami
  • learn a magic trick
  • go to a parade
  • leave notes for strangers
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  • make paper airplanes
  • learn to sew
  • go to a festival/fair
  • visit relatives
  • catch bugs
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  • blend up a fruit smoothie
  • sleep in late
  • sleep in late
  • have a family game night
  • read a book
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  • climb a tree
  • learn a string game with your hands
  • write a story
  • go to a farmer’s market
  • make a scrapbook of family photos
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  • volunteer a local rescue mission or pet shelter
  • play an instrument
  • create salad spinner art by placing a circle of paper inside a cheap salad spinner, dab paints on top, cover and spin!
  • make shadow puppets with your hands
  • plant an herb garden
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  • make homemade jam
  • play hopscotch
  • visit an amusement park or water park
  • go roller skating
  • visit a zoo or aquarium
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  • learn to crochet or knit
  • Visit a retirement home and read stories to residents
  • ride go carts
  • visit a National Park
  • go to a ballgame
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  • visit a lake
  • go roller skating
  • do karaoke
  • help a neighbor with a chore
  • make a family cookbook
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  • research your genealogy and make a family tree
  • create a lei with wildflowers
  • try a new restaurant
  • start a business (dog walking, cupcake baker etc)
  • send a letter in the mail to a friend
  • have a photo scavenger hunt
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