Monday, March 30, 2015

Doctor's Day MAR 30, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Doctor's Day

It’s easy to forget just how important, valuable and necessary good doctors are – that is, until you get ill or sustain am injury. Doctors Day puts hard-working doctors in the spotlight, and encourages us to be considerate of the long hours they work, their compassion, and the effort they put into practicing medicine.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge.
Usage:He claimed to be serious about his paintings, but he was at heart a mere dilettante.


A man in a movie theater notices what looks like a Alpaca sitting next to him. "Are you a Alpaca?" asked the man, surprised.


"What are you doing at the movies?" 

The Alpaca replied, "Well, I liked the book." 


Ice Sculpture

Sculpting ice presents a number of difficulties stemming from the material's variability with regard to purity and air content, as well as its tendency to melt. Ice sculptures feature decoratively in some cuisines, especially in Asia, and numerous competitions are held annually around the world where competitors sculpt realistic as well as abstract forms. In Kiruna, Sweden, a hotel made entirely of ice blocks is open from November to May.

Ili Pika Seen for First Time in Two Decades

The Ili pika, a rare animal with a teddy bear face and bunny-like ears, finally has been found and photographed more than 20 years after it was first discovered. The animal, scientifically known as Ochotona iliensis, was spotted again last summer in northwest China.

thanks, patty

1842 - Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether

1858 - Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil. 

1870 - The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the U.S. Congress.

1909 - The Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge

1939 - The comic book "Detective Comics #27" appeared on newstands. This comic introduced Batman. 

1964 - "Jeopardy" debuted on NBC-TV. 

1987 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" was bought for $39.85 million. 

1993 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.

Eric Patrick Clapton is 70 today.


Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) 

After appearing in vaudeville, Bailey made her Broadway debut
in St. Louis Woman in 1946. She won a Tony Award for the title
role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968.

Cover Shoot on This Day. 1967

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by The Beatles and was released on June 1, 1967.
The cover of the album was designed by the pop artists Peter Blake and Jann
 from an ink drawing by McCartney. It was art-directed by Robert Fraser
and photographed by Michael Cooper. Haworth and Blake won the Grammy
Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts in 1967 for their work on the cover
which is called by many as the most famous rock album cover of all time.

On the set of the album cover photo session.


If You Were Born Today, March 30

You are outgoing and assertive, yet you are also very mindful of others, sensitive, thoughtful, and require time for yourself to recharge your emotional batteries often. While you enjoy a challenge, you don't seek out making changes as readily as many Aries do. You are very protective of those you love, and you are an ardent, charming lover. Famous people born today: Vincent Van Gogh, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, Warren Beatty, Norah Jones, Paul Reiser.

Picture of a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park

Caught on Camera

Photograph by Drew Rush, National Geographic
A camera trap near Yellowstone National Park catches a grizzly bear stealing whitebark pine nuts from a squirrel’s cache. The nuts are an important food for the bears, a threatened species.

Q: When do people start using their trampoline?

 A: Spring-Time 

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A mushroom walked into a dance club and asked this girl to dance. 

She replied, "Are you kidding? You are a mushroom!" 

And the mushroom replied, "Oh come on. I am a FUN GUY!" 


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CrockPot Smoky Refried Bean Soup Recipe

I was in the mood for comfort food. I found the idea for this recipe on the Fat Free Vegan Blog. I needed to swap some ingredients to use up what I had on hand, and I cooked it in the crockpot instead of the stove.

This is a nice soup. And evidently it's both fat free and vegan!

The Ingredients.

--1 can of vegetarian refried beans
--1 can of black beans
--1 cup frozen roasted corn
--2 cups of vegetable broth
--1 cup baby tomatoes cut in quarters (you could used canned tomatoes--no juice-- instead)
--1 cup diced carrots
--1 t garlic (I was out of fresh. If using fresh, chop up 2-3 cloves)
--1 T tobasco sauce
--1 t cumin
--1 t oregano
--1/2 t chipotle chili powder
--salt and pepper to taste (I eyeballed, maybe 1/2 t of pepper, and a bit more for salt?)

The Directions.

--dump in refried beans into your crockpot
--turn your crock to high, to start to melt the bean blob
--rinse black beans, add to crock
--chop up the tomatoes and carrots, add to mix
--pour in your vegetable broth
--add all spices
--give a quick stir
--cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8. You aren't really "cooking" anything---just letting it all simmer and getting the carrots to soften. The soup is done when the carrots are to your liking.

The Verdict.

This was too spicy for the kids, but it had a wonderful kick for Adam and me. It clears sinuses nicely, without need for extra water. I liked the thick consistency a lot.



A guy and a blond are on a date, and after dinner and a movie, they head on up to that city's make out spot "Lookout Point", where things get a little hot 'n' heavy. Then the guy leans over, "Do you want to go in the backseat?" 


Unfazed, they continue making out. The guy tries again, "Do you want to go in the backseat?" 


A little frustrated, the man decides to ignore it. They continue to get pretty into it. Soon, the man figures he can ask again, "Do you want to go in the backseat?" 


"Why not?" 

"Because I want to stay up here with you."

'where's the bathroom?' in Korean - hwajangsiri eodiyeyo

heart illusion

narrow house
If you intend to drop by for a visit, be prepared to squeeze past the other guests.  This house is the thinnest ever stretching at a whopping 4 feet wide!
narrow house


The house squeezes itself into a small crack between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland.  The home has 150 square feet of living space and fits in a bathroom, kitchen, and comfy bed!
It is being called the The Keret House, and it is only 4 feet wide, it is 33 feet deep and 30 feet high.

The starting point of all achievement is desire. - Napoleon Hill


Cute craft! Would be fun for toddlers at church.

Front Seat 

A policeman in the big city stops a man in a car with a baby bear in the front seat. "What are you doing with that bear?" He exclaimed, "You should take it to the zoo." 

The following week, the same policeman sees the same man with the bear again in the front seat, with both of them wearing sunglasses. The policeman pulls him over. "I thought you were going to take that bear to the zoo!" 

The man replied, "I did. We had such a good time we are going to the beach this weekend!" 

How to make A Heart from Boiled Egg



  1. Those roads would keep me up nights!! Got vertigo just looking.

    from 'neath the gray skies of VT,
    the Vermonster

  2. Best wishes to Ray and of course you also!