Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bookmobile Day AP 15, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Bookmobile Day

Bookmobile Day is an opportunity to celebrate one of the many services offered through public libraries. Originating in the nineteenth century, the earliest bookmobiles were horse-drawn wagons filled with boxes of books. In the 1920s, Sarah Byrd Askew, a New Jersey librarian, thought reading and literacy so important that she delivered books to rural readers in her own Ford Model T. And today, Kenya still uses camels to deliver materials to fans of reading in rural areas.

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity.
Usage:He read the proclamation aloud in a pompous voice, although nobody was paying attention.


Johnson's A Dictionary of the English LanguagePublished (1755)

Written by literary scholar Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Languagewas the first comprehensive English lexicographical work ever undertaken and is among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language. Remarkably, Johnson completed the work nearly single-handedly over a period of nine years. Unlike most modern lexicographers, he introduced humor into a number of his more than 42,000 definitions.

Charles Willson Peale (1741)

Peale was an American painter, inventor, and naturalist. After studying painting in London, he returned to America and became the country's preeminent portrait painter. A captain in the militia during the American Revolution, he painted many portraits of military leaders. Later, he established a portrait gallery, founded the Peale Museum, and even formed the first scientific expedition in American history. 

Birthday of Kim Il-Sung

The birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15, 1912, is marked as a public holiday throughout North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea). The holiday is known as the Day of the Sun. All over the country, people lay floral wreaths and baskets before the hundreds of statues that commemorate Kim. The main observances take place in the capital cityPyongyang, where officials of numerous organizations and citizens lay flowers at one of the nation's grandest monuments to Kim, located on Mansu Hill. Kim Il-Sung ruled North Korea from 1945 until his death in 1994.

1817 - The first American school for the deaf was opened in Hartford, CT. 

1923 - Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes. 

1934 - In the comic strip "Blondie," Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead welcomed a baby boy, Alexander. The child would be nicknamed, Baby Dumpling. 

1947 Jackie Robinson played his first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Previously he had only appeared in exhibition games. 

1953 - Pope Pius XII gave his approval of psychoanalysis but warned of possible abuses.

1997 - Christopher Reeve received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

2003Kelly Clarkson's debut album "Thankful" was released.

Tax Time!

Federal income tax was introduced with the Revenue Act of 1861 to help fund
the Civil War, and subsequently repealed, re-adopted, and held unconstitutional.
The early taxes were based on assessments, not voluntary tax returns. Tax
payment dates varied by act.
Since 1955, for those living in the United States, Tax Day has typically fallen on
April 15. For those filing a U.S. tax return but living outside the United States and
Puerto Rico, Tax Day has typically fallen on June 15, due to a two-month automatic 
extension granted to filers by the IRS.

82 Years Old Today

Roy Linwood Clark was born in Meherrin, Virginia.
Country music star Roy Clark hosted Hee Haw for 20 years on
CBS. He also released the hit song "Yesterday, When I Was
Young” in 1969.

Died at 73 Yesterday

Percy Sledge (November 25, 1941 – April 14, 2015)
Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital
orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on
the 1966 classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died of natural
causes in hospice care early this morning in Louisiana.
This number-one hit in 1966 was Sledge’s debut single.

If You Were Born Today, April 15

You always seek to be fair with others, trying to find a balance. As security-minded as you are, however, you tend to follow your heart in love rather than to listen to your voice of reason, and there are times when you can be extremely impulsive. Your intelligence tends to come more from your perceptiveness and innate understanding of the world around you than through studies. Famous people born today: Leonardo da Vinci, Emma Thompson, Jeffrey Archer.

Picture of a swan swimming on Lake Yamanaka near Mount Fuji, Japan

Fuji’s Swan

Photograph by Swapnil Deshpande, National Geographic 
“I was on my backpacking trip to Japan, and I had decided to spend a day on Lake Yamanaka in Hirano village to photograph Mount Fuji,” writes Swapnil Deshpande. “I was fortunate to get this swan swimming in the morning light there.”


Mississippi pattern by Lisa Richardson
Simple stockinette stitch in a sleeveless top features a ruched front that is gathered to create waist-shaping.
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Calico Cats pattern by Phoebe Leigh-Suelflow
This is a double-knit square, approximately 12” x 12”. It makes a nice large potholder or a good-sized afghan square. It is part of the Epic Lap Blanket Series.
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knit AND crochet




Summer Inspiration - Motif pattern by Betina Juchem Cle...
Gauge is not necessary for this project - you can use any yarn or hook size you wish.
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the nosher
Cinnamon chocolate cherry granola
stress free granola
  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups cashews, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Dried cherries
  • Chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, seeds, nuts, spices, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, brown sugar, oil, and egg whites. Add the honey mixture to the oats mixture and stir until all of the oats are coated.
  4. Dump the granola mixture onto the baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Take out the granola and stir and then place it back into the oven for another 25 minutes. Wait for granola to cool, then break up the granola into pieces however large or small you'd like!
  5. Once completely cool, add the cherries and chocolate chips - don't add when warm or else you'll get melted chocolate all over (but is that really such a bad thing?)
  6. Enjoy with some nice cold milk or sprinkle it on top of your yogurt.
  7. Like I said, there are many ways you can enjoy granola! Just add whatever mix ins you like. Get creative in your kitchen space

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Candied Walnuts CrockPot Recipe

In the last few days spring has definitely sprung around here. It's been in the mid-70s and the flowers are in full bloom. So are my allergies, but that's another story...

Being out in the warm air, going for nice long runs, and gardening make me want to eat salad all day long. The kids really like salad, and enjoy picking out their own toppings. We usually keep everything separate and create a mini-salad bar on the kitchen counter. Their favorite topping? Candied walnuts.

Guess what? Candied nuts are terribly easy and very inexpensive to make in the crockpot. You can make them in bulk and freeze in little bags to defrost at your convenience for salad toppings, trail mix, or to munch on right out of the bag.

The Ingredients.
--2 T butter (I use salted)
--2 cups walnut halves
--1/4 cup brown sugar

The Directions.

Plop everything into your crockpot and cook on high for an hour. After an hour, mix the nuts with a wooden spoon all around the yummy gooeyness.

Spread out a length of Release foil or parchment paper onto the counter, or a few cookie sheets. Dump the nuts out onto the foil or paper, and spread around with your wooden spoon.

The nuts will be hot. Keep little fingers away for at least 15 minutes.

When cool, the nuts will crisp up and are ready to be used.

The Verdict.

Delicious.The walnuts gave a really nice woody flavor to the brie. Yum! The kids adored these, and munched on them all evening.



Marshmallows With Your Name Written All Over Them

Ok, my name isn't Avery, that's my daughter's name and this is her sweet simple treat. Simply cut out letters printed on regular printer paper, slice marshmallows in half, place the cut out letters on the sticky side of the marshmallow and push marshmallow into a tub of colored sugar. Peel off the paper cut-out letter and viola, custom marshmallows.  I'm think of making these as baby shower favors for an up coming baby shower.
Custom marshmallows

Oh, I wish I owned a Silhouette, but I don't.  It's actually not that hard to cut out the letters.  Only took 10 minutes.
I printed a couple of different font sizes because I wasn't sure how big it needed to be. Arial Black 72 font worked perfectly.

Cut marshmallows, stick letter on cut side (sticky side), then dip in sugar.

Dipped on left, then remove cut-out letter.

Treats for my sweet.


God’s Eye

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Though their meanings vary from culture to culture, they are commonly thought to be symbolic of the spiritual eye, or power of seeing and understanding the unknown. Their four points represent the four elements earth, water, air, and fire, with the eye at the center. Making them is a wonderful way to get your creativity flowing, and they can be as simple or as complex as you desire!
diy gods eye

What you need:
2 Sticks
Yarn, string, ribbon
Embellishments of your choosing (we used shells, pom poms, tassels, and beads)
diy gods eye
diy gods eye

Cross your sticks and tie a knot to secure the sticks together. Wrap the yarn around the sticks in an “x” pattern a couple of times to make sure they are held together well.
diy gods eye

Working clockwise, start to form the diamond pattern by wrapping the yarn under and around one stick, then under and around the next, and so on.
diy gods eye

Keep on going until you are ready to move onto your next color yarn.
diy gods eye

Tie a knot to the next color you would like to incorporate making sure the knot it ties in the back of the hanging so it won’t be visible.
diy gods eye

Continue on with your pattern until you’re happy with how your God’s eye looks!
diy gods eye

When you are finished wrapping the yarn, add embellishments by tying or gluing them on.
diy gods eye

And voila! A beautiful addition to your home or a wonderful personalized gift.
diy gods eye

The power to question is the basis of all human progress. - Indira Gandhi

Incense Pointillism – Artist Burns Thousands of Holes into Paper with Incense Sticks to Create Beautiful Landscapes

By Sumitra 
While traditional forms of pointillism involve adding distinct dots of color in patterns to form an image, Korean artist Jihyun Park does the opposite. He inverts the art of pointillism by puncturing dots into paper instead of adding them.
Using incense sticks, Park burns thousands of tiny holes into rice paper, until recognizable patterns of clouds, mountains and trees emerge. His project, titled ‘Incense Series’, consists of completed drawings mounted on varnished canvases. So the holes in the paper allow the viewer to see shadows while the white canvas reflects light.


so for the hubby! Teacher baby: He can take the baby to school and show him off to his students in geometry class!

'where's the bathroom?' in Portuguese - Onde está o WC?

Top 36 des illusions d’optique qui donnent l’impression d’avoir abusé sur la bouteille

Throughout Betsy's career, she has worked at eight different universities across the United States holding several leadership positions. Each university has developed her abilities as a woman leader and taught her the importance of laughing in life. Betsy stated, " A good leader has to have a good sense of humor. Learning to laugh will help you surpass those ups and downs in life."


Use Kettle like Flower Pot
25 Interesting DIY Ideas to Reuse An Old Things



i found out
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the Moon all those years ago during the Apollo 11 mission, literally everything they did became a record because everything they did that day was the first time in human history someone had done that thing on the Moon, which it turns out wasn’t made of cheese after all.
For example, after Aldrin joined Armstrong on the surface of the Moon, one of the first things the pair did was hop around like kangaroos… for science! You see, NASA wasn’t entirely sure about how astronauts would be able to move around on the Moon since they could only theorize about how the lower gravity would affect their movement and balance. As such, the pair were asked to experiment with different ways of moving to discern the most efficient method of getting from point A to point B for future astronauts.
Initially, NASA had assumed that the best way to move around on the Moon would be to use small, double-footed jumps not unlike a kangaroo. However, Aldrin and Armstrong found this way of moving “awkward and unnatural” and both astronauts found it much easier to move in a more conventional manner, hopping from one foot to the other. Armstrong nicknamed this way of moving “the lope.” 
Armstrong also experimented with jumping in lower gravity purely to see how high he could get. According to Armstrong, he was able to manage some “fairly high jumps”, reportedly being able to leap 6 feet in the air to the third step of the lunar module. Armstrong also reported that his efforts were cut short due to the weight of his spacesuit causing balance issues. To quote the man himself“There was a tendency to tip over backward on a high jump. One time I came close to falling and decided that was enough of that.”
The first known person to fall over on the Moon was Astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to set foot on its surface. Bean fell over several times from tripping over rocks.According to Bean, falling over wasn't “a big deal at all” thanks to the lack of gravity which also made standing back up a simple, if ungraceful, task. 
As you’re probably aware, the first sport ever played on the Moon was golf, when during the Apollo 14 mission, astronaut Alan Shepard attached a 6 Iron to an excavation tool and hit two golf balls, one-handed while his crew (and the world) watched. Shepard famously exclaimed that his second shot went for “miles and miles and miles” in an excited tone after being criticized for his poor form and technique by Mission Control. They told him to bend his knees and keep his head down, to which Shepard hilariously replied “I’m, erm, wearing a space suit”. While it’s clear that Shepard was exaggerating that his shot went for miles, physicists have concluded that it’s entirely possible that his slightly pathetic, one-handed shot could very well be the longest drive in history, realistically traveling over 400 yards. This would make it the first sporting world record broken on the Moon.
As for the first full meal on the Moon, as outlined by the Smithsonian, this consisted of bacon, cookies and coffee, along with some peaches and a glass of grapefruit juice. If you hoped the bacon part of the meal was the first item eaten on the Moon, we’re sorry to disappoint. Contrary to what you’ll often read, in fact, a very small something was eaten shortly before the meal- communion bread, eaten by Buzz Aldrin shortly after landing on the surface.
Before Aldrin set off on the Apollo 11 mission, he took with him a small communion kit given to him by Rev Dean Woodruff, so that he could symbolically take part in the ceremony with the other members of his Presbyterian church. This kit contained a small piece of communion bread and a small vial of wine, both of which Aldrin consumed after saying a prayer during the Apollo 11 radio blackout. This was also, unsurprisingly, the first religious service held on the Moon.
Aldrin had initially planned to share his Communion prayer with the people of Earth, but NASA requested at the last minute that he not do this in order to avoid offending people not of the Christian faith, as had happened when the crew of Apollo 8 had read a passage from Genesis. Aldrin agreed and instead performed the ceremony privately while Armstrong “respectfully observed”.
Aldrin also took another interesting first from Armstrong- Buzz managed to become the first person to urinate on the Moon.  Take THAT Mr. “Gets to walk and talk on the Moon first-Armstrong”.

1 comment:

  1. Love those Calico Cats. Will have to do some practice Double Knitting before I even dare consider it though:)