Friday, May 15, 2015

Endangered Species Day MAY 15, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Endangered Species Day highlights the plight of many at-risk and critically endangered species of wild animals, and highlights ways in which we can alter our behavior in small ways on a daily basis in order to help to protect and save these creatures.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A social outcast.
Usage:The rumors of his traitorous actions were enough to make him a pariah among his peers, though nothing was ever proven.


Diego Marín Aguilera Makes Early Attempt at Flight (1793)

Inspired by the eagles he saw while out in the fields, Spanish inventor and aviation pioneer Diego Marín Aguilera built a flying machine from wood, iron, cloth, and feathers whose design was based on his observations of birds of prey. His attempt to fly the vehicle was somewhat successful—he reportedly reached a height of about 20 ft (6 m) and glided some distance—but he crash-landed when the device suffered a structural failure.

Wavy Gravy (1936)

Born Hugh Romney, Wavy Gravy is a peace activist known for his whimsical hippie appearance and clown persona. After being repeatedly arrested at political demonstrations, he adopted his flamboyant look in the hopes that police officers would be less likely to arrest someone dressed as a clown. Gravy was a master of ceremonies during the first Woodstock Festival and the two subsequent events and is now the official clown of the Grateful Dead.

Aoi Matsuri

One of the three major festivals of Kyoto, Japan, the Aoi Matsuri, or Hollyhock Festival, is believed to date from the sixth century. The festival's name derives from the hollyhock leaves adorning the headdresses of the participants; legend says hollyhocks help prevent storms and earthquakes. Today, the festival, which was revived in 1884, consists of a re-creation of the original imperial procession. Some 500 people in ancient costume parade with horses and large lacquered oxcarts carrying the "imperial messengers" from the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the shrines.

The New Science of How to Quit Smoking

Studies show that most smokers want to quit. So why are some people more successful at cutting out nicotine than others? The latest studies looking at the brains and behavior of smokers may provide some explanations. Some people may be hardwired to have an easier time giving up their cigarettes, suggests one new trial described in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

1856 - Lyman Frank Baum, author of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," was born. 

1930 - Ellen Church became the first female flight attendant.

1940 - Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S. 

1998Sonny and Cher received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

2014 - The National September 11 Memorial Museum was dedicated in New York City.

Dead Yesterday at 89

B.B. King (born Riley B. King; September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015)

On May 1, 2015, after two hospitalizations caused by complications from high
blood pressure and diabetes. King announced on his website that he was in
hospice care at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada.


If You Were Born Today, May 15

You are a hard worker who possesses strong values. Motivated by a great need for security, you are organized and cautious for the most, although sometimes restless. You are forthright, saying it as it is, dependable, and trustworthy. You also possess excellent business sense and manage money quite well. Famous people born today: Brian Eno, David Cronenberg, Richard Avedon, Caroline Dhavernas.

Picture of the day
Southern brown tree frog
The southern brown tree frog (Litoria ewingii) is a species of tree frog native to Australia found in a wide range of habitats. Reaching 45 millimetres (1.8 in), this species is generally brown, but green and green-striped morphs are also recorded.

Picture of a young honeybee emerging from its cell for the first time

New Bee

Photograph by Anand Varma, National Geographic
A new honeybee emerges from a brood cell. In her six-week life span, this worker bee will forage for food, make honey—and raise the next generation. Photographer Anand Varma shares the story behind creating a stunning time-lapse of developing bees on Proof.





Tantric Puzzle Top pattern by Anne Carroll Gilmour
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crochet, vintage


Waffle Iron Cinnamon Rolls

happiness is homemade
I’ve been making muffin mixes in waffle form for years now, so I don’t know why it never occurred to me to do the same thing with Pilsbury cinnamon rolls until I saw it on Pinterest the other day.
Just heat up your waffle iron, pop the cinnamon rolls into the wells (one cinnamon roll per waffle), and cook for a few minutes. Keep an eye on it so that the cinnamon sugar doesn’t start to burn since it can happen rather quickly (don’t ask me how I know that). Easy peasy!
Pure genius, I tell you. You can’t beat five minutes from start-to-finish for a special Sunday breakfast. Next time I’m going to try this with my homemade cinnamon roll recipe and see how well it works.
P.S. Sorry for the less than awesome iPhone pics…half of our family is down with a really bad cold and laryngitis, and I didn’t have the energy to rush back upstairs for my camera. Eh, it’s the idea that matters, right?

stephanie o'dea

Overnight Grits CrockPot Recipe

I am not from the south, which means I am not very familiar with grits. I did watch a southern cooking show on the Food Network that discussed grit cooking methods, and I love "My Cousin Vinny"---so I know that any self-respecting Southerner stays away from instant grits.But that's pretty much where my knowledge ends.

The Ingredients.

--1 cup grits
--5 cups of water
--1/4 cup butter
--1/2 t kosher salt

The Directions.

I used my mom's 4qt round crockpot for this recipe. I haven't given it back since Easter. sorry, mom!

Combine all of the ingredients. I didn't spray the stoneware, or bother to melt the butter. I just threw it all in (butter floats!).

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

This cooked for exactly 7.

Stir well and top with desired fixens'. The kids and I used a bit of shredded cheese. My mom likes to stir in preserves.

The Verdict.

Wow. I like grits! They weren't slimy the way I imagined them to be, and the texture was really nice in my mouth. The big kid wasn't terribly impressed, but the little one ate almost a whole bowl. I loved how easy they were to prepare, and that they are naturally gluten-free. I have quite a bit of the package left over, and grits are now going to make it into the regular breakfast rotation.


CHILDREN'S CORNER .. follow the dots

Beautiful belt made with mismatched buttons

15 Interesting DIY Button Projects

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. - Martin Luther

Couples Therapist Has Patients Assemble IKEA Furniture to Solve Relationship Problems

By Sumitra 
A California therapist is helping couples resolve their relationship issues in the most unusual way – by having them assemble IKEA furniture. The experience, she believes, is so frustrating that it might actually bring couples closer to each other!
“The store literally becomes a map of a relationship nightmare,” licensed psychologist Ramani Durvasula explained. “Walking through the kitchens brings up touchy subjects, like who does most of the cooking. Then you get to the children’s section, which opens up another set of issues. And that’s before you’ve even tried to assemble anything.”
“I would laugh with my ex-husband about it,” she added. “I saw what a pressure cooker it was. In the end, we hired someone to put the furniture together.”


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