Saturday, May 30, 2015

Water a Flower Day MAY 30, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Water a Flower Day

If it hadn’t been for coffee, cocoa, vanilla, lavender, camomile, marijuana, and many other flowering plants and trees, our world would have been a barren, dismal place. So Water a Flower Day is that yearly reminder to show our flowers how much we appreciate them for their sumptuous colors, their fragrant blossoms and their medicinal, or sometimes lethal, properties.
The best way to celebrate Water a Flower Day is by giving all of your household and garden plants an aquatic treat. Also, studies show that gently caressing them in the way that a diaphanous zephyr would in their natural habitat promotes growth, so don’t be shy, give their leaves a tender squeeze. Unless you own a Rafflesia Arnoldii, the largest flower on the planet, which doesn’t have any leaves and is also known as the ‘corpse flower’ due to the odor it oozes when disturbed. That’s one plant we wouldn’t mind forgetting to water, isn’t it? Best stick to roses and lilies, I say, and water them, stroke and sing to them like you would to a child. You’ll be a better person for it and you’d make the world a brighter, sweeter and more colorful place.


Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Characterized by quickness, lightness, and ease of movement; nimble.
Usage:She moved quickly and was agile as a gymnast.

Albuquerque, New Mexico .. thanks, ellen


Peter Carl Fabergé (1846)

Famed for the decorative eggs that bear his name, Fabergé was a Russian goldsmith and jeweler. After inheriting his father's jewelry business, Fabergé decided to expand its scope to include the production of objects made with precious materials like silver, gold, and gems. His studio's opulent, intricate, and ingenious Easter eggs, which were often commissioned as gifts by tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II, are perhaps his most enduring legacy. 

Indian Arrival Day

The people of Trinidad and Tobago observe May 30 as Indian Arrival Day. This holiday honors the nation's citizens of Indian descent and acknowledges their contribution to the social and cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago. In particular, it recalls the arrival of the first boats from India in 1845. The holiday is celebrated with reenactments of the arrival of the first ships bringing Indians to Trinidad, parades honoring the history of the nation's Indian citizens and their festivals, and various cultural events.

Skull May Belong to Earliest Known Murder Victim

This 430,000-year-old case may be the world's oldest murder mystery. Scientists on Wednesday said a fossilized skull discovered deep inside a Spanish cave shows telltale signs of homicide: two fractures inflicted by the same weapon. The skull, belonging to a primitive members of the Neanderthal lineage, was found in an apparent funerary site down a shaft in the appropriately bleak-sounding Sima de los Huesos, Spanish for "Pit of the Bones," in the Atapuerca mountains

1431 - Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France, at the age of 19.

1783 - The first daily newspaper was published in the U.S. by Benjamin Towner called "The Pennsylvania Evening Post" 

1848 - W.G. Young patented the ice cream freezer

1879 - William Vanderbilt renamed New York City's Gilmore’s Garden to Madison Square Garden. 

1911 - Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500. At the time, it was known as International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race. Harroun's average speed was 74.59 miles per hour.

1922 - The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC

1989 - The "Goddess of Democracy" statue (33 feet height) was erected in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.


If You Were Born Today, May 30

You are a people person, always curious about others and very friendly and enthusiastic. As sociable as you can be, however, you are also very partnership-oriented, and come alive in one-to-one settings. While  you don't always follow others' advice, you do love to ask, if only to stimulate conversation and to set your own thinking processes into motion. Cheerfulness and a unique sense of humor are your trademarks. Famous people born today: Wynonna Judd, Mel Blanc, Manny Ramirez.

Picture of the day
Olmec heartland
A map of the Olmec heartland, the southern portion of Mexico's Gulf Coast region between the Tuxtla mountains and the Olmec archaeological site of La Venta. It is considered the heartland of the Olmec culture, which was widespread over Mesoamerica from 1400 BCE until roughly 400 BCE.
On this map, yellow dots represent ancient habitation sites, including San Lorenzo TenochtitlánLa Venta, and Tres Zapotes. Red dots represent isolated artifact finds unassociated with any ancient town or village, such as the Las Limas Monument 1, the San Martín Pajapan Monument 1, and "The Wrestler".

Picture of two male models walking along the beach, Port Royal, Jamaica

Model Behavior

Photograph by Justin Anantawan, National Geographic 
“I was in Kingston, Jamaica, volunteering at an HIV ward at Missionaries of the Poor and trying to learn how to do fashion photography,” writes Justin Anantawan. Working with amateur models, Anantawan spent the day near an abandoned fort at a beach in Port Royal, capturing this shot at sunset. “The shoot was very simple—I just bought some striped fabric and chiffon from a store in downtown Kingston, wrapped it around the men, and then let the scenery and ocean breeze do the rest of the work. The man on the right held up the chiffon, and I took around ten shots before I captured the fabric at the just the perfect moment.”




Knitting Spring Flowers -
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Lily of the Valley Christening Gown - Premier Yarns
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diabetic friendly

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CrockPot African Peanut Soup

I was looking through All Recipes the other day and stumbled on African Peanut Soup. The ingredients were simple, and we happened to have everything on hand. I was excited to give it a go, as there were 111 positive reviews.

The result was delicious--a thick, hearty soup with a bit of spice and a beautiful peanut flavor.

The Ingredients.

--1 yellow onion, diced
--2 green onions, chopped
--2 red bell peppers, chopped
--4 cloves minced garlic
--1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes, with liquid
--8 cups vegetable broth
--1/4 t black pepper
--1/4 - 1/2 t chili powder
--1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
--1 cup peanut butter (to add later)
--dollop of sour cream and a bit of tabasco sauce (optional)

The Directions.

--wash and chop all of the vegetables, and put into the crock. Add the entire can of tomatoes, the uncooked rice, and the spices.
--pour in the vegetable broth.
--cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for about 4. The soup is done when the onions are fully cooked and are translucent.
--stir in peanut butter, and cook on high for 20-30 minutes, or until fully heated through.
--add a dollop of sour cream and a touch of tabasco sauce

The Verdict.

I really liked this! I REALLY liked it the next day for lunch. It had thickened overnight, and the peanut butter flavor was much more pronounced. The original recipe asked for 2/3 of a cup of crunchy peanut butter, but I used a whole cup of creamy all-natural. I don't like the little pieces of peanut in crunchy peanut butter in a sandwich, so I was pretty sure the texture in soup would weird me out. The rice kind of disappeared, and just added to the thickness, which was okay with me, but is something to note. My kids refused to try this. I tried, but they were pretty stubborn in their decision that peanut butter shouldn't be cooked unless it's in cookies or brownies.

Ice Cube Curling, Bathtub Style!
filth wizardry

I have a bit of a secret fondness for the sport of curling, because up until the early 1990s there was a little workshop near where we lived in Wales that made curling stones from Welsh blue granite. They would mill out cylinders of rock from this rough cubes, and then sell the left over rough cubes with cylindrical holes in them as planters for gardens, and there are still quite a few around the place in people's front yards. I thought that was super cool when I was a kid. I guess I was pretty into creative reuse from an early age!
As with most of the things we get up to, you don't need much to do this, just a muffin tray, some paper clips, and some crayons. 

Button Bracelet15 Interesting DIY Button Projects

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. - T. S. Eliot


Treats Realistic-Looking Doll as His Daughter, says Depressed Chinese Man 

By Sumitra 
Children have the power to give people a new lease of life, but for this Chinese man, a child-sized doll managed to do the trick!
Song Bo was diagnosed with a serious illness two years ago that gave him constant headaches and made him depressed. The condition was so bad that he was convinced he would never marry or have children. Little did he know that his life was about the change very soon.
While he was browsing the internet one day, Song came across a listing on e-commerce website Taobao for a child-sized love doll. He bought the 4’10” doll and fell in love with it the moment it arrived. It may have been just a realistic-looking doll to anyone else, but for Song Bo it was a new beginning. He started treating the doll like his daughter, taking it along wherever he went, and even gave it a name – Xiao Die (“little butterfly”)


my result: You are a strip of bacon! 
"When you have bacon in your mouth, it doesn't matter who is the president". Seriously, Louis CK is right! 
You are a special ray of sunshine in a boring day!  You are a treat to everybody around you: Beautiful, warm, friendly and approachable. You are truly everybody's best friend and comforter. 


11 Dogs Having a Cheat Day


‘Tis the Season for a Blizzard
‘Tis the Season for a Blizzard
♬ Om nom nom nom nom, nom nom nom nom ♬
Pizza makes the world go 'round
Pizza makes the world go 'round
Celebrating Fry Day
Celebrating Fry Day
Eat Dessert First!
Eat Dessert First!
Outta The Bag. Inna My Mouth
Outta The Bag. Inna My Mouth
Bacon Makes Everything Better
Bacon Makes Everything Better
I Can't Believe It's Puppaccino!
I Can't Believe It's Puppaccino!
On Top of the World
On Top of the World
An Ice Cream Built For Two
An Ice Cream Built For Two
My Nugget Face
My Nugget Face
Let me show you it!
Typical Bostonian Breakfast
Typical Bostonian Breakfast

1 comment:

  1. Love bathtub curling....perfect for this hot afternoon. I'll see if DH wants to play!