Friday, June 5, 2015

Environment Day JUNE 5, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Environment Day

Environment Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of respecting and doing your bit for the environment. Why not walk to work rather than driving, or take steps to reduce your carbon footprint in other ways?

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Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A steep slope or long cliff that results from erosion or faulting and separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations.
Usage:The basalt cliffs of the outside were reproduced upon the inside, forming an escarpment about two hundred feet high, with a woody slope beneath it.


Federico García Lorca (1898)

García Lorca was a Spanish poet, dramatist, and member of the Generation of '27, an influential group of poets that arose in Spanish literary circles in the 1920s. His most famous works include the book Gypsy Ballads and his poem, "Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter." The poetry, passion, and violence of his works, which combine Spanish folklore with his personal experience, and his own tragic and bloody death brought him enduring international acclaim.

Denmark Constitution Day

This public holiday commemorates the constitution signed on June 5, 1849, that made Denmark a constitutional monarchy, and the one signed on June 5, 1953, that created parliamentary reforms. A parade takes place in Copenhagen, and other festivities are held in villages throughout Denmark.

Chimps Shed Light on How We Came to Cook

Chimpanzees and humans share some of the basic brain skills needed for cooking, a finding that may explain a turning point in the story of mankind, a study said Wednesday. Experiments at a chimp sanctuary suggest a common ancestor imparted these cognitive abilities to apes and humans alike, it said.

1661 - Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge

1752 - Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity

1805 - 1st recorded tornado in "Tornado Alley" (Southern Illinois)

1907 - Automatic washer & dryer are introduced

1946 - The first medical sponges were first offered for sale in Detroit, MI.

1959 - Bob Zimmerman graduated from high school in Hibbing, MN. He later changed his name to Bob Dylan.

1971 - James Taylor's "You've Got A Friend" was released.

1981 - In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what came to be known as AIDS.


If You Were Born Today, June 5

You need to have many things going on at once in order to feel satisfied in life. You seek variety and try to avoid situations that are lifeless or dull. As such, you are better off in a job that is creative, and in fact, you are likely to be quite successful in such pursuits, as long as you learn to plan ahead and manage money well. You pick up a lot of information from your environment and easily feel restless as a result. You are a great storyteller and conversationalist, and others find you fun to be around. Famous people born today: Pancho Villa, Bill Moyers, Robert Lansing.

Picture of the day
African bush elephant
A female African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. These herbivorous mammals are the largest land animals on Earth; males average 3.3 metres (11 ft) tall at the shoulders and 5.5 tonnes (12,000 lb) in weight, whereas females average 2.8 metres (9.2 ft) in height and 3.7 tonnes (8,200 lb) in weight. Owing to their great size, adult African bush elephants have no natural predators except for humans. Calves, however, are preyed on by lions and crocodiles.

Picture of a diver in front of the Hilma Hooker shipwreck off Bonaire


Photograph by Marc Henauer

A diver gazes at the Hilma Hooker, a cargo ship purposely sunk off the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The site is a popular destination for scuba divers.



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Parchment-roasted Mediterranean fish fillets
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Parchment-roasted Mediterranean fish filletsCasey Barber
If you've never roasted fish in parchment paper, get ready for a revelation. The paper is fantastic at sealing in moisture, allowing a mere handful of ingredients—like sweet peppers and salty capers—to contribute loads of flavor in almost no time at all.
Makes 4 servings
  • 4 4-oz. fillets of firm white fish, like cod, sea bass or tilapia
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 roasted red pepper slices from 1 10-oz. jar of roasted red peppers in olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed well
Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
Cut 4 12-inch-long pieces of parchment paper and place 1 fish fillet in the center of each piece.
Sprinkle salt and pepper over each fish fillet.
Roughly chop the roasted red pepper slices and capers, and divide evenly between the fish, placing equal mounds on top of each fillet.
Close the parchment paper packets by folding the edges of the paper together and crimping to loosely seal. Imagine that the paper is foil and gently fold and scrunch; you don't have to be perfect.
Place the packets on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes. Carefully open the packets—the fish should gently flake apart with a fork but still be firm.
Serve immediately—directly from the packets, if desired.

stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Egg, Feta, and Mushroom Breakfast Casserole

This is a fabulous breakfast dish---the eggs and the feta are fluffy and juicy and not grease-filled. I would serve these eggs to overnight guests any time.

The Ingredients.

--1 dozen eggs
--1 lb sliced mushrooms
--1 lb sliced portabella mushrooms (or other "fancy" mushroom)
--1 chopped red bell pepper
--1 block feta cheese
--1/2 t black pepper

The Directions.

Saute the mushrooms and bell pepper in a large-ish frying pan on the stove in a bit of olive oil or butter (I used butter) until they are wilted and tender. Spray the inside of your crock with cooking spray, and add the cooked mushrooms, bell pepper, and the mushroom juice.

Crumble in the entire block of feta cheese.

In a large bowl, crack all 12 eggs, and mix with a fork. Add the pepper to the eggs and mix.

Pour the egg on top of the feta and veggies.

Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours. I used a 4qt round crockpot for this dish and it cooked in 3 hours, 15 minutes.

The Verdict.

I love these eggs. I really like how creamy the feta got, and how the eggs were flavored so nicely without any grease. I hate having too much grease for breakfast, yet love to have cheese and eggs. This is such a great compromise----I greatly look forward to having it again. We ate this for lunch. The kids did great--they were in a really good mood, and happily ate 3-4 bites each before wandering off. I think it was a fluke.




Perhaps I am stronger than I think. - Thomas Merton

Australian Town Completely Covered in Cobwebs after Millions of Spiders Rain from the Sky

By Sumitra 
Earlier this month, the residents of Goulburn – a small town in Australia’s Southern Tablelands – were spooked to discover their properties blanketed by millions of tiny spiders and mounds of their silky threads. The spiders had apparently rained down from the sky, silken thread and all, a phenomenon known as “Angel Rain”.
“Anyone else experiencing this Angel Hair or maybe aka millions of spiders falling from the sky right now?” wrote resident Ian Watson on the Goulburn Community Forum Facebook page. “I’m 10 minutes out of town, and you can clearly see hundreds of little spiders floating along with their webs and my home is covered in them. Someone call a scientist!”
That sounds positively frightful, but experts say that arachnid rains are actually a natural phenomenon, and not as uncommon as you’d think. It is referred to as ‘spider rain’ or ‘angel hair’ in scientific circles, and is actually a form of spider transportation called ‘ballooning’.


"Good Morning" in Bulgarian (Bulgaria)  -    Dobro utro

I would mow the lawn if I had a lawnmower like this!


Knitting Lingo

knitting tidbits
thanks, heide
Every once in awhile I come across a knitting term that I have no idea what it means. Now I'm not talking actual knitting terms like knit, purl, or yarn over, I'm talking knitting slang or lingo. So for others who are sometimes confused and may want to know what "frogging" is or decide if you want to do a KAL, here are some knitting terms that you may find helpful ( from the Ravelry Knitting lingo page)

Ambistitcherous Having the ability to knit in two different styles

BeauFO A beautiful Finished Object
BFL blue-faced leicester, a breed of sheep
Bicraftual Someone who both crochets and knits
Bistitchual The ability to knit in two styles eg. English and Continental
BMFA Blue Moon Fiber Arts (yarn company)
BSJ Baby Surprise Jacket (pattern)
CAL Crochet ALong
CIP Crocheting In Public
Clap Clapotis (pattern)
Colorway The name or number assigned by a manufacturer to the color (or multi-colored combination) of a yarn
CPH Central Park Hoodie (pattern)
CPY Crystal Palace Yarns (yarn company)
CTH Cherry Tree Hill (yarn company)
Darn Overs (DOs) - The one’s you forget and have to tink back to. AKA @&%^#&%@!!
DB Debbie Bliss (designer and yarn company)
DPN Double Pointed Needles
DS Destash (sell unwanted yarn)
EOR End Of Row or Every Other Row
EZ Elizabeth Zimmermann (designer)
FO Finished Object
frog To rip back (for the sound “rip it, rip it”) by removing the needles from the project and pulling on the loose end of the yarn; also applies to crochet
Generally used when mistake is found below the row you are currently working, or when completely un-doing an entire project or piece. (see Tink)
frog pond a storage place for knitted and crocheted things waiting to be frogged
FSOT For Sale Or Trade
Gifted The act of giving yarn/items to another for free.
GOFO A GOrgeous Finished Object
ISO In Search Of
KAL Knit ALong
KIP Knit(ting) In Public
KL Knitting Loom
KP Knit Picks (yarn company)
LK Loom Knitting
LPW Lamb's Pride Worsted (yarn)
LYS Local Yarn Store
LYSO Local Yarn Store Owner
MK Machine Knit(ting)
muggle non-knitter
NoTN Not On The Needles
NWT New With Tags
OTH On The Hooks
OTN On The Needles
PIF Paying It Forward (or Pay It Forward)
PIGS Projects In Grocery Sacks
Pooling When one color in a Variegated yarn bunches together in an area.
Puddling According to the Yarn Harlot, similar to pooling, but more like a blotch.
SABLE Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy
SEX Stash Enhancement eXperience = buying yarn 
 sock(s) in progress 
 funny way of saying skein of yarn (skein+hank=skank) 
 Socks That Rock (yarn) 
 South West Trading Company (yarn company)

Tink To undo knitted stitches by reversing the knitting motion, effectively un-knitting the stitch. Used when fixing an error on the same row you are knitting. (tink is knit spelled backwards) (see also Frogging)
TOAD Trashed Object Abandoned in Disgust
UFO UnFinished Object (usually a WIP that has been abandoned or neglected)
WIM Work In Mind
WIP Work In Progress
WoTA Wool of the Andes (yarn)
WPI Wraps Per Inch (number of times yarn will wrap loosely around ruler or similar tool in one inch; more wraps indicates thinner yarn)
yarn barf (yarf?) a big lump of yarn that accidentally gets pulled out of a new center-pull ball, when you’re trying to find the endYarnie independent dyer or spinner with a small business

1 comment:

  1. Knitting Lingo?! I can barely express myself in it, so I will need an immersion course.