Monday, June 29, 2015

Please Take My Children to Work Day JUNE 29, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Please Take My Children to Work Day

Mothers with young children don’t get time off looking after them; Please Take My Children To Work Day was created to raise awareness that mothers need their own quality and holiday time while other adults look after their children.

thanks, helen

"Rest is not idleness, 
and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, 
listening to the murmur of the water, 
or watching the clouds float across the sky, 
is by no means a waste of time."

-- John Lubbock

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A congenital cleft in the middle of the upper lip.
Synonyms:cheiloschisiscleft lip
Usage:The insurance company argued that the surgery to correct her harelip was not medically necessary.


Atlantis Docks with Mir for the First Time (1995)

The first in a series of seven docking missions the US Space Shuttle Atlantis flew to the Russian space station Mir, the STS-71 mission was a notable episode in spaceflight history, as it marked the 100th manned space launch by the US and the first ever on-orbit crew change. The five-day docking of the two crafts also marked the creation of the largest spacecraft ever placed into orbit at that time. 

William James Mayo (1861)

While working as a surgeon with his physician father and brother—William Worrall Mayo and Charles Mayo—in the hospital his father had helped establish in Rochester, Minnesota, William James Mayo joined the two in co-founding what would become the Mayo Clinic, a world-renowned nonprofit medical practice. William James became especially known for his innovations in stomach, gall bladder, and cancer operations. 


Mnarja is the principal folk festival of Malta and a public holiday there, thought to have been originally a harvest festival. It is held in Buskett Gardens, a park with extensive vineyards and orange and lemon orchards not far from Mdina, Malta's medieval capital. Festivities begin on the eve of Mnarja with an agricultural show that continues through the next morning and folk-singing and folk-music competitions. The traditional food of the evening is fried rabbit. On the following day, bareback horse and donkey races bring the feast to an end.

Burbank High School Teacher's Shakespeare Aversion Draws National Attention

Most high school English teachers adore William Shakespeare's works. Dana Dusbiber does not. In an essay published this month on a Washington Post education blog, the Luther Burbank High School teacher explained she does not want to teach Shakespeare's works despite his esteemed place in American education because his perspective does not speak well to her ethnically diverse students.

1888 - Professor Frederick Treves performed the first appendectomy in England. 

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1925 - Marvin Pipkin filed for a patent for the frosted electric light bulb. 

1953 - The Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast. 

1987 - Vincent Van Gogh’s "Le Pont de Trinquetaille" was bought for $20.4 million at an auction in London, England. 

2000 - In Santa Rosa, CA, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Charles M. Schulz Museum. 

2007 - The first generation Apple iPhone went on sale



Katharine Houghton Hepburn
 (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003)

Born, 1943

Little Eva (Born Eva Narcissus Boyd in Belhaven, North Carolina)
(June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003)

Little Eva scored a #1 hit in 1962 with the classic song "The Loco-Motion”. She
worked as a maid and babysitter before meeting her future producer, Gerry
Goffin. Eva stated in an interview that she was named after her aunt, which
prompted her family to call her "Little Eva.” She continued performing until
she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in October 2001.


If You Were Born Today, June 29

Quietly charismatic, you attract attention as an intriguing person, even if you are not looking for it. You are very emotional, and this is a strength, but it does sometimes prevent you from moving forward. While people in your life are usually helpful, you often end up doing things yourself in your own way. You are extremely loving and compassionate, but you have an independent streak that compels you to take the lead.  Famous people born today: James Van Der Zee, Gary Busey, Stokely Carmichael, Matthew Weiner, Dr. William James Mayo.

Picture of the day
Great knot
The great knot (Calidris tenuirostris) is a small, strongly migratory wader which breeds in the tundra of north eastern Siberia and winters on coasts from southern Asia through Australia. The species feeds on molluscs and insects.

Picture of a willow warbler splashing in a fountain

Put a Wing on It

Photograph by Mohd Khorshid, National Geographic 
In this picture by Mohd Khorshid, a willow warbler splashes in a pool of water in Al Ahmadi, Kuwait. Willow warblers pass through the country in large numbers during their long seasonal migrations.

Toadstool Baby Rattle
It's Mushroom Week at the Purl Bee! Mushrooms, with their friendly shapes and rainbow array of colors, are pretty irresistible. As homes for fairies everyw...
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Cozy Little Toes pattern by Judy Kaethler
These socks knit up in a wink and actually stay on teeny-tiny baby feet.
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Teacup Half Apron
Knit a sweet kitchen cover with teacup pockets with this half apron knitting pattern. Blue and yellow stripes coordinate with the teacup accents.
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Slip Stitch Slippers
The Slip Stitch Slippers are an easy knitting pattern with a clever mosaic design.
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Pinwheel Baby Blanket




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I accidentally swallowed some Scrabble tiles.  My next bowel movement could spell disaster.

stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Tomato Curried Potatoes

Jan 09: I have re-made and edited this post. The ingredients listed reflect my changes.

The Ingredients. 
Adapted from Dinner with Julie --7 red potatoes
--1 T olive oil 
--1 can diced tomatoes, drained

--2 t paprika 
--2 t curry powder

--2 t chili powder 
--2 t sugar
--1/2 t kosher salt

The Directions.

Use a 4 quart crockpot. The night before cooking, wash and chop the potatoes in 1-inch chunks and put into a zippered freezer bag. Add olive oil, paprika, curry, chili powder, sugar, and salt. Shake well. Add drained tomatoes, and toss again. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, pour bag into crockpot, and turn on. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for about 4. The potatoes are done when they are fork-tender

The Verdict.

These smelled delicious while they were cooking, and transferred nicely to the crock. The potatoes were tender and had a nice browning of the skin. The first time I made these, I didn't add enough spices. This is the right combination, and if you have time to do so, marinating overnight in the refrigerator is really the way to go. 

a beautiful mess
Make a simple cacti planter for your back porch or living room mantle. 
Cacti planter



Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! - Audrey Hepburn

Japan’s Macho Cafe Is Like Hooters for Women

By Sumitra 
Women in Tokyo, Japan, recently got the opportunity to enjoy a visual treat at their very own Hooters-style café. The pop-up venue, called Macho Café, featured muscled men clad in tight vests, serving food to visibly flustered female customers.
According to Macho Café’s official website, the owners asked themselves a very puzzling question” “why are there cafes that offer coffee from carefully selected beans, but no cafes that offer carefully selected macho men?” So they decided to rectify the situation by offering “finest quality premium roast” handpicked bodybuilders to their female clientele.


"Good Morning" in Indonesian (Indonesia, Surinam) - Selamat pagi

Recently I bought my wife a coat made of hamster skin.  I took her to the state fair last night and it took three hours to get her off the Ferris wheel.


from california, our special correspondent, susie

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