Friday, June 26, 2015

Take Your Dog to Work Day JUNE 26, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day

Take Your Dog To Work Day does what it says on the tin; it’s a chance to take Fido into your place of work – whether it’s an office, a school, a van, or anywhere at all!

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A man who is courting a woman.
Usage:The princess had many suitors, but the only man she was interested in was a poor farmhand.


The Pied Piper Abducts the Children of Hamelin (1284)

According to a centuries-old legend set in Hamelin, Germany, the Pied Piper was hired by local residents in 1284 to rid the town of rats, which he did by charming them with music and leading them to the river to drown. When the citizens refused to pay him the agreed upon price, he exacted his revenge by charming away their children. Famous versions of the legend were immortalized by Goethe, Robert Browning, and the Brothers Grimm

Pearl S. Buck (1892)

Buck was raised in China by her American missionary parents and left the country but a few times before she was 40. She drew upon her experiences there in her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Good Earth, which describes the struggles of a Chinese peasant and his slave wife. Together with Sons and A House Divided, it forms a trilogy, part of the body of work that earned Buck the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival

The National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival is a major musical event in the United States, held over the third full week of June in Weiser, Idaho, where fiddling was first heard in 1863. In 1963, in conjunction with Idaho's Centennial, the competition officially became the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest. Awards are given for the national champion in several categories, with contestants having won their spot through competitions in other states. Besides music, there is a fiddlers parade, street dancing, and sing-alongs.

What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page?

When I recently learned of Amazon's new plan to pay some authors for each page that a Kindle user reads, I remembered an editor who looked at one of my book proposals and said something along the lines of, "It feels like you've only got 20,000 words of material ..."

1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles. 

1819 - The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr.

1844 - John Tyler took Julia Gardiner as his bride, thus becoming the first U.S. President to marry while in office. 

1870 - The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was opened to the public. 

1925 - Charlie Chaplin's comedy "The Gold Rush" premiered in Hollywood.

1927 - The Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster opened in New York. (have never been on it, too scary for me, but have held countless purses and wallets as i wait on the earth! lol)

1959 - CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow interviewed Lee Remick. It was his 500th and final guest on "Person to Person."

1976 - The CN (Canadian National) Tower in Toronto, Canada, opened. (have never been up to the top but my children have. there is a window on the floor where you can look all the way down to the street!)

1996 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support. 

Recorded, 1968


The Hollies’ recording of this song featured 
 on the piano. The single reached #7 on the
Billboard chart.

Died at 93

Daniel Patrick Macnee (February 6, 1922 – June 25, 2015)  
(AP) – Patrick Macnee, the British-born actor best known as
dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s
TV series "The Avengers," has died. He was 93.

According to a statement from his son Rupert,Macnee died
Thursday of natural causes with his family at his bedside in
Rancho Mirage. 

90 Today

Lockhart played the mother on the CBS television series Lassie from 1954 to 
1973 and Lost in Space from 1965 to 1968. She made her film debut in A
Christmas Carol
 opposite of her actor parents, Gene and Kathleen Arthur 
Lockhart, in 1938. June Lockhart originally started in theater.


If You Were Born Today, June 26

You are wonderful at organizing and directing, but you are not afraid of hard work either. In fact, your success generally comes from your own efforts. You may need to make a conscious attempt not to live in the past, as this tendency is very strong and can sometimes keep you from moving forward. You have a strong idealistic streak that can lead to a colorful romantic life, but also quite emotional. Famous people born today: Pearl S. Buck, Peter Lorre, Chris O'Donnell, Ariana Grande, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Sean Hayes.

Picture of the day
Darwan Singh Negi
Darwan Singh Negi (1881–1950) being carried into the Royal Pavilion for treatment after being injured in the Defence of Festubert, France. He was then a naik in the 39th Garhwal Rifles, which on the night of 23–24 November 1914 retook the town's trenches from the attacking German forces. Though wounded in the head and arm, Negi continued to lead a charge as bombs exploded around him. In December Negi became one of the first Indians to receive a Victoria Cross.

Picture of a humpback whale breaching in Witless Bay, Canada

Bay Breach

Photograph by David Howells, National Geographic
“This image was captured as we were returning from a fruitless search for active humpback whales,” writes David Howells, who took this picture on Canada’s Witless Bay. “We had given up as the sun was setting and were returning to harbor when this young humpback started breaching right in front of us. Sometimes you just get lucky!”

Flying Geese Knit Baby Blanket
When Joelle challenged me to bring patchwork sensibilities to knitting, I immediately thought, Flying Geese.
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Down Cloverlaine: Purrfect
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Bakerloo (a sideways sock), by Alice Bell I blame Colleen.
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Garter Stitch Patchwork Pillow
Create a beautiful DIY home decor piece by making this Garter Stitch Patchwork Pillow. As the name suggests, this pattern uses arguably the easiest stitch,...
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knit, newborn - 4 yrs
Halweh sweet top







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CrockPot Coconut Cake Recipe

I'm excited about this cake. Cooking cake (especially a gluten free cake) in the crock ensures a moist cake every time. I used a store-bought cake mix to save valuable flour mixing time, but if you have a favorite secret cake recipe, go ahead and use it.

The Ingredients.

--cake mix (gluten free cake mixes make a ONE layer cake, that is what I used, but if you want a thicker, more traditional cake, use two boxes)
--the ingredients the box tells you to use (butter, oil, eggs, etc.)--use the quantity the box tells you to
--can of coconut milk
--1 t. coconut extract

for use after baking:
--2 T powdered sugar
--sweetened shredded coconut
--cream cheese frosting (optional)

The Directions.

I used a round 4qt crockpot for this recipe.

Follow the directions on the box for the amount of eggs and oil used. Instead of using milk or water for the liquid, use coconut milk. Make sure to shake the can really well, to mix the cream.
Add 1 tsp of coconut extract to the batter.
Save the rest of the can of coconut milk, we're going to use it later.

Spray your crockpot with cooking spray, and pour in batter. Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours, or until a toothpick comes out clean. I did NOT vent the lid with a chopstick this time, because I was interested in seeing if it would cook without being vented. Our cake cooked perfectly in 2.5 hours on high. If you see a bunch of condensation on the lid, or if you'd prefer to vent, go for it. But I think it will take longer to cook, because a lot of the heat will escape through the lid-gap.

When the cake is finished, mix 1/2 cup of the reserved coconut milk with 2 T of powdered sugar. Poke holes in the hot cake with a skewer and pour the sweetened coconut milk over the top of the cake. If you are not going to frost, sprinkle on shredded coconut. If you are going to frost, save the coconut for later.

Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for about an hour, or for as long as you can stand it.

If frosting, now is the time to do it. I thought I was going to frost the cake, but I completely forgot. It was sweet enough without the frosting, but I am one who thinks cakes need frosting. It's your choice.

Serve the chilled cake right out of the crockpot.

The Verdict.

We have a new favorite cake! I loved this, and so did the rest of the family. 


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring

In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one. - H. L. Mencken

Artists Carve Replica of “China’s Mona Lisa” into Giant Piece of Fossilized Ebony

By Sumitra A group of Chinese artists recently immortalized the famous Chinese painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival by replicating it on to a giant piece of fossilized ebony. Over 800 people, 30 structures, 28 ships, a harbor, a town hall, and a market, were painstakingly carved on to the 30-tonne chunk of ebony. It took the artists a whopping 600 days to complete, and the final piece was displayed at the 11th Annual China International Cultural Industries Fair in Shenzhen.
At 27.5 meters long and 1.92 meters tall, the ebony replica is more than double the size of the original scroll. The black fossilized ebony, known as ‘wumu’, gets its unique density and colors from being buried underground for thousands of years. This particular piece of wood  is 5,000 years old: It was discovered in the riverbed of Minjiang River.


"Good Morning" in Hindi (India, East Asia) -  Shubha prabhaat



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