Monday, July 27, 2015

Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day JULY 27, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day

Proud plant-owners can show off their leafy friends to the neighborhood when Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day rolls around. The idea behind this day is to celebrate plants, and to acquaint plants with their immediate environment, which is supposed to be healthy for them. Plant-owners can admire each others’ plants, and exchange stories and tips on plant-care.
For those who find this concept a little strange, there are more conservative ways to get involved. Plants grow throughout their lives, and you can use this day as an excuse to re-pot any plants that might be getting a bit big for their abode. You can take your plant for a walk to a new location within the house, perhaps one where it might get more sun. And if you don’t own a houseplant, there’s no better day to bring one home and introduce it to your family.

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Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity.
Usage:He appeared on a jutting headland by the shore of the fruitless sea, seeming like a stripling in the first flush of manhood.


Charlotte Corday (1768)

Although of aristocratic background, Corday sympathized with the moderate Girondists during the French Revolution. Horrified at the excesses of the Reign of Terror, she gained an audience with one of its leaders, Jean-Paul Marat, by promising to betray the Girondists and stabbed him through the heart while he was in his bath. Arrested on the spot, she was convicted by the Revolutionary Tribunal and guillotined four days later. 

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1775 - Benjamin Rush began his service as the first Surgeon General of the Continental Army.

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1866 - Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable. It was an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe. 

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1909 - Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight. He was testing the first Army airplane and kept it in the air for 1 hour 12 minutes and 40 seconds.

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1921 - Canadian biochemist Frederick Banting and associates announced the discovery of the hormone insulin.

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1940 - Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon "A Wild Hare." 

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1965 - In the U.S., the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act was signed into law. The law required health warnings on all cigarette packages

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1995 - The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, by U.S. President Clintonand South Korean President Kim Young-sam. 

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2003 - It was reported by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the "Loch Ness Monster" began in the 6th century. 

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If You Were Born Today, July 27

You are intensely curious and have a great hunger for knowledge. Your intellect is strong, and you can be a pioneer or natural leader. You possess organizational savvy and could do well in various media careers. Idealistic in love, it can take some time for you to find what or who you want. You are drawn to people who are strong, dynamic, and also responsible. While you can be self-sufficient and independent for the most part, you are also quite emotional and moody, and you have a great love of, and interest in, people and how they "work". You are intimidating to some, but admired by most. Famous people born today: Norman Lear, Peggy Fleming, Maya Rudolph, Taylor Schilling, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julian McMahon.

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Picture of the day
A circa 1827 ukiyo-e print by Yashima Gakutei showing a woman playing atsuri-daiko hanging drum. The tsuri-daiko are a type of taiko drum that produce a low sound, and are commonly used in ensembles accompanying bugaku court dances. They are suspended on a small stand, and are played while sitting.

Picture of a man standing in the ocean with bioluminescent phytoplankton surrounding him
Bioluminous Larak
Photograph by Pooyan Shadpoor, National Geographic 
While walking along the shore of Larak, Iran—an island in the Persian Gulf— Pooyan Shadpoor came across this luminous scene. The “magical lights of [the] plankton ... enchanted me so that I snapped the shot,” he writes.


Zigzag Afghan

knit, dishcloth
Victory pattern by Nicis Strickstube
Diese Spülianleitung enthält u.a. einen Chart für das eigentliche Muster von 45 M x 72 R. Um zu verhindern, dass sich das Stück rollt, schlag bitte einige zu...
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tiny knitted baby doll pattern by Diane Wonderly
4-5 inch Tiny baby that I used with “Frankies Knitted Cradle Bag” Use metal needles, I broke several plastic ones due to the tiny knitting stitches
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New Exam, you only need 4 correct out of 10 questions to pass.   
1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last?

2) Which country makes Panama hats?

3) From which animal do we get cat gut?
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?  

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?   
7) What was King George VI's first name?   
8) What color is a purple finch?   
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?   
10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?   

Remember, you need only 4 correct answers to pass.

Check your answers below

1) How long did the Hundred Years War last?   116 years   

2) Which country makes Panama hats? 

3) From which animal do we get cat gut?
 Sheep and Horses   

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? 

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?
 Squirrel fur   

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? 

7) What was King George VI's first name? 

8 ) What color is a purple finch?

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
     New Zealand   

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?   
Orange (of course)   

What do you mean, you failed?





Knot a Lot Clutch
By Melissa Mall Model: Melissa Mall Photos: ‘Greg’ When it’s time to hit the water, you don’t want to bring a lot with you.
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CrockPot Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Sometimes I get emails with questions like "are you really going to do this for a whole year?" "are you worried you're going to get bored?" "don't you go stir-crazy sometimes?"

I answer: yes, yes, and yes. But then I make something that I never would have attempted to make if it wasn't for this silly challenge, and it opens my mind to the endless possibilities of the crockpot and I re-commit to the insanity for at least another day.

Yesterday, my friends, I made mousse. The most delightfully wonderful chocolate mousse ever. 

In the crockpot

And when it worked I went out in the yard and did a back flip. Sort of. It was really more like a really bad cartwheel with a really bad landing, but the kids insisted it was a back flip. I'm kind of hopped up on Advil right now, actually...

and as soon as I hit publish, I'm going back to bed. With mousse. Today is going to rock.

The Ingredients.

--2 cups heavy whipping cream
--4 large egg yolks
--3 T baker's sugar (I like baker's sugar because the granules dissolve quickly)
--1/3 cup cold, strong coffee
--1 t vanilla
--2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

The Directions.

This is not hard. love my crockpotI used a 4 qt round crockpot. If you use a larger one, your stuff will melt and cook faster; be aware.

In your crockpot, add the heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, and coffee. Whip until combined with a whisk. You don't need to go crazy, just mix it well. Add the two cups of chocolate chips.

Cover and cook on high for about an hour, or on low for about two. You are looking for little bubbles in the surface of the cream, and melted chocolate.

VERY VERY VERY VERY carefully, pour the mixture into a blender. You'll get about 2 1/2 to 3 cups of liquid. Blend on high until it "grows" to about 5 to 6 cups, and doesn't seem like it will rise any higher.

Pour into serving dishes.

Chill for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Top with whipped cream or berries, or nothing at all.

The Verdict.

It's not bad that I didn't let the kids have any because it had coffee in it, right? That doesn't make me mean, does it? They were already eating cake... Adam said that this rivaled any restaurant mousse he's had. The Lewis family came over and they enjoyed it---and Carol let her kids have a taste because she is much nicer than I am. 
Two things to note: the very top has a bit of a skin on it, and there are little bubbles that didn't pop during the cooling process. This kind of bothered me, but I was assured that I was the only one bothered. okay! back to bed! with a spoon.



CHILDREN'S CORNER (for adults, too) ... game
Collect the colorful stars.
Shun the grey ones and STAY AWAY from the death stars.
Roll over the stars to collect them. Use the timer as a safety zone. 

Compete to get into the high score list. 


Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. - Thomas Jefferson



The largest swarm of flies in the world hails from Lake Victoria, where trillions of midge flies swarm each month for mating.
Midge Flies
Local residents didn’t want the easy to catch protein go to waste, so started the tradition of making midge fly BURGERS.


Midge flies are pretty unbelievable.
  • They beat their wings over a thousand times a second.
  • Can survive temperatures below -160° F.
  • Their larvae have been found in open water – 5,300 feet below the surface of the deepest lake in the world!
The Lake Victoria residents take a monthly break to gather the flies—and they’re not alone. Entire flocks of birds make monthly sojourns to the lake for a free meal.
Using dampened pots and pans, they collect the flies and shape them into burger patties.
Each fly burger contains:
  • 500,000 flies
  • 7 times the protein of a normal beef burger!
Photograph taken June 29th, 2006, in North Bay, ON, Canada in the late evening.
By Adolson13 from Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution 2.5


In Central Pennsylvania, the North American Mayfly swarms in such large numbers that they have shown up on weather sensing radars!
The passing bugs have caused auto accidents and road closures. Bridges have had to be cleared with snow plows!
Despite their massive swarms, the mayfly is only capable of flight for a few hours before it dies, leaving a slippery mess to clean up.
Pennsylvania may need to look at the Victoria Lake residents for help, and start making some of their own Pennsylvania Mayfly burgers.

I hate this SO much...

"Good Morning" in Pali (India) - Suppabhaatam te

HA - this is too funny not to share.

i'm ingenious and creative. you?

thanks, patty
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1 comment:

  1. Bad news? I had one of those "Just Kidding" nights:( Good news? I finished reading my library book which was due today! Thank goodness I got 4 right so I'm not a complete moron:)