Sunday, August 9, 2015

Book Lovers Day AUGUST 9, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Book Lovers Day

A day for those who love to read, Book Lovers Day encourages you to kick back and relax with a great book. From shaded spots under arching trees to being tucked up warm in bed, there’s no better way to celebrate Book Lovers Day than to while the hours away lost in a book.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture.
Usage:What could the bewildered scouts do, masters as they were of every war-like artifice save this one, but trot helplessly after him, exposing themselves fatally to view.


Amedeo Avogadro (1776)

In 1811, Avogadro, an Italian physicist, advanced the hypothesis that equal volumes of gases under identical conditions of pressure and temperature contain the same number of molecules. Now one of the fundamental concepts of the atomic theory of matter, his theory has become known as Avogadro's law. Since then, physicists have determined the number of molecules in the gram-molecular weight and found that it is the same for all gases.

Hora at Prislop

The Hora is a dancing festival held at Mount Prislop at the Transylvania-Moldaviaborder in Romania. The dancers of the hora carry big rings that symbolize the friendship of the people of the regions of Moldavia, Maramures, and Transylvania. The top artistic groups gather at Prislop Pass to present a parade in colorful folk costumes and then a program of songs and dances, ending with the lively peasant horas. Typical food dishes of the area are served and folk art is on display.

What You Think of as "Yellow" Changes with Seasons, Say Scientists

To many of us, the color yellow looks slightly different now than it did six months ago, even if we don't realize it.That's because our vision changes with the seasons, new research from the University of York says. In the winter, when we see more shades of grey in nature, we perceive colors differently than we do in the summer, when green abounds.

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1790 - The Columbia returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage. It was the first ship to carry the American flag around the world

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1854 - "Walden" was published by Henry David Thoreau. 

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1859 - The escalator was patented by Nathan Ames. 

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1910 - A.J. Fisher received a patent for the electric washing machine.

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1930 - Betty Boop had her beginning in "Dizzy Dishes" created by Max Fleischer. 

1944 - The Forest Service and Wartime Advertising Council created "Smokey the Bear." 

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2004 - Donald Duck received the 2,257th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

77 Yesterday

Connie Stevens was born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia in
BrooklynNew York.
Actress and singer Stevens played Cricket Blake in Hawaiian Eye
on ABC-TV from 1959-1963. she was later elected secretary-
treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild, the second-highest elected
position within the union. 


If You Were Born Today, August 9

Although your personality is restless, you are at your best when meeting your responsibilities and filling commitments. Self-esteem plummets otherwise. You are hard working, likeable, dependable, and achievement-oriented. Some of you are overachievers. You might often find yourself in the position of managing and taking care of others. You have a very responsible streak and might stay in difficult situations longer than most as a result - watch for over-committing yourself. Because pride and protectiveness can keep you from sharing your worries and concerns with people closest to you, it can be very important for you to find a confidante so that you can share some of your burdens. Making more time for pleasure is also essential to your success. In close relationships, control or imbalance can be issues, but relationships can get much better later in life. You are deeply loving and have strong personal magnetism. Famous people born today: Whitney Houston, Gillian Anderson, Melanie Griffith, Audrey Tautou, Anna Kendrick, Eric Bana, Sam Elliott.

Picture of sand dunes and camelthorn trees in Deadvlei, Namibia

A Night at Deadvlei

Photograph by Beth McCarley, National Geographic                                                      
“The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadvlei,” writes Beth McCarley, who was photographing in Namibia. “The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds. Deadvlei means 'dead marsh.' The camelthorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry.”

Mother's Day Cotton Slippers pattern by Caroline Hegwer
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CrockPot Chicken Cordon Bleu

This sounds fancy. It is. But it is also incredibly easy and fast to assemble. You should make it. Right now.

The Ingredients.

--4 chicken breast halves, pounded thin
--4-8 slices of ham 
--4-8 slices of swiss cheese
--can of your favorite cream-of-something soup 
--2 T low fat milk

UNLESS you're a crazy California hippie like me. Then you can use instead:

--1 T butter
--3 T flour
--1/2 cup low-fat milk (soy in our case)
--1/2 cup chicken broth
--1/4 t salt
--1/4 t black pepper

The Directions.

I used a 6qt oval Smart-Pot for this recipe. A 4qt would have been better. My crock wasn't full enough. If you only have a large, consider upping to 6 breast halves--(psst. if you do up it, you don't really need another can of soup. Unless you do 8 halves. Then you should use another).

Spray crockpot with cooking spray.

Pound chicken breasts flat (put them in a ziplock before you pound so chicken juice doesn't spray all over the kitchen grossing you out, and necessitate a call to the local Hazmat team).

Put a slice of the ham and a slice of the swiss cheese on the chicken breast and roll it up. Put it into the crockpot, seam side down. If desired, top with another piece of ham and cheese. Continue with the other pieces. It's okay to stagger-stack the chicken. It will still cook nicely for you.

If you are making your own "special soup," make a roux on the stove top with the butter and flour, and whisk in the broth, milk, and spices. Pour on top of the chicken.

or! open can of cream-of soup. Pour into crockpot. Put the 2T of low fat milk into your empty can and swirl it around to get the remaining stuck on good stuff. Pour that in, too.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5. This is done when the chicken is cooked through and has begun to brown on top. I took ours out for exactly 4 hours on high. It was cooked through, but could have stayed in longer to gain some color.

The Verdict.

This is very good. I liked that it wasn't breaded---I've ordered Cordon Bleu in restaurants before and the breading on it reminded me of a frozen chicken patty and it grossed me out. This was tender and quite flavorful. Adam is excited to take leftovers for lunch. 


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Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale

Game of Drones – Australia’s Awesome Underground Drone Racing League

By Sumitra Drone racing is a mushrooming trend in Australia, catering to a growing band of enthusiasts looking to fulfill their need for speed. The races, organised by underground ‘leagues’, generally take place in rundown warehouses, farms, and go-kart tracks in the fringe suburbs of various cities.
The relatively unknown sport is called FPV (first person racing). Participants spend countless hours custom building their quadcopters, fitting them with onboard cameras and ‘blinging’ them up with LED lights. During the actual events, racers don special goggles – sometimes held together with gaffer tape – to give them a drone’s-eye view as they steer their machines around the course. So it’s a lot like video gaming, except players get to control a real device instead of a virtual one.
“It’s addictive. It’s like playing a video game,” says drone racer Darren French, who has clocked over 60 kmph. “It’s fast. The more you do it, the more you want to fly.”


"Good Morning" in Somali (Somalia, Ethiopia) - Subax wanaagsan

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The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a  seasoned veteran.
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A backward poet writes inverse.

In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your  count that votes.

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When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine.

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A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boards an Airplane. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry sir, only one carrion  allowed per passenger.'
Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, 'Dam!'
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Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in  the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says, 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

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Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root-canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
A geologist exploring an earthquake fell to his death through no fault of his own.
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There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

1 comment:

  1. Loafers? A bargain compared to the cordwainer's I mentioned to you!