Saturday, August 8, 2015

International Cat Day AUGUST 8, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate International Cat Day

International Cat Day is a full 24 hours of recognition and veneration of one of humanity’s oldest and most beloved pets. The festivities were put together for the first time in 2002 by IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, among other animal rights groups, to celebrate the most popular pet on the planet.
An estimated 500 million cats are thought to be frolicking in neighbors’ gardens across the world, which means that most every extended family is bound to have an aunt with more kittens than former husbands, whatever the country or climate. And that’s great, because owning a cat has been shown to improve mental health and to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. So when it’s raining cats and dogs outside and you don’t have someone to cuddle with, any black, ginger, Persian, Siamese, Burmese, Bengal, Shorthair, Munchkin, Balinese, RagaMuffin or any old stray cat will do the trick.
So roll out the red carpet and the catnip for your furry feline friend, because International Cat Day is that one day a year when black cats bring good luck and cat eye sunglasses match your entire wardrobe.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A person who is an inspiration to others.
Synonyms:notableguiding lightleading lightnotability
Usage:He is considered a luminary in his field, due to the groundbreaking research he has published.


Collapse of Warsaw Radio Mast (1991)

Upon its completion in 1974, the Warsaw radio mast in Poland became the world's tallest structure. Standing 2,120 feet (646 m) tall, the tower was used for long-wave radio broadcasting. In 1991, the mast underwent repairs to exchange guy wires, the cables used to stabilize the tower. However, the mast bent and then snapped at approximately half its height. It was never rebuilt.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896)

Rawlings was an American author best known for her 1938 novel The Yearling, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize. Rawlings worked as a journalist until 1928, when she moved to the rural Florida backwoods and devoted herself to fiction. There, she incorporated the people and land around her into richly atmospheric works that resemble vivid factual reporting and are noted for their magical descriptions of landscape.

Hobo Convention

The small, rural town of Britt, Iowa, seems an unlikely location for a convention ofhobos—the unwashed but colorful riders of America's empty boxcars—but for a week each summer its residents play host to this diminishing segment of the population. There is a parade, an arts fair, carnival rides, races, and music. But the real action centers on the hobo camp set up by festival organizers on the outskirts of town, where visitors can hear the life stories of these men who have chosen to travel the country unencumbered by family or property.

Stolen Stradivarius Violin Is Recovered after 35 Years

Renowned violinist Roman Totenberg left his beloved Stradivarius in his office while greeting well-wishers after a concert in 1980. When he returned, it was gone. Its case was later found in the basement of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge

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1876 - Thomas Edison received a patent for the mimeograph. The mimeograph was a "method of preparing autographic stencils for printing." 

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1899 - The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall. 

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1950 - Whataburger opened its restaurant in Corpus Christi, TX.

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1966 - Michael DeBakey became the first surgeon to install an artificial heart pump in a patient. 

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1970 - Janis Joplin bought a headstone for the grave of blues singer Bessie Smith. Smith was one of Joplin's idols.


If You Were Born Today, August 8

You are always looking for meaning in your life and in the things and circumstances around you. You could frequently find yourself assessing what things may be worth, and your instincts are excellent for figuring out what is worth a further look. You dislike routine and love to keep yourself active; yet you crave stability and security. A long-term, stable job that also allows you to mix things up would be ideal. Your insatiable curiosity makes you extremely interesting to know, as your ideas are always intriguing. You make a wonderful friend and companion. Even so, there can be times when you are overly practical and logical when a softer touch is more appropriate. In love, you tend to go the distance, but you do need to feel that you're growing and improving through a relationship. You are ambitious and, while very loving, you can be quite stern when irritated. Famous people born today: Dustin Hoffman, Keith Carradine, Connie Stevens, Donald P. Bellisario, Meagan Good.

Picture of two men sitting on a bench in Varese, Italy

Silent Treatment

Photograph by Emanuele Toscano, National Geographic 
A street candid captured by Emanuele Toscano in Varese, Italy, seems to hint at an earlier feud.

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CrockPot Pizza Soup Recipe

This is really good! Really, really, really good!

The Ingredients.

--1 jar (14 oz) of pizza sauce
--3 empty jars full of water
--1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
--1/2 red onion, chopped
--1 cup sliced mushrooms
--1 cup baby tomatoes, cut in quarters (or 1 can diced tomatoes, drained)
--2 already-cooked Italian sausage (I used chicken Italian sausage)
--1 cup sliced pepperoni, sliced in quarters (Hormel turkey pepperoni is labeled gluten free)
--8 fresh basil leaves, chopped (or 1/2 T dried)
--1 T dried oregano
--1/2 to 1/3 cup of dried pasta (if your pasta is tiny, use 1/3 cup. if it's big, do 1/2. I used 1/2 cup Trader Joe's brown rice penne)
--shredded mozzarella cheese (to add later)

The Directions.

Use a 5 or 6 quart crockpot for this recipe. Serves 4 hungry adults, or 2 hungry adults and 2 kids with enough leftovers to feed them all again.

Wash and prepare veggies. Dump them into the crockpot. Cut up the sausage into small pieces--I sliced, then cut the pieces in fourths. Add to crockpot. Cut up the pepperoni, add it, too. Add basil and oregano. Pour in the pizza sauce, and follow with three empty jars of water.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours. Everything in this is already cooked, so you are really only heating through and allowing the flavors to meld.

Thirty minutes before serving, add the dry pasta, and turn to high. My pasta only took 20 minutes to soften quite nicely.

Garnish/top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

The Verdict.

Absolutely delicious. This will definitely make it on the meal plan.Thank you so much, Mallory. You have a cool name.


National Library of Australia has copies of old magazines and newspapers. This site an amazing collection of many 'vintage' items from Australia. 
Warning  This link can be a real time waster lol

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring

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Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. - William Penn

In 2008, the world’s oldest cannabis stash was found in a 2,700-year-old Gobi Desert grave. For most of the Civil War, soldiers only saw combat about one day out of 30 each year. (Submitted by Chester Tumidajewicz, Amsterdam, NY) Camels once roamed the Canadian Arctic! To blend into its Andes mountains habitat, the newly discovered Pristimantis mutabilis frog changes its skin texture from smooth to prickly.

"Good Morning" in Slovak (Slovakia) - Dobré ráno


thanks, patty

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  1. Happy International Cat Day! Like the cat items. Nice mix of different things.

  2. Knew I saved our old wooden tennis rackets for a reason:)