Monday, August 10, 2015

Skyscraper Appreciation Day AUSUST 10, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. please forgive me, something went a bit wrong and i cant reproduce the celebration of the day, the word of the day ... the following is the HISTORY OF THE DAY

Día de San Lorenzo

St. Lawrence of Rome (San Lorenzo) was a deacon under Pope Sixtus II in the third century. His feast day is August 10. As the patron saint of Zinacantán, Chiapas State, Mexico, San Lorenzo is honored with a five-day festival that takes place August 8-11 each year. The highlight is a procession, interrupted periodically by a dance performed by the Capitanes. Each dancer holds one foot out in front while hopping on the other foot for a time, then they shift so that the opposite foot is held out. Thousands attend the festival, which includes a huge open market and a fireworks display.

These Parasitic Wasps Turn Spiders into Web-Building Zombies

You do not want to mess with the Reclinervellus nielseni wasp. Especially if you're a spider. These parasitic wasps deposit their eggs onto spiders, which, yuck. But it gets worse: the wasp larvae force spiders to build reinforced webs to keep them safe as they transition into adulthood.
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1846 - The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress. The "Nation's Attic" was made possible by $500,000 given by scientist Joseph Smithson. 

1869 - The motion picture projector was patented by O.B. Brown.
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1885 - The first electric streetcar, to be used commercially, was operated in Baltimore, MD, by Leo Daft
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1948 - On ABC, "Candid Camera" made its TV debut. The original title was "Candid Microphone." 
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1954 - Construction began on the St. Lawrence Seaway. 
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1985 - Madonna's "Like A Virgin" became the first album by a female to be certified for 5 million sales.

Died Yesterday



If You Were Born Today, August 10

Your personality is colorful, inventive, and intriguing. You often seem to choose the more difficult path in life, as perhaps you find it more satisfying. Although it might not be obvious to acquaintances, you tend to be a worrier, mostly about security and finances. You crave variety and are at your best when you have freedom of movement, some level of independence, and the ability to get away now and again. However, you are also dependable with those you love most. Routine is to be avoided - there seems to be greater luck in your life with changes, and when your creativity is allowed to blossom. You are vital and competitive, and able to put your emotions aside when need be. You are also proud and have an occasional domineering streak. You tend to fare better in love later in life. Famous people born today: Antonio Banderas, Ian Anderson, Eddie Fisher, Jimmy Dean, Justin Theroux, Lucas Till, Phoolan Devi.

Picture of the day
Lesser kestrel
Mating lesser kestrels(Falco naumanni) in Hérault, France. The breeding range of this small bird of prey goes from the Mediterranean across southern central Asia to China and Mongolia.

Picture of sharks and divers swimming off the coast of Cuba

Sea Life

Photograph by Anuar Patjane, National Geographic
Divers mingle with sharks in Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina marine preserve, located off the island country’s southern coast. Established in 1996, the protected swath of Caribbean harbors coral reefs, grouper, angelfish, and other marine life in addition to its healthy shark population.

loop "teufelszwirn" pattern by beerentoene
…now available in english…nicky: thank you so much for the translation !!! :-)
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Hold My Cable Needle Please pattern by Jody-Sallese Mas...
The “Hold My Cable Needle Please” cable needle holder is a custom fit project, knitted to the size of your finger. There is a little bit of ease so you don’t have t...
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Not boring bow ring pattern by Lily Leprovaux
Lambswool by Phildar Fingering / 4 ply 51% Wool, 49% Acrylic 146 yards / 50 grams average rating from 362 votes 2260 projects, stashed 1253 times
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Original List
(thanks, heide)

1. Handsome
2. Charming 
3. Financially successful
4. A caring listener
5. Witty
6. In good shape
7. Dresses with style
8. Appreciates finer things
9. Full of thoughtful surprises 

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 32) 

1. Nice looking
2. Opens car doors, holds chairs
3. Has enough money for a nice dinner 
4. Listens more than talks
5. Laughs at my jokes
6. Carries bags of groceries with ease
7. Owns at least one tie
8. Appreciates a good home-cooked meal
9. Remembers birthdays and anniversaries 

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 42) 

1. Not too ugly
2. Doesn't drive off until I'm in the car
3. Works steady - splurges on dinner out occasionally
4. Nods head when I'm talking
5. Usually remembers punch lines of jokes
6. Is in good enough shape to rearrange the furniture 
7. Wears a shirt that covers his stomach
8. Knows not to buy champagne with screw-top lids
9. Remembers to put the toilet seat down
10. Shaves most weekends 

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 52) 

1. Keeps hair in nose and ears trimmed
2. Doesn't belch or scratch in public
3. Doesn't borrow money too often
4. Doesn't nod off to sleep when I'm venting
5.. Doesn't re-tell the same joke too many times
6.. Is in good enough shape to get off the couch on weekends
7. Usually wears matching socks and fresh underwear
8. Appreciates a good TV dinner
9. Remembers your name on occasion
10. Shaves some weekends 

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 62) 

1. Doesn't scare small children
2. Remembers where bathroom is
3. Doesn't require much money for upkeep
4. Only snores lightly when asleep, doesn't fart in public
5. Remembers why he's laughing
6.. Is in good enough shape to stand up by himself
7. Usually wears some clothes
8. Likes soft foods
9. Remembers where he left his teeth
10. Remembers that it's the weekend 

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 72) 


Ocean Tranquility Afghan pattern by Anastacia Zittel
This is a great, beginner friendly afghan designed, with a very simple 4 row repeat (2 of the 4 rows are the same as well). Easily memorized & very fast to wor...
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Crochet Bunny Lovey
A cute and cuddly friend for the little one in your life
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Crochet Lazy Days of Summer pattern by Coats & Clark
Pattern was featured on Knit & Crochet Today, Episode 204: Basics of Shaping,
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Horse Purse pattern by KristieMN
A copy of this pattern is also available on the Crochetville forum.
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Coffee Cup Cozy pattern by Carly Balzer
Pattern is only for a very basic cup cozy; embellishment instructions are not included.
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Oatmeal Lace Cookies
the nosher

oatmeal lace cookies1


½ cup unsalted margarine melted
1 cup large flake or quick cook oats (not instant oats) finely chopped, but not ground to a powder, in the food processor
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
½ tsp flakey sea salt
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
6 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled, for sandwiching the cookies


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven
Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Place the oats in a food processor and pulse but do not over process. They should be finely chopped but not ground to a powder.
Pour the melted butter into a bowl. One at a time, stir in the remaining ingredients, except the chocolate.
Use a 1/2-teaspoon measure to drop the batter on the prepared pans.
Space the cookies about 3 inches apart in all directions as they expand a lot.
Bake the cookies for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until they have spread and are brown around the edges and lighter toward the center. Slide the paper onto cooling racks to cool the cookies.
When the cookies are completely cool, peel them off the parchment. Pair the cookies together getting ready to make the sandwiches.
Use a small spatula to spread about 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate on the bottom of one cookie in each pair. Top with the other cookie, bottom to bottom.

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You Can Use Your CrockPot as a Smoker

I turned the crockpot into a smoker yesterday. And it totally worked. 

The Ingredients.

--3-4 lbs beef brisket or comparable hunk o' meat
--1-2 cups mesquite wood chips (depends on size of crockpot), soaked
--favorite spice rub. I used McCormick's Roasting Rub.
--1/2 cup of water. or beer. or wine. or broth.
--parchment paper 

The Directions.

Soak your wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes, and drain the water.
Spread out a good-sized length of parchment paper on the counter, and put the wood chips inside.
Fold over the edges of the paper to enclose the wood chips and make a packet, similar to a foil packet (I was worried foil would rust), that fits inside your crockpot completely.
Put it in.
With scissors, cut teeny tiny holes here and there in the top level of the parchment paper to let smoky steam escape.
Rub all sides of your meat with spice rub. Put it in the crockpot, directly on top of the parchment paper packet (lots of Ps, there).
Cover with whatever liquid you are going to use. I stuck with water.
Put the lid on and cook on low for 8-10 hours. The meat is done when it is cooked through and has reached desired tenderness. I wanted ours to fall apart, and cooked it on low for 9 hours.
The Verdict.

It worked! The parchment didn't disintegrate, and the wood chips never touched the meat. The brisket was flavorful and had a definite smoky flavor in each bite. My spice rub was quite peppery, so after the first few bites, I mostly tasted pepper, but the smoke was infused. The kids loved it, and called it "the best steak my mom has ever made in the crockpot." It cracks me up that they included the "in the crockpot" part. I have POUNDS of mesquite chips left, and am interested in smoking some salmon.




CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring


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I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be. - Douglas Adams

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peaches3I’ll say what we have all been thinking: a fuzzy peach remarkably resembles a derriere. Recently, fruit vendors in China decided to capitalize on the anatomical similarity for a holiday.
The peaches are being sold in celebration of the Qixi Festival, which is a romantic holiday comparable to Valentine’s Day.
A box of nine is going for approximately $80.
One fruit vendor is claiming he originated the idea.
According SDChinathe fruit seller says he submitted a panty peach patent  a month ago and is  filing for infringement claims for all the copycats.
What do you think? Should sexy peaches should replace chocolates and flowers?
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"Good Morning" in Spanish (America, Spain) - Buenos días

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heavenly bathroom for gamers
3.) This heavenly bathroom for gamers


25 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of The Week

It's been an interesting week.

Hiroshima, Japan, marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack with a candlelit vigil.

Ziggy the American Eskimo crashes on a wave during the 10th annual Petco Unleashed surf dog contest.

Children wearing LED-lit costumes practice for a parade celebrating Singapore's 50th anniversary of independence.

People in Riga, Latvia, attend the Festival of Colors. Primarily observed in India, the ancient Hindu festival has spread throughout the world.

Gary Hunt of Great Britain competes in the Men's 27m High Diving Final at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Endangered species are projected onto the Empire State Building as part of a conservation effort.

Paratriathlete Krige Schabort of the United States, is carried out of the water as he competes in the men's Paralympic Triathlon test event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Indian schoolchildren run at a park in Bangalore during an awareness program about the endangered species.

NASA releases an image of the moon crossing between the DSCOVR spacecraft and the Earth, one million miles away.

A man coated in motor oil smokes a cigarette during festivities to honor Domingo de Guzman in Managua, Nicaragua.

The Piton de la Fournaise volcano erupts on Reunion Island, the same week that the Malaysian Prime Minister said wreckage washed up on the island is from missing flight MH370.

Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Giant panda Wei Wei is given a giant block of ice to beat the summer heat at Wuhan Zoo in China.

Peace signs are drawn on the shields of riot police officers as protesters in Managua, Nicaragua, demand fairer elections.

Catoira, Spain, celebrates the annual Viking festival. The participants reenact Viking raids in the area.

Petre the Pygmy Hippo celebrates her 31st birthday with baby Obi at the Melbourne Zoo.

A Pakistani soldier drops supplies to a man trapped on his roof by flooding which has affected more than 850,000 people.

A South Korean girl takes a dip to escape one of the hottest days in the country. The large cut out is an attempt to raise awareness of water shortage.

Pope Francis accepts a drawing from a girl during his weekly audience at the Vatican City.

A Nepalese woman plays dead during a protest demanding full citizenship for children born in Nepal to non-Nepalese parents.

A young Palestinian jumps through a fire ring as part of a graduation ceremony of the Hamas Liberation Youth.

Volunteer teacher Delphine Blain teaches French to migrants at a makeshift school in Calais, France. Thousands of migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to escape conflict.

Andrea Rojas, 70, poses with her collection of dolls at her home in Heredia, Costa Rica. She's been collecting for twenty years and has more than 4,500 dolls.

People practice Metta Float Yoga at the Adriatic cost in Medulin, Croatia.

A man plays an alp horn by Mount Säntis to mark Swiss National Day.

1 comment:

  1. Loved the photos of the week. And of course, those peaches:)