Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Emma N. Nutt Day SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Emma N. Nutt Day

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Emma N Nutt was the first professional female telephone operator, and worked in this role for 33 years. Emma M Nutt Day commemorates her, and the historically important role of telephone operators.

Natural milk splash #Flower, #Garden
don't cry over spilled milk (or flowers lol)

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The world of the dead.
Synonyms:ScheolunderworldHadesinfernal regionHell
Usage:He had nightmares about going to some fiery, haunted netherworld and awoke the next morning vowing to repent.


Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope Ends in Ontario (1980)

In 1977, 18-year-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with a malignant bone tumor, and his right leg was amputated above the knee. Three years later, the Canadian began his Marathon of Hope, a coast-to-coast run with the goal of raising $1 for each Canadian citizen—totaling about $24 million—for cancer research. Running roughly the distance of a marathon each day, Fox covered 3,339 mi (5,373 km) before learning that the cancer had spread to his lungs. He died several months later.

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875)

After working numerous odd jobs, Burroughs tried his hand at writing, publishing his first story under the pen name Normal Bean in 1912. Two years later, he published Tarzan of the Apes, a story about an English boy raised by apes in Africa. Wildly successful, the book was the first in a series of 27 Tarzan titles. Burroughs later moved to Hollywood to supervise the filming of the first of the extremely successful Tarzan films

Scientists Help Chicago's Stinky "Corpse Flower" Blossom

A rare foul-smelling flower expected to bloom this week had to get an assist from scientists when it didn't open at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More than 50,000 people visited the corpse flower in suburban Glencoe this month. 

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1859 - The Pullman sleeping car was placed into service.

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1887 - Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. It is a device that is better known as a record player. Thomas Edison made the idea work. 

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1922 - The first daily news program on radio was "The Radio Digest," on WBAL radio in New York City, NY

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1956 - Elvis Presley shared his success with his family by purchasing his mother a pink Cadillac.

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1970 - The last episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" aired on NBC-TV. The show premiered was on September 18, 1965. 

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1972 - America’s Bobby Fischer beat Russia’s Boris Spassky to become world chess champion. The chess match took place in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

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1985 - The Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast. 

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1986 - Jerry Lewis raised a record $34 million for Muscular Dystrophy during his annual telethon for Jerry’s kids over the Labor Day weekend. 

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1998 - J.K. Rowling's book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was released in the U.S. This was the first book in the Harry Potter series. 


If You Were Born Today, September 1

You have a strong, self-reliant, and upfront personality but you also manage to remain refined, humble, and helpful. Extremely hard-working, you put in more working hours than most and care immensely about what you contribute. You tend to be at your best in service fields, but also in your own business. Although you get along with others, you work best with yourself and for yourself! A bit of a perfectionist, you like to oversee everything that has your name on it. Especially important to you is focus, because when you are able to channel your energies, you can do whatever you want. You are bright, inquisitive, and others tend to love to be around you for your delightful and unique insights. Always willing to lend others a hand, you are also an excellent teacher if you choose to guide others. However, you can find it difficult to ask others for help. Famous people born today: Lily Tomlin, Gloria Estefan, Barry Gibb, Dr. Phil McGraw.

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Ethel Waters
Ethel Waters (1896–1977) was an American bluesjazz, and gospel vocalist and actress. She began her career in the 1920s singing blues, but later frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts. In 1949 Waters was nominated for an Academy Award, the second African American (after Hattie McDaniel) to receive such a nomination. In 1962 she became the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award. Her recordings include "Dinah", "Stormy Weather", "Taking a Chance on Love", "Heat Wave", and "Cabin in the Sky".

Picture of residents of Hangzhou, China, playing basketball against the backdrop of an Eiffel Tower replica

Game of Towers

Photograph by Geovien So, National Geographic
Sometimes called the “Paris of the east,” the city of Hangzhou in eastern China rose to its reputation with an appropriate set piece—a replica of the Eiffel Tower. Geovien So waited for the golden hour to capture a shot of the famous silhouette while, in the foreground, local residents play a post work game of basketball.

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Taj Dishcloth Pattern




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Gingham & Daisy Potholders pattern by Claudia Lowman
Here’s another potholder pattern to make and enjoy. It uses three colors of heavier cottons, such as Pisgah’s Peaches n Creme, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, or Lion ...
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cheers to a long weekend! planning to have a little hotel staycation here in los angeles and maybe a beach bbq with friends. what are your plans? if you’re hosting a party of just hanging out by the pool i recommend trying these colorful fruit ice cubes….
for starters we bought a variety of fruit and herbs. then, we cut the fruit into really thin slices before adding them to the water in the tray. it was fun to play around with the colors and shapes, experimenting with different flavors. we kept some simple with a small slice of lemon and made bolder combos like mint + cucumber and lemon + sage.
you can add them to a cocktail or to a pitcher of plain water for a punch of color.
we used the leftover fruit to make fusion water for the office. it’s so much easier to drink water throughout the day when it’s this pretty! 

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stephanie o'dea
CrockPot Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe
Tomatoes are good for you. They have stuff in them that is good. Vitamins. I had tomatoes on the counter, and decided to stuff them with some leftover cheese I had in the fridge. I had a little baggy with some goat cheese, some feta, and a little block of cream cheese that I must have picked up on sale.

The Ingredients.

--5 or more largish vine-ripened tomatoes
--creamy cheese. You'll need about 2 T per tomato. I used a mixture of cream cheese, goat, and feta. Ricotta and maybe even cottage cheese would work, too.
--one garlic clove, chopped 
--2 T fresh chopped basil

The Directions.

Cut the core out of each tomato. This is much more difficult that I thought it would be. I got slimy and gross and made one of my new back-to-school tops polka-dotty. Wear an apron.

In a bowl, cream together the cheese that you are going to use with the chopped garlic and basil. Stuff the cheese mixture into the cored tomatoes. 

Pour 1/4 cup of water into the crockpot you are going to use. I used a 4 quart with 5 tomatoes, and easily could have put another 5 in there.
Nestle the tomatoes into the bottom of your crockpot.

Cover and cook on low for 2-4 hours. These will not take long at all. If you overcook, it's not the end of the world, they will just begin to lose their shape and you'll get a stewy tomato covered with yummy cheese. 

The Verdict.

I ate them all. We were going out to dinner, and were meeting Adam. The kids already had on nice(ish) clothes and I didn't want tomato juice on them. So I took one for the team and ate them all myself. 

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CRAFTS (crochet stones)

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Bead and Pipe Cleaner Bracelets


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Show the kids how to make these Bead and Pipe Cleaner Bracelets using cardboard tubes as the foundation.  The kids will love making these sparkly creations and proudly display their handiwork with their favorite outfits.

Trivia: Babylonians received the honor of being the first recorded culture to wear charms on bracelets, in around 700 BC although it is suspected that in the Stone Age may have seen charms made from an animal bone, or shell, and worn on a thong to protect the wearer from Saber Tooth Tigers, or evil spirits, or just plain bad luck.


Empty Cardboard Tube
Metallic Pipe Cleaners
Gem Glue


To make these Bead and Pipe Cleaner Bracelets, cut a slit down the cardboard tube. Cut into 1” rings.
Beginning at one end on the inside wrap with pipe cleaners, covering the cardboard. Tack as you work with dabs of glue.
Glue on gemstones to decorate your bracelets.
Tip: Use clothespins to hold gems in place while they dry.

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We know what we are, but know not what we may be. - William Shakespeare

Chinese Companies Accused of Selling Potentially Deadly Plastic Rice

By Sumitra
A major food safety scandal involving fake rice recently rocked China; news reports suggested that the grains were made by mixing potatoes with industrial synthetic resin. There were also rumors of the “cheap but profitable” rice being exported to other Asian countries, including Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India.
The fake grains supposedly cannot be distinguished from natural rice when raw. The only way to identify plastic rice is by cooking it – it remains hard and is difficult to digest. One publication explained that soup cooked with plastic rice will form a plastic film over the top, which burns when heated.
Health experts are warning people that these grains, if consumed, could wreak havoc on the digestive system. According to an official from the Chinese Restaurant Association, eating three bowls of plastic rice would equal consuming one plastic bag!


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"Welcome" in Aklanon (Philippines) - Mayad-ayad nga pag-abot

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i am summer .. you?

thanks, shelley

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