Sunday, September 13, 2015

Hug Your Hound Day SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Hug Your Hound Day

Hug Your Hound Day is about more than just loving your dog (like Dog Day) – it’s about understanding and getting involved in your dog’s environment, and experiencing the ‘wild’ of urban nature. Explore your local park with your dog, and get involved in local ecological activities to help maintain healthy, diverse environments for humans and their doggy friends.

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Lethargic; apathetic.
Usage:They are always in a torpid state, and are apt to yawn and go to sleep over any intellectual toil.


Milton S. Hershey (1857)

After serving as apprentice to a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, confectioner, Hershey opened his own candy store in Philadelphia. By 1886, he was back in Lancaster, where he soon found success making caramels using fresh milk. By 1900, he had sold his caramel business to concentrate on chocolate. In 1903, he built a factory to manufacture five-cent chocolate bars, which became so popular that "Hershey" became virtually synonymous with chocolate in the US.

McClure Bean Soup Festival

A group of Civil War veterans met in Bannerville, Pennsylvania, in 1883 to organize a Grand Army of the Republic Post, and when they served a special bean soup at their first meeting, it was such a hit that they eventually invited the public to a "real Civil War bean soup dinner" in 1891. Today, thousands of gallons of bean soup are prepared in 35-gallon kettles. The recipe is based on the original Civil War recipe, and it is served to over 70,000 people. The festival also includes political speeches, exhibits, parades, nightly entertainment, and amusement rides.

How Origami Can Make Solar Panels More Efficient

A new technique to harness solar energy by using kirigami solar cells was announced in a paper published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. Kirigami is a variation of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. 

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1874 - Composer Arnold Franz Walter Schoenberg was born. 

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1898 - Hannibal Williston Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film, which is used to make movies.

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1948 - Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the U.S. Senate and became the first woman to serve in both houses of the U.S. Congress. 

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1954 - Judy Garland was on the cover of "Life" magazine.

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1959 - The Soviet Union's Luna 2 became the first space probe to reach the moon. It was launched the day before. 

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1970 - The first New York City Marathon took place. Fireman Gary Muhrcke won the race. 

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1993 - "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" premiered on NBC. 


If You Were Born Today, September 13

Extremely creative, you are also able to turn your creations into something practical. A born entrepreneur, you seem to have endless new ideas. A tendency to over-analyze your relationships should be watched. You are fully capable of taking the lead; nevertheless you enjoy serving in some manner, whether it's through teaching or simply finding joy in tending to others' needs. You are clever, witty, and your sense of humor is mischievous. Sarcasm comes easily to you, but be careful it's not too biting. Overall, you have the sense that you can win others over with your wit, and you usually can! Your ability to solve problems is next to none. Famous people born today: Ben Savage, Jean Smart, Mel Torme, Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Bissett, Nell Carter, Fiona Apple.

Picture of the day
Spanish painted frog
The Spanish painted frog (Discoglossus jeanneae) is a species of frog in the family AlytidaeEndemic to Spain, it mostly lives in open areas, pine groves and shrub lands. It feeds mostly on insects and worms.

Picture of children playing at a Soviet-era fountain on a hot summer day in Russia

Far Eastern Fountain

Photograph by Louisa Marie Summer
Children play at a Soviet-era fountain on a hot summer day in Chita, the administrative center of Zabaykalsky Krai in Russia’s Far East. Louisa Marie Summer’s photographs from her seven-day road trip along the region’s Amur highway were recently featured on our photography blog, 
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Mr. And Mrs. Chair Covers

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CrockPot Puppy Chow/Monkey Mix Snack Mix

This is a snack for good kids. Really good kids.

If you want your kids to finish their homework promptly, make their beds, or rub your back, say you're going to make Puppy Chow. or Monkey Mix. or Guinea Pig Poop.

--1 box (10.6 oz) Peanut Butter Panda Puffs Cereal
(if you don't have access to Panda Puffs, you can substitute Rice Chex, Kix, Cheerios, etc. and add 1/2 cup peanut butter to the mixture.) (but of course if you are gluten free you will stick to GF Rice Chex, and you probably have tons of Panda Puffs anyhow, so this is really a moot thought to share, but just in case.)

--1/4 cup butter 
--1 cup chocolate chips
--1 cup dried cranberries

--1 cup almonds 
--1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

--1 cup powdered sugar
--3 freezer size zipper bags 
--parchment paper or Release foil

The Directions.

use a large (5 qt or higher) crockpot.

Put the chocolate chips and the butter into your crockpot. Turn it on low for about 90 minutes, or on high for about 45 minutes.

When chocolate chips are beginning to lose shape, stir in cereal, cranberries, seeds, and almonds.

Turn off crockpot.
 Spread out a big length of parchment paper or Release onto your counter top.

Add 1/3 cup powdered sugar into each zipper bag. Shake and bake about a third of the chocolate-y cereal in each bag.

Spread out on the foil or paper to cool.

Get hugs.

The Verdict.

Thankfully we packed up half of this to send home with some friends, or I would have eaten my weight in it today. This makes a lot. The kids love it.





to do some branch weaving, here is a little tutorial for you

Beautiful, colorful yarn
A branch shaped in a V shape
Wool sewing needle

Tie on some yarn at the bottom of the V and wind your warp onto your branch.

Twist your yarn firmly around each branch twice and make sure it is quite tight.

Erin putting the warp onto her branch, Charlie sleeping nearby...

The warp is on, now to start weaving...

Tie on your first color, thread your needle and start weaving in and out of your warp thread.



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Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized. - Albert Einstein

Vic Lyn is the only player in NHL history to have played for all six original teams. The longest recorded chicken flight lasted only 13 seconds! Cha-ching! David and Kathleen Lonf of Northern England, won the Euromillions Mega Friday draw lottery twice--beating 283 billion-to-one odds. The license plate of the car in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand was 111118--the official end of WWI was Armistice Day, 11/11/18.

"Welcome" in Apache (Arizona USA) [come in] - Ha'ándáh


 Jar of Seeds

Bottle of Seeds DIY Gift
A great low cost gift idea is giving your flower and vegetable seeds from your very own garden. Someone once gave me a jar of poppy seeds when they came to visit a while back. This gift really stuck in my head, it was such a thoughtful idea. She had gone to the trouble of harvesting the seeds and giving them to me in a cute jar with beads wrapped around it, I was touched. Ever since I have kept this idea tucked away in my “gift idea” part of my mind, to be trundled out when a) I had some seeds and b) I could find the perfect reason to give them. Finding a reason was pretty easy but I had to wait until the end of the growing season to get my hands on lots of seeds.
DIY Gift Idea - Jar of SeedsOnce the seeds were harvested and dried I was ready to get on with the fun parts…… gift wrapping and the giving. Easy, low cost and thoughtful, this definitely ticks all my gift giving criteria. Hopefully it ticks yours too.
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If there is a Torah Top 10 on how to be a mensch, it would be the following:
• Love your neighbor as yourself. (Leviticus 19:18)
• Do not do to others what is hateful unto you. (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
• Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed. (Leviticus 19:16)
• Justice, justice you shall pursue. (Deuteronomy 16:20)
• Do not separate yourself from the community. (Pirkei Avot 2:5)
• Do what is fair and good in the eyes of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 6:18)
• Do not hate your brother in your heart. (Leviticus 19:17)
• The world stands on three things: Torah study, service of God and acts of loving kindness. (Pirkei Avot 1:2)
• He has told you what is good and what the Lord requires of you: to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
• You shall be holy, for I, the Lord God, am holy. (Leviticus 19:2)

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1 comment:

  1. Bean soup or honey cake for (Rosh Hashona)! As the nights are getting brisk--guess we should go with the bean soup:)