Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nat'l Education Support Professionals Day NOVEMBER 18, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Nat'l Education Support Professionals Day

Annually observed on the Wednesday during American Educational Week, National Education Support Professionals Day honors the contributions of school support employees. These support professionals provide invaluable services and are essential partners in the children’s education process
National Education Support Professionals Day honors all secretaries, classroom aides, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, bus drivers and the others that help and do their part in making public schools great for every child so that they can be safe, learn, grow and achieve.

thanks for the next five pics, patty, and for sharing some of your photography.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone.
Synonyms:drone pipe
Usage:The continuous note emanating from the bourdon was hypnotic and carried the listener off into another world.


Steamboat Willie Released (1928)

In 1928, Walt Disney created cartoon icon Mickey Mouse, who made his debut in the silent film Plane Crazy. That same year, Mickey also appeared in Steamboat Willie, written and directed by Disney and animator Ub Iwerks. An immediate hit, the film was Disney's first attempt at using sound and the first fully synchronized sound cartoon. Music is prominently featured, and Mickey first appears in the film whistling the song Steamboat Bill

Louis Daguerre (1787)

Originally a scene painter for the opera, Daguerre was a French inventor who devised one of the first practical photographic processes—the daguerreotype. He, in collaboration with Nicéphore Niépce, found that a permanent image could be formed on a silver iodide-coated copper plate if it was exposed to light, then fumed with mercury vapor and fixed by a solution of common salt. His daguerreotype process was announced in 1839 at the Academy of Sciences

Transplant Gives New Face, Scalp to Burned Firefighter

A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday. The surgery took place in August at the NYU Langone Medical Center

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1477 - William Caxton produced "Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres," which was the first book to be printed in England. 

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1865 - Samuel L. Clemens published "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" under the pen name "Mark Twain" in the New York "Saturday Press."

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1951 - Chuck Connors (Los Angeles Angels) became the first player to oppose the major league draft. Connors later became the star of the television show "The Rifleman." 

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1966U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays. 

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1990Paul McCartney's birth certificate sold for $18,000 in an auction.

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If You Were Born Today, November 18

You are passionate and loving, and very dedicated to those you love. Your sense of drama is large, and you are extremely perceptive. Love and companionship are especially important to you. Your motivation on the job is often fuelled by your sense of fulfillment in your personal life. If you are feeling loved and wanted, your productivity is at its peak, and vice versa. You easily absorb the emotions of others and the atmosphere of your environment. Famous people born today: Margaret Atwood, Linda Evans, Elizabeth Perkins, Kim Wilde, Owen Wilson.

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Picture of the day
Bolinus cornutus
Bolinus cornutus is a predatory species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae. This species is common along the west coast of Africa, where it prefers moderately shallow waters. The shell of the snail is distinctively large, spiny, and club-shaped, usually pale brown or tan in color, with an elongated and straight siphonal canal.

Picture of a microscopic detail of a drop of Aperol

Hard Drink

Photograph by Bernardo Cesare, National Geographic 
A polarized-light photomicrograph reveals a crystallized drop of Aperol, a brand of bitter liquor that lends its orange color to the popular Italian aperitif spritz. “I had never taken photomicrographs of drinks ... because there's somebody—Michael Davidson—who does this job at an unbeatable level,” writes Bernardo Cesare. After showcasing Davidson’s work alongside his own rock photomicrographs at a conference, Cesare received a suggestion: Try Aperol. “I did it, and the result is what you see here.”






Reflections in a puddle:






after the storm:

thanks, heide
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​Slice about 8 apples an put in greased 9"pie plate.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar..
Melt 3/4 cup butter.
Mix well with 1 cup sugar,1 cup flour, and one beaten egg​.
Pour over apples covering all.
Bake 350..til golden..about 45 min.(It said 30 but I added time)
(i made this last night. ray was shocked and said,"you made a homemade pie?" 
then came the yums!)

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CrockPot Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese and Sour Cream Recipe

Make these potatoes. You won't be sorry. This is one of those recipes where I wonder if the crockpot is really necessary, or is it just being used to keep the potatoes warm. You have to use the stove to boil the potatoes, and then you smash them with the cream cheese and the sour cream. I suppose you could argue that the crockpot isn't necessary, but I used it. Because it makes me happy, and that's what I do. These potatoes are too good to not share, and I'll let you be the judge about whether or not the crockpot is a necessary tool. 

The Ingredients.

--5 pounds of red potatoes
--1 block of cream cheese, room temperature (8 oz. I used light)
--1 cup sour cream (I used light)
--1 chicken bouillon cube 
--1/2 cup of water, reserved from boiling the potatoes
--1 tsp garlic powder 
--1 T dried parsley

The Directions.

Wash and peel the potatoes, leaving the skin on some if desired. Cut in quarters to quicken boiling time. Put the pieces into a large pot and cover completely with water.

Bring the potatoes to a boil on the stove top.
 Boil rapidly for 10-20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender.

Scoop out 1/2 cup of the water from the pot. Add the bouillon cube to the water.
Drain the potatoes, and return to pot. 

Open the cream cheese and put into the pot with the hot potatoes. Add sour cream. Pour in the water with the bouillon cube, also. Add the parsley and garlic powder.

Mash with a potato masher. If you don't have a masher, the way that I seem to not, you can use a wire wisk. It'll work just fine. 

After smashing well, scoop the potatoes out of the pot and place into a 4 to 6 quart crockpot. Cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 4. Can be kept on warm indefinitely.
 After two hours on high, my potatoes got a bit crusty on the top and edges.

They were divine.

The Verdict.

So very good. My kids seemed to have thought that these were spicy (makes no sense whatsoever) and weren't thrilled with the bits of skin I left on. I like a bit of skin, and so does Adam, but apparently the kids find it highly offensive. 
I gave a quart to our friends, and they loved them.

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Gratitude Stones: A Thanksgiving Nature Craft for Kids | Fireflies and Mud Pies

Gratitude Stones: A Thanksgiving Nature Craft for Kids | Fireflies and Mud Pies

Gratitude Stones


1. Cut out a small tissue paper heart with scissors.
2. Place the heart on the surface of a clean stone. Using a paint brush, lightly spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the tissue paper and top half of the rock. Allow this layer to dry undisturbed.
3. Flip the rock over and spread Mod Podge over the bottom half. Allow this layer to dry undisturbed.
When the rocks are dry, notice how seamless and smooth they feel! The thin tissue paper conforms to every nook and cranny within the rock so that it almost seems a natural part of it!
Kids can make Gratitude Stones | Fireflies and Mud Pies

How to Use Gratitude Stones

The gratitude stone is a physical reminder to remember your blessings! There are many ways to use them.
Family DinnerPass a gratitude stone around the dinner table before eating. When holding the stone, you must share something or someone you feel thankful for.
To Calm Down Strong FeelingsThinking and talking about the good things in our life can calm down angry or sad feelings. Teach your child how to hold the stone in their hands and list everything they feel thankful for.
At BedtimePass your child the gratitude stone and ask him, “What was the best part of your day?” Reply with your answer when he passes the stone back to you.
Share a StoneCreate extra stones and share them with the people you feel thankful for! Include a little note expressing your gratitude.
A Grateful Community
An attitude of gratitude is contagious! Scatter gratitude stones around your community. and neighborhood to spread joy to others.
Gratitude Stones can help kids choose an attitude of gratitude! | Fireflies and Mud Pies

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thanks for the next few pics, cher

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. - Mark Twain

Petrus Gonsalvus, the first person documented with hypertrichosis, or werewolf syndrome, lived in the court of King Henry II of France! (Submitted by Dan Paulun of West Lafayette, Ohio) Eratosthenes (276–194 B.C.) calculated the circumference of the Earth without leaving Egypt. There are 820 indigenous languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, making it the most linguistically diverse country in the world.

"Welcome" in Hungarian (Hungary) [formal] - Isten hozta


Cable/Wire Stripper

Picture of Cable/Wire Stripper
Take off the blade of a pencil sharpener and attach it to a wooden peg/clothespin.
Now your peg can strip wires/cables.

10 Benefits of Living with a Cat
bored panda

Do you have a cat? Do you dream of having one? Then you have an exceptional taste in choosing your companions! Life changes forever after you bring this little furry ball to your apartment.
Who else would look down on you like you’re a piece of dirt? Who else would demand food as if you’re their personal slave? Who’d warm you up when you’re down and purr to cheer you up? Let’s enjoy it while we can!
Once, Terry Pratchett said: “Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.” We have made an illustrated guide to the advantages of having a cat!

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1 comment:

  1. I could see my photos...but nothing on the gratitude stones:(