Saturday, February 20, 2016

Love Your Pet Day FEBRUARY 20, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Love Your Pet Day

How’s your relationship with your favourite furry friend? Love Your Pet Day is a chance to show your cat, dog, tortoise or [insert other] how you really feel. Treats, pampering and all the the attention that the little guy or gal can handle are a great way to celebrate!

thanks for all the cuddles (part 1), virg

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A percussion instrument with a series of metal bars tuned to the chromatic scale and played with two light hammers.
Synonyms:orchestral bells
Usage:She was always capricious in her tastes, but even her close friends were surprised when she dismissed her piano teacher and took up the glockenspiel.

Idiom of the Day

funny feeling

 — An intuition or premonition about something; a sense of foreknowledge about a situation, condition, or set of circumstances.


The Barber of Seville's Disastrous Debut (1816)

In 1816, Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini produced The Barber of Seville, based on the comedy by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais. Though Rossini created much of the opera's music in just weeks, it resounds with his brilliant arias, ensemble numbers, and famous crescendos. Still, several on-stage accidents and constant jeers from the audience, likely spurred by supporters of one of Rossini's rivals, made its debut in Rome a disaster. 

Kurt Cobain (1967)

Cobain formed the rock trio Nirvana in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, in 1986. The group's second album, Nevermind, featured the iconic hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and was the first punk-oriented album to achieve popularity with a mainstream audience. However, Cobain railed against his fame in Nirvana's next album, In Utero. Known for his self-destructive behavior and heroin use, he committed suicide in 1994

Second Week of Lent

It wasn't until the 9th century that the Lenten season, called the Great Lent in the East to differentiate it from the Advent fast called Little Lent, was fixed at 40 days (with Sundays omitted). For centuries, the Lenten season has been observed with certain periods of strict fasting, as well as giving up something—a favorite food or other worldly pleasure—for the 40 days of Lent. Celebrations such as Carnival and Mardi Gras offered Christians their last opportunities to indulge before the rigorous Lenten restrictions.

Why Expat Americans Are Giving Up Their Passports

How does it feel to give up your nationality, to renounce the country you were born in, potentially forfeiting the chance to ever return? "It's not going to be easy at all. It's the last thing I ever thought of doing,"

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1673 - The first recorded wine auction took place in London. 

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1792U.S. President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act that created the U.S. Post Office. 

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1872 - Luther Crowell received a patent for a machine that manufactured paper bags. 

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1872 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City

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1952 - Emmett L. Ashford became the first black umpire in organized baseball. He was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League. 

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1962 - John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. Glenn witnessed the Devil's Cigarette Lighter while in flight. 

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1998 - American Tara Lipinski, at age 15, became the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan. 


If You Were Born Today, February 20

You possess tremendous poise and grace and while you may come across as very patient and calm, you can be impulsive and restless. Sensitive and concerned, partnerships mean a lot to you. You are always aware of others and their needs, and this is factored into your own decisions. You thoroughly enjoy being there for someone you love. Creative and intuitive, you are able to make something of your talents, but were not meant to focus on only one or two paths. As much as you crave security, you also need movement and small changes to keep you inspired. Famous people born today: Kurt Cobain, Cindy Crawford, Buffy Saint Marie, Gloria Vanderbilt, Sidney Poitier, Rihanna, Patty Hearst, Kelsey Grammer, Ivana Trump.

Picture of the day
Lesser sand plover
The lesser sand plover (Charadrius mongolus) is a small wader in the plover family of birds. This highly migratory species feeds on insects, crustaceans and annelid worms.

Picture of Monument Valley in snow

Valley Dusting

Photograph by Tyler Lekki, National Geographic 
At the end of a four-week road trip, Tyler Lekki ran into some bad luck: a flat tire. He stayed the night in a local hotel in Monument Valley National Park in Utah, and his fortunes turned around when he was able to capture this sunrise shot of the park’s towering sandstone buttes after a light coating of snow.





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thanks, helen
she writes, "must admit this is the best recipe I have ever made: (Fred totally agrees, he's my test-taster)"
Skillet Buttermilk Biscuits
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1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for greasing
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups cold buttermilk (I use low-fat buttermilk)


1) preheat oven at 450 deg, butter a 12" cast-iron skillet.  In a large bowl, whisk the 2 cups of flour with the baking powder, salt and baking soda.
    Add the cubed butter and using your fingers, pinch the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles very course crumbs, with some of the butter, 
    the size of small peas.  Gently stir in the buttermilk just until a soft dough forms.

2) scrape the dough out on to a lightly floured work surface, pat it into 3/4 inch thick round.  Using a 2" round biscuit cutter, stamp out biscuits as close 
    together as possible.  Gently press the scraps together and stamp out more biscuits.  Arrange the biscuits in the prepared skillet and bake for 12-14
    minutes, until golden brown, serve warm.

2) for me,(personally, this works best and quickest 
    with floured hands & spoon pinch enough dough for biscuit, put in prepared skillet gently pat down in thickness.


Charley's Mexican Style Meat

Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring


There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. - George Sand

In the UK, whales, dolphins, and sturgeon are “Royal Fish”—they’re property of the Queen. -------------------- Something sure smells familiar!!! The meat in Hangkijot, an Icelandic lamb dish, is often smoked using burning dried sheep dung! -------------------- To combat droughts in Bangladesh, lavish frog weddings are often arranged!

"what is your name?" in Bali (Bali) - Sira pesengen ragane?

Common Household Items

Rubber Bands
Useful Items

1. Better tool grip – If you’ve got sweaty hands or you’re trying to unscrew something that was screwed in too tightly, try wrapping the handle of your tool with a few rubber bands. The rubber’s natural qualities will provide for better grip, making every job that much easier. It even works for tightly-sealed jar lids.
2. Prevent glasses from slipping – If you’re wearing prescription glasses even when you do physical exercise, you can use a rubber band to keep them securely in place. All you need to do is wrap a rubber band around the edges of the temples to keep your glasses from flying off.
3. Cushion falling remotes – If you have a history of accidentally dropping remote controls, you can wrap them in a couple of rubber bands. The rubber’s elasticity will serve as shock absorbers and will cushion the remotes if or when you drop them.
4. Safely close cabinets – If you keep cleaning detergents and other poisonous materials in cabinets but want to keep your kids from opening the doors, wrap the handles tightly with a rubber band and keep your kids safe.
5. Revitalize an old broom – If your broom’s bristles are too frayed, wrap a rubber band around them to keep them together again, which will get your broom to sweep like new.

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photographic images, art and memorabilia, rare book 
collection images, etc.

1 comment:

  1. Definitely giving our pets an extra hug today:)