Saturday, February 6, 2016

Take Your Child to the Library Day FEBRUARY 6, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day

Take your child to the library and you will feed their imagination. A love of reading and books starts with pictures, stories and rhymes which even the youngest child can enjoy; and Take Your Child To The Library Day is a great excuse to swing by.
Whatever the age of your child, you will be given a warm welcome. Gone are the days when libraries were dreary silent places patrolled by grumpy staff. There are special areas for children with bright displays, easy to access books and comfortable seating. Nobody will expect your child to remain silent, so relax. Joining is a simple process and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Older children will enjoy using the computers, borrowing DVDs and finding interesting books on hobbies. The staff will even advise on books for homework assignments which is good news for any busy parent.
If you take your child to the library, expect to return frequently as it is a treasure trove for all ages. Priceless.

thanks, virg

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Something that is utterly stupid or silly.
Usage:In his fatuity, the beggar believed the princess to be in love with him.

Idiom of the Day


 — One who reverts or relapses into bad habits, unethical or immoral behavior, or criminal activity


Eva Braun (1912)

Braun, a saleswoman in the shop of Adolf Hitler's photographer, became Hitler's mistress in the 1930s. Although she lived in homes provided by Hitler throughout their courtship—first in a house in Munich and later in his Berchtesgaden chalet—he never allowed her to be seen in public with him. In 1945, with the Allies drawing ever closer, she joined him in Berlin against his orders. In recognition of her loyalty, he married her in a civil ceremony in their bunke


Homstrom is a Swiss festival celebrating the end of winter. In many ways, it is reminiscent of the February 1 mid-winter festival observed by the ancient Celts, known as Imbolc. One tradition associated with the day is the burning of a straw man who symbolizes Old Man Winter. It is occasionally observed by Swiss-American communities in February. 

Deodorant and Antiperspirant Mess with Your Microbes

As a scientist fascinated by microbes, Julie Horvath wants to know as much as possible about what's living on her skin. So when she and a few colleagues swabbed their armpits and bellybuttons and let the bacteria incubate for a couple days, she was alarmed at what she saw.

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1843 - "The Virginia Minstrels" opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City. It was the first minstrel show in America.

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1911 - The first old-age home for pioneers opened in Prescott, AZ.

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1926 - The National Football League adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated. 

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1932 - Dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition.

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1937 - K. Elizabeth Ohi became the first Japanese woman lawyer when she received her degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL

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1971 - NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon.

1973 - Construction began on the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

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1985 - The French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. The new items were water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange. 

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1987Sonny Bono declared his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs. 


If You Were Born Today, February 6

You are a peace-loving person who is sincerely concerned for others. There is an intuitive and even psychic side to you, and you tend to radiate a calm and appealing manner that readily attracts others. In fact, you are generally considered extremely attractive no matter what you look like, as you radiate a special warmth that is hard to resist. You have strong principles and values, but you can also be quite self-indulgent, although usually unapologetically so. Love and family mean the world to you. Famous people born today: Ronald Raegan, Axl Rose, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bob Marley, Eva Braun, Tom Brokaw, Natalie Cole.

Picture of the day
windmill is a mill that converts the energy of wind into rotational energy by means of vanes called sails or blades. Traditional windmills were often used to mill grain, pump water, or both. Most modern windmills take the form of wind turbines used to generate electricity, or wind pumps used to pump water, either for land drainage or to extract groundwater.
Here, the smock mill Goliath is viewed in front of the wind farm Growind in Eemshaven in the Netherlands.

Picture of people walking through snow in the English Lake District

Wintry Walkabout

Photograph by Shaun Wilson, National Geographic 
Shaun Wilson submitted this photo of an icy trek in the English Lake District. "We got caught on top of Helm Crag in the snow," he writes. "Helm Crag is a fell in the Central Fells." The mountains in the area, locally known as "fells," aren't imposing compared with other mountains throughout the world, but their beauty is a tourist draw.






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Guilin Kimono Vest


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Sweeet Acorn Squash

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Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds. - Miguel de Cervantes

As a prank, Naval dentist, Jack Mallory inscribed “Remember Pearl Harbor” in Morse code into the false teeth of imprisoned Japanese prime minister Hideki Tojo. -------------------- A bilingual person can be dyslexic in one language, but not in the other. -------------------- Gandhavalla Umashankar of Andhra Pradesh, India, spent two months building a model of the Eiffel Tower using 600 pencil leads!

"what is your name?" in Atayal (Taiwan) - Nanu heya ga lalu' su'?

Looking to have a professional and colorful nail job but don’t want to pay for it? Find some interesting stamps with the same or alternating patterns, trim out and apply them. This approach is more manageable and easy to remove anyway.


15 Ingredient Substitutions to Rescue Your Recipe from Disaster!


15 Ingredient Substitutions to Rescue Your Recipe from Disaster!

1. Yogurt

One cup sour cream or one cup buttermilk can do the trick. I tend to have more sour cream on hand than yogurt because I find better deals with coupons. Being able to substitute sour cream will work with my recipe and easily fits into my budget.

2. Biscuit mix

Make your own out of two cups sifted flour, one tablespoon baking powder, one teaspoon salt, and a quarter cup of shortening.

3. Mayonnaise

One cup of sour cream or one cup of plain yogurt can take the place of mayo.

4. Ketchup

One cup of tomato sauce, one teaspoon of vinegar and one tablespoon of sugar will make up for a lack of ketchup. Mix it all up, put it back in the ketchup bottle, and no one will be the wiser!

5. Nuts

Nuts are typically not interchangeable; however, you can substitute walnuts for pecans or peanuts for macadamia nuts in some cases. The texture and flavor is the focus when using nuts in a recipe. Also, remember that nuts can be omitted from cake recipes without changing the end result!

6. Bread crumbs

One cup of cracker crumbs or one cup of ground oats does the trick. My mom’s meatloaf recipe calls for bread crumbs. If I’m totally out of bread, saltines or crackers are a great substitute since this is a filler item. Stale crumbs will also work since the filler item just absorbs extra moisture.

7. Wine

Vinegar, apple cider, or apple juice can be used as a substitute. With kids in the house, I always have apple juice or apple cider. Vinegar is also readily available. If you’re cooking for non-drinkers, substitute these items in place of wine.

8. Basil

You can substitute oregano or thyme for this basic herb.

9. Cocoa

A great substitute for this is regular chocolate. Substitute one ounce of chocolate for every quarter cup of cocoa.

10. Vinegar

Two teaspoons of lemon juice equals one teaspoon of vinegar. I always make sure to have extra lemon juice because I use it to whiten my whites in the laundry. Substituting lemon juice is an easy fix when you run out of your vinegar stockpile!

11. Cinnamon

Nutmeg or allspice give the same texture and flavor as cinnamon if you need a substitute. Use the same measurement for each.

12. Tomato sauce

Combine equal parts tomato paste and water or canned tomatoes. I tend to have more cans of tomatoes because I stock up on them when there’s a sale price.

13. Citrus oil

If you’re out of lemon oil or lime oil, substitute zest instead. One lemon equals one tablespoon of zest. One large orange equals two tablespoons of zest.

14. Red pepper

Hot pepper sauce or black pepper can be used in place of red pepper. Be sure to start with small amounts to avoid getting the recipe too hot!

15. Corn syrup

I never see a coupon for corn syrup, but I do have brown sugar in my pantry. For light corn syrup use one cup of honey and a quarter cup of sugar with a third cup of water. For dark corn syrup, use one cup of maple-flavored syrup or one cup of brown sugar mixed with a quarter cup of water.

1 comment:

  1. Braun was a photographer in her own right--