Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Lips Appreciation Day March 16, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Lips Appreciation Day

Who doesn’t love lips, right? Take a moment to appreciate the tactile and speech facilities given to you through the use of your lips for Lips Appreciation Day!

Their First Flight

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A scholar who is skilled in academic disputation.
Usage:The symposium was scheduled to end at seven, but the schoolman continued to lecture the group for an additional hour.

The Eye Of The Moon

Idiom of the Day

bucket list

 — A list of accomplishments or tasks one hopes to do or achieve before one dies. "Bucket" here is taken from the phrase "kick the bucket," meaning to die. 

Forces Of Nature


Luis Ernesto Miramontes Cárdenas (1925)

Miramontes was a Mexican chemist whose extensive scientific contributions include numerous publications and nearly 40 national and international patents in different areas, including organic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, petrochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and polluting agents. However, Miramontes is best remembered for his synthesis, in 1951, of norethindrone.

St. Urho's Day

St. Urho, whose name in Finnish means "hero," is credited with banishing a plague of grasshoppers that was threatening Finland's grape arbors. His legend in the US was popularized in the 1950s; after being celebrated as a "joke holiday" for several years in the Menahga-Sebeka area, the idea spread to other states with large Finnish populations. The actual celebrations include wearing St. Urho's official colors—Nile Green and Royal Purple—drinking grape juice, and chanting St. Urho's famous words, "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away," in Finnish. 

With a Few Updates, Siri Could Become a Lifeline for Rape Victims

Some 64 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, and are using them for far more than talk and texting. But are phones ready to take care of their users when they need help the most? Not yet, say researchers

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1802 - The U.S. Congress established the West Point Military Academy in New York. 

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1850 - The novel "The Scarlet Letter," by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was published for the first time. 

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1883 - Susan Hayhurst graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She was the first woman pharmacy graduate. 

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1926 - Physicist Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-fuel rocket. 

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1963 - "Puff The Magic Dragon" was released by Peter, Paul and Mary.

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1985 - "A Chorus Line" played its 4,000 performance. 

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1987 - "Bostonia" magazine printed an English translation of Albert Einstein’s last high school report card. 

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If You Were Born Today, March 16

You accept little at face value, and are always looking for hidden meanings or deeper knowledge of people and circumstances in your life. You are generally very poised and charming, and have a talent for coming up with money-making ideas and creative marketing projects. Periods of solitude are absolutely essential to your well-being, as quite time is how you refresh yourself. You are self-motivated, perceptive, and versatile. Famous people born today: Jerry Lewis, Chuck Woolery, Isabelle Huppert, Erik Estrada, Pat Nixon, John Butler Yeats.

Picture of the day
Platoon sergeant
platoon sergeant at the Officer Candidate School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, a base dedicated to training, educating, evaluating and screening candidates for the United States Marine Corps. In the Marines, the billet of platoon sergeant is usually held by a staff sergeant (E-6) or a gunnery sergeant (E-7), depending on the type of platoon. The sergeant's duties include taking care of the Marines and the platoon's operational control and advising the platoon commander.

Picture of a mother and baby baboon in Kibale National Park, Uganda

A Light Burden

Photograph by Alessandro Tramonti, National Geographic 
A young olive baboon (Papio anubis) clings to its mother’s back in Uganda’s Kibale National Park. The park is home to 13 primate species, including these baboons, so named because of their greenish gray coat color.
Moon Jelly




SPEED BUMPS pattern by steepndeep's Designs
This easy 2 row, reversible, textured, design is perfect for either a scarf or cowl. It does not curl. Patterns for both are included.
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knit, EASTER

Whiskey On The Rocks... Ahhhh

crochet, ST. PATRICK'S DAY
four leaf clover




crochet, EASTER

Forest on Shipwreck

thanks, helen



This recipe is not your typical Irish dish but the color was so lovely I thought why not add it for St. Patrick's Day. I've always been someone who thinks outside the box and I'm sure you won't find this on a St. Patrick's Day recipe list! It's healthy and I loved it. My friend Chi- Ling is a vegan and this is the perfect to make when she comes to lunch with the girls.

May your souffles rise to meet you,
May your colcannon be first rate,
May you find joy in every Irish stew, and
May nothing but deliciousness be found on your plate!


4 cups chopped kale leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil ( Donna used coconut oil)
2 cans (15 ounces each) garbanzo beans, drained
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of two limes
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper sauce
1 teaspoon salt
Honey- to taste
A little water- as needed

English or regular cucumber rounds - cut to about 1/3 inch thick*

Parsley leaves for garnish


1- Wash and dry kale

2. In a medium sized sauce pan add olive oil. Add the kale leaves and saute over medium heat until the leaves are soft.

3. Remove leaves from the pan and set aside.

4- Add kale, lime juice, garlic, olive oil, cayenne and garbanzo beans to food processor.

5. Process until smooth. You might want to add a tiny bit of water at this point. 

6. Do a taste test and see if it needs honey. I added about 1/2 teaspoon but add the amount that you like.

7. Arrange the cucumber slices and spoon the hummus onto each slice.

8. Garnish with parsley.

* Depends on how large your cucumber is on how many slices you get. I used a medium sized cucumber.

Abandoned Parisian Railway


Time-Lapse Moonrise Over LA


Down The Spiral Staircase


World’s Coolest Duck... Ever!


Dubai: Cloud City

Character is much easier kept than recovered. - Thomas Paine

Easter Island Sunrise

26 daredevils on Italy’s Monte Piana hung from hammocks across a 685 ft. long highline, 164 ft above the ground! -------------------- An artificial intelligence program developed by Japan’s national Institute of Informatics recently passed a college entrance exam with an above average score! -------------------- The humongous fungus fest in Crystal Falls, Michigan, pays homage to a single organism that has spread over 37 acres over the past 1,500 years!

Olympic Moonrise


Nail Polish ... has many more uses than we realize
Useful Items

1. Strengthen screws – Is the handle of your favorite pot coming loose? Is your cupboard door loosening all the time? Unscrew them, apply clear nail polish to the screw, and then screw it back in and let the nail polish dry. Another benefit is that the polish prevents the screw from rusting.
2. Seal envelopes – If the adhesive on your envelope is too weak or non-existing, you can substitute it for clear nail polish. Just remember to keep the envelope sealed while the polish is drying.
3. Thread a needle – Are you struggling with threading a needle? Dip the tip of the thread into a bit of nail polish and let it dry. Now that it’s hard you can thread the needle with ease.
4. Keep jewels from tarnishing – If you’ve got simple jewelry that might tarnish in time, coat them with a thin layer of clear nail polish. They’ll remain tarnish-free and looking like new for a long time.
5. Tell your keys apart – If you’ve got a bunch of keys that look similar, apply different colored nail polish to the heads of the keys to help you tell them apart in an instant.

Tail-Pinching Buddha

Incredible Trees That Don't Look Real

Trees are great, aren’t they? They give us shade in the summer, wood for our fires in the winter, we can build awesome tree houses on them, and most importantly - they produce oxygen! The great jungles of the world house a variety flora and fauna that hold potential cures for diseases. Oh, and let’s not forget that all of your favorite fruits grow on trees.
1. If you read "The Little Prince" you might remember these - The Baobab Trees. This Photo was taken in Madagascar and the reason for the baobab's unique trunk is that it's used to store water for the dry seasons.
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

2. This 144 years old Wisteria Tree is located in Japan, its size is about half an acre and it is the biggest of its kind.
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

3. The fantastically named Dragonblood Tree grows in Yemen, and got its name from its dark, red sap. The sap was highly prized in ancient times because it was used both to dye materials, and for medicinal reasons.

I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

4. The Flamboyant Tree is native to Brazil but can be found in many tropical and sub-tropical locations around the world.
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

5. Planted around the 1790s, this is the Avenue of Oaks, located on the Dixie Plantation in South Carolina, U.S.A.
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

6. Found on the southern tip of New-Zealand, in a place called Slope Point, these are the Wind Swept Trees. Aptly named as they're constantly beaten by the arctic winds that also cause them to grow this way.
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

7. I had a hard time believing this was real, but this is the Rainbow Eucalyptus (Hawaii, U.S.A.) which grows in the South-Pacific area. The amazing color variations are naturally formed when the tree sheds bits of its bark as it grows.
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

8. The blossoming of the Cherry Trees in Bonn, Germany. 
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

9. The 3rd largest Sequoia tree in the world, The President is located in the Sequoia National Park, California, U.S.A., it stands at 410 ft (73m) tall and has a ground circumference of 93 ft (28m).
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

10. This beauty hides in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., it's a Japanese Maple tree and it's simply magnificent!
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

11. Estimated to be between 1400 and 1500 years old, the Angel Oak is 66.5 ft (20 m) tall and is located in St. John's Island, South Carolina, U.S.A. 
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

12. Native to Chile & Argentina, the Antarctic Beech also grows throughout the United States & Britain. This particular specimen, covered in beautiful hanging moss, can be found in Oregon, U.S.A.
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

13. Also located in Oregon is this tunnel of Maple Trees
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

14. The Dark Hedges are one of the most photographed avenues of beech trees, located in Northern Ireland, it has been famous for over 200 years, and was even featured in the TV show Game of Thrones.
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

15. These beauties are Jacaranda Trees, pictured in the full glory of their violet bloom. They are located in Cullinan, South Africa.
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16. Last but not least, one of the more amazing-looking trees on this list is this 125 years old Rhododendron. While technically a shrub and not a tree, it gets a free pass into the list for sheer beauty alone.
I Couldn't Believe These Were Real!

1 comment:

  1. So many great photos today--the trees and the Easter Island shadows;)