Monday, April 4, 2016

D.A.R.E. Day April 4, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate D.A.R.E. Day

D.A.R.E. Day is the day when local law enforcement officers will traditionally visit schools all over the United States spreading the word about drugs, how to avoid them, why they’re bad for you, and the penalties if you choose to become involved with them. Most Americans will remember the special and particularly snazzy car that would arrive at the school, often times with a K-9 unit in tow, and a variety of items to do a show and tell with.
This is a great day to sit down and talk with your kids about drug use, and what the inherent dangers are in using them. You can talk to them about how to deal with peer pressure, areas to avoid, how to say no, and how to identify drugs if they come across them. All of these can be very useful in the high pressure filled environment of the public school system combined with youth.
D.A.R.E. means ‘Drug Abuse Resistance Education’, and that is the core of this day’s experience. The education that takes place includes how to identify students that are high risk, and how to identify the secret language of the drug underground. Some of the great ways to celebrate this day is to help organize a method of educating the parents and kids in the school how to identify where there might be a drug problem.
D.A.R.E. is a program that was established in 1984, to help facilitate the education of communities in drug abuse resistance education. The level of education that police officers require is a complete 80 hours of training in areas such as classroom management, child development, and techniques for educating, complete with communication skills. Those who are going to be educating High School Students require an additional 40 hours.

Word of the Day


Definition:(verb) Make something more diverse and varied.
Usage:After the third consecutive dinner of mashed potatoes, we began to hope that the cook would begin to variegate the menu.

Idiom of the Day

cool reception

 — An unenthusiastic, disdainful, or unfriendly welcome.


Susanna M. Salter, First Female US Mayor, Elected (1887)

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After attending Kansas State Agricultural College, Salter moved with her husband to the town of Argonia, Kansas, and became the first woman to have a baby there. Following the city's incorporation in 1885, her father was elected to be its first mayor. Two years later, while serving as an officer in the local Women's Christian Temperance Union and caring for her family, she was placed on the ballot as a mayoral candidate and became the first female mayor elected in the US

Bettina von Arnim (1785)

A German writer, von Arnim also spent time as a composer, singer, visual artist, patron of young talent, and social activist. However, she is perhaps best known for the company she kept. She formed friendships with Goethe and Beethoven, among other artists of the day, and tried to foster an artistic union between them. Many leading composers of the time, such as Franz Liszt, admired her for her spirit and her talents.

Qing Ming Festival

The Qing Ming Festival is a day for Chinese people throughout the world to honor their dead. It is a Confucian festival that dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 221 CE), and it is now a Chinese national holiday. The day is observed in the countryside with visits to ancestral graves to sweep, wash, repair, and paint them. Offerings of food, wine, incense, and flowers are made, firecrackers are set off, and paper money is burned at the graveside, so that the ancestors will have funds to spend in the afterworld

There's a Reason Some Birds Don't Seem to Fly South for Winter Anymore, Scientists Say

The birds and the bees are telling humans about much more than sex, a new study released Thursday says. They are a harbinger of climate change, with species swapping habitats like a game of musical chairs as regions in Europe and the United States warm.
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1818 - A plan was passed by the U.S. Congress that the U.S. flag would have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state. 
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1841 - U.S. President William Henry Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first president to die in office. He had been sworn in only a month before he died of pneumonia.
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1848 - Thomas Douglas became the first San Francisco public teacher.
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1932 - After five years of research, professor C.G. King, of the University of Pittsburgh, isolated vitamin C.
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1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39. 
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1969 - Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart.
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1971 - Veterans stadium in Philadelphia, PA, was dedicated this day. 
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1973 - In New York, the original World Trade Center twin towers opened. At the time they were the tallest building in the world.
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1981 - Henry Cisneros became the first Mexican-American elected mayor of a major U.S. city, which was San Antonio, TX. 

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If You Were Born Today, April 4
You expect to work for what you want in life, and are always aware of your responsibilities. Nevertheless, you are playful and sometimes mischievous. You are straightforward in your dealings with others, and sometimes quite blunt! You value honesty and integrity in others as well. A confident and friendly manner sometimes hides a tendency to worry a lot about your future. You are an independent thinker. Famous people born today: Robert Downey Jr., Heath Ledger, Maya Angelou, Anthony Perkins, David Blaine.

Picture of the day
Pinwheel Galaxy
The Pinwheel Galaxy is a face-on spiral galaxy located 21 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It was first discovered by Pierre Méchain on March 27, 1781, and communicated to Charles Messier, who verified its position for inclusion in the Messier Catalogue as one of its final entries. This image, released on February 28, 2006, is composed of 51 individual exposures, as well as some extra ground-based photos. At the time of its release, it was the largest and most detailed image of a galaxy by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Picture of the Milky Way and light trails on a Colorado road

Light the Way

Photograph by Stephen Scarlett, National Geographic 
The Milky Way glitters over a Colorado highway in this long-exposure photo submitted by Stephen Scarlett. “As a veteran who struggles with PTSD,” Scarlett writes, “I find the isolation [in] the darkness peaceful and capturing long-exposure photographs of the night sky therapeutic. This photo was taken just outside Allenspark on Highway 7 at around 1:30 a.m. I was out taking photos of the Milky Way that night when I realized that if I waited for another hour and a half, the Milky Way would rotate and align with the highway.”
thanks, helen
Auto Racer Marjorie Eccles in 1936. She's taking a knit break while her pit crew gets busy with her vehicle.
Independent, strong and talented - and OF COURSE she was a knitter!

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knit (must log in)

Laguna Beach Washcloth

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Spring Cardi pattern by Katy Petersen
This super simple cardi uses only one stitch. it’s worked all in one piece with no seaming.
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April Draven: Plain Slouch Hat
I decided to make a video. I know a lot of people come to my blog and look at my hats and think that they are too complicated. They really aren't.
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crochet, translated into english

a hook pineapple pot

1 glass of yogurt
1 ball of yarn and a hook ocher 3
1 sheet of green paper

1- Make chainette the size of the turn of the pot. Close round the chainette below the top edge of the pot. And make a sc in each stitch to completely cover the pot. Break yarn and fasten.
2 Row 1: Crochet a chain of 445 ml. Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch. Row 3: 1 dc, skip 2 stitches, and make 5 dc in the same dc, skip 2 stitches, and repeat until the end of the row. Break yarn and fasten.
3. Sew the band obtained around the pot from the top.
4- Cut sheets of paper 2 of different sizes. The corner to give them their rounded shape and glue them inside the jar with white glue or glue gun.

Cola Pork Chops


6-8 chops
1 large onion, sliced
12-16 ounces of Coca Cola 
3 T. prepared mustard
6 T. ketchup
dash of pepper
dash of salt
1 can sliced mushrooms (or fresh)
dash of garlic powder


Place  the pork chops in a large frying pan coated with non stick spray and brown on both sides. Once brown remove and set aside.

Stir-fry the onion in the same pan that you browned the chops in. Once cooked remove from pan and set aside. 

Mix the cola, mustard, ketchup, salt and pepper and the garlic in a small bowl.

When the cola mixture is combined pour into the pan that the pork chops were browned. Add the onions and mushrooms and then the pork chops. Make sure the pork chops are covered in the sauce. 

Cover and simmer for 45 minutes over low heat.

Serve over rice.

Slow Cooker Chicken Gravy and Biscuits


CHILDREN'S CORNER .. vintage puzzle
Baseball Game Find the Mistakes 



South Korea offers a rehabilitation camp for internet addicted teens! -------------------- On a trip to Australia, Roger Ryan skyped his parents Pat and Mary while skydiving! -------------------- Kung Fu Barber Wanf Xiaoyu of Changsha, China, cuts and styles hair while standing on his head! Submitted by Chester Tumidajewicz, Amsterdam, NY.

on saturday, i had an empty plastic onion bag (with holes) and put lots of bits of colorful yarn into it. i hung it on a branch and saw evidence of birds having taken some yarn as there was some pieces which were only half out but it showed me that birds do enjoy taking yarn to make their nests! wow!

Yarn Bird’s Nesting Material

Use your colorful yarn scraps to help out your bird friends with nesting materials.
Crocheting is fun! But sometimes it’s fun to make something different with yarn. Check out 16 Clever Yarn Ideas.


1 comment:

  1. Probably not doing the fringe-y thing less on my to-do list:)