Guide dogs are amongst the most phenomenal animals on the planet, and the difference they make to the lives of those without sight simply cannot be overstated. It is impossible to feel anything but pure love and awe when you witness just how dedicated these guys are to their owners, or, it seems, best friends, and how precious and adorable the relationship the two of them have is. To celebrate these dogs and the patient and talented people who train them, and pay tribute to the important role they each play in our society, people across the world come together to partake in International Guide Dogs Day. It isn’t just those who need Guide Dogs that celebrate this special day, either. The crucial work they do is recognised by everyone, and on International Guide Dogs Day, lots of people like to go out of their way to honour and express their gratitude to these dogs who have impacted the lives of so many.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) An instrument for measuring wind force and velocity.|
|Usage:||The storm chasers loaded their van with high-tech gear, including a number of powerful anemometers.|
Idiom of the Day
To narrowly avoid something or some situation that turns out to be undesirable, disastrous, dangerous, or otherwise harmful.
|Wollstonecraft was an English author who turned to writing while teaching and working as a governess and as a translator for a London publisher. She was an early proponent of educational equality between men and women, and her most important book, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, is widely regarded as the founding document of modern feminism. In 1797, she married the philosopher William Godwin.|
|Take a deep breath, scratch any errant itches, and feast your eyes upon the latest bed bug research: According to a study published Monday in the Journal of Medical Entomology, the infuriating insects might prefer red and black to other colors.|
1880 - Francis Clark and M.G. Foster patented the electric hearing aid.
1897 - Grant's Tomb was dedicated.
1938 - Geraldine Apponyi married King Zog of Albania. She was the first American woman to become a queen.
1946 - The SS African Star was placed in service. It was the first commercial ship to be equipped with radar.
1965 - "Pampers" were patented by R.C. Duncan.
1989 - Student protesters took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
2006 - In New York, NY, construction began on the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center on the site of former World Trade Center.
If You Were Born Today, April 27
You are poised and come across as calm and refined. You are not easy to get close to, and much of your nature remains a mystery to others. Nevertheless, you are charming and others tend to respect you. You are extremely observant and generally think before you speak, and you are a great listener. Famous people born today: Jack Klugman, Coretta Scott King, Ulysses S. Grant, Sheena Easton, William Moseley.
Americae Sive Quartae Orbis Partis Nova Et Exactissima Descriptio is an ornate geographical map of the Americas made in 1562 by Spanish cartographer Diego Gutiérrez and Flemish artist Hieronymus Cock. The map encompasses the eastern coast of North America, the whole of Central and South America, and parts of the western coasts of Europe and Africa. This is the earliest scale wall map of the New World and the first to use the name "California". Two extant copies are known.
On the Prowl
Photograph by Drew Rush with the National Park Service
Notoriously elusive, cougars vary their range in response to their prey, mostly elk and deer. In winter they favor the shallow snow in the northern reaches of Yellowstone. This cougar was caught on the prowl by a camera trap set behind an elk rack on a cliff.
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A Busy Mom's Slow Cooker Adventures: BBQ Ranch Shredded Beef Nachos - Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... MOTHER'S DAY
Hershey Kiss Flowers
This Hershey kiss chocolate flower bouquet is an easy and adorable present for Mom. Kids and grandkids will have fun helping you too.
To make this candy flower bouquet you will need:
- a basket
- Hershey’s kisses in gold wrappers
- cardstock of various colors
- wooden skewers
- floral foam or Styrofoam
- narrow green ribbon
- green tissue paper
- gold curling ribbon
- scissors and wire cutters
Step 1. Prepare a basket for your candy centerpiece. Remember that the bigger the basket, the more candy flowers you need to create a full and attractive centerpiece.
I used 5.5" wide and 11" high (including a handle) basket in this example.
Step 2.Cut a piece of floral foam to fit tightly inside the basket.
You can buy Foam or Styrofoam at a craft store. If you make a lot of candy arrangements you can buy a sheet of insulating foam at a home improvement store to save money. That’s what I used for this Mothers Day gift basket. I cut two discs (one smaller for the bottom of the basket and one bigger for the top) and secured them together with dots of hot glue.
You can wrap the foam with green tissue paper to disguise the foam as shown in the picture. Then insert foam into the basket.
Note: You can also cover the foam with green plastic grass or shredded paper.
Step 3. Take yellow, orange, red cardstock and cut out several flowers. Here is a printable flower template I used to make this present for Mum.
Step 4. Make delicious flowers for your Mother’s Day candy bouquet.
Prepare Hershey kisses in gold wrappers (classic milk chocolate with almonds). Instead of Hershey kisses, you can also use Dove chocolate pieces.
Take a cardstock flower (place it on a piece of foam for convenience) and make a small hole in the center of the flower with scissors first. Then, insert the wooden skewer with a pointy end through the hole.
Take a Hershey kiss and insert the pointy end of the skewer into the bottom of the kiss.
To prevent the paper flower from sliding down or being loose on the stick, apply a piece of narrow Scotch tape around the stick right under the paper flower to keep it as close to the chocolate kiss as possible. See the picture.
Make as many chocolate flowers as necessary. 15 flowers were made for this bouquet.
Take green narrow satin ribbon and tie it around each flower stem. They will make the leaves of the candy flowers.
Step 5. Arrange the chocolate flowers to create a beautiful Mothers Day gift basket.
Insert flowers in the center of basket.
Continue inserting flowers.
Present for Mom – Front View
Present for Mum – Back View
Step 6. As a finishing touch, you may want to add some decorative elements.
For example, add some gold curling ribbon to the centerpiece (I tied the ribbon around the center of the basket handle).
You can add a bow to the front of the basket or insert a Happy Mother’s Day balloon.
Cut corn off the cob by standing it on a Bundt cake pan.
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