Monday, April 11, 2016

Pet Day April 11, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Pet Day

Pet Day is a chance for those of us who own pets to show them how much we love them. Now, we all can think of the traditional things: a new toy, some tasty treats, or a long walk in the park, maybe a game of fetch, assuming you have a dog! But, think outside the box and come up with some ideas to celebrate your relationship with your pet. Once you have indulged your own animals with their favourite treats, why not consider donating to a shelter or or other animal welfare organization?
There are so many neglected and unwanted animals waiting for some love and attention. You can donate your time, or you can donate food or other supplies. Every little bit helps. If you don’t already own a pet, what better time to adopt one? A good phrase to keep in mind is “adopt, don’t shop.”

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A journalist who writes editorials.
Usage:He grew so weary of armchair-general editorialists that he stopped reading the Op-Ed pages altogether and picked up a book on political theory

Idiom of the Day

cut from whole cloth

 — Completely fictional or utterly false; totally made up. A reference to tailors who would falsely advertise garments being "cut out of whole cloth," when in reality, they were pieced together from different cuts.


Septimius Severus (145 CE)

Severus became emperor of Rome in 193 CE, also known as the "Year of the Five Emperors." In the months before he ascended the throne, two emperors were assassinated and a third—Didius Julianus—earned the position by buying it from the Praetorian Guard. With the empire in disarray, Severus marched on Rome, ousted Julianus, and was proclaimed emperor. He then built himself a strong army that would protect both him and his empire.

World's Brightest X-Ray to Get 10000 Times Brighter

The world's most powerful X-ray is getting a major overhaul, courtesy of the Department of Energy. On Monday, construction began on adding a second X-ray laser beam to the already-powerful Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

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1803 - A twin-screw propeller steamboat was patented by John Stevens. 

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1876 - The stenotype was patented by John C. Zachos. 

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1921 - The first live sports event on radio took place this day on KDKA Radio. The event was a boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee. 

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1947 - Jackie Robinson became the first black player in major-league history. He played in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. 

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1961 - Bob Dylan made his professional singing debut in Greenwich Village. He opened for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City. 

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1985 - Scientists in Hawaii measured the distance between the earth and moon within one inch. 

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1986 - Dodge Morgan sailed solo nonstop around the world in 150 days. 

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1988 Cher won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in "Moonstruck." 

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If You Were Born Today, April 11

You are fiercely protective of those you love, and you will rise to any challenge, quickly picking yourself up after a fall. You are hopeful and mostly optimistic, although you are subject to many mood swings, of which only those closest to you truly know about. You are generous with your time and quite helpful, but you also instinctively know when to draw the line, as you need time to and for yourself. Famous people born today: Tricia Helfer, Joss Stone, Ellen Goodman, Jennifer Esposito.

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Stanislaus of Szczepanów
Stanislaus of Szczepanów (1030–1079) was a Bishop of Kraków known chiefly for having been martyred by the King Bolesław II the Generous of Poland. One of the first native Polish bishops, Stanislaus came into conflict with King Bolesław several times. In one case, the bishop is said to have resurrected a dead man so that he could bear witness regarding a sale of land. Another conflict, whose cause is disputed, led to Stanislaus excommunicating the king. In response, Bolesław killed the bishop and then had his body cut into pieces.

Picture of a waterfall in Mauritius

A Natural Rush

Photograph by Victoria Komarevych, National Geographic 
Victoria Komarevych shared this photo of Chamarel Falls as it cascades more than 300 feet into a lush gorge. The falls are located on Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. Ecotourism is an expanding industry here, as the volcanic island features extraordinary landscapes and marine life.




Glasses Case pattern by Frankie Brown
This glasses case is a quick knit which can easily be adapted to hold different sizes of glasses. It is worked in a slip stitch pattern which gives a padded fabric ...
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Flower Blues Shawl pattern by Irina Bil
Ombre shawl with flower lace pattern and ruffle.
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Allure Ruffle Front Cardigan

Don't Eat the Paste: Crocheted Bracelet Pattern
First, thank you for the nice comments on my post about my mother's birthday. My family had a lovely time going out to eat and going to the thrift store.
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Homemade Walnut Butter

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Rich and creamy homemade walnut butter is a great addition to any healthy kitchen. Walnuts are packed with good fats that reduce inflammation and oxidation; they contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA - which is an omega-3 fatty acid) and phenols (which may decrease your risk of developing cancer); they have essential vitamins...and they taste amazing! I could certainly add to the list of benefits that walnuts possess, however, it might take all day! Let's get to making walnut butter!

Step 1: Grind Walnuts

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How to Make Homemade Walnut Butter

In order to make walnut butter you will need walnuts and a food processor! It's that simple!
This is so easy that there isn't really a recipe, just instructions!
  • Place walnuts (English halves and pieces) in the food processor and start to grind. Two cups of walnuts will yield approximately 1 cup of walnut butter (maybe a little less).
  • Scrape down the sides as necessary with a rubber spatula.
  • Walnuts will look crumbly at first but will eventually start to release their oils which will turn the walnuts into a thick and creamy spreadable butter. It will take 5ish minutes.
  • Store in an airtight container or a mason jar. Refrigeration isn't necessary.
  • Serve on toast, apple slices or pancakes!!
***If you find the texture not to be creamy enough you can add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil. If you like your nut butters sweeter you could add 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup in with the walnuts. Try it without anything first to see how you like it!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff I Recipe and Video - Beef, condensed golden mushroom soup, chopped onion, and Worcestershire sauce simmer in a slow cooker for easy beef stroganoff.


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring


What we really are matters more than what other people think of us. - Jawaharlal Nehru

Between 1984 and 1992, solo synchronized swimming was an Olympic sport! -------------------- Baltimore, Maryland’s, American Visionary Art Museum hosts the annual East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race, where participants race human-powered and amphibious works of art! -------------------- Crocodile tears syndrome is a rare condition where people start to cry uncontrollably when they eat.


Get that fresh laundry smell in every room.

Forgo pricey air fresheners by securing dryer sheets to the back of your A/C vents with tape or by tucking the edges beneath the diffuser. Let the air flow move the scent through your home.

DON'T USE THIS METHOD .. thank you patty for sharing this article with us!



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