Monday, April 18, 2016

Pet Owner's Independence Day April 18.2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Pet Owner's Independence Day

Fed up of going out to work every day to earn a crust, while your dog, cat, rabbit or budgie lounges around the house? Well, Pet Owners Independence Day aims to change all that. The idea of this wacky holiday is that we owners get a turn at lying on the carpet, while our fluffy friends try out their talents in the workplace.
Admittedly, there could be just a few drawbacks to this holiday… For one thing, will the average cat or dog be up to taking a letter, let alone a phone call? For another, just how good is a typical owner likely to prove at catching mice, gnawing bones or keeping a scratching post in trim? All that remains to be seen – but it’s a great idea, anyway, and should add a touch of animal magic to the day!

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Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Boastful, unwarranted pride in one's accomplishments or qualities.
Usage:I share my substance with the poor, making no display of good works, lest I let hypocrisy and vainglory, those enemies that subtly take possession of the most watchful heart, find an entrance into mine.

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Idiom of the Day


 — A specific issue or thing that will cause an agreement, deal, or relationship to fail or be terminated

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Construction of St. Peter's Basilica Begins (1506)

With a capacity of over 60,000 people, St. Peter's Basilica is the one of the world's largest churches as well as one of the world's holiest Catholic sites. Begun by Pope Julius II in 1506 and completed more than a century later, it was built to replace Old St. Peter's, erected by Constantine over Peter's traditional burial site. Michelangelo and Bernini were among its many architects, and a number of their masterpieces adorn its interior.

Clarence Darrow (1857)

Darrow was an American lawyer and a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He worked to free anarchists charged with murder in the Haymarket Riot, and his defense of Eugene V. Debs established his reputation as a union lawyer. Later came sensational criminal cases that displayed his eminence as a defense lawyer, especially the Loeb-Leopold murder case. Perhaps his most famous case was the Scopes trial, in which he defended a high school teacher who was charged with teaching of the 'Evolution Theory."          

Patriots' Day

The Battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, marked the beginning of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. Residents of Maine and Massachusetts have observed Patriots' Day since the 18th century with costume parades, flag-raising ceremonies, and reenactments of the battles and the famous rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, who were sent to warn their comrades in Concord of the British troops' approach. Sometimes, this day is referred to as Lexington Day or Battles of Lexington and Concord Day. 

Living Near Green Spaces Helps You Live Longer, New Study Shows

Go ahead, plant a tree. It might help you live longer. A new study shows that living in or near green spaces can be a boon for longevity, and seeing more greenery may also boost mental health, according to a team at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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1775 - American revolutionaries Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode though the towns of Massachusetts giving the warning that the Regulars were coming out. Later, the phrase "the British are coming" was attributed to Revere even though it is unlikely he used that wording.

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1853 - The first train in Asia began running from Bombay to Tanna. 

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1877 - Charles Cros wrote a paper that described the process of recording and reproducing sound. In France, Cros is regarded as the inventor of the phonograph. In the U.S., Thomas Edison gets the credit. 

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1910 - Walter R. Brookins made the first airplane flight at night. 

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1923 - Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, NY. The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1. John Phillip Sousa's band played the National Anthem. 

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1924 - Simon and Schuster, Inc. published the first "Crossword Puzzle Book." 

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1934 - The first Laundromat opened in Fort Worth, TX. 

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1938 - Superman made his debut when he appeared in the first issue of Action Comics. (Cover date June 1938) 

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2002 - The city legislature of Berlin decided to make Marlene Dietrich an honorary citizen. Dietrich had gone to the United States in 1930. She refused to return to Germany after Adolf Hitler came to power.


If You Were Born Today, April 18

Your life is connected to change, and as a result, you are an interesting, knowledgeable, and perceptive person. You are good at communicating, humorous, and sociable, yet you have a distinct private streak. Others can find you baffling at times, not always knowing what to expect! You are creative and are happiest when you are creating something original. Routine career positions should be avoided. Famous people born today: James Woods, Conan O'Brien, Melissa Joan Hart, Rick Moranis.

Picture of the day
Libra (constellation)
An illustration from Urania's Mirror (1825) depicting the constellation Libra. This faint constellation, which has no first magnitude stars, is located between Virgo to the west and Scorpius to the east. Both Roman and Babylonian astronomy likened the constellation to a pair of scales, though the Ancient Greeks held it to be the scorpion's claws. Libra is one of the constellations of the zodiac; in Western astrology,Libra covers the period between September 22 and October 21.

Picture of a lion standing on a rock in Serengeti National Park

Pride and Power

Photograph by Bjorn Persson, National Geographic 
To Bjorn Persson, the majestic pose struck by this lion in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park recalls a scene in a well-known movie. “When I saw this big male appearing on the top of the rock,” says Persson, “I immediately connected it to the Lion King scene, and I also felt it was one of the best photo opportunities I had ever had. The composition, the light, the background, and everything came together in what is probably my best picture ever. The pride and power of these magnificent creatures really shine through in its pose and expression.”


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Pine Cone Dishcloth Dress

by Janet Nogle

US Size 8 Straight or Circular Needles (whichever you prefer)
About 1/3 to 1/2 of a Skein of Cotton Yarn

Cast on 25 stitches

Row 1-3: Knit across
Row 4: K2, P21, K2
Row 5: K5, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, S1K1PSSO, K5, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, S1K1PSSO, K5
Row 6: K2, P21, K2
Row 7: K4, K2tog, YO, K3, YO, S1K1PSSO, K3, K2tog, YO, K3, YO,S1K1PSSO, K4
Row 8: K2, P21, K2
Row 9: K5, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, S1K1PSSO, K5, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, S1K1PSSO, K5
Row 10: K2, P21, K2
Row 11: K5, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, S1K1PSSO, K5, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, S1K1PSSO, K5
Row 12: K2, P21, K2
Row 13: Knit across
Row 14: K2, P21, K2
Row 15: K2, S1K1PSSO, K6, K2tOg, YO, K1, YO, S1K1PSSO, K6, K2tog, K2(23 stitches)
Row 16: K2, P19, K2
Row 17: K8, K2tog, YO, K3, YO, S1K1PSSO, K8
Row 18, K2, P19, K2
Row 19: K2, S1K1PSSO, K5, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, S1K1PSSO, K5, K2tog, K2(21 Stitches)
Row 20: K2, P17, K2
Row 21: K8, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, S1K1PSSO, K8
Row 22: K2, P17, K2
Row 23: Knit across
Row 24: K2, P17, K2
Row 25: Knit across
Row 26: K2, P17, K2
Row 27: Knit across
Row 28: K2, P17, K2
Row 29: K2, (S1K1PSSO, K2tog) x2, K1, (S1K1PSSO, K2tog) x2, K2 (13 stitches)
Row 30: K3, S1P1PSSO, P2tog, P1, S1P1PSSO, P2tog, K2 (9 stitches)
Row 31: Knit across
Row 32: K2, P5K2
Row 33: K3, M1, K3, M1, K3 (11 stitches)
Row 34: K1, P9, K1
Row 35: K3, M1, K5, M1, K3 (13 stitches)
Row 36: K1, P11, K1
Row 37: Knit across
Row 38: K1, P11, K1
Row 39: K4, BO5, K3 (you now have 4 stitches a neck gap and 4 stitches)
Next work the 4 stitches on the right side 1st; then the 4 stitches on the left side
Row 40R: K1, P3
Row 41R: K4
Row 42R: K1, P3
Row 43: S1K1PSSO, K2tog (2 stitches on the right side)
Row 44: P2tog (1 stitch on the right side)
Row 45: K1
Row 46: P1
Row 47: K1
Bind Off leaving a 3” tail, cut yarn

Now work the 4 stitches on the left side
Row 40L: Attach yarn, P3, K1
Row 41L: K4
Row 42L: P3, K1
Row 43L: S1K1PSSO, K2tog (2 stitches on the left side)
Row 44L: P2tog (1 stitch on the left side)
Row 45L: K1
Row 46L: P1
Row 47L: K1
Bind Off leaving a 3” tail, cut yarn

To finish tie the right and left sides together; you can choose to leave a bow or weave in the ends.
Now hang your Dishcloth Dress over the top of your dish soap container or dispenser so that it can catch the drips. .
I also use the Dishcloth Dress for my water bottle; I can put it over the neck of the bottle which makes it warmer for my hands when the water is too cold to hold and as a coaster so that I don’t leave water rings.

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crochet, MOTHER'S DAY



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Crock-Pot Pulled Pork Cheesy Bacon Dip [via] - Be prepared to have your socks knocked off with this fantastic Crock-Pot Pulled Pork Cheesy Bacon Dip! Barbecued pulled pork is combined with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon and is transformed into an amazing hearty dip perfect for your next party!

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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring





The underside of a horse’s hoof is called a frog! -------------------- Shawn Dalton of Chicago, Illinois, credits a 32-oz. frozen daiquiri with helping slow a bullet and saving his life! Submitted by Luke Stram, Orlando, Fl. -------------------- After 40 years of friendship and sharing the same birthday, Luke Monias and Norman Barkman of Manitoba, Canada, discovered they had been switched at birth! Submitted by Dan Paulun, W. Lafayette, OH.


Pets Who Have Totally Had It With You
We, as humans, are either a source of happiness for our pets, or a source of severe disappointment. And occasionally, despite our best efforts, we end up being the latter. When this happens, we inevitably receive the unamused glare of judgment from our beloved four-legged friends. The look that says, "Alright, Human. I've had enough of you." 
Here are just a few pets who would like you to know that they are completely unamused by your tomfoolery, and they aren't going to humor you anymore:

1. This dog who thinks you should keep your eyes inside your own damn car. 

2. This cat who can't believe you interrupted his TV time like this. 

3. The pug who knows perfectly well that this is goddamn plastic food.

4. The cat who told you multiple times that she doesn't wear boots. 

5. This dog who can't believe you forgot his birthday. 

6. This cat who will never trust you around water again. 

7. The dog who hates your Christmas gift. 

8. The bathed kitten who is currently plotting your demise. 

9. The cat who doesn't trust your taste in barrettes. 

10. The dog who has zero confidence in this winter hat. 

11. The cat who can't believe you told him the dress code was "business casual."

12. The dog who's pretty sure he told you not to talk during his programs. 

13. The cat who's advising you to keep your weight comments to yourself. 

14. The neighbor cat who thought he told you to turn your damned radio down. 


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