Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sibling Day April 10, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Sibling Day

The bond between siblings is extra-special, even more so if one of them has a life-long illness or a disability. Sibling Day is a way of honouring that special bond. Siblings Day was created by Claudia Evart, a freelance paralegal from Manhattan, NY. Evart started the day after losing both her sister at an early age. It is a day of celebration and recognition for brothers and sisters around the world. Siblings Day can be celebrated by sending a card, gift, making a dinner invitation or simply going for a walk in the park. The date of National Siblings Day is very important to its founder Claudia as it marks the birthday of her sister Lisette.
The siblings bonds are life-long relationships usually lasting from cradle to grave. It is usually the longest relationship of a person’s life and typically much longer than a mother’s and father’s relationship.

service dog typing up stuff on his time off! thanks, patty

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A very small amount; a trace.
Usage:This dish could use a soupcon of salt.

thanks for the daffodils, helen

Idiom of the Day

cut it close

 — To do or complete something very near to its limit, especially of time.


First Arbor Day Celebrated (1872)

Generally observed on the last Friday in April, Arbor Day is an unofficial US holiday designated as a day for planting trees. The holiday was founded by agriculturist Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska resident who believed that the prairies were in need of more trees to serve as windbreaks, hold moisture in the soil, and provide lumber for housing. To this end, he proposed that a specific day be set aside for the planting of trees

Joseph Pulitzer (1847)

Born in Hungary, Pulitzer immigrated to the US during the Civil War and served in the Union Army. He later became a reporter and purchased and founded several newspapers, establishing the pattern of the modern newspaper by combining investigative reporting with publicity stunts, self-advertising, and sensationalism. In his will, he established the Pulitzer Prizes, annual awards for achievements in American journalism, letters, and music

Salvation Army Founder's Day

April 10 is the day on which William Booth (1829-1912), founder of the international religious and charitable movement known as The Salvation Army, was born inNottingham, England. With the help of his wife, Catherine, he established the East London Revival Society, which soon became known as the Christian Mission and, later, The Salvation Army. Although Booth's birthday is observed to varying degrees at Salvation Army outposts around the world, a major celebration was held on the organization's centennial in 1965.

Exploding Stars Leave Radioactive Clues Beneath Earth's Oceans

During the past 10 million years, a series of stars in the Earth's neighborhood exploded, raining a radioactive form of iron onto our planet that left its signature in the material beneath the world's oceans.

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1825 - The first hotel opened in Hawaii. 

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1849 - Walter Hunt patented the safety pin. He sold the rights for $100. 

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1866 - The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was incorporated. 

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1912 - The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England. 

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long jim barnes won the first two championships

1916 - The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) held its first championship tournament. 

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1925 - F. Scott Fitzgerald published "The Great Gatsby" for the first time. 

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1953 - Warner Bros. released "House of Wax." It was the first 3-D movie to be released by a major Hollywood studio. 

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1997 - Rod Steiger received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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If You Were Born Today, April 10

You are strong-minded, playful, assertive, and charismatic. You readily take the lead and take on challenges. You are playfully competitive, and you remain youthful throughout life with a mischievous streak. It's not easy for you to be told what to do, and thus it's best that you are your own boss or that you set your own pace. Famous people born today: Joseph Pulitzer, Omar Sharif, Steven Seagal, Mandy Moore, Haley Joel Osment, Alex Pettyfer.

Picture of a man standing in a lake in India

Sunrise Ritual

Photograph by Neetesh Kumar, National Geographic 
A man balances on a stone protruding from Kolavai Lake in India’s Tamil Nadu state, an area known for its temples as well as its natural beauty. “The man [was] just washing his legs,” says photographer Neetesh Kumar, who shot this photo as the sun rose.







Crochet Dandy Dishcloths




Doughnut Mug Cake

Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash Recipe


thanks for more family portrait pics, susieimage

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... gardening
Meet Mr and Mrs Hairy
Grass head pots - a fun spring gardening craft for kids. Plant the seeds, water everyday and wait for the grass to grow. | at Non Toy Gifts




Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it. - Lucy Maud Montgomery


In February 2016, New York City declared it was too cold for the annual Central park Ice Fest! -------------------- The late peace activist Concepcion “Connie” Picciotto camped in front of the White House every day from 1981 to 2016! -------------------- The pink sand found on the beaches of Harbour Island in the Bahamas gets its color from millions of foraminifera, a microscopic animal with a bright pink or red shell. -------------------- Dean’s Blue Hole off the coast of Long island, Bahamas, plunges over 600 feet deep, making it the deepest blue hole in the world.



De-scale your faucets with the help of some paper towels and vinegar.

16. De-scale your faucets with the help of some paper towels and vinegar.
use vinegar on faucets and water trays.


With spring and summer often comes the desire to plant things. If you are someone who enjoys growing and preserving your own food but you’re also someone who just doesn’t have the outdoor garden space that you need, we’ve got fruits and vegetables that you can grow in containers.



I wander'd lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: -
A poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company!
I gazed - and gazed - but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.
William Wordsworth

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