Monday, May 16, 2016

Drawing Day May 16, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Drawing Day

Drop everything, pick up a pencil and draw – and then share your art! Drawing Day (sometimes referred to as Pencil Day) encourages us to spread the joy of drawing, and to share our creations with the wider community.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A light boat propelled by sails or oars, formerly used as a tender for merchant and war vessels.
Synonyms:ship's boatcuttertender
Usage:Seated upon the projection formed by the hull of the pinnace, I inhaled the salt breeze with delight.

Idiom of the Day

false modesty

 — A vain or hypocritical pretense of holding a low or humble opinion of oneself, one's abilities, or one's circumstance so as to encourage others to say the opposite.


Wladziu Valentino Liberace (1919)

Liberace began playing piano at the age of 4, and by 16, he had appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He soon began giving concerts in flamboyant costumes with ornate pianos, and though he occasionally performed with symphony orchestras, he built his career primarily upon popular music. Hugely successful, he hosted a television variety series, and, in later years, performed frequently in Las Vegas.

Whit Monday

The day after Whitsunday (Pentecost) is known as Whit Monday. The week that includes these two holidays, beginning on Whitsunday and ending the following Saturday, is called Whitsuntide. In the period from 1835 to just after the Civil War, Whit Monday was referred to as the "Dutch Fourth of July" in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where rural people came to eat, drink, and be entertained. In Lenhartsville, another Pennsylvania Dutch town, Whit Monday was known as Battalion Day, and it was characterized by music, dancing, and military musters. 

Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot

One day in January, Eric Wilson dashed off a message to the teaching assistants for an online course at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "I really feel like I missed the mark in giving the correct amount of feedback," he wrote, pleading to revise an assignment.

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1866 - The U.S. Congress authorized the first 5-cent piece to be minted. 

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1881 - In Germany, the first electric tram for the public started service. 

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1888 - The first demonstration of recording on a flat disc was demonstrated by Emile Berliner. 

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1920 - Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome. 

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1929 - The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood. 

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1946 - Jack Mullin showed the world the first magnetic tape recorder. 

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1965 - Spaghetti-O's were sold for the first time

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1975 - Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 

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1985 - Michael Jordan was named Rookie of the Year in the NBA

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1988 - A report released by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop declared that nicotine was addictive in similar was as heroin and cocaine. 

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2000 U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated to run for U.S. Senator in New York. She was the first U.S. first lady to run for public office. 


If You Were Born Today, May 16 

Exceptionally talented in the creative arts, including music, you are very able to focus your energies enough to make a success out of yourself in the arts. Your personality is colorful, yet somewhat reserved and very poised. At times you can be so one-track minded that you can get into a rut. Charming and romantic by nature, you are likeable and personable. Famous people born today: Liberace, Janet Jackson, Megan Fox, Henry Fonda, Pierce Brosnan, Debra Winger, Tori Spelling.

Picture of the day
File:STS-134 launch 2.ogv
NASA video showing the launch of STS-134, the penultimate mission of NASA's Space Shuttle program and the 25th and last spaceflight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. Led by the mission commander Mark Kelly, this flight delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier to the International Space Station. The first launch attempt, on 29 April 2011, was canceled due to problems with two heaters on one of the orbiter's auxiliary power units (APU); a second, successful attempt was made on 16 May 2011. The shuttle landed for the final time on 1 June 2011.

Picture of an ocelot in Manú National Park

On the Prowl

Photograph by Charlie Hamilton James
A camera trap caught this ocelot on a nighttime prowl. Ocelots weigh up to 33 pounds; their diet includes rodents, lizards, sloths—and, according to an indigenous hunter and farmer who lives in the Peruvian national park where this photo was taken, his chickens.


Knitted Toy Snake



knit, ruby slippers







thanks, shelley

Your Home Will Smell Like Heaven With This Amaze Slow-Cooker Pot Roast


Your slow cooker will never be the same again, and this is why…

Slow-Cooker Pot RoastSlow-Cooker Pot Roast


1 ½ lbs baby potatoes, red and/or yellow
8 small carrots, snapped in half
12–15 pearl onions, peeled, with ends cut off
3½ lbs beef chuck roast
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 sprigs rosemary
2 sprigs thyme

1 baguette, cut into 5-inch pieces

In a slow cooker, add the potatoes, carrots, and onions to make a base for the meat. Lay the chuck roast on top of the veggies and season with salt and pepper on both sides.

Wash your hands, because mess.

Mix cornstarch and water until well combined and pour close to the edge so it gets down to the veggies. Pour Worcestershire sauce directly on top of the meat. Cover with the slow-cooker lid and cook on high for 5 hours. Place the rosemary and thyme sprigs on top of the meat and cook for 1 more hour.

Remove rosemary and thyme.

Using a fork, shred the meat and serve by itself with the veggies, or on top of bread for a sandwich! The juices from the bottom of the slow cooker make for an AMAZING dipping sauce! Enjoy!





The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. - Vince Lombardi

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf is only the 10th Swedish monarch named Carl. The six others had been fictitious. Submitted by Jyrki Kasyi, Espoo, Finland. -------------------- To make a one-pound honeycomb, bees must collect nectar from about two million flowers! -------------------- Astronaut Scott Kelly celebrated his 300th day on the International Space Station by playing ping pong using two hydrophobic paddles and a water droplet!

thanks, sheri
Pair earrings by attaching them to buttons, that way one never gets lost. 



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