Friday, May 13, 2016

Frog Jumping Day May 13, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Frog Jumping Day

Frog Jumping Day is a great day to jump like a frog. Or, is today intended to jump “over” a frog? Either way, today is a fun day.
But, is this truely the reason for this day? The roots of Frog Jumping Day go back to Mark Twain’s first short story. It was first published in 1865 as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”. Later, he published it as “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. It is also known under a third title “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.
While we have discovered many links and references to Frog Jumping Day evolving from this Mark Twain short story, we have yet to discover the reason for this particular date. May 13th is neither the date of Mark Twain’s birth nor his death.

thanks for taking us along on your
spring "photographers' adventure (part 1), patty 
(feel better soon!)

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A beginner in learning something.
Usage:I once heard a pirate swear, but his best efforts would have seemed like those of a tyro alongside of Perry's masterful and scientific imprecations.



Johnny Appleseed Day (Taken from Link)

One of America’s fondest legends is that of Johnny Appleseed, a folk hero and pioneer apple farmer in the 1800’s. There really was a Johnny Appleseed and his real name was John Chapman. He was born in Leominster, Massachusetts in 1774. His dream was to produce so many apples that no one would ever go hungry. Although legend paints a picture of Johnny as a dreamy wanderer, planting apple seeds throughout the countryside, research reveal him to be a careful, organized businessman, who over a period of nearly fifty years, bought and sold tracts of land and developed thousands of productive apple trees.

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1302: the title characters -- Romeo and Juliet -- were married this day according to William Shakespeare.

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1607 - An expedition led by Captain Christopher Newport arrived at Jamestown, Virginia. The passengers went ashore the next day and this site became the first permanent settlement English colony in America. 

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1821 - The first practical printing press was patented in the U.S. by Samuel Rust. 

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1854 - The first big American billiards match was held at Malcolm Hall in Syracuse, NY.

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1873 - Ludwig M. Wolf patented the sewing machine lamp holder.

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1897 - Guglielmo Marconi sent the world's first wireless communication over open sea. 

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1909 - the first gold medal to a perfect-score bowler was awarded to A.C. Jellison by the American Bowling Congress. 

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1918 - The first airmail postage stamps were issued with airplanes on them. The denominations were 6, 16, and 24 cents. 

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1927 - Samuel Roxy Rothafel opened the famous Roxy Theatre in New York City.  It cost $10 million to build and seated 6:214: becoming the world's largest movie theater. It opened with Gloria Swanson in "The Love of Sunya" shown on an 18 by 22 foot screen.

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1938 - "When the Saints Go Marching In" was recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra. 

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1940 - Winston Churchill made his first speech as the prime minister of Britain. 

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1967 - Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run. 

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1977Dolly Parton made her New York City debut with a concert at the Bottom Line.

1986 - Popsicle announced its plan to end the traditional twin-stick frozen treat for a one-stick model. 

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1993 - Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to become the first female attorney general. 

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2003 - The U.S. government unveiled a newly designed version of the $20 bill. It was the first to be colorized in an effort to stop counterfeiters. 


A growing number of Americans are working from home.  Whether they are self-employed entrepreneurs running small accounting services, or telecommuting for multinational consulting firms, some 30 million of us work from a home office at least once a week. And that number is expected to increase by 63% in the next five years, according to a study by the Telework Research Network. (Link


If You Were Born Today, May 13 

You are a steady, reliable, and responsible person. You are not always patient with slackers, but patient overall. You instinctively know that good things come to those who wait, but you also know how to make things happen with determined effort. You are witty, no-nonsense, respectable, and solid. Famous people born today: Stevie Wonder, Daphne Du Maurier, Joe Louis, Beatrice Arthur, Robert Pattinson, Hunter Parrish, Debby Ryan.

Picture of the day
Wakatobi flowerpecker
A comparison of plumage characteristics between grey-sided flower peckers(Dicaeum celebicum) from mainland Sulawesi (top) and Wakatobi flowerpeckers (Dicaeum kuehni) from the Wakatobi archipelago (bottom); male flower peckers are on the left and females on the right. The Wakatobi flower pecker was long considered a subspecies of the grey-sided flower pecker, but it was reclassified in 2014.

Picture of gulls flying over a beached boat in India

Seeing Double

Photograph by Vikas Datta, National Geographic 
Gulls soaring over the beach in Alibag, India, cast precise shadows over the sand and water, seeming to double their number. Visitors to the coastal town in India’s Maharashtra region often go seeking relaxation on the beautiful beaches for which Alibag is known.

see the bumble bee? mmm







crochet, chart




thanks, shelley


Turkey and Chickpea Chili Recipe

Slow Cooker Turkey and Chickpea Chili Recipe

SWEETS, crockpot

Almond Rice Pudding

lemon (green peppers, etc) votives
Party Plan Fiesta Girl's Night Party - Summer - Content ...
Create a warm atmosphere for your next girl’s night with this fiery pepper theme from Courtney Whitmore of the blog Pizzazzerie.
Preview by Yahoo



Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! - Audrey Hepburn

In 2016, for the first time in 16 years, Death Valley—the driest place in North America—bloomed with wildflowers! -------------------- Secretary birds of sub-Saharan Africa use their feet to stomp their prey to death! -------------------- King Edward I of England (1239-1307) was known as “Longshanks” because he stood over six feet tall—a giant at the time!


Clean out your air by vacuuming your AC unit.

5. Clean out your air by vacuuming your AC unit.
Well, it’s not that simple. But Family Handy Man has detailed instructions for cleaning your AC.



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