Thursday, May 12, 2016

Limerick Day May 12, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Limerick Day

There was a young fellow named Lear
Who invented Limericks, we hear,
so now we converse
in humorous verse
on Limerick Day every year
Named for the Irish city of Limerick, this much loved verse form was popularized by Edward Lear (not invented alas, but ‘popularize’ didn’t scan…) and could date back as much as five hundred years. Its distinctive metre and AABBA rhyming scheme lend themselves well to nonsense verse, and so Limericks are often childish or obscene. The best ones tend to be both.
Why not celebrate Limerick Day this year with a copy of Edward Lear’s original 1846 opus, ‘A Book of Nonsense’, and recite all 72 of his Limericks to your astounded family, friends and colleagues? Alternatively, make up some of your own! All it takes is some spare time, a sense of rhythm and a warped or filthy imagination

There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, 'Does it buzz?'
He replied, 'Yes, it does!'
'It's a regular brute of a Bee!'

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Having great variety; diverse.
Usage:This famous old French trading post continued to be a rallying point for a multifarious and motley population.

There was an Old Lady of Chertsey,
Who made a remarkable curtsey;
She twirled round and round,
Till she sunk underground,
Which distressed all the people of Chertsey.

Idiom of the Day

extra pair of hands

 — Additional help or assistance provided by another person.

There was an Old Man with a gong,
Who bumped at it all day long;
But they called out, 'O law!
You're a horrid old bore!'
So they smashed that Old Man with a gong.


Katharine Hepburn (1907)

Hepburn made her Broadway debut in 1928 and became a star with her first film,A Bill of Divorcement, in 1932. She brought a spirited individuality and strength of character to the screen in her roles in films such as Bringing Up BabyThe Philadelphia Story, and The African Queen. She made eight films with her longtime partner Spencer Tracy, eventually starring in 43 films. No actress has ever won more Academy Awards than Hepburn.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

This festival is one of the most spectacular events in Hong Kong, celebrated only on Cheung Chau, one of the outlying islands. Three bamboo towers, up to about 60 feet high and covered with sweet pink and white buns, are dedicated to the spirits and intended to placate them. The buns placed highest in the towers are held to be the luckiest, and people climb up in a race to get them. In the highlight of the festival, the images of the temple gods are carried in a procession of lion and dragon dancers and children aged about five to eight, who seem to float above the procession. 

Nasa Releases 56 Patented Space and Rocket Technologies into the Public Domain

Nasa has released 56 of its patented technologies into the public domain, in a move which could be a great help to private space companies like SpaceX. 

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1847 - William Clayton invented the odometer. 

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1888 - Charles Sherrill of the Yale track team became the first runner to use the crouching start for a fast break in a foot race. 

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1960 - Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley appeared on the same TV special and performed the other's hit. Elvis sang "Witchcraft" and Sinatra sang "Love Me Tender." 

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1965 - "Satisfaction" was recorded by the Rolling Stones

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1977 - "Hotel California" earned a gold record for the Eagles. 

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1978 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women. 

Amy Eilberg

1985 - Amy Eilberg became the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary's commencement exercises in New York City.


If You Were Born Today, May 12 

Personable, friendly, caring, and charming, you are a thoughtful person and can put yourself into almost anyone's shoes. Funny and witty, you have a true way with words and can be quite excellent at writing, promotion, advertising, and the like. You are also good at managing money and coming up with money-making ideas. You are versatile, yet stable and secure. Famous people born today: Florence Nightingale, Katharine Hepburn, Tom Snyder, Yogi Berra, Tony Hawk, Mary Kay Ash, Emilio Estevez.

Picture of the day
The Art of Painting
The Art of Painting is a 17th-century oil painting on canvas by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. The painting, often held to be an allegory of the art, has a composition and iconography that make it the most complex of Vermeer's works.Walter Liedtke describes it "as a virtuoso display of the artist's power of invention and execution, staged in an imaginary version of his studio", and Albert Blankert writes that "no other painting so flawlessly integrates naturalistic technique, brightly illuminated space, and a complexly integrated composition". The Art of Painting is owned by the Austrian Republic and is on display in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Picture of the Peak 2 Peak gondola in British Columbia

The High Life

Photograph by Heather West, National Geographic 
Heather West provides a rainy-day view from the Peak 2 Peak gondola, which spans 2.7 miles between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Peak in British Columbia. At its highest point, the Peak 2 Peak is suspended 1,427 feet above the valley floor, earning it a Guinness World Record in 2015 for being the world’s highest gondola lift.

There was an Old Person of Chili,
Whose conduct was painful and silly,
He sate on the stairs,
Eating apples and pears,
That imprudent Old Person of Chili.

thanks, sheri

Jersey Cushion


knit, chart
White Sweater


There was a Young Person of Smyrna,
Whose Grandmother threatened to burn her;
But she seized on the cat,
And said, 'Granny, burn that!
You incongruous Old Woman of Smyrna!'






There was a Young Lady whose bonnet,
Came untied when the birds sate upon it;
But she said: 'I don't care!
All the birds in the air
Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!'

yum ... thanks, shelley 

There was an Old Man on a hill,
Who seldom, if ever, stood still;
He ran up and down,
In his Grandmother's gown,
Which adorned that Old Man on a hill.

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Corn

There was an Old Man with a nose,
Who said, 'If you choose to suppose,
That my nose is too long,
You are certainly wrong!'
That remarkable Man with a nose.

SWEETS ... crockpot


Crock-Pot Caramel Flan Recipe - Craving a little something creamy and sweet? This delectable recipe for Crock-Pot Caramel Flan will surely fit the bill. Creamy vanilla custard is cooked inside ramekins with a homemade caramel sauce for a sweet slow cooker dessert! | via

There was a Young Lady of Ryde,
Whose shoe-strings were seldom untied.
She purchased some clogs,
And some small spotted dogs,
And frequently walked about Ryde.

for more adult coloring pages
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Zendala by CZT Nancy Domnauer.JPG

Zendala by CZT Nancy Domnauer December 2015.JPG

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... plastic canvas crafts


There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!'


Alwyn Wils of the Netherlands incubated a box of twelve supermarket quail eggs and one hatched—he named it Albert. -------------------- Club Direct, a British insurance company provides insurance protection from falling coconuts. -------------------- Ella Ruby Ginn of Hastings, England, drinks over 23 gallons of vinegar a year!

Citrus Peel Starter Pot!
Citrus Peel Starter Pot
This is certainly one of the most awesome gardening hacks you will ever come across! As you may already know, every gardener should have several starter pots where he can plant his seedlings and watch them grow – not only is the starter pot super useful for helping new plants and flowers get the root system they will so much need later on, but they can also serve as a temporary home for plants during winter, especially for those that are highly sensitive to cold. With that in mind, all you need for this awesome citrus peel starter pot is a large lemon that will be carved out – you basically need to turn the lemon into a small pot for your plants, and then allow the lemon peel to create the perfectly acidic environment for the seedling to thrive.


7 Vegetables You Should Never Pay For


Eating healthy is an absolute must for me and my family. Unfortunately, the costs of produce can also add up quickly, especially if you prefer to eat organic fruits and vegetables. If you want to include more produce in your diet but your budget won’t allow for it, consider growing your own from the vegetable scraps you already have on hand.
For many veggies, you can use parts of the food to regrow a fresh batch. Essentially, these are items you may only need to buy once. From then on, you’ll be able to keep regrowing them on your own. Even those who live in smaller homes or apartments can grow some of these veggies—you don’t need a huge garden to make it work.
Follow these steps to get cheap, healthy produce for free. Since you’ll be regrowing from vegetables that you originally purchased, you may want to choose organic options at the store. That way, you can be confident that the veggies you grow from the scraps are also free of pesticides and other chemicals that are sometimes found in commercial crops.

1. Potatoes

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You’ll need deep, sturdy pots or a garden in order to regrow this vegetable. Leave a potato out until it grows numerous small sprouts, or “eyes.” Cube it into two-inch pieces (each piece should have at least a sprout or two) and leave them out for a couple of days. Plant them around four inches below soil level with the sprouts facing up. As the roots appear, add more soil on.

2. Onions

You’ll never have to buy onions again once you get your own crop going. Just cut off the root end of the onion—leave about ½ inch connected to the root for the best results. Plant it in a sunny spot with a layer of soil covering it. Keep the soil moist and make sure the environment is warm (if you plant them outdoors, they need to come inside for cooler months). Just keep replanting the root ends for a continuous onion supply.

3. Garlic

It only takes a single clove to get started on growing your own garlic. Plant the clove root-end down in a warm, sunny spot. You’ll get new shoots coming out of the top in just a few days. Snip off these sprouts and use them in various dishes, like salads or pastas. They have a delicious flavor that’s slightly milder than garlic. The garlic will continue to grow and eventually produce a new bulb. Use a clove from that bulb to repeat the process.

4. Ginger Root

Take a piece of the knobby part of your ginger root and plant it with the smallest buds facing up. Place it in a warm environment with indirect or filtered sunlight. New shoots and roots will begin growing. Wait until it’s ready to harvest, then pull out the entire plant and repeat the process with a new piece of ginger root.

5. Carrots

While you can’t regrow the actual carrot, you can use scraps to regrow the leafy greens on top, which make an excellent addition to many meals, including salads and sandwiches. Just chop off the top of a whole carrot and place them in a dish with a little water. Set the dish on a windowsill. The greens will slowly grow back out of the top.


When you get a bunch of celery, cut off the individual stalks, leaving the root end connected with an inch or so of each stalk left. Place that root in a shallow bowl with water covering just the roots (there should be a bit of stalk sticking out of the water). Put it on a sunny windowsill and spray the tops with water occasionally. In a few days, leaves will start to sprout, and after about a week, transplant it to a pot with the leaves above the soil level. A whole new head of celery will appear in a few weeks.
This method also works for several other green, leafy veggies, including cabbage, lettuce and bok choi.

7. Lemongrass

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As the name implies, lemongrass can be grown with the same methods as regular grass. When you purchase fresh lemongrass, snip off everything but the root. Place that root in a glass jar with a bit of water. Place the glass in a sunny spot indoors. In about a week, you’ll see some growth from your roots. That means it’s time to transfer the root to some soil in a pot. Place the pot outside in a sunny spot. When the grass is about 10 or 12 inches high, snip off what you need and leave the roots in place. They’ll continue to regrow to provide a continuous supply of lemongrass.
Making your own vegetables doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated. Make it something you can do with your kids on a slow weekend. Even if you only grow just a few of these veggies at home, you’ll save money every time you go to the grocery store and enjoy fresh, healthy vegetables for free.

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