Thursday, July 7, 2016

Chocolate Day June 7, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Chocolate Day 

There are a number of dates throughout the year promoting variations of local, national or international Chocolate Day – our research leads us to believe that this is the true, definitive, purist ‘Chocolate Day‘, so celebrate with some of the high cocoa, rich, dark chocolate that makes you go tingly inside… Or failing that, stock up on chocolate biscuits, ice-cream and enjoy a day of secret treats and indulgence…

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Spacious; roomy.
Usage:The accommodations were commodious, and we had plenty of room to store our belongings.

Idiom of the Day

go at (something)

 — To engage in or undertake something with great energy, enthusiasm, or vigor. 


Camillo Golgi (1843)

An Italian physician and cytologist, Golgi devised a way to stain nerve tissue and, using the technique, was able to clearly observe a neuron, now called a Golgi cell, along with its axon and dendrites branching off. The discovery led to the identification of the neuron as the basic structural unit of the nervous system. He also discovered the Golgi tendon organ and the Golgi apparatus. He shared the 1906 Nobel Prize with Santiago Ramón y Cajal.


This Japanese festival is based on a Chinese legend of parted lovers who are identified with two of the brightest stars in the night sky: Vega, representing a weaver-princess, who is permitted by the king to marry the simple cowherd,Altair. On the seventh day of the seventh month, the lovers are able to meet. The festival is observed throughout Japan, with people hanging colorful strips of paper on bamboo branches outside their homes. It is an especially colorful occasion inSendai, where it occurs a month later, on August 6-8. The whole city is decked out with paper streamers and works of origami.

Florida Man Arrested after Attempting to Steal 107 Sea Turtle Eggs

A Florida man has been arrested for poaching more than 100 sea turtle eggs on Jupiter Island in Florida, stealing the eggs as they were hatched late at night. 

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1754 - Kings College opened in New York City. It was renamed Columbia College 30 years later. 

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1885 - G. Moore Peters patented the cartridge-loading machine. 

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1930 - Construction began on Boulder Dam, later Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River. 

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1946 - Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint. 

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1969 - Canada's House of Commons gave final approval to a measure that made the French language equal to English throughout the national government. 

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1981U.S. President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Related image, Inc. was founded in Seattle, Washington under the name "Cadabra." 


If You Were Born Today, July 7
You are excellent at putting ideas into action and working hard for what you want in life. Recognition may at times make you feel uncomfortable or shy, but quiet recognition is a true motivator for you. You have a respectable, authoritative air about you. You can be a real worrier at times, but worry in healthy doses when achieved helps you to plan effectively. At times, you can be stubborn and a little controlling. Certainly, you often feel that one person is better than a group to get a job done. You are a builder and enjoy taking the lead, quietly. Famous people born today: Gustav Mahler, Ringo Starr, Shelley Duvall, Michelle Kwan.

Picture of the day
Spotted redshank
The spotted redshank(Tringa erythropus) is a wader in the large bird family Scolopacidae. First described by German zoologist Peter Simon Pallas in 1764, the spotted redshank measures 29–31 cm (11–12 in) long, with a wingspan of 61–67 cm (24–26 in) and a weight ranging from 121 to 205 g (4.3 to 7.2 oz). It breeds across northern Scandinavia and northern Asia and migrates south to the Mediterranean, the southern British Isles, France, tropical Africa, and tropical Asia for the winter.

Picture of a boy on a horse in India

Man's Other Best Friend

Photograph by Shiva Krishna, National Geographic
The rising sun in Hyderabad, India, silhouettes a boy on his horse through an archway. While a horse won’t cuddle in bed with you, it can still be a companion, writes Shiva Krishna: “They're always there to nuzzle you and make your life a better place.”





Anyone for Tennis?







adults only
Lime Basil Gimlet


Poor Man's Chili Slow Cooker Recipe


thanks, shelley
I made the very best "free" dinner the other night.  I also tried using jarred pasta sauce for the base, since I didn't have any canned tomatoes in the house. It worked!

The Ingredients.
serves 6.

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained
1 (24-ounce) jar prepared pasta sauce
1 cup baby tomatoes (optional, they pop after slow cooking!)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon corriander
1 teaspoon tumeric (not really a "poor" spice, it's a substitute for saffron, but I had it in the cupboard. If you don't have any, you can try a mixture of curry and cardamom, or just omit it all together)
1 cinnamon stick

The Directions.

I used a 6 quart slow cooker. Drain the beans and corn, and put the can contents into your crock. Top with tomatoes, if using, and the pasta sauce. Stir in spices, and add cinnamon stick. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for about 4. If the tomatoes haven't popped on their own, gently poke them with a wooden spoon to pop before serving.

The Verdict.

This was a very filling, and lovely chili without a hint of spice----just a great medley of flavor. The cinnamon provided enough of a "sweet" component to convince the kids that I had put brown sugar in their servings. I didn't correct them. I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day over a baked potato.




Sharpie Tie Dye


Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. - Mother Teresa

Nearly 100 years after its mysterious disappearance, the Navy tugboat USS Conestoga was found off the coast of San Francisco, California, in March 2016! -------------------- Sweden is the first country in the world with its own phone number— +46 771 793 336 connects you with a random Swede ready to chat. -------------------- Security guards at Australia’s Parliament were banned from calling people “mate” in 2005—the ban only lasted one day!

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1 comment:

  1. So many nifty animations today. Still grumpy 'cause I missed chocolate day:(