thanks for more of these comical wildlife photos, Cher
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Rough or irregular; textured.|
|Synonyms:||homespun, nubby, slubbed, tweedy|
|Usage:||The seamstress preferred the nubbly, matte surface of raw silk to the glossy, smooth look of satin.|
Idiom of the Day
Not at all; not by any means
The Battle of Chalons (451 CE)
Perhaps one of the most important battles of late antiquity, the Battle of Chalons is known only from written records and its exact location remains a mystery, though it probably took place in northeastern France. In this battle, the Romans and Visigoths stopped the advance of the Huns under Attila and, some say, preserved Western civilization. The battle was brutal, and legend holds that the ghosts of the dead continued to fight for days.
Errol Flynn (1909)
As a young man, the Australian-born Flynn led an adventurous life, pursuing various careers in the Pacific before taking up acting in England. He soon became a Hollywood star, playing swashbuckling heroes in such films as Captain Blood and Robin Hood. Scandals involving drinking and womanizing marred his reputation, and his career faltered until a lauded return in The Sun Also Rises in 1957. Numerous legends surround the circumstances of his death.
West Virginia Day
West Virginia Day is a state holiday in West Virginia to celebrate its joining the Union in 1863 as the 35th state. The creation of the state was a result of the Civil War. The settlers of western Virginia defied the state's vote to secede from the Union, and on June 20 West Virginia formally entered the Union as an anti-slave state. The day is marked with ceremonies at the state capitol in Charleston and at the West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling. It was there that the conventions were held to declare West Virginia's independence from Virginia.
Meditation and Yoga May Actually Change Our DNA, Study Finds
Mindfulness has become a trendy buzzword among the wellness community. Yoga studios and meditation centers continue to pop up as people seek refuge from being constantly on the go (and feeling the draining effects).
1397 - The Union of Kalmar united Denmark, Sweden, and Norway under one monarch.
1793 - Eli Whitney applied for a cotton gin patent. He received the patent on March 14. The cotton gin initiated the American mass-production concept.
1863 - The National Bank of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA, became the first bank to receive a charter from the U.S.Congress.
1910 - Fanny Brice debuted in the New York production of the "Ziegfeld Follies".
1937 - W2XBS (later WCBS-TV) televised the first TV operetta. The work was the "Pirates of Penzance" by Gilbert and Sullivan.
1948 - "Toast of the Town" debuted on CBS-TV. The show was hosted by Ed Sullivan.
1950 - Willie Mays graduated from high school and immediately signed with the New York Giants.
1969 - Jimi Hendrix earned the largest paycheck (to that time) for a single show when he earned $125,000 for a single set at the Newport Pop Festival in Northridge, CA.
2002 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the execution of mentally retarded murderers was unconstitutionally cruel. The vote was 6 in favor and 3 against.
Friday 23 June 10am-6pm
Saturday 24 June 10am-5pm
Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre,
Woolfest was founded to provide a showcase and a celebration of the best of wool and wool crafts. The event is all about creativity and design with beautiful quality, amazing colours and skilled craftsmanship. It is also a great day out and was recognised in 2012 when Woolfest won the Cumbria Tourism Event of the Year Award.
further information: Woolfest - British Wool Festival, Cockermouth, Cumbria
further information: Woolfest - British Wool Festival, Cockermouth, Cumbria
South Carolina Festival of Flowers 2017
Jun 1-30, 2017
Winter has loosened its frozen grip on Greenwood’s gardens, and that means the Festival of Flowers will bloom once again. An award-winning tourist event, you’ll be dazzled by its beautiful, lush gardens that breathe the soft summer air. Uptown Greenwood will further stimulate your senses with original arts and crafts, a Wine Walk full of savory wine samples and a leisurely 5K walk/run.
further information: Welcome
San Diego County Fair 2017
Jun 2 - Jul 3, 2017
Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA
The San Diego County Fair is a month-long community celebration that attracts over one million guests each summer. The fair kicks off summer with rides, food, beverages, music, contests and more, with a changing lineup of events throughout the month. There are attractions for people of all ages including beer and wine for adults and special entertainment for kids.
further information: Del Mar Fairgrounds : Del Mar Fairgrounds Events Calendar June 2017
Fair Saint Louis 2017
Jun 2 - Jul 4, 2017
5595 Grand Dr
Saint Louis, MO
Fair Saint Louis 2017 is shaping up to be another unforgettable experience. St. Louisans and visitors from across the country will enjoy days of world-class entertainment, with highlights including: concerts headlined by nationally-renowned artists; a family oriented Purina/Ameren Festival Zone; The Fairway, a unique, market-style shopping experience; Interactive Zone with national brands featuring new products and a spectacular fireworks show that will light up the sky each night of the Fair; and much more.
further information: Events - Fair STL
NGC 4414 is an unbarred spiral galaxy about 62 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. It is a flocculent spiral galaxy, with short segments of spiral structure but without the dramatic well-defined spiral arms of a grand design spiral. NGC 4414 is a very isolated galaxy, with no signs of past interactions with other galaxies.
ELEPHANT DUST BATH
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... crafts
HOMEMADE MIRACLE GROW
Now you can make your own all-natural Homemade Miracle Grow for pennies on the dollar with the recipe below:
- 1 gallon of water
- 1 tbsp Epsom’s Salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp of Household Ammonia
- 1 tbsp of powdered milk
- 1 tbsp of molasses
- Simply mix all the ingredients together, except the powdered milk in a reusable, sealable, food-safe container (to prevent chemical leaching).
- When ready to use, add 1/4 gallon of your Homemade Miracle Grow Blend to a watering pitcher and then add the powdered milk and molasses only when ready to be applied to your garden areas. Stir thoroughly to combine.
- Dispose of any unused portions containing powdered milk, to prevent spoilage.
- Use this Homemade Miracle grow only once per month.
- Safe for gardens, hanging plants, house plants, flower beds, shrubs, and lawns.
- Can also be added to hose sprayer attachments or used with a watering can.
- You can also mix into the soil around plants in the Spring and Fall each year. The rate should be 1 tablespoon for every 1-2 feet in height of plant. Be sure that you blend into your soil well with each application.
Each ingredient in this blend is necessary to ensure proper plant growth for the following reasons:
- Water: Necessary agent for plant germination, photosynthesis, nutrient transference, and soil transpiration
- Epsom’s Salt: Epsom salt helps improve flower blooming and enhances a plant’s green color. It can even help plants grow bushier. Epsom salt is made up of hydrated magnesium sulfate (magnesium and sulfur), which is important to healthy plant growth. An added bonus? Slugs hate Epsom’s Salts!
- Baking soda: Baking soda on plants helps prevent the bloom of fungal spores and minimize diseases such as powdery mildew and other foliar diseases.
- Ammonia: Ammonia is present in the soil, water, & air. Ammonia also contains Nitrogen, an essential for plant growth and improves fruit and seed production, resulting in a greater yield.
- Powdered milk: It contains beneficial proteins, vitamin B, and sugars that are good for plants, improving their overall health and crop yields. The microbes that feed on the fertilizer components of milk are also beneficial to the soil. Like us, plants use calcium for growth. Powdered milk also contains phosphorus and potassium, necessary agents for plant growth.
- Molasses: Molasses is high in calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium. It also contains sulfur and a host of micronutrients. Using molasses as fertilizer provides plants with a quick source of energy and encourages the growth of beneficial microorganisms.