How’s your relationship with your favorite furry friend? Love Your Pet Day is a chance to show your cat, dog, tortoise or [insert other] how you really feel. Treats, pampering and all the the attention that the little guy or gal can handle are a great way to celebrate!
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) Reject with contempt.|
|Synonyms:||freeze off, spurn, disdain, scorn, turn down|
|Usage:||Rose was troubled with nausea, but Martin pooh-poohed, as childish, the notion of dropping some of her responsibilities.|
Idiom of the Day
To be very lucky or fortunate; to experience particularly good luck. (A nonstandard variant of "luck out.
Tony Wilson (1950)
Beginning in the late 1970s, the English city of Manchester became the epicenter of a vibrant music scene that produced such seminal bands as Joy Division, Happy Mondays, and the Stone Roses. One of the key people behind the Manchester scene was Wilson, a record label owner, club manager, and journalist. The 2002 film 24 Hour Party People is based on his life.
First week of Lent
|It wasn't until the ninth century that the Lenten season, called the Great Lent in the East to differentiate it from the Advent fast called Little Lent, was fixed at 40 days (with Sundays omitted). For centuries the Lenten season has been observed with certain periods of strict fasting, as well as giving up something—a favorite food or other worldly pleasure—for the 40 days of Lent. Celebrations such as Carnival and Mardi Gras offered Christians their last opportunities to indulge before the rigorous Lenten restrictions.|
Mother suffering from rare disease wakes up with British accentAn Arizona mom says that two years ago, she had a headache, laid down and woke up with a British accent. She's had it ever since. KNXV reports that Michelle Myers isn't making it up, and something similar actually happened to her twice before. Experts ...
Mother suffering from rare disease wakes up with British accent
1792 - U.S. President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act that created the U.S. Post Office.
1839 - The U.S. Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
1872 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.
1873 - The University of California got its first Medical School.
1921 - The motion picture "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" was released starring Rudolph Valentino.
1931 - The U.S. Congress allowed California to build the Oakland Bay Bridge.
1949 - Ricky Nelson joined the cast of his parents' radio show.
1952 - Emmett L. Ashford became the first black umpire in organized baseball. He was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League.
1952 - "The African Queen" opened at the Capitol Theatre in New York City.
1962 - John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. Glenn witnessed the Devil's Cigarette Lighter while in flight.
1969 - The X-rated film "Candy" premiered. It was Ringo Starr's first non-musical role in a film.
1997 - Ben and Jerry's introduced their ice cream Phish Food. It was named after the rock group Phish.
1998 - American Tara Lipinski, at age 15, became the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.
Riverside Dickens Festival 2018
Feb 24-25, 2018 | Riverside, CAMain Street between University Avenue and 11th Street|Main St & University Ave
David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, and A Christmas Carol are just some examples of Charles Dickens' literary genius that you may remember hearing about. Here's your chance to celebrate the English author's significant impact on literature with a smashing cup of tea, steampunk sports and an afternoon with the late wordsmith's entertaining impersonator. Should your nose start itching for not being buried in a book, you can join the book discussion group to examine his innate gift for storytelling.
further information: http://dickensfest.com/
Search for Meaning Book Festival 2018
Feb 24, 2018 | Seattle, WASeattle University|901 12th Avenue Seattle, WA
Attracting some of the finest authors from around the world, the Search for Meaning Book Festival is host to a who’s who of the contemporary literary world. The festival features numerous best-selling authors whose works encompass a diverse range of styles and genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Held as an annual daylong event, the festival provides guests with the opportunity to attend keynote speeches and book signings and interact with the participating authors.
further information: Search for Meaning Festival 2018
Las Vegas Toy Con 2018
Feb 23-25, 2018 | Las Vegas, NVCircus Circus Hotel & Casino|2880 S Las Vegas Blvd
The three-day Las Vegas event is an oasis for the comic, toy and pop culture diehard. For three days, the Las Vegas Toy Con likely swims with Stormtroopers and Superman impersonators. It’s possibly brimming with Batman imitators. Of course, in the midst of the comic characters are celebrity guests, writers, artists, craft vendors, publishers and more. If comic cons are your game, this event, which attracts tens of thousands of people, likely has your name written all over it.
further information: Las Vegas Toy Con 2018 Information on ToyCons.com
Pictures of the day
A short-spined crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster brevispinus) photographed at Malapascuas Island, Philippines. One of the two members of the starfishgenus Acanthaster, this species was first described by the American zoologist Walter Kenrick Fisher from a specimen collected off Sirun Island. A. brevispinus is thought to be widely distributed, with specimens collected in the Philippines, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Seychelles.
The unique knife was made by well-known blacksmith, Don Kemper.
(many many garments for Barbie)
crochetThe Light Turned Yellow.....
The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even
though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her
chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.
As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very
serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up..
He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and
placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door.
She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake.
You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him.
I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the
'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally....I assumed you had stolen the car."
Honey Cake/Pain d’épice
This will make a very dense, somewhat chewy loaf that is very tasty and flavorful.
1 c. Honey
1 c. Sugar
1 c. Hot brewed coffee / orange juice
1 t. Fennel seed
2 c. Rye flour
1-1/2 c. Flour
2 t. Baking soda
½ t. Allspice
￼½ t. Cinnamon
¼ t. Ground cloves
2 t. Orange zest – optional
Mix the first four ingredients, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rest, mixing well. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350⁰ for one hour.
Variegated Foliage Jigsaw Puzzle
Unusual Uses For A Slow Cooker
This piece of kitchen equipment can be utilized for more than cooking food!
1. Make clarified butter: Also known as ghee, this is unsalted butter with all of the milk solids and water removed. The remaining butterfat is soft and liquid, earning its name as ‘gold oil’ in portions of the world. Making clarified butter can be time-intensive on the stove, but it’s easy to do in a slow cooker: place 2 or 3 pounds of butter in the cooker then cover and cook on low. After an hour, skim the milk solids that have floated to the top until you reach clear liquid. Strain that liquid through cheesecloth into a clean jar.
Since this process removes all of the milk solids and water, ghee is shelf-stable: you can leave it on the counter indefinitely, refrigerate it for up to a year, or freeze it forever. Use it in place of vegetable oil for frying or sauteing: with the milk solids removed it has a high smoke point while still imparting a buttery taste. It’s also the perfect accompaniment to lobster or crab legs.
2. Freshen the air: Whether you need to get rid of cooking smells or want to scent the house for the holidays, your slow cooker can also serve as an air freshener.
Fill it 3/4 of the way with water, add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Turn it on HIGH and leave it uncovered. The steam will waft fragrance throughout your house. No essential oils on hand? Toss in cinnamon sticks, star anise and whole cloves, or even some apple and orange peels.
3. Make new candles from your old ones: We all have those old candles that are lopsided or have holes burned through one side. Rather than toss them in the trash, use the slow cooker to make new ones. Be sure to use a crockpot liner so your slow cooker stays food safe, though.
To rehab old candles dump them in the lined crockpot and turn it on LOW. After the wax melts, fish out the old wick and gather your heatproof containers. Tie a weighted candle wick on a pencil laid across the container’s rim and let the other end dangle into the empty container. Carefully ladle the melted wax into the container without disturbing the wick and let cool. Voila, new candles!
4. Dye fabrics and yarn: Got a black t-shirt that’s looking gray, or some other fabric or yarn you’d like to dye? Your slow cooker can do it without making a horrible mess!
First, line the slow cooker with a crockpot liner (available at most grocery stores) then mix the dye in the crockpot following the instructions on the bottle. Soak your fabric oSaver yarn in equal parts water and vinegar then squeeze it out and transfer it to the crockpot. Stir well with a non-porous spoon and let it “cook” covered on HIGH.
After an hour, turn the heat off and remove the lid. Let the contents reach room temperature (2 to 4 hours) then carefully remove the fabric and transfer it to a sink filled with cool water and 1 cup of salt to “set” the dye. Rinse well and dry.
5. Make your own body lotion: Skip the parabens and artificial fragrances and get soft, naturally moisturized skin. Again, you’ll want to use a crockpot liner to keep your slow cooker food safe and make cleanup a breeze.
To make your own lotion, melt 8 oz. cocoa butter in 2 oz. of distilled water in your slow cooker on LOW, then stir in 1 oz. of beeswax, 4 oz. of sweet almond oil, and 2 oz. of coconut oil. Turn off the heat, stir in essential oils if you’d like to add fragrance, and immediately pour the hot liquid into clean jars. The lotion will thicken into cream as it reaches room temperature. Once fully cool, cover tightly and store in a dark cupboard.