Monday, May 29, 2017

Composting Day May 29, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Composting Day
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You know what’s irritating? The cost of potting soil, and the smell of rotting vegetables in your garbage can. In fact, it’s also irritating that there’s no good use for eggshells or old coffee grounds, or is there? All of these ingredients (and much more!) can be added to a compost bin to create a delightful and nutrient rich mulch that can go into our gardens! Not only will it reduce the amount of food waste in your house, it will also give you a way to enrich your garden through composting! Learn About Composting Day is dedicated to spreading information and awareness about this fun, green, and money-saving activity!
Who would have thought that the waste from your kitchen could turn into rich nutrients for the food in your backyard? Learn About Composting Day shows you how those ingredients (and more things you may be surprised to learn about!) can help accelerate your garden by filling it with nutrient rich mulch! Tired of raking leaves from your front yard and bagging them up for garbage day? Wish there was something you could do with all those newspapers once you’re done reading them? You can! These can all go into your composting bin!
For those who don’t know, composting is the practice of taking certain types of waste that occur in our homes every day, and putting them into a compost bin to steadily decompose. With the right mixture of ingredients, which can range from wood ash, to grass clipping, eggshells, even hair and fur, you can create a powerful and rich nutrient mix that will have your plants growing bigger than ever!
All you have to do is create a simple compost bin, or just a pile of organic material, and come out to stir it once a month with a shovel. During the winter you only have to turn it over every three or four weeks, since it doesn’t have the heat from the sun to speed decomposition.
Well, it all starts by either starting a composting pile, or for those of us who like to keep things orderly, a composting bin. Composting bins can really be made from just about anything that doesn’t decay, especially if it’s made from dark material to take advantage of the sun’s rays. All you need to do is pile in your waste from your home and be sure to turn it regularly and check it for appropriate moisture. If a handful of it doesn’t feel like a wrung-out sponge, it’s time to add more water. When it’s done, it should have a mulchy, earthy smell, and you can mix it in anywhere you like!

thanks for these comical wildlife photos, Cher
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COMEDY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY shows off nature's more adorable and sometimes goofy side with the vest best photos of animals doing weird and wonderful things!

Word of the Day

dissociate 


Definition:(verb) To remove from association; separate.
Synonyms:disjointdisunitedivorce
Usage:The senator dissociated herself from the organization when she found out that its president had been involved in an embezzlement scheme.

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Idiom of the Day

a kick at the can

 — An opportunity to do, try, or achieve something. Primarily heard in Canada.

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History

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring Sparks a Riot (1913)

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1913 production of The Rite of Spring
The Rite of Spring is a landmark ballet by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky that provoked a riot when it premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Expecting the demure conventions of classical ballet, the audience was caught off-guard by Stravinsky's dissonant score and Vaslav Nijinsky's violently nontraditional choreography depicting fertility rites. Fistfights broke out between detractors and supporters, and chaos ensued. 

Bob Hope (1903)

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Famous for his "ski-jump" nose, superb timing, and irreverent attitude, Hope was an immensely popular American comedian. He debuted in vaudeville in the 1920s and later performed on radio, television, stage, and in more than 50 films. He hosted the Oscars a record-breaking 17 times over 38 years. A master of comic monologues and mildly bawdy one-liners, he was a tireless entertainer of US troops overseas. 

Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling

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In Gloucestershire, England, cheese rolling is believed to have been a popular annual sport for at least 500 years. Cooper's Hill, which is located near Brockworth and is a thousand feet high, is famous for its fine pasture lands. Rolling the cheese down the hill traditionally reminded villagers of their right to graze sheep there. Early in the evening, the event leader, in a white smock and top hat, rolls the "cheese" discs (nowadays, three or four large wooden discs) down the hill. People chase after them, and the first to capture one of the discs receives a small prize. 

Sleep Deprivation Can Cause Brain to Start 'Eating' Itself

A lack of sleep can cause parts of the brain's synapses to be 'eaten' by other brain cells, according to a new study by researchers at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy.
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1790 - Rhode Island became the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 

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1848 - WIsconsin became the 30th state to join the United States. 

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1916 - The official flag of the president of the United States was adopted. 

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1951 - C.F. Blair became the first man to fly over the North Pole in single engine plane.

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1953 - Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became first men to reach the top of Mount Everest. 

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1962 - Buck (John) O’Neil became the first black coach in major league baseball when he accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs. 

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1973 - Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles. 

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1999 - Space shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station. 

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2001 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in tournaments. 

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2015 - The Obama administration removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist. The two countries had severed diplomatic relations in January of 1961. 


DAILY SQU-EEK

If You Were Born Today, May 29
You are an "idea person" with a sharp mind and a gift for gab. You are exceptionally passionate and quite idealistic about love, which can lead to ups and downs in your love life. You exude strength of character, although sometimes your harder outer "shell" can hide a person with many soft corners inside. Famous people born today: John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope, La Toya Jackson, Melissa Etheridge, Annette Bening.
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READER'S INFO
1.

Bay Area Book Fest 2017

Jun 3-4, 2017 | Berkeley, CA 

Civic Center Park & Other Locations in Berkeley 
and Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park 
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The Bay Area Book Festival is a world-class literary event that features the works of local authors among premier authors from around the world. The festival’s programming features writers of all genres and books that appeal to people from all walks of life. It is a community event driven by local organizations and companies to effectively reflect the area’s diversity in its lineup of authors, panels and presentations. Outside of literature, the festival also features art installations, a cooking stage and a Children’s Arena encompassing an entire park.

further information: Home - Bay Area Book Festival

2.

Georgetown Festival of the Arts 2017

May 27 - Jun 4, 2017 | Georgetown, TX 

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The Georgetown Festival of the Arts is a classical music festival that has a different theme each year. The festival features the music of well-known composers and offers a number of live performances. Usually a four-day celebration, this festival draws locals as well as visitors from out of town. The festival also sponsors events that take place prior to the festival such as workshops or performances.

further information: Georgetown Festival of the Arts XIII Great Britons in Georgetown

3.

WichiCon at Riverfest 2017

Jun 3-4, 2017 | Wichita, KS

Century II Bob Brown Expo Hall|225 W Douglas Ave Wichita
Facebook Event
WichiCon at Riverfest is a comic book convention with a twist. It brings in an array of guests, from comic con devotees to complete newbies for 2 days of family-friendly fun. Guests can enjoy comic books, action figures & playsets, sports cards & memorabilia, cosplay, charity events, artists and tons of activities for all ages.

further information: Wichita WichiCon at Riverfest - Wichita.com


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Pictures of the day

Charles II of England
Charles II of England (1630–1685) was king of EnglandScotland and Ireland. He was king of Scotland from 1649 from his father's execution until being deposed by Oliver Cromwell in 1651, and king of England, Scotland and Ireland from the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 until his death. Internationally, Charles became involved in the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars. Domestically, Charles attempted to introduce religious freedom for Catholics and Protestant dissenters with his 1672 Royal Declaration of Indulgence, but the English Parliament forced him to withdraw it.

AFTERNOON DOWNPOUR
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These Cheetah cubs didn’t seem to be enjoying the afternoon downpour. They ran close together as they tried to keep up with mum. I’d like to say that I kept dry taking this image but in order to capture the moment I had to lean out of the window, allowing the stair-rods of water into the vehicle and got drenched by doing so. Worth it though.

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Crochet Bag
Crochet Bag

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RECIPE
thanks, Patsy

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CROCKPOT RECIPE
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

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SWEETS
thanks, Abby

Rainbow Cookies

Ingredients

For the cake:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 oz almond paste, broken into little pieces or processed in food processor for 30 seconds
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • red and green food coloring (about 8 drops each)
For the chocolate glaze:
  • 1 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • pinch salt
Special equipment: three square baking pans, off set spatula, food scale

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your pans. Add parchment paper to bottom of each pan. Grease again and add light dusting of flour. Tap pan to remove any excess flour.
  2. Using a hand mixer (or whisk attachment to stand mixer), mix eggs and sugar until thick and yellow. Add crumbled almond paste and combine.
  3. Add melted butter, flour, salt and vanilla.
  4. Divide batter into three even amounts. (Try using a food scale if eyeballing is too difficult). Leave one plain. Add green food coloring to one batch of batter. Add red food coloring to the other batch of batter.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until just set and no longer wet in the middle.
  6. Allow to cool completely.
  7. Place chocolate, shortening and pinch of salt in a glass bowl. Microwave for 30 second intervals until melted. Stir vigorously to ensure there are no clumps.
  8. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of a platter or baking sheet. Add red cake layer to parchment paper. Spread thin layer of raspberry jam. Top with white layer. Add another thin layer of raspberry jam. Top with green cake.
  9. Carefully spread half the melted chocolate on top. Place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes or until completely hard.
  10. Turn over and spread remaining chocolate on other side. Place back in refrigerator for 30 minutes or overnight.
  11. Trim edges and slice into cookies.
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ADULT COLORING



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CRAFTS
thanks, Kay
Pretty Vintage DIY Floral Wreath

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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... crafts
Ninja Fidget Spinner DIY - Paper Only, NO TEMPLATE Needed. The fun with Fidget Spinner DIY continues. Don't have time to print off a template? Don't fear. Today we have an Origami Fidget Spinner DIY for you. Well.. it is BASED on the Origami Ninja Star.. and then quickly and easily turned into a Ninja Star Fidget Spinner DIY. Check out this great how to make a paper fidget spinner DIY!! Enjoy.

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PUZZLE
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Dog Lookup Jigsaw Puzzle

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Hundred, a town in West Virginia, got its name from a husband and wife pair of early settlers who both lived past the age of 100.-------------------- John Cage's performance of "Organ2/ASLSP" started on September 5, 2001, at the Church of St. Burchardi in Halberstadt, Germany, and is set to end in 2640. The last time the note was changed was October 2013, and it won't change again until 2020!-------------------- The Australian Shepherd was developed in the United States, not Australia.

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