Thursday, August 11, 2016

Daughter and Son Day August 11, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Daughter and Son Day

Son and Daughter Day is the perfect opportunity to set aside some time to reflect on the joy that children bring to your life. Whether sons and daughters are young or old, teenagers or toddlers, the bond between parent and child is like no other on earth and this annual celebration ensures the miracle of bringing new life into the world is never forgotten. Though the origins of Son and Daughter Day are unknown, it is celebrated widely across the world simply by parents spending time with their children and letting them know how special they are to them. The best gift to give on Son and Daughter Day is the gift of time. If your children are still living at home, take some time out of your schedule to truly enjoy their company. If your children have moved away, make sure they return so you can spend quality family time together.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity.
Usage:The manner in which he said this made Ned feel sure that Tom had had other thoughts, and that he had used a little subterfuge in his answer.

Idiom of the Day

get the gist

To understand the central, essential, or general matter of something, such as an argument, speech, concept, process, etc., without being proficient in the more specific details.


Christiaan Eijkman (1858)

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While seeking a bacterial cause for the nutritional disorder beriberi, Eijkman, a Dutch pathologist, noticed a resemblance between a nerve disorder in his laboratory chickens and the symptoms of beriberi. He traced the chickens' disorder to a change in their feed—it had been switched from brown to white rice—and surmised that white rice lacked a dietary component found in brown rice. This eventually led to the discovery of vitamins and earned him a 1929 Nobel Prize.

Battle of Flowers

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First held in 1902 as part of the celebration for the coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, the Battle of Flowers takes place on Jersey in the British Channel Islands every August. It begins with a parade of floats covered in flowers, many of which are quite elaborate and take months to prepare. Spectators no longer engage in a flower-throwing melee after the parade—these days the "battle" consists of a competition for the finest floats. A moonlight parade Friday night displays the floats with their illuminations and concludes with a fireworks finale.

Humans First Used Tools to Eat Meat 250000 Years Ago. Here's What the Discovery Means.

If you're a developing species with dreams of dominating your home planet one day, you're going to have to do two things first: grow a big brain and get yourself a nice set of opposable thumbs. 

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1874 - A patent for the sprinkler head was given to Harry S. Parmelee. 

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1877 - The two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American astronomer. He named them Phobos and Deimos. 

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1896 - Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain. 

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1909 - The American ship Arapahoe became the first to ever use the SOS distress signal off the coast of Cape Hatteras,NC

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Calvin Coolridge

1924 - Newsreel pictures were taken of U.S. presidential candidates for the first time. 

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1934 - Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, received federal prisoners for the first time

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1951 - The first major league baseball game to be televised in color was broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1. 

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1965 - The Beatles' movie "Help!" premiered in the New York.

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1992 - In Bloomington, MN, the Mall of America opened. It was the largest shopping mall in the United States

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1999 - KISS received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 


If You Were Born Today, August 11
You have a rare, balanced combination of logic and intuition. Your people skills help bring success into your life and partnering up tends to also attract positive experiences into your life. You are a rather ambitious person who is likely to be quite successful and not financially wanting, as you value security, both in your career and your love life. You are attracted to, or you attract, successful and strong people as romantic partners. Togetherness and partnership are more important to you than personal glory. Sales, promotion, and public relations are strong for you. While routine and structure are important to your happiness, you should watch for falling into ruts. In relationships, you may stay longer than most in a difficult set-up. You have staying power, however, and this can serve you well. This can also translate literally as a long life and good health overall. Famous people born today: Alex Haley, Hulk Hogan, Jerry Falwell, Anna Gunn, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Messina.


Pictures of the day

Sharp-tailed sandpiper

The sharp-tailed sandpiper(Calidris acuminata) is a small wader. It breeds in the boggy tundra of northeast Asia and is stronglymigratory, wintering in south east Asia and Australasia.

Picture of a city block lit by neon signs in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

High-Rise and Shine

Photograph by Masayuki Yamashita, National Geographic
The brightly colored lights of Shinjuku, a ward of Tokyo, Japan, glitter in this double exposure by Masayuki Yamashita. The district is a bustling hub and home to what’s known as the world’s busiest railway station: Shinjuku Station, through which millions of passengers pass daily.


knit, 9 - 24 mths






crochet, 0 - 12 mths

crochet, vintage

crochet, vintage


Fazzoletti With Chunky Pesto


thanks, helen

No bake orange jello creamsicle cheesecake

4 serving size of orange jello 
1 C boiling water
2 (8oz) cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
graham cracker crust (mine was store bought)

****whipped cream-optional

1.  add boiling water to jello and mix until dissolved, approximately 5 minutes
2.  in large bowl beat cream cheese and vanilla until creamy
3.  gradually add jello to cream cheese, drizzle it in and mix well
4.  place in refrigerator and stir every 15 minutes for 45 minutes total.  it will begin to thicken
5.  pour into pie shell and chill for at least three hours, once cool cover with plastic wrap --- let it sit overnight
     (i used a purchased pie shell, i put the plastic cover on that comes with pie shell instead of plastic wrap)

***when serving you can put on whipped topping if you w

How to: Make DIY Shrinky Dinks
My parents are both science teachers: which means they always ruined the secrets to magic tricks, they forced me to identify every tree by leaf and bark ...

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Make your own set of Pick-Up Sticks for your next game night (for just a couple of dollars!).


A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective. - Andre Gide

Joaquin Garcia of Cadiz, Spain, skipped work every day for six years, unnoticed, until he was about to be awarded for 20 years of loyal service! -------------------- Dean Karnazes of San Francisco, California, can run indefinitely due to a rare genetic condition that quickly flushes lactic acid from his system. He once jogged 350 miles in 80 hours and 44 minutes, without any sleep! -------------------- Jake Jackson, Texas, has streets named This Way, That Way, Any Way, Circle Way, Parking Way, Winding Way, and even His Way, which runs behind a church!

Grocery Shopping - Carry Multiple Grocery Bags at Once


Summer Life Hacks

DIY Headband

Make your own headbands to keep your hair out of your face and to keep looking good!

Sherpa Dog

If your shorts don't have pockets, attach your keys to your dog's leash.

Pocket Shower

Keep this in your bag in case you need an emergency shower to rid yourself of the summer stench.

Barefoot Biker

Avoid burning your feet on your bike by putting a sponge on your pedals...or just wear shoes.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Keep the jelly in your PB and J with a little extra peanut butter.

Binders and Bottles

Use a binder clip to stack bottles efficiently in your fridge.

Still Straws

Use the tab as a straw holder on soda cans.

Bagels are Breakfast's Best Friend

Recycle an old CD holder to make a to-go bagel box.

Hanging Out

Put your sunglasses on a hanger, and they won't break. Plus, they're easily accessible. 

A Lime a Day Keeps the Bugs Away.

Stick cloves in a lime to make a bug repellent that actually smells good.

Safety First

Clean out an old lotion bottle, and fill it with your valuables. This way you'll have nothing to worry about when you want to take a swim at the beach. 

Beach Ready in 7 minutes

Do this 7 minute work out every morning to get your summer beach bod.

Camp Kitchen

This trunk is perfect for tailgates, BBQs, and camping!

Sleeping Bag Onsie

Be sure to buy this sleeping bag onsie if you go camping.

Pockets are in This Season

Add pockets to your beach towels for storage, and keep your stuff sand-free.

Razor Blade Efficiency

Your razor will last longer and work better if you clean it with baby oil.

Pick Up Pool

If you think going to the pool is overrated and crowded, turn your pick up truck into a pool.

When Life Give You Lemons

Mix sugar packets, free lemon, and self-serve water to make free lemonade.

DIY Ice Cream Sandwich

Make delicious ice cream sandwiches with your favorite cookies.

Oreo Crusher

Crush up Oreos and fill up a pepper shaker with the crumbs. Now you can top off all of your desserts with cookie bits.

What You Didn't Know About Toothpaste

Toothpaste usually contains eucalyptus, so it will sooth bites and burns.

Summer Time is BBQ Time

Easily dish out condiments at a BBQ by using a muffin tray.

Hate Freezer Burned Ice Cream?

Put ice cream in a ziplock bag to keep it soft.

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