Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A short stout club used primarily by policemen.|
|Synonyms:||truncheon, billy, billy club, billystick, baton|
|Usage:||The policeman ordered the loiterers to disperse, tapping his nightstick for effect.|
thanks for the unusual clouds and storm pics, barbara
Idiom of the Day
— To have responsibility or guilt for something foisted upon oneself; to take the blame for something. Primarily heard in US.
Mihai Eminescu (1850)
|Eminescu is considered Romania's greatest poet. His first poems were published when he was just a teen, and a few years later he joined the literary circle Junimea and began contributing to its journal, Convorbiri literare. His lyrical, passionate, and revolutionary poems had a profound influence on Romanian letters. Eminescu suffered from periodic attacks of insanity and died shortly after one such attack.|
Day of the Black Christ of Esquipulas
For many people in Central and South America, the pilgrimage to the Black Christ of Esquipulas begins well in advance of the January 15 festival. Quite a number make the journey to Esquipulas entirely on foot. Many don wide-brimmed straw hats, to which they attach gray Spanish moss and chiches (breasts), a yellow fruit that resembles a gourd; those making the journey from Quetzaltenango blacken their hands with the juice from a special fruit. Ceremonial sites resembling altars, built from rocks brought by pilgrims, are scattered through the hills surrounding Esquipulas.
How mice use their brain to hunt
1777 - The people of New Connecticut (now the state of Vermont) declared their independence.
1844 - The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
1863 - "The Boston Morning Journal" became the first paper in the U.S. to be published on wood pulp paper.
1870 - A cartoon by Thomas Nast titled "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" appeared in "Harper's Weekly." The cartoon used the donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party for the first time.
1892 - "Triangle" magazine in Springfield, MA, published the rules for a brand new game. The original rules involved attaching a peach baskets to a suspended board. It is now known as basketball.
1936 - The first, all glass, windowless building was completed in Toledo, OH. The building was the new home of the Owens-Illinois Glass Company Laboratory.
1943 - The Pentagon was dedicated as the world's largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.
1953 - Harry S Truman became the first U.S. President to use radio and television to give his farewell as he left office.
1961 - Motown Records signed The Supremes.
1967 - The first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10.
1967 - The Rolling Stones performed on TV's "Ed Sullivan Show" and were forced to change their lyrics of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together."
1974 - "Happy Days" premiered on ABC-TV.
1986 - President Reagan signed legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday to be celebrated on the third Monday of January.
2001 - Wikipedia was launched.
1. January 27
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3. 2017 Sunday Funday Arts and Crafts Market
Date of Event
January 22, February 5, March 5, 19, April 2
Event LocationCathedral Square
301 Dauphin St
There will be a variety of artists and craft-makers selling their handcrafted goods. Hours: 1 PM to 5 PM
A view of the Taj Mahal from the south, featuring the Charbagh garden. The mausoleum complex also includes subsidiary tombs, waterworks infrastructure, the small town of Taj Ganji, and a "moonlight garden". Its origins and architecture have been extensively documented, covering both the circumstances of its commission and the cultural and historical influence of the Islamic Mughal Empire in India.
Microbiologist Takes Handprint of Her Son After Playing Outside and Incubates the Results
Microbiologist and teacher, Tasha Sturm, recently took a hand print of her son after he had been playing outside and incubated and photographed the results.
knit, toe up
Flying North pattern by Maria Montzka
knit, 3 mths - 10 yrs
thanks for sharing these 'eternal truths,' helen
If walking is good for your health, then postman would be immortal.
A whale swims all day, only eats fish, and drinks water, but is still fat.
A rabbit runs, and hops, and only lives 15 years, while a tortoise doesn't run,
and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years. And they tell us
to exercise? I don't think so.
Now that I'm older, here's what I've discovered:
1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.
3. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
4. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
5. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it?
6. It was a whole lot easier to get older, than it was to get wiser.
7. Some days, you're the top dog, some days you're the hydrant.
8. I wish the buck really did stop here; I sure could use a few of them.
9. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
10. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
11. It is hard to make a comeback, when you haven't been anywhere.
12. The world only beats a path to your door, when you're in the bathroom.
13. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees.
14. When I'm finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.
15. It is not hard to meet expenses... They're everywhere.
16. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth..
17. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter...
I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I'm "here after".
18. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
19. It is a lot better to be seen than viewed.
20. Have I given you this message before...or did I get it from you?
DIY Dog Treats
Have you ever looked at the ingredients of most dog treats?
Is there a way to have cheap and healthy dog treats? YES!
Here are two great recipes to make for "(wo)man's best friend".
Only 1 ingredient- SWEET POTATO
I used three sweet potatoes I got from the farmers market. Tell them you are making dog treats and see if they have any sweet potatoes that aren't "pretty" enough to sell. You can usually get them a lot cheaper.
1. Set oven to 250*
2. Peel your SP
3. Slice your SP. I used my food processor to slice the SP about 1/3 inch thick. It was VERY fast this way, but if you don't have a food processor then just use a knife.
3. Put SP slices on baking sheet covered with parchment paper
4. Bake for 3 hours. Turning once.
5. Let cool and then put in refrigerator for up to three weeks or freezer for up to 4 months
Recipe from: http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/sweet-potato-dog-chew.html
Sweet Potato and Apple Dog Treats
- 1 sweet potato
- 2 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce ( I just used a peeled apple that I put in the blender)
- 2 Eggs
1. Cook your sweet potatoes. Prick with a fork and Microwave until tender, about 6 mins or cook in oven at 350* for about 45 min.
2. Scoop out about 1 cup of sweet potato and put in bowl and mash. You can feed the skin to your dog as a treat while you're cooking.
3. Mix the applesauce, flour, and eggs in with your sweet potato. I just put the applesauce, sweet potato and eggs in my blender and then added it to the flour.
4. Form a ball and roll out 1/2-inch thick on a floured surface. (I have mats that I used instead of the floured surface)
5. Cut out shapes using cooking cutters. Arrange cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Bake until crisp, ~35 to 45 minutes.
These are even safe for your kids to eat!
My older boys thought they were gross, but the youngest liked them.
My older boys thought they were gross, but the youngest liked them.
design love fest
While traditional bookbinding is complicated art form, making this little notebook is nothing but easy. You need little more than a few sheets of paper and a pair of scissors.
what you’ll need:- 10 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper
– a sheet of decorative paper (12 x 12 or larger)
– exacto knife
– double sided tape
– cut paper in half to make 20 sheets of 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 paper (I have my local copy shop do it so that they are perfect)
– fold all of the pieces in half
– make a mark on the fold 1 inch from the top and bottom
– on half of the sheets cut in between the marks (these are called slots), on the other half cut from the edge to the mark (these are called tabs)- take two sheets of tabbed paper and gently roll one side from top to bottom and insert through two sheets of slotted paper. (see our handy gif below for reference)
- continue to make pairs and place in a stack with all of the tabbed sides up (these pairs are referred to as signatures). you should have a stack of 5 when you’re done.
– using the same method now connect each signature to each other by feeding the top 2 tabbed pieces into the bottom 2 slotted pieces of the signature on top of it. So the top tabbed sheets of your second signature will feed into the last slotted sheets of you first signature and so on. When you’re done all of your pages should be connected to each other.
for the cover:- for the cover, cut 2 pieces of decorative paper that measures 5 1/2 x 12 inches.
– draw a line 3 1/2 from the edge and cut one sheet as a slot and one sheet as a tab.
– attach the covers sheets just as you attached each signature to each other.
– lastly wrap the remaining cover paper around the two pieces of paper on top and bottom and secure with a piece of double sided tape.
– get out your pens and pencils
the great thing about this notebook is that you can easily add more pages if you like. I usually keep mine anywhere from 20-30 pages, but it’s as simple as just adding more signatures to your stack.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... winter fun
THE LEAVE ME ALONE SWEATER
How to Use a Muffin Pan to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs
Next time you find yourself craving a hard boiled egg, don't worry about setting a pot of water on the stove. This recipe will teach you how to cook hard boiled eggs in a muffin pan. In just 30 minutes you'll have perfectly cooked eggs that practically peel themselves.
Things You'll Need
Toothpaste: it whitens, brightens, deodorizes, removes stains, and restores and protects enamel. But toothpaste’s cleaning capabilities work wonders on many things besides our teeth. The same ingredients that help polish our pearly whites can also soothe some common ailments, make household items sparkle, and even get rid of stains and pungent smells. Try out these fifteen tricks with a white, non-gel toothpaste (unless otherwise noted), and watch that cavity-fighting, breath-freshening tube of wonder work its magic.
1. Relieve irritation from bug bites, sores, and blisters. These skin irritations all tend to weep and, in the case of bug bites, often itch. Apply a drop of toothpaste to a bug bite or insect sting to stop the itching and decrease any swelling. When applied to sores or blisters, it dries them up, thus allowing the wound to heal faster. It’s best when used overnight.
2. Soothe a stinging burn. For minor burns that don’t involve an open wound, toothpaste can deliver temporary cooling relief. Apply it delicately to the affected area immediately after a burn develops; it temporarily relieves the sting and prevents the wound from weeping or opening.
3. Decrease the size of a facial blemish. Want to speed up the healing of a zit? Apply a tiny dot of toothpaste to the affected area at night before bed. Wash it off in the morning.
4. Clean up your fingernails. Our teeth are made of enamel, and toothpaste is good for them, so it stands to reason that toothpaste would also be good for our fingernails. For cleaner, shinier, and stronger nails, simply scrub the underneath and tops of fingernails with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
5. Keep hair in place. Gel toothpastes contain the same water-soluble polymers that many hair gels are made of. If you’re looking to style and hold an extreme hair creation, try gel toothpaste as your go-to product if you’re out of regular hair gel. (This is also a great trick for making baby barrettes stay in place.)
6. Scrub away stinky smells. Garlic, fish, onion, and other pungent foods can permeate the skin cells on our hands. Scrubbing hands and fingertips briefly with toothpaste removes all traces of smelly odors
7. Remove stains. Toothpaste can make tough stains on both clothing and carpets disappear. For clothes, apply toothpaste directly to the stain and rub briskly until the spot is gone, then wash as usual. (Note that using a whitening toothpaste on colors can sometimes bleach the fabric.) For carpet stains, apply toothpaste to the stain and scrub it with an abrasive brush, then rinse immediately.
8. Spruce up dirty shoes. This tactic works great on running shoes or scuffed-up leather shoes. As with carpet stains, apply toothpaste directly to the dirty or scuffed area, then scrub with a brush and wipe clean.
9. Remove crayon stains on painted walls. Rub a damp cloth with toothpaste gently on the marked-up wall and watch the Crayola marks disappear.
10. Make silver jewelry and other silver pieces sparkle. Rub toothpaste onto jewelry and leave overnight. Wipe clean with a soft cloth in the morning. Make diamonds shine by giving them a gentle scrub using a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a little water. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of toothpaste. Do not use this method on pearls, as it will damage their finish.
11. Remove scratches on DVDs and CDs. This remedy has been used with mixed success rates, but it seems to work fairly well on shallow scratches and smudges. Apply a thin coating of toothpaste to the disc and rub gently, then rinse clean.
12. Tidy up piano keys before tickling them. Piano keys retain oil from the skin, which then attracts dust and dirt. Clean away grime gently with a damp, lint-free cloth and toothpaste; after rubbing in the toothpaste, wipe the keys clean with a second lint-free cloth.
13. Deodorize baby bottles. If baby bottles develop a sour-milk smell, a good cleaning with some toothpaste and a bottle scrubber will clean away residue and deodorize. Always make sure to rinse well.
14. Remove the burned crust on irons. For those of you who still use an iron, you may find that after time, the plate of the iron develops a burned crust. The silica in toothpaste gently grinds away this rusty-looking layer.
15. Defog goggles. Scuba divers, swimmers, and triathletes may already know about this handy little trick: Rub a small spot of toothpaste into each lens of your goggles, then rinse thoroughly, and voila! There’ll be no need to ever buy expensive defogger gels again. Avoid rubbing too vigorously, though, as the abrasive ingredients in toothpaste could scratch the lenses.