Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumnal Equinox - First Day of Fall 2017

The Autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox—is the astronomical start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).

During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator” (just imagine the line that marks the equator on Earth extending up into the sky) from north to south.

Earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the Sun’s rays about equally. The Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator. At this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other.

Another definition of fall is nights of below-freezing temperatures combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights.

Source: www.almanac.com/content/first-day-fall-autumnal-equinox

Thursday, September 21, 2017

International Day of Peace 2017

The following information is from the International Day of Peace web site....

"Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”
The theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. It was initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016.

“In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. “We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as ‘the other’. Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people — and societies — from achieving their full potential.” He added, “Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.”

This year, the International Day of Peace will focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. Its messages will be shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives.

The Day will highlight solidarity with refugees and migrants and showcase the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities. Ultimately, it will be about bringing people together and reminding them of their common humanity.

Young people will have a vital role to play. For example, they can volunteer to welcome and help refugees and migrants in their communities. They can also extend the hand of friendship to young refugees and migrants who they might meet in their classrooms and neighborhood."

Source: www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/index.shtml

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

eCard of the Week #210: I Don't Run

I don't run.  And if you ever see me run, you should start
running too. Because something is probably chasing me.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow for Humans)

Photo (c) https://www.chex.com/recipes/chex-muddy-buddies/
Photo (c) https://www.chex.com/recipes/chex-muddy-buddies/

Ingredients:

9 cups Rice Chex™, Corn Chex™ or Chocolate Chex™ cereal (or combination)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.

In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.

Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Source: www.chex.com/recipes/chex-muddy-buddies/

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Stealing: Never Have I Ever

https://sundaystealing.blogspot.com/
1. Have you ever had chicken pox? No, and I worry that I will get it as an adult.  I have heard it is way worse to get it as as adult.

2. Have you ever shopped in Home Depot? Yes.  I was just there a few weeks ago.

3. Have you ever spied on your neighbors? Yes. Everyone has.

4. Have you ever ridden in a limo? Yes. 

5. Have you ever had a pet fish? Yes, several.

6. Have you ever lied about your age? No.  I am not ashamed of my age.

7. Have you ever fired a gun? Yes, my dad taught my brother and I how to shoot when we were really young.

8. Have you ever been ice skating? Only once and I fell too many times and gave up.

9. Have you ever played golf? I have play putt putt golf. 

10. Have you ever hidden on Halloween because you had no candy for trick or treaters? Yes. 

11. Have you ever made a prank call? Yes. 

12. Have you ever gotten a tattoo? No.  But I do want to get one someday.

13. Have you ever had a massage? Yes and I did not enjoy it.

14. Have you ever locked your keys in the car? A few times.

15. Have you ever ridden a horse? Yes, many years ago.

16. Have you ever been to the circus? Yes and I was not that impressed.  I think circus folks treat the animals horribly.  The kids and I once got a photo taken with a large cat...I later realized the cat was drugged and I was very angry.  That poor kitty!  And shame on me for paying for a photo! :(

17. Have you ever been to Europe? No.

18. Have you ever built a fire? Yes. 

19. Have you ever been skydiving? No.

20. Have you ever bought something at a garage sale? Yes. 

21. Have you ever walked in on someone having sex? Yes. 

22. Have you ever faked an injury to get out of something? Yes, I faked being sick so I could skip school when I was in grade school.  Kids were mean and as much as I like school, I didn't like being around some people.

23. Have you ever been to a nude beach? No.  But I remember being near one (as a kid) while on vacation with my parents.  Mom had a fit about it! LOL

24. Have you ever received a speeding ticket? Yes, a few in my younger years.

25. Have you ever run a marathon? Yes but nothing major, just a small marathon when I was in school.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hanging Out With Adorableness

Just Shelby being her adorable self on a Saturday afternoon.
Photo (c)2017 Shannon G. Wamsley
Photo (c)2017 Shannon G. Wamsley

Friday, September 15, 2017

Flashback Friday: "12 Guns" by Green Day


Do you know what's worth fighting for
When it's not worth dying for?
Does it take your breath away
And you feel yourself suffocating
Does the pain weigh out the pride?
And you look for a place to hide
Did someone break your heart inside
You're in ruins

One, 21 Guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
One, 21 Guns
Throw up your arms into the sky
You and I...

When you're at the end of the road
And you lost all sense of control
And your thoughts have taken their toll
When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul
Your faith walks on broken glass
And the hangover doesn't pass
Nothing's ever built to last
You're in ruins

One, 21 Guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
One, 21 Guns
Throw up your arms into the sky
You and I...

Did you try to live on your own
When you burned down the house and home
Did you stand too close to the fire?
Like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone

When it's time to live and let die
And you can't get another try
Something inside this heart has died
You're in ruins

One, 21 Guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
One, 21 Guns
Throw up your arms into the sky
One, 21 Guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
One, 21 Guns
Throw up your arms into the sky

You and I