Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Inconvenience Yourself Day FEB 25, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Inconvenience Yourself Day

You know those days when you just can’t be bothered to get out of bed? Well, Inconvenience Yourself Day is not one of them. So, put on your happy face and go out there and be nice! The concept may have originated from Ms. Julie Thompson and it was meant to serve as an incentive for others to acknowledge their appreciation for acquaintances or strangers and to promote a respectful attitude and an attentive demeanour. We can all celebrate by simply opening a door for an old lady, giving up a seat to a pregnant lady, helping a child cross the street, stopping to ask if a tourist is lost and needs directions, offering to carry a suitcase up the stairs and generally making a small sacrifice. But most of all, we have to reflect on what others need and how we can help. It can make a big difference!

Albino Fawn

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Noisily and stubbornly defiant.
Usage:Although the teacher ordered them to sit down, the obstreperous boys continued their antics.

North Pole Sunset


Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Renoir's paintings number in the thousands and are notable for their saturated color, vibrant light, and warm sensuality. Early in his career, Renoir developed a close relationship with Claude Monet and became a celebrated artist of the Impressionist style. At times the two painters worked side-by-side, creating several pairs of paintings that depict the same scenes. Though crippled with rheumatoid arthritis in his later life, Renoir continued to paint.


Zorro, Spanish for "fox," is a fictional character created by Johnston McCulley. The masked swordsman made his first appearance in The Curse of Capistrano, serialized in a pulp magazine in 1919. Zorro's true identity is Don Diego de la Vega, a nobleman who lives in Spanish-era California and disguises himself in a mask to protect the common people from tyrannical officials.

New Poll: Americans Want Mandatory Vaccines

A new poll conducted by Ipsos for Reuters found that 78 percent of Americans believe all children should be vaccinated. Just over 70 percent think schools should be able to suspend unvaccinated students during outbreaks of contagious diseases.

1928 - The Federal Radio Commission issued the first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC

1933 - The aircraft carrier Ranger was launched. It was the first ship in the U.S. Navy to be designed and built from the keel up as an aircraft carrier.

1940 - The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2. 

1943 - This day was commonly thought to be George Harrison's birthday. In 1992, Harrison was reported to have said, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock." His birthday is actually February 24.

1950 - "Your Show of Shows" debuted on NBC.

1992 - James Brown received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy

1995 - Frank Sinatra sang before a live audience for the last time. It was at a private party for 1,200 select guests on the closing night of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament. 


If You Were Born Today, February 25

Ahead of your time in your thinking, always, you have an unusual perspective on life. You are highly intelligent and can easily take the lead in any sort of project you undertake. Others instinctively trust you, and you demand honesty from others. However, you are also a forgiving soul at the end of the day--always aware that imperfection not only is a reality, it's beautiful in your eyes. You rarely feel understood, however, even though you strive to understand others as best as you can. Famous people born today: George Harrison, Tea Leoni, Enrico Caruso, Rashida Jones, Sean Astin

Picture of people walking in and around Germany’s 1894 parliament building, the Reichstag

Berlin’s Reichstag

Photograph by Gerd Ludwig, National Geographic
Berlin, the imposing power city at the heart of Europe’s 20th-century tragedy, is learning to live with its troubled inheritance. Here, a central glass dome symbolizes transparency in the 1894 parliament building, the Reichstag, damaged in World War II and restored by British architect Norman Foster in the 1990s.

perfectly timed

Freestyle Stole pattern by Sandra Ronca
This stole is a nod to Bolt by Vera Välimäki.
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Hogsmeade Hat pattern by AuntyKaren Knits
When visiting Hogsmeade one needs a warm wooly hat. This hat was designed in four sizes to be a quick, warm, easily knit hat for donation to Wool-Aid or...
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Coal Springs Scarf pattern by Nanette Blanchard
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Kesän Lapsi pattern by Emma Karvonen
A baby blanket or a full size bed spread, you choose. Join as you go, no seaming!
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Earth, Jupiter, and Venus seen from Mars 







thank you, patty
Link to Canal House Cooks Lunch
The contents of our vegetable drawer—1 onion, 1 clove of garlic, 1 carrot, 1 parsnip, 1 handful of green beans, and 3 collard leaves—plus 2 scoops of sticky rice and 3 cups of really good homemade chicken stock added up to two big bowls of delicious, fortifying vegetable soup. We are ready to take on the world.

Living on the edge of the abyss 

crockpot recipe!
stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Chicken and Rice Soup

Chicken and rice is the gluten-free family's chicken noodle soup. Everything is right with the world when you have a steamy bowl of homecooked goodness.

The Ingredients.

--2 boxes of chicken broth
--1 cup of uncooked brown rice
--1 cup of water
--1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
--1 1/2-2 cups of vegetables (I used celery, carrots, brocolli, cauliflower, a red bell pepper, and green onion)
--1 t herbs de provence (sounds fancy)
--salt and pepper to taste after cooking

The Directions:
using a food processer, blender or hand chopper, chop up all the vegetables into whatever sized pieces your family likes.

A container full of vegetables

turned into this
dump all ingredients into your crockpot stoneware insert

cook on low for as long as you can--the longer the better.

The Verdict:

This makes a lot. I'm going to eat it for lunch each day this upcoming week, and I packaged a few tupperwares to give to family. The flavor was perfect---but I did add a bit of salt and pepper to the grown-up portions. The kids have eaten it for dinner the past two nights and probably will again tonight.

Space Shuttle Tragedy


Fabric Pocket Elephant

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'i'm hungry in Finnish: mulla on nalka
Drifting in Blue

Amazing Cloud Formation 


Q: How do mathematicians scold their children?
A: “If I’ve told you x number of times, I’ve told you x+1 number of times …”


If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine.

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1 comment:

  1. Interesting! But my favorite today has got to be that North Pole sunset.

    from VT where the sun is bright and beautiful today:)
    the Vermonster