Friday, February 27, 2015

Polar Bear Day FEB 27, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Polar Bear Day

Polar Bear Day celebrates one of nature’s most impressive hunters, and the world’s largest carnivore. When fully grown, polar bears can span an enormous 9 feet (2.7m) in height.

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Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
Usage:He was so lugubrious that he could find melancholy in a child's birthday party.


David H. Hubel

In 1981, neurobiologist David Hubel and his research partner, Torsten Wiesel, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research in the area of visual perception and their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system.
The original image is in the middle. At left, white-balanced as if the dress is white-gold. At right, white-balanced to blue-black.

Fisher Poets Gathering

The Fisher Poets Gathering annually brings together poets, musicians, and story-tellers with an interest in fishing, particularly the lives of commercial fishers. Performances and meetings take place in various venues in the historic coastal town of Astoria, Oregon. The centerpieces of the Gathering are poetry and prose readings, story telling, and open microphone sessions in the evenings. Attendees can also enjoy live music, panels and lectures on fishing-industry issues, and art exhibits. Participants' literary contributions range from poignant personal memoirs to bawdy songs.

A Black Hole 12 Billion Times Bigger than the Sun

Researchers in China have spotted a supermassive black hole that they say is 12 billion times the size of the Sun and formed around 900 million years after the Big Bang. 

1827 - New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.

1883 - Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine. 

1896 - The "Charlotte Observer" published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm

1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.

1949 - Chaim Weizmann became the first Israeli president. 

1974 - "People" magazine was first issued by Time-Life (later known as Time-Warner). 

1997 - In Ireland, divorce became legal.

1998 - Britain's House of Lords agreed to give a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end to 1,000 years of male preference. 

How did the hipster burn his tongue? He drank his coffee before it was 'cool.'

If You Were Born Today, February 27

A person who puts others first before yourself, you are compassionate, caring, and giving. Yours is a mysterious charm. You are personable and charming, yet you carry a dreamy quality to you that others find fascinating. Wishful thinking can cloud your judgement at times, but you are a true artist with a vision. Moody, you are easily affected by the moods and emotions of others around you and sometimes have a hard time drawing up boundaries. Alone time will be necessary in order to recharge your emotional batteries. Famous people born today: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Steinbeck, Peter de Vries, Joanne Woodward, Elizabeth Taylor, Ralph Nader, Kate Mara, Timothy Spall.

Birthday Happy Birthday animated GIF

Picture of Danny MacAskill riding along the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Pinnacle

Photograph by Chris Prescott, National Geographic 
“We were near the summit of Sgurr Dearg, [also called] the Inaccessible Pinnacle, a famous feature of the Cuillin Ridge on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, shooting a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of 'The Ridge,’” writes Chris Prescott of the Cut Media short film featuring trials cyclist Danny MacAskill.
“MacAskill grew up on Skye and wanted to make a film that showed off the beauty of the island. A traverse of the full Cuillin Ridge is considered one of the classic mountaineering challenges in the U.K. The film was shot over two weeks and meant transporting a lot of filming equipment onto the ridge every day. Fortunately we were very lucky with the weather!
“The shoot on the Inaccessible Pinnacle was one of the key moments of the film and meant a 3 a.m. start in order to get the best light and catch the cloud inversion. This was taken at around 6 a.m. in the middle of summer, and the sun was still low in the sky. I used the shadow of the pinnacle to block the sun and create the halo effect around Danny. It was taken handheld using a 17mm lens and a graduated neutral density filter.”

Kinderware Elephant Dot...

Escarpment Cowl pattern by Kelly McClure
PDF download to come soon. Click on link above to get pattern.
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knit (thanks, heide)

Changing Leaves Cowl or Scarf pattern by Donna Herron
This charming neckwarmer features a colorful design of falling leaves while displaying some of your favorite colors of yarn. This is a great project for using...
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Free Patterns: ASHES
Print it or you can e-mail me for the free pattern for a pdf file “ASHES” By Monika Steinbauer
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Miau! pattern by Sünnje Basedow
Miau! features a row of delightful cats knitted in the round in stranded colourwork. They are knitted upside-down and then folded up against the body of th...
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crochet, 12 - 18 mths




5 Minute Skinny Apple Tart Recipe | Easy Fall Dessert
5 Minute Skinny Apple Tart recipe - a favorite fall dessert recipe without a lot of effort!
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PMS should just be called ovary-acting.

crockpot recipe!
stephanie o'dea

Chicken Parmesan CrockPot Recipe

Chicken Parmesan is my comfort food. I love Italian food, and this is one of my favorite dishes. It translates very nicely to a crockpot, and gives the chef the opportunity to get out of the kitchen, and the house.

The Ingredients:

 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I use gluten free bead crumbs)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 beaten egg
sliced mozzarella cheese
1 (26-ounce bottle) favorite jarred marinara sauce

The Directions:

--spread the 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the bottom of your crockpot stoneware insert
--whip the egg with a fork in a separate bowl
--mix the bread crumbs with the seasonings and the parmesan cheese in another separate dish
--dip the chicken into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture, coating both sides with crumbs, cheese and seasonings
--place the chicken breast pieces in the bottom of the crock
--layer 2-3 slices of mozzarella cheese on top

--cover with entire jar of marinara sauce
--close lid and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4. If your chicken is still frozen, it will take longer.
Serve with your favorite pasta. We chose penne brown rice pasta from Trader Joe's.

The Verdict.

This tasted great, was really easy, and presented well. This is definitely a dish you can serve to company without hesitation.


Thumb Tack Furniture
Nightstand Makeover ~ Finishing touches on a piece of furniture can make a big difference. Jazz up an old night with thumb tacks.

lenses with a ring of diamonds in them

'i'm hungry' in Lithuanian: norriu valguité

Wife texts husband on a cold winter morning:
"Windows frozen, won't open."
Husband texts back:
 "Gently pour some lukewarm water over it and gently tap edges with hammer."
Wife texts back 5 minutes later:
"Computer really messed up now.”


A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. - Arnold H. Glasow

elephant at sunset


Elephant Love in Cute Pictures of Baby Animals getting Parents Care

CHILDREN'S CORNER! .. embroidery

Mothers Kiss in Cute Pictures of Baby Animals getting Parents Care



You will not believe your eyes. I'm completely star-struck!

White Peacocks (Found in Grasslands of Australia and India)
1. White Peacocks (Found in Grasslands of Australia and India)

These majestically beautiful creatures are a rare species of the peacock. White peacocks are not albinos; they have a genetic mutation that is known as Leucism, which causes the lack of pigments in the plumage.

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1 comment:

  1. Some of yesterday's herd escaped:) One can never have too many elephants:)