Thursday, March 19, 2015

Client's Day MAR 19, 20`5

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Client's Day

No matter what goods or services you sell, the truth is that your business would be nothing without its clients. They’re the ones who not only pay you for what you offer, but do a great amount of advertising for you as well. Client’s Day was created for the purpose of letting all of your clients know just how glad you are that they’ve chosen your company. 
The concept of having a holiday that would celebrate clients worldwide and their contribution to various businesses, from multinational corporations to mom and pop convenience stores, originated in Klaipėda, Lithuania, in 2010. It was then and then that someone finally said, “Why not acknowledge our clients? After all, clients are the foundation of every business”, leading to the very first Client’s Day being celebrated on March 19th, 2010. And all at once, it seemed, the idea caught right on—Client’s Day was soon reported by several newspapers, and then permanently added to the Lithuanian calendar. Since then, Client’s Day has only grown in popularity. In 2012, it went full-out viral as companies all over the world took this opportunity to express their thanks to their clients. A year later, in 2013, Client’s Day was implemented by several Lithuanian corporations and commended by the president of Lithuania himself, and has since spread to Russia as well.
If you have a company, no matter the size, Client’s Day is the perfect time for you to do something nice for your clients. If you do not have direct contact with your clients on an everyday basis, you could also consider simply calling them up to let them know you appreciate doing business with them—that kind of personal touch is sure to be remembered for a long time.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A particular manner of speaking.
Usage:In vulgar parlance the condiments of a repast are called by the American "a relish," substituting the thing for its effect.


Tuskegee Airmen Activated for Service

The Tuskegee Airmen, trained at Alabama's Tuskegee Army Air Field during WWII, made up the US military's first African-American flying unit. In 1941, congressional legislation forced the Army Air Corps to create an all-black combat unit, and though the War Department aimed to block its formation by instituting a number of restrictive guidelines for applicants, many qualified for service. In all, these airmen flew 1,578 missions, destroyed 261 enemy aircraft, and were awarded many medals.

"Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?"

David Livingstone, a Scottish missionary and explorer, was the first European to cross the African continent. Among his many discoveries are the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. Though he aimed to facilitate the abolition of the slave trade by opening Africa to commerce and missionary stations, he inadvertently contributed to the "Scramble for Africa" instead. He is the subject of the popular quotation, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

St. Joseph's Day

In Valencia, Spain, the feast of the foster-father of Jesus is a week-long festival called Fallas de San Jose (Bonfires of St. Joseph). On St. Joseph's Eve, March 18,fallas—huge floats of intricate scenes made of wood and papier-mâché, satirizing everything from the high cost of living to political personalities—parade through the streets. At midnight on March 19, the celebration ends with the spectacular ceremony known as the crema, when all the fallas are set on fire. The festival is said to reflect the happy and satirical nature of the Valencians.

1831 - The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the robbery. 

1900 - Archaeologist Arthur John Evans began the excavation of Knossos Palace in Greece.

1915 - Pluto was photographed for the first time. However, it was not known at the time

1918 - The U.S. Congress approved Daylight-Saving Time.

1953 - The Academy Awards aired on television for the first time.

1954 - Viewers saw the first televised prize fight shown in color when Joey Giardello knocked out Willie Tory in round seven at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1964 - Sean Connery began shooting his role in "Goldfinger." 

1977 - The last episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" aired.

1990 - The first world ice hockey tournament for women was held in Ottawa.

1994 - The largest omelet in history was made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan.

2002 - Actor Ben Kingsley was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace


If You Were Born Today, March 19

You are a little hard to understand, but that is part of your quirky charm. You have an original sense of humor, and you are given to extremes of feeling. You can certainly be temperamental, and often very determined to get your way, but you are also a caring, compassionate, and perceptive person who is forgiving and aware. Famous people born today: Bruce Willis, Glenn Close, Phillip Roth, Rachel Blanchard, Fred Stoller.

Picture of a panda standing in a tree in a Chinese forest


Photograph by Marco Mattiussi, National Geographic 
In China to photograph the life of the giant panda and its environment, Marco Mattiussi obtained special permission to visit areas with captive-raised pandas that had been released into the wild. “For this shot I was ... [in] the right place at the right time: It was rainy and foggy, very wet weather, and the panda decided to climb a beautiful tree in front of me.”

ZigZag Fingerless Gloves pattern by Whole Earth Educatio...
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Easy Ruffle Coat pattern by Rachel Mad
Anyone can make this easy, practically seamless cardigan created by joining a rectangle and knitting the body in the round.
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My Sweetest Friend pattern by Solveig Engevold
Quick warm knit for your sweetest friend !
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Hammerhead Shark pattern by Mary Kate Long
I wish I had taken pictures along the way. If anything seems tricky, please feel free to contact me!
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crochet, vintage





Garlic & Parmesan Cauliflower 'Mashed Potatoes': A low calorie, low carb, healthy substitute for mashed potatoes

crockpot recipe
stephanie o'dea
Roasted Cabbage and Potatoes in the CrockPot

I will be eating these yummy veggies 

The Ingredients.
--1 small head of cabbage
--12-14 colorful baby potatoes
--10-12 whole cloves of garlic
--1/4 cup olive oil
--2 T balsamic vinegar
--1 t kosher salt
--1/2 t black pepper

The Directions.

--wash vegetables
--cut potatoes into 1 inch chunks (I didn't peel them)
--cut cabbage into wedges--don't worry about separating the leaves
--throw veggies into the crockpot with the whole garlic cloves
--add olive oil, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar
--toss with hands to coat thoroughly.

cook on high for 3 hours or low for 4-6.
the vegetables are done when the potatoes reach desired tenderness.
the cabbage will get a little carmelized and crispy around the edges where they touch the crock walls. That's okay--it tastes good!

The Verdict.
I loved the combination of the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. Adam loved it, and one kid attempted a potato bite for me.

Give It To Me Straight, Human


Phone Book Ballet Flats

Make sure that you use FABRIC MOD PODGE or you might get cracking after you wear them for a while. 
This craft is really easy!
I purchased a pair of ballet flats at Wal-mart for $3.00. They need to be a smooth surface, (not fabric), like pleather, or you know this shiny, fake, whatever it is material.

Cut off the tag and discard. Cut off the bows and set aside. To remove the bows you just cut the stitching that holds them to the shoe. Set them aside for later.

Take your FABRIC mod podge and a foam brush. Brush on some fabric mod podge.

Rip a piece of phone book and press it down on the fabric mod podge. (Also, a map of your favorite place would be allot of fun, black and white photo's printed, or even a newspaper would work)

Keep painting on the fabric mod podge and layering on the phone book pieces. Put the pieces right up to the fabric on the top but don't cover it. It looks finished with the colored edge showing!
To finish off the bottom of the shoe, you will want to put the corner on the piece like this.

Fold it down, adjusting as you go. There will be some pleats and folds. It's okay, 
just  fabric mod podge them flat.

Then take your razor blade and run it along the very edge.

Cover it with fabric mod podge.

Or you can place it on and when you get to the bottom instead of using a razor blade to remove the excess run your fingernail along the edge so it creases.

Cover the piece on the shoe with fabric mod podge.

Then fold the excess up.

Cover completely with fabric mod podge.

When you get to the back most ballet flats have a strip that sticks out. Just use your fingernail 
to get it into the crease to keep that same look.

Continue until the shoe is completely covered with phone book pieces.

Once it is dry take your fabric mod podge and completely cover the shoe again with a fairly thick coat. Make it so it extends onto the soul of the shoe to protect 
the very bottom of the phone book pages along the shoe.

Let it dry completely and repeat with the other shoe. 
Take the bow you cut off at the start and hot glue it on.

You now have a new pair of one of a kind ballet flats!


The best way to predict the future is to create it. - Peter Drucker

albino blizzard corn snake





Alex Cornell is a designer, filmmaker, and sometime musician. He traveled to Antarctica in December of 2014 and captured these amazing, rare photos of the underside of an iceberg.
Icebergs don’t normally flip over. Gravity keeps the bulk of the ice underwater, leaving just the tip to breach the surface. If you ever see a flipped iceberg, chances are the iceberg has an irregular shape, and it flipped during its formation while it was breaking away from a glacier.
A few inquisitive physicists wanted to study what happens when an iceberg flips. Their results, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, are pretty amazing.


The ice must be a minimum of 16 feet across to be considered an iceberg. Any smaller and they are called “bergy bits” or “growlers.”

  • alexcornell+antarctica+3
  • Icebergs are generally 90% submerged under water. So that “tip of the iceberg” you see floating is barely 10% of the ice’s total mass.


  •  Though icebergs float in the salty ocean, icebergs are formed from snowfall and are actually made of freshwater.


  • The biggest iceberg ever discovered is called Iceberg B-15. It is 4,500 square miles – roughly the same size as Connecticut.


  • Iceberg Alley is an area of the coast of Newfoundland. It’s infamous for being a deadly area for ships to traverse. From 1882-1890, fourteen passenger liners sank, and in 1912 the Titanic sank after grazing an iceberg while passing though.


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring


'where's the bathroom?' in German - Wo ist die Toilette?

Op art waves (Tribute to Bridget Riley)

thanks, patty



Fruit Mould is The New Craze in China

A Chinese company called Fruit Mould has come up with an innovative idea of creating kind plastic molds that transform regular fruits and vegetables into wacky and weird shapes that you've never seen before - square watermelons, heart shaped cucumbers and Buddha shaped pears. While the fruit is still young, farmers encase them in a clear plastic mold, which the fruit eventually grows into and takes the shape. These quirky shaped fruits are now popping all over in supermarkets. Fruit Mould also ships their plastic devices across the globe, so Buddha-shaped pears and star-shaped cucumbers can be grown all over the world.


The Double Tree of Casorzo

Between Grana and Casorzo in Piemonte, Italy, a very unique tree grows. Known as the “double tree of Casorzo” or Bialbero de Casorzo in Italian, it is a mulberry tree on top of which a cherry tree grows. The cherry tree rises well above the mulberry tree on which it stands. The strange tree is also known as Grana Double Tree.
Nobody knows for sure how this happened; probably some bird dropped a seed on top of the mulberry which then grew roots through the hollow trunk of the host tree to reach the soil. While trees growing parasitically over another tree is not unusual, but they normally do not reach the size and lifespan as seen in this particular example, as there is not enough humus and space available where they grow. Large “double-trees”, also called Epiphytes, like the Bialbero de Casorzo are a rarity.
These rocks on the highlands of the Andes looks like they are covered with moss. Actually, they are a type of flowing plant known as Yareta and it lives in colonies which can be thousands of years old.
Yareta (Azorella compacta), also known as "Llareta" in Spanish, is a flowering plant that belongs to the family Apiaceae. It grows in the cold Puna grasslands of the Andes in Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile, and western Argentina at altitudes between 3,200 and 4,500 meters, where the wind blows unceasingly and the cold cracks even granite. To survive the extreme conditions, Yareta grows in packs so dense that its stems can take the weight of a human. The plant keeps close to the ground in order to retain as much heat in as possible. This also helps to resist the powerful high altitude wind, which would tear up the roots of any plant. To prevents moisture loss through evaporation the Yareta has wax covered leaves.
Pterocarpus angolensis is a kind of teak native to southern Africa, known by various names such as Kiaat, Mukwa, and Muninga. It is also called the Bloodwood tree, so named for the tree’s remarkable dark red colored sap. A chopped trunk or a damaged branch of the tree starts dripping deep red fluid, almost like a severed limb of an animal. The sticky, reddish-brown sap seals the wound to promote healing.


Located right in the middle of Interstate 80, between Cheyenne and Laramie, in southeast Wyoming is a peculiar tree. The tree is a limber pine, which is common to the area, but this one seems to be growing out of a solid granite boulder. Upon closer inspection, you will notice that it’s actually growing out of a crack in the rock, owing to which the tree is stunted and twisted but is still going strong.
This small tree has fascinated travelers since the first train rolled past on the Union Pacific Railroad. It is said that the builders of the original railroad diverted the tracks slightly to pass by the tree as they laid rails across the Sherman Mountains in 1867-69. The train used to stop here while the locomotive firemen "gave the tree a drink" from their water buckets. The railroad moved several miles to the South in 1901 and the abandoned grade became a wagon road. Then in 1913, the old Lincoln Highway came by the Tree Rock, and by the 1920′s, the Lincoln Highway gave way to U.S. Highway 30. Finally, in the 1960′s, Interstate 80 was built, and Tree Rock was guaranteed a large audience for years to come.

The Tree of Life or Shajarat-al-Hayat in Bahrain is a remarkable tree. Located 10 km from Askar and some 3.5 km west from Jaww, this 32-feet tall Prosopis cineraria has been making a seemingly impossible living out of dry sand for approximately 400 years. There is no apparent source of water and other vegetation for miles around. The mystery of the survival of the tree has made it a legend.


The Octopus Tree is a massive Sitka spruce located a few hundred feet from Cape Meares Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast, in the U.S. The tree is shaped like an inverted octopus with branches growing like giant tentacles from its 50-foot base. The tree has no central trunk. Instead, six candelabra limbs extend horizontally from the base as much as 16 feet before turning upward. The tree’s unusual shape, according to local historians and Tillamook tribal descendants, comes from the ravages of the wind, but it could also have been man-made. The Octopus tree is believed to be two hundred to three hundred years old.

Jabuticaba is a Brazilian grape tree found in the states of Minas Gerias and Sao Paulo, in the south of Brazil. The fruit grows directly from the trunk and branches of the tree, which gives the Jabuticaba tree a very unusual appearance. The fruit itself is a small and round, about 3 to 4 cm in diameter, with one to four large seeds, a thick, deep purple colored skin and a sweet, white or rosy pink gelatinous flesh. Naturally the tree may flower and fruit only once or twice a year, but when continuously irrigated it flowers frequently, and fresh fruit can be available year round in tropical regions.

Bristlecone Pines – The Oldest Trees on Earth

The Great Basin Bristlecone Pines, or Pinus longaeva, is a long-living species of tree found in the higher mountains of the southwest United States. Bristlecone pines grow in isolated groves in the arid mountain regions of six western states of America, but the oldest are found in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California. These trees have a remarkable ability to survive in extremely harsh and challenging environment. In fact, they are believed to be the some of oldest living organisms in the world, with lifespans in excess of 5,000 years.

Psychotria Elata or Hooker’s Lips: The Most Kissable Plant

These gorgeous pair of red, luscious lips belong to a plant known as Psychotria elata, a tropical tree found in the rain forests of Central and South American countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador. Affectionately, Psychotria elata is called Hooker’s Lips or the Hot Lips Plants. The plant has apparently evolved into its current shape to attract pollinators including hummingbirds and butterflies. According to Oddity Central, the bracts are only kissable for a short while, before they spread open to reveal the plant’s flowers.

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