Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Day of Awesomeness MAR 10, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Day of Awesomeness

A day for celebrating all things awesome, and everything awesome that you, your friends, and everybody else does. Take a moment to consider everything that you’re awesome at, and to recognize feats of awesomeness performed around you for the Day Of Awesomeness.

I guess that’s one way to get over a puddle 

guy rides bike over puddle on cardboard

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A damage or loss.
Usage:Her employers were understanding, and she was able to take a long leave of absence without detriment to her career.
Sherlock and his violin 
sherlock violin


Chuck Norris

Carlos "Chuck" Norris is an American martial artist and action star best known for his titular role on the television series Walker, Texas Ranger. After serving in the US Air Force, Norris became a martial arts champion and an actor, starring in many action films. In 2005, Norris became the subject of an Internet phenomenon known as "Chuck Norris Facts," which document fictional, often absurdly heroic feats and characteristics about him.

Fairbanks Winter Carnival

The Winter Carnival is a week of festivities in Fairbanks, Alaska, highlighted by sled dog races. The carnival opens with the two-day Limited North American Sled Dog Race, and concludes, on the last two days, with the Open North American Sled Dog Race. Other events include dances, a parka parade, a camp stove chili contest, a native potlatch, snow- and ice-sculpting contests, snowshoe races and softball, musical and dramatic presentations, and a trade fair.

Solar-Powered Plane on Around-the-World Flight

Solar Impulse 2 has landed safely in Oman on the first leg of its quest to be the first plane to fly around the world fueled only by the sun's rays. T

1656 - In the American colony of Virginia, suffrage was extended to all free men regardless of their religion. 

1776 - "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine was published. 

1785 Thomas Jefferson was appointed minister to France. He succeeded Benjamin Franklin. 

1876 - Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful call with the telephone. He spoke the words "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you." 

1903 - Harry C. Gammeter patented the multigraph duplicating machine. 

1910 - Slavery was abolished in China.

1924 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a New York state law forbidding late-night work for women.

1940 - W2XBS-TV in New York City aired the first televised opera as it presented scenes from "I Pagliacci". 

1941 - The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that their players would begin wearing batting helmets during the 1941 season. 

1959 - "Sweet Bird of Youth", a play by Tennessee Williams, opened in New York City. 

1965 - Walter Matthau and Art Carney opened in "The Odd Couple". It later became a hit on television. 

1971 - The U.S. Senate approved an amendment to lower the voting age to 18. 

George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum) (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996)

Kittens snuggling 

kittens snuggling


one of my favorite sites on the internet is freecycle.org.

freecycle.org is a FREE website you sign up with in the community nearest you. its efforts are all to connect people looking to get rid of all types of things (appliances, furniture, toys, books, bric a brac, etc), with people who need certain items. this international organization keeps belongings out of landfills and puts it in the hands of those who truly need or want the items you no longer want to keep!

there are only two things to do when it comes to freecycle .. put out emails to the group that either OFFER or WANT things. then it's between you two to make arrangements for pick up. after that, i always send a thank you note so everyone knows the item is no longer being offered.

If You Were Born Today, March 10

This is a powerful birthday. You are meant to rule or lead in some manner. Even with a sensitive Pisces Sun sign, you are also a very proud and determined person who is charming and attractive. You are a trend setter, always looking forward. Independent and self-reliant, you do best in a job in which you set the pace and the schedule. You have many ideas how to improve the world around you, and you have an unmistakable idealistic streak. Famous people born today: Carrie Underwood, Chuck Norris, Sharon Stone, Shannon Tweed, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, Paul Haggis.

Picture of an adult snow monkey holding a young snow monkey in Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan

Grooming the Young

Photograph by Masanobu Oka, National Geographic 
A snow monkey grooms a youngster while soaking in a hot spring at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. “When I visited, about 30 monkeys were in the hot spring,” writes Masanobu Oka. “I realized that the mother was taking care of her kid just like a human. I watched them for a while before capturing the baby as it opened its eyes.”

cutest puppy tickle 

the cutest puppy tickle

F411 Grande Glow Neck Scarf pattern by Vanessa Ewing
2/14/2013 A note about construction: When you work the pattern setup row, you will end up with 23 sts on top of the needle. After working the brioche sti...
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Bessie Positive/Negative Stole pattern by Irina Poludnen...
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Esprit Reversible Cap pattern by Debbi Young
Gauge 24 stitches = 4 inches in Stocking Stitch
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Lace Edge Cardigan pattern by Bernat Design Studio
Also available at FaveCrafts, as “Tea Time Cardigan”.
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Mouse comes up to cat, gets a kiss 

cat licks mouse


crochet, 3 - 18 mths



crochet, vintage


crockpot recipe
stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Broccoli Beef

While making my blog rounds the other day, I came across this spectacular broccoli beef dish on Erin Cooks. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of translating it to the crockpot. I didn't have all the ingredients on hand that Erin used, but was able to put together a very tasty rendition of an Asian-inspired broccoli beef that is gluten-free, and doesn't leave you feeling like you just ingested a tanker full of oil.

The Ingredients.

--1 lb thin beef (I used rib eye)
--1/4 cup soy sauce (La Choy and Tamari wheat-free are gluten free)
--2 T white wine
--2 T apple cider vinegar
--1 T brown sugar
--2 t sesame oil
--2 cloves smashed and chopped garlic
--1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes
--1 bag thawed broccoli florets (to add later)

The Directions.

--add the liquid to the crockpot
--chop up your garlic, add to mixture
--stir in spices
--slice meat into thin strips
--toss ( I used my hands. it wasn't gross!) in the liquid and spice mixture to coat thoroughly
--cook on low for 6-8 hours, depending on the cut of meat. Thicker pieces will take longer to tenderize.
--an hour before serving, add entire bag of broccoli, cover and cook on high for another hour or so.
--stir gingerly to coat broccoli

serve over steamed rice.

The Verdict.

So very good! It really was. Adam said that he hasn't ever had any broccoli beef that has tasted better. 
One kid ate two helpings and the other ate one piece of broccoli and ate 3 bowls of rice.

DIY Thumb Tacks

Decorative Thumb Tacks - Create these decorative floral push pins in under 5 minutes.  All you need is silk flowers, push pins and hot glue.


Dalhia Who Dun It Jigsaw Puzzle

CHILDREN'S CORNER .. bath paints

Good Clean Fun!!!

Why not turn bath time into a fun, creative art time with bath paints.

There are several recipes that called for using dish detergent to make your tub paint. That seemed too harsh for paint that would be all over kids. Use a gentle body wash, clear and gentle on their skin. Great for tub paint! We found that this recipe cleaned up easily, but you might want to test it first on your grout.
Our recipe:
  • 1/2 cup body wash
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • food coloring
Mix the cornstarch with the soap. You may need to adjust the amount depending on your soap. Mix it in one tablespoon at a time. Divide mixture into smaller bowls. We used small containers with lids to save for future baths. Add a drop or two of food coloring to each bowl and stir.
Now it is time to paint...
walls, tub and faces..

...use fingers, paint brushes or even your toes!!


Positive anything is better than negative nothing. - Elbert Hubbard

'where's the bathroom?' in Chinese (Mandarin) -  cèsuǒ zài nǎli?
optical illusion
Amazing optical illusion photography

envelop opener


Food Storage - Keep Lettuce for Salad Fresh

thank, heide

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