Friday, March 13, 2015

Earmuffs Day MAR 13, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Earmuffs Day

Protect your ears from loud noises and protect them from the cold on Earmuffs Day!

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Of foremost importance; paramount.
Usage:The cardinal rule of membership in the secret society was never to reveal its existence to outsiders.


Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

Charles Grey was a British statesman elected to Parliament in 1786 at the age of 22. He went on to become one of the leaders of the Whig party and eventually served as prime minister from 1830–34. His tenure saw the passage of the Reform Bill of 1832, which reshaped the parliamentary representative system, and the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire. He is perhaps best remembered as the namesake of the Earl Grey blend of tea.

                     Kasuga Matsuri

The Kasuga Shrine in Nara is one of the most beautiful and ancient in Japan. Every year on March 13, a festival is held there with elaborate ceremonies and performances that recall the shrine's heyday. The hiki-uma horse ceremony, where a sacred horse is led in procession through the streets, and the elegant Yamato-mai dance performed by Shinto women are reminiscent of the culture and customs of the Nara and Heian Eras. Construction of the Kasuga Shrine was started during the Nara period (710-784) and was completed in the first years of the Heian period(794-1185).

Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Your Genes?

Could a simple blood test someday tell if you're genetically predisposed to post-traumatic stress disorder? That's what a team of international researchers is hoping after finding a genetic marker linked to PTSD in the blood samples of Marines stationed in combat zones. Read more ...

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0607 - The 12th recorded passage of Halley's Comet occurred. 

1639 - Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard. 

1781 - Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus. 

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1877 - Chester Greenwood patented the earmuff.

1884 - Standard time was adopted throughout the U.S. 

1918 - Women were scheduled to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York due to a shortage of men due to wartime. 

1930 - It was announced that the planet Pluto had been discovered by scientist Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory. 

1935 - Three-thousand-year-old archives were found in Jerusalem confirming some biblical history. 

1942 - Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps became the first woman colonel in the U.S.Army. 

1951 - The comic strip "Dennis the Menace" appeared for the first time in newspapers across the country. 

1972 - "The Merv Griffin Show" debuted in syndication for Metromedia Television.

2003 - A report in the journal "Nature" reported that scientists had found 350,000-year-old human footprints in Italy. The 56 prints were made by three early, upright-walking humans that were descending the side of a volcano. 

2012 - After 244 years of publication, Encyclopedia Britannica announced it would discontinue its print edition.

Neil Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York
Since his music career began in 1957, Sedaka has sold millions of
records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs for
himself and others. He has had nine number-one hits.

message in your coffee

If You Were Born Today, March 13

You have a reserved, respectable character with quiet charm. You have an unusually strong awareness and compassion for others' suffering.However, make no mistake about it, you have a strong character with plenty of determination, a mind of your own, and independence to boot. Security is important to you, and you'll work tirelessly for it. Even if you have a lot, you rarely take it for granted. Famous people born today: Neil Sedaka, Adam Clayton, William H. Macy, Charo, Emile Hirsch, Kaya Scodelario, Noel Fisher.

Picture of a large flamingo flock in Gujarat, India

Group Flight

Photograph by Navtej Singh, National Geographic 
“Lying on important flyways, the wetlands of Gujarat, India, are thronged by millions of birds migrating south in winter,” writes Navtej Singh, who captured this scene while taking aerial shots of the port town of Jamnagar. “As I flew over the flamingos, the birds took flight. It was an unbelievable sight, and I was right above them to capture the magnificent event.”


knit, baby
Fayerye pattern by Emily Nora O'Neil
With floral buds and a little green i-cord on top, this whimsical hat (pronounced “fairy”) is sure to be a fall and winter favorite for your little one.
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Jane Austen Shoulder Warmer pattern by Yana Petrova
This is a short cape (shoulder warmer) inspired by Jane Austen romantic novels.
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Casimir pattern by Stephanie Pelkmann
Dieser Loop steht Frauen wie auch Männern hervorragend.
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Albero ‘Odette’ Beret
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Talk to the Animals Afghan measures approximately 34" x 42" Materials: 4-ply worsted weight acrylic yarn 24 1/2 oz. Yellow or Main Color 3 1/2 oz. each ...
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY - March 17th

I better get treats for this dog via 25 Ridiculously Cute St. Patrick's Day Pets



thanks, nancy

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Refrigerator Dill Pickles (from Tupperware)
serves 8 
serving size 1/4 cup
2 cucumbers, halved
2 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
1/2 cup fresh dill
in a 1 qt microwave save container combine water, vinegar,sugar and salt . cover and microwave on high for 2-4 minutes, stirring halfway through until salt and sugar are dissolved. set aside to cool.
slice cucumbers and place in a container and top with fresh dill. pour cooled vinegar and water mixture over cucumbers . let mixture sit in fridge over night and enjoy.

crockpot recipe
stephanie o'dea

Dulce de Leche CrockPot Recipe

The Ingredients.
--2 cans (or more!) sweetened condensed milk
--lots o' water

The Directions.

--take label off cans
--put cans in the bottom of your crockpot
--add enough water to completely cover the can

--cover and cook on low for 8 hours

DO NOT eat out of the can.

The Verdict.

The kids adored this (duh). I was pretty much a kitchen rock star. I did give them some apple slices though.


Portrait made from 20,000 Tea Bags

Red Hongyi has become famous for making HUGE art out of odd materials. She dyed each of the 20,000 tea bags by hand!


Magic Bottles

It is a super simple craft project, but sometimes that is just what you need.
What you'll need:
*plastic water bottles with the labels removed
*metallic ribbon
*food coloring
*vegetable oil
Step one:
Fill your water bottles with water leaving about 2 inches of empty space.
Step two:
Cut the ribbon into 3-4 inch pieces.
Step three:
Add glitter, sequins, and ribbon to the bottles in interesting combinations.
You can also add a tiny bit of food coloring to the water if you like, or add a few tablespoons of oil to make bubbles in the water.
Step three:
Glue the lid onto the bottle, so your little ones won't be able to open it and make a huge mess.
Step four:
Play time!  These water bottles are so pretty to look at, but you can also use them to talk about color, floating/sinking, density, and states of matter.  I took them to the park today and they were a hit. 


'where's the bathroom?' in Danish - Hvor er toilettet?

Motion Illusions by Angelo Gizzi,



Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

The Card Players, Paul Cézanne (1892-93) – sold for 274 Million USD – The Card Players is a series of oil painting by Paul Cézanne. The specific painting that was sold was of 97 x 130 cm (38 x 51 inch). It was bought by the State of Qatar at a private sale, on April 2011
The Card Players, Paul Cézanne

No. 5, 1948, Jackson Pollock (1948) – sold for 165.4 million USD – The painting of the American painter is 2.4 m x 1.2 m (8 ft × 4 ft), and it is oil on fiberboard. It was sold on November 2, 2006
No. 5, 1948, Jackson Pollock

Woman III, Willem de Kooning (1953) – sold for 162.4 million USD - Woman III is one painting of a series of six paintings that de Kooning done between 1951 and 1953 in which the central theme was a woman. It was sold for 162.4 million USD on November 18, 2006

Woman III, Willem de Kooning
Le Rêve, Pablo Picasso (1932) – sold for 158.5  million USD – Le Rêve, French for “The Dream”, is an oil painting by Pablo Picasso. The painting portraying Picasso’s 22 year-old mistress, and it is said to have been painted in a single afternoon! The painting measures 130 cm x 97 cm (51 in x 38 in). It was sold for the stated sum on March 26, 2013

Le Rêve, Pablo Picasso
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Gustav Klimt (1907) – sold for 158.4 million USD – This portrait is the first of two portraits Klimt painted of Bloch-Bauersold. The 138 cm x 138 cm (54 in x 54 in) artwork was sold on June 18, 2006 at a private sale
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Vincent van Gogh (1890) – sold for 152 million USD – The painting was done in 1890, the last year in van Gogh's life. It depicts Dr. Paul Gachet who took care of Van Gogh during his last months. The oil painting is 67 cm × 56 cm (23.4 in × 22.0 in), and it was sold for the mentioned amount on May 15, 1990 at a Christie’s auction in New York
Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Vincent van Gogh

Three Studies of Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon (1969) – sold for 145 million USD – This artwork by the Irish-born British painter is made of three distinct sections. It is the latest painting of all the paintings on this list. It was sold on November 12, 2013 at a Christie’s auction in New York
Three Studies of Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon

Bal du moulin de la Galette, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1876) – sold for 143.9 million USD– This famous work by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was painted in two versions. The large version is housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and is one of Impressionism’s most celebrated masterpieces. The smaller version was sold on May 17, 1990 at a Sotheby’s auction. It is also the oldest painting in this list
Bal du moulin de la Galette, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Garçon à la pipe, Pablo Picasso (1905) – sold for 131.1 million USD – Picasso painted this work when he was only 24 years old, living in the Montmartre section of Paris. The painting is 100 cm × 81.3 cm (39.4 in × 32.0 in) oil on canvas and depicts a Parisian boy holding a pipe. It was sold on May 4, 2004
Garçon à la pipe, Pablo Picasso

The Scream, Edvard Munch (1895) – sold for 124.2 million USD – Without a doubt the most famous piece in this list and one of the world’s most famous works of art. Edvard Munch actually created four versions of the work. The National Gallery in Oslo holds one version and the Munch Museum holds two other versions. The fourth version, from 1895, was sold at an Sotheby’s auction on May 2, 2012 for 119.9 million USD (which adjusted to inflation is 124.2 million USD)
The Scream, Edvard Munch

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