Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Forgive Mom & Dad Day MAR 18, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Forgive Mom & Dad Day

Parenting is an enormously challenging task and although some parents are better than others, none are perfect. Forgive Mom & Dad Day presents a perfect opportunity to let go of past hurts and frustrations, to let well-meaning but disappointing parents off the hook, and to find freedom from nagging resentments. Forgiving opens the door to a brighter future.
As children strive to become autonomous young adults, and parents try to adapt to the changes, there is ample room for arguments, misunderstandings and deeply wounded feelings. Forgive Mom & Dad Day encourages acceptance. Accept that parents are human and capable of making mistakes. Accept that parenting is done without a guidebook; parents must do the best they can with the resources they have. Accept and understand that letting go of resentments benefits both parents and children, and leads to greater health, happiness and well-being.

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Everyday; commonplace.
Usage:There's nothing quite like a real train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute.


Largest Art Theft in US History

On March 18, 1990, thieves disguised as police officers broke into Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and stole 13 works of art, including paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Manet, and Degas. The crime, considered the largest art theft in US history, remains unsolved. Due to the strict provisions of Gardner's will, which stipulate that the collection remain unchanged, the paintings' empty frames remain on display in their original locations.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Rimsky-Korsakov, a Russian composer noted for his skill in orchestration, completed his first symphony at the age of 21, while serving as a midshipman with the Imperial Russian Navy. In 1871, he became a professor at St. Petersburg Conservatory, and he taught many famous future composers, including Igor Stravinsky. As a member of a group of nationalist composers known as "The Five," Rimsky-Korsakov aimed to write music of distinctively Russian character.

The Rise of "Over-Sharenting"

Your toddler vomited in the car on your way to the dentist. Frazzled, you post a status on Facebook about the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. Your newborn has decided that sleep is for the birds and you seek late-night company among the other moms. Oh, and doesn't she just look like an angel when her eyes finally close? Social median has made "sharenting' easier than ever. But, just because you can do it, should you?

1541 - Hernando de Soto observed the first recorded flood of the Mississippi River

1813 - David Melville patented the gas streetlight. 

1850 - Henry Wells & William Fargo founded American Express. 

1881 - Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth opened in Madison Square Gardens. 

1891 - Britain became linked to the continent of Europe by telephone.
1899 - Phoebe, a moon of the planet Saturn, was discovered. 

1909 - Einar Dessau of Denmark used a short wave transmitter to become the first person to broadcast as a "ham" operator.

1931 - Schick Inc. displayed the first electric shaver.

1945 - Maurice "Rocket" Richard became the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to score 50 goals.

1952 - In Philadelphia, PA, the first plastic lenses were fitted for a cataract patient. 

1954 - RKO Pictures was sold for $23,489,478. It became the first motion picture studio to be owned by an individual. The person was Howard Hughes. 

1966 - Scott Paper began selling paper dresses for $1. 

1990 - Thirteen paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The value was $100 million making it the largest art robbery in history. 

1989 - A 4,400-year-old mummy was discovered at the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. 

1992 - White South Africans voted for constitutional reforms that would give legal equality to blacks. 

Charley Frank Pride was born in Sledge, Mississippi. Pride is an African American country singer who is responsible for over thirty #1 singles, including "All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)" and "I’m Just Me." Before fame, Charley Pride was a pitcher for the New York  Yankees’ minor league team.  He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

If You Were Born Today, March 18

As sensitive, changeable, and deep as you are, you are also very determined and self-motivated. Inner restlessness is likely, especially in your youth. Many of you feel that you have a calling, and it can take some time to tune into the right path. Spiritual and perceptive, you are one who looks for a higher meaning to your existence. However, you seek love first and foremost and make a loyal and loving partner.Famous people born today: Rob Lowe, Mia Hamm, Billy Corgan, Nat King Cole, Melissa Auf der Mar, Kurt Russell, Patrick Duffy, Brittany Daniel

Picture of a Sally Lightfoot crab riding on the back of an iguana in the Galapagos

Crabbing a Ride

Photograph by Nancy Leigh, National Geographic 
"The setting was very eerie,” writes Nancy Leigh. “In the darkness [of] an overcast early morning, there was a large gathering of black juvenile iguanas on the rocks of Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island in the Galápagos.” While completely surrounded by iguanas, Leigh spotted a bright-red Sally Lightfoot crab climbing onto one of the lizards. “It was a delicate balance ... acting fast to capture the moment while respecting their space and not disturbing either animal," she says.

Making a toy elephant.

Tanzanite pattern by Norah Gaughan
Flatter your curves with the sinuous lines of Tanzanite, a pullover version of the Peace cardigan from Norah Gaughan vol. 4.
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Blackstone Seamless Vest pattern by Ellen Susanne
The Blackstone Vest is a simple, seamless vest, knit flat from the top down on a circular needle. The raglan style sleeves are held on a stitch holder and com...
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knit, 4 - 8 yrs
Pompano pattern by Hanne Pjedsted
Gauge 27 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in pattern
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Baby booties - Aliens pattern by Kamila Krawka Krawczyk
I designed these booties for babies up to 6 months, who can not walk or crawl yet. That kind of colorful and playful booties can help interest your child wit...
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thanks, nancy

Crispy Parmesan Baked Potatoes (from Kraft)
a nice substitute for fries.
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
8 small potatoes (1 3/4 lbs)
3 Tbsp butter , melted
Heat oven to 400 degrees F
Mix cheese and garlic powder in a shallow dish.
dip cut sides of potatoes in butter ,then in cheese mixture. Place cheese-sides down, on baking sheet. drizzle with any remaining butter.
bake 30 to 35 min or until potatoes are tender.
You can serve with some sour cream and fresh chives or just as is.

crockpot recipe
stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Creamy Avocado Chipotle Soup

The Ingredients.
--4 ripe avocados
--1 T lime juice
--1 T fresh cilantro leaves
--1 cup fat free sour cream (or full-of-fat; your choice)
--1/2 t kosher salt
--1/2 t -1 t chipotle chili powder
--1/2 t smoked paprika
--4 cups chicken broth
--3/4 of a yellow onion

The Directions.

--dice onion
--put into the crockpot and cover with the broth
--cook on low 8 hours, or on high for 4-6. The onion should be well-cooked before adding other ingredients.

1 hour before eating:

blend avocado, sour cream, lime juice, chipotle powder, cilantro leaves and salt in a food processor or blender

stir avocado mixture into the crockpot. It will be a bit lumpy until everything melts together--don't worry.

Heat on low for another hour, or on high for 30-40 minutes.
Taste. I needed to add more chipotle powder and salt.

Ladle into 4 bowls, garnish with a dollop of sour cream (full-fat would definitely be better here) and a few cilantro leaves.

The Verdict.

This was a pleasant, creamy soup. I think I was scared to go crazy with the chipotle, so I under-seasoned. I'd recommend tasting with a clean palate and adjusting the seasoning accordingly.I had the leftovers for lunch the next day, and it was smooth and tasty. I didn't even try to offer it to the kids.

Researchers take a peek inside a 1000 year-old Self-Mummified Statue and find something completely beyond their expectations: A note inside.

'where's the bathroom?' in French - Où sont les toilettes?

julian stanczack


It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves. - Andre Gide


Pick up a container or two of cool whip and a few small packages of Jell-o. (I offered 6 flavors and it was probably a little too much. I'd do 3 or 4 again, and not worry about making so much next time.) Separate the cool whip into bowls and stir in about 2 Tbs. of the dry Jell-o. Stir well to dissolve the Jell-o a bit; add more to intensify the color if needed.

Now get to work. Let those little kiddos finger paint...and um-eat-to their heart's content.

Don't forget to sit down with your little one and paint too. Kids love to work along side you. They also learn a lot from watching you model how to do it. When your painting dries, you will have a puffy, sweet-smelling piece of art to hang on the refrigerator. Just don't be tempted to lick it when that 3:00 in the afternoon low hits!




Shoes - Break in Brand New Shoes in 5 Minutes!

Elephant and camellia.; verse by Shiô市桜, wife of the actor Ichikawa Wakamatsu市川若松 (d. 1712)


1 comment:

  1. Loving all the camouflage elephants. I hope none of the works from the Gardner Museum are gracing your walls!? It is a mystery like an Escher drawing--lots of deadend--and always luring us on: