Sunday, March 8, 2015

Int'l Women's Day MAR 8, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Women's Day

Mother, sisters, wives, girlfriends and fiancees…what would we ever do without them? Nobody can honestly say we don’t owe an enormous amount to the women in our lives, from the mothers who made us chicken soup when we were sick as children, to the sisters who helped us decide what to wear on our first date, to the wives who somehow manage to juggle both a career and a family, never missing a beat. Women’s Day is all about celebrating these incredible people and showing them how much we love, respect and value them. This holiday is perhaps especially important in parts of the world where women are still forced to deal with shocking inequality on a daily basis and is meant to raise awareness of the challenges and struggles faced by these women. Women’s Day celebrates women’s history, highlighting key events, milestones and achievements, and aims to further promote and raise awareness of women’s rights and to achieve equal opportunity status in all walks of life.
It may come as a rather sad surprise that Women’s Day was first celebrated on February 28th, 1909 in New York. Two years later, German socialist Luise Zietz proposed that the holiday become an annually observed one that would celebrate various women’s issues, such as suffrage, so as to promote equal rights for women. The first few Women’s Days were celebrated in a quite different fashion than they are nowadays, with hundreds of demonstrations taking place in Europe. During these demonstrations, women demanded they finally be given both the right to vote and to hold public office. Employment sex discrimination was also an important issue. In 1917, the Women’s Day demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia, helped initiate the February Revolution, when women marched through the city demanding an end to World War I. This shocked even Leon Trotsky, who, much like other Russian leaders of the day, did not expect the Women’s Day protests to cause that much of a stir. Until 1977, Women’s Day was celebrated mainly in socialist countries. It was only after the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to proclaim March 8th International Women’s Day that the holiday gained worldwide popularity.

Word of the Day


Definition:(adverb) To or toward that place; in that direction.
Usage:Let us stroll thither, and examine the matter nearer.


Kenneth Grahame

Grahame was an English author best known for writing The Wind in the Willows, whose anthropomorphic animal characters—Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad—captivatingly combine human traits with authentic animal habits. Though a children's classic, it has been enjoyed by readers of all ages since its publication in 1908. In addition to writing, Grahame worked as at the Bank of England for some time.

Menopausal Whales Lead the Group, Study Says

What does an ocean-going titaness do after she has the lost the ability to bear young? Well, for starters, she goes on living—sometimes past the ripe old age of 90, while male killer whales over 50 are dying off in droves.

1618 - Johann Kepler discovered the third Law of Planetary Motion.

1702 - England's Queen Anne took the throne upon the death of King William III

1855 - A train passed over the first railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, NY

1894 - A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. It was the first animal control law in the U.S. 

1910 - In France, Baroness de Laroche became the first woman to obtain a pilot's license. 

1910 - The King of Spain authorized women to attend universities. 

1945 - Phyllis Mae Daley received a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She later became the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II. 

1948 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools was unconstitutional. 

1959 - Groucho, Chico and Harpo made their final TV appearance together.

1968 - The Fillmore East opened in New York City.

1993 - "Beavis and Butthead" premiered on MTV as a series.



If You Were Born Today, March 8

You are hard working, responsible, and ambitious, and perhaps a perfectionist in the work you do, but also very personable. Your friends are especially important to you. Although you love companionship and make an amazing friend and partner, you do need time to recharge your emotional batteries, as you easily soak up the moods of those around you, which can be draining at times.Famous people born today: Freddie Prinze Jr., Aidan Quinn, Lynn Redgrave, Kathy Ireland, Micky Dolenz, Boris Kodjoe.

Picture of a carpenter ant emerging from a fanged pitcher plant in Borneo

The Pitcher and the Carpenter

Photograph by Christian Ziegler
The fanged pitcher plant and the carpenter ant (seen here in Borneo) have a mutualistic relationship: While the plant’s pitcher stem provides a home for small ant colonies of up to 30 individuals, the ants keep the chemistry of the pitcher’s liquid balanced by removing large insects that have found their way inside. If the insects were to rot in the liquid, it would spoil.

knit, 2 - 8 yrs
Children's Celtic Braid Top-Down Sweater pattern by Vera...
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Top Down Tee pattern by Rebecca Airmet
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Henley Perfected pattern by Connie Chang Chinchio
The designer combines a delicate lace pattern and stockinette in just the right quantities, in just the right yarn, for a beautifully versatile pullover. A small st...
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Aunt Jane Tea Cozy English pattern pattern by Charlotte ...
The pattern fits a 3/4 L / 25 fl. oz tea pot, but can be adjusted to a larger pot by adding a couple of stitches to each end of the side panels and repeating the 4 ...
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Ravelry: Boy's Crocheted Hat pattern by Marty Miller 
Gauge 12 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches
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Girlie Hat, aka the Hipster Beanie or Granny Hat (Free P...
This is a quick and easy pattern for the kind of slouchy, bad-hair-day-covering beret that is sometimes known as the Hipster Beanie. Slouchy beanies are c...
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Ravelry: Crochet Vintage Shawl/Virkad Vintageschal patte... 
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Mountain Weaver Fiber Art Studio: Easy Baby Crocheted ... 
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The Adventures of the Gingerbread Lady: PATTERN: Ribb...
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recipe (vegetarian)

Vegetarian “Beef” Stroganoff

crockpot recipe
stephanie o'dea

Bananas Foster CrockPot Recipe

I had bananas foster for the first time about a month ago at a catered event for my husband's work. It was amazing, and I knew as soon as I tasted it that it would transfer nicely to the crockpot.

After some googling, and speaking to friends, I learned that a lot of times this dish is set on fire before it is served. I did not do this. I have no interest in testing out our insurance policy and we don't live on a cruise ship.

The Ingredients.

--3 nasty squishy bananas (why oh why can we not ever seem to eat them quickly enough?)
--1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
--1 t vanilla
--1/3 cup brown sugar
--1/4 cup brandy (gluten free)

The Directions.

I used my mini crockpot for this.

--smash up your bananas in a ziplock
--squeeze into crockpot
--add butter and the rest of the stuff

cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1-2.

Stir and enjoy over your favorite vanilla ice cream.

The Verdict.

I did not give this to the kids. It tasted alcohol-y, but not overbearing in the slightest. I adored it and stirred it into my oatmeal the next morning. Adam had seconds. This is a good one!

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. - Isaac Asimov

'where's the bathroom?' in Cherokee - Hatlv doya unatsvsdi yigi

Primrose's Field - this checkered background consists of squares but appears to wave. In addition, this figure also shows a waving motion illusion


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring


Spraying hair spray on tights and leggings will prevent them from running.
hair spray on tights


Elephant Fun

Richard Avedon
Elephant Trivia
  • Elephants in Chanel
  • Elephants live in a structured social order. The females spend their entire lives in tightly knit family groups made up of mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts. These groups are led by the eldest female, or matriarch. Adult males, on the other hand, live mostly solitary lives.
  • Funny Pictures of Elephant Sitting Down with Trainer
  • Along with dolphins, apes, and humans, elephants are among the only animals known to recognize their reflections in a mirror.
  • A group of elephants is called a "herd," a "parade," or even a "memory."
  • Elephants in Love
  • The elephant's trunk has about 15,000 muscles, and it takes baby elephants quite some time to learn to master its use. The trunk combines both nose and upper lip and transforms them into a single powerful organ that is able to touch, grasp and smell. It is strong enough to uproot a tree, sensitive enough to pick up a pea-sized fruit from the ground, and long enough to reach foliage high in the trees. The trunk is also used to drink by sucking up water and squirting it into the mouth. Finally, elephants use their trunks for greeting, caressing, threatening, and throwing dust over the body.
  • An elephant is hiding in a large tree with green leaves and a dark blue cloudless sky in an image inspried by elephant jokes.
  • There are two distinct species of elephant - the African and the Indian elephant.  There are a number of differences between the two species – overall size, ear size, tusks and shape of the back and forehead among others. Of these two species, African elephants are divided into two subspecies (savannah and forest), while the Asian elephant is divided into four subspecies (Sri Lankan, Indian, Sumatran and Borneo). Asian elephants have been very important to Asian culture for thousands of years – they have been domesticated and are used for religious festivals, transportation and to move heavy objects.  It is the Asian elephant that is used in the circus.
An Indian elephant (left) and an African elephant (right).
  • Elephants cry, play, have incredible memories, and laugh.
  • Elephants are sensitive fellow animals where if a baby complains, the entire family will rumble and go over to touch and caress it.
  • Elephants have greeting ceremonies when a friend that has been away for some time returns to the group.
  • Elephants grieve at a loss of a stillborn baby, a family member, and in many cases other elephants.
  • Photo: Elephant Hug
  • Elephants don't drink with their trunks, but use them as "tools" to drink with. This is accomplished by filling the trunk with water and then using it as a hose to pour it into the elephant's mouth.
  • Keira Knightley and Elephant
  • Interestingly, the Asian elephant is more closely related to the extinct mammoth than to the African elephant.
  • ElephantSnowball7
    Numbi, an African elephant at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, teaches her calf Tuluba that snow can be fun to play with and to eat

1 comment:

  1. Happy to Lily Tomlin on your page today. Just thinking about her makes me smile:)