Friday, March 27, 2015

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day MAR 27, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

If you’re rocking out to classics such as “I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim’s Gettin’ Better” or “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly”, then chances are you’re already well on the way to celebrating Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day.

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Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions.
Usage:The phantasmagoric imagery, with melting clocks and unreal landscapes, is what attracts many to Salvador Dali's work.



Charles I Becomes King (1625

Charles I was King of England, Scotland and Ireland from March 27, 1625, until his execution in 1649. An advocate of the divine right of kings, Charles drew ire during his reign by engaging in a power struggle with Parliament, marrying a Catholic, and allying himself with controversial religious figures. His last years were marked by civil war, and he was defeated twice before being captured, tried, convicted, and executed for high treason.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886)

A pioneer of modern architecture and one of its most influential figures, German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was famous for his use of the minimalist architectural dictum "less is more." As a young architect in Berlin, he foreshadowed modern architecture with innovative designs for tubular-steel furniture and steel-and-glass skyscrapers, and countless modernist steel-and-glass structures have been influenced by his work.

Beans Bred to Beat Baking Climate

Scientists have bred 30 new varieties of "heat-beating" beans designed to provide protein for the world's poor in the face of global warming. 

1794 - The U.S. Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy.

1860 - The corkscrew was patented by M.L. Byrn.

1904 - Mary Jarris "Mother" Jones was ordered by Colorado state authorities to leave the state. She was accused of stirring up striking coal miners. 

1912 - The first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan. 

1931 - Actor Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honor decoration.

1985 - Billy Dee Williams received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

1998 - In the U.S., the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra. It was the first pill for male impotence

Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was 71 yesterday

Diana Ross won a Golden Globe for her role as Billie Holiday in
Lady Sings the Blues in 1972.

James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr. was 87 on March 25th


The former NASA astronaut and retired captain in the U.S. Navy is  
most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which
suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon in 1970. The crew
was brought back safely to Earth by the combined efforts of all
those involved. Lovell is a recipient of the Congressional Space 

It Official Ended on March 26, 1945

The Battle of Iwo Jima began on February 19, 1945 and was officially declared
ended with the securing of the island on March 26. The five week battle to
capture the island from the Japanese Imperial Army comprised some of the
fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific during World War II.

If You Were Born Today, March 27

You are self-willed and sometimes forceful or blunt in your expression. In some ways, you are a go-getter and certainly ahead of your time. Your manner tends to command respect, but also hides a sensitive and reflective nature. For the most part, you need to work under your own direction. As determined and independent as you are, you very often put loved ones' needs first. Famous people born today: Mariah Carey, Gloria Swanson, Nathan Fillion, Stacey Ferguson, Quentin Tarantino.

Picture of a deer camouflaged in a field of dried sunflowers

Deer Hide

Photograph by Jeremy Baker, National Geographic
“This situation happened to come to fruition due to my five-year-old's love of the outdoors,” says Jeremy Baker, who captured this shot in Minot, North Dakota. Baker’s son had asked to go for a drive to look for wildlife to photograph. “[While] driving down a secluded dirt road ... I noticed a doe moving through the dried up sunflowers, trying to hide from me. I turned off my truck and used the window as a tripod and snapped away, as she was curious enough to show me her vulnerable side.”

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214s-09 Peter Pan Collar Top pattern by Pierrot (Gosyo C...
Both English and Japanese versions are fully charted using standard knitting and/or crochet symbols. Japanese version available here.
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Mod Maude Shawl

Bees pattern by Gabriella Henry
A quick and easy pattern for toy bees - knit flat and seamed.
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knit, 3 - 24 mths
Jumping Jack Cushion pattern by Kaffe Fassett
14 different colours of Rowan Cotton Glace
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crochet, kid's size




8-Petal Flower Afghan Square Free Crochet Pattern
I take part in the Baker's Dozen group on Ravelry.  Eve…
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CrockPot Baked Ziti Recipe

Although this could use some tweaking, the end result was what I was after.

The Ingredients.

--1 bag of your favorite pasta
--1 jar of marinara sauce
--any vegetables you might want to throw in. We only had a few leftover sliced mushrooms.
--cheese odds and ends. I used some shredded Mexican blend, some shredded parmesan and two string cheeses.

The Directions.

--rinse pasta in a colander (just so there's some added moisture)
--add a handful of pasta and a bit of sauce to your crockpot stoneware insert
--put in a bit of cheese
--keep layering ingredients in until you run out
--cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. T

The Verdict.

I was pleased that the pasta was tender in the middle. The pasta that hit the sides and the stuff on top was pretty crunchy. Adam suggested (a bit too late) that maybe I should have sprayed some cooking spray on the inside of the stoneware before layering in the ingredients. I think that would have helped. I think next time I might add 2 T of water to the very top noodles to keep them a bit more tender. I'm also thinking some meat added to the mix would help with a touch more moisture.Even though we didn't eat the crunchy noodles, there was plenty of food for the four of us, with leftovers to spare.

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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring


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A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. - Honore de Balzac

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Cat with chicks


In Quingdao, China an owner left his birdcage open and his cat jumped in. But instead of doing anything malicious, the cat made some new playmates! This isn’t unheard of, but it sure is both rare and adorable


'where's the bathroom?' in Indonesian - Di manakah toilet?


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Behind the Scenes at Disney Studios, 1953

The Disney studio is big (it covers 51 acres) and resembles a huge and complicated machine. Up to 400 draftsmen, editors, artists, cameramen, musicians, idea men, special effects men, all kinds of technicians, are required for even the shortest cartoon. There are inventions of great complexity and ingenuity... But being Disneys, the special stamp of this machine is that it careens along looking as if every screw inside were loose. The wanderer through the studio will come across animators making faces in mirrors to get ideas for the looney animals they are drawing.

Quartet known as The Mello-Men bays in harmony before screen showing four canine characters whose voices they represent in the forthcoming Disney feature cartoon,The Lady and The Tramp. (Photos: Alfred EisenstaedtThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Behind the scenes at Disney studios, 1953. (Photos: Alfred EisenstaedtThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Voicing a character for the feature cartoon,The Lady and the Tramp. (Photos: Alfred EisenstaedtThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Walt at work gives animated version of what he thinks action ought to look like as he directs story conference on his forthcoming Sleeping Beauty. (Photos: Alfred EisenstaedtThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jim MacDonald, Disney's sound effects expert, blows across top of jug while other experts make murderous music out of bazooka, disembodied piano and assortment of strings, pipes, hinges, chains. (Photos: Alfred EisenstaedtThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

A Disney animator peers in a mirror to get facial expressions just right. (Photos: Alfred EisenstaedtThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Creating sound effects for a Disney movie, 1953. (Photos: Alfred EisenstaedtThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
A Disney animator peers in a mirror to get facial expressions just right. (Photos: Alfred EisenstaedtThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Disney artists check a cel from the film,The Lady and the Tramp. (Photos: Alfred EisenstaedtThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
A Disney animator and a character he's drawn. (Photos: Alfred EisenstaedtThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
A Disney animator peers in a mirror to get facial expressions just right. (Photos: Alfred EisenstaedtThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Walt Disney. (Photos: J. R. EyermanThe LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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