Sunday, March 1, 2015

World Compliment Day MAR 1, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate World Compliment Day

Oh, wow. You look great! Have you lost a little weight since the last time we met? And your hair! It really suits you.
World Compliment Day is billed as the most positive day in the world. It’s hard to argue, what with all those compliments being passed around. There is an art to it, though. A true compliment must be genuine, or the receiver will see through it. As importantly, the receiver must accept the compliment with a heartfelt “Thank you!”. It’s no good being self-effacing; you’ll wring all the positivity out of the situation, making for a dull World Compliment Day.
If done properly though, World Compliment Day is undoubtedly a force for good in this crazy world. Let’s really go for it. Compliment people you’ve never complimented before. Compliment people in the street. Send a wave of positivity around your hometown. Anyone ever tell you you’re wonderful?

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Mental responsiveness; discernment; awareness.
Usage:After nine months in a coma, the patient began to exhibit sensibility.


Yitzhak Rabin

Rabin was an Israeli military leader, politician, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He rose in rank from brigade commander in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War to chief of staff in 1964 and was credited with Israel's military success in the Six Day War. After retiring to pursue a diplomatic post, Rabin succeeded Golda Meir as Prime Minister of Israel in 1974. He served two terms before his political career was cut short when he was assassinated in 1995. 

Whuppity Scoorie

On March 1 every year, Lanark's parish church bell rings exactly at 6 p.m., after a four-month silence. As the bell begins to ring, children in this Scottish town parade three times round the church, dangling pieces of string with paper balls attached at the other end. Then they start striking one another with the paper balls in a play fight. Once pennies are tossed to the ground, the children rush to collect them. One explanation for the origin of this festival is that it can be traced back to pagantimes, when people believed that making a great deal of noise would scare away evil spirits.

Britain Imported Wheat 

2,000 Years Before Growing It

Sediments at a British archaeological site include wheat remains dating back 8,000 years, meaning that Britons were bringing in European wheat two millennia before they grew it. 

1692 - In Salem Village, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Salem witch trials began. Four women were the first to be charged. 

1869 - Postage stamps with scenes were issued for the first time

1872 - The U.S. Congress authorized the creation of Yellowstone National Park. It was the world's first national park. 

1873 - E. Remington and Sons of Ilion, NY, began the manufacturing the first practical typewriter. 

1912 - Captain Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from a moving airplane. 

1932 - The 22-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped. The child was found dead in May. 

1941 - FM Radio began in Nashville, TN, when station W47NV began operations.

1961 - The Peace Corps was established by U.S. President Kennedy. 

1974 - Seven people were indicted in connection with the Watergate break-in. The charge was conspiring to obstruct justice.

1995Yahoo! was incorporated. 

If You Were Born Today, March 1

Although you are self-reliant and for the most part independent, you are also a true giver, with loads of compassion for others. You have a vision and you go after it. Truly inspired, you have an innate understanding that change is necessary in order to grow and move forward. You can be very persuasive when you want to be. While you can be moody and sensitive, you are also very good at picking yourself up from a fall, dusting yourself off, and changing plans if need be. Famous people born today: Harry Belafonte, Roger Daltrey, Warren Beatty, Ron Howard, Alan Thicke, Frederic Chopin, Jensen Ackles, Justin Bieber, Jack Davenport.

Picture of waterfalls and fall foliage at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Falls in Autumn

Photograph by Vedrana Tafra, National Geographic 
Dispersing fog and a moment of sunshine bring the falls and foliage of Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park into view on an early autumn morning. The country’s oldest and largest national park, Plitvice boasts more than plunging waterfalls: Its 16 terraced lakes, formed by natural travertine dams, change color throughout the day, and its abundant wildlife includes 261 species of birds.

The Elusive Blue Rose Hat pattern by Jana Pihota
I’ve always been fascinated by the gardening world quest to create a true blue rose. Many dedicated rose growers have tried over the years to produce a s...
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I Want That Wrap pattern by Carolyn Kinghorn
Finished dimensions are 21in. X 62in. but can be adjusted by adding extra length or width as needed. I knit for my height at 5’4”.
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Twined Basket in Blue pattern by Melissa Somerville
I discovered this twined technique when I tried to make the Larus+Ardea mitts, and loved the sturdy fabric it creates. I also found a great book at our local ...
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Man's Neck Warmer 
by Nora Schreiber

This is a simple collar to get warn neck and shoulder for man that I want to share with you my friends. I think it's ok if you want to make for woman.
100 yards "I love this yarn" or (medium worsted weight yarn) (2 onz)
Circular needle size 10 (5 mm) 30" longer; and 5 double point needle size 8 (4.5 mm) or Circular needle 23" or 24" longer.
1 marker
1" = 4 sts
1" = 6 rounds
(not crucial)
14" around neck
Length 9" 1/2
Abbreviations and symbol
K = knit P = purl k2tog = knit 2 sts together p3tog = purl 3 sts together
*An asterisk is used to mark the beginning of portion of instructions to be worked more than once; thus, "rep from* repeat the instructions following the asterisk 1 more (2 times in all).
With size 10 circular needle (5mm), cast on 120 sts, join, taking care not to twist sts and place marker for beg of round.
Rnds 1 through 9: *k2, p2, repeat from* around.
Rnd 10: *k2tog and p 2, repeat from* around.
Rnds 11 through 19: *k1, p2, repeat from* around.
Rnd 20: *k1, p2tog, repeat from* around. = 66 sts
Rnds 21 through 25: *k1, p1, repeat from* around.
Rnd 26: change needle to 5 double point size 8 (4.5 mm) K1 and p1 over 23 sts; p3tog; k1 and p1 over 24 sts, k3 tog; *p1 and k1 over 24 sts; k3tog, repeat from*1 time more. = 60 sts
Rnds 27 through 57: *k1, p1, repeat from* around.
Bind off loosely in rib. Use a bigger needle to bind off, if you are unable to do a loose bind off. Weave the ends.

Image result for swiss flag

What's the best thing about Switzerland? 

I don't know, but their flag is a huge plus.






crockpot recipe!
stephanie o'dea

Hearty Ox Tail Stew CrockPot Recipe

A perfect meal for a cold, winter's evening, and as chance had it---a perfect lunch for a beautiful spring day, too. 

This meal took two days to prepare. I didn't start the crockpot until noon, since we were out and about running errands. When the meat was still tough at dinner time, we ate leftovers and popped the entire stoneware insert into the refrigerator. The next morning, I scraped a layer of icky fat from the top of the dish, held my breath and cooked it all on low for another 10 hours.

so worth the wait - so very worth the wait.

I just finished up the final leftovers for lunch yesterday and the flavors were even more pronounced. This is a great-tasting, hearty, flavorful stew.

The Ingredients:

--3 lbs oxtail
--2 chopped green onions
--1 cup frozen roasted corn
--5 baby potatoes, chopped in bite-sized chunks
--1 cup sliced celery
--1 cup baby carrots
--4 whole cloves of garlic
--1 large can of tomatoes and juice
--1/2 t Italian Seasoning
--1/2 t powdered ginger
--1/2 t cumin
--baby bottle of white wine (~1 cup)
--1 cup of beef broth
--a secret ingredient! 1 square of semi-sweet baking chocolate!

The Directions:
--rub a bit of olive oil into the bottom of your crockpot stoneware
--plop your ox tails in
--cover with the spices
--add tomatoes, vegetables and wine--drop in baking chocolate square

I ended up cooking this on high for 5 hours on the first day and then let it cool overnight. The next morning I then cooked it on low for another 10 hours.
If you are not going to do this in two steps, I'd recommend cooking it on low for as long as you can. Probably 14-20 hours...

The Verdict.
I really enjoyed this, and while the chocolate probably didn't add too awful much, it made me feel creative and adventurous to have it in there. My children really liked this; we chopped all the meat off in their bowl. I preferred gnawing on the bones like a hungry animal.

Thumb Tack Art
MONOGRAM LETTER ~ Create your own custom monogrammed letter artwork on a budget! All you need is styrofoam, thumb tacks and paint.

'where's the bathroom?' in Afrikaans - Waar is die toilet?

depth / motion illusion & color fun



Several new uses for old chairs.... from re-do and re-purpose into benches, to a guiter stand or magazine rack.... check out all these ideas!- tho I couldn't cut up books like this.


Trollstigen, Norway

Leh To Manali Road, Ladakh, Himalaya, India

Colle Di Tenda

Colle Di Tenda


Leba Mountain Pass - Angola
Road On Atlas Mountains - Morocco

 Florida Keys

Overseas Highway - Us1 - Florida Keys

Kelok Sembilan, West Sumatra, Indonesia


Route 1, Iceland


Passo Dello Stelvio, Italia

South Africa

Chapman's Peak, South Africa


Atlantic Road, Norway

Transfăgărășan - Romania

1 comment:

  1. Taking a look at those serpentine roadways I'm kind of glad I haven't got permission to drive yet. I made the Elusive Blue Hat in green for our DIL a while back. Must go off and find DH so I can throw some compliments his way.

    I loved the reading chair. If one runs out one can always dismantle the chair, right?

    from VT where the snow is coming down pretty heavy and DH and I are thinking ahead to Downton Abbey--the double episode!
    the Vermonster