Friday, April 3, 2015

Find A Rainbow Day AP 3, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Find A Rainbow Day

I hope everyone has a wonderful time celebrating this weekend. Ray and I will be staying with family in Toronto for the holidays. We don't expect to return until late Monday evening. (when PC, the cat, will be really happy to see your faces! lol) 

Perhaps one of the more interesting and yet lesser-known holidays is an event that is known as Find a Rainbow Day. As you may have already guessed, this celebration occurs during the month of April each year (after all, the early spring is known for its fair share of these beautifully stunning phenomena).
Of course, finding a rainbow is not as easy as it sounds and if you are lucky enough to find yourself outside just after a rainstorm in early April, you may just be able to catch a quick glimpse and even take a snapshot of one of these wonderful natural events.
While the exact origins of this day remain rather obscure, there are many who enjoy cooking colorful foods on this day; treats such as jello and cookies being some of the most common items. So, it appears that there are indeed times when a bit of rain is not necessarily a bad thing!


Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Of such fine texture as to be transparent or translucent.
Usage:She wore a hat with a diaphanous veil that did not obscure her features.

Amazing Photos With Cute Animals Around The World


Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima is the title given to the Virgin Mary by those who believe that she appeared to three shepherd children at Fátima, Portugal, in 1917, at a time when many young men, including relatives of the children, were fighting in WWI. She reportedly exhorted the children to do penance, and they wore tight cords around their waists and abstained from water on hot days. She also reportedly confided to them three secrets.
1776George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College
1829 - James Carrington patented the coffee mill. 
1860 - The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half. 
1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed. 
1949 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis debuted on radio on the "Martin and Lewis Show". The NBC program ran until 1952. 
1953 - "TV Guide" was published for the first time.
1979 - Jane Byrne became the first female mayor in Chicago.
1982 - John Chancellor stepped down as anchor of the "The NBC Nightly News." Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw became the co-anchors of the show. 
1993 - The Norman Rockwell Museum opened in Stockbridge, MA. 
Richard Chamberlain was 81 This Week
George Richard Chamberlain was born in Beverly Hills, California.
Chamberlain starred on Dr. Kildare on NBC (1961 – 1966). The role
earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor
in a Motion Picture Made for Television. Since then, he has appeared
in several mini-series such as The Thorn Birds on ABC (1983), many
successful films, performed classical stage roles and worked in the
musical theatre.  
Richard Chamberlainalbum
This song became a hit for Chamberlain when released as a single
in 1963, peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

No. 1 Single 
In 1999 “Killing Me Softly With His Song” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of
. It also ranked #360 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Songs
of All Time
 and #82 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all time.

If You Were Born Today, April 4

You expect to work for what you want in life, and are always aware of your responsibilities. Nevertheless, you are playful and sometimes mischievous. You are straightforward in your dealings with others, and sometimes quite blunt! You value honesty and integrity in others as well. A confident and friendly manner sometimes hides a tendency to worry a lot about your future. You are an independent thinker. Famous people born today: Robert Downey Jr., Heath Ledger, Maya Angelou, Anthony Perkins, David Blaine.

Picture of devotees at Rakher Upobash, a Hindu festival, in Bangladesh

Holding Fast

Photograph by Syed Hassan, National Geographic 
Light and smoke commingle to cast a misty glow over devotees during Rakher Upobash, a Hindu fasting festival, in Bangladesh. This is what lured  Syed Hassan to photograph the scene. But he was also drawn to the expressions of the devotees. No matter which religion is practiced, “I love to capture the feeling,” he writes.

Amazing Photos With Cute Animals Around The World

(double) knit
Ristinolla pattern by Virpi Tarvo
Ohje on tarkoitettu onteloneuloksen kokeilemiseen. Lankavalinnasta riippuu, minkä kokoinen lappusesta tulee.
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Swoop Tee pattern by Amy Gunderson
This tee is worked seamlessly from the top down. First the shoulder saddles are knit sideways. Then stitches are picked up from the sides of the saddles and t...
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Tishoo pattern by Ellen Kapusniak
A small hug for pocket tissues!
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Les Mains Vertes pattern by Bev W
This pattern is what happens when a number of seeming disparate actions:
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Easiest & fastest baby booties ever! pattern by A la Sas...
Always wanted to make baby socks but never daired? Or maybe just in need of a simple and very fast variatoin?
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Yorkie Tutorial pattern by Pam Grennes
This pattern is based on a Japanese Amigurumi pattern that was very badly translated into English. I translated the pattern and did a photo tutorial to go wi...
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Rainbow Nesting Bowls pattern by Kimberly Young
These rainbow nesting bowls are fun and educational! Your little one can nest them, stack them, and if you make the matching balls they can use them to sor...
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29-210-31 Motif Scarf pattern by Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd...
Japanese version available here. Both English and Japanese versions are fully charted using standard knitting and/or crochet symbols.
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Gopher Golf Club Cover pattern by Nancy Anderson
Gauge 25 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
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knit, passover
Challah Cover pattern by Judith Goodman Johnson
Notes: 2 skeins of white are needed to knit the item
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Yarmulke pattern by Random Person
this is a simple yarmulke that I made for my FIL
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Pattern - Knitted Clerical Collar
I had the idea for this after a June heatwave. I kinda love mine. I intend to make this available on ravelry, but from what I can tell the .pdf needs to be host...
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Lutu-Pupu pattern by Eeva Saviranta
Gauge 10 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
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Sugar Bunny pattern by Raynor Gellatly
The Knitted Toy Box a blog for my free knitted toy patterns:
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Lavender Bunny pattern by Sarah Arnold
“A simple pattern for a cute amigurumi bunny. Great beginner pattern.”
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Mr/Ms. Chubby Bunny pattern by zoria
this is a very simple and quick pattern to make
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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

the nosher

20 minutes
6-8 servings
At every family meal I make sure to serve some raw vegetables in addition to the cooked ones. You will be surprised by how much you like this crunchy salad of raw brussels sprouts.
This recipe appears in Paula Shoyer’ newest book The New Passover Menu
Shredded Brussells Sprouts Salad2
Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad


1 pound (450g) brussels sprouts (preferably larger-size ones), ends trimmed, 2 outer layers of leaves removed
3/4 cup (115g) whole almonds, toasted (see box, page 34)
1/2 small red onion, chopped into small pieces (about 1/4 cup/40g)
3 Tbsp (45ml) fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp honey
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper


Cut the brussels sprouts in half the long way, from the stem end to the top, and thinly slice. Place the sliced sprouts in a bowl.
Roughly chop the toasted almonds and add to the bowl, along with the chopped onion.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oil, honey, salt, and black pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.

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CrockPot Red Wine & Cranberries Glazed Pot Roast

This is not a boring pot roast recipe. After cooking on low for 10 hours, the tender meat comes out of the crock with a sweet and tangy glaze with a bit of a peppery bite.

The Ingredients.

--1 1/2 lbs top round
--1/4 cup flour
--1 t kosher salt
--1 t pepper
--1 T dried onion flakes
--3 cloves minced garlic
--1/4 cup wine
--1 T gluten free Worcestershire sauce
--2 T gluten free soy sauce
-- 1 1/2 T maple syrup
--1/4 cup dried cranberries

The Directions.

Make a dredge with the flour, salt, pepper, and onion flakes. Rub the dry mixture all over your piece of meat. Then plop the meat into your crockpot. Discard the rest of the dry mixture.

Add the garlic and the wet ingredients into the crockpot. There is no need to stir. Top with a 1/4 cup of dried cranberries.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. There isn't much liquid in this dish. If you open your crock up a lot to peek, you might want to double or increase the liquid by 50%---even though I didn't peek, the meat got a bit dry and crispy on top (it was fine, I just flipped it over to soak up more juice). If you use a piece of meat with more fat, you won't run that risk.

The Verdict.

I served this with some whipped mashed potatoes with cheese, and we all really enjoyed it a lot. The sauce was a bit peppery for the kids. My eldest said it "was the best steak she's ever had" and my three-year-old dipped her pieces in ketchup.

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Got Sharpies + 10 Minutes? Make Easy Tie Dye Easter Eggs
Surprise, Easter is less than a week away! Where has the time gone? If you’ve been too busy spring cleaning and enjoying the nice weather, we understand....

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The Last Man in Fukushima – Kindhearted Local Remains in Radioactive Zone to Feed the Animals

By Sumitra 
When the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant went into meltdown, after the devastating tsunami in 2011, most of the locals fled to overcrowded temporary shelters. So did Naoto Matsumura, but the brave man soon decided return to his home town of Tomioka, just to take care of the many animals left behind! And even though the radiation levels are dangerously high (17 times higher than normal) in this area, Matsumura says he isn’t going anywhere.
He now spends most of his time running a charity along with a few supporters, taking care of animals left behind in the evacuation zone. “I have two cats, one dog, one ostrich, one horse, 31 cows and four wild boars,” Matsumura proudly declared.
He started off by taking into his care the animals that were abandoned in his hometown. He described how most of the pets were still tied up, because locals had believed they would be back home soon. Matsumura took it upon himself to feed the animals every day. “They couldn’t stand the wait, so they’d all gather around barking up a storm as soon as they heard my truck,” he recalled. “Everywhere I went there was always barking. Like, “we’re thirsty” or, “we don’t have any food.”

adorable easter picture...white sheet draped over the back of a sofa, pastel bucket, plastic easter eggs, a cute bowtie that compliments the eggs and a cute little guy plopped down in the middle of it all

'where's the bathroom?' in Kurdish - Hemam li ku ye?

SPLASHDUCK sharing a collection of Take a Moment to Really See pictures and websites. These funny animals

showers which change colors

This is just precious. HAHA. Imagine how shocking it will be to actually see a baby inside one of those plastic egg toys.

thanks, patty

Word Spy
The Word Lover’s Guide to New Words
A celebration of, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, those "wise men [who] pierce this rotten diction and fasten words again to visible things; so that picturesque language is at once a commanding certificate that he who employs it, is a man in alliance with truth." Or something.
Words Spied
B-gret n. Regret at having only noticed a restaurant's Board of Health "B" grade after eating at the restaurant (B + regret). [The New York Times]
claustrophile n. A person who prefers or seeks very small spaces (cf.claustrophobe). [Collectively] Note that the Oxford English Dictionary has claustrophilia from 1926. Thanks to Amy Plourde for this one.
crepusculite n. A person who enjoys the Twilight series of books by Stephanie Meyer (crepuscular + -ite). [TwitterCrepuscular means "of or relating to twilight."
presstitute n. A member of the press who is uncritical of those in power and their policies. [GlobalResearch]
Word of the Week
transformer home n. A building that appears to be a residential home, but is actually a transformer station for the local power utility.
The “transformer home” on Millwood Rd. was designed to closely match the look of its post-war Leaside neighbours. Toronto Hydro added decorative wooden shutters, a crazy-paved walkway, neat little flower beds, even a brick chimney in an effort to hide the building’s real purpose. A chain across the driveway is the only obvious modern addition. “People kept parking in there,” says a passer-by.
—Chris Bateman, "The transformer next door," Spacing, February 18, 2015
Transformer home - front view
Transformer home — front view.
Transformer home - rear view
Transformer home — rear view.
Cruft* of the Week
brelfie n. A selfie taken by a breastfeeding woman (breastfeeding + selfie). [The Telegraph]
"Poorly built, possibly over-complex; generally unpleasant" —The Jargon File.
Place Words: A Sampler
In The Making of the English Landscape, the historian W. G. Hoskins writes that "behind every generalization, there lies the infinite variety and beauty of the detail; and it is the detail that matters, that gives pleasure to the eye and to the mind, as we traverse, on foot and unhurried, the landscape of any part of England." That detail is, to a layman, often unnamed, so the pleasure it gives is more for the eye than the mind, but we all know the unique gratification that comes with being able to name this flower or that rock formation. Knowing the names of things is a kind of key that opens up a landscape and makes it accessible, even intimate.
The nature writer Robert Macfarlane knows the names of many things and lucky for us he's taken the time to write them down. They appear casually in books such as The Old Ways, and apparently more systematically in a book called Landmarks, which will be released this week. In The Guardian last Friday, he offered a glimpse of the new book with a beautiful essay on "place words": the old (sometimes very old) words we use to name features of the landscape. It's well worth your time to read in its entirety, but I thought I'd offer just a wee sample of the place words he presents:
ammil n. The thin film of ice that lacquers all leaves, twigs and grass blades when a freeze follows a partial thaw.
caochan n. A slender moorstream obscured by vegetation such that it is virtually hidden from sight.
cladach n. A stony beach.
fèith n. A fine vein-like watercourse running through peat, often dry in the summer.
pirr n. A light breath of wind, such as will make a cat’s paw on the water.
roarie bummlers n. Fast-moving storm clouds.
smeuse n. The gap in the base of a hedge made by the regular passage of a small animal.

Close Quote
There are experiences of landscape that will always resist articulation, and of which words offer only a distant echo. Nature will not name itself. Granite doesn’t self-identify as igneous. Light has no grammar. Language is always late for its subject. When I see a moon-bow or a sundog, I usually just say “Wow!” or “Hey!” Sometimes on a mountain, I look out across scree and corriesrónand lairig — and say nothing at all. But we are and always have been name-callers, christeners. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes grained into our words.
—Robert Macfarlane, "The word-hoard," The Guardian, February 27, 2015


1 comment:

  1. Roberta Flack was in our Hall of Fame long before she made it to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Must remember to get to Stockbridge MA some day soon to revisit Rockwell.

    from windy VT,
    the Vermonster