Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lost Sock Memorial Day MAY 9, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Lost Sock Memorial Day

It’s inevitable – for every load of laundry you sort through, there are odd socks. Over time, you may even find that you end up with entire drawers and storage boxes filled with odd socks. But worry not! Lost Sock Memorial Day is all about commemorating the other (lost) halves of the pairs of socks which are still with us. Here’s to their memory.


a special thank you to patty and her husband for sharing their trip on the hudson river

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A sticky substance used as an adhesive.
Usage:They wanted to make a model airplane, but lacked the mucilage needed to hold the pieces together.



John Brown (1800)

Brown was an American abolitionist who advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to abolish all slavery. After murdering five proslavery settlers in Kansas in 1856, Brown led an unsuccessful raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in 1859. He was convicted of treason and hanged. His raid made him a martyr to northern abolitionists and increased the sectional animosities that led to the American Civil War


In ancient Rome, the lemures—the ghosts of the family's dead—were considered to be troublesome and therefore had to be exorcized on a regular basis. The Lemuraliaor Lemuria was a yearly festival held on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May to get rid of the lemures. Participants walked barefoot, cleansed their hands three times, and threw black beans behind them nine times to appease the spirits of the dead. On the third day of the festival, a merchants' festival was held to ensure a prosperous year for business.

Ebola Virus Lingers in Patient's Eyeball Even After Recovery

For one Ebola doctor-turned-patient, being discharged with virus-free blood wasn't the end of his brush with the potentially deadly pathogen. Three months later, the virus was still lingering in his left eyeball, according to a case study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

1754 - The first newspaper cartoon in America showed a divided snake "Join or die" in "The Pennsylvania Gazette." 

1926 - Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole.

1930 - A starting gate was used to start a Triple Crown race for the first time. 

1940 - Vivien Leigh debuted in America on stage in "Romeo and Juliet" with Lawrence Olivier.

1944 - Jimmie Davis became the Governor of Louisiana. He wrote the song "You Are My Sunshine." 

1960 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill for the first time.

1994 - Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa's first black president. 


If You Were Born Today, May 9

You are romantic and soulful, and yet determined and stubborn. At times moody, you often long for something more from your life. Others find you very appealing and attractive. You often go it alone when you don't need to. You have strong feelings and intuition, and have a special affinity for music. Famous people born today: Candice Bergen, Billy Joel, Raquel Welch, Rosario Dawson.

Picture of the day
Horseshoe Bend (Arizona)
Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, located 5 miles (8 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell, near the town of Page, Arizona. It is accessible via hiking trail or an access road.

Picture of people walking in the snow in Vladimir, Russia

Changeable Spring

Photograph by Tatiana Touraeva, National Geographic
While traveling through Vladimir, Russia, Tatiana Touraeva and her family stopped to stroll around a historic section of town. “The weather seemed to be pretty changeable that day,” Touraeva writes. Though a freezing wind was blowing, the sun could still be seen through the clouds. “We were having fun, riding scooters and playing tag” when the snow began to fall. “That was quite unexpected, with all that sunshine and green grass almost [coming] out of the ground here and there,” she writes. “The church’s domes seemed lit up by the rays, and the snowflakes—so big and light—moved slowly in the air ... That was really a rare moment I will remember for the rest of my life.”












Decadent Nachos

These nachos are layered with spicy chorizo crumbles and a mix of pepper jack and cheddar cheese. Feel free to go crazy with the toppings: you can’t go wrong here. I love adding slices of radishes, a dash of fresh cilantro, a few splashes of hot sauce and a sunny-side-up egg. This way you can call this plate of nachos lunch or dinner, or even — thanks to the egg — breakfast.
Ultimate NachosServes 4 (as an appetizer) 
2.5 ounces chorizo
Corn tortilla chips
1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese
Handful of crumbled queso fresco
2 radishes, sliced
1 tablespoon minced cilantro
1 large egg, fried
Preheat the oven to 200? Fahrenheit. In a small saucepan, cook the chorizo, being sure to break it up into crumbles with a spoon. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chorizo crumbles and set aside.
On an oven-proof plate, add one even layer of chips. Top with half of the chorizo and half of the cheese. Top with another layer of chips and again add the rest of the chorizo and cheese. Transfer to the oven to bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is evenly melted. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the nachos with queso fresco, sliced radishes, and minced cilantro, then top the entire pile of nachos with the fried egg.

stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Pancakes Recipe

Pretty much every single day since I began this project, my three-year-old has told me we should make gluten-free pancakes in the crockpot (yup, she labels everything gluten-free when asking for food). And like any good mom, I've ignored her for five-and-a-half months. But, good ol' Trader Joe's. They now have their own brand of gluten-free pancake mix. And what better way to test it out, than in the crockpot.

The Ingredients.
the stuff you need to make pancakes.

The Directions.

Follow the directions listed on the back of your pancake mix package. If you're all fancy-like, you could make them from scratch.
Spray the inside of your crock liberally with cooking spray, or rub butter all along the sides and bottom.
Pour your batter in, and put the lid on. Cook on high for 2 hours, then test with a knife. You'll know it's done when the top is golden-brown, pulls away from the sides, and the knife comes out clean.
Cut into wedges or slices, and remove with a spatula.
--knock on wood-- our pieces came out perfectly.

The Verdict.

This was a fun and easy week day breakfast. The kids were thrilled to have pancakes before school, and I was thrilled that they could cook before they were awake and while I was getting stuff done for work and around the house. The pieces are thick, and reminiscent of scones. They need a lot of syrup, but weren't as dry and crumbly as they could have been. I do think we'll make these again; they were fun, easy, and different.


a beautiful mess

Try painting the inside of your kitchen cabinets. Hello pop of color! (If your cabinets are not white to begin with this could possibly stretch into a two-afternoon project. But hey, it's so cute!)
Paint inside your cabinets






One chance is all you need. - Jesse Owens


Eccentric Millionaire Who Hid Gold Treasure in the Rocky Mountains Five Years Ago Says It’s Still Up for Grabs

By Sumitra 
If you believe millionaire art collector Forrest Fenn, there’s actually a real treasure buried somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, just waiting to be found. The 84-year-old author claims he hid a chest full of gold and jewelry – worth millions of dollars – in the mountains five years ago, and even left clues in his book The Thrill of the Chase. Tens of thousands of people have joined the hunt, but no one has managed to find the coveted treasure so far.
Fenn, a native of New Mexico, moved back to Santa Fe with his wife in 1970. He has always had a strong sense of adventure, but he didn’t get the idea to hide his treasure until 1988, when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He was told that his chances of survival were slim, so he started thinking of creative ways to share his wealth. That’s when he thought of a treasure hunt.



How To Say Coffee in Afrikaans: koffie



Moleskin is used to repair old bras.
repair old bras


thanks, shelley


  1. Wow, now DH and I are famous:)

  2. Love that lost socks are finally being celebrated...and the amazing Russian snow photo.