Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hug Your Cat Day JUNE 4, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Hug Your Cat Day

Hug Your Cat Day is one of those pleasingly straightforward holidays. Quite simply, it is a day in which cat owners everywhere are encouraged to hug their cats. The more dedicated amongst them will not need this encouragement, of course, but it is always good to be reminded of our feline friends.
The obvious downside to the day as that people without cats may be left out. This need not be the case, however – it should be straightforward enough to simply adapt it into “Hug Someone Else’s Cat Day”.
So, whether or not you are the proud housemate of a purring kitty, Hug Your Cat Day is the perfect excuse to put a bit of warmth and companionship into your life. No matter what’s going on around you, no matter how bad or troubling things get, you can always count on your furry friend to be there for you.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Something that bears an analogy to something else.
Usage:Surimi is marketed as an analogue of crabmeat.


First Pulitzer Prizes Awarded (1917)

The Pulitzer Prizes—prestigious awards presented annually by Columbia University for achievements in American journalism, literature, and music—were created by journalist and publisher Joseph Pulitzer, whose will funded the establishment of Columbia's school of journalism as well as the prizes. Ironically, Columbia had rejected donation offers from Pulitzer during his lifetime because, as one of the originators of yellow journalism, he was regarded as unscrupulous. 

Heinrich Wieland (1877)

Wieland was a German chemist who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1927 for determining the molecular structure of bile acids, which are produced by the liver. His work provided insight into the mechanism by which bile acids aid in the resorption of food in the intestines and led to the establishment of the close relationship between cholesterol and the bile acids

Tonga Emancipation Day

June 4 is a national holiday in the Kingdom of Tonga, celebrating its full independence from Britain. On June 4, 1863, King George Tupuo I abolished the system of serfdom in the island nation of Tonga. The historic occasion is remembered on Emancipation Day, which is celebrated just after the conclusion of the annual three-day Ha'apai Festival. The Ha'apai Festival begins on Tonga's outer islands and ends on Lifuka Island on June 4th. Both the festival and Emancipation Day are marked with feasts and dancing.

How "Tweeting" Seals are Helping Us Discover the Ocean's Mysteries

To gather information from some of the harshest waters on the planet, scientists turned to an unlikely source: An army of massive seals equipped with special sensors. Since 2004, more than 1,000 southern elephant seals sporting non-invasive sensors have traversed the world and sent data back to researchers via satellite.

1784 - Marie Thible became the first woman to fly in a hot-air balloon. The flight was 45 minutes long and reached a height of 8,500 feet. 

1892 - The Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco.

1924 - An eternal light was dedicated at Madison Square in New York City in memory of all New York soldiers who died in World War I. 

1939 - The first shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman in Oklahoma City, OK. It was actually a folding chair that had been mounted on wheels. 

1974 - Sally Murphy (left) became the first woman to qualify as an aviator with the U.S. Army.

Image result for 1984 - Bruce Springsteen released his "Born in the U.S.A." album.

1984 - Bruce Springsteen released his "Born in the U.S.A." album. 

1998 - George and Ira Gershwin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


If You Were Born Today, June 4

You are ambitious with a good head on your shoulders, particularly for business. You know what to do to get the job done. You are hard working and very conscientious, no matter what job you do, but especially so when inspired. At times you can drive yourself too hard. When irritated, you can be a little bossy or arrogant, but overall, you are quite companionable and friendly. Famous people born today: Angelina Jolie, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Parker Stevenson, Bruce Dern.


Picture of the day
The Ruins of Holyrood Chapel
The Ruins of Holyrood Chapel is an oil painting on canvas completed by Louis Daguerre in c. 1824. It depicts Holyrood Abbey, once the official residence of the Monarch of the United Kingdom in Edinburgh, Scotland, lit by moonlight. The painting is now held by the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

Picture of the Seda Monastery in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China

Residence Life

Photograph by Jing Wei, National Geographic
Monastic dormitories crowd a mountain that’s home to the Seda Larung Wuming Tibetan Buddhist Institute in China’s Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The monastery is the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist academy, with tens of thousands of male and female attendees. According to Jing Wei, the impressive site is worth visiting “to experience the peculiar landscapes and local life of the people there.”


Little Wave Pinafore / Cardigan
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Knitting pattern. Pattern category: Baby Cardigan, Cardigans. Fingering weight yarn. 150-300 yards. Features: Chevron, Ripple, Seamless, Stripes, Top-Dow...
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Plain Jane Creations: Free Oroton inspired waffle washer
My Oroton knitting bag has inspired me to create a washer pattern to share with you.  It's not really a knitting bag but a beauty case too nice to get dirty wit...
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Top Down Vintage Cardigans - Patterns | Yarnspirations
Cardigan for babies and toddlers with beautiful, simple details.
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Tiny Dancer Purse

Lucy The Monkey (Crochet) - Patterns | Yarnspirations
Lucy the Monkey is ready for any adventure!
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Pretty Petals Potholder

crochet (must log in)

Summer Flower Baby Throw




Vegan Banana and Coconut Ice Cream

The coconut milk and banana give this ice cream recipe a wonderful full flavor. And if you don’t have an ice cream maker, don’t fret! Ice cream is still achievable, though you will have to set an alarm and mix it by hand every 30 minutes or so. If you do this, you will be met with a creamy ice cream. Send summer off with this light and creamy vegan treat!
Vegan Banana and Coconut Ice CreamServes 6-8
1 tablespoon vegan light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened or sweetened coconut flakes
3 bananas (1.5 lbs), peeled and sliced
1 (15-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk (not light)
2 tablespoons vegan white granulated sugar
Pinch of sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 400? Fahrenheit. Place slices of banana side by side in a casserole dish or parchment-lined baking sheet. Top with brown sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until the bananas are soft and caramelized. Cool for 5 minutes, until you’re able to handle them. Spread the coconut flakes on a clean parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove and set aside.
2. To the jar of a blender, add the coconut milk, bananas, sugar and pinch of salt. Blend until completely smooth, about 1 minute. Give it a taste and adjust the sugar accordingly.
3. Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 12 (the size can vary) casserole dish and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes. At the 30 minute-mark, open up the freezer and give the mixture a whisk, being sure to break up any of the frozen bits. Repeat this step every 30 minutes until the ice cream is nearly frozen, about 3 to 4 hours. With the last whisk, sprinkle the ice cream with the toasted coconut flakes. Freeze for an additional hour or overnight.

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CrockPot Chipotle Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

This was a fun dish to prepare because I had no idea what I was doing. I completely made it up. And not only did it cook nicely in the crock, it tasted good - always an added bonus.

The Ingredients.
--enough chicken pieces to feed 4
--10 oz package of mushrooms
--1/2 chopped onion
--3 cloves minced garlic
--1 small sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped in chunks)
--2 green onions, chopped
--1 diced red bell pepper
--1/2 cup chicken broth
--1 t chipotle pepper
--1 t paprika
--1/4 t black pepper
--1 cup sour cream (to add later)
The Directions.
Add the chicken to the crockpot. I used frozen breast tenders. Prepare the vegetables and add on top of the chicken. Put in the broth, and add the spices. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the chicken is done and is beginning to shred.
Before serving, stir in the sour cream. If needed, heat on high for 30 minutes to bring back to desired serving temperature.
Serve over pasta or brown rice.
The Verdict.
This is a wonderful dish. The heat from the chipotle is nicely mellowed by the sour cream and the sweetness from the sweet potatoes. I would serve this to company---very yummy. My kids ate this, but I did separate the chicken and the mushrooms for them, and gave them the rice in a separate bowl.

Paint Chip Craft
Paint Chip Bookmarks ~ Create your own bookmark by simply punching a hole in the paint chip and adding embroidery thread.  Add a cute bead or button to the end of the thread.  Or, you could even add a tassel.



A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work. - John Lubbock

Dutch Fashion Designer Creates Clothing Line That Prevents Slouching

By Sumitra 
Dutch designer Jeffrey Heiligers’ latest clothing line – ‘Posture’ – targets people who spend most of their time hunched over a computer. By preventing the wearer from slouching, the clothes help people improve their posture in the long run. The concept is simple – every time you slouch, the shirt will tighten uncomfortably around the back, forcing you to sit upright again!
“I engineered a tailor-made remedy that corrects poor posture, nowadays very common amongst the digital generation, not by constraining the muscles, but by training them,” Heiligers told Dezeen magazine. “Posture offers a solution integrated in the clothes you wear. By repositioning the seams in such a way that they start to feel uncomfortable when hunching, it stimulates you to sit up straight.”


"Good Morning" in Bosnian (Bosnia and Hercegovina)  -   Dobro jutro

Motion illusion



Knitting Pattern Generators

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Does it fit? How can I get a pattern that is proportioned for me? Maybe a knitting pattern generator will be the answer! I've run across several sites that offer free pattern generators for all kinds of knitting projects. Here are a few:
This is quite a comprehensive site, offering pattern generators for sweaters, vests, headbands, ponchos, socks, purses, hats, mittens, and more.
knitPro is a web application that translates digital images into knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross-stitch patterns. Just upload jpeg, gif or png images of whatever you wish — portraits, landscapes, logos… and it will generate the image pattern on a grid sizable for any project.
kpg - Knitting Pattern Generator takes in an image and creates a knitting pattern. Generates an html document with clear instructions on how to knit a piece that will look like the picture it is based on.
This site offers a wrist warmer pattern generator.
This one has a sock pattern generator.
This site has pattern generators for pullover and cardigan sweaters and ponchos.
At this site they offer software for sale that helps you make socks and sweaters. There is a free sock demo available to try.
Here you can print out your own knitting graph paper.


1 comment:

  1. Alice Monsoon blowing through. Our cat refused a hug, but Rooster is in the bathroom trying to dress up in a cat costume!