Saturday, July 25, 2015

Thread the Needle Day JULY 25, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Thread the Needle Day

Can you sew? Thread The Needle Day is a chance to get dust off your sewing skills, or to learn how if you don’t know how. Why not organize a sew-a-thon, or sewing lessons with friends to celebrate?

“I’m the star meow.” [video]

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain.
Usage:The dressings on my wound and the embrocation on my sprained wrist steadily subdue the pains which I have felt so far.


Jousting the Bear

Although jousting normally involves two knights charging each other on horseback with lances, the custom has been changed somewhat in Pistoia, Italy, where La Giostra dell'Orso is held on July 25 each year. Twelve horsemen representing the town's four districts join in a procession to the Cathedral Square, each accompanied by a group of costumed attendants. They compete against each other in pairs, racing at a gallop toward the effigies of two bears holding targets in their outstretched paws. The most successful knight is proclaimed Knight of the Golden Spur of Pistoia.

Bid to Preserve Armstrong Moon Suit

The US National Air and Space Museum has turned to crowdfunding to conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the Moon. The museum aims to raise $500,000 (£320,000) on Kickstarter to help safeguard the suit and build a climate-controlled display case.

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1854 - The paper collar was patented by Walter Hunt. 

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1939 - W2XBS TV in New York City presented the first musical comedy seen on TV. The show was "Topsy and Eva." 

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1946 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis staged their first show as a team at Club 500 in Atlantic City, NJ

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1965 - Bob Dylan appeared on stage at the Newport Jazz Festival with an electric guitar. It was his first non-acoustic set. 

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1966 - The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" was released. 

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1975 - "A Chorus Line" debuted on Broadway. The show closed in 1990 after 6,137 performances. 

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1978 - Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England. She had been conceived through in-vitro fertilization. 

Born 1894

Walter Andrew Brennan (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974)

Brennan played Grandpa McCoy on The Real McCoys sitcom on ABC from
1957 to 1963. He, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Jack Nicholson are the first three
men to win three Oscar Awards.

79 Yesterday

Ruth Ann Buzzi is especially known for her performances on the NBC  comedyvariety show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In from 1968 to 1973.


If You Were Born Today, July 25

You have a wonderful sense of fun and a way with words. Playful, unique, and respectable all at once, you can be well-liked, and more so as you mature, probably because you retain a youthful playfulness throughout life. Even so, there is an element of mystery surrounding you, and others might sense that there is more to you than meets the eye. You do have a developed spiritual side that is not always obvious. Certainly, you are an idealist, and prefer to see the best in people, which of course can also lead to some ups and downs or disappointments in your social or love life. Even so, you are not one to become bitter. Famous people born today: Estelle Getty, Matt LeBlanc, Iman, Brad Renfro, James Lafferty, Jack Gilford.

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Picture of the Day
Phantasmal poison frog
The phantasmal poison frog (Epipedobates tricolor) is a species of poison dart frogendemic to Ecuador. First described by George Albert Boulenger in 1899, this endangered species is found only in rain forests on the slopes of the Andes.

Picture of a Buddhist monk dressed for the black-hat dance, Bhutan

Black-Hat Dancer

Photograph by Vincent Roazzi Jr., National Geographic 
A monk pauses for a breath before dancing out into the crowd at the annual Black-Necked Crane Festival in central Bhutan. The festival celebrates “the auspicious migration of the endangered black-necked crane from Tibet to Bhutan in the winter months,” writes Vincent Roazzi, who captured the monk before the traditional black-hat dance at the Gangtey Monastery. “I tried to find a unique perspective on the festival dances by going behind the scenes and venturing inside Gangtey Monastery, where I found monks preparing intricate costumes for masked dances,” he writes.


knit (dishcloth)
Schneckennudel pattern by Nicis Strickstube
Diese Spülianleitung enthält u.a. einen Chart für das eigentliche Muster von 45 M x 72 R. Um zu verhindern, dass sich das Stück rollt, schlag bitte einige zu...
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Haitian Ada pattern by Alan Dart
Carol of Knitting, Beads and Other Things has a yarn kit available on her website, $1.00 of every kit sold goes towards Haitian Relief efforts.
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A Doctor can't find a job in a Hospital in US so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside 'GET TREATMENT FOR $20 - IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100
A lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic...
Lawyer: "I have lost my sense of taste"
Dr : "Nurse, bring medicine from box no. 22 and put 3 drops in patient's mouth"
Lawyer: "Ugh..this is kerosene"
Dr : "Congrats, your sense of taste is restored. Give me $20"
The annoyed lawyer goes back after a few days to recover his money...
Lawyer: "I have lost my memory. I cannot remember anything"
Dr: "Nurse, bring medicine from box no. 22 and put 3 drops in his mouth"
Lawyer (annoyed): "This is kerosene. You gave this to me last time for restoring my taste"
Dr : "Congrats. You got your memory back. Give me $20"
The fuming lawyer pays him, and then comes back a week later determined to get back $100.
Lawyer: "My eyesight has become very weak""I can't see at all "
Dr : "Well, I don't have any medicine for that, so take this $100" 
Lawyer (staring at the note): "But this is $20, not $100"
Dr : "Congrats, your eyesight is restored. Give me $20"


Flower Tape Measure - Willow Yarns
Transform your boring old tape measure with this super sparkly and ultra-feminine rosebud cover. Skill Level: Intermediate Finished Measurements: Fits a ...
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Easy as Pie Carry Cozy - Premier Yarns
Perfect for your next potluck or party, this useful cozy lets you carry a covered dish with style and ease. Skill Level: Easy Finished Measurements: Fits a 10-1...
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Charity Pattern - Granny Square En Pointe (crochet)
Pictures & Patterns © 2001-2010 Patti Pierce Stone, All Rights Reserved terms of use... These patterns pattern for charity or personal use only -- neither it,...
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diabetic friendly

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CrockPot Chow Mein Recipe

I made this chow mein with chicken, but you easily could keep it vegetarian, or use your favorite kind of meat

The Ingredients.

2 pounds of meat (I used chicken breast)
2 cups of water
2 chopped yellow onions
2 to 3 cups of chopped celery

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoon molasses
1 can (16 oz) baby corn, drained
1 can (6.5 oz) bamboo shoots, drained
1 cup bean sprouts
1 chopped red bell pepper

--salt and pepper to taste
--olive oil
--spaghetti or chow mein noodles 

The Directions.

Place the meat you are going to use into the crockpot. I used frozen chicken breast tenderloins. Add the chopped onion and celery, and two cups of water.

Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or on high for 4. Shred meat carefully with two forks. 

In a glass bowl, mix the cornstarch, soy sauce, and molasses. Mix to get rid of the little clumpy balls of cornstarch. I ended up needing to use my fingers to really break them up.

Set aside.

Chop up the red bell pepper, and add it to the crockpot. Open the bamboo shoots and corn, drain liquid, and add remaining content. Add bean sprouts.

Stir in the sauce mixture.

Cover your crockpot again and cook on high for about an hour, or until flavors have melded and the added vegetables reach desired tenderness.

Before serving, cook pasta according to package instructions. I heavily salted my water before adding the pasta (about 1 tablespoon of kosher salt) and added some olive oil.

When the pasta reaches the al dente stage, drain it and set aside. 

Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan or wok, and add some salt and pepper, if desired (I didn't add any pepper). 

On high heat, toss the cooked pasta in the olive oil and salt, allowing it to sizzle a bit and get a tiny crust on some of the noodles.

Serve the noodles with the crockpot vegetables and meat.

The Verdict.

This was one of the best chow mein dishes I've ever had, ever. I loved how the noodles were not squishy and gross, and how the vegetables remained crisp and the sauce was SPOT ON. We will make this again and again. 
My six-year-old was hesitant with the veggies, but ate all the chicken and pasta. Adam ate two plates, and so did I. My parents dropped by and I gave them each some. Everyone really liked this meal. I have enough meat and veggies to make another 1/2 package of pasta to feed the girls and I for lunch. Awesome.


Pom Pom Vines

I have a soft spot in my heart for colorful paper and hanging decorations, which means of my favorite things in the world is garlands. For months I’ve been trying to come up with an excuse for a party just so I can make tons of them. This project is a simple twist on a pom pom garland by stringing them vertically with paper leaves so they become vines. You can hang them in trees or tie them to a strand across a ceiling to fill up a room.  Customize your own by using different colored tissue paper, cutting different leaves and flower types, or even cutting paper birds and tying them into the strands. -Anna of Rifle Design
1. cutting mat, 2. twine, 3. craft paper, 4. assorted tissue paper, 5. scissors, 6. floral wire
To create the tissue paper pom poms:
Accordion fold 7 sheets of tissue paper together with 7 folds, each about 1 inch wide. Find the center of the stack and wrap floral wire around the center to create a divide. Fan out each side of the tissue paper and carefully pull out each layer of paper until you have a ball.
To create the leaves:
Cut craft paper into a silhouette of a figure 8 and make a fold in the center where the leaves meet. Using a craft knife or scissors make a small “x” incision into the center of the crease to create a hole to pull the twine through. Next, fold a crease through both leaves to give your shape some character.
Attach the pom pom to the strand by using the extra wire from the center. Slide the twine through the center hole and tie a small knot underneath the leaves when you have it in place so that the paper won’t slide around on the strand.
Use as many pom poms, leaves, colors, and styles as you like to create the look you’re going for!

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... hair jewelry


Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey. - Henri Nouwen

Cardio Brisket; a calf born to Tom Leech of western Pennsylvania, was born with its heart in its neck! (Submitted by Richard Gibson, Lafayette, LA) On April 4, 2015, Mieko Nagaoka, 100, became the world's first centenarian to complete a 1,500-meter freestyle swim. The Preakness Stakes Trophy is so valuable, not even the winners are allowed to hold it. (Submitted by Richard Gibson, Lafayette, LA) A 2015 London house fire was believed by firefighters by sun rays refracted by a Nutella jar on a windowsill.

"Good Morning" in Nepali (Nepal) - Shubha prabhat


FACES (food coloring)
Is there anything more fun than marshmallows? Of course! Marshmallows with faces and coloured hair

(photo by melsu)



  1. I hulled my strawberries with a straw least that way spared my fingernails. Hoping to sew soon...........still catching up on mending. But I guess mending would count too.