Monday, August 17, 2015

Black Cat Appreciation Day AUGUST 17, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day

Because of superstitious beliefs in some cultures, black cats are sometimes associated with bad luck and, sadly, are more likely to be put to sleep or wait a long time to be adopted from shelters. Black Cat Appreciation Day was launched to show people that a black cat could be the perfect cat for them, and help raise awareness about black cats in general.
If you’ve been looking for a rescue cat yourself, why not consider a black cat? Not only are the superstitions about them bringing bad luck completely untrue, but you might find a black cat to be a fantastic feline companion for you! On Black Cat Appreciation Day, a fun way to celebrate, if you own a black cat, is to take photos with your pet to share and spread awareness about the day on social media. Children can join in by drawing pictures of black cats.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A petty, quibbling, unscrupulous lawyer.
Usage:He was by all accounts a pettifogger, and judges dreaded having him appear in their courtrooms.


Samuel Goldwyn (1879)

Goldwyn was a Polish-born American film producer. He founded a film company that later merged with others to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). He produced Wuthering HeightsGuys and Dolls, and Porgy and Bess, among others. In 1946, he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Goldwyn is said to have had an explosive temper that left him with few close friends. He also became known for his "Goldwynisms"—odd sayings like "Include me out."

Planet Hunters Spot Jupiter Jr., 96 Light Years from Earth

A team of astronomers came across the latest clue in the quest to unravel how solar systems and their planets evolve. Scientists discovered a Jupiter-like planet circling a very young star similar to the sun about 96 light years from Earth, making it one of the smallest planets beyond our solar system that has been directly imaged.

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1859 - A hot air balloon was used to carry mail for the first time. John Wise left Lafayette, IN, for New York City with 100 letters. He had to land after only 27 miles.

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1896 - The Klondike gold rush was set off by George Carmack discovering gold on Rabbit Creek in Alaska

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1903 - Joseph Pulitzer donated a million dollars to Columbia University. This started the Pulitzer Prizes in his name. 

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1939 - "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in New York. Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." 

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1969 - After three days, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in New York came to an end. 

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1977 - Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reported that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland had surpassed the number for any other event in the company's history. 

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1998 - Carlos Santana received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

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2002 - In Santa Rosa, CA, the Charles M. Schulz Museum opened to the public. 


If You Were Born Today, August 17

You are a bit of a maverick. Although sensitive, you are not afraid to do your own thing! Personal magnetism and appeal are strong, although you can be quite pushy and manipulative at times when you want your way. You have good people skills when you need them, however, and you are adept at combining business and pleasure. It's just that you are very charming and might get used to having things go your way as a result. Your main challenge in life is to put the past behind you and to avoid letting worries and fear rule your life. You are highly intuitive and imaginative. Very amorous, you live for the excitement of romance. You are very giving in love, and need to make sure you are met halfway or you could become resentful. Loyalty in a mate is an especially important quality for you. Famous people born today: Davy Crockett, Robert De Niro, Mae West, Sean Penn, Taissa Farmiga, Mark Salling.

Picture of the day
Kalasan Temple
Kalasan Temple is an 8th-century Buddhist temple (candi) located 13 kilometres (8 mi) east of Yogyakarta, Java. The temple stands 14.2 metres (47 ft) high and is intricately decorated with Buddhist designs, including a scene from svarga.

Picture of sunrise in the town of Zermatt, Switzerland

Matterhorn in the Morning

Photograph by Andrey Omelyanchuk, National Geographic 
While spending the winter holidays with family in Zermatt, Switzerland, Andrey Omelyanchuk found that most of the best spots for views of the resort town were difficult to access. “To reach this stunning viewpoint, I had to hike up the ski slope in the dead of night for 20 minutes,” he writes. The effort’s result: a peaceful look at the town coming awake at dawn.


Zinnia Tote


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stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

We were ecstatic with the results of this recipe. This is a keeper, and something you should definitely file away for a brunch or potluck get-together.

The Ingredients.
30 ounce package of plain frozen hash brown (shredded) potatoes
4 already-been cooked sausage, or leftover diced ham (I used chicken and apple sausage)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
12 eggs
1 cup skim or fat free milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

The Directions.

I used a 6 quart Smart-Pot for this recipe.

Spray the inside of your crockpot with cooking spray. Dump in the whole package of hash browns. Spread them out with your fingers, and break up any clumps.

In a mixing bowl, mix the dozen eggs with the milk, salt and pepper, cheese, cut up sausage, and diced vegetables. Pour everything on top of the hash browns.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4. This is done when the eggs are fully cooked and the edges start to brown a bit. If you want the cheese to brown and get a bit crispy on the sides, cook it longer.

The Verdict.

Delicious. Yummy. We've eaten this for breakfast everyday for the past three days.

Update: I made this vegetarian this morning. I used 1/3 of a small yellow onion, 1 red and 1 green bell pepper diced, and 1 cup sliced mushrooms, chopped. I also upped the cheese to 2 cups. Since there isn't the additional flavor from the sausage, I increased the salt and pepper to 1 1/2 tsp of each, total. I then cooked on high for 4 hours, then another 30 min with the top off to release condensation. It was wonderful.


Sock Cat 

Turn both socks inside out, and lay down with the heel flat and facing up. On one sock, draw the top of the cats head. On the other sock, draw a line down the centre of the sock at the toe, about 2 inches long. This will be the cat's front legs. Draw another line from the bottom of the heel. You can make this as long as you want the cat's back legs. I did my first one with full length legs, and this one has slightly shorter legs; it is entirely up to you.

Sew along the line for the cat's ears. With the legs, sew either-side of the line (NOT on the line). Make sure you leave a hole in between the back legs, as you will use this to turn the cat the right way round.
Cut around the cat's ears leaving a small seam allowance, and cut a straight line about an inch or so underneath the heel. Cut up the straight lines in between the legs and remove any excess material around the feet.

Turn the head the right way round and stuff. Use a running stitch (I think thats what its called, please correct me if I'm wrong lol!) around the edge, pull tight and secure.

Turn the body the right way round. Stuff, making sure you get the stuffing right into the legs. Sew the hole in between the cat's legs.

Attach the head to the body. I use a ladder stitch but you will find a way that suits you.

Take some of the leftover sock (I used the toe but you can use the leg) and sew the tail.

Turn the right way round, stuff and attach to the cat's bottom.

Now you just need to give your new friend a face!


 Felt pinwheel 
craft or nothing
This is such a cute hair accessory for girls.
Take 2 felt color of your choice. Draw a circle of around 2″ inch in radius, I chose the bottom of spray paint bottle. Now cut out the circle.
Draw a line on 4 sides on the circle starting from edge, towards the center, not complete lines, as per below picture.
Now cut the lines and join one end to the middle.
Your pinwheel is ready. Attach to a hair pin and wear it on. This is my favorite one !! :)

Jigsaw Puzzle

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. - Anais Nin

Rare Condition Gives Cat Creepy Alien Eyes

By Sumitra 
Matilda the cat is well on her way to becoming an internet sensation, thanks to her large, glassy, ‘alien’ eyes. Her mysterious appearance has earned her over 33,000 followers on Instagram and that number is about to skyrocket now that her photos have gone viral.
Sadly, Matilda’s story isn’t as amusing as it seems. The two-year-old tabby suffers from a rare condition that’s only getting worse as she grows older. Matilda’s anonymous owners, who refer to themselves as her ‘servants’, have revealed that she used to be pretty normal as a kitten, with the exception of having a ‘squinty eye’ from time to time.
“Matilda lives with her loving servants who include The Bearded Man, The Lady and Dog,” the servants write on Matilda’s official site. “She was born on Valentine’s Day in 2013 in a hoarder house in a small town, and was quickly picked up by a rescue society. When she found her forever home she was only 12 weeks old and the cutest, teensiest thing that anyone had ever seen.”


"Good Morning" in  Swedish (Sweden, Finland) [formal]    -   God morgon

my personality type is introspective, principled, self-critical, and sensitive .. you?


Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments 

of US History 

Mark Twain in Tesla’s lab, 1894 
A 10 x 15-foot wooden shed where the “Harley-Davidson Motor Company” started out in 1903 
Testing football helmets in 1912 
Helmets again: A Pyramid of captured German ones in front of the NYC Grand Central Terminal, 1918 
A bar in New York City, the night before prohibition began,1920 
Mount Rushmore Before Carving, 1920s 
Traffic jam in New York, 1923 
A quiet little job at a crocodile farm in St. Augustine, Florida, 1926  
World economic crisis, 1929 
Central Park in 1930 
Last four couples standing at a Chicago dance marathon, ca. 1930 
Meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club, early 1930s 
Confederate and Union soldiers shake hands across the wall at the 1938 reunion for the Veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg 
When they realized women were using their sacks to make clothes for their children, flour mills of the 30s started using flowered fabric for their sacks, 1939 
NY, Coney Island, 1940 
The thirty-six men needed to fly and service a B-17E in 1942 
A man begging for his wife’s forgiveness inside Divorce Court. Chicago, 1948 
Three young women wash their clothes in Central Park during a water shortage. New York, 1949 
19 year-old Shigeki Tanaka was a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima and went on to win the 1951 Boston Marathon. The crowd was silent as he crossed the finish line. (UPDATE: As Peter notes in the comments below, “Tanaka was not exactly “a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima” — when the bomb was dropped, he was at home, about 20 miles from the site. He saw a light and heard a distant rumble, but was personally unaffected by the bomb.”) 
Florida’s last Civil War veteran, Bill Lundy, poses with a jet fighter, 1955 
NASA scientists with their board of calculations, 1960’s 
Muhammad Ali’s fists after the fight with Cooper, 1963 
 New York firemen play a game after a fire in a billiard parlor, 1969
An abandoned baby sleeps peacefully in a drawer at the Los Angeles Police Station, 1971

 Boy hiding in a TV set. Boston, 1972 by Arthur Tress
A spectator holds up a sign at the Academy Awards, April 1974 
Robert De Niro’s cab driver license. In order to get into character for the film Taxi Driver, he obtained his own hack license and would pick-up/drive customers around in New York City.
Nancy Reagan sits on the lap of Mr. T, dressed as Santa, 1983
Ronald Reagan wearing sweatpants on Air Force One, 1985

1 comment:

  1. NYA is thrilled that she gets her own day! Love that photo of wash day in Central Park!