Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Work Like A Dog Day AUGUST 5, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Work Like A Dog Day

As dogs seem to spend most of their life dozing, it can be difficult to see how activity on Work Like A Dog Day could be anything other than leisurely. In reality, Work Like A Dog Day is a chance to display the inner grit and determination normally demonstrated by canines when seeking sustenance as you go about your daily workplace chores. When was the last time you were really productive? Give colleagues and the boss an occasion to remember when you turn up early and dig in to that work pile with enthusiasm and drive.
If that all sounds like too much hard graft, Work Like A Dog Day is also an opportunity to reward those in your life who really do Work Like A Dog. Why not give the breadwinner a treat? 

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A person having a strong liking for something.
Usage:I am somewhat of a fowl fancier, and I have seldom seen a better grown goose.


Joseph Merrick, "The Elephant Man" (1862)

Known as "The Elephant Man," Merrick was an Englishman who suffered from a severely disfiguring disease, mistakenly thought to have been elephantiasis, that caused growths all over his skin and bone surfaces and made it difficult for him to walk and speak. He escaped from a workhouse at 21 to join a freak show, where he was discovered by a physician who later admitted him to London Hospital. He was cared for there until his death at age 27

Burkina Faso Independence Day

Formerly called Upper VoltaBurkina Faso gained independence from France on August 5, 1960, an event commemorated as a national holiday each year. The area had been a French protectorate since the 1890s.

Here's Why You're Freezing in the Office

Any office worker has seen it — the women wrapped up with sweaters with small heaters under their desks. In summer. It's all men's fault, researchers in the Netherlands say. Air conditioning systems are designed using a 1960s formula that assumed the average office worker was a 40 year old, 154 lb man.

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1861 - The U.S. federal government levied its first income tax. The tax was 3% of all incomes over $800. The wartime measure was rescinded in 1872

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1884 - On Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid. 

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1921 - The first play-by-play broadcast of a baseball game was done by Harold Arlin. KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, PA described the action between the Pirates and Philadelphia. 

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1924 - In the New York "Daily News" debuted the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," by Harold Gray.

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1957 - American Bandstand made its network debut on ABC-TV. The show was hosted by Dick Clark. Until this day the show had been a local show in Philadelphia since 1952. 

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1966 - In New York, groundbreaking for the construction of the original World Trade Center began.

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1986 - It was revealed that artist Andrew Wyeth had secretly created 240 drawings and paintings of his neighbor. The works of Helga Testorf had been created over a 15-year period. 

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1999 - Music written by Johann Sebastian Bach was found in the Ukraine. The music was thought to have been destroyed over 50 years ago during World War II. The material was found in the musical estate of Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach, who was one of J.S. Bach's children. 


If You Were Born Today, August 5

You are authoritative, well-liked, and respected. You tend to do very well in whatever you choose to do, and you are especially hard-working. You are especially good at managing and directing others, although this trait can be difficult if it's extended to your personal life! Because you are so independent and strong, you tend to do best when you are your own boss or leading in some manner. While you can be stubborn and determined, you are also versatile and open-minded enough to always learn and improve as you mature. Famous people born today: Neil Armstrong, John Saxon, Loni Anderson, John Huston, James Gunn, Jesse Williams.

Picture of a woman in the attic in a tutu

The Dancer

Photograph by Giulia Pesarin, National Geographic t
“This picture was taken in the attic of an old house in Ferrara, Italy,” writes Giulia Pesarin. “The protagonist is the Italian dancer Elisa Mucchi.” Pesarin says that the shot is a continuation of a study that begins with an image in which the position of the dancer is similar. “The purpose is to represent a human body while moving and entering in relationship with the environment,” she writes. “But specifically I hide a part of [the] body ... amplifying the imaginative power of the beholder.” Hiding, she says, is a catalyst for opening up new possibilities for the human imagination.



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Crochet Lovely Lucy Doll


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Vegetarian No Noodle Lasagna CrockPot Recipe

Lynda wrote to tell me about one of her favorite crockpot dishes: no-noodle lasagna. I bought the ingredients, plopped everything into the crock, and went about my day. 8 hours later, the house smelled wonderful and we had a fantastic vegetarian dinner. Thank you, Lynda!

The Ingredients.

--1 26 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce
--1 small container of ricotta cheese (I recycled the plastic already. 10 oz? 12 oz?)
--8 slices of mozzarella cheese
--2 cups shredded Italian cheese mix
--1 large eggplant
--3 summer squash
--1 pound of slices mushrooms
--bag of baby spinach
--2 T warm water

The Directions.

I used a 6 quart Smart Pot for this dish, it was the correct size pot to use. If you have a smaller crock-pot, you will need to scale back a bit.

Wash all of the vegetables. Slice the squash and the eggplant in long, slices, about 1/4 inch thick. These are going to be your noodles! I did not peel the squash or the eggplant. In the bottom of your crockpot, pour about 1/4 cup of pasta sauce. Layer in a few pieces of squash and eggplant. Smear some ricotta cheese on top. Add a handful of baby spinach and mushrooms, and a few slices of mozzarella cheese. Pour in some more pasta sauce. Continue layering the ingredients until your crockpot is full, and you have run out of ingredients. Top with the end of the pasta sauce and the shredded cheese. Put 2 tablespoons of warm water into the empty pasta sauce jar, cover, and shake. Pour the remaining sauce on top of everything.

Cover your crockpot and cook on low for 5-8 hours. This is done when the vegetables have reached their desired tenderness and the cheese is melty.

Serve with some garlic bread sticks, yum.

The Verdict.

Delicious! I tested our veggies at 6 hours, and the squash wasn't quite done enough for me, but at 8 hours it was cooked perfectly. I love eggplant, and love the way it performs in the crockpot, it takes on all the flavors of the marinara and cheese. If I make this again, I may use another eggplant and scale back on the squash. The kids picked a bit and mostly ate cheese and spinach. One of my kids really likes mushrooms, so she ate quite a bit of those. This is a keeper! 


Folded paper garland

‘ve been making these colourful paper garlands to brighten up our new home. They are really easy and very inexpensive. All you need are some long strips of paper and a few dabs of glue.
Folded paper garland

If you stick or draw some eyes on the end they also make great paper snakes/caterpillars. My three year old even managed to make his own snake (with a little guidance).
Folded paper garland

Folded paper garland

Step by step

1. First of all you need to create some very long strips of paper. I only had A5 paper so cut four strips from each sheet of paper (for this step-by-step I only used two of each colour). The strips were 3.5cm wide by 21cm long. You can cut the strips as wide as you want – I just thought 3.5cm was a nice size!
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2. I then glued the shorter strips together to form two long ‘rainbow’ strips.
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3. Glue the end of the first strip to the end of the second strip at a 90° angle.
Step 3

4. Fold the vertical strip down and crease.
Step 4

5. Fold the horizontal strip across and crease.
Step 5

6. Fold the vertical strip up and crease.
7. Continue folding the horizontal and vertical strips in the same manner until you run out of paper (at which point you can glue the ends together or you can add more strips of paper to make the garland longer).

Marshmallow Catapult


The first duty of love is to listen. - Paul Tillich




You can see Adrianne Lewis in our 2012 bookDownload the Weird! When Ripley’s met her last, her tongue measured in at a giant 3.5 inches long.
And that was three years ago!
Now Adrianne is getting getting more and more attention thanks to  her outrageous tongue and an her supportive fan base.
Ripley’s is excited to hear she’s starting a YouTube channel featuring herself and friends. We got back in touch with her and asked a few questions!
When did you realize your tongue was unusually long?
Adrianne Lewis:  I’ve always known my tongue was really long. Ever since I could remember. My peers would comment that I could do unusual things with my tongue that they couldn’t do.
“I am so excited to be featured in Ripley’s once again!”

Do you do tricks with your tongue?
AL:  I do multiple tongue tricks. I can touch my nose, eye, and the dreaded, but not impossible, elbow. I can flick it really fast. I can roll it and twist it, which is not uncommon, but many people can’t do it. The next one I’m working on is the clover. I’m so close… Yet so far.
You have a YouTube channel now! Are you having fun making videos? Is there something in specific you want fans to get from it?
AL:  I DO have a YouTube channel! It’s a lot of hard work, but it is fun! I want people to have a good time watching my videos.
Be entertained.
I’m not doing to for me. I’m doing it for the people who got me where I am today.
You announced a few days ago you’ll be collaborating on your channel. That’s Awesome! Who are you working with? Is there anyone who you’d like to work with in the future?
AL:  I am collaborating with my creative boyfriend, Tim Hegedus, and my friend Chris Switzer.
Tim is the guy who comes up with a cool starter idea for a video, while Chris is the technical guru who puts it together. We’re a great team, and we can’t wait to show the world our videos! Eventually, I would like to work with Glozell Green.
I’m far from ever meeting, let alone, working with Glozell. Her videos never cease to make me laugh.
I love the way you all signed off on your YouTube video “like, comment subscribe, and keep it clean!” But that reminds me that the attention you get isn’t always positive; How do you make the best of it? 
AL:  I’m always going to get unwanted comments, but there’s no way to avoid them. I just decided to ignore them. I like to focus on the positive side of things.
I just want to make people smile! 
These things allowed me to get to places I never thought I’d go. Like, Ripley’s, for example!
Where can people keep up with you? Twitter, YouTube, Instagram.

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21 Creative Recycling Ideas That Will Change The Way You Look At Trash

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How often do you throw something away? If you are like most people the answer is every single day. From plastic bags to old bike parts there are countless things we mindlessly dispose of that could be turned into something far more useful than trash.
People spend way too much money buying new things and throwing out what they assume is old and no longer of use. This creates money problems for people and a pollution problem for poor planet Earth.
Creative recycling ideas can help reduce your overall spending as well as your contribution to overcrowded landfills and pollution in general, plus they offer a really fun way to spend your Saturday afternoon.
Here are some of the most creative recycling ideas from around the web that will inspire you to live a greener life.

1. Old Suitcase Makes A Great Cat Bed

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2. Old Boat Now Makes A Lovely Outdoor Sofa

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3. Old Suitcase Transformed Into A Makeshift Medicine Cabinet

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4. Old Piano Made Into Awesome Outdoor Fountain Full Of Flowers

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5. Old Bike Parts Transformed Into Stunning Chandelier


6. Baby Grows Up And Crib Turns Into Arts And Crafts Table

7. Old Trampoline Made Into A Wigwam Swing

8. Once A Piano, Now An Aquarium

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9. Old Piano Transformed Into Decorative Bookcase For Music Lovers

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10. Old Skateboard Turned Into Tree Swing

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11. Collection Of Wood Coat Hangers Make Cool Modern Chair

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12. Re-painted Old Wood Pallets MakeUnexpectedly Great Home Cinema Seating

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13. Old Sea Mine Now Makes A Uniquely Rustic Fireplace

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14. Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet Engine Makes A Very Fancy (And Fun) Conference Table

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15. Old Boat Turned Into Awesome Bed

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16. Vintage Car Turned Into One Pricey Pool Table

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17. Bicycle Parts Turned Into Chandelier

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18. Broken Pot Makes Perfect Fairy Garden

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See More Broken Pots Turned Into Brilliant DIY Fairy Gardens

19. Old Breadbox Turned Into Charging Station

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20. Old Bicycle Transformed Into Sink Stand

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21. Old Pipe Turned Into Table Lamp


1 comment:

  1. Some of that recycling makes me soooooooooooooooooooo nervous...OSHA standards being what they are!