Saturday, September 26, 2015

Love Note Day SEPTEMBER 26, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Love Note Day

Love Note Day is a day to tell someone you love them, by writing a message of love in the form of a note. Though the traditional way of doing this is in handwritten form, eCards are another way of sending out a love message on this particular day.
This day can be at its most effective when the recipient of the message isn’t aware that Love Note Day even exists! Consequently, a loving message will come as a pleasant surprise.
For couples that plan exchanging Love Notes, then doing so in unpredictable ways can make the whole day a fun experience. Leaving a note in a fridge, or on the inside of the bathroom door are just two examples.
Love Note Day can be for any family members or for long time friends, too. It’s the perfect day to make someone feel appreciated through just a few heartfelt words.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A model or standard for making comparisons.
Usage:By using a templet, the artist was able to reproduce the exact same design on each of the tiles.

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Sir Francis Drake Circumnavigates the Globe (1580)

In 1577, Drake set out with five ships to raid Spanish holdings on the Pacific coast of the New World. He abandoned two ships in South America, and, with the remaining three, navigated the Straits of Magellan, becoming the first Englishman to make the passage. After one ship was destroyed and another returned to England, Drake continued alone. He crossed the Pacific, rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and arrived at Plymouth with an abundance of treasure

Saint Francis of Assisi (1181)

The patron saint of animals, Saint Francis of Assisi was an Italian monk canonized as a saint in 1228. Born into a wealthy family, he was a soldier and prisoner of war before he experienced a conversion in his early 20s. He sold his property, gave the money to the church, and began a life of poverty and devoutness. He soon attracted followers and became the founder of the Franciscan order of friars. 

Galway Oyster Festival

In Galway, Ireland, the opening of the oyster season is celebrated with parties, music, and an oyster-opening competition. A young woman chosen to preside over the activities as the Pearl presents the first oyster to the mayor, who traditionally stands on Clarenbridge Pier in his scarlet robes waiting to open and taste it. Banquets are held in the evening and local pubs serve oysters by the bucketful, washed down by beer.

Rare Supermoon Eclipse Should Bring Wonder, Not Apocalypse

 On Sunday night and early Monday morning, much of the Earth will witness a glorious heavenly event. The night of September 27-28 will showcase a lunar eclipse coupled with a "supermoon" -- a full moon that appears larger because it's at perigee, the closest point of its orbit with Earth.
The entire eclipse, from first shadow to last, will be visible from most of the Americas -- including the eastern half of the United States -- Canada, Greenland, Western Europe, western Africa north of the equator and parts of Antarctica. Other portions of the world, including western North America, the rest of Europe and Africa and a swath of western Asia, will see most of the drama, though they'll miss the first or fading bites of the moon.


1789 - Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State. John Jay was appointed the first chief justice of the U.S. Samuel Osgood was appointed the first Postmaster-General. Edmund Jennings Randolph was appointed the first Attorney General. 

1927- Scientists find the skull of a prehistoric man in Java that is widely believe, at that time, to be he so-called 'missing link.'

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1960 - The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago, IL

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1962 - "The Beverly Hillbillies" premiered on CBS-TV. 

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1969 - "The Brady Bunch" series premiered on ABC-TV. 

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1981 - The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA

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1985 - Shamu was born at Sea World in Orlando, FL. Shamu was the first killer whale to survive being born in captivity. 

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1991 - Four men and four women began their two-year stay inside the "Biosphere II." The project was intended to develop technology for future space colonies. 

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2006 - Facebook was opened to everyone at least 13 years or older with a valid email address. 


If You Were Born Today, September 26

Perceptive, warm, and charming, you are well-liked for your playful qualities, but you are also very grounded and can be practical and serious in your pursuit of success and management of your life. Your image is important to you, and you always try to keep things aboveboard. Your stamina and endurance are notable. Success is more likely if your career allows you to express your creativity freely. You have a lot to give a partner, and you may be taken advantage of by less noble individuals as a result. Famous people born today: T. S. Eliot, George Gershwin, Serena Williams, Olivia Newton-John, Linda Hamilton.

Picture of the day
Sukhoi Superjet 100
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a modern fly-by-wire twin-engine regional jet with 8 to 108 passenger seats. Development began in 2000; the aircraft had its maiden flight on 19 May 2008 and entered commercial service on 21 April 2011. This aircraft is seen flying off the coast of Italy near Sanremo.

Picture of a polar bear close to Beechey Island, Canada

Sun Exposure

Photograph by Nina Stavlund, National Geographic 
Passengers on a tour of the Northwest Passage boarded Zodiacs near Beechey Island, Canada, after hearing of a possible polar bear sighting—the first of the trip. “Our drivers maneuvered us [into] perfect positions to take pictures of the bear without stressing the animal,” writes Nina Stavlund. “You could feel the excitement, but everyone was very quiet.” With flowing adrenaline and a pounding heart—”This was, after all, my first polar bear in the wild”—Stavlund was shaking so much that she had to take a few deep breaths. “I made sure my shutter was fast and that I had a good exposure [so as] not to wash out the beautiful white coat. [When] the bear turned its head toward the sun, I saw a catch light in the eye and pressed the shutter until my buffer was full.”

Hug pattern by Sarah Pasternak
Finished length is 56 inches.
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Charlee Baby Girl Jacket/Coat pattern by Lotta Arnlund
This is a jacket I made for my baby girl Charlee to fit with dress.
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Lumberjack pattern by Leslie Eisinger
This pattern is not for the fainthearted. You need knitting experience.
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Stars and Stripes Sock Pattern




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Eight Section Star Block Bedspread Pattern #611

Eggplant Meatballs

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Crockpot Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole

I am so excited about this recipe! When Adam and I were about 19, our friends got married. We loved going to visit their new apartment, and felt quite adult when the four of us pulled folding chairs to the table and sat down to eat a home-cooked meal. I helped. My job was sprinkling paprika on top of the chicken and rice bake we learned how to make from a can label. This is that same chicken and rice bake. But without the fat, sodium, and mono-whatnots. You can make it in your crockpot

The Ingredients.

--1 1/2 cups of brown rice
--1 1/2 cups chicken broth
--1 1/2 cups milk, divided (stick with 2% or lower in fat content. I used soy.)
--3/4 cup flour (I used Pamela's)
--1 small yellow onion, diced
--8 oz sliced mushrooms
--3-4 chicken breast halves or equivalent parts (1 used 3 huge frozen breast halves)
--1/2 tsp onion powder
--1/4 tsp black pepper
--1/4 tsp paprika

The Directions.

Use a 4-quart slow cooker.

You need to use the stove top for one part. This is tricky for me, because I always, always, always have things boil over. Which is why the canned soup in the Little Dipper is so exciting. 

I did it again. And needed to be reminded by my 4-year-old that "bad words aren't nice, mommy." But I had JUST cleaned the stove top, and even ran the burner thingy-mabobs through the self-cleaning cycle of the oven last Thursday. So they were spotless

Combine all of the chicken broth (1 1/2 cups) and 1/2 cup of milk in a sauce pan and heat over medium heat on the stove. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining 1 cup of milk with 3/4 cup flour. When the broth and milk have begun to boil, reduce heat, and slowly stir in the milk and flour mixture. When everything is fully incorporated, set the pot aside to cool.

Spray the inside of your crockpot with cooking spray.

Add the rice and seasonings to your crock. Chop up the onion, and add it with the mushrooms. Stir in your broth, flour, and milk mixture. The rice will turn a bit red from the paprika.

Lay the chicken pieces on top. 

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for about 8. I cooked ours on high for 4, and let it stay warm for another 2.

When you take the lid off of the crockpot, stir the rice. If the rice is fully cooked and you have extra liquid, keep the lid off for about 15 minutes. The liquid will absorb quickly.

The Verdict.

Very tasty. I am so excited to have this new cream-of alternative that doesn't use any butter. This is a keeper, and I can see making it quite often in the years to come. It needs a bit of salt. The kids ate their chicken separate from the rice.



TP Flyer

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Create your own airplane from cardboard tubes. When building your project, experiment with new and different ways of putting it together. The most important thing is to have fun!”


Toilet paper tube
Regular Masking tape
Blue Masking Tape ( Optional For Customizing)
Cereal box or some Cardboard
Clear plastic container
2 Paper clips
2 Pen caps
Straw or an old pen/pencil
Editor's Note: If you are concerned about germs on the toilet paper tube, pop it in the microwave for a couple of seconds before using.


Start out by cutting your toilet paper tube at an angle. This is where the windshield will go. If you want you could leave it just the way it is and have a snub-nosed jet.

I made my windshield from a clear plastic container. Find a part of the clear plastic that has a nice shape which you think might make a good canopy. Hold the angled side of your toilet paper tube down onto the plastic and trace around the opening. Then carefully cut out your windshield.
This took me a couple of tries to get right. I ended up tracing it a little bigger than the end of my angled tube, and then trimmed a little off until it fit perfectly.
Next, tape on your Flyer's tail. I used a piece of straw about four inches long. You could try using something else like a old pen or even a stick. I taped my tail onto the inside back end, but you could attach yours on the top. Remember to always be creative and try different ways of putting your project together.
Making the landing gear is as simple as bending some paper clips into the shape you like and taping them onto the bottom of your Flyer's body.
You can use all sorts of supplies to make the wing and tail pieces. I like to use old cereal boxes. Cut out one side of the box and lay it printed side down. Next draw and cut out your wing and tail section. Try making a few different designs. Then loosely attach them and decide which ones you like the best. Remember, it's your project and anything goes!
I like to dry-fit everything before I put together my project. This is a good time to make any changes or alterations to your design. Anything goes! When you are happy with your plane it's time for the final step...decorating!

If you want to spend a little more time, you can really make your TP. Flyer look nice. This is my favorite part of any project — covering it with tape and dressing it up! I like to use different colored tape to make the project look really cool. I made a design on the wings with my blue tape, and carefully outlined the plastic canopy as well. If you prefer, you could use some colored markers or crayons, even some stickers! As always, try different things and have fun.

OK — now it's time to put it all together. For my TP Flyer I used small strips of tape to attach the wing and tail sections together. Then I found two old pen caps to use as my jet engines and attached them under the wing with tape. I also played around with the windshield design. 

And there you have it...a cool T.P. Flyer, made from nothing but trash and tape!


Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. - Og Mandino





Jacob is a 25-year-old college students who was born with a very unique birthmark.
Via Imgur. Credit: @Mneneon
Via Imgur. Credit: @Mneneon
Via Imgur. Credit: @Mneneon
Via Imgur. Credit: @Mneneon
I think it makes me look kinda cool, but having it my entire life tends to skew my perception of it.
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I could post about my birthmark a hundred times and not fully communicate what it was like to grow up and live with it

"Welcome" in Cheyenne (United States) - Va'ohtama

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