Thursday, September 3, 2015

Skyscraper Day SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Skyscraper Day

The construction of tall buildings has become so commonplace in cities around the globe that the general public gives little thought to the visionaries responsible for creating a city’s unique skyline. Skyscraper Day provides the opportunity to learn more about the architects who commit a dream to paper and the construction crews that make it reality.
Whoever it was that first considered placing dwellings on top of each other instead of side-by-side would be astounded at how modern buildings literally seem to touch the sky. What they may also find interesting is the status that is often attached to living or working at the highest level. Although this analogy is obvious there is another to be drawn from the consequences of a power failure. These are just a few aspects to ponder on a day that is set aside to reflect on man’s apparent conquest of upper space.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A censer used in certain ecclesiastical ceremonies or liturgies.
Usage:As the priest swung the thurible, incense poured out the holes in its lid.

Most interesting Knitter in the World!!


Malcolm Campbell Becomes First to Drive over 300 MPH (1935)

Campbell, an English automobile and speedboat racer, set many speed records for motorcycles, airplanes, automobiles, and motorboats. In 1931, he was knighted for his accomplishments. Four years later, driving his famed automobile Bluebird at Bonneville Flats, Utah, Campbell set his final land speed record, becoming the first person to drive an automobile faster than 300 mph (483 km/h).

Cromwell's Day

As a British general, Puritan statesman, and Lord Protector of England from 1653-58, Oliver Cromwell is remembered today more for his actions as a general and a statesman than for his efforts within Puritanism. Each year the Cromwell Association holds a special service near Cromwell's statue outside the Houses of Parliament on September 3. It was on this day in 1650 that Cromwell won the battle of Dunbar, and it was on the same day a year later that he won a decisive victory at the battle of Worcester against the Scots. It was also the day on which he died.

How Science Is Making Ice Cream Even Better - and Better for You

Want a lower-fat, melt-resistant ice cream that can even lower your electricity bills? Researchers in Scotland may have found the answer. 

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1833 - The first successful penny newspaper in the U.S., "The New York Sun," was launched by Benjamin H. Day. 

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1942 Frank Sinatra started his solo singing career. 

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1951 - "Search for Tomorrow" debuted on CBS-TV. 

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1966 - The television series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" ended after 14 years.

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1967 - In Sweden, motorists stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side

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1999 - Mario Lemieux's ownership group officially took over the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux became the first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he had once played for. 


If You Were Born Today, September 3

You are success-oriented and willing to work hard for what you want. You appear confident, and you are certainly passionate, but you don't always feel as strong as you look to be. You have a good head for business, and you are also quick to respond to changes. You are known to be hard-working and dedicated in whatever job you choose to do. While you get along with others generally speaking, it is probably better for you to be in your own business or in a managing and leading position, as you prefer not to feel limited by others and you prefer not to be told what to do. Even so, you have a strong need for security so that whatever you do, you would fare best with a trusted partner or confidante. You reach out to others and love to share your ideas and opinions with others. Yours is a passionate and friendly approach to love. While you are generally quite decisive, in love you are not always as certain. You are attracted to sociable, creative, and sensitive mates. Famous people born today: Alan Ladd, Kitty Carlisle, Garrett Hedlund, Nick Wechsler II, Eileen Brennan.

Picture of the day
Alatskivi Castle
Alatskivi Castle is a Neo-Gothic castle in AlatskiviEstonia. Dating to the 17th century, it is situated in Alatskivi ParishTartu County. It was rebuilt in the late 19th century by Baron Arved von Nolcken, modeled on the royal residence of Balmoral in Scotland. A renovation occurred between 2005 and 2011. Five rooms on the first floor house the Eduard Tubin museum, which documents his accomplishments as a music composer and conductor.

Picture of a husky puppy swimming in the waters off Tulamben, Bali

Sea Dog

Photograph by Novrizal Herdananto, National Geographic 
A four-month-old husky named Michelle swims in the waters off Tulamben, Bali. Novrizal Herdananto captured this “lucky” shot while on a dive vacation with Michelle’s owner. “Every time we went for a dive, we always found her at the beach when we returned to the surface,” Herdananto writes. He adds that once she was introduced to the water, it turned out that she enjoyed riding the waves.

Three children were riding in a car when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog’s duties. 
“They use him to keep crowds back”, said one child. 
“No”, said another. “He’s just for good luck.” 
A third child brought the argument to a close. “You’re both wrong … They use the dogs”, she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrants.”

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Caerphilly Dishcloth Pattern

Sheep taking a bath. Cute #knitting cartoon!

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Stuffed Strawberries {3 Different Ways}

I have to admit that I’ve never made stuffed strawberries. But, my favorite dessert is strawberries and whipped cream, so making stuffed strawberries was meant to be.  It turns out that this fun strawberry dessert was perfect for my family: bite sized and easy to make!  We bought a huge container of California Strawberries and we made our own stuffed strawberries three different waysCA-strawberriesI’ve never been a great cook and I’m a terrible baker.  I think that’s why I’ve always gravitated to strawberries for dessert.  All you need is some whipped cream and you’ve got yourself an amazing treat! These no-cook desserts were all inspired by whipped cream and strawberries.

What You Need to Make Stuffed Strawberries

  • Strawberries
  • Whipped Cream
  • Oreos (or chocolate graham crackers)
  • Gummy Worms
  • Sprinkles, cherries, chocolate sauce, etc.. (or use what you like on sundaes!)
sundae-stuffed-strawberriesThe first dessert we made was sundae stuffed strawberries.  Chocolate sauce is hidden underneath the whipped cream which makes the dessert over the top!

How to Make Sundae Stuffed Strawberries

  1. Cut off the stems of the strawberries
  2. Cut them all in half, length-wise
  3. Squeeze a line of chocolate sauce on top of the strawberry
  4. Top with whipped cream and any other sundae toppings you love
  5. Enjoy!
dirt-worm-strawberriesMy daughter was THRILLED to eat dirt!  When you mix oreo crumbs with whipped cream it makes a delicious looking dirt.  We stuffed our strawberry with dirt and added a gummy worm for fun!  

How to Make {Dirt & Worm} Stuffed Strawberries

  1. Core out the strawberry from the top
  2. Remove the tops of 2 oreo cookies and smash into crumbs
  3. Mix oreo crumbs with a dash of whipped cream to form the dirt
  4. Fill strawberry with oreo crumbs and whipped cream mixture
  5. Top with a gummy worm
  6. Enjoy!
Tip: Don’t scrape off the oreo icing to make crumbs!  Instead, take off one side of the oreo cookie to smash.  Put the bottom icing and cookie together with another to make a double stuffed oreo!  
stuffed-strawberriesThe last dessert we made was a simple stuffed strawberry snake.   If you don’t feel like straying too much from strawberries and whipped cream, this simple snake will make your dessert irresistible to kids!

How to Make Stuffed Strawberries Snake

  1. Choose one strawberry to be the head
  2. Cut a wedge out from the tip of the strawberry to make an open mouth
  3. Add two drops of whipped cream and cookie crumbs for eyes
  4. Cut the stem off of the remaining strawberries for the snake body (this will make a flat surface so that strawberries can sit up)
  5. Hollow the strawberry out from the tip and fill with whipped cream
  6. Make the snake by starting with the head and placing the body behind in a wavy, snake-like line!

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CrockPot Fillet of Sole with Pesto Recipe

I made some fish yesterday. In the crockpot. It was terribly easy. This is the lazy way to make fish. My brother and his wife went to Italy this summer and brought us back a bottle of genuine Italian pesto. 
I put it in the crockpot.

The Ingredients.

--1 to 2 pounds of white fish. I used Sole. 
--bottled pesto

--shredded Parmesan cheese 

The Directions.

Spread out a layer of foil on the counter top. Put a piece of fish in it. Cover it with a spoonful of pesto. Sprinkle on some shredded Parmesan.

Fold over the foil to create a little packet.
 Put the packet in the crockpot.

Continue to layer in foil packets until you run out of fish.

If you are feeling spunky, 
go ahead and layer in some asparagus, spinach, squash, zucchini, or some other vegetable you feel goes well with fish. 

I fit 4 large foil packets into a 6 quart crockpot, and could have added a few extra.

DON'T add water. I promise it will cook.
 Cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours. You really should check it after 3 hours. The fish is done when it is fully white and flakes nicely with a fork. The stuff on the bottom will cook the same as the stuff on the top. 

The Verdict.

Moist, delicious, flaky fish. With no fish smell! My 6-year-old ate two platefuls and decided that she was only going to eat fish from now on. 

Three sisters age 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together. 
One night the 96 year old draws a bath, puts her foot in and pauses. 
She yells down the stairs, “Was I getting in or out of the bath?” 
The 94 year old yells back, “I don’t know, I’ll come up and see.” 
She starts up the stairs and pauses, then she yells, 
“Was I going up the stairs or coming down?” 
The 92 year old was sitting at the kitchen table having tea 
listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, 
“I sure hope I never get that forgetful.” She knocks 
on wood for good measure. She then yells, 
”I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see 
who’s at the door.”


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Artist Turns Old Circuit Boards and Electronic Components into Beautiful Winged Insects

By Sumitra 
UK-based artist Julie Alice Chappell has chosen an unusual medium for her sculptures – discarded electronics. She tears out circuit boards and other components from broken devices, and converts them into delicate insect figurines.
Julie’s introduction to the unique art form occurred several years ago, when she happened to find a big box of tiny electronic components at ‘The Craft Bank’, in Portsmouth, UK. “The first thing that came into my head when I looked at them was, ‘a mass of tiny bodies and legs… ants!’ I took them home to my children and we made ants.”


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1 comment:

  1. Skyscrapers!? Not for me--I cannot even do bunkbeds:)