Saturday, October 31, 2015

Magic Day OCTOBER 31, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Magic Day

Magic Day started with a “Houdini Day”, the first of which took place in the summer of 1927, less than one year after the famous magician’s death. His wife presented a trophy in honor of him on that day.
Harry Houdini is quite probably one of the reasons magic is so popular today and at the time of his death he was the most famous member of the Society of American Magicians. Houdini died at 1:26pm on October 31st, 1926.
Houdini is most famous for his escape artistry, varying from escaping from chains, ropes, handcuffs and straight jackets while dangling in the air above his audience, to escaping from a locked milk can, filled with water. He went so far as to challenge police in every city he visited to restrain him in their jails and handcuffs – more often than not he was strip-searched first.

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Feeding on plants, including shrubs and trees.
Usage:The dot moth is phytophagous, feeding on a wide variety of plants.


John Keats (1795)

Considered one of the greatest English poets, Keats worked as a surgeon's apprentice before devoting himself entirely to poetry at age 21. During a few intense months in 1819, he produced many of his greatest works, including "Ode on a Grecian Urn," "Ode to a Nightingale," and "To Autumn." His Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems is perhaps the greatest single volume of poetry published in England in the 19th century. Tragically, Keats died at just 25.


Guavaween is a parade and block party with a Latin flavor in Ybor City, a two-square-mile area in Tampa, Florida. The "guava" stands for the tropical American fruit, while the "ween" alludes to the festival's resemblance to Halloween, also observed around this time of year. The parade, with 20 to 50 bands, is led by a woman portraying the mythical "Mama Guava" doing the "Mama Guava Stumble." Many paraders wear costumes lampooning national figures. After the early evening parade, there is partying until the wee hours.

Sweet Halloweens for Kids with Special Health Needs - CBS News

Batmans, Darth Vaders, Disney princesses ... Halloween is the perfect chance for kids to step into the shoes of their favorite characters. But the candy-crazy holiday isn't storybook perfect for every child, especially those with health challenges such as food allergies, diabetes, and autism.

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1541 - Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting The Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican

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1860 - Juliette Low, the founder off the Girl Scouts, was born.

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1941 - Mount Rushmore was declared complete after 14 years of work. At the time the 60-foot busts of U.S. Presidents George WashingtonThomas JeffersonTheodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were finished. 

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1956 - Rear Admiral G.J. Dufek became the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole. Dufek also became the first person to set foot on the South Pole.

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2011 - The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations


If You Were Born Today, October 31

You are a dependable person who can also be spontaneous and unique while steady and reliable overall. Some people might call you hard-headed! You can stick to something (or someone) longer than most people, and your ability to read between the lines is outstanding. People generally admire your conviction and your wit, and you inspire trust in others due to your "no-nonsense" approach to life. Family oriented and committed, you are also typically quite organized. Famous people born today: Jane Pauley, Deidre Hall, Dan Rather, Xavier Roberts, John Candy, Michael Landon, Rob Schneider, Chris Tucker, Piper Perabo, Willow Smith.

Picture of the day
Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette
Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette is an undated oil painting on canvas completed by Vincent van Gogh. It is held in the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam

Picture of a Himba woman looking over landscape

A Good Light

Photograph by Bjorn Persson
Both a young Himba woman and the Namibian landscape are bathed in golden light. Her expression seems to be one of contentment—at least in this moment—inspired by the sight of her homeland awash in the sun’s glow.

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Lego Man Mitts pattern by Carissa Browning
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Frugal Knitting Haus - Hard to Find Knitting and Crochet Books, Needles & Accessories
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Ultra Alpaca MKAL Blanket by Berroco Design Team


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Tuna and potato balls
A quick and fun appetizer using leftovers and a can (or two) of tuna. An added plus is that you can make double the quantity, store them in the fridge, and gr...
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Pumpkin Drink Cooler

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All anyone asks for is a chance to work with pride. - W. Edwards Deming


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Family Halloween Costumes That’ll Convince You To Have Kids


1. The cast of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

The cast of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

2. Wonder Woman and BatgirlWonder Woman and Batgirl

3. Ariel and Sebastian from The Little MermaidAriel and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid

4. A delicious piece of sushiA delicious piece of sushi

5. Alan and baby Carlos from The HangoverAlan and baby Carlos from The Hangover

6. Cinderella, Gus Gus, and Jaq from CinderellaCinderella, Gus Gus, and Jaq from Cinderella

7. A Police Box and The Doctor from Doctor WhoA Police Box and The Doctor from Doctor Who

8. The Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

9. Ash and Pikachu from PokémonAsh and Pikachu from Pokémon

10. Some ~hardworking~ construction workersSome ~hardworking~ construction workers

11. The cast of Toy StoryThe cast of Toy Story

12. Lilo and StitchLilo and Stitch

13. Harley Quinn and The Joker(s)Harley Quinn and The Joker(s)

14. Glinda the Good Witch, the tornado, and Dorothy from The Wizard of OzGlinda the Good Witch, the tornado, and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

15. R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star WarsR2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars

16. Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson from Parks and RecreationLeslie Knope and Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation

17. Wilma, Pebbles, and Fred from The FlintstonesWilma, Pebbles, and Fred from The Flintstones
18. Angry BirdsAngry Birds

19. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman fromMythBustersAdam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from MythBusters
Diane DancingSkeleton 2015

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Project: Paper Doll Witch

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Tutorial: Black cat Halloween banner

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corn maze for blondes?

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  1. Our DD called looking for a mask...nope, not for Halloween. She was grating and preparing horseradish. Even WWI gas masks might not be up to that job. She must have found something though because today we did come home with a nice big jar of fresh horseradish:)

  2. We don't do the Halloween like you do in the USA but have noticed nowadays they started to dress up more but had no kids knocking on our door
    Hugs Janice