Thursday, November 19, 2015

Int'l Men's Day NOVEMBER 19, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .... Celebrate Int'l Men's Day

International Men’s Day was created in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago. The main purpose of the day is to focus on the health of males. Other aspects of the day include improving gender relations, showing that men can be positive role models, and promoting gender equality.
Over eighty countries celebrate Man Day, but it’s not always been like this. Most countries on the list such as the United States and the United Kingdom have only recently started to promote the day.
If you want to take part in events, look on-line to find one of many groups gathering together to have fun. Most places will have fun events with a “manly” theme, such as wrestling and rodeo bull riding.
Some years, the coordinators of Man Day suggest a secondary theme to be taken into consideration. Although it’s not needed to follow these themes, most countries do as they allow each country to feel as if they’re part of something bigger.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) One who is employed in the loading or unloading of ships.
Synonyms:dock workerdock-walloperdockerdockhandloaderlongshoremanlumper
Usage:As the stevedore worked, he dreamed of the day he would be able to leave the docks behind and see the world from the deck of a ship.


Jay's Treaty Signed (1794)

When unsettled controversies with England in the aftermath of the American Revolution threatened to involve the US in another war, President George Washington named Chief Justice John Jay as an envoy for the negotiation of a treaty. The agreement, concluded in 1794 and known as Jay's Treaty, averted war between the two nations, solved many outstanding issues, and opened 10 years of largely peaceful trade in the midst of the French Revolutionary Wars

Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps (1805)

A French diplomat and engineer, Lesseps conceived the idea of the Suez Canal while serving in Egypt. He supervised the construction and achieved world renown for the project. In 1878, he became president of the company formed to construct the Panama Canal, but lack of funds forced the project into bankruptcy amid charges of corruption. He was brought to trial for misappropriation of funds and sentenced to prison but was later cleared. 

Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society encourages nonsmokers to "adopt" smokers on this day and support them as they go through withdrawal from nicotine—a drug that is said to be as addictive as heroin. Schools are particularly active in observing the Smokeout, teaching young people that the easiest way to avoid the health problems associated with smoking is never to start. Other organizations also sponsor programs and activities designed to increase public awareness of the hazards to which both smokers and those who breathe their smoke are exposed.

Why Writers Run

From Homer's The Iliad to A.E. Housman's poem about an athlete dying young, there's no shortage of literary depictions of running. "Move, as the limbs / of a runner do," writes W.H. Auden. "In orbit go / Round an endless track."

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1850 - The first life insurance policy for a woman was issued. Carolyn Ingraham, 36 years old, bought the policy in Madison, NJ

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1863U.S. President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.

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1895 - The "paper pencil" was patented by Frederick E. Blaisdell.

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1928"Time" magazine presented its cover in color for the first time. The subject was Japanese Emperor Hirohito.

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1954 - Two automatic toll collectors were placed in service on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. 

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1969Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man's second landing on the moon. 

1977 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to set foot in Israel on an official visit.

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1990 - Milli Vanilli was stripped of their Grammy Award because other singers had lent their voices to the "Girl You Know It's True" album. 

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1997 - In Carlisle, IA, septuplets were born to Bobbi McCaughey. It was only the second known case where all seven were born alive. 

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2003 - Eight competing designs for a memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center were unveiled. One design would be built at the site of the World Trade Center.


If You Were Born Today, November 19

You are a determined, sharp-witted person with strong desires and attainable ideals. You need to stand out, not in a flashy manner, but as an entirely unique individual. Others naturally admire you for your strength of character and backbone. Although you are a natural leader, you are also a humanitarian. At times quite self-absorbed and private, you are very much at ease in social settings as well. You need channels for your strong desires and your need for self-expression. Never afraid of an obstacle along your path, you are gutsy, dynamic, resourceful, and you rise to a challenge. Famous people born today: Calvin Klein, Dick Cavett, Jodie Foster, Indira Gandhi, Larry King, Meg Ryan, Ted Turner.

Picture of the day
The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things
The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things is a painting attributed to Hieronymus Bosch, completed around 1500 or later. Presented in a series of circular images: four small circles, detailing "Death of the Sinner," "Judgment", "Hell", and "Glory", surround a single large circle showing the seven deadly sins. At the center of this circle is Jesus emerging from his tomb. The painting is now held by the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Picture of military helicopter training at night

Maneuvers in the Dark

Photograph by Jodi Martinez, National Geographic 
U.S. military special forces members conduct fast rope and hoisting training during exercises at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. According to Jodi Martinez, the service members are part of a program that trains special operators to conduct joint operations.



Puzzle Scarf pattern by Kirsten Kapur
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Little Boy's Cuff-to-Cuff Sweater

thanks, sheri ... great knitting!

thanks for the 'farmer's' humor pics, heide


Crochet Kitten: Clapochet
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Dinner in a Pumpkin

4 to 5 pound pumpkin (if you're choosing your pumpkin based on the size of the one in these pictures, don't!Mine was much too big and almost didn't fit in my oven, but it seduced me with it's adorable tall skinny shape . . . I'm a sucker for tall, skinny pumpkins.)
1 pound ground beef or turkey (I use ground turkey--it's cheaper, healthier, and so tasty!)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 cup uncooked rice (it'll cook inside the pumpkin)
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary (or more--I love rosemary, so I used more like 1 full teaspoon)
1 can petite diced tomatoes
2 cups beef broth
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)

Get started by washing off the outside of your pumpkin and cutting off the top. Scoop out the innards, just as if you were going to carve it as a jack-o-lantern. I find that an ice cream scoop or metal measuring cup makes for easy pumpkin gut scooping! Make sure you scrape off all the icky stringy fibers from the pumpkin's inner walls. Melt two tablespoons butter and brush inside pumpkin (I like to just pour it down the inside walls of the pumpkin and swirl it to coat), and sprinkle with some salt. Place the pumpkin in a shallow baking dish.

In a large skillet, saute ground beef/turkey, onion, garlic, and rice in two tablespoons butter until browned. Add remaining ingredients (except cheese) and bring to a boil. Pour this mixture into the pumpkin, and replace the pumpkin's lid.

Bake at 350 for about 1 1/2 hours or until the pumpkin flesh inside is tender. Uncover the pumpkin, add the cheese, and return to the oven for 5 minutes to melt. Serve it up, scraping some of the pumpkin pulp out with each serving.
(See? I told you my pumpkin was too big !) It's not the most picturesque, photo-worthy filling, but mmmmm, it sure is tasty! It's so thick and warm and tasty, and feels like the perfect supper to eat before Thanksgiving.

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CrockPot Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

I made a traditional cheesecake on Fourth of July, and ever since have been wanting to make a pumpkin one. I'm eating some right now with my morning coffee. It's delicious. 

The Ingredients.
A jar of nutmeg made it into the picture. That's a mistake. You don't need any. 


--1 cup gingersnap or graham cracker crumbs (I used the GF gingersnaps from Trader Joes)
--3 T butter, melted
--2 T white sugar

--2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, room temperature 
--1 1/4 cup white sugar

--1 can pure pumpkin (15 oz) 
--3/4 cup sour cream
--2 tsp vanilla

--1tsp cinnamon
--1/2 tsp allspice
--1/4 tsp salt 
--4 eggs

Sour Cream Topping (optional):
--1 cup sour cream
--3 T white sugar

--1 tsp vanilla 

The Directions.

If you are planning on serving pumpkin cheesecake, I'd recommend making it the day before, so it has plenty of time to chill in the refrigerator.

I used a 6.5 oval quart crockpot, and inserted a 1.5 oval casserole dish into it. You are using the crockpot as a bain marie, or water bath.

In a small bowl, combine melted butter with the graham cracker crumbs and white sugar. Press the mixture into your casserole dish. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, pure pumpkin, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Add the spices and eggs, also. Mix well with a hand or stand mixer until the cream cheese is fluid and there aren't very many cream cheese spots/lumps. A few is okay. 
Pour the filling on top of the crust. 

Put 1/2 to 1 cup of water into the bottom of your crockpot. The inserted dish should push the water up to halfway up the sides of the cheesecake.

Place the cheesecake into your crockpot and cook on high for 2 to 4 hours. It took 4 for mine to cook completely. You will know it's done cooking when the top is no longer jiggly and the sides have begun to brown ever so slightly.

Unplug your crockpot, and take off the lid. In a small mixing bowl, whip together the sour cream topping.With a rubber spatula, very carefully spread the sour cream topping on top of the hot cheesecake. Let the cheese cake sit in the cooling crockpot for an hour, before chilling in the refrigerator. I put the lid on the crockpot sideways, but you can also leave it off. 

Chill for at least 6 hours.

The Verdict.

This is thick, moist cheesecake. I was worried that this pumpkin batter wouldn't set, because the first cheesecake I did only took 2 hours on high, and this took a solid 4 hours on high. In fact, I made a mistake, and brought it to some friends after baking for 2 (and only chilling for 2) for dessert last night. It wasn't cooked. It was cheesecake soup.

When we got home, I plopped it back into the water bath (I hadn't cleaned the kitchen up, and the crockpot was still slightly warm) for the additional 2 hours and set an alarm to check on it. This cheesecake was finished at 1 am.

And then I was wide awake for some reason and couldn't sleep and had a rather long conversation with Adam that he doesn't remember.

All in all, this is a good recipe, but when I make it again, I will add the pumpkin and spices to that. Since I haven't actually tried it, I'm not sure if it will work, but my gut is leaning towards that "sturdier" cheesecake, instead of trying to fool with this one some more.


 Hunt for Turkey Feathers
Buy a bunch of colorful feathers at a crafts store and hide them around the yard or house, then do a T-Day version of an Easter-egg hunt. Kids can use the feathers they collect to design a Native American headdress.


It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love. - Moliere



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Pike Place is an iconic farmer’s market located in Seattle. You probably know it as the place with the flying fish from Sleepless in Seattle.

You may also recognize their famous gum wall. Rumor has it the gum wall started in the early 1990s by bored movie-goers who would stick their gum to the wall as they waited in  line.


  • Over 1 million pieces of gum
  • 20+ years old
  • Over 100,000 photos on Instagram
  • Once named world’s second-germiest tourist spot – after Ireland’s Blarney stone


Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority spokeswoman Emily Crawford said the gum has to go.
Gum is made of chemicals, sugar, additives. Things that aren’t good for us. I can’t imagine it’s good for brick.
The company that is handling the cleaning says it will use an industrial strength steam machine to take care of business.
The machine will melt the gum with 280-degree steam; it will fall to the ground, and a two- to three-man crew will collect the gum in five-gallon buckets. This is probably the weirdest job we’ve done.
Fans of the gum shouldn’t fret. Sections of the wall have been cleaned before, only to have the gum accumulate again. Mercedes Carrabba, who owns Market Ghost Tours and Ghost Alley Espresso notes:
It’s like an organism — it grows back. Or like a lost limb, it returns.


There are similar gum walls in the world. Take for instance Bubble Gum Alley San Luis Obispo, California.
The gum plastered to the brickwork in Bubblegum Alley has been spreading since the late 1950s. Additions have built up over the years and include a bright red face made from the sticky stuff. Visitors are welcome to add to the collection and some even sample some of the secondhand gum!

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"Welcome" in Icelandic (Iceland) [to a mixed group] - Velkomin


Numerical Oddities


If you’re worried you’ll miss the next quirky calendar event, get ready for these:
  • Square Root Day: 4/4/16 (4×4=16)
  • Palindrome Day: 02/11/20 (the same backwards as forwards)
  • Digital Mirror Day: 05/05/2020 (the date can be read on a digital clock in a mirror and still be correct)
  • Prime Day: 11/13/17 (sequential prime numbers)
  • Fibonacci Day: 8/13/21 (each number is the sum of the previous two)

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The Charles Schulz Philosophy


The  following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the  creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.

You don't have to actually answer the questions. 
Just ponder on them.

1. Name  the five wealthiest people in the  world. 

2. Name  the last five Heisman trophy winners. 

3. Name  the last five winners of the Miss America pageant. 

4  Name  ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. 

5. Name  the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress. 

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.


How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. 

These are no second-rate achievers. 

They are the best in their fields. 

But the applause dies.. 

Awards tarnish.. 

Achievements are forgotten. 

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.


Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school. 

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time. 

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile. 

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.



The lesson: 

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials
,the most money...or the most awards. 

They simply are the ones who care the most



''Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken!"

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