Tuesday, November 17, 2015

World Prematurity Day NOVEMBER 17, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day calls attention to the special issues facing infants born prematurely, celebrates the development and growth of older babies and children who were born prematurely, and is a great day to support members of your community who work with newborns or premature infants, or are parents adjusting with a prematurely born infant.
What is Prematurity?
A full-term pregnancy lasts between 37 and 42 weeks, and “prematurity” describes when a baby is born earlier than 37 weeks (gestational time). Prematurely born infants face many special issues, which can include breathing difficulties, feeding difficulties, and low birth weight. Prematurely born babies generally have a longer hospital stay than babies born full-term, and many end up spending time in NICU units (neonatal intensive care) or special care nurseries until it can be established that they are stable and healthy enough to be brought home. This can be a very difficult time for many families.
Thanks to advances in modern healthcare, the prognosis for most babies born prematurely has improved dramatically. Statistically, the earlier a baby is born, the more serious his or her health problems are likely to be.
World Prematurity Day is a great time to look back on the advances there have been to pre-natal and neonatal care, and celebrate how new research and interventions have dramatically improved the probable outcomes for so many infants who are born prematurely each year. If you are pregnant, World Prematurity Day is a great reminder to discuss pre-term labor with your pre-natal care team.
World Prematurity Day is also a good time to reach out to parents you may know who have babies who worn born prematurely, to see how things are going or provide them with encouragement. If you are interested in helping families who are caring for prematurely born infants, or learning more about the special issues that face those babies, you many want to reach out to your local pregnancy center, midwife, or hospital birth center.

thanks again, patty, for these charming 'story people'

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A peevish, irascible person; a grouch.
Usage:He was known to all as a crosspatch, but all that changed with the birth of his first grandchild.



First Computer Mouse Patented (1970)

While working at the Stanford Research Institute in the early 1960s, human-computer interaction pioneer Doug Engelbart invented the first computer mouse, so called because of its resemblance to the small rodent. His mouse was constructed out of a wooden box and two wheels set perpendicular to one another. The rotation of each wheel was translated into motion along one axis, and this information was relayed to the computer to indicate the mouse's position.

Martin Scorsese (1942)

Scorsese is an American film director whose movies often deal with violent and obsessive aspects of modern America and the themes of sin and redemption. He won critical attention for his film Mean Streets in 1973 and went on to make a number of acclaimed films, including Taxi DriverRaging BullGoodfellas, and The Departed, for which he finally received the Academy Award for best director.

Google Driverless Car Is Stopped by California Police for Going Too Slowly

Police in the Northern California city of Mountain View saw something unusual on the road on Thursday: A car was moving too slowly, causing a traffic backlog. So they pulled over the vehicle and peered inside. It was a self-driving car. 

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1800 - The U.S. Congress held its first session in Washington, DC, in the partially completed Capitol building.

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1869 - The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.

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1904 - The first underwater submarine journey was taken, from Southampton, England, to the Isle of Wight. 

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1962 - Washington's Dulles International Airport was dedicated by U.S. President Kennedy.

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1982 - The Empire State Building was added to the National Register of Historical Places. 

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2010 - Researchers trapped 38 antihydrogen atoms. It was the first time humans had trapped antimatter. 


If You Were Born Today, November 17

Although you have a talent for communicating, you are not an open book. Your personality is vibrant, and others notice you wherever you go. As emotional as you are, you prefer to present the strong side of your personality to others. You may readily discuss your personal past, but you are not one to whine about your life. You do have an interesting life story, no doubt about it, as you tend to attract change and even crisis into your life with your controlled yet powerful emotions. Your life is far from static, likely because your personality is very dynamic. Famous people born today: Danny DeVito, Grace Abbott, Martin Scorsese, Lauren Hutton, Gordon Lightfoot, Rock Hudson, Lorne Michaels.

Picture of the day
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is a four-act play written by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, based on Conan Doyle's eponymous character. It drew material from the stories "A Scandal in Bohemia", "The Final Problem", and A Study in Scarlet, pitting Holmes against Professor Moriarty and reinventing the character of Irene Adler as a new love interest named Alice Faulkner. This play introduced the phrase "Elementary, my dear Watson" and Holmes' curved pipe.

Picture of smoke coming from a wildfire in Yosemite

Go Up and Flame

Photograph by Khanh Le, National Geographic 
From a meadow in California’s Yosemite National Park, Khanh Le snapped this photo of the smoky skyline. As the smoke rises, sunlight blazes through it, turning the haze itself a dramatic, fiery hue.


harry potter blanket (look in the middle of page for their names and patterns)





Men's Scarf pattern by Suzanne Resaul
A super fast men’s scarf of which I made several for a local charity.
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Sols(tr)ikke: Triangles – geometric pillow
For 40 x 40 cm pillow The front piece is made of 24 triangles and 6 half-triangles. The back is a square made of dc only. Yarn: DK / 8 ply Hook: 4 mm Gauge: ...
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crochet, 0 - 3 mths
Baby Bootie Slippers pattern by Jessie LaDuron
This is an easy pattern for super cute baby slippers. :)
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Roasted Turkey Thighs Stuffed with Dried Cranberries Thanksgiving

15 mins
1 hour
1 hour 15 mins
Author: Adore Foods
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 skin on turkey thighs, boned and butterflied
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ⅓ cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 Italian sausages, casing removed
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • ⅓ cup breadcrumbs
  1. In a medium skillet, add 1 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until golden. Add chopped mushrooms, cook for 2-3 minutes and crumble sausage meat over the mixture. Cook, stirring a few times for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add some chopped fresh sage. Add dried cranberries and white wine to the skillet too and simmer for another minute. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. Stir in breadcrumbs and allow to cool down.
  2. Meanwhile, arrange turkey thighs skin down on a work surface. Season with salt and pepper and divide stuffing among the 4 thighs. Smooth stuffing in an even layer and roll each thigh around stuffing into a roulade. Secure each roll with kitchen twine around circumference and a longer loop around the length to hold ends in place too.
  3. Add some more olive oil to the skillet and cook stuffed turkey thighs for about 2 minutes on each side, to sear them.
  4. Preheat oven at 350F/ 180C.
  5. Bake the rolls for about 50 minutes, or until the temperature inside the center of the rolls is 175F.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting it into thick slices. Don't forget to snip strings off before cutting it.
  7. Enjoy!

stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This worked! I've made cranberry sauce exactly once before---in a kindergarten class. We followed the directions on the bag, and it came out quite bitter. No one except this one little boy who enjoyed shocking his classmates with odd behavior would eat it. I could tell it was bitter just by the smell.

I did not have high hopes for cranberry sauce in the crockpot, but was pleasantly surprised. This not only worked, the kids each had some with leftover turkey and I've had it now a few times on top of spinach salad.

I think the secret is the enormous amount of sugar I added...

The Ingredients.

12 ozunces cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

The Directions.

Use a 2- quart crockpot. If you only have a huge crockpot, you can put an oven-safe dish into it to create a smaller cooking vessel --- like a pyrex or Corningware. This is what I use in the crock.

Rinse off the cranberries and put them into your crockpot. Add the orange juice and water. I had the kids squeeze fresh juice, but you can use store-bought if that's what you have on hand.

Add the sugar and the cinnamon. Stir. There will be an awful lot of liquid, and the cranberries will float and you'll wonder how on earth it could possibly turn into cranberry sauce.

Cover and cook on high. It will take about 3 hours.

Stir every hour or so. When the skin from the cranberries has softened, the cranberries will "pop" when pushed with a spoon up against the side of the crock. It wasn't until about 2 hours in that my cranberries were soft enough to do this.

Smoosh all of the cranberries. Stir well.

Heat enough for it to be warm throughout. Take the lid off and heat on high for another 30 to 45 minutes. Your house will smell wonderful!

Serve. This easily can be made a few days before your holiday dinner.

The Verdict.

This is pretty much the best cranberry sauce in the history of the world. I like it so much I'll eat it right off the spoon. My mom makes batches and batches of it and gives it to her friends for gifts (seriously!) and freezes little Tupperwares of it so she can have it all year round.

Philippe Petit's historic walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.


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Appreciate Your Guests
Make place cards for everyone who will be attending your feast. Think of one reason you're thankful for each person and write it on the back. Guests can read them aloud!




Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content. - Louis L'Amour



Katzen Hobbes  is a real-life Catwoman with 90 percent of her body tattooed with black tiger stripes.
She used to have genuine tiger whiskers, which were sent to her by zoos around the world, implanted into her cheeks by means of specialist piercing rings.
Now, her “whiskers” have been drawn on her face by scarification—scratches on the skin made deep enough to scar permanently.


It took over a decade for the mother-of-two from Austin, Texas (who is also known as Katzen Ink), to acquire all her tiger tattoos, during which time more than 160 tattoo artists have worked on her, including 23 at the same time!
Having so many artists filling in the black lines on her back, legs and stomach caused her such pain that she fainted more than once.


“I can’t imagine not being a tiger. I am a living, breathing work of art.”

"Welcome" in Hopi (Southwestern USA) - Keuwawata

thanks, shelley

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Create cute bracelets for yourself or your kids. Wrap with fabric, ribbons, etc. The options are endless!
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Make an impromptu ring toss game for your kids or for a party using shower curtain rings and bottles.
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Hosting a formal dinner? Make the perfect napkin rings for the occasion. Embellish them according to your party theme.
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Are you the crafty sort? Organize and hang your ribbons on shower curtain rings.
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Get your purses off the floor of your closet. Hang them with shower hooks and rings instead!
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Add a shower ring or two to the handle of your dishwasher or oven to let your dish towels dry out between uses.

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Organize your hat collection with shower curtain rings and a clothes hanger. Note: You may need to glue the shower curtain rings in place to avoid them toppling to one side.
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Always losing your hair elastics? Keep them all together on a shower curtain ring! Just don’t lose the ring…
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Use several to hang your jewelry to prevent tangling.
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They’re the perfect size for making mini wreaths to decorate your Christmas tree or to use as place settings.
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Your kids will love these ribbon rings for dance and play.
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For practical storage in the shower, hang baskets from shower curtain rings to an extra shower curtain rod to store soaps, shampoos and loofahs. Add one down low for the kids’ bath toys!
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Use shower curtain rings to hang those cute little baby shoes. (And try not to get baby fever when you look at those cute little boots!)
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Recycle old shower curtain rings to make an alphabet and sight word toy for your kids.
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Hang your belts on shower curtain rings for easy storage. Organize them by color, width or any other system that makes sense.
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No space in your drawers for your bras? No problem! Store them on shower curtain rings to help them hold their shape.
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