Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Cat Herders Day DECEMBER 15, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Cat Herders Day

A day for those of us who feel like we’re tasked with the impossible, Cat Herders Day recognises the frustration of trying to manage the unmanageable. Whether it’s work, home, school or other areas of life, if it feels like herding cats, today’s your day.

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Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Playfully jocular; humorous.
Usage:She was quite gullible and could never tell when his remarks were facetious or when he was being serious.

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Plane Carrying Jazz Musician Glenn Miller Disappears (1944)

Miller was an American swing-era jazz musician and bandleader and one of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1942. A freelance musician in New York City, Miller formed his own big band in 1938, earning fame for songs like "Moonlight Serenade." During WWII, he joined the military and entertained the troops as leader of the US Air Force band. While flying from England to Paris, his plane disappeared over the English Channel. Miller was never found

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832)

Eiffel was a French engineer who designed the Eiffel Tower as the entrance arch for the for the 1889 Paris Exhibition. Though it was supposed to be dismantled after the fair, the tower became a landmark and is today the world's most visited paid monument. Prior to this massive undertaking, Eiffel established his reputation by constructing a series of ambitious railway bridges, including the span across the Douro at Oporto, Portugal

Bill of Rights Day

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution of 1787—referred to collectively as the Bill of Rights—were ratified on December 15, 1791. This landmark document protected American citizens from specific abuses by their government and guaranteed such basic rights as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights Day and called upon Americans to observe it with appropriate patriotic ceremonies.

Moderate Drinking May Benefit Early Stage Alzheimer's Patients

A couple of drinks a day may lower the risk of premature death in people with early stage Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The study included just over 320 people in Denmark with early stage Alzheimer's disease

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1654 - A meteorological office established in Tuscany began recording daily temperature readings. 

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1815 - Jane Austen's "Emma" was published. 

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1854 - In Philadelphia, the first street cleaning machine was put into use. 

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1877 - Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. 

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1938U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt presided over the ground-breaking ceremonies for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

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1939 - "Gone With the Wind," produced by David O. Selznick based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, premiered at Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta. The movie starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. 

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1964 - Canada's House of Commons approved a newly designed flag thereby dropping the Canadian "Red Ensign" flag. 


If You Were Born Today, December 14

You are a spirited, sensitive, and intelligent person who has a true spirit for adventure, yet a down-to-earth side to you that is unmistakable. Enterprising and ambitious, you are also very versatile, sometimes to the point of leaving a trail of unfinished projects and endeavors behind you! You need to experiment and mix things up a little in order to feel like you are truly living. Intensely curious, you never stop learning. Because you are easily bored, there are times that you have the urge to stir up a bit of controversy just to get some sort of debate started. Others find you fascinating and multi-talented. Famous people born today: Patty Duke, Nostradamus, Margaret Chase Smith, Jane Burkin.

Picture of the day
Gall–Peters projection
The Gall–Peters projection, named after James Gall and Arno Peters, is a specialization of a configurable equal-area map projection known as the cylindrical equal-area projection. It achieved considerable notoriety in the late 20th century as the centerpiece of a controversy surrounding the political implications of map design; Peters promoted it as a more faithful representation than the Mercator projection, which inflates the sizes of regions farther from the equator and thus makes the (mostly technologically underdeveloped) equatorial countries appear smaller and therefore, according to Peters, less significant.

Picture of a red fox drinking water

A Cool Drink

Photograph by Milan Zygmunt, National Geographic 
“I usually use this pond for taking pictures of birds,” writes Milan Zygmunt. “I didn’t expect the fox [would] come to drink.” Zygmunt takes his photos from a small hide in the bushes at this pond in the Zdarske Vrchy, a protected nature area in the Czech Republic.

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Frost Flower in Cascade 220 Sport - DK303




beauty shot

thanks, heide

crochet, CHRISTMAS


crochet, CHRISTMAS


crochet, CHRISTMAS


Prawns with avocado salsa

This easy to prepare prawn dish is a little more fun than your average Christmas prawn cocktail. These super-cute mini prawn cocktails are given a lift by a zesty avocado and tomato salsa.
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  • 24 medium cooked, shelled prawns
  • Lemon or lime wedges, to serve
  • 1 cup whole egg mayonnaise
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of half the lime
  • 1 large (or 2 small) vine ripened tomato
  • 2 slices red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled and finely chopped
  • Juice of half the lime

  1. To prepare salsa, quarter tomato, scoop out seeds and dice finely.
  2. Combine tomato, onion, avocado and lime, stir well.
  3. Leave to stand for 30 minutes.
  4. To make the dressing, mix all ingredients together and spoon into 6 shot glasses.
  5. Place shot glasses on serving plates and pile four prawns on top of each other, wrapped around the shot glass.
  6. Pile some salsa onto the plate and serve with a lemon or lime wedge.

  • Use lemon or lime wedges, and 1 large or 2 small vine ripened tomato.


Slow Cooker Chex Mix
Slow Cooker Chex Mix Recipe
Yield: 16 cups
  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Cheerios cereal
  • 3 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 can mixed nuts
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Mix all three Chex cereals, Cheerios cereal, pretzel sticks, and mixed nuts in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Whisk together vegetable oil or butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and garlic powder and pour over cereal mixture. Mix well.
  3. Cook uncovered on high for approximately 90 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Turn the slow cooker down to low and cook for an additional 20 minutes, again stirring frequently.
  5. Spread on a cookie sheet to cool.

The best part of this recipe is that you can customize the dry ingredients to please. Try swapping the Corn Chex for Bugles or the Wheat Chex for melba toasts. Prefer just cashews to mixed nuts -- go for it! The combinations are endless
Christmas Deer Figurines, Plastic Deer, Vintage Reindeer Figurines, Red Green, Santa Hat Saddle Bow, Vintage Kitsch Christmas Decor



Cheerios Christmas trees
These cute little Cheerios Christmas trees are great to make with the kids and they will love decorating them.

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  • 3 cups marshmallows
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • Green food colouring
  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • Mini M&M's ( just the red and green ones)
  • Jaffas
  • Canola spray

  1. In a bowl, place the marshmallows and butter together and melt in the micowave on high for 40 seconds. Mix well with a spoon.
  2. Add green food colouring until you have the colour you like.
  3. Pour Cheerios into the marshmallow mix and stir well to coat. Leave to cool until the mixture becomes tacky. You may need to put it in the fridge if it is a warm day.
  4. Cover a tray with baking paper. Spray your hands with canola spray and shape the Cheerios mixture into cones and place on the tray.
  5. Remove and decorate with red and green M&M's and place a Jaffa on top. The trees will still be sticky enough for the decorations to adhere, but you may need to use a little icing to stick the Jaffa on. I used a tube of ready-made writing icing.
  6. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up.

  • Little ones will need help with the microwave step of this recipe.
  • These little trees are pale green in the picture as I used pink and white marshmallows to begin with and then I coloured them with blue food colouring to get the pale green colour.
  • If this mixture seems a little too wet, cooling it in the freezer is a great way to firm it up.
  • A light dusting of icing sugar will make it look like you have snow on your trees.


vintage French Christmas postcard for a DIY Christmas, digital image no. 1482

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. - Leo Buscaglia



Jody Steel's pen tattoos often look like she's pulling away her own skin!
Jody Steel’s pen tattoos often look like she’s pulling away her own skin!


Like a lot of people, she doodles during her lectures. One day her lecturer approached her with the intent of asking Jody to pay more attention. But it didn’t go as anybody expected…
When the lecturer noticed what was being scribbled on Jody’s leg the lecturer was so impressed  she offered Jody a job illustrating a novel!
She posts a lot on social media, especially on Facebook where more than 11,000 people follow her page to see her new creations. They’re only getting more and more impressive!


They’re all made with pen but some are so realistic and well drawn you might confuse them for tattoos.
Jody Steel “Limitless”
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Jody Steel

"Welcome" in Karelian (Russia, Finland) - Tulguah terveh

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Twist-and-Weave Color Change
A technique to add in a new color without leaving holes or knots in your work

Knitting with different colors, whether stripes, stranded knitting or intarsia, is a lot of fun and a great way to bring personality to your knitting projects.

But it can be difficult to make your color changes look as neat as you would like. The edge stitches — especially when you first change to a new color — are often loose and sloppy looking, and it’s not something you can always fix to your satisfaction when weaving in ends.

It takes a little practice to do it, and it’s performed differently whether you’re knitting or purling and depending on how you hold your yarn, but it does give the color changes a crisp, even look and it’s a little faster to do than other methods of joining new yarn, so you might just start using it when changing yarn but not changing colors as well.

It’s a cool method that locks in the tails ends of the yarns, making the stitches firmer on the front of the work. 

Ugly drop and leave color changes, pretty twist and weave

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1 comment:

  1. Definitely a cat herding day here! Good to know that there is a special day for it. Does that mean tomorrow will be different? December may be a cat herding month.