Sunday, January 24, 2016

Belly Laugh Day JANUARY 24, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Belly Laugh Day

Belly Laugh Day is a day for having a good chuckle at anything at all. Did you know that laughter has been know to causes the tissue lining our blood vessels to expand increase blood flow? This in turn makes you feel more positive, boosts your immune systems and generally just makes us feel happier! Even just looking forward to something in advance has similar positive effects as the act itself! It reduces stress and increases chemicals that help relaxation. Let’s get people laughing anywhere and everywhere!

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit.
Usage:Her mild eyes seemed incapable of any severity or guile, and yet she has committed a murder.

thanks, patty

Idiom of the Day

farmer's tan

 — A tan line or sunburn on the neck and lower arms that results from wearing a T-shirt during prolonged sun exposure and that is clearly demarcated from the pale skin of the chest and upper arms that remained covered

Five things I'd rather do than swatch for my new project

1. Get a spinal tap.

2. Scrub the bathtub after all three of my daughters have come home from "Sandbox day" at the park.

3. Babysit two-year-old triplets while simultaneously diffusing a bomb.

4. Bathe a cat.

― Stephanie Pearl-McPheeThings I Learned From Knitting Quotes by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee


Japanese WWII Soldier Found Hiding in Guam Jungle (1972)

Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese soldier who went into hiding in the jungles of Guam in 1944 as Allied forces took the island; 28 years later, he was still there. He had hidden in an underground cave, fearing to come out of hiding even after finding leaflets declaring that WWII had ended. In 1972, he was found by hunters and returned to Japan. He was the third-to-last Japanese soldier to surrender after the war, before Hiroo Onoda and Teruo Nakamura

Hadrian (76 CE)

The nephew of Roman emperor Trajan, Hadrian became emperor when he was adopted and named successor just before Trajan's death, after years of intrigue. After executing his senatorial opponents and abandoning many of Trajan's conquests, he began to travel widely, and many of his accomplishments were related to his visits abroad, including the beginning of construction of Hadrian's Wall

Jizo Ennichi

Tradition calls for Japanese Buddhists to honor Kshitigarba Jizo on the 24th day of each month with a ritual known as Jizo Ennichi. Kshitigarba Jizo is a Bodhisattva, or "Buddha-to-be." Among Japanese Buddhists, he is known for helping children, women in labor, and the wicked. He is also believed to participate in ushering in the souls of the faithful when they die. His statue is most often found outside temples, where he can guide both the dead and the living. Shrines in his honor are set up along roadsides, since he protects travelers as well.

Just How Many Bugs Live in Your Household? More than You Might Think!

If you're reading this at home, you are currently surrounded by arthropods — invertebrates with exoskeletons and jointed legs. But just how many spiders, crustaceans and other creepy crawlies live in the average American home?

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1848 - James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California. The discovery led to the gold rush of '49.

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1908 - In England, the first Boy Scout troop was organized by Robert Baden-Powell. 

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1922 - Christian K. Nelson patented the Eskimo Pie. 

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1935 - Krueger Brewing Company placed the first canned beer on sale in Richmond, VA

1952 - Vincent Massey was the first Canadian to be appointed governor-general of Canada. 

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1961 - Bob Dylan arrived in New York City. He made his professional singing debut when he opened for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City on April 11

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1985 - Penny Harrington became the first woman police chief of a major city. She assumed the duties as head of the Portland, Oregon, force of 940 officers and staff


If You Were Born Today, January 24

Multi-talented and diverse, you are an interesting person who can draw upon both creative and logical sides of the brain equally. Others find you funny, great for advice, and extremely perceptive. Always interested in how people tick, you are a natural psychologist. You are security-minded but although you don't like too much change, you do require stimulation in your day to day affairs. Many of you hold more than one job. Famous people born today: Desmond Morris, Mary Lou Retton, John Belushi, Oral Roberts, Neil Diamond, Nastassja Kinski, Warren Zevon.

Picture of the day
Loligo forbesii
Loligo forbesii is a commercially important species of squid in the family Loliginidae. It can be found in the seas around Europe, its range extending through the Red Sea toward the East African coast. The squid lives at depths of 10 to 500 m (30 to 1,600 ft), feeding on fish,polychaetescrustaceans, and other cephalopods.

Picture of two children looking at sea life at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

Fleeting Glances

Photograph by Jennifer Giliberto, National Geographic 
Fish and preschoolers consider one another in this image submitted by Jennifer Giliberto. She made this photo while chaperoning her daughter’s preschool field trip to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. “I loved the geometry and the levels of framing that the space visually created with [the children],” she says. “I was lucky that the fish cooperated and the scene just pulled together in the short amount of time they were alone in the space before they [ventured] onward.”

Knitting humor: I'm working on my PhD in knitting poster

thanks, sally
sweet somethings by







This knitter was going on a trip. Her friend asked if she was all packed, to which she replied, "Alpaca later!" 



crochet, vintage





i made the dip to use with french fries. ray loved it!

Why did the hog farmer give up knitting? 

He didn't want to cast his purls before swine!


How do knitters travel? 

By cable car!

... и фантазируйте. На спинку можно пришить крылышки и получится ангелочек, можно пришить косички, хвостики и многое другое. Как вы уже поняли, то для такой куколки достаточно только одного небольшого кусочка трикотажной ткани. Хорошо делать таких пупсов тем, кто делает куколок из капроновых колготок. Минимум швов, только утяжки. Мне остаётся только пожелать вам удачи!

Why did the knitter join a dating service? 

Because she wanted to get en-gauge-ed!


A piece of yarn walks into a bar and orders a beer, but the bartender snarls, "We don't serve your kind here!". The yarn is forced to leave. 

While sitting on the curb feeling sorry for himself, the yarn is suddenly hit with a brilliant idea. Working quickly, he ties himself into a knot and unravels his ends. Taking a deep breath, the yarn marches back into the bar and orders a beer. 

"Hey!" says the bartender. "Ain't you that piece of yarn I just threw outta here?" 

"Nope," replies the yarn, "I'm a frayed knot."


“SABLE- A common knitting acronym that stands for Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.” 
― Stephanie Pearl-McPheeAt Knit's End Quotes by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish. - John Henry Newman

“A half finished shawl left on the coffee table isn't a mess; it's an object of art.” 
― Stephanie Pearl-McPhee





Pamela Paquin’s Boston based company Petite Mort Fur is taking roadkill and turning it into high fur fashion.
They claim to be the first couture label to use “shameless fur”.
“Clients can stay warm and fabulous knowing they’ve made a compassionate and informed choice.”
roadkill fur coyote hat
Coyote Hat


All of the animals they use were once wild and died accidentally, and are sourced from her local New England area.
Because of the incidental nature of the fur source material, each piece is one-of-a-kind and handmade.
Their products run anywhere from $800-$2,000+ and includes caplets, earrings, hats, ear muffs, neck wraps, scarves, belts, and bags. They are available for purchase on their Etsy store.
Each piece also comes with a short note about where the animal was found.
roadkill fur scarf
Fawn Scarf


Marketed as fur for those sensitive to animal rights, Paquin sees incidental fur as a way to save fur fashion without the need to harm animals.
The idea hasn’t quite won over animal rights activists.  They say it keeps fur in fashion, which could increase demand for traditional fur.
roadkill fur hat
Alpaca hat with fur muff (note that Alpacas are sheared, not killed, for their wool)


According to Petite Mort Furs, 50 million caged and trapped animals are used in the fur industry every year, and that over 360 million wild animals are killed crossing the road every year.
They also donate a portion of their profit to building wildlife underpasses and education.
“All this fur is being thrown away… If we can pick that up, we never have to kill another fur-bearing animal again.”
roadkill fur raccon muff
Raccoon neck muff

“imagine a scarf as an unlimited canvas” 
― Stephanie Pearl-McPheeKnitting Rules! Quotes by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

"what is your name?" in Anuki (Papua New Guinea) -  
Kam waghawagha iyabo?

“In life, as in knitting, don't leave loose ends. Take the time to thank the people who matter in your life.” 
― Reba LinkerFollow the Yarn Quotes by Reba Linker

Because your friend decided to microwave spaghetti without a cover.18. Because your friend decided to microwave spaghetti without a cover.
Get it out with a bowl of 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Microwave for five minutes, then wipe down with a paper towel or sponge.

“I can weave words together and create magic, it's like knitting and crocheting words with pen and paper, some call it Poetry.” 
― Charmaine J Forde


Most Famous Statues In The World

1. Statue of Liberty, New York, United States – Located on Liberty Island in Manhattan, the statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886 as a gift to the United States from the people of France. It was given to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The statue is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world. It is 30 metres (98 ft) tall, not including its 8 metres (26 ft) pedestal, and its arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide. It is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain. The statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil’s most famous monument. It was constructed between 1926 and 1931

3. The Great Sphinx Of Giza, Egypt – Commonly referred to as the Sphinx, it is a limestone statue of a mythical creature with a lion’s body and a human head. It stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. It is the largest monolith statue in the world, standing 73.5 metres (241 ft) long, 19.3 metres (63 ft) wide, and 20.22 m (66.34 ft) high. It is also the oldest known monumental sculpture, and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians around 2558–2532 BC

Moai, Easter Island – Monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock between the years 1250 and 1500. Almost all moai have overly large heads three-eighths the size of the whole statue. The tallest moai erected, called Paro, was almost 10 meters (33 ft) high and weighed 75 tonnes. The heaviest erected was a shorter but squatter moai weighing 86 tons and one unfinished sculpture, if completed, would have been approximately 21 meters (69 ft) tall with a weight of about 270 tons

David Statue, Italy – David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by the Italian artist Michelangelo. It is a 5.17-metre (17.0 ft) marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David. The statue is located in the Accademia Gallery in Florence since 1873

Olmec colossal heads, Mexico – The Olmec were an ancient Pre-Columbian civilization living in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in the modern-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco in Mexico. The Olmec civilization flourished roughly from 1400 BC to 400 BC. The most recognized aspect of the Olmec civilization are the enormous helmeted heads. The heads are thought to be portraits of rulers. No two heads are alike and the helmet-like headdresses are adorned with distinctive elements. 17 colossal heads have been found, and they range in size from the tallest at 3.4 m high to the shortest at 1.47 m

The Motherland Calls, Volgograd, Russia – The Motherland Calls statue, or simply The Motherland is a statue in Volgograd (formerly known as Stalingrad) commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad. Declared the largest statue in the world in 1967 (85 meters or 279 feet tall), it is the last non-religious statue to be declared the largest; every record holder since has been a Buddhism-related sculpture. Compared with the later higher statues, The Motherland Calls is significantly more complex from an engineering point of view, due to its characteristic posture with a sword raised high in the right hand and the left hand extended in a calling gesture. 200 steps, symbolizing the 200 days of the Battle of Stalingrad lead from the bottom of the hill to the monument

The Thinker – A bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin. The work shows a nude male figure at about life-size sitting on a rock with his chin resting on one hand as though deep in thought, and is often used as an image to represent philosophy. There are about 28 full size castings, in which the figure is about 186 cm (73 in) high, though not all were made during Rodin’s lifetime and under his supervision. Rodin first conceived the figure as part of another work in 1880, but the first of the familiar monumental bronze appeared in 1904

The Little Mermaid, Denmark – A bronze statue depicting a mermaid, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since 1913. It has also become a popular target for defacement by vandals and political activists. The statue sits on a rock in a harbor and has a height of only 1.25 meters (4.1 ft)

The Terrace of the Lions, Delos Island, Greece – The island of Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The Terrace of the Lions was dedicated to Apollo by the people of Naxos shortly before 600 BC and had originally 9 to 12 marble guardian lions along the Sacred Way, but only 5 lions survived and there are fragments of 3 others. The originals were moved to the Delos Museum in 1999

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