Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cuddle Up Day JANUARY 6, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Cuddle Up Day

Cuddle Up Day: It’s time to make yourself a hot chocolate with plenty of marshmallows, pull on your PJs and snuggle up with a teddy bear, a good book, or maybe even another human being if you’re especially lucky.
We’ve all got our personal responsibilities, from careers and family to finances and charity work, so we’re allowed a day to just relax and let all the week’s stresses melt away. Without the occasional day of rest and relaxation we’ll just burn out; even those who consider themselves dynamic go-getters and hard as nails need to cuddle up every now and then, whether they admit it or not.
So get that pillow all plumped up, pick out some DVDs and surround your bed or sofa with as many snacks as can fit within arm’s reach, because this isn’t your day to shine, it’s your day to cuddle up!

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Intended to instruct.
Usage:"The principal difficulty in your case," remarked Holmes, in his didactic fashion, "lay in the fact of there being too much evidence."


Maria Montessori Opens Her First School (1907)

Montessori was an educator and the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy. While working in a clinic for mentally disabled children, she developed a method of teaching that involves immersing children in an environment filled with "learning games" that naturally motivate learning and allow them to develop at their own pace. She opened her first children's school in 1907 and spent the next 40 years traveling and promoting her method

Maroon Festival

When Jamaica was a Spanish territory in the 16th century, African slaves were brought in to work the plantations. The Spanish eventually left, and the former slaves fled to the mountains. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the island's British inhabitants were often attacked by descendants of these fugitive slaves, who were called Maroons. The annual Maroon Festival on January 6 commemorates the peace treaty with the English and establishment of the town of Accompong. It is celebrated with traditional dancing and singing, feasts and ceremonies, and the blowing of the abeng.

What Makes a Diet Easy to Follow?

Losing weight is never going to be a piece of cake. But obstacles such as bland food, a rigid eating schedule and hours-long meal prep make sticking to a diet – and seeing the number on the scale steadily decline – much less likely.

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1759 - George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.

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1838 - Samuel Morse publicly demonstrated the telegraph for the first time. 

1941 - Alice Marble made her professional tennis debut when she defeated Ruth Hardwick of Great Britain at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

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1952 - "Peanuts" debuted in Sunday papers across the United States

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1994 - Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI. Four men were later sentenced to prison for the attack, including Tonya Harding's ex-husband.

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1999 - Bob Newhart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

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If You Were Born Today, January 6

Exceptionally hard working, your work means the world to you, and if you don't choose a career path that truly reflects your goals, you are unlikely to be very happy! You are a list maker, an organizer, and a person who loves order, even if you don't always feel you are orderly enough. You are at your best when you have a goal in mind. You are loyal and somewhat of a perfectionist. As peace-loving and security-minded as you are, there is a decidedly stubborn and argumentative side to your personality. Famous people born today: Syd Barrett, Carl Sandburg, Loretta Young, Rowan Atkinson, Bonnie Franklin.

Picture of the day
Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. Sickly as a child, Roosevelt overcame his health problems by embracing a strenuous lifestyle, becoming a published author, rancher, and Republican mayoral candidate by his late twenties. In the Spanish–American War, Roosevelt rose to national fame through his service with the Rough Riders. In 1898 he was elected governor of New York, and two years later he was made William McKinley's running mate in the election of 1900. When the latter was assassinated in 1901, Roosevelt—then aged 42—became the youngest United States President in history, promoting conservation and expanding the Navy.

Picture of a winding road in Morocco

Cutting Corners

Photograph by Andreas Brokalakis, National Geographic 
Andreas Brokalakis was lucky enough to take in this view of the “road of a thousand kasbahs” from a roadside cafe in Morocco. The route zigzags through Morocco’s Dadès Gorge, presenting travelers with this hypnotizing look at its sharp turns. “The whole landscape was very impressive,” Brokalakis writes, “and its size and magnitude were breathtaking.”


Chocolate with Icing Mittens in Cascade 220 Sport - DK219



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Dovetail Scarf


Positively Crochet!: Ruffled Scarf - Free Pattern
Ruffled Scarf by Mary Jane Hall I designed this scarf for Hobby Lobby a few years ago. They asked me to do this so they could use it as one of their tear sheet...
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Best Free Crochet » #39 Spiral Crochet Dishcloth
On Feb 3rd 2011 I filed the paper work to get our Crochet Dishcloth Collection into the Guinness Book of World Records.  On their website I searched “croc...
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Pirate chick rattle / Sonajero de pollito pirata
      PIRATE CHICK RATTLE   Difficulty -Easy.     Materials -Crochet hook size: 4 mm. -Worsted weight yarn: yellow, black, orange and red. -Stitch marker. -T...
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I Dig Pinterest: Cheesy Ranch Potato Casserole: A Salad ...
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FoodDeservesDelicious #CollectiveBias
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Creamy CrockPot Apple Oatmeal

Oatmeal! It's good for you, tastes yummy, and is super duper easy to make in the slow cooker. While you are sleeping! This doesn't taste like dirt. I promise.

The Ingredients:

1 cup of rolled oats 
2 cups of milk (any variety is just fine)
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla (I have no idea where my vanilla went in that picture)
pinch of salt
1 chopped apple (there are 2 pictured, but after chopping up the green one I thought it was plenty of apple. I was right.)

The Directions:

--add oats, chopped apple and milk to stoneware
--put in brown sugar, vanilla and pinch of salt
--mix with finger. or a spoon. whatever.

--cover and cook on high for 1-2 hours or low for 2-3.
--check consistency of oats--some people like to chew, some people don't.
--garnish with some cinnamon

I cooked this batch on high for 1:15 hrs. It was creamy and milky; the kids and I really enjoyed it and ate it all up ourselves. I would probably double or at least increase the ingredients by 50% next time--especially if Adam was home.

This is what I do. I make everything the night before, and put it in a tupperware. In the morning I get up at about 5, so then I dump it into my little crock while I get my work done in the morning, work out, shower, etc. By the time I'm ready to eat and the kids are awake for the day, the oatmeal is already ready already.

I don't recommend using a Lamp Timer -- I know a lot of people do use those, but the crockpot manufacturers and the FDA all stick by the assertion that food needs to actively be cooking or cooling, not just sitting around at room-temp. I'm sorry. I don't make the rules, I just pass them along! :-)

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Thread and Pearl Bangles

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... bookmark craft
Jumbo Paper Clip Bookmark Great Teacher Student Valentine Gift

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Crochet Sushi Amigurumi. Crochet Fiber / Fibre Art. ONE piece ONLY! Choose your favourite!


Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. - William James

As America’s oldest working musician, pianist Irving Fields, 100, still plays seven gigs a week! (Submitted by Carl Rennhack, Maspeth, NY) A supercolony of Argentine ants cover 560 miles of the U.S. West Coast! In Canada, the Postal Code for the North Pole is H0H 0H0. With spikes growing out of their skulls, Corythomantis greeningi and Aparasphenodon brunois, both native to Brazil, are the world’s only know venomous frog species.

"what is your name?" in Achí (Guatemala) - Wach a bi, yet?

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Are you suffering from 'Janxiety?'

There's too much to do and too much pressure to do it better.

by jenn savedge
Woman having trouble sleeping
Aren't you supposed to feel rested after the holidays? Janxiety is when you realize that your to-do list has gained weight over the break — just like you. (Photo: Ana Blazic Pavlovic/Shutterstock)
The holidays are over. Work has been piling up on your desk while you were away. You have a lengthy list of over-the-top resolutions staring you in the face. Oh, and you're also probably broke.
These are the sure-fire symptoms of January anxiety or "Janxiety" — the oh-I-was-going-to-do-so-much-better time of year. It's no wonder January is the most stressful time of year! But before you spend a sleepless night thinking about what needs doing, take a look at the symptoms and these simple ways to nip them in the bud.
You don't know where to start.
From incomplete work projects to your half-hearted plans to clean out your kitchen and cook up a month's worth of healthy and satisfying meals for your family, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the number of things you want to accomplish this month but haven't started. Now is a good time to take a good long look at your to-do list and pare it down to a few essential tasks that need to be completed each day. Start at the top and work your way down until those must-dos are complete. Hit your extra tasks with any leftover time you have in your day.
Your New Year's resolutions are laughing at you.
It's easy to get caught up in the vibe of a fresh new year by making overly ambitious resolutions, but that doesn't mean you have to trash the list altogether. Make a plan to meet small goals that you can build on throughout the year. Want to lose 100 pounds? Look for ways to add more healthy food and movement to your days in January and reassess your progress again next month.
You're broke.
Did you go a little overboard with the holiday gifts? Those bills will be due in the next few weeks. Look for the low-hanging fruit in your budget that you can trim to save some extra dough. Pack your lunch, skip the morning Starbucks, and steer clear of Amazon until you catch up. If necessary, talk to your creditors now, before you're late in your payments, to find out how you can refinance your debt.
You're tired, bloated — and addicted to eggnog.
After weeks of late-night parties and rich holiday foods, you may be heading into the new year feeling less than fresh. While there's no direct evidence that they work, some people — including celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Clinton and Beyonce — swear by detox diets as a way to reboot. If that's too much for you to tackle, try drinking more water each day to flush out your system. (As with any big lifestyle change, talk to your health care provider before you make any major changes to your diet.


  1. Such charming knitting Nancies (Nancys). I remember mine from childhood, and they were sturdy but without much charm!