Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hugging Day JANUARY 21, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Hugging Day

There’s nothing more reassuring than a comforting cuddle; Hugging Day encourages you to embrace (see what we did there?) hugging, and to give those you care about a comforting squeeze. Lovely! (now i am fulfilled .. Thesaurus Day followed by Hugging Day .. body and soul ... mmm)

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A smug, ignorant, especially middle-class person who is regarded as being indifferent or antagonistic to artistic and cultural values.
Usage:He may have an advanced degree in mathematics, but the man is a total philistine when it comes to the arts.

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Death of Last Native Speaker Leads to Extinction of Eyak Language (2008)

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Eyak is an extinct language that was spoken in Alaska, near the mouth of the Copper River. Marie Smith Jones, the language's last native speaker, as well as the last full-blooded Eyak, died in 2008 at the age of 89. Before her death, she worked with experts to compile a dictionary that would allow future generations to revive the language. With no native speakers left in the world, Eyak became a symbol in the effort against language extinction

Karl Wallenda (1905)

Wallenda was a German-born US circus acrobat and founder and leader of the acrobatic troupe that came to be known as the Flying Wallendas. The group gained notoriety in Europe for its high-wire acts without a safety net before developing its most famous act—the seven-person pyramid, topped by Wallenda's wife, Helen. The troupe traveled with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and later performed as freelancers. Wallenda continued performing until age 73

The newest prime number is more than 22 million digits long

Prime numbers are divisible only by themselves and by the number one, and as you might imagine, they become increasingly scarce as numbers get larger

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1789 - W.H. Brown's "Power of Sympathy" was published. It was the first American novel to be published. The novel is also known as the "Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth".

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1846 - The first issue of the "Daily News," edited by Charles Dickens, was published. 

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1853 - Dr. Russell L. Hawes patented the envelope folding machine.

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1915 - The first Kiwanis club was formed in Detroit, MI

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1927 - The first opera broadcast over a national radio network was presented in Chicago, IL. The opera was "Faust". 

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1987 - Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. 

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2002 - In London, a 17th century book by Capt. John Smith, founder of the English settlement at Jamestown, was sold at auction for $48,800. "The General History of Virginia, New England and the Summer Isles" was published in 1632. 


If You Were Born Today, January 21

You are an exceptionally fair person, and others appreciate you for this trait. They know they can count on you to be objective and reasonable. You are charming, talented, and a little moody. Money and security are important to you, and you do appreciate all that is associated with the "good life", but you are never one to ruthlessly pursue these things if it hurts other people. Inventive and original, you are frequently dreaming up new and creative ideas, most of which can be quite profitable. Famous people born today: Geena Davis, Christian Dior, Benny Hill, Paul Scofield, Telly Savalas, Ethan Allen, Stonewall Jackson, Placido Domingo.

Picture of the day
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plasma globe is a decorative novelty item that consists of a glass orb filled with a mixture of various gases. A smaller orb in its center serves as an electrode, so that plasma filaments form connecting it to the outer glass shell. They appear as multiple, constantly moving beams of colored light.

Picture of a sea lion in a mossy forest in New Zealand

A Mossy Bed

Photograph by Jacob Anderson, National Geographic 
Endangered New Zealand sea lions are often found in the rata forests of their home nation’s Auckland Islands. Thanks to myriad threats—climate stress, disease, and fishing hazards—their population is significantly down from historical levels. Jacob Anderson came across this animal near Ranui Cove on the northeast coast of Auckland Island. True to the species’ reputation of being bold around humans, the sea lion was unbothered while lounging on a rich bed of green moss.




Sweet Eleanor Scarf pattern by Quince Tart
Designed for my sister for her birthday, inspired by the Octoberfest doily by Denise Owens.
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knit, 0 - 6 mths
Baby Sweater Vest pattern by Bley Hack
A little vest to keep the babies warm!
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Ruffled Heart Socks




Green Valley Clutch pattern by Danielle Day-Hines
Brava Bulky by Knit Picks Bulky / 12 ply 100% Acrylic 136 yards / 100 grams average rating from 536 votes 2732 projects, stashed 2181 times
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A Foothill Home Companion: Winter Berries, A Tutorial
Well, it took me a month, but I finally got around to making another "Winter Berries" crochet covered stone and documenting the process to share with yo...
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Philly Cheese Steak Stew with Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions, served in a Sourdough Bread Bowl topped with Melted Provolone
Philly Cheesesteak Stew |
Yield: Serves about 4
• 1 ½ pounds very thinly sliced beef sirloin, or rib eye
• Salt
• Cracked black pepper
• ¼ teaspoon onion powder
• 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided use
• Olive oil
• 2 onions, quartered and thinly sliced
• 10 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
• ½ teaspoon dried thyme
• 2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
• 4 cups beef stock, hot
• 4 sourdough bread bowls, centers hollowed out and reserved for dipping
• 4 slices provolone cheese

-Add the thinly sliced beef sirloin to a large bowl, and season with a couple of pinches of salt and cracked black pepper, plus the onion powder, and toss to coat; sprinkle over 2 tablespoons of the flour, and again, toss to coat.
-Place a non-stick pot over medium-high heat, and drizzle in about 3-4 tablespoons of oil; once hot, add about half of the sirloin in, and allow it to sear for about a minute or two, then toss/stir, and allow it to sear/brown on the other sides for another 1-2 minutes, and remove onto a plate to hold (the meat may still be a little pink inside); repeat with the remaining half of the sirloin, and set aside.
-Next, add a little more oil to the pot if needed, and add in the sliced onions, along with a pinch of salt and cracked black pepper; allow the onions to caramelize for roughly 6 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning them, until golden-brown and softened; then, add in the mushrooms, and allow them to continue sauteing with the onions for another 6 minutes or so, stirring frequently.
-Add in the dried thyme and the garlic, and stir to incorporate.
-Once the garlic becomes aromatic, sprinkle in the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour (the tablespoons can be a bit “heaping”) over the onion/mushroom mixture, and stir well to combine and blend; next, slowly add in the hot beef stock, stirring all the while to avoid any little flour “lumps” from forming.
-Reduce the heat to medium-low, and allow the stew to simmer gently for about 10 minutes, uncovered, just to “tighten” it up a bit, and to allow the flavors to marry; after 10 minutes, turn off the heat, and add the seared sirloin back in, along with any accumulated juices, and stir to combine; check to see if you need any additional salt/pepper.
-To serve, ladle some stew into your hollowed out sourdough bowls, top with a slice of provolone, and place the bread bowls onto a foil-lined baking sheet and under the broiler for just a couple of moments to melt the cheese and make it gooey.
-Serve with some of the hollowed out, left-over sourdough bread on the side, for dipping.



How To Make Cute Fabric Band


I have a pretty insane obsession with plasters. It’s only something a few people know about me, but I think it’s about time to come out of my little Band-Aid closet. I have a vast amount of styles – many of which I never want to use as they look so freaking amazing, but it’s something I’ve always collected and something I’ve always taken great pride in wearing. It’s like the silver lining to getting a ‘boo boo’, something I always look forward to should I happen to injure myself (being clumsy, one needs a silver lining to injury!) Whenever I go on holiday, one of the things that’s always on my to do list is to go look for new ones. Many of my favourites have come from America, but I also found some great ones in Europe too. Here’s a peek at the current contents of my bathroom cabinet “Plaster Shelf”…
I kinda have something for every mood I’m in, much like one does with shoes ��So it’s pretty clear to see what influenced this week’s How To Make Cute Fabric Band-Aids (or plasters) DIY… and needless to say, I’m pretty excited by the venture. Who doesn’t want to look stylish after cutting a finger? My thoughts exactly. Rather than spend a fortune on an obscure plaster collection, here is how you can make your own…
First up, get yourself a box of fabric Band-Aids
Cover the fabric side with double sided sticky tape and cut around the plaster shape so it is completely covered.
Lay down some cute fabric (remnants are ideal for this tutorial), and rub the sticky tape side onto the reverse.
Carefully trim the excess fabric from the plaster and you’re done!
You’ve got to admit, these look pretty wicked! Plus I get to wear a new style with every new fabric I collect :) Genius! I hope you have fun playing around with this little diy. 

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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring

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Japanese Company Bottles the Scent of a Cat’s Forehead

By Sumitra 
Japanese online retailer Felissimo specializes in all things feline, but they really seem to be in love with cat odor. So much so that they’re releasing their second cat-scented product this year! First they came out with a cat paw-scented cream earlier this year, and now they’re introducing a special fabric spray that carries the smell of cats’ foreheads.
‘Mohu Mohu Odeko no Kaori’ (Fluffy Forehead Fragrance) Fabric Water comes in a 3.4-ounce bottle, priced at 1,293yen ($10.60). The company revealed that they developed the product after collecting extensive data through customer survey responses. Many of the respondents wrote that the smell of a cat’s forehead is like ‘the smell of sunshine’, ‘a futon that’s been dried in the sun’, and ‘sweet bread’.

"what is your name?" in Amarakaeri (Peru) - Kate o'nen huadik?

found it! maybe 6 seconds .. you?
Espen Westum, the head brewer at Westum Hjemmebryggeri, from Fredrikstad, Norway, has upped the ante with this black metal puzzle. “Most people have seen the “find the panda among snowmen” picture,” said Hjemmebryggeri. “I was inspired to make one myself, only with black metal artists. After drawing most of the day, here is the result!!”

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thanks, patty
like louis armstrong?see his own artwork!

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