Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Originating or existing during the same period; lasting through the same era.|
|Usage:||The range was composed of grand, solid, abrupt masses of granite, which appeared as if they had been coeval with the beginning of the world.|
Idiom of the Day
A job that is easy, stress free, and/or very well paid.
|ENIAC was an early electronic digital computer built in the US by engineers J. Presper Eckert and John W. Mauchly. The massive ENIAC weighed 30 tons, filled an entire room, and used some 18,000 vacuum tubes, 70,000 resistors, and 10,000 capacitors. After its official unveiling in 1946, it was used to prepare artillery-shell trajectory tables and perform other military and scientific calculations.|
|Benny made his vaudeville debut playing the violin in 1912. After discovering a talent for comedy while in the navy, he returned to vaudeville as a comedian. He made his film debut in 1927 and appeared in 18 films between 1930 and 1945. His weekly radio show—1932 to 1955—and TV show—1950 to 1965—won loyal audiences, and he became famous for a unique comic style characterized by subtle verbal inflection, meaningful pauses, and the stage image of a vain, stingy man.|
|How St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers remains a mystery, but one theory is that the Church used the day in an attempt to Christianize the old Roman Lupercalia, a pagan festival that entailed putting girls' names in a box and letting the boys draw them out. The Church substituted saints' names for girls' names, but, by the 16th century, it was once again girls' names that ended up in the box. Eventually, the custom of sending anonymous cards or messages to those one admired became the accepted way of celebrating St. Valentine's Day.|
|The world's oldest known wild bird just added a new chick to the family — her 40th one, experts say. The Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), named Wisdom, is at least 65 years old but shows no signs of slowing down.|
1778 - The Stars and Stripes was carried to a foreign port, in France, for the first time. It was aboard the American ship Ranger.
1803 - Moses Coates received a patent for the apple parer.
1849 - The first photograph of a U.S. President, while in office, was taken by Matthew Brady in New York City. President James Polk was the subject of the picture.
1899 - The U.S. Congress approved voting machines for use in federal elections.
1920 - The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago. The first president of the organization was Maud Wood Park.
1954 - The TV show "Letter to Loretta" changed its name to "The Loretta Young Show." The show premiered on September 20, 1953.
1962 - U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave a tour of the White House on television.
1966 - Rick Mount of Lebanon, IN, became the first high school, male athlete to be pictured on the cover of "Sports Illustrated".
1980 - Walter Cronkite announced his retirement from the "CBS Evening News."
2005 - The video-sharing website YouTube was activated.
If You Were Born Today, February 14
Youthful no matter your age, you are spirited and playful, yet you are no stranger to hard work. Your ideas are unique and well ahead of your time. You are a natural born entrepreneur with seemingly unlimited ideas for not only making money but also for unique products and services. Many of you have a strong interest in history. Given to some worry, this does help you to meet your responsibilities and commitments, but keeping a fresh perspective is something you need to work on in order to avoid pessimism or nervousness. Famous people born today: Florence Henderson, Jack Benny, Gregory Hines, Meg Tilly.
Two Lovers is a 1630 painting in miniature by the Persian artist Reza Abbasi towards the end of his career. Using tempera and gold on paper, Abbasi depicted two lovers in a sensual embrace, becoming, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "inextricably bound together, merged volumes confined within one outline."
Time to Go
Photograph by Akinori Koseki, National Geographic
Akinori Koseki was the only one on the train platform in the wee hours of the morning during this snowstorm in Fukushima, Japan. The photographer caught this train conductor checking his watch just moments before the 5:30 a.m. train was due to pull out of Aizu-Kawaguchi Station on the regional Tadami Line. Despite the heavy snowfall, the train left on time—helped in part by arriving at a station with no customers.
crochet, 3 mths - adult
Chunky Ribbed Scoodie
Skill Level: Easy
GAUGE: 8 sts = 5” (12.5 cm); 10 rows = 4” (10 cm) in star st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
Blanket measures 34½” wide x 36½” long (87.5 x 92.5 cm).
sc2tog = [Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Join with sc = Place a slip knot on hook, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.
1. Blanket is worked back and forth in 2-row repeats of star stitches. Bases are made in odd-numbered rows and 3 hdc in the top of each base completes the stitches in even numbered rows.
2. Ch 1 at top of star base closes the stitch. Begin next base in space of same closing stitch.
3. Border is worked in joined rounds with right side facing.
4. Star motifs are worked separately and sewn to blanket. Center of star is made in continuous rounds, then each point is worked in rows.
With A, ch 163.
Row 1 (right side): Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, [insert hook in next ch, yo and pull up a loop] 4 times, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 (first star base made), *insert hook in ch-1 space of star base just made, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook in same ch as last loop made of last star base, yo and pull up a loop, [insert hook in next ch, yo and pull up a loop] 3 times, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 (star base made); repeat from * across, hdc in last ch, turn—53 star bases and 1 hdc.
Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), 3 hdc in ch-1 space of each star base, hdc in beginning ch, turn—160 hdc.
Row 3: Ch 3 (does not count as a st), insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook in next ch, yo and pull up a loop, [insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop] 3 times, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 (star base made), *insert hook in ch-1 space of star base just made, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook in same st as last loop made of last star base, [insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop] 3 times, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 (star base made); repeat from * across to beginning ch, hdc in top of beginning ch, turn.
Rows 4–87: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 forty-two times.
Row 88: Repeat Row 2. Do not fasten off.
Round 1 (right side): Ch 1, 3 sc in first st (corner made), sc in each st across to last st, 3 sc in last st (corner made); working across ends of rows of first side, sc evenly spaced to first ch; working in opposite side of foundation ch, 3 sc in first ch (corner made), sc in each ch across to last ch, 3 sc in last ch (corner made); working across ends of rows of other side, sc evenly spaced to first sc; join with slip st in first sc.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 3 dc in next st, *dc in each st to center sc of next corner, 3 dc in center sc of corner; repeat from * around, dc in each remaining st to beginning ch; join with slip st in top of beginning ch.
Round 3: Slip st in each st; join with slip st in first st. Fasten off.
Star (make 11 – 4 each with B and C and 3 with D)
Round 1 (right side): Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join—6 sc. Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each st around—12 sc
Round 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 5 times—18 sc.
Round 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 5 times—24 sc.
Round 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 5 times—30 sc.
Round 6: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 5 times—36 sc.
Round 7: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 5 times—42 sc.
Note: Continue in rows.
Row 1 (right side): Sc in next 8 sts; leave remaining sts unworked, turn—8 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, turn—6 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, turn—4 sc.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, [sc2tog] twice, turn—2 sc.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, turn—1 sc.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in sc. Fasten off.
Row 1: With right side facing, join yarn with sc in last st of previously made point, sc in next 7 sts, turn—8 sc.
Rows 2–9: Work same as Rows 2–9 of point #1.
Row 1: With right side facing, join yarn with sc in last st of previously made point, sc in next 6 sts, sc in same st as first st made of point #1, turn—8 sc.
Rows 2–9: Work same as Rows 2–9 of point #1. Do not fasten off.
Round 1: Working across ends of rows and in sc at top of each point, sc evenly around; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends. Using photograph as a guide, sew stars to blanket.
A, B, C = Color A, Color B, Color C, etc.; ch = ch; dc = double crochet; hdc = half double crochet; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.
SWAP DRAWINGS YOU DRAW!
out of about 15 drawings that i drew, i did get one i didn't want to see
so i just clicked to make a new drawing and it disappeared!
Very well done vintage 1950s handmade crossstitch design embroidery table-cloth runner with pink/ orangered conventionalized heart pattern
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... crafts
PAPER PLATE CROWNS
These paper plate Sweetheart crowns are just the thing! They’re super inexpensive (all you need is a stack of paper plates, a Sharpee and a utility knife) and making them with the kids means a little quality crafting time - you can’t go wrong with that. As long as you do the cutting, the kids can pick their plates, draw the hearts and write the sweet messages of their liking.Though these crowns are lots of fun as decorative party hats, you could also take them one step further. Once they’re complete, how about a fun game of “Who Am I?“ You know the one - although usually played with Post Its, it’s the game where the one who wears the crown, has to guess the person who’s name is attached to their forehead.So skip the sweet sayings, and bring on their favorite cartoon characters, family members or big screen heroes and let the games begin! Materials:Paper plates Sharpee markers Tools: Utility knife Plastic cutting matt Instructions: 1. Fold the paper plate in half.
2. Cut with the utility knife around the rim (follow the natural paper plate dent) leaving ½” connected. Use your matt as backing, to protect your table.3. Cut a half of a heart shape from the middle folded flap, with the bottom point being the part that is connected (from step above).
4. Open up the hearts and write your “SweetHearts” message in the middle.
vintage 1930s / red lucite / heart roses hair clips / love / mid century / lucite barettes / hair clips
"what is your name?" in Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan, Iran - Adınız nədir?
For those of you few who have not had enough snow yet ... make your own snowflake:
PAUL MCCARTNEY’S “SCRAMBLED EGGS,” WHICH EVOLVED INTO ONE OF THE MOST RECORDED SONGS OF ALL TIMEtoday i found out