Monday, March 7, 2016

Fun Facts about Names Day March 7, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Fun Facts about Names Day

Fun Facts About Names Day encourages you to learn about the historical meanings and influences behind your name and the names of your friends and families. Uncover historical and religious influences, who you were named after, and see how name trends have changed over generations!

Fun Facts About Names Day is always on Monday of the first full week in March. You can celebrate today by learning and sharing fun facts about your name or learning about the whys and wherefores of others. You can learn

  • who named you and why,
  • what your name means,
  • other people who share your name
  • where your last name came from and what it might mean.
What was the name of the White House before it was renamed?
  • The Executive Mansion (or the President’s Mansion)
Does the Monopoly Man have a name?
  • His full name is Stanley Monopoly a.k.a. Rich Uncle Pennybags
What is Barbie’s full name?
  • Barbie Millicent Roberts

thanks for the vintage pics, helen
Vintage Soviet Salt Shaker/USSR Porcelain Cock/Rooster Saltcellar/Colored Porcelain/Ceramic Spice Jars/Rooster Figurine/1970's

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Any furrow or channel on a bodily structure or part.
Usage:The medical students studied the diagram depicting the vallecula between the hemispheres of the brain.

Idiom of the Day

big break

 — A fortuitous moment, opportunity, or turn of events of great consequence, especially as relates to one's career. 

Vintage Cookbook 1939 The Common Sense Cookbook 200 Recipes and 100 Puzzling Food Questions & Their Answers Cook Book 1930's Cooking Kitchen 


Pieter Cornelis "Piet" Mondrian (1872)

Mondrian was a Dutch painter whose work foreshadowed the rise of abstract art in the 1940s and 1950s. He went to Paris in 1910 where he developed his geometric, nonobjective style, which he called neoplasticism. It is characterized by the elimination of sensuality from artwork and the restriction of pictorial language to its most basic elements—the straight line, primary colors, and the neutrals of black, white, and gray.

Magellan Day

The island of Guam, largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean, about 3,000 miles west of Hawaii, was found on this date in 1521 by the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan. The island was formally claimed by Spain in 1565 and was later ceded to the US as a prize at the end of the Spanish-American War. Today, Guam is the site of major US military installations. Guamanians celebrate their island's founding with an official holiday on the first Monday in March with fiestas and sailboating. This day is also known as Discovery Day.

Device Lets Monkeys Control Wheelchair with Their Minds

Are we getting closer to the plot of "Planet of the Apes?" Scientists have designed a new wireless brain-machine interface (BMI) that gives monkeys the ability to control a wheelchair using just their minds

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0322 BC - Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, died. 

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1854 - Charles Miller received a patent for the sewing machine. 

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1875 - Composer Joseph Maurice Ravel was born.

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1933 - The board game Monopoly was invented. 

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1955 - "Peter Pan" was presented as a television special for the first time. 

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1976Elton John was put on display in wax at in London's Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.

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2009 - NASA's Kepler Mission, a space photometer for searching for extrasolar planets in the Milky Way galaxy, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida


If You Were Born Today, March 7

You are a true artist at heart, with an unusual perspective on life. You rarely feel understood, although this may be because you keep a veil of mystery about you. You need to feel connected to something higher than yourself, to understand the meaning of your existence, and to make a solid contribution to the world. You may find that you're often longing or yearning for something more. Your imagination is tremendous, and you can be a fanciful story teller.Famous people born today: Denyce Graves, Willard Scott, Mary Teresa Norton, John Heard, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Cranston, Matthew Vaughn.

Picture of the day
Adonis blue
The Adonis blue(Polyommatus bellargus) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae found in Europe and parts of West Asia. It prefers a calcareous grassland habitat with hot and dry conditions. This specimen, a male, was photographed in Foissac, Aveyron, France.

Picture of people atop Mont Blanc, France

Where Earth Meets Sky

Photograph by Arina Andryeyeva, National Geographic 
Mont Blanc (White Mountain) in the Alps is western Europe’s highest peak at 15,771 feet (4,800 meters). Arina Andryeyeva submitted this shot, captured at 13,120 feet (4,000 meters), of Mont Blanc’s snowy ridge and peak ascending into the cloud cover. “The temperature before climbing was around 20°C [68°F],” Andryeyeva writes. “After [we made] it almost to the very top, the temperature dropped to minus 1°C [30°F].”

il_570xN.780346104_rwkmEnamel REFRIGERATOR BOX | 1930s Blue and White Enamelware Storage | ONE Small Vintage Metal Refrigerator Dish | Fridge Pan | Medical Enamel

knit, EASTER


Double Spinning Star pattern by Frankie Brown
This is a pattern for knitted blocks which can be joined together to make blankets, bags or cushion covers. Instructions are included for a blanket knitted in ...
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il_570xN.855385804_dn77Soviet vintage kitchen utensil set, 7 piece steel kitchen set, rustic kitchen, kitchen decor 

crochet, EASTER



crochet, ST. PATRICK'S DAY

il_570xN.800515524_ig7iVintage Robinson Ransbottom (RRP) Kitchen Utensils Bowl Set, DAMAGED for Display ONLY, Yellow Ware, Rolling Pin Teapot, Pastel, 1930s 

Homemade Gumdrops for St. Patrick's Day- A super easy and fun recipe that is great for just about any holiday.
St. Patrick’s Gum Drops
  • 1 1/2 cups Applesauce
  • 2 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 boxes (3 oz) Lime Jello
  • 2 envelopes Unflavored Gelatin {like Knox}
  • Grease 13x9 pan.
  • Combine all ingredients in a pan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Boil for a minute.
  • Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate until set.
  • Dust cutting board with sugar.
  • Use a spatula to loosen sides and turn out onto cutting board.
  • Dust top of Jello with sugar.
  • Use shamrock shaped cookie cutter to cut out gum drops.
  • Roll edges in extra sugar and set onto wax paper for 1 hour to dry out slightly.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Vintage Androck Glass Jar and Nut Grinder


Orange Chicken

Tipp USA 8 piece spice jars and rac


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If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having. - Henry Miller

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The snow that falls during the iconic poppy field scene in “The Wizard of Oz” is actually toxic asbestos. -------------------- Maine is the only US state to border just one other state. -------------------- Barry Manilow did not write his hit “I Write the Songs”.

"what is your name?" in Bengali (Bangladesh, India) - Thomar nam ki?


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in case you were as shocked as i by the ripley's on march 3rd describing wasps in your figs, sally investigated the situation for us. thanks, sally!
A female fig wasp descends through the ostiole into the center of the fig plant's syconium. See more insect pictures.



  1. Sent one of my DiLs the St. Pat's gum drop recipe. I have one Irish DiL and the other is Scottish.

  2. Such a walk down memory lane with the vintage kitchenware...and some of them still live in my kitchen.