Friday, March 11, 2016

Middle Name Pride Day March 11, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Middle Name Pride Day

Whether it be Horton, Eunice, or that special family name that’s been passed down for the last five generations, your middle name is part of defining who you are, and where you fit in your own family. Celebrate your middle name in all its guts, glory and finery on Middle Name Pride Day!
It may embarrass you, it may describe your personality in some way, or it may be something you actually like and appreciate. Whatever your middle name is, today is the day for you to write it down, share it with someone, or shout it out with pride. After all, your full name is part of who you are – and your middle name was chosen by your parents or loved ones as a way to link your whole name together. It is special, no matter how cringy, and deserves its place in the limelight!

cat loves to nuzzle

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A verbal denunciation characterized by harsh, often insulting language; a tirade.
Usage:Ferrars looked exceedingly angry, and drawing herself up more stiffly than ever, pronounced in retort a bitter philippic.

Idiom of the Day

bored to tears

 — Extremely bored to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation.


Marius Ivanovich Petipa (1822)

The principal creator of the modern classical ballet, Petipa was a French-born Russian dancer and choreographer. He received early training from his ballet-master father and was a dancer in France, Belgium, and Spain before joining the Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg, where he created several ballets and became chief choreographer in 1869. By his retirement in 1903, he had produced more than 60 ballets for the imperial theatres in St. Petersburg and Moscow

King's Birthday (Denmark)

Though no longer observed, the birthday of Frederick IX of Denmark (1899-1972) was a national holiday in that country, marked by patriotic speeches and parades. Soldiers in uniform would march down the main street of Copenhagen, the capital, accompanied by military bands. This was also an occasion for singing Denmark's two national anthems, "Kong Kristian Stod Ved Hojen Mast" ("King Kristian Stood Beside the Lofty Mast") and "Der Er Et Yndigt Land" ("This Is a Lovely Land"). Frederick IX became king of Denmark in 1947 and ruled until his death in 1972. 

This Animal Tears Its Face Off to Open Its Mouth

There's a small, tentacled freshwater animal called a hydra, whose mouth disappears every time it closes. I really mean that: it disappears. When your mouth closes, the two halves are still distinct.

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1302 - The characters Romeo and Juliet were married this day according to William Shakespeare. 

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1702 - The Daily Courant, the first regular English newspaper was published.

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1904 - After 30 years of drilling, the north tunnel under the Hudson River was holed through. The link was between Jersey City,NJ, and New York, NY

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1905 - The Parisian subway was officially inaugurated. 

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1930 U.S. President Howard Taft became the first U.S. president to be buried in the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA

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1947 - The DuMont network aired "Movies For Small Fry." It was network television's first successful children's program. 

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1948 - Reginald Weir became the first black tennis player to participate in a U.S. Indoor Lawn Tennis Association tournament.

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1969 - Levi-Strauss started selling bell-bottom jeans. 

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1986 - Popsicle announced its plan to end the traditional twin-stick frozen treat for a one-stick model. 

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2002 - Two columns of light were pointed skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. 


If You Were Born Today, March 11

You were born wise, and your intuition is exceptional. However, your emotional ups and downs tend to be many until you learn to focus your energies. Getting a handle on this inner restlessness is crucial to success. You like to have many things going at once, and many of you have more than one profession or occupation. You might often find yourself acting on emotional whims. Balancing your mind and your emotional instincts is an important challenge for you in this lifetime. You are exceptionally caring and loving. Famous people born today: Lawrence Welk, Douglas Adams, Thora Birch, Anton Yelchin.

Picture of the day
Hoffmann's two-toed sloth
Hoffmann's two-toed sloth(Choloepus hoffmanni) is a species of sloth from Central and South America named for the German naturalist Karl Hoffmann. This solitary, largely nocturnal and arboreal animal, is found in mature and secondary rainforests and deciduous forests. Adults range from 54 to 72 cm (21 to 28 in) in head-body length, and weigh from 2.1 to 9 kg (4.6 to 19.8 lb). Females are larger on average than males, although with considerable overlap in size.

Picture of people fishing in Australia

Gold Coast Party

Photograph by T. Zhang, National Geographic 
T. Zhang snapped this photo of a bevy of people fishing on Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland. Though the image is rendered in placid black and white, it’s “a happy fishing party,” writes Zhang.



Casu Cowl pattern by Galia Lael
Casu Cowl is knitted end to end to any size you desire. It is blocked before the two ends are grafted (which also results in a much faster drying time!). You c...
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Tribute - ashes and steel pattern by Julie Elswick Sucho...
A tribute to all who died on September, 11, 2001.
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knit, EASTER
thanks, sally
Five Little Bunnies

crochet, ST. PATRICK'S DAY




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Crockpot Cheese Cake


Stitch on Paper
Embroidery on Paper

cat licks mouse
mouse come up to cat, gets a kiss

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... lots of play
Who am I dot to dot puzzle

the cutest puppy tickle
cutest puppy tickle


kittens snuggling
kittens snuggling

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth. - Pearl S. Buck

sherlock violin
sherlock and his violin

Not a misprint! Tim Pppppppppprice legally changed the spelling of his name to deter telemarketers. --------------------- Catfish have more than a quarter of a million taste buds—not only in their mouths, but also throughout their gills, whiskers, fins, back, belly, sides and tail! --------------------- Formerly a US Coast Guard stations 34 miles off the coast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the Frying Pan Tower bed and breakfast is only accessible by boat or helicopter!

guy rides bike over puddle on cardboard

i guess that's one way to get over a puddle


the evolution of the smartphone

the evolution of the smartphone

13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

1. Reduce waste by putting expiring food in an “Eat Me First” box.

                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

2. Stand upside down condiment bottles in an egg carton.

                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

3. Cover your refrigerator shelves with plastic wrap for easy spill cleanup.

                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

4. Glue magnets to the bottom of containers so they stick to the sides of your fridge.

                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

5. Use magazine holders to create freezer shelves.

6. Keep things within reach with a Lazy Susan.

                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

7. Get neat, easy access to fruit by placing a basket in your crisper drawer.
                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

8. If you have a chest freezer, organize items in reusable fabric shopping bags so you can pull things out easily.

                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

9. Create a kid-friendly snack zone that’s easily accessible.

                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

10. Revamp your fridge with chalkboard paint and stay organized with a written weekly menu.

                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

11. Organize items into food groups with dollar-store baskets.

                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

Place foods and condiments that your family uses together often in designated baskets. Here are some great examples that The Domestic Geek Uses:
  • Sandwich basket
  • Cheese basket
  • Salsa and hot sauce basket
  • Meal helper basket

12. Decrease visual clutter by transferring condiments to matching squeeze bottles.

                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks

13. Make more room in a freezer by clipping opened bags underneath a shelf.

                13 Life Changing Fridge and Freezer Hacks


  1. Good tips for storing stuff Diane!!! Love it!

  2. I love my middle name...and even more now that I know it has a special day:)