Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hug Your Cat Day June 4, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Hug Your Cat Day

Hug Your Cat Day is one of those pleasingly straightforward holidays. Quite simply, it is a day in which cat owners everywhere are encouraged to hug their cats. The more dedicated amongst them will not need this encouragement, of course, but it is always good to be reminded of our feline friends.
The obvious downside to the day as that people without cats may be left out. This need not be the case, however – it should be straightforward enough to simply adapt it into “Hug Someone Else’s Cat Day”.
So, whether or not you are the proud housemate of a purring kitty, Hug Your Cat Day is the perfect excuse to put a bit of warmth and companionship into your life. No matter what’s going on around you, no matter how bad or troubling things get, you can always count on your furry friend to be there for you.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol.
Usage:He was a man who would have made a success of life a century and a half ago when conversation was a passport to good company and inebriety no bar.

Idiom of the Day

a wild goose never laid a tame egg

 — Something will not be spontaneously different from that which came before. The phrase is used to describe things that are determined by nature and the environment, or else inherited from the generation before.


Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867)

Mannerheim was a Finnish-born soldier and statesman. A career officer in the Russian imperial army from 1889 to 1917, he went on to command the anti-Bolshevik forces in the Finnish Civil War and expelled the Soviet forces, serving as regent of Finland until the new republic was declared. He served as commander-in-chief of Finnish forces in the Russo-Finnish War and was named president of Finland in 1944, after which he negotiated a peace agreement with the Soviets. 

Malaysia Birthday of SPB Yangdi-Pertuan Agong

Malaysia practices a system of government based on a constitutional monarchyand parliamentary democracy. The head of state is the king, also known as Seri Paduka Baginda (SPB) Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Although the term "king" is used, this is not a hereditary position—the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is elected to a five-year term. Every year, the first Saturday in June is set aside as a national holiday in Malaysia to celebrate the birthday of the current and past SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agongs. 

Chinese kids descend terrifying cliff face to school

Some kids will do anything to get out of school. Others risk their lives to get there. 


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1784 - Marie Thible became the first woman to fly in a hot-air balloon. The flight was 45 minutes long and reached a height of 8,500 feet. 

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1816The Washington was launched at Wheeling, WV. It was the first stately, double-decker steamboat. 

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1892 - The Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco. 

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1939 - The first shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman in Oklahoma City, OK. It was actually a folding chair that had been mounted on wheels. 

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1974 - Sally Murphy became the first woman to qualify as an aviator with the U.S. Army. 

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1992 - The U.S. Postal Service announced that people preferred the "younger Elvis" stamp design in a nationwide vote. 

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1998 - George and Ira Gershwin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 


If You Were Born Today, June 4
You are ambitious with a good head on your shoulders, particularly for business. You know what to do to get the job done. You are hard working and very conscientious, no matter what job you do, but especially so when inspired. At times you can drive yourself too hard. When irritated, you can be a little bossy or arrogant, but overall, you are quite companionable and friendly. Famous people born today: Angelina Jolie, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Parker Stevenson, Bruce Dern.

Picture of the day
Malaysian plover
The Malaysian plover(Charadrius peronii) is a small wader that nests on beaches and salt flats in Southeast Asia. It is classified as near-threatened, a situation attributed to increased human use of important beach habitats.

Picture of a blooming cherry tree in Japan

Floral Fantasy

Photograph by Katsuyoshi Nakahara, National Geographic
Delicate blossoms and a light haze seem to lend a bit of softness to the twisted, moss-furred branches of a cherry tree in Japan. “The cherry blossoms [look] like a Japanese painting,” writes Katsuyoshi Nakahara of his photo. “The smoke of a bonfire of old paper charms [brings] a fantastic effect.”




knit, 6 mths - 4 yrs


crochet, FATHER'S DAY






Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Cherry Coca-Cola Jelly

for more adults' coloring pages



thanks for the following cat pics, shelley



In an attempt to suppress learning and Confucianism, the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC) buried many scholars alive. -------------------- In 2011, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch was hit in the face with a pie while testifying before Parliament. -------------------- Philip Prince of Calabria was known to wear 16 pairs of gloves at a time!


You know you're a yarn addict when...

10 signs that show you've got knitting on the brain!
1 When everyone else is crushing on Rami Malek and Ryan Gosling, you've got a thing about Jared Flood or Cirilia Rose... there's something about someone you can share your stitch markers with...

2 Your route to work is twice as long as it needs to be as it passes by the local yarn store – and you're on first name terms with the owner.
3 Your spare bedroom has become known as 'The Yarn Room' and you're thinking of converting the garage to make space for your stash – who needs a car anyway?
4 You catchphrase is "just one more row."

5 You've called your kids and pets after types of yarn and designers – Kaffe, Rowan and Adelphi are great names, right?
6 You have a playlist on iTunes of songs to wind yarn to, like The Sweater Song by Weezer. 
6 You knit on the bus, in the queue for your morning coffee and outside the school gates – in fact, is there ever a time when you're NOT knitting?

7 You dream about knitting, or wake in the night and have to resist the urge to carry on with your WIP. 
8 You have three projects on the go at any one time and are always wondering whether you can add one more...
9 You've been known to chase after strangers to find out whether they knitted that perfect cable cardigan themselves, or you've unintentionally missed your stop on the subway/bus because you've been mentally working out the pattern for a sweater.  
10 You have more pictures of your knitting than your partner and pets, and while others are instagramming their food, you're finding the perfect filter for your new neon waffle knit scarf.

Hugs, Me-bestpalsforlife-julea

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