Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mother in Law Day October 23, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Mother in Law Day

”The only thing more intimidating than a huge international film star is your mother-in-law.
– Benjamin Walker
There’s a lot of jokes about them, the bane of our existence and the constant nagging voice that hangs at the back of our heads. Literally, if they happen to be riding in the back seat of the car, or sitting in your living room, or heck, hanging out in the mother-in-law that your wife just insisted that you had to build on the back acres of your property. Yeah, we know, they’re not often our favorite people either, and more often than not are a major component of why we don’t want to get married. Either way, Mother-in-Law Day celebrates all that is good about them… given time I’m sure we can think about something.
When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter – that’s something.
– Lou Gehrig
Mother-In-Law’s have existed since… Well, we suppose depending on one’s point of since shortly after Eden and the second wedding. (One must assume Adam and Eve’s was implicit). Then again, taking another angle, the first time two neanderthal’s came together and the mother of one lectured the other about not bringing in enough game, and how Ugg brought in a mammoth last season, what have you done? Mother-in-Laws can be the worst enemy of your relationship and can cause more problems than a sentimental love-letter from an old flame. Then again, they can also be the greatest benefit and a true champion for your relationship during the hardest of times. It’s really not surprising they’re such a mixed bag, ultimately parents want what’s best for their children, and it’s hard to imagine anyone being good enough for your little girl (or boy, for that matter).
Start simple, give your mother-in-law a call and sincerely ask how she’s doing. Mother-In-Law Day is about diving into the lions mouth and acknowledging that they aren’t all bad. Or, if they are, letting them know exactly how bad they really are. Never underestimate the value of a good roasting when you have someone like a mother-in-law who either doesn’t like you, or doesn’t know that sometimes you have to let folks work things out for themselves. On the other hand, if you have a wonderful mother-in-law be sure to spend some time telling her how much you appreciate her, which is good advice even if you don’t like her and think she’s more than a little annoying. Mother-In-Law Day is sometimes about making your partners life a little easier by appeasing the great villain.
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Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A method of betting, as on a horserace, in which the bettor must correctly pick those finishing in the first and second places in precisely that sequence.
Usage:Even though she knew it was risky, she was tempted to go for the exacta, which had a higher payout than a bet on just the winning horse.

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Idiom of the Day

have (one's) head in the sand

 — To refuse to acknowledge or deal with problems, danger, or difficulty, especially in the hopes that they will resolve themselves. The phrase is a reference to ostriches, which were believed (incorrectly) to hide their heads in the ground at the sight of approaching danger. 

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John William "Johnny" Carson (1925)

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Two years after a 12-year-old Carson sent away for a magic kit, "The Great Carsoni" gave his first performance. He continued his show business career by working as a radio announcer and television comedy writer and went on to host several television quiz shows from 1955 to 1962. He first appeared on The Tonight Show in 1958. He was permanent host from 1962 to 1992, and his personable demeanor and wry humor made it America's most popular late-night program. 

Hoshana Rabbah

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Hoshana Rabbah is considered the last possible day on which one can seek forgiveness for the sins of the preceding year. According to Jewish tradition, on Yom Kippur, God seals the Book of Life—and thus each individual's fate for the coming year. But since the Middle Ages, Hoshana Rabbah has been regarded as an extension of the deadline for Divine judgment. According to an old Jewish folk belief, notes fell from Heaven on this day, informing people of how they had been judged. The traditional Yiddish greeting, a gute kvitl, "May you receive a good note," reflects this belief.

Accidental Discovery Could Be Renewable Energy Breakthrough

In an unexpected twist of fate, scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a process to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol fuel — a breakthrough with implications for the future of renewable energy.
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1915 - The first U.S. championship horseshoe tourney was held in Kellerton, IA

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1915 - Approximately 25,000 women demanded the right to vote with a march in New York City, NY. 

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1930 - J.K. Scott won the first miniature golf tournament. The event was held in Chattanooga, TN

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1946 - The United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time. 

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1956 - NBC broadcasted the first videotape recording. The tape of Jonathan Winters was seen coast to coast in the U.S. 

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1958 - Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He was forced to refuse the honor due to negative Soviet reaction. Pasternak won the award for writing "Dr. Zhivago". 

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1972 - The musical "Pippin" premiered at the Imperial Theater on Broadway. saw it with ben vereen, what a talent .. what a show!

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2005 - In Chicago, IL, Lou Rawls gave his last performance when he performed the national anthem of the United States to start Game Two of the 2005 World Series. 

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If You Were Born Today, October 23
You are a persuasive, interesting, and clever person. There is a mischievous playfulness about you, and you like to poke fun at more serious or pompous individuals. You have much magnetic appeal, with both sexes. You are fiercely protective of those you love, as well as passionate and highly perceptive. You are one of the most observant people around, and your understanding of human nature belies your years in age. You don't miss much that's going around you! Your wit is sharp, yet you are sensitive to the feelings of people you hold dear. Famous people born today: Johnny Carson, Bob Montana, Dwight Yoakam, Weird Al Yankovich, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Ryan Reynolds.
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They strive to make all of the world’s art accessible to anyone online. 

Ars Brevis, Vita Longa C, 5773

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Pictures of the day

Gulf fritillary

A pair of gulf fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae) mating. The gulf fritillary is a bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae and subfamily Heliconiinae, found along their migration route, ranging from Argentina in the south to upper California in the north.

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Little Witch

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Look! I found a little knit witch hiding among the leaves on my balcony this morning. Good thing, too, because I've put up zero Halloween decorations so far, so she'll be just perfect to give a little holiday fun to my apartment.
You in the same last-minute boat as me? Want to knit up a fun little witch to spice up your decorations before the holiday? She'll take you two hours to knit, three tops. I based her on my super popular (and quick) Little Ghost pattern -double the fun if you make both a little Ghost and a little Witch.
Plus, she's a magic witch and can fly around the house on your fingers.
It's an intermediate level pattern, but because the witch is small, if you already know techniques like knitting in the round, k2tog etc. she comes together very quickly. Here's the pattern:

Little Witch Pattern
You Need: Scraps of black and green worsted weight yarn (I used simply soft solids), 4 DPNs size 4 or similar, black and red embroidery thread and a needle.

AbbreviationsDPNs = double pointed needles
K = knit
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together into 1
YO = yarn over. wrap the yarn around the needle to create an extra stitch
SKPO = slip one, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over to decrease by 1 stitch
BO = Bind Off

Body and Hat (knit in the round)
With Black, Cast On 33 stitches and divide evenly over 3 DPNs (11 stitches per needle)
Round 1 (and all odd rounds through round 9)Knit 
Round 2: [k2tog, K3, YO, K4, SKPO] repeat 3 times for the round
you now have 30 stitches on your needles, having decreased 6 times and increased 3 times.
Round 4: [k2tog, K3, YO, K3, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 27 stitches
Round 6: [k2tog, K2, YO, K3, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 24 stitches
Round 8: [k2tog, K2, YO, K2, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 21 stitches
Round 10: [k2tog, K1, YO, K2, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 18 stitches
Round 11: Knit
Switch to Green (for witch's face)
Rounds 12-18: Knit
Switch to Black (for witch's hat. You will have to rearrange the stitches on your DPNs a couple times as you work through the decreases on hat. And when you get down to 5 stitches remaining, it's easier to divide the stitches onto 2 DPNs and work them with a third)
Round 19: k2tog K7 k2tog K7: 16 stitches
Round 20: K1 k2tog K6 k2tog K5: 14 stitches
Round 21: K2 k2tog K5 k2tog K3: 12 stitches
Round 22: K3 k2tog K4 k2tog K1: 10 stitches
Round 23: K4 k2tog K4: 9 stitches
Round 24: K5 k2tog K2: 8 stitches
Round 25: K6 k2tog: 7 stitches
Round 26: k2tog K5: 6 stitches
Round 27: K1 k2tog k3 5 stitches
Round 28: K2 k2tog K1: 4 stitches
Round 29: k2tog k2tog: 2 stitches

Weave the ends inside the witch so that they do not show. With black and red embroidery thread and needle, embroider on eyes and mouth.

Hat Brim (knit flat, then sewn on)
with Black, CO 19
Row 1: [kfb] 19 times: 38 stitches
BO loosely, leaving a tail of yarn approx. 6 inches long
Sew the short ends together and the brim to the witches hat using the tail of yarn.

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Bill Jackson

The quality of life is more important than life itself. - Alexis Carrel

While filming the TV show “River Monsters” off the coast of Australia’s northern territory, crew members discovered and rescued a local fisherman stranded on an island! -------------------- “Donkey whisperer” Mark Ineson of Yorkshire, England, developed a technology that translates donkey noises into English phrases! -------------------- Acrobats Mustafa Danguir and Anna Lebedeva got married while balancing on a tightrope 30 feet in the air during a Houston, Texas, performance on July 26, 2016—the first ever high-wire wedding! -------------------- Architects in Jerusalem have installed giant flowers in Valero Square that inflate when people walk by! Submitted by Jordie Rutledge, Sanford, FL

thanks, elaine
Useful Items

1. Moth repellent – If you can’t get mothballs, you can use pencil shavings instead. The smell of the shavings is an effective repellent.
2. Fix stuck zippers – If your zipper is stuck, rub the “teeth” on either side with the pencil’s graphite, it’ll act as a dry lubricant and free the zipper. This also works on old locks.
3. Pincushion substitute – Doing some sewing but can’t find that darn pin cushion? Stick the needles into the pencil’s eraser to keep them safe for the time being.
4. Temporary earring clasp – If you lost the back clasp of your earring, cut a piece of the eraser from a pencil and use it as a temporary clasp.
5. Clean the soles of your shoes – If you stepped in something sticky (like gum) and need to clean it somehow, a pencil will do the work perfectly.

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