Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Stress Awareness Day November 2, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Stress Awareness Day

Stress can be a real killer, both in the workplace and in our day to day lives. Stress serves a solid purpose in human biology, but our modern lives have brought about a surplus of causes that haunt us from day to day. When we are faced with a challenge, or a threat to our well-being, the body experiences stress. Whether you’re dealing with a job that puts you under tremendous pressure, or face struggles in your life or relationship that leave you in a state of constant worry, stress can be a real killer. Stress Awareness Day was set aside as time to be aware of the stress in our lives and how it affects us.
Stress Awareness Day was established by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) to help provide information on stress, and strategies on how to address it for both companies and individuals. The organization is focused on helping employers and employees help each other by providing comprehensive guides to establishing a program within their organization, and individuals by looking after their health and well-being on a day to day basis.
Stress Awareness Day is your opportunity to start looking after yourself and your life, and break down the individual stressors in your life. Failure to deal with stress in your life effectively can lead to serious health problems, including increased blood pressure, susceptibility to heart disease, and a decline in your immune system. Once you start experiencing these symptoms they can landslide into each other, resulting in growing sickness, and by extension, more stress. It’s truly a self-feeding problem, and a cycle that is necessary to control to enjoy our lives.
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Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A skilled worker who can live in underwater installations and participate in scientific research.
Usage:The machinery on the ocean floor required constant maintenance, so the company had a team of oceanauts stationed nearby.

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Idiom of the Day

have the feel of (something)

 — To have a general sense of how to do or use something or how something operates; to be familiar with something.



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With promises to the war-weary American public of a "return to normalcy" in the wake of WWI, Harding was elected 29th president of the US. However, his administration soon earned a reputation for corruption. As an investigation into what proved to be the Teapot Dome scandal began, he traveled to Alaska, where he was informed of the corruption about to be exposed. While en route home, he became mysteriously ill, allegedly from food poisoning, and suddenly died. 

All Souls' Day

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It was St. Odilo, the abbot of Cluny in France, who in the 10th century proposed that the day after All Saints' Day be set aside in honor of the departed—particularly those whose souls were in purgatory. Today, the souls of all the faithful departed are commemorated. In many Catholic countries, people attend churches and visit family graves on this day to honor their ancestors. In Mexico, it is a national holiday called Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead). Orthodox Christians commemorate the dead on the second Saturday before Lent begins and on the day before Pentecost.

Cosmic Jack o' Lantern: NASA Discovers Giant 'Pumpkin Stars'

Move over, Charlie Brown: NASA has found its own Great Pumpkin, and it's quite a bit greater. Using data from NASA's Kepler and Swift survey missions, astronomers have discovered a group of fast-spinning, X-ray slinging orange giants.

Cosmic jack-o'-lantern: NASA discovers giant 'pumpkin stars'

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1867 - "Harper's Bazaar" magazine was founded.

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1895 - In Chicago, IL, the first gasoline powered car contest took place in America. 

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1920 - The first commercial radio station in the U.S., KDKA of Pittsburgh, PA, began regular broadcasting. 

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1921 - Margaret Sanger's National Birth Control League combined with Mary Ware Dennett Voluntary Parenthood League to form the American Birth Control League. 

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1947 - Howard Hughes flew his "Spruce Goose," a huge wooden airplane, for eight minutes in California. It was the plane's first and only flight. The "Spruce Goose," nicknamed because of the white-gray color of the spruce used to build it, never went into production. 

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1959 - Charles Van Doren, a game show contestant on the NBC-TV program "Twenty-One" admitted that he had been given questions and answers in advance. 

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1960 - In London, the novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover," was found not guilty of obscenity. 

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1983 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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1992 - Magic Johnson retired from the NBA again, this time for good because of fear due to his HIV infection. 

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2001 - The computer-animated movie "Monsters, Inc." opened. The film recorded the best debut ever for an animated film and the 6th best of all time. 


If You Were Born Today, November 2
Your instincts are usually accurate, and you rely on your intuition when you need to make a decision. Things need to "feel" right for you. You put your heart and soul into your hobbies and your work. Your opinions are strong, yet progressive, and you don't feel the need to broadcast them indiscriminately. Music plays an important role in your life. You are a true humanitarian, and you have mystical inclinations. You are talented and versatile. Famous people born today: Marie Antoinette, k.d. lang, David Schwimmer, Burt Lancaster, Pat Buchanan, Nelly, Daniel Boone.


Eugene - November 4-6, 2016

The 21st Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival returns to Eugene November 4-6th at the Lane Events Center. This festival is one of the largest holiday celebrations in the Northwest. With over 120 exhibitors the festival will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts that cannot be found anywhere else. Featuring art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, wood, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and much more makes this a gift buyer's delight. There is a large gourmet food area where you can sample and purchase a wide range of food items including tea, chocolates, pasta, soups, dips, meats, coffee, jams, shortbread, chili, sauces and many more delights!  

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Lane Events Center
796 W 13th Avenue  
Eugene, OR 97402 
Directions & Map 

Friday - Noon-7pm 
Saturday - 10am - 6pm 
Sunday -10am - 4pm  

Free Admission & Parking


Nov 4, 10am - 8pm and Nov 5, 9am - 5pm
ND State Fair Center, 2005 Burdick Expressway East, Minot ND  58701


The 41st Annual Minot Christmas Show includes over 430 booths showcasing products hand made from across the US. Over 250 exhibitors will fill their booths with arts, crafts and baked goods that all have a touch of being hand made.

Admission: $3.00


Nov 4 - 4 - 8pm and Nov 5, 9am - 2 pm

In support of Wyckoff Y Cares, we will host over 40 vendors featuring jewelry, clothing, handbags, housewares, toys & games, woodwork, pet items and a very affordable art show!
Free admission, parking and babysitting. Wine Bar on Friday night!

Vintage Market Days - Wichita, Kansas

Nov 4, 10am - 5pm , Nov 5. 10am - 5pm and Nov 6, 10am - 4pm
Kansas Coliseum Pavillion, 1229 E. 85th St., N.
an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring orginal art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more

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for tickets: Home Page


Pictures of the day

Robinson projection

The Robinson projection is a map projection of a world map which shows the entire world at once. It was devised by Arthur H. Robinson in 1963 in response to an appeal from the Rand McNally company for a good compromise to the problem of readily showing the whole globe as a flat image. The company has used the projection since that time, and the National Geographic Society used the Robinson from 1988 to 1998.

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Crochet star garland free pattern 2015 by Anabelia Craft Design

US English terms Written instructions

MATERIAL:      Lace SMC-Catania Fine (white + colors of your  choice) 
HOOK:               1.9 mm   
MEASURE:        5 x 5 cm aprox. (2” x 2” aprox.)
Note: If you work with another crochet hook or a different thickness thread, measures could not coincide.

Abbreviations: slip stitch
ch/s: chain / chains
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
sc-2rnd-down: make sc inserting the hook 2 rnd down
picot: 3-chains closed picot
st / sts: stitch / stitches
rnd: round
prev: previous
rep **: repeat from * to *

Begin with an adjustable ring in a color of your choice

Round 1: Ch 3 (counted as first dc in this rnd) and make 11 dc in the ring. Adjust the ring and join to the first dc of this rnd with 1 sl. st. Fasten off. 
Round 2: Change to white yarn, insert the hook in any st and ch 1 + make 1 sc; make 1 hdc + 3 dc + 1 hdc in the next st. *Make 1 sc in the next st; make 1 hdc + 3 dc + 1 hdc in the next st*; rep ** until the end of th rnd. Join to the first st of the rnd with 1 sl. st. Fasten off. 
Round 3: Change to color yarn,insert the hook in any sc of prev rnd but 2 rnd down to take the loop and make 1 sc; ch 3, skip 2 sts and make 1 sc+1 picot in the next st. *Ch 3, skip 2 sts and make 1 sc in the next st taking the loop 2 rnd down; ch 3, skip 2 sts and make 1 sc + 1 picot in the next st*; rep ** until the end of the rnd. Ch 3 and join to the first st of this rnd with 1 Fasten off. And done!

To join the star in a garland: Ch 60, insert the hook in any point of the first star, take a loop and make 1 sc; *ch 28, insert the hook in any point of second star, take a loop and make 1 sc*; rep ** to join all the stars you've made; ch 60 and fasten off.

Crochet lace motifs free patterns by Anabelia Craft Design

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Crochet lace motifs free patterns by Anabelia Craft Design
Crochet lace motifs free patterns by Anabelia Craft Design

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Crochet lace motifs free patterns by Anabelia Craft Design
Crochet lace motifs free patterns by Anabelia Craft Design

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Crochet lace motifs free patterns by Anabelia Craft Design
Crochet lace motifs free patterns by Anabelia Craft Design


Easy Honey Mustard Mozzarella Chicken



Sesame Bar



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Paint on some autumn leaves.

If this works as well as it looks like it does, it is absolutely amazing.


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Kids love boxes. The larger the box, the more fun to be had. 
Cardboard box marble & pom pom ramp. This was so much fun & a great activity for kids - arts & craft
I have seen a number of homemade marble runs made out of cardboard tubes, straws & even Legos & I thought we could try our hands at our own.
Cardboard box marble & pom pom ramp. This was so much fun & a great activity for kids - arts & crafts from recyclables
We used a large cardboard box. We cut the flaps off of one side to leave one side wide open. We used the flaps to form our ramps.  I wanted to add different options & obstacles to the ramp so I cut a hole or multiple holes into each piece of cardboard.
I used a glue gun to glue the cardboard pieces in place at an angle, making sure to leave space on the bottom end of each piece for the marble to be able to drop. I used plenty of glue around the edges to hold the ramp pieces in place and used cardboard tubes in a couple of areas for additional drop options.
We tested it out a couple of times & found that our marbles fell forward a few times, so we glued a couple of extra scraps of cardboard under the bottom front to balance it out. We used the marbles, but then found that a handful of poms poms was just as fun.
My little girl was so excited about her cool new toy. “This is soooo awesome, mama.”
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During the Naki Sumo Baby Crying Festival at the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan, sumo wrestlers make babies cry in order to drive off demons! -------------------- In 1981, Dr. Michael Shannon of San Clemente, California, worked tirelessly to save preemie Chris Trokey. In 2011, the doctor was rescued from a burning SUV by his expatient, Trokey, who had grown up to be a firefighter! -------------------- Twins were born to Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Ditto of Delphos, Ohio, in 1950. Submitted by Dan Paulun, W. Lafayette, OH.




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