Saturday, July 18, 2015

Caviar Day JULY 18, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Caviar Day

Nothing says luxury quite like caviar… If you’ve never tried it before, give it a go for Caviar Day – and if you’re a seasoned pro, dig in!

I think it’s one of these. (photo via runnitnlulem)

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A mild contagious eruptive disease caused by a virus and capable of producing congenital defects in infants born to mothers infected during the first three months of pregnancy.
Synonyms:German measlesepidemic roseolathree-day measles
Usage:The parents were relieved when the doctor said that their son's rubella would improve in a matter of days.

4gifs:Kitten tries to copy mom. [video]


Mollyockett Day

Mollyockett was a Pequawket Indian who lived among the early settlers of western Maine. Born between 1730 and 1740, she lived in the area now known as Bethel after 1770. She was known as an "Indian doctress" who treated the white settlers of New England as well. The local festival known as Mollyockett Day in Bethel, Maine, started out in the 1950s as a fundraising event. The name was changed in honor of the Indian woman whose generosity and self-reliance have become legendary. The festival includes a parade, foot races, rubber ducky race, and Maine lobsters.

Screams Tap into Brain's Fear Response

What makes a bloodcurdling scream so, well, bloodcurdling? A new study says the answer lies not in the volume but the frequency range -- one that's shared by the shrill alarm sounds that startle people in everyday life. 

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1918- Nelson Mandela born in Myezo.

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1936 - The first Oscar Meyer Wienermobile rolled out of General Body Company’s factory in Chicago, IL

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1953 - Elvis Presley recorded "My Happiness" as a gift for his mother. It was his first recording. 

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1960 - Hank Ballard and the Midnighters released "The Twist." The song didn't become a hit until later in the year when Chubby Checker covered it. 

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1995 - The oldest known musical instrument in the world was found in the Indrijca River Valley in Slovenia. The 45,000 year-old relic was a bear bone with four artificial holes along its length. 

Born 1913

Richard Bernard "RedSkelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997)

Skelton was known as a TV clown who portrayed many comical characters
such as Clem Kadiddlehopper and Freddie the Freeloader. He was a long-
time national radio and television star for 34 years. Following the death of
his father, Red first started work at the age of seven as a newspaper boy
and later auditioned at the age of 10 for a role in a medicine show.

Born Yesterday 1899



James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986)
Cagney won an Oscar for his role as George M. Cohan in the musical film 
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). He gained additional fame for his tough guy 
roles in movies such as The Public Enemy (1931). In 1999, the American
Film Institute
 ranked him eighth among its 50 Greatest American Screen


If You Were Born Today, July 18

While you are very companionable and thrive in a partnership, you are also highly independent in nature, freedom-loving, and success-oriented. You are sentimental and in some ways surprisingly traditional, but your thinking is progressive. You can be known for your powerful mind, and also for your quirks! You are very loyal by nature, particularly in close relationships, but you still very much need for a relationship to grow and evolve. Famous people born today: Nelson Mandela, Vin Diesel, John Glenn, Kristen Bell, James Brolin, Elsa Pataky.

Picture of the day
Vertigo poster
Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James StewartKim Novak, and Tom Helmore. Based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac, the film follows a former police detective who struggles against hisacrophobia (an extreme fear of heights), which causes vertigo (a false sensation of rotation), to follow an acquaintance's wife. Although it received mixed reviews upon release, Vertigo has since been considered one of Hitchcock's best works.

Picture of lightning and a rainbow during a storm in Iowa

Warring Weather

Photograph by Paul Brooks, National Geographic 
While trying to provide storm coverage for local affiliates, Iowa storm chaser Paul Brooks followed a cell from Albia to Mount Pleasant at sunset. He captured this scene just east of Mount Pleasant—lightning to the south and a well-defined rainbow to the east—by stacking seven separate shots on top of each other, forming a composite image of the weather events. “Truly a perfect alignment of the elements,” he writes.


Elefred pattern by Cilla Webb
29/5/13: Pattern revised to make the instructions clearer and allow for ‘greener’ printing.
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Simple Hanger Cover - Knit Version pattern by Sherry L. ...
I make these using up my leftover yarn. I also made a bunch for my oldest daughter using up some novelty yarn I had no clue what to do with :)
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Crazy Daisy Key Ring Set - Willow Yarns
What a perfect springtime accessory! The bright and cheerful flowers on this delightful coin purse and coordinating key covers ensure you’ll always find the...
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Beach Bear Rita

Beach Bear Rita
Beach Bear Rita Crochet Pattern | Red Heart
Children (and adults) will fall in love with this cute, little bear in her beach attire. Have fun crocheting Rita and her toys: ducky inner tube and pail with fish....
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Nest pattern by Hanne Katajamäki
Translation in French here
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Teeny Weeny Wallet pattern by Caladrien
I designed this wallet/pouch for carrying a few bills and credit cards for a fast grocery run. It’s also useful for storing your markers and other bits and bob...
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Little kittens can be very scary. (photo via yummie4mytummie)


stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Cowboy Stew Recipe

This stew is hearty and has a nice kick to it; real comfort food.

There are two ingredients pictures because I got a bit overwhelmed answering and reading email yesterday and forgot to put some stuff in there at first. 

The Ingredients.

--1 pound browned hamburger (can use turkey)
--2 cloves chopped garlic
--1 can tomato sauce
--1 can diced Italian seasoned tomatoes
--1 can corn, drained
--2 cans whole baby potatoes, drained (unless you can find a great big can of potatoes)
--1 can tomatoes with green chilies
--1 can Ranch Style beans (with the baked beans in the grocery store) (or see recipe below)
--1 cup water
--sliced jalapeno peppers for garnish (optional)

The Directions.

This makes a lot. Make sure that your crockpot is at least 5qts.

Brown the hamburger with the chopped garlic cloves on the stove top. Drain the fat. Let sit in the pan for a bit to cool.

Open all of you cans, and dump them into the crockpot. Drain the corn and the potatoes, but add the rest of the can liquid to the crockpot.

After adding all of the can contents, add the browned meat and a cup of water. Stir with a spoon to mix a bit.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5. Soup and stew tastes better the longer you cook it, so opt for the longer cooking time if you can.

Garnish with sliced jalapeno peppers, if desired.

Can't Find Ranch Beans at your grocery store? No Problem!!
simply mix together:

1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans (plus the goop!)
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vinegar (white or apple cider)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin

The Verdict.

I had never before bought canned potatoes, or the Ranch Beans, which intrigued me about this recipe. If you use "real" potatoes they will disintegrate in the crockpot. These stayed perfectly oval in shape, and looked like baby dinosaur eggs. I really liked the flavor of this stew. The kids picked out what they wanted, and didn't complain. They really liked the beans, and thought the floating potatoes were cool. We will have this for lunch for quite a few days. Adam and I both wanted a sliced jalapeno in each bite---they gave a really nice tangy spice to the meal.


4gifs:I am the captain meow. [video]


nateinccomics:Special thanks to tastefullyoffensive for getting me on tumblr, have a comic.



Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment. - Novalis

lizclimo:cocktail hour! have a fun/safe holiday weekend, everyone. 

Japanese Artist Carves Faces in Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Cups

By Sumitra
Parents are forever telling kids not to play with food, but Japanese artist Makoto Asano does just that. He carves smiling faces into tubs of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, using nothing but the flimsy plastic spoon they come with.
Asano’s ice cream faces may look childish to some people, but there’s a certain whimsical quality about them that makes them stand out. Each face is carved out of a different flavor of ice cream, with sauces and toppings forming features such as hair, mustaches, or beards.


joshpeck:this isn’t the dog park

"Good Morning" in Mohegan (Eastern USA) - Weegwasun


Ever-ready tissues - If you are sick this may help you… but is it worth it to look so stupid?…Crazy Inventions (Only in Japan) | Nuffy [This must be for Health because it's definitely not for Beauty. -- LL]

(photo by ocide)


Unusual Bird Nests Built In The Oddest Of Places

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Birds are capable of adapting to so many different environments; no matter what they have to work with they make it happen. Not all birds nest, but all birds need a safe secure place to lay and hatch their eggs.

Scientists have found that birds can improve their nest making skills with time, meaning the older and wiser birds are more likely to have a cool nest. Savvy nest building skills are a must considering agriculture and urbanization robs birds of much of their natural nesting habitats.
Man-made birdhouses were first invented around the 15th or 16th century, they have risen in popularity as a way to help birds find a home when the picking is slim. Humans originally instituted some of the nests on this list, but most are all the work of birds. These unusual bird nests show just how clever birds are when it comes to building a home.

1. There Was An Old Birdie That Lived In A Shoe…


2. Not Such An Unusual Bird Nest, But A Super Cool Process!


3. Bike Basket Turned Nest


4. This Goose Figurine Became The Perfect Place For A Real Bird To Nest


5. Blue Tit Builds Nest Tucked Inside Of A Lamp Post


6. Swallow Nest In Old Lamp


7. Duck Nesting In Planter


8. Traffic Light Nest


9. Do Not Use Birds Nesting!


10. This Guy Left His Car Unattended For 6 Days, Giving This Bird Plenty Of Time To Make A Nest And Lay Some Eggs


11. This Bird Prefers To Live Outside


12. Small Patio Wind Chime is Big Enough For This Hummingbird Nest


13. Old Teapot Bird Nest


14. Dove Nest On A Wreath

MODO  Mourning Dove

15. Nest On A Statue


16. Apparently, Cigarette Bins Are A Popular Place For Birds To Nest…


17.  This Minibus Engine Is Now A Nest



  1. Our big pooch plays with a soccer ball in exactly the same way as that steer is doing! And she resembles the pooch in the chair surrounded by kittens. The nests are the best.

  2. I didn't know James Cagney's birthday was the same as mine just a bit between our birth years lol
    Hugs Janice