Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bathtub Day OCTOBER 7, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Bathtub Day

In a world in which demands on your time are high it is reassuring to know there is one day in the year when you can reclaim the right to relax at your leisure. Bathtub Day is more than just an excuse to while away the time as you immerse yourself in the warm waters of your bathroom; it is a day to remember and rejoice in the introduction of the bathtub in England in 1828. How to celebrate this momentous occasion is an individual’s choice but options include turning your bathroom into a mini-spa, complete with scented candles and aromatherapy oils; inviting a partner or friend to share in the bathtub experience; watching a favorite film or television show while bathing; or simply locking the door, turning off the phone and enjoying a rare moment of solitude and peace, with a glass of wine by your side.

hope you enjoy my uncle simon's paintings which are currently on exhibit in new jersey

Masquerade #1

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A person who diagnoses, especially a physician specializing in medical diagnostics.
Usage:She was an excellent diagnostician and was immediately able to identify the cause of the patient's symptoms.

Masquerade #2


Niels Bohr (1885)

Bohr was a Danish physicist who was among the first to recognize the importance of an element's atomic number. He was also the first to apply the quantum theory to atomic and molecular structure, and his concept of the atomic nucleus was a key step in understanding nuclear fission. He won a Nobel Prize for Physics in 1922 for his work on atomic theory. Though he contributed to atomic bomb research during World War II, he later devoted himself to arms control.

Okunchi Matsuri

The Okunchi Festival in Nagasaki dates back to the 17th century, when many Chinese lived in the city and when both Dutch and Chinese traders regularly anchored their ships there. The festival pays tribute to these traders by presenting both a Dutch dance and a Chinese dragon dance, along with street fairs and other entertainment. The Okunchi Festival also features the traditional procession of themikoshi—the ornate palanquin on which the local deity is believed to descend for a ride as it is carried through the streets.

In the Eerie Emptiness of Chernobyl's Abandoned Towns, Wildlife Is Flourishing

The sound was like nothing Tom Hinton had ever heard before: a chorus of baleful wolf howls, long and loud and coming from seemingly every direction in the darkness. 

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1868 - Cornell University was inaugurated in Ithaca, NY.

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1913 - For the first time, Henry Ford's entire Highland Park automobile factory was run on a continuously moving assembly line when the chassis was added to the process. 

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1954 - Marian Anderson became the first black singer to be hired by New York's Metropolitan Opera Company. 

1956 - A U.S. House subcommittee began investigations of allegedly rigged TV quiz shows. 

1968 - The Motion Picture Association of America adopted the film-rating system that ranged for "G" to "X." 

1982 - The musical "Cats" opened at the Winter Garden Theatre. In 1997 the show became the longest running show in Broadway history. 

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2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor in the recall election of Governor Gray Davis. 


If You Were Born Today, October 7

You seek to balance the world around you on a mental level. You want things to be fair and just, and you are very uncomfortable with extremes of opinion, simply because they seem harsh and unfair to you. The world of ideas is precious to you. You think like a social worker at times. Although you very definitely march to the beat of a different drummer, you do it in such a charming manner that people find you delightfully odd, and, at the very least, interesting. A dreamer at heart, you are striving towards perfection, and always looking for answers. Famous people born today: Thom Yorke, John Mellancamp, R.D. Laing, Desmond Tutu, Oliver North, Aaron Ashmore, Shawn Ashmore.

Picture of the day
Calocoris affinis
Calocoris affinis is a species of bug of the family Miridae that can be found everywhere in Europe except for Switzerland and Greece. It feeds on Urtica dioica juices,Heracleum sphondylium nectar, and Centaurea jacea nectar. This specimen is shown on a field scabious.

 Picture of a wolf camouflaged in cedar boughs on the coast of British Columbia

Bough Wow

Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic
In British Columbia, a coastal wolf is well camouflaged in cedar boughs at the forest’s edge. Scientists have shown that larger islands off the coast of the province are more likely to hold these beachcombing wolves at any given time, but another key factor is the length of shorelines—rich in marine offerings.


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Sunrise at sea

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School of fish



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Acorn Squash CrockPot Recipe

Autumn is here, and the grocery stores and produce stands are full of squash and colorful seasonal produce. I love the colors and smells of fall and the cooler weather. I purposely find piles of leafs to crunch through when walking the kids to school---this is a great time of year, and the perfect time to dig out the crockpot. 

The hardest thing about this recipe is cutting through the squash. My mom told me (too late, I had already plopped the pieces in the crock) that she usually microwaves squash for a few minutes to soften the skin before cutting. I look forward to trying that next time.

The Ingredients.

--acorn squash 
--2 T brown sugar
--2 T butter
--2 tsp cinnamon
--4 pinches of salt

The Directions.

I use a 4 quart crockpot. Cut the squash in quarters, and scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp. I gave the innards to the guinea pigs; they were thrilled.

Put 1/2 T of butter and 1/2 T of brown sugar into each quarter. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of cinnamon onto each brown sugar pile. Add a small pinch of salt to each quarter.

Lower the pieces into your crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for about 3. The squash is finished when it is fork tender and peels away from the skin easily.

The Verdict

My mom and I ate this, and liked it a lot. I was able to get one kid to try a bite, and she liked it, but I think she mostly got brown sugar. Adam doesn't like squash, but ate a few bites to be nice. I will make this again. It was simple, tasty, and smelled wonderful. I'll just share with my mom.

Jungle song

Post image for Guest Post: DIY Climbing Knot Bracelet

Rock climbing is not for the fainthearted. In order to make it up the face of a rock wall, you need strength, persistence, courage and knowledge. Without any one of those qualities, you might not be able to finish your climb and have to come back down…or worse. Every time I pull out my climbing rope, I’m reminded of all of those virtues – and to double check my knots.
That’s why my version of the friendship bracelet is the Climbing Knot Bracelet. It’s an easy-to-make gift for your BFF, and the figure-eight knot (an actual climbing knot!) in the center is meant to symbolize courage and keep her safe and strong. Here’s how to make it!
climbing rope knot bracelet

-1-2 yards of knotting cord
-Magnetic jewelry clasps
diy climbing knot bracelet

Step 1: Pinch your cord in the center and fold in half. Repeat again so you have two strands of cord on each side. One end will have a loop, the center should be a double loop and one end will have two loose strands.
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Step 2 and 3: Give your double loop (in the center) a double twist and pinch between your fingers. Pull the looped end of your cord up through the double loop.
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Step 4: Pull both ends taught. In the center you should now see a figure-eight knot. Double check it by counting in twos: Two strands out the bottom, two out the top, and each fold of the knot should have two strands of cord.
diy climbing knot bracelet

Step 5: Snip the looped end of your cord so you have two loose strands on each side of the knot. Tie the loose ends to the magnetic jewelry clasps.
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Step 6: Snip off any excess cord and slightly burn the ends of the knots so they don’t fray or come apart.
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Step 7: Go climb something!

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Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs. - Edgard Varese



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Twenty Interesting Things About…Elvis

1. Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
2. Elvis had an identical twin brother, who was stillborn.
3. When Elvis received a guitar for his eleventh birthday, he was disappointed; he was hoping for a bike.
4. Elvis was reportedly regarded by fellow students as a “trashy kid who sang hillbilly music” when he took his guitar to school and sang during lunch.
5. In the eighth grade, Elvis received a “C” in music.
6. Elvis never learned to read music.
7. Elvis made only one appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, in October of 1954. They never invited him back.
8. The first riot following an Elvis concert occurred in Jacksonville, FL, after Elvis finished a show by saying, “Girls, I’ll see you backstage.”
9. Frank Sinatra, in a magazine interview, decried the new brand of music (and fans) that Elvis introduced as “brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious. … It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. It smells phoney and false. It is sung, played and written, for the most part, by cretinous goons. … This rancid-smelling aphrodisiac I deplore.”
(He must not have been into pelvic thrusts.)
10. “Heartbreak Hotel” was the first Elvis single to sell over a million copies.
11. After a controversial (and sensuous) performance of “Hound Dog” on The Milton Berle Show, Elvis appeared on The Steve Allen Show, where he sang “Hound Dog” to a Basset Hound.
12. The first Grammy Award Elvis is for the 1967 Gospel release, “How Great Thou Art.”
13. Elvis reportedly had a problem with teenage boys wanting to beat him up on his tour stops. (I wonder why?)
14. Elvis was six feet tall.
15. The Cleveland Browns was Elvis’ favorite football team.
16. Elvis’ natural hair color was blond (in his early years) and light/dirty brown; he dyed it black.
17. Elvis wore a cross, a star of David, and other religious symbols around his neck, explaining “I don’t want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality.”
18. Elvis was awarded two medals while serving in the Army, one for expert marksmanship, the other for sharpshooting.
19. Elvis held a black belt in karate.
20. Elvis died of a heart attack on August 16, 1977. Many mistakenly believe he died of a drug overdose.

Diane TheresMichiefBrewing 2015

1 comment:

  1. Miss bathtub bliss--haven't been able to maneuver in since my last December's Peter Pan moment:( I live in hopes though. Enjoying a different kind of squash every day--so many new ones to try. Last night's was fabulous.