Thursday, October 8, 2015

World Sight Day OCTOBER 8, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Sight Day

World Sight Day is a special annual day of awareness that is celebrated around the world each year in order to focus on blindness and vision impairment. This day was created by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and awareness is spread through a large number of different events.
A large number of organizations around the world have been involved with World Sight Day for many years. Some people choose to show their support by planting trees, while other people get involved by submitting a photograph that will be used to create an international photograph montage focusing on the theme of blindness. Other activities that take place on this day include special fund raising walks to help cover the costs of operations, book readings for the blind and a number of booklets and posters that are created in order to raise awareness of the issue.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A fellow member of a fraternity or profession; a colleague.
Usage:She was an intimidating presence in the boardroom, and even her confreres were nervous around her.


The Great Chicago Fire (1871)

The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned for more than two days and destroyed about four square miles of the city. It killed hundreds of people, left 90,000 homeless, and destroyed some $200 million worth of property. Originally composed of mostly wooden structures, the city was rebuilt with stone and steel and became a center of industry.

Henri Louis Le Châtelier (1850)

Le Châtelier was a French chemist best known for devising Le Châtelier's principle, which makes it possible to predict the effect that a change in conditions—such as temperature, pressure, or concentration of components—will have on a chemical reaction. The principle states that a system in equilibrium, when subjected to a perturbation, will respond in a way that tends to minimize its effect and restore equilibrium

Fire Ants Create Floating Rafts to Face South Carolina Flood Waters

As floodwaters from the storm that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and others have termed a 1-in-1,000-year event ravaged the state, several photographers captured what appeared to be mounds of floating fire ants

1935 - Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard were married. 

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1938 - The cover of "The Saturday Evening Post" portrayed Norman Rockwell. 

1952 - "The Complete Book of Etiquette" was published for the first time. 

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1970 - Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel Prize for literature.  

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1991 - A slave burial site was found by construction workers in lower Manhattan. The "Negro Burial Ground" had been closed in 1790. Over a dozen skeletons were found. 

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1992 - The U.S. Postal Service announced the commemorative stamp booklet that would include Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, Dinah Washington, and Otis Redding. 


If You Were Born Today, October 8

You possess a highly creative mind. You are likely quite good with language and/or languages, and you have an unmistakably goofy sense of humor. You have a wonderful sense of judgment. Although you will entertain some attraction to the mystical, you are largely logical. You can be a charming conversationalist, making each person you talk to one-on-one feel very special. Although you are capable of much hard work, leisure time is very important to you. You are more decisive than the typical Libra personality. You are creative, witty, and fair-minded. Famous people born today: Chevy Chase, Matt Damon, Sigourney Weaver, Jesse Jackson, Paul Hogan.

Picture of the day
Lichtbringer at Böttcherstraße
Bernhard Hoetger's 1936 relief Lichtbringer at the entrance to Böttcherstraße, a street in the historic center of Bremen, Germany. The artist and his patron, Ludwig Roselius, intended to promote a Nazi worldview and to glorify the victory of Adolf Hitler "over the powers of darkness", but Hitler's reaction was negative.

Picture of a diver in Devil’s Ear spring, Florida

Spring Mix

Photograph by John Moran
“The effect is entirely natural but decidedly surreal as the swirling tannins of the Santa Fe River mix with clear spring water,” writes John Moran, who captured this view of a diver at Devil’s Ear spring in north Florida. It’s estimated that the state is home to more than 900 freshwater springs.





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crochet halloween
baby cowboy hat

Presine a fiori pattern by Mirella Lilli
Questo tipo di presine è presente nella mia famiglia da 3 generazioni ormai!!!
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Bath Mat pattern by Bernat Design Studio
Also available at Lily / Sugar’n Cream.
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Ribbed crochet head hugging hat pattern by Johan Adler
Also includes pattern for Garnstudio Drops Eskimo, 5.5 mm hook, about 250 m yarn.
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CrockPot Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

This is not the best picture. I took it quickly--we were expecting a house full of people. This is a creamy and full-of-flavor soup that tastes like it has a bunch of butter and cream in it. It does not.

The Ingredients.
1 large butternut squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 small medium onions, or 2 tablespoons onion flakes
4 cups broth, chicken or vegetable
2 small apples, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

The Directions.

Use at least a 5 quart crockpot for this soup.

Cut the squash in half long ways. This is terribly hard to do. If you microwave the entire squash for 2 to 5 minutes on high, the skin will soften, but you will still need to use a pretty powerful knife. If you can find already peeled and cubed butternut squash use that. I couldn't believe how difficult it was for me to cut the squash. My knife got stuck. 

(reader tip by Carma S.: Hi,  I was just reading the crock pot butternut squash soup blog, about cutting the squash in half.  I used to do that, now I put foil on a cookie sheet and bake the washed butternut for about an hour--depending on the size--then cut it in 1/2 (much easier), and scoop out the seeds. Then I lay each half, cut side down onto foil, and  either cook more or peel off the skin and cut up as needed for my recipe.
I also love this soup!)

Scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp. Brush olive oil on the inside of the squash and roast it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until you can peel the skin away from the flesh.

Plug in your crockpot and turn to high. Add the broth, and the onion and apple. Stir in the spices. Cover to let heat.

When the squash has finished roasting, add it to the pot. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for about 4. 

Blend in small batches with a stand blender, or carefully blend with an immersible wand.

The Verdict.

This is a comfort soup. I like to curl up with a mug and watch TV. My mom, grandma, and I all like squash soup, but we're the only ones who do in the family. This is what I'm going to have for lunch this week.


Magnetic Slime


I invent nothing, I rediscover. - Auguste Rodin

Madonna loaf


Loren Stump is a self taught glass artist who has managed to create unique glass “loaves” that—when sliced—reveal stunning portraits.


This technique,  called murrine , was created 4,000 years ago in the Middle East, but Stump has managed to perfect the craft himself.
The technique involves wrapping different colored glass around a molten core, and then stretching it into a rod.


Using thousands of colored glass canes, he “paints” layer by layer, expertly fusing the glass together.
Loren can’t check his work as he is creating murrine; the portrait can only be viewed once it’s completed and sliced. Most murine consist of just patterns and shapes, few artists are able to make full portraits.
loren stumpArtist Loren Stump


His rendition of Da Vinci’s Madonna of the Rocks is his most elaborate murrini. It’s fully shaded and detailed, with his signature on the Madonna’s brooch.
“It could be stretched to the size of a hair and still be seen. But for the purpose of collectibility, I leave them fairly large.” -Loren Stump

madonna faces
Faces of the Madonna


Originally a stained glass painter, Stump only began working with molten glass in 1993.  He is entirely self-taught  and has earned renown as both a sculptor and teacher.
He’s mastered murrine, sculpture, paperweight encasement, and lamp work. He has displays in the Corning Museum of Glass, the Ertz Israel Museum, and the Kyokei Museum of Glass.
“He attained such a high level of skill so quickly, it seemed he must have studied glass in a past life.” –Robert Micklesen

"Welcome" in Egyptian (ancient Egypt) - Iiwy em hotep nefer weret

Fashion - Dry Hand-Washed Clothes with a Salad Spinner

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A family in New York began visiting shelters to look for the perfect pup  After a few weeks of searching local shelters, they found a puppy that they fell in love with - Theo.

He craved human friendship and attention. Three days after coming home with them, he joined their  son, Beau, for his daily nap.   Beau's mother began taking "nap" pictures and now they are warming hearts around the world.

Diane TakeTimeToChase 2015

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