Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mother Goose Day May 1, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Mother Goose Day

Mother Goose Day is a celebration of classic nursery rhymes of long ago, that are quickly passing into the realms of history. Established in 1987, Mother Goose Day aims to promote pre-school reading and learning via nursery rhymes, and it is acknowledged across many cities, by establishments such as kindergartens, junior schools, cereal makers, libraries and care homes.
There are various ways for adults and children to enjoy Mother Goose Day. Make a list of your favourite nursery rhymes, or try writing a rhyme yourself. Choose one of the nursery rhymes and act it out, or draw pictures to illustrate it. Alternatively, you can use printed colouring pages, and fill them in. You can also watch videos of nursery rhymes and sing along with the songs. Groups of children can also recite popular nursery rhymes, with everyone taking a turn to deliver a line. However you celebrate, enjoy the day.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A person who has recently attained high position or great power but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart.
Usage:The arriviste tried to gain acceptance into society through ostentatious displays of his newfound wealth, but his actions only inspired resentment.

married may 1st

Idiom of the Day

don't get me started

 — An exclamation of weariness or despair regarding a topic that has just been introduced and about which the speaker feels very strongly and (usually) has a negative opinion of.


The Federal Reserve

The US Federal Reserve was created in response to the Bank Panic of 1907, a financial crisis in the US during which the stock market crashed and the economy entered a recession. "The Fed" is a central banking system and note-issuing authority that regulates the country's credit and monetary policy. It is comprised of 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks located throughout the US, various member banks, and a supervisory Federal Reserve Board.

Calamity Jane (1852)

Born Martha Jane Canary, Calamity Jane was a legendary American frontierswoman. She grew up in Montana and worked in mining camps, where she acquired riding and shooting skills. In 1876, she appeared in Deadwood, South Dakota, the site of new gold strikes, boasting of her marksmanship and her exploits as a pony-express rider and as a scout with Custer's forces. It was there that she likely met Wild Bill Hickok, who would become her companion.

Massive Secret Lake and Canyons Found Deep Beneath Antarctic Ice

Antarctica is slowly revealing more of its secrets as a team of scientists has collected more evidence that could reveal a hidden lake deep below the icy surface. 

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1707 - England, Wales and Scotland were united to form Great Britain.

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1751 - America’s first cricket tournament was held in New York City.

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1883 - William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) had his first Wild West Show. 

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1884 - The construction of the first American 10-story building began in Chicago, IL

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1889 - Asa Candler published a full-page advertisement in The Atlanta Journal, proclaiming his wholesale and retail drug business as "sole proprietors of Coca-Cola ... Delicious. Refreshing. Exhilarating. Invigorating." Mr. Candler did not actually achieve sole ownership until 1891 at a cost of $2,300. 

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1912 - In London's Kensington Gardens, a statue of Peter Pan was erected. 

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1931 - The Empire State Building in New York was dedicated and opened. It was 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time. 

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1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen.

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1999 - On Mount Everest, a group of U.S. mountain climbers discovered the body of George Mallory. Mallory had died in June of 1924 while trying to become the first person to reach the summit of Everest. At the time of the discovery it was unclear whether or not Mallory had actually reached the summit. 

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2011 - U.S. President Barack Obama announced that U.S. soldiers had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.


If You Were Born Today, May 1

You are an independent, determined, and faithful person who is at once stable and restless! While you have a calm manner that soothes others simply by your mere presence, and you value security, you have a rather restless spirit and need to create some challenges for yourself in order to feel "alive". You remain youthful throughout life, with a mischievous quality that is unmistakable.Famous people born today: Jack Paar, Joseph Heller, D'Arcy Wretzky, Judy Collins, Tim McGraw, Rita Coolidge.

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Picture of the day
Pisces is a constellation of the zodiac. Its name is the Latin plural for fish. It lies between Aquarius to the west and Aries to the east. The ecliptic and the celestial equator intersect within this constellation and in Virgo. In Greek mythology, Pisces was associated with Aphrodite and Eros, who escaped from the monster Typhon by leaping into the sea and transforming themselves into fish.

Picture of zebras at the Mara River in Kenya

Bug's-Eye View

Photograph by Manoj Shah, National Geographic 
Zebras gather at the Mara River on the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Manoj Shah, who submitted this photo, managed to capture a unique perspective of the herd. “This photo was taken by a special remote camera, developed so that it could be triggered from a distance. The camera was hidden where the zebras go to drink water and cross to the other side of the river … in a rocky place so that they would behave naturally, without any disturbance. The whole idea was to capture what an insect … would see when in the midst of the herd.”



Super Stash-Buster Socks



crochet, MOTHER'S DAY



crochet, vintage


thanks, shelley

Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh

Maple Syrup Pie
Prep time:   5 mins
Cook time:   5 mins
Total time:   10 mins (serves: 8-10)
This is an authentic recipe of a classic French Canadian pie.
  • 1 and ½ cups pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 9” prebaked pie shell
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the syrup and heavy cream.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water
  3. Heat the maple mixture over medium to medium-high heat while whisking in the cornstarch liquid.
  4. Bring this mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Cook at a low boil being careful not to scorch the bottom. The mixture will thicken.
  5. Pour into the pie shell and refrigerate until set. Store pie refrigerated.

Paint Chip Garland

Paper Punch Heart Garland ~ I *heart* this garland.  It's so simple yet so sweet.  You can make your hearts by using either a heart punch or a die cut machine or just scissors..

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring


If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer. - Dag Hammarskjold

The Indian Army once spent six months tracking what was thought to be Chinese spy drones, later discovering the distant specks in the sky were actually Jupiter and Venus! -------------------- Bruce Lee could move so fast that he could snatch a dime from someone’s palm before they could close it—and leave a penny behind! -------------------- Patrick Yurick of San Diego, California, has four blank panels tattooed on his forearm that he uses to create an ever-changing comic strip! -------------------- Born to Jose Berdugo Vallelago and Silvia Rovere in January 2016, baby Pablo is the first child born in Ostana, Italy in 28 years, and the town’s 85th resident!

Pipe cleaners can also be used to clean (ready for this?) … ACTUAL PIPES.Pipe cleaners can be used to clean... ACTUAL PIPES.


Insanely Clever Organization & Storage Tricks

Let’s be honest. No one is as organized as they wish they could be. But with so many great ideas floating around the Internet these days, it’s getting much easier to get your life (and your home) in order. The following items and ideas have either been created or found by us and are very practical and creative ways to start living in a more zen-like fashion.

Jars — be them mason, baby food, or even jelly — are definitely on our Top 10 Favorite Supplies Ever list. From DIY chandeliers to organization containers, there’s no limit to what you can do with these suckers. We especially love the idea from the photo above from Craft Gossip – spray paint a small toy and a jar lid and then glue the two together. So cute!
These come in Brushed Stainless Steel or White and work great because they don’t damage the walls or cabinets. You can use these for a variety of things — hanging cords, purses, cleaning supplies that have holes, etc. And, since they aren’t permanent, you can move them as your needs change without the worry of damaging the walls. 
Don’t want to buy hooks? You probably already have some in your house that might accomplish the same thing! Repurpose your old shower hooks for closet storage. 
Speaking of shower hooks, if you happen to have a spare tension rod around, try mounting it inside one of your cabinets for easy bottle organization. Remember to utilize that vertical space!  
The Simple Human Bag Organizer is such a minor item that comes in such handy in the household. Every time you go to a store and come home with plastic bags, just put them into the organizer. You can reuse the bags for so many things: small bathroom trash bags, pet use, whatever you want. And, since you’re reusing them, you’re helping the environment too. 
Save your egg cartons! They can be reused for a number of things, from storing underwear (just roll them up in a ball) to jewelry, to small odds and ends like buttons and safety pins.  
Great for oh so many things. We especially love them for keeping game pieces together (our Settlers of Catan pieces tend to get lost easily) and also for storing small items like pens, SD cards, and even jewelry together.  
A fantastic way to organize ribbon in your craft room. Just stack the spools from largest to smallest. 
The must-have organizational item, these are great for organizing and storing different sets of objects like medical items (Tylenol, Band-Aids, etc), extra bathroom supplies (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper), styling tools (brushes, blow dryer, flat iron), and more. By putting these types of miscellaneous items in containers that fit your cabinet or closet space, anyone can find the proper items without searching all over the place. And, by having them in labeled containers, you can stack the containers and maximize the space that would otherwise not exist if you placed the items individually on shelves. These can be used for many other things as well — try using them as shoe bins to store shoes neatly in a closet by stacking them up (or placing on shelves). Take a photo of whatever you’re storing in the bin for even easier access. 
Use a wine rack to organize all of your gift wrap and/or any rolled posters you are storing.  
Purchase an old typesetting tray (or if you’re a letterpress nerd like we are, use one of your own) and refinish the wood with a sealer. Hang it on your wall to use as an accessory organizer.  
Have a retired racket lying around? (Or, just too lazy to use yours as often as you should?) Use it instead to organize earrings, necklaces and more. 
Don’t have an old racket? DIY your own accessory organizer! Combine chicken wire with an old shutter to showcase all of your gems and jewels.
Window shutters are also fantastic for storing mail, thin books, and magazines. Put it in your entryway or even in your bedroom. 
Don’t throw out your bread tags once you’re done with the loaf! Label them and use them as cord organizers so that you know which appliance you’re disconnecting while you’re reaching behind the couch with a plumber’s crack showing to find a new outlet.  
Not just for shoes! Use these handy over-the-door organizers for everything from cleaning supplies to styling tools. 
Simply attach woven baskets to your walls for extra storage space and easy access to towels, linens and more.  
Hooks can go anywhere and hang so many things! Try using them in unexpected places, like appended to a dresser or entryway table.  
Purchase magnetic tape with adhesive backing to stick onto walls, inside cabinet doors, or on any flat surface, then mount magnetic items like bobby pins, tweezers and hair clips for easy access. So easy and simple. 
Though we’re not sure we’ve ever actually purchased a shower cap, we love the idea of taking extras from hotel stays or beauty salon visits and using them to wrap shoes before packing in a suitcase for travel. Keep those clothes clean!

this is the 1st "signature' ellen ever made me .. thanks always .. mmm

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