Friday, July 22, 2016

Hammock Day July 22, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Hammock Day

Nothing sounds quite as relaxing as kicking back and relaxing in a hammock – and there’s no better way to celebrate Hammock Day! Find two sturdy, conveniently located trees (or improvise – and don’t limit yourself to the outdoors), string up a comfy bed… and relax!

Word of the Day


Definition:(verb) Formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure.
Usage:The dissident refused to recant and was imprisoned.

Idiom of the Day

goodness me

 — A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation.

thanks, patty


Hi Diane :)
I am wondering if you have ever seen a pattern that shows how to make this.  It is definitely knitted

Knitted Marbles Necklace. Cool Knitting Project Ideas

Jean Luc's Telephone Sheep


Emma Lazarus (1849)

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Lazarus was an American Jewish poet. She became an impassioned spokeswoman for Judaism after the Russian pogroms of the 1880s, writing many essays and a book of poems, Songs of a Semite, which contains her best work. Her writings caught the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with whom she shared a lifetime correspondence. 

Soma-Nomaoi (Wild Horse Festival)

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The Wild Horse Festival, or Soma-Nomaoi, takes place annually in Soma City and Minami-Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture in eastern Japan over four days, July 22-25. It is a historical re-enactment of military exercises that are more than 1,000 years old. In the event's highlight, about 600 mounted samurai warriors in traditional Japanese armor gallop across the vast Hibarigahara plain and vie for 40 shrine flags propelled into the air by fireworks. Other colorful spectacles include a procession on July 24 summoned by conch shell horn and war drums, and the Nomagake ritual on July 25. 

How Do Hummingbirds Navigate at Such High Speeds?

Hummingbirds dart around in colorful blurs, twisting and turning their flight and stopping on a dime, all at top speeds. 

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1376 - The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date. 

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1926 - Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field in New York. The ball had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet. 

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1933 - Caterina Jarboro became the first black prima donna of a U.S. opera company. She sang "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. 

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1963 - The Beach Boys released the single "Surfer Girl."

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2000 - Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter. 


If You Were Born Today, July 22
You are very intelligent in a quiet way. You have a great love of security and consistency that you avoid making major changes if you can. Your worst enemy is self-doubt and procrastination. You may attract, or be attracted to, a certain level of drama in your love life. You work best in life when you have a passion. Family and work are two great loves for you, and you need to strike a balance between the two. Famous people born today: Amy Vanderbilt, Willem Dafoe, David Spade, Selena Gomez, Rufus Wainwright, Rhys Ifans, Keegan Allen, Colin Ferguson.

Pictures of the day

Vimy Memorial Bridge

The Vimy Memorial Bridge is a bridge in OttawaOntario, Canada. Completed in 2014, it crosses the Rideau River, connecting Strandherd Drive in Barrhaven and Earl Armstrong Road in Riverside South. The bridge has three vehicle lanes per direction, including dedicated bus lanes and bike lanes. It is named after the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Picture of a girl in an astronaut costume holding silver balloons 

Exploring All Avenues

Photograph by Juan Osorio, National Geographic 
In Huntington, New York, Your Shot member Juan Osorio’s daughter dreams of a trip that’s out of this world. “[She] wants to fly to the moon,” he writes. “[In this photo], I wanted to create a surreal world with the balloons in which you have several angles of view, like having several cameras showing the landscape and Sophia the astronaut.”

In Cologne, Germany






Madeleine Swann Hirotoshi Itoh







Vining, Minnesota


Buffalo Chicken Pasta



Street Art 

Blue birds cant see the colour blue

Design Improvised: Summery Floral Clutch
Create a modern floral clutch in minutes using $10 worth of silk flowers and a thrift store purse
Preview by Yahoo

 Engagement Rings, Vancouver, Canada

Turn your driveway into a fun target game using chalk and sponges.



Frogner Park

Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. - Dr. Seuss

The Arcimboldo Series:

Charles Dawes is the only US Vice President to co-write chart-topping pop song—“It’s All in the Game” was a No. 1 hit in 1958! Submitted by Richard Gibson, Lafayette, LA. -------------------- A goat born without hind legs in China’s Yunnan province can walk balancing on its two front legs! -------------------- A woman in Boca Raton, Florida, bit by a nurse shark, went to the hospital with the shark still attached to her arm!

Bubble Gum Sculpture


Quora Hoang recently posted a brainteaser involving 12 toothpicks that's melting the grey matter of the entire internet. Can you beat it? The challenge is to turn this four-square pattern into just three squares. The rules? You can only move one toothpick at a time in any manner wish, but you cannot break or modify the toothpicks.
It may seem impossible at first, but you'll be surprised by how surprisingly easy it is. If you've given up, or think you have the answer, check out the solution below...
Move one: Take a pick from the top left and place it in the middle to the right of the box. 
Move two: Take another from the top left and begin to form a new square on the far right. 
Move three: Take the pick from the bottom center square and complete the new square. Easy! 
Now you can try it with your friends and seem like a genius when you solve it. 

thanks, patty


Hottest Summer Life Hacks - Part 1/5


Love the Smell of Clean Laundry?

To keep your apartment smelling clean, tape a dryer sheet to the AC. (we already learned - thanks to patty - that this hack should be thought through)

Straw Your Berries

Use a straw to remove the stem from your strawberries.

Colorful Beach Bonfire
Add some color to your summer bonfire with these magic beans!

DIY Hammock

Make your own hammock to create a relaxing getaway in your own backyard.

Need Some Ice for that Burn?

Treat sunburns by rubbing aloe vera ice cubes on them.

Floating Treasure Chest

If you wrap a pool noodle around a plastic tub, you can make a floating bar.

DIY Tie Dye Alternative

Sharpies and rubbing alcohol can be a lot cooler and cheaper than tie dye.

Frozen Fruit

Freeze grapes to chill your wine without watering it down or just throw them in your water for some fruity flavor!

Let Me See Ya Grill
If you want to BBQ but don't have a grill, make one out of an aluminum can.

Super Skateboard Scheme

A genius way to get free water. 


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