Monday, August 15, 2016

Best Friends Day August 15, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Best Friends Day

Life wouldn’t be the same without best friends. They’re the friends that can be counted on to be there at a moment’s notice. The ones who love, laugh, support, and cherish – in both good and bad times. Friends can be celebrated on any day of the year, but what better day than Best Friends Day? The day is largely unofficial, with no clear clue as to its origins, but that doesn’t stop the millions who mark the day each year from enjoying their best friends. Celebrations can be as low key or as flamboyant as desired. A picnic in the park, a get together over coffee, or a nice meal in a favourite restaurant are popular ways to celebrate a close friendship. Should distance keep best friends apart, it’s enough to pick up the phone to wish that special person a very happy Best Friends Day.

thanks to barbara for all the funny lines!

-Money is the root of all wealth.

-No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking.
Usage:The moonlight on the lawn was tremulous, as if the sward were a rippling sea.

-Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep.

-If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie?

Idiom of the Day

get a big head

 — To become arrogant or conceited; to assume an exaggeratedly high opinion of oneself.

-I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn't find it.
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-If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.


Julia Child (1912)

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Child was an American chef, author, and TV personality who introduced French cooking to the American public. She began studying French cuisine while her husband was stationed in France on a diplomatic assignment and attended Paris's famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. In 1961, she co-wrote the bestseller Mastering the Art of French Cooking and soon began hosting a series of educational TV programs,

Assumption of Our Lady (Santa Marija)

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On this day, Malta celebrates the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, a national holiday that commemorates the success of Operation Pedestal. Many believe that it was through the intervention of Our Lady that Operation Pedestal was able to succeed. Church services across the country start with a prayer of thanksgiving, and the names of the five surviving merchant ships are read. The holiday is celebrated festa style—with fireworks, decorated streets, and carts throughout the villages selling many different foods, including traditional sweets and delicacies.

Saved by the Bee: The Unlikely Solution to Africa's Elephant Problem

Elephants are a big issue for farmers in parts of Africa -- but whether they want to or not, the two are going to have to learn to live together. 

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1829 - The "Siamese twins," Chang and Eng Bunker, arrived in Boston, MA. They had come to the Western world to be exhibited. They were 18 years old and joined at the waist. 

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1923 - Carnegie Steel Corporation put into place the eight-hour workday for its employees. 

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1954Sports Illustrated was published for the first time. It was claimed that 250,000 subscriptions had been sold before the first issue came off of the presses. 

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1954 - Jack Paar replaced Walter Cronkite as host of "The Morning Show" on CBS-TV. 

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1965 - The Beatles set a record for having the largest single crowd at a concert at Shea Stadium in New York. Attendance was 56,000. 

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1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Fair began in Bethel, NY. The three-day concert featured 24 bands and drew over 400,000 people. 


If You Were Born Today, August 15
You have cleverness and versatility that allow you to understand just about anything. Yours is a youthful spirit, with a mischievous streak, not only in youth but throughout life! As intelligent as you are, you see so many possible paths to take that it can be challenging focusing on just one. You share your fun-loving spirit through your sense of humor and unique ideas. You love to solve problems, and you may have marked writing or speaking ability. Your ability to solve problems is next to none. With your need to find wisdom in whatever you do and see, you are inclined to build up a strong personal philosophy. You are quite idealistic about people and about love, so you should watch for expecting too much from a partner. You can be quite sensitive to the mood swings of a partner. Famous people born today: Ben Affleck, Julia Child, Princess Anne, Jennifer Lawrence, Natasha Henstridge, Tess Harper, Joe Jonas.

Pictures of the day

Underwater photographer

Shane Tuck, a United States Navy mass communication specialist, conducting underwater photography training off the coast o fGuantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2012. Underwater photography is usually done while scuba diving, but can also be done while diving on surface supplysnorkeling, swimming, from a submersible or remotely operated underwater vehicle, or from automated cameras lowered from the surface. It frequently requires specialized equipment and techniques.

Picture of lightning flashes over Lake Ontario at night

A Flash in the Distance

Photograph by James Ianni, National Geographic 
Flashes of lightning illuminate the night sky above Lake Ontario, as seen from an overlook in Lyndonville, New York—located about an hour from the Canadian border at Niagara Falls.

-The grass may be greener on the other side but at least you don't have to mow it.

-I like long walks, especially when they're taken by people who annoy me.
thanks for the garter stitch patterns, shelley

knit, olympic inspired



thanks, helen

A late summer/early fall pullover that looks great with a colorful tank top underneath.  Knit with a cotton or cotton blend worsted weight yarn, this top is cool and drapey.  This is knit on circular needles, you will start with a shorter needle but then once you've increased to a certain point that the stitches get crowded on the needle, you will want to switch to a longer circular needle to accommodate the larger number of stitches.  As this is a garter stitch project, and is knit in the round, you will be knitting one row, then purling the next.

Size: one size fits bust size 34 - 38  (*please note, this pattern can easily be upsized or downsized simply by increasing or decreasing in increments of 2, to your own fit).

Materials and Tools:
Cotton or cotton blend worsted weight yarn, I used Cascade yarns "Avalon"
4.5 skeins 790 yds.

8 Stitch Markers - I suggest having one that is a different color from the other 7.

Circular Knitting Needles
Size 10 (6 mm), length 24" and length 36"
Size 9 (5.5mm)
2 Spare circular needles (size not terribly important) or holders to hold many stitches.

Gauge: 15 sts and 28 rows = 4" in Garter Stitch.

K = knit
P = purl
PM = place marker
yo = yarn over
k2tog = knit 2 together
SM = slip marker
Rep = repeat
rnd = round
M = marker


Using the shorter #10 circular needle and long tail cast on method,
Cast on 84 sts and join in the round.
1.  Knit
2.  Purl
3.  *k2tog, yo, rep from * to end.
4.  Purl
5.  Knit
6.  P27, PM, p1, PM, p13, PM, p1, PM, P27, PM, p1, PM, p13, PM, p1, PM. (Please make this last marker the one that is the different color from the others as this will mark your starting point.)

7.  Yo, k to M, yo, SM, k1, SM, yo, k to M, yo, SM, k1, SM, yo, k to M, yo, SM, k1, SM, yo, k to M, yo, SM, k1, SM.    [92 sts]

8.  Slipping markers as you go, purl around.

9.  Rep rows 7 & 8 until you have 332 sts (change to longer circular needle when you get to crowded on the shorter needle)  Total sts should be like this, 89 sts and 1 st between M's in first section(sleeve), 75 sts and 1 st between M's in second section(body), 89 sts and 1 st in between M's in 3rd section(sleeve), and 75 sts and 1 st between M's in last section(body).

10. *Please note, you will now be increasing the sleeve sections but NOT increasing the body sections.
Yo, k to M, yo, SM, k1, SM, yo, k2tog, k to 2 before M, k2tog, yo, SM, k1, SM, yo, k to M, yo, SM, k1, SM, yo, k2tog, k to 2 before M, k2tog, yo, SM, k1, SM.    [336 sts]

11. Slipping markers as you go, purl around.

12. Rep 10 & 11 until you have 344 sts like this, 95 sts and 1 st between M's in first section, 75 sts and 1 st between M's in second section, 95 sts and 1 st in between M's in 3rd section, and 75 sts and 1 st between M's in last section).

13. *Yo, k2tog, k to 2 before M, k2tog, yo, SM, k1, SM, Rep from * around. (this will keep the yarn over patterning but will not increase any further).

14.  Slipping markers as you go, purl around.

15. Rep 13 & 14 until piece measures 12" from cast on edge.

16. Knit (do not do any yarn overs)
17. Purl

Now you will separate the body from the sleeves.

18. Removing M's as you go:  Use 2nd needle, or a scrap piece of yarn to hold the first 96 sts (these are a sleeve),  continue now and knit the next 76 sts, again using a spare needle or scrap yarn, place the next 96 sts on hold (second sleeve), continue and knit the next 76 sts.  You now have a total of 152 sts that are the front & back of the body.  The stitches on the holders/spare needles are your sleeves.

Work body stitches:

19. PM to mark beg of rnd.  Continue now working in the round for the body,
20 Purl
21 Knit
22 Purl
23. Rep #19 & 20 until you have 15 garter ridges from underarm.
24. K16, k2tog, rep around until there are 2 sts left, k2.
25. Purl
26. YO, k2tog, rep to end.
27. Change to Size 9 needle, Purl.
28. Knit.
29. Purl
30. Bind off.

Work sleeves both this same way:
29. Tie on yarn at underarm, purl around, pick up and knit 2 stitches at the end from the body, PM.
30. Purl
31. Knit
32. Purl
33-38. Rep 31 & 32 1x more.

39. YO, k2tog, rep to end.
Change to Size 9 needle
40. Purl
41. Knit
42. Purl
43. Bind off.

44. Weave in all yarn ends.

-I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one.

-Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

crochet, vintage, 1 - 2 yrs




-Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly?
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-Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type.
Quinoa Tabbouleh

-Give me ambiguity or give me something else.

-He who laughs last thinks slowest.


-There may be no excuse for laziness, but I'm still looking.

-Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking.


-When I married Ms. Right, I had no idea her first name was Always.

-My wife got 8 out 10 on her driver's test--the other two guys managed to jump out of her way.


-A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

-Ever stop to think and forget to start again?


  • Socks. 
    • For these monkeys I used regular women's socks (not knee highs, they are too long) I bought at WalMart, but if you want the classic sock monkey look, I've found those at the Arm Navy Outfitters store
  • stuffing
  • buttons for eyes
  • embroidery thread
  • regular sewing supplies

Choose your socks. Cut the first sock as shown. 

  • Cut #1: measure 2 in" up from heel first, then cut across.
  • Cut #4: Be sure to cut top and then bottom. If you just snip it with the layers together, you will cut off parts of it. As you can see, it isn't normally even.

Turn the second sock inside out. Measure 1" up from white of heel and place a pin. Then pin down the center. Sew on each side of the pins, keeping the edge of pressure foot next to pins. Create a rounded end and stopping just before the 1" marker pin.
Cut down the center to the 1" mark. Trim around rounded ends. Turn and set aside.

The next step is to pin and sew the other pieces. 

Since the ears were cut on the fold, I snip a small part of the fold so I will have a turning hole that will be easy to hide later.
Sew on edge of pressure foot. Create a rounded end for the arms. Trim rounded arm ends and turn all pieces.
Your pieces should now look like this:
You may now gather your things, move away from the sewing machine and get cozy on the couch. (I popped in a movie and everything!) Everything else is hand sewn.

Stuff body to your liking (it always takes more stuffing than I think it will). Stitch opening closed.
Take 2-3 strands of embroidery thread and tie it around the body about 4" from the top to create a neck. I start on the back, tie once in the front, bring the threads back to the back and tie a knot there. So there are 2 layers.
front view

tied in the back
Trim off extra length.

Pin the snout onto the front of the head. Hand sew around 3/4 of it. No need to turn the edge under, the knit won't fray and the little raw edge looks cute.
Stuff snout and stitch the opening closed.
Stuff arms and tail. Use a running stitch around the end and pull tight. Then attach to the body. I like the raw edge on the snout, but it leaves too much of a gap with the arms and tail for my liking. I stitch the arms and tail on about 1/2" from the edge and hide the gathered raw edge inside.
The tail is placed in the center of the heel on the body sock.
Attach the ears. I sew the two corners together first.
The ears should be placed directly on the sides in line with where the eyes will be.
The last step is to make the face. Embroider the mouth with 2 threads, following the picture:
  • To hide the ends, push the needle in from a few inches away and travel inside, coming up at your starting point. Same goes for the end thread, go under at the knot, then come up a few inches away.
  • Stitch #2 goes all the way across. Don't pull it very tight.
  • Stitch #4 is as small as you can make it. It's purpose is to hold the smile in place. My knot is in the same place.
Embroider small rectangles for the nostrils and attach the eyes.

-Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

-If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you'll have trouble putting on your pants.

Corn Husk Painting

-Every time someone comes up with a foolproof solution, along comes a more-talented fool.

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-I'll bet you $4,567 you can't guess how much I owe my bookie.


-Television may insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.


-I bought a vacuum cleaner six months ago and so far all it's been doing is gathering dust.

Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

-I hate it when people use big words just to make themselves sound perspicacious.

-Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they're at home when you wish they were.

The echo-free chamber at Orefield Labs in Minnesota absorbs 99.99 percent of sound—you can hear blood moving in your veins! --------------------- It would take two weeks of chewing gum nonstop to burn off one pound of fat. --------------------- New Jersey golfer Dan Decando aced 37 holes-in-one in 2015—31 between August and December. Submitted by Dara Decando, NJ

-Doesn't expecting the unexpected mean that the unexpected is actually expected?

-Take my advice — I'm not using it.


-If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

-Never tell your problems to anyone, because 20 percent don't care and the other 80 percent are glad you have them.


Sea otters hold hands when they sleep to keep from drifting apart.

The elements that we are composed of were formed in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are all made of star dust.

Cows have best friends.

The Beatles used the word “love” 613 times in their songs.

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The voices of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse got married in real life.

Kissing burns 2 calories a minute. Undressing burns 8.

Google, the periodic table, the structure of our DNA, and “Yesterday” by the Beatles are all ideas that were conceived in dreams.

-If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they'd eventually find me attractive.

-I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they're flashing behind you.

-Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water.

-I changed my password to "incorrect" so whenever I forget it the computer will say, "Your password is incorrect."

-Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

-I'm great at multi-tasking--I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.

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