Tuesday, July 16, 2019

crochet a fat cat bean bag


To make this sweet kitty bean bag, begin crocheting at the bottom and work your way up to form a little basket that narrows into a kitty cat.  I made this for my delighted 9-year-old granddaughter.  She checked in with me regularly to see how her kitty was coming along.  I asked her to help me fill the kitty’s tummy with beans (we used black-eyed peas), and let her select from my scraps the color that she wanted to use for the whiskers.  When it was finished, she especially enjoyed squeezing it and so far I haven’t seen her throw it.
Pattern here.


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crochet fat cat bean bag
crochet fat cat bean bag


Thursday, July 11, 2019

amazing 3D art work


Titled "Superduperspective, this 3D art work by Patrick Hughes is displayed at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.


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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

fly through the sky with the birds


We can't fly like a bird, but we can fly with the birds!

A fan of this man says, "For those of you concerned about the birds...Christian Moullec, from France, rescues and hand raises orphan birds. He then teaches them to follow his micro-light so they can learn safe migratory routes and go back to nature. His is foremost a conservationist and taking some tourists onboard would help finance his efforts I imagine. No abuse there, just knowledge and dedication. The canadian Bill Lishman pioneered flying with birds in this manner and the film “Fly Away Home” was inspired by his work."


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Monday, June 24, 2019

super miniature art


This guy makes art miniatures that fit in the eye of a needle!


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Friday, June 21, 2019

plane lands on L.A. freeway


Full disclosure:  This is not real.  It is a little movie.  Looks to me like it might be a student film.  Enjoy.
P.S. In case your're not familiar with Los Angeles, this refers to the infamous 405 freeway there, which runs right by the LAX airport.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

"Big" piano dance


Enjoy this piano dance performed on a giant floor piano.


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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019

comedian performs some magic along with his comedy


Comedian Michael Davis performs some magic along with his comedy.


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Thursday, May 30, 2019

dog stands frozen like a statue from fear at vet visit


Does your dog run and hide when he goes to the vet?  This cute little dog freezes like a statue when it is his turn!


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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Have you heard of the doggie school bus?


This enterprising Oregon man has found a hole and filled it!  He picks up dogs every day with his doggie school bus and transports them to a special dog day care.  It appears that they are all having a terrific time.


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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Rolling Thunder motorcycle parade in Washington D.C.


More than a million veterans ride their motorcycles to Washington D.C. during the week before Memorial Day.  When they arrive, they ride down Constitution Avenue, where a lone Marine salutes them.  Sgt. Chambers has done this for many years, and might be doing it again this year.  I was once in D.C. on Memorial Day weekend and could hear the motorcycles from a distance.  I asked what the sound was, and it was explained to me.  It did sound a lot like rolling thunder.


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One Marine's story.

A Rosie-the-Riveter story.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Can you hear the sound of butterfly wings?


I've always wanted to visit this area of Mexico to see the annual Monarch butterfly migration.  More than 240 million! come here each year to overwinter.  Though I was unable to hear the sound of the wings as mentioned, I did still enjoy the visuals.


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

unique piano used in music video


Brunettes Shoot Blondes is the name of this group performing "Houston" on an unique piano that incorporates 20 completely mechanical instruments.  Give it a listen.


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Monday, April 29, 2019

how to remove lint from a dark fleece jacket or vest


Removing lint from a dark fleece jacket or vest is easier than you think.  After I tried unsuccessfully with a lint roller, lint remover, and "magic eraser," I decided to try a one-sided razor blade.  Guess what?  It works!


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image ©2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers



Monday, April 22, 2019

the ultimate paper airplane


This is not your ordinary paper airplane!


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Thursday, April 18, 2019

instant chick


Just in time to put in your child's Easter basket--an Insta Chick.  A little sponge chick cut-out magically transforms into a real live baby chick.  Click the chick link above to see what all the fuss is about!

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image ©2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

surfing with the dolphins


You've heard of swimming with the dolphins.  Well, this surfer goes surfing with the dolphins off the coast of Los Angeles.


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Thursday, March 14, 2019

impromptu violin recital outdoors in Times Square


This talented young lady performs an outdoor recital for a surprised audience of passersby at Times Square.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

elegant mechanical Peacock Clock


I am a fan of vintage mechanical clocks.  The Peacock Clock depicted here was
created by James Cox, an 18th-century London goldsmith and jeweler.  It is now
exhibited at The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where it is operated every Wednesday to the general joy of visitors.


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

rooftop skiing


This skier enjoys hitting the rooftops for morning skiing in Avoriaz, France.  Don't try this at home!


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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

recipe: Roasted Carrots with Avocado a la Huckleberry


This recipe for Roasted Carrots with Avocado a la Huckleberry is a personal favorite.  It is both colorful and delicious.  

Roasted Carrots with Avocado a la Huckleberry
Roasted Carrots with Avocado a la Huckleberry


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Friday, March 1, 2019

you can buy a castle!


Dinton Castle in Buckinghamshire is for sale for about a million U.S. dollars! 


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

how they filmed "Free Solo"


If you've seen "Free Solo," you'll find this behind-the-scenes video quite interesting.  If you haven't seen it, try to catch it on a big screen.  It wasn't a surprise to me that it won the "Best Documentary" Oscar this year.


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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

here comes the sun--and it's about time!


We could sure use some sun about now!  "Here Comes the Sun" is played by the United States Army Field Band.


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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

animals playing in the snow


Watch these creatures at the Oregon Zoo as they enjoy frolicking in the snow.


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

OK Go rock band performs "This Too Shall Pass" with the Notre Dame marching band


The OK Go rock band performs "This Too Shall Pass" with the Notre Dame marching band. This upbeat music video is great fun to watch.


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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

ride an alpine coaster through the snow


Switzerland has many coasters like this one in Churwalden.  Let's go coasting through the snow!


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item contributed by Barbara Carlson