Thursday, September 14, 2017


This seems appropriate, somehow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Rare and Fleeting Glimpse

image from FB

Well, I'm not in Texas, nor in Florida, and am not going to be headed there for at least four weeks (maybe longer).  The powers that be decided I was more valuable here and I am running weekly training classes in disaster operations and mass care for new volunteers before they are shipped off to the front lines.

Everything else has been moved to the back burner (including housework.  I wonder how much longer I can get away with feeding the spousal unit a diet of beanie-weenies and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese).

Thank you all for your kind words on my oldest brother.  His death was unexpected and I'm feeling my mortality a bit as he was only 70.

Monday, September 4, 2017


My oldest brother died this weekend.  There will be no posting until further notice.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Quote of the Day

Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

Our God and Souldiers we alike adore,
Ev'n at the Brink of danger; not before:
After deliverance, both alike requited;
Our God's forgotten, and our Souldiers slighted. ~ Francis Quarles

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Online Bookshelf -

Not much in the way of illustrations, but the cover enchants me.  From Project Gutenberg.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Workbasket Magazine - March 1946

The March, 1946 issue of Workbasket magazine, with two crochet projects - a shopping bag and the pineapple doily on the cover - and two pages of instruction on how to do hemstitching.

Also, in response to the rubber consumer goods shortage mentioned last week, the following helpful hint:

Four double pages to download and print off can be found on my Flickr account.

Monday, August 28, 2017

This Is Terrifying

image from ABC News

From the US Geological Survey.

Click on Houston, then on Site Info.  Check out Most Recent Stage and Most Recent Flow.

UPDATE:  It looks like where I stayed last spring has 26 feet of water....

Vintage Advertising - Coca-Cola

From Liberty magazine, October 1939.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


In other news, we still don't know how she did it, but Minnie got herself locked in the gun safe this morning and it was almost nine hours before someone heard her faint, despairing mew.

She's lucky it's ventilated.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Alienation of Affection

He: (from the other room) I love you.

Me:  I love you too, honey.

He:  I was talking to Sheba.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Workbasket Magazine - February, 1946

The February, 1946 issue of Workbasket magazine, with only three projects this month - a rather tricky-looking crocheted pillowcase trim, a tatted medallion, and a pair of knitted soakers for baby.

These last touted as being superior to rubber pants to go over diapers, but I imagine that, even though the war is over, rubber consumer goods are still in short supply.  There are four double pages to print off back to back and staple together from my Flickr account.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

All Together Now - OOOOOOH!

From crochet artist extraordinaire Patricia Young, who finished the Workbasket Rose and Pineapple Doily I posted in May, and did so in under three months.  

"This was a real bear to finish and not something I would recommend to anyone other than an expert crocheter.  The instructions were not always very clear and a few times I had to rely on zooming in on the photo to see what was actually being done.  But it was fun and I was determined to finish it.  I hope you like it.  You can see the foot long ruler at the bottom of the picture to get an idea of its finished size."

And all I can say is "wow." Patty was nice enough to send me the photo and give me permission to share it. The original photo is shown below.


image from FB

When I take Batdog to obedience training, I wear a fanny pack to hold the treats I bribe him with during class (okay, the instructor doesn't call them bribes, but...)

We came home the other night with a handful of doggie treats left in the pack, which I placed on the dining room table.  Next morning the pack was lying open on the floor.


Note: The painting above is by Shozo Ozaki and looks so much like Minnie when she's pretending to be innocent that I had to use it.