Sunday, October 21, 2018

Bad Habits

I've been working closely with the Southern Baptist disaster relief field kitchens for refueling and other motor transport support.  

Based on a phone conversation I had this morning with one of their team leaders, they are under the impression that I am a former nun.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Just A Couple of Good Ol' Boys

First volunteer: (Hunting and pecking on a laptop) How do you spell "destroyed; "D-E-S-T-O-R-I...?'

Second volunteer: (slyly)  R-U-R-E-N-T.

First volunteer:  "Ruint."  Yeah, that works.

(It was a good day, all told; I managed to get my hands on a pillow last night).

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Matthew 19:26

Shortly before lunch today the refrigeration unit failed in the trailer holding the perishables for the Southern Baptist Disaster Services field kitchen that is turning out 3,000 meals a day here. While I was on the phone  frantically trying to locate a technician, two Baptist ladies walked over, laid their hands on the trailer, and began to pray.

It re-started.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

On The Road - But Not For The Reason You Think

Off tomorrow for a family wedding - blogging will resume Monday!

UPDATED to add for your reading pleasure, or rather growing sense of horror - Hurricane Michael, A Confluence of Awful Factors.

UPDATED to add - looks like I'll be deploying to Florida the day after the wedding.  Onward and upward!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Vintage Sewing - A Gypsy Costume From Bandannas

Another project from Nina Jordan's Holiday Handicraft, just in time for Hallowe'en.  This book is well worth checking out from the Open Library, if you have an account.

We've All Been There

From our dog trainer's FB page this morning:

"Just a reminder; if you cancel your appointment within 24 hours of the start time, you will be charged $20.

And if you cancel after I've put on a bra and eye liner you will be charged triple."

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Cat Physics

"When a material is heated, the kinetic energy of that material increases and it's atoms and molecules move about more.  This means that each atom will take up more space due to it's movement so the material will expand. 

When it is cold the kinetic energy decreases, so the atoms take up less space and the material contracts."  Physics and Astronomy Online.

Saturday, October 6, 2018


Friday, October 5, 2018

Quote of the Day

Silence does not make mistakes. ~ Hindi proverb

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, July, 1937

In this issue from the summer of 1937, readers can choose from projects that include two garden hats crocheted from crepe paper, a two-color star quilt, another hat to sew from linen or pique, and the pot-holders on the cover.  Free download from the Antique Pattern Library.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018


Friday, September 28, 2018

Quote Of The Day

There are three ways to get something done; do it yourself, hire someone, or forbid your kids to do it. ~ Mona Crane

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Ruining The Curve

photo from

There are ten dogs in our class at the kennel club.  Six are goldens.

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Friday, September 21, 2018

Quote of the Day

Nothing can be more puritanical in application than the virtues.~ Muriel Spark

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Go Ahead. Cry.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Other Crafts - A Cat Match Scratcher

Another project from Holiday Handicraft, one with perhaps less applicability today than back when matches were often needed for things like stoves and smoking.

Left-click to enlarge. Complete the project while consuming a large glass of wine, and then try to say the name three times, very fast.