Saturday, June 24, 2017


Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Crochet - A Table Mat from 1953

From the February, 1953 issue of Workbasket magazine.  Three pages of instructions can be found on my Flickr account, along with instructions on how to take the lettering off of feedsacks,  the Fat Girl's Diet and something that looks like a scold's bridle but promises that Fifteen Minutes a Day Brings Thrilling New Loveliness!

In related news, I was free for a few hours one morning last week and hit a couple of local thrift shops returning with -- among other treasures -- a dozen copies of Workbasket, only one of which I already had (I had to buy the lot).

When one of my fellow trainees heard this, she mentioned that she had all of her aunt's copies and did I want them?

(hell, yes).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Vintage Advertising - Camel Cigarettes

From Adventure magazine, February 1930 - back when men going topless on the beach was unheard of.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Monday, June 12, 2017

On The Road Again

Off for another week of training. Blogging will resume on Caturday!

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Friday, June 9, 2017

Quote of the Day

Still Life with Melon by Luis Melendez

It is hard to provide and cook so simple and clean a diet as will not offend the imagination, but this, I think is to be fed when we feed the body; they should both sit down at the same table. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, June 8, 2017

They're Enjoying The Scenery, Too

Because Sam asked for photos ~

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Knitting - Golf Mitts from 1953

It's still almost two weeks till Father's Day -- knit fast.

From Workbasket magazine, February 1953.  One double-page of instructions on my Flickr account.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Thursday, June 1, 2017

With Apologies to Gertrude Stein

Kittehs on the grass alas.
Kittehs on the grass alas.
Short longer grass short longer longer shorter yellow grass.
Kittehs large kittehs on the shorter longer yellow grass alas kittehs on the grass.
If they were not kittehs what were they.
If they were not kittehs on the grass alas what were they.  He had heard of a third and he asked about if it was a magpie in the sky.
If a magpie in the sky on the sky can not cry if the kitteh on the grass alas can alas and to pass the kitteh on the grass alas and the magpie in the sky on the sky and to try and to try alas on the grass alas the kitteh on the grass the kitteh on the grass and alas.
They might be very well they might be very well very well they might be.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cost/Benefit Analysis

photo from

We're having a new driveway poured.

1. It's smelly and noisy, we won't be able to use the driveway until they're done, and Batdog is upset.

2. My side yard is full of half-naked, muscular young men.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Crochet - A Rose & Pineapple Doily from 1953

From Workbasket magazine, February 1953. Instructions are on my Flickr account.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Quote Of The Day

And He shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. ~ Revelations 21:4

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Getting Ready for Buenos Aires

They're going to have to work on that form if they expect to medal in Synchronized Stretching.

Monday, May 22, 2017