Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Don't Expect Much From Me This Week

Both sisters will be visiting (and they're bringing their husbands and 40% of their children).

Friday, August 10, 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Online Bookshelf - Book Reviews

image from the Hudson Valley magazine

Book reviews written in 1911 by inmates at Sing-Sing.  Robert Louis Stevenson evidently was a favorite - Mrs Gaskell rather less so. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Red Letter Day

Sixty Million Frenchmen (Had Better Stand By)

image from agence eureka

Lord knows I should have learned my lesson, but for some reason I decided that my two sisters and I (USA, USN and USMC, respectively) really need to go to Paris next year.  I found a river cruise that's being offered at a great rate, and decide that we can follow up the cruise with a quick trip to Alsace because Haguenau.  I present for your reading pleasure a slightly edited version of the ensuant three-way text conversation.

I've decided to go to Paris next April.  Anyone want to go with me?

I'm in.

Me me pick me.

I'm looking at a (TM) river cruise its from Paris to Normandy and back. Afterwards we can take the train to Haguenau.

I have always wanted to do a (TM) cruise

I can meet you in Paris I'm not good on a boat


Yes dear

This is what we get for inviting the Army along

Hey Tip of the Spear

There are drugs for that 

Like she needs them

Yes I really want to be on a small boat with you two

I'll meet you in Paris

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Children's Crafts - A Cat Purse from 1949

A clever little coin purse in the shape of a cat's head.  I remember these - you pinned one to the lapel of your Sunday coat, and your mother put a quarter inside for the collection basket.

A page of instructions can be downloaded from my Flickr account.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Luckily, She's My Sister-In-Law

Travel Agent:  So, you want to fly into Columbia but out of Charleston?

Me:  They can't be that far apart - I think Sherman managed to burn them both.

Saturday, August 4, 2018


Friday, August 3, 2018

Quote Of The Day

Make voyages.  Attempt them.  That's all there is. ~ Tennessee Williams.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Online Bookshelf - Rome

From Project Gutenberg, with seventy beautiful Edwardian paintings of the Eternal City.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, May 1937

Somewhat catty-wampus, but still. Includes helpful hints, embroidered quilt blocks, a crocheted lightweight dress for the warmer months, Grandmother's Flower Garden and the 1930's knitted bathing suit.  Download at the Antique Pattern Library.

So We Went To The Vet Today

Saturday, July 28, 2018


This seems timely.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Quote Of The Day

catalog image from

Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone.  No man will admire her the more, no woman will like the better for it. ~ Jane Austen.

Thursday, July 26, 2018


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

LATE: Other Crafts - A Cat "Slottie"

Only a day late - a ballerina-cat to cut out and slot together, from The Theatre Cat by Noel Streatfeild. Copy available to borrow from Open Library (but you need an account).  Left-click to enlarge.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

O Tempora! O Mores!

image from Pinterest

My grandmother once told me the story of when she was a little girl and her older sisters decided to throw a Halloween party, circa 1915 or so.  One of their girlfriends decided to come as Charlie Chaplin, who was just beginning to have a great success at Keystone Films with his "Little Tramp"character.

She had to notify the police in their little Wisconsin town that she would be appearing on the street dressed in men's clothes.  They dispatched an officer to her home to escort her to the party, and then later that evening sent him to escort her back home.

Even more amazing, it was an all-girl's party.  I got the impression from something my grandmother said that this girl would not have been allowed to attend the party as Chaplin had there been boys present.

Saturday, July 21, 2018


Friday, July 20, 2018

Quote Of The Day

If a person offends you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance, and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain