Saturday, January 21, 2017


Friday, January 20, 2017

Quote Of The Day

Truth is at variance with our natures, but not so error; and for a very simple reason.  Truth requires us to recognize ourselves as limited, but error flatters us with the belief that in one way or another we are subject to no bounds at all. ~ Goethe.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Online Bookshelf - Caldecott's The Three Jovial Huntsmen

And some jovial illustrations, too, including a pig who looks quite full of himself.  A free download from Project Gutenberg.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Friday, January 13, 2017

I've Discovered The Secret To Eating At My Favorite Indian Restaurant And Emerging With My Amour Propre Intact

image from Pinterest

Wear a shirt the same color as chicken korma.

Quote Of The Day

People can say what they like about eternal verities, love and truth and so on, but nothing's as eternal as the dishes. ~ Margaret Mahy

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Monday, January 9, 2017


I don't know which one did it -- but I crated both dogs when I left for town this morning, and when I got back home Chunk was waiting for me at the back door.

Mind you, none of them have opposable thumbs.

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Friday, January 6, 2017

Quote Of The Day

image from The Graphics Fairy

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. ~ anonymous 19th century traveler, Madison, Indiana

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Knitting - Men's Socks from 1953

 Here for your knitting pleasure, a pair of men's socks from the January, 1953 issue of Workbasket magazine.  Three pages of instructions on my Flickr account.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Vintage Advertising - Baker's Coconut

From The Delineator, January 1919.

Saturday, December 31, 2016


Friday, December 30, 2016

Quote Of The Day

image from mazaika's online collection
of vintage Soviet-era postcards

Thus times do shift; each thing his turne do's hold;
New things succeed, as former things grow old. ~ Robert Herrick

Thursday, December 29, 2016

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

After three months in residence, the New Kids are definitely two distinct personalities (I almost typed purrsonalities, but decided to spare you the pun).

Sheba is a little pistol; she climbs the curtains, pulls flowers out of vases and scatters them on the tabletop, knocks over pot plants (she smashed Petunia), chews holes in the kitty litter bags, and ambushes the dogs.  She also has decided that Reserve Cat is all hat and no trousers, and torments him whenever she gets a chance.

Sheba's favorite pastime is to dash at top speed from the kitchen to the living room without touching the floor.  I have no doubt that when summer comes and we start letting them outside, she's going to be the one dragging home rabbits twice her size and still living.

Minnie is whiny, clingy, greedy, and a scaredy-cat. Having said that -- she likes to cuddle and hasn't broken anything.



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Crochet - A Belt and Purse From 1953

From the January, 1953 issue of Workbasket, a belt and purse in crochet.  One page of instructions on my Flickr account.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

"Where is he that is born King of the Jews?"

...for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. ~ Matthew 2:2