Monday, March 20, 2017

Vintage Advertising - Bon Ami

From The Farmer's Wife, October 1932.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Random Retail Observations

Painting by Tokuhiro Kawai

If you have to tell people you're important -- you aren't.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


We had to have him euthanized yesterday, and right now I'm not ready to talk about it.  Thanks for understanding.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Friday, March 10, 2017

Quote of the Day

Inisheer, October 2015

...any man's death diminishes me, 
because I am involved in Mankinde;
And therefore never send to know for whom 
the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.~ John Donne

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Just A Coincidence

The Statue Of Liberty went dark last night for about an hour. A National Park Service spokesperson said that it was caused by routine generator maintenance, and had nothing to do with "A Day Without Women." 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Not A Rhetorical Question

"Sweetie, do you really think leaving an open bag of potting soil sitting out in the basement is a good idea?"

Crochet - An Evening Bag from 1953

A little item from the January, 1953 Workbasket, made up of dozens of tiny crocheted medallions and an abundance of tassels.  Three pages of instructions are on my Flickr account.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Murder, She Purred

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I wondered how Batdog managed to get hold of the chocolate kiss I had to pry out of his jaws this afternoon -- then I spotted Minnie hooking them out of the candy dish and batting them onto the floor.

Vintage Advertising - Royal Baking Powder

From Woman's Home Companion, January 1921.  If you left-click you can probably enlarge the recipe enough to actually read it. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Friday, March 3, 2017

Quote Of The Day

Lastly, to answer the question that is in every immigrant's mind, DO WE BELONG HERE? Is this the same country we dreamed of and is it still secure to raise our families and children here? ~ Sunayana Dumala.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

And Speaking of Spying Cats

"Animal psychologist Keller Breland teaches a chicken mathematics on his farm in Arkansas"

The Internet is a marvelous place; wait till you read the third paragraph from the end....


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Crochet - A Sampler From 1953

From the January, 1953 issue of Workbasket magazine.  Two pages of instructions on my Flickr account.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Vintage Images - Cats

copyright-free from Dover 

"Acoustic Kitty was a CIA project launched by the Directorate of Science & Technology, which in the 1960s intended to use cats to spy on the Kremlin and Soviet embassies.  In an hour-long procedure a veterinary surgeon implanted a microphone in the cat's ear canal, a small radio transmitter at the base of its skull and a thin wire into its fur. This would allow the cat to innocuously record and transmit sound from its surroundings.  Due to problems with distraction the cat's sense of hunger had to be addressed in another operation.  Victor Marchetti, a former CIA officer, said Project Acoustic Kitty cost about $20 million.

The first Acoustic Kitty mission was to eavesdrop on two men in a park outside the Soviet compound on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, DC.  The cat was released nearby, but was hit and killed by a taxi almost immediately. However, this was disputed in 2013 by Robert Wallace, a former Director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service, who said that the project was abandoned due to the difficulty of training the cat to behave as required, and "the equipment was taken out of the cat; the cat was resewn for the second time, and lived a long and happy life afterwards." Subsequent tests also failed.  Shortly thereafter the project was considered a failure and declared to be a total loss.

The project was cancelled in 1967. A closing memorandum said that the CIA researchers believed they could train cats to move short distances, but that "the environmental and security factors in using this technique in a real foreign situation force us to conclude that for our (intelligence) purposes, it would not be practical."  The project was disclosed in 2001, when some CIA documents were declassified." ~ Wikipedia.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Friday, February 24, 2017

Quote Of The Day

image from Pinterest

Beware good luck; hogs being fattened think themselves fortunate. ~ German proverb

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

You Are Learning, Grasshopper

Reserve Cat and Sheba, birdwatching.

Knitting - "Swirl Lace Edging" from 1953

A rather odd looking edging from the January, 1953 issue of Workbasket magazine.  One page of instructions on my Flickr account.