Saturday, December 15, 2018


Friday, December 14, 2018

Quote Of The Day

photograph courtesy LA Times

Nature bears long with those who wrong her.  She is patient under abuse.  But when abuse has gone too far, when the time of reckoning finally comes, she is equally slow to be appeased and to turn away her wrath. ~ Nathaniel Egleston.

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, August, 1937

Volume 1, No 11, which if my calculations are correct (and there's no guarantee of that) is the August 1937 issue. In this eight-page little booklet, readers could find patterns for a late summer blouse in shell stitch, a collar and cuffs, and a pan holder.  The only non-crochet pattern was for "From The Land Of Cherry Blossoms" in embroidery, the next in the magazine's round-the-world children's series. 

This pdf can be downloaded (free) at the Antique Patterns Library site.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Quote Of The Day

magazine cover from Pinterest

Half of our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. ~ Will Rogers

Thursday, December 6, 2018


Monday, December 3, 2018

Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

He just pee'd down the heating register in the front room.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

No Rest For The Wicked

Last night was my last in Florida, and I was called at the hotel by my region.  They need me to deploy for the tornado response.  Unfortunately for their plans, when I got home there was a summons to jury duty waiting for me.

(And in other news, while I was gone Little Man figured out how to open the gate to get to the basement where the kitty litter boxes are).

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Lost In Translation

The room is full of female volunteers, all over 60.  Enter an ebullient 20-something volunteer from the Puerto Rican chapter.

Diego*:  We had such a good time at karaoke last night!  You should have been there.  Carole* (points at a nurse sitting at one of the tables) was making all the young people ashamed!

Me:  Ah...that's kind of a backhanded remark, there, chum.

Diego*: No, I am complimenting her, she sings so well! The young people were amazed!

Me:  (gently) You realize you just called her old.

There is a pause while this sinks in.

Diego*:  No habla ingles.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

All Ahead Flank

One of my fellow volunteers claims to be a former Navy Seal*. We had some vehicles to pick up and ferry back across the causeway and I asked him to act as navigator.

He got us lost.

(*and I'm a French lingerie model).

Friday, November 23, 2018


Caseworker:  There's a lady who says she's come to pick up her check for $2,200,000.00 from the SBA.

Job Director:  I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that's not happening.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

It's Deja Vu All Over Again

I will be spending Thanksgiving Day conducting a vehicle inventory.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Back In The Saddle

We're supposed to get 4-8 inches of snow tomorrow, but I'm headed back south (either Tallahassee or Panama City).  Timing is everything.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Picky, Picky, Picky

 The spousal unit has just gotten out the stand mixer.

Me:  Are you going to make pumpkin bread?

He:  How did you know?

Me:  We've been married for thirty-three years.

He:  Thirty-five.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

"Some Very Interesting Events"

In a navy transport, therefore, U.S.S. Henderson, the 5th Regiment of Marines embarked for France in June, 1917, with the first armed American forces.  The 6th Marines followed...

...About 30,000 Marines were sent to France, some 14,000 of these were replacements to maintain the two regiments of the 4th Brigade. A brigade musters some 7,500 officers and men; this brigade took part in some very interesting events. ~ Capt. John W. Thomason

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Cloak of Invisibility

Poor ol' fat yella bastard thinks he is hiding from the puppy.


Thursday, November 8, 2018


The man in Colorado who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple now has a gay governor.

EDITED TO ADD:  And this kid was just elected Senator.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Lime Flower Tea For Everyone. Please.

image from The Graphics Fairy
"To half an ounce of lime-flowers, placed in a tea-pot or jug, pour a pint of boiling water, and when the infusion has stood for ten minutes, sweeten with honey or sugar, and drink the tea hot, to assuage the pains in the stomach and chest, arising from indigestion. This beverage may also be successfully administered in attacks of hysteria." ~ old cookbook.