Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Crochet - 1930's Spool Cotton Hat Book

New from Purple Kitty – a book of quintessentially mid-30’s hats.  They can be downloaded as individual patterns, one by one for free, as a single pdf for $1.49, or you can opt to purchase all the 2014 and 2015 files at a whack for $12.00.

(Buy them all – they’re a treat).

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Right On Time

image from Pinterest
It's the day after Christmas and we received five seed catalogs in the mail this morning.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I Admit It

We're insufferable.

The Online Bookshelf - A Visit From St Nicholas

A free download from Project Gutenberg.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Vintage Images - More Christmas Clipart

Copyright-free, from Dover.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Nightmare Food

I can’t remember if I’ve posted this before (From Dainty Desserts for Dainty People, courtesy of Knox Gelatine circa 1915), but it looks as though it has fangs and would turn on anyone unwise enough to attempt to eat it. 

The rest of the illustrations in the booklet are far less menacing.

Saturday, December 19, 2015


Friday, December 18, 2015

Quote of the Day

Winter Landscape in the Mountains, by Pinio Colombi

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape.  Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show. ~ Andrew Wyeth

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Der Tag

image from Pinterest

He got a sizable rebate check from the insurance company yesterday.

Me: Do you want me to deposit it for you?

He:  Only $200.  Keep the rest out for running-around money.

It’s taken 32 years to get him here, and now I’m not sure I like it.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Vintage Images - Christmas

Copyright-free vintage holiday images, from Dover.

Saturday, December 12, 2015


Friday, December 11, 2015

Quote of the Day

Fascism arrives as your friend.  It will restore your honour, make you feel proud, protect your house, give you a job, clean up the neighbourhood, remind you of how great you once were, clear out the venal and the corrupt, remove anything you feel is unlike you…It doesn’t walk in saying, “Our programme means militias, mass imprisonments, transportations, war and persecution.” ~ Michael Rosen

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It’s Like Watching An Elephant Trying To Walk On Tip-Toe

image from the Graphics Fairy

He (speaking in a loud and artificially sweet voice to the dog):  I really need to go to bed but I can’t until I check my email, and I can’t get on the computer.

Me (hunched over the computer keyboard):  So ask, already, and stop being so passive aggressive.

He: Can I be actively aggressive?  Get off the f*cking computer!


Monday, December 7, 2015

Vintage Images - Christmas Cards

Copyright-free, from Dover.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

History Repeats Itself

 A joint review of US Ebola quarantine policies by analysts at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Yale University found that the quarantines imposed by states weren’t medically justified and were unconstitutional.

The 46-page report said the infection and death of a Liberian man in Dallas, and illnesses in two nurses that cared for him, triggered disproportionate fear and hysteria in October and Novemver of 2014 that led to overly restrictive quarantine measures in many states that misled the public.

In a forward to the report by Deane Marchbien, MD, president of Doctors without Borders in the United States, said the report put responsibility for the panic on political leaders—enabled by a “fear-mongering mass media”—through ignorance or political expediency.

Saturday, December 5, 2015


from Pinterest