Saturday, February 27, 2016


Friday, February 26, 2016

Quote Of The Day

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ ~ Isaac Asimov

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Punxsutawney Phil Lied

image courtesy the McLean County Museum Facebook page

3-5 inches, my Aunt Fanny.   

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Oh Man Beware

Babyface died last night.  Brian found her this morning.

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Vintage Knitting - A Bag from 1952

Two pages from Workbasket magazine, November 1952, with instructions for a knitted bag and as a bonus, how to make and use a spool knitter (also known as a French knitter, a knitting Nancy, or a knitting nobby) for the cord.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Vintage Book Covers - The Messenger Of The Black Prince

Just the thing to keep a young reader occupied on a snowy day.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Lover's Baedeker (And Pie)

Posted today on Project Gutenberg, and full of lover-like Edwardian poems and images.

If I were more industrious I would have a matching Valentine’s menu to put up, but today’s dinner is going to be stuff he likes, which precludes anything fancy; pork chops, baked sweet potatoes, corn, and blueberry pie (if I get ambitious I'll make biscuits).

My recipe for blueberry pie, which is based on the one in Cook's magazine but without the Granny Smith, is pretty darn good and eliminates the usual blueberry pie hazard of runny filling.

 Line a pie plate with pastry. Take half the blueberries (I use a total of three cups for a deep-dish pie which is skimpy but doesn’t run out all over the oven floor) and put them in a microwave-proof container with half a stick of butter, a pinch of salt, and 1/3 of a cup of sugar.  Cook them until they are mushy, about eight minutes for frozen berries.

Mash them with a potato masher and stir in three tablespoons of Minute™ tapioca.  The berries will be a tad lumpy.  Allow to cool until thick, about twenty minutes.  Rinse the uncooked berries, shake them dry, and put them in the pie dish.  Pour the cooked berries around them and if you are married to someone with a sweet-tooth, sprinkle another ¼ of a cup of sugar over the berry mixture.  Cover with the other half of the pastry, crimp the edges, and stab the top two or three times with a sharp knife.

Protect the edges of the pie from over-browning with strips of aluminum foil.  Bake at 450for 20 minutes and then reduce to 350.  Bake another 15 minutes and remove the aluminum foil strips.  Bake for another 15 minutes or until the top crust looks done.  Remove from the oven and cool completely.

If you feel up to washing the blender, you could puree the berries instead of using the potato masher.

He Didn't Get Far

Reserve Cat went out the back door, didn’t care for what he found, so he decided to see if things were any better on the front porch.

They weren’t.

Saturday, February 13, 2016


Thursday, February 11, 2016


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Xinnian Hao!

Happy Year of the Monkey -- I knew those nice people at Canon Creative Park wouldn’t let me down.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Vintage Images - Valentine's Day

Copyright-free, from Dover.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Another Day, Another Road Trip

Getting ready to head south for a 3-day Red Cross training weekend.  Someone has pointed out that I’ve been gone an awful lot since I retired.