Thursday, September 14, 2017


This seems appropriate, somehow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Rare and Fleeting Glimpse

image from FB

Well, I'm not in Texas, nor in Florida, and am not going to be headed there for at least four weeks (maybe longer).  The powers that be decided I was more valuable here and I am running weekly training classes in disaster operations and mass care for new volunteers before they are shipped off to the front lines.

Everything else has been moved to the back burner (including housework.  I wonder how much longer I can get away with feeding the spousal unit a diet of beanie-weenies and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese).

Thank you all for your kind words on my oldest brother.  His death was unexpected and I'm feeling my mortality a bit as he was only 70.

Monday, September 4, 2017


My oldest brother died this weekend.  There will be no posting until further notice.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Quote of the Day

Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

Our God and Souldiers we alike adore,
Ev'n at the Brink of danger; not before:
After deliverance, both alike requited;
Our God's forgotten, and our Souldiers slighted. ~ Francis Quarles

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Online Bookshelf -

Not much in the way of illustrations, but the cover enchants me.  From Project Gutenberg.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Workbasket Magazine - March 1946

The March, 1946 issue of Workbasket magazine, with two crochet projects - a shopping bag and the pineapple doily on the cover - and two pages of instruction on how to do hemstitching.

Also, in response to the rubber consumer goods shortage mentioned last week, the following helpful hint:

Four double pages to download and print off can be found on my Flickr account.

Monday, August 28, 2017

This Is Terrifying

image from ABC News

From the US Geological Survey.

Click on Houston, then on Site Info.  Check out Most Recent Stage and Most Recent Flow.

UPDATE:  It looks like where I stayed last spring has 26 feet of water....

Vintage Advertising - Coca-Cola

From Liberty magazine, October 1939.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


In other news, we still don't know how she did it, but Minnie got herself locked in the gun safe this morning and it was almost nine hours before someone heard her faint, despairing mew.

She's lucky it's ventilated.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Alienation of Affection

He: (from the other room) I love you.

Me:  I love you too, honey.

He:  I was talking to Sheba.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Workbasket Magazine - February, 1946

The February, 1946 issue of Workbasket magazine, with only three projects this month - a rather tricky-looking crocheted pillowcase trim, a tatted medallion, and a pair of knitted soakers for baby.

These last touted as being superior to rubber pants to go over diapers, but I imagine that, even though the war is over, rubber consumer goods are still in short supply.  There are four double pages to print off back to back and staple together from my Flickr account.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

All Together Now - OOOOOOH!

From crochet artist extraordinaire Patricia Young, who finished the Workbasket Rose and Pineapple Doily I posted in May, and did so in under three months.  

"This was a real bear to finish and not something I would recommend to anyone other than an expert crocheter.  The instructions were not always very clear and a few times I had to rely on zooming in on the photo to see what was actually being done.  But it was fun and I was determined to finish it.  I hope you like it.  You can see the foot long ruler at the bottom of the picture to get an idea of its finished size."

And all I can say is "wow." Patty was nice enough to send me the photo and give me permission to share it. The original photo is shown below.


image from FB

When I take Batdog to obedience training, I wear a fanny pack to hold the treats I bribe him with during class (okay, the instructor doesn't call them bribes, but...)

We came home the other night with a handful of doggie treats left in the pack, which I placed on the dining room table.  Next morning the pack was lying open on the floor.


Note: The painting above is by Shozo Ozaki and looks so much like Minnie when she's pretending to be innocent that I had to use it.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Quote Of The Day

image from
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.  People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. ~ Nelson Mandela

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Online Bookshelf - La Chanson des JouJoux

The Song of the Toys, with fanciful color plates of  Victorian children and playthings. A free download from Project Gutenberg. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Photo Op

Regional staff held a press conference at a local firehouse today, to mark the kick-off of the Sound The Alarm campaign.  Volunteers were asked to vest up and attend; I was in several photographs taken with firefighters and our State Senator.

It wasn't until I was on my way home that it dawned on me I had my t-shirt on backwards.

Monday, August 14, 2017

"In The Cat's Eyes, All Things Are The Cat's"

So, I bought a second-hand table for the front porch...

Vintage Magazines - Woman's Home Companion, August, 1921

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Woman Proposes, Cat Disposes, con't

Since he can no longer easily jump up onto the nice comfy cushion I placed on the  patio chair, he took matters into his own paws this morning.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Workbasket Magazine - July 1945

I'm back.

As promised and only one week late, the Workbasket 8-page issue from July 1945.  Projects include the toddler's knitted jumper shown above, several crocheted edgings, and a tulip quilt.  These can be found on my Flickr account.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

One Of Those Wide Stance Scenarios

1st volunteer:  I was in the men's room at O'Hare Airport...

2nd volunteer (interrupting):  Any story that starts with "I was in the men's room at O'Hare Airport" has to end badly.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Less Filling and Tastes Great

image from Pinterest

It's 6pm. The disaster assessment teams are starting to arrive back at the office after a long day of canvassing flooded neighborhoods and estimating and recording the damage.

1st team member: People in (affected area) sure are into pit bulls.  Really big pit bulls.

2nd team member:  I know -- I've never seen dogs that big.  I wonder what they feed 'em?

3rd team member (under his breath): Red Cross volunteers.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Not The First Time, Either

1st Volunteer: The garage guy gave me his card.  He has a vehicle available.

2nd Volunteer:  I haven't met him.  Who's the garage guy?

1st Volunteer:  Lemme see....somebody named Shay.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

On The Road (Again)

Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town...blogging will resume in two weeks.  In the meantime, check your family emergency plans and update as necessary!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Another One Of Life's Little Mysteries Dep't

He showed up in the cattle tank yesterday.  How on earth....?

EDITED TO ADD:  you can't tell from the photograph, but he's a big sucker.

Workbasket Magazine - February 1945

Workbasket, February 1945.  Projects include the crocheted bathroom set pictured here, a knitted sleeveless pullover, knitted bandeaus ("very slick with the new flat-top hair-dos") and an applique basket quilt (which has been posted before).

I have read that any issues from the war years are rare because of the paper drives that prompted families to empty out their attics and basements of stacks of magazines and newspapers.  Four double pages are on my Flickr account and can be printed off and stapled together to create a reasonable facsimile of the original.

Next week - July 1945.  Yes, I'm missing a few copies.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Now If I Only Had An Olive Tree

And maybe a hen.  Then I wouldn't have had to buy anything on this plate.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Workbasket Magazine - January 1945

An early Workbasket, and if my arithmetic is correct, this is from January 1945 and is part of the stash that the lovely Barb sent me.  Four double pages are on my Flickr account along with instructions on how to print it out, fold, and staple it to make a little eight page magazine.  Contents include the cover afghan, a Snowflake Quilt pattern, and a crocheted insertion/edging combo that I think I've already listed as a separate pattern.

Next week -- February 1945! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Usual Suspect

SOMEONE has been chewing on my sock needles.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Friday, July 14, 2017

Quote of the Day

image from Pinterest

The phrase "just in case" has saved me more times than I can count.  It might be the best three word sentence this side of "that was stupid," or "I shouldn't have." ~ Sgt Tim Cotton

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Online Bookshelf - The Yorkshire Dales and Fells

Another book of Gordon Home's beautiful Edwardian illustrations.  Free download from Project Gutenberg.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Workbasket Magazine - "Women Who Make Cents"

From the February, 1953 edition of Workbasket magazine. This was a monthly feature and I'm speculating that it is a hint of how limited the opportunities were for significantly remunerative part time employment for women. 

The directions for dusting gloves, geraniums, and making earrings out of nylon stockings are on my Flickr account.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Vintage Advertising - Snider's Catsup

From the Woman's Home Companion, July 1915

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Dog And His Boy

Minnie, on the other hand, hid under the bed until almost an hour after they'd left.

Updated to add: they stopped off to see us on their way across the Mississippi to visit another sibling, and then stayed with us overnight on the way back to Detroit.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Quote Of The Day

Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country? ~ Richelle Goodrich

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

image from Pinterest

Also known as "The Dog is Hiding in the Basement" Day.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Tipping Point

With Vicksburg surrendering the same day, it still boggles the mind that there was anyone who couldn't predict the final outcome.

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Brief Hiatus

My youngest sister, her husband, and their three children arrive tomorrow.

If you think Reserve Cat is cranky now....

UPDATE: Reserve Cat bonded with the twelve year old boy.  The kittens hid in the basement until they left.

Talk about unexpected developments!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Crochet - A Motif from 1953

From the February, 1953 issue of Workbasket magazine.  The instructions can be found on my Flickr account.