Saturday, April 29, 2017


I would kill for a foot rub right now.

Friday, April 21, 2017

He Doesn't Like The Looks Of This

He's been eyeing the suitcase with misgivings all evening.

Quote Of The Day

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Sometimes I feel that Trappist monasteries weren't really founded in any excess of asceticism but just to fulfill a felt need, a place where the naturally silent might escape from the born talkers. ~ Winifred Peck

Thursday, April 20, 2017

We're Surrounded

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Arrivederci, Baby

On my bucket list, because I want to see it before it disappears forever. I'm leaving Saturday.

Tatting - A Ruffled Doily from 1953

An elaborately ruffled, tatted doily from the February, 1953 issue of Workbasket magazine. Two pages of instructions on my Flickr account, along with tips on how to stiffen the end product using sugar.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Vintage Magazines - Galaxy, August 1959

Another BEM (Bug-Eyed Monster) encounter.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Enabler

I introduced the New Kids to catnip.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Quote Of The Day

It's practically impossible to look at a penguin and stay angry. ~ Joe Moore

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Online Bookshelf - Fifty Birds Of Town And City

Published by the US Dept of the Interior, with full-color illustrations.  No date, but the foreword reads:

Early in this century, the old Bureau of Biological Survey put out a booklet called “Fifty Common Birds of Farm and Orchard,” with paintings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

In 1962, a former Fish and Wildlife Service staffer named Rachael Carson wrote “Silent Spring,” a book that changed American thinking about birds—and pesticides.

That first volume is out of date because of our great population shifts in six decades. And I hope that “Silent Spring” will be out of date some day; that our birds will live with us in an unpoisoned environment of cities and towns that are cleaner, healthier, greener.

So here is a new “bird book” from the Department of the Interior, geared to the 50 birds you might see in your city, with paintings done by a man who picked up the fallen Fuertes brush, Bob Hines. These are not endangered birds, except as all living things are endangered; some of them are living in or passing through your backyard or city park right now. Look well at Bob’s art; he is not commemorating the passenger pigeon but trying to open your eyes to the world about you.

And he is trying to suggest that these birds can live in our towns and cities so long as you help provide the healthy habitat they need, habitat that is healthy not just for them but for you.

Enjoy this little book, learn from it, and take a vow that our springs will not be silent of bird calls—and will be more silent of human clatter.

Free download at Project Gutenberg.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scrap Craft - A Coin Purse from 1953

A day late but maybe not a dollar short -- here's a coin purse for children, to make out of leather or felt scraps and decorate with buttons from Mom's stash.  From the February, 1953 issue of Workbasket, one page of instructions can be found on my Flickr account.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

He Said We Needed A New Garage

Only took him about ten hours to demolish the old one.  Single-handed.

Friday, April 7, 2017


Notice how he has pulled it into a nice little pile so he doesn't have to share.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Kiss Me, I'm Irish

Reserve Cat has competition for the Irish stole.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Crochet - An Easter Bonnet from 1953

"Light and Airy As A Fairy" -- a crocheted cap for your Easter bonnet from the February, 1953 issue of Workbasket magazine.  One page of instructions may be found on my Flickr account.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Vintage Advertising - Palmolive Soap

From the Woman's Home Companion, sometime in 1921.The costume in the lower right hand corner is...interesting.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Thursday, March 30, 2017


Monday, March 27, 2017

This Is Why I Get So Little Knitting Done

Evidently Google now will snatch photos off your drive and enhance them. It coyly notified me that a picture I'd snapped had been through the process to make it look like something by Eugene Atget.

Anyway, that's Sheba and a ball of vintage cream mohair that I now have to hide.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Eastward Ho!

Headed for the Indiana state line with two other instructors to conduct an orientation for new volunteers.  Blogging will resume on Monday.

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

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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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Vintage Images

Copyright-free, from Dover.  Who can resist a bagpipe-playing spaniel?

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Friday, February 17, 2017

Quote Of The Day

The dog is a gentleman; I hope I go to his heaven, not man's. ~ Mark Twain

Thursday, February 16, 2017


found on FB

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sleeping With The Enemy

Poor duck.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hairpin Lace - Curtain Tiebacks from 1953

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Vintage Images - More Valentines

Romantic Edwardian images, copyright-free from Dover.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Friday, February 10, 2017

Quote Of The Day

image from Pinterest

He drew a circle that shut me out -
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him in! ~ Edwin Markham

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Son of Life's Little Mysteries Dep't

What is it with cats and twist ties?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tatting - Earrings from 1953

From Workbasket magazine, January 1953.  One page of instructions can be found on my Flickr account.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Friday, February 3, 2017

Quote Of The Day

image from Pinterest

One who is proud of ancestry is like a turnip; there is nothing good of him but that which is underground. ~ Samuel Butler