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

image from Pinterest

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

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Another show of hands for everyone who's ever tried to make up a bed with a German Shepherd helping.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Junior Workbasket - Monograms

I've been at such a white-hot level of fury these past three days that I completely forgot to post my usual Tuesday vintage project.  Here you go, from the January, 1953 issue of Workbasket magazine -- something for the Junior Workbasket readers.  

"Imagine what fun it would be to write thank you notes on your very own monogrammed stationery!  It isn't as hard as it sounds, either..."

Instructions for monograms, a project using old Christmas cards, and making a piggybank from an empty peanut-butter jar can be found on my Flickr account.

Matthew 19:14

I received an email this morning, from a relative whose son was adopted from Central America:

The saddest part is that XXX is very aware of the President's plan for a wall and is upset. He feels unwanted and disliked by the president. Where he idolized President Obama because that was the only president he has ever known and he felt they looked alike!  He asked us why the new president doesn't like him, I did a poor job of trying to convince him that the president would love him if he ever met him.