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

image from Pinterest

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That first volume is out of date because of our great population shifts in six decades. And I hope that “Silent Spring” will be out of date some day; that our birds will live with us in an unpoisoned environment of cities and towns that are cleaner, healthier, greener.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