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.