Saturday, December 30, 2017


We didn't do a tree this year, and I'm wondering what, if anything, we'll be able to pull off in 2018.

Friday, December 29, 2017

vintage greeting card from Mazaika

Out over the flat, white wastes of fen, over the spear-straight, steel-dark dykes and the wind-bent, groaning poplar trees, bursting from the snow-choked louvres of the belfry, whirled away southward and westward in gusty blasts of clamour to the sleeping counties went the music of the bells. ~ Dorothy Sayers

Thursday, December 28, 2017


Bagram, Afghanistan.  Image from FB

Seasonable tokens are about, as Dickens said.  I see a Santa hat, a beard, and two sets of antlers (and that's just on the dogs).

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Seems As Though It Starts Earlier Every Year

cat butt sold separately

Three seed catalogs, delivered the day after Christmas.

Monday, December 25, 2017

A Close And Holy Darkness

image from Le Divan Fumoir Bohemien

Looking through my bedroom window, out into the moonlight and the unending smoke-colored snow, I could see the lights in the windows of all the other houses on our hill and hear the music rising from them up the long, steady falling night.  I turned the gas down, I got into bed.  I said some words to the close and holy darkness, and then I slept. ~ Dylan Thomas

Sunday, December 24, 2017

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things.

And in further news; her unerring knack for finding the good stuff led Sheba straight to the cashmere sweater I laundered and carefully patted out on a towel to dry this morning.

When I went back downstairs to the laundry room she was writhing on top of it in kitty ecstasy and chewing on one of the sleeves.

Saturday, December 23, 2017


image from icanhascheezburger

Friday, December 22, 2017

Quote Of The Day

Be not sad because all men 
Prefer a lying clamour before you. ~ James Joyce

(also, this).

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Workbasket Magazine - January 1945 (Again)

Yes, I've already posted a copy of this on my Flickr account - but the Antiques Pattern Library has provided a better copy as a pdf on their site.  

Since the APL is going to be copying and reissuing all of the available Workbaskets (dating back to WWII), with the permission of the original copyright holders, I am no longer going to put any of mine up.  Their work is better, it's legal, and I'll be linking to each issue as they post it.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Vintage Christmas Map Images from the NYPL

These and other map-themed Christmas cards from the New York Public Library's collection.

Saturday, December 16, 2017


Friday, December 15, 2017

Quote Of The Day

photograph from The Telegraph (UK)

The true threat is the delusion that our opinion of science somehow alters its reality. ~ Katherine Hayhoe

Thursday, December 14, 2017

"It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged..."

That anything made of yarn is irresistible to cats.

Someone keeps absconding with Baby Jesus.

The Online Bookshelf - The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes

Edited by Walter Jerrold with black and white illustrations by Charles Robinson, available as a free download from Project Gutenberg.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Brings New Meaning To The Phrase "With Bells On"

I suppose it's a sign of my dubious moral character, but this absolutely cracks me up.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Vintage Holiday Images - Christmas Cards

Copyright-free, from Dover.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Friday, December 8, 2017

Quote Of The Day

image from Pinterest

The tongue is the neck's worst enemy. ~ Egyptian proverb

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017


Friday, December 1, 2017

Quote of the Day

Girl Showing Cat Her Pet Bird - Antonio Rotta

An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. ~ Pliny the Younger