Sunday, October 21, 2018

Bad Habits

I've been working closely with the Southern Baptist disaster relief field kitchens for refueling and other motor transport support.  

Based on a phone conversation I had this morning with one of their team leaders, they are under the impression that I am a former nun.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Just A Couple of Good Ol' Boys

First volunteer: (Hunting and pecking on a laptop) How do you spell "destroyed; "D-E-S-T-O-R-I...?'

Second volunteer: (slyly)  R-U-R-E-N-T.

First volunteer:  "Ruint."  Yeah, that works.

(It was a good day, all told; I managed to get my hands on a pillow last night).

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Matthew 19:26

Shortly before lunch today the refrigeration unit failed in the trailer holding the perishables for the Southern Baptist Disaster Services field kitchen that is turning out 3,000 meals a day here. While I was on the phone  frantically trying to locate a technician, two Baptist ladies walked over, laid their hands on the trailer, and began to pray.

It re-started.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

On The Road - But Not For The Reason You Think

Off tomorrow for a family wedding - blogging will resume Monday!

UPDATED to add for your reading pleasure, or rather growing sense of horror - Hurricane Michael, A Confluence of Awful Factors.

UPDATED to add - looks like I'll be deploying to Florida the day after the wedding.  Onward and upward!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Vintage Sewing - A Gypsy Costume From Bandannas

Another project from Nina Jordan's Holiday Handicraft, just in time for Hallowe'en.  This book is well worth checking out from the Open Library, if you have an account.

We've All Been There

From our dog trainer's FB page this morning:

"Just a reminder; if you cancel your appointment within 24 hours of the start time, you will be charged $20.

And if you cancel after I've put on a bra and eye liner you will be charged triple."

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Cat Physics

"When a material is heated, the kinetic energy of that material increases and it's atoms and molecules move about more.  This means that each atom will take up more space due to it's movement so the material will expand. 

When it is cold the kinetic energy decreases, so the atoms take up less space and the material contracts."  Physics and Astronomy Online.

Saturday, October 6, 2018


Friday, October 5, 2018

Quote of the Day

Silence does not make mistakes. ~ Hindi proverb

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, July, 1937

In this issue from the summer of 1937, readers can choose from projects that include two garden hats crocheted from crepe paper, a two-color star quilt, another hat to sew from linen or pique, and the pot-holders on the cover.  Free download from the Antique Pattern Library.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018


Friday, September 28, 2018

Quote Of The Day

There are three ways to get something done; do it yourself, hire someone, or forbid your kids to do it. ~ Mona Crane

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Ruining The Curve

photo from

There are ten dogs in our class at the kennel club.  Six are goldens.

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Friday, September 21, 2018

Quote of the Day

Nothing can be more puritanical in application than the virtues.~ Muriel Spark

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Go Ahead. Cry.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Other Crafts - A Cat Match Scratcher

Another project from Holiday Handicraft, one with perhaps less applicability today than back when matches were often needed for things like stoves and smoking.

Left-click to enlarge. Complete the project while consuming a large glass of wine, and then try to say the name three times, very fast.

Monday, September 17, 2018

"Cutting Us Down Like Grain Before A Cradle."

 Antietam Creek.

Historians estimate that between 6am and 9am on the morning of September 17th, 1862, one man was shot down every second.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


Friday, September 14, 2018


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Going The Rounds

 Blue Irish stole.... Irish stole...

...who's got the blue Irish stole?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Other Crafts - A Cat String Bag

From Holiday Handicraft, by Nina R. Jordan.  This book, which is full of vintage holiday projects for children, can be borrowed from Open Library.

"The cat's head string holder hangs from a nail and holds a ball of twine.  The end of the twine comes out through the cat's mouth.

First make a pattern by drawing the cat's head on heavy paper.  Make it about 9 inches wide and 8 inches from forehead to chin.  When you have drawn a satisfactory pattern, mark it off on two pieces of yellow or white oilcloth.  One piece is the front of the cat's head, the other is the back.  

The cat's eyes should be 2 inches apart.  Paint them in with black enamel; also paint nose and mouth."

Monday, September 10, 2018

Vintage Advertising - Cadbury's Biscuits

From Woman and Home, May, 1950.

Saturday, September 8, 2018


Monday, September 3, 2018

On The Road Again (Again)

Off to the capitol for the annual state emergency management summit.  Blogging will resume on Caturday.

To All My Fellow Commie Pinko Leftists Out There

image from the graphics fairy

Happy Labor Day.

Saturday, September 1, 2018


Friday, August 31, 2018

Quote Of The Day

I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else's. ~ Captain John McCain, USN

Thursday, August 30, 2018


In honor of National Dog Day earlier this week, this blogger ran a set of pulp magazine covers with Man's Best Friend on the cover.  This one is a fiction weekly from 1925.

The cats are not amused.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

It's Deja Vu All Over Again

It's after midnight. We've just managed to evict a bat. I was slightly more helpful this time.

This has been quite a week.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Well, This Is Special

We have a gas leak and I can't find the cats.

Monday, August 27, 2018

No Further Comment

There's ass and there's class.

Vintage Images - Sumer is A-Goin Out

Late-summer candy-box floral image from The Graphics Fairy.  

Saturday, August 25, 2018


Friday, August 24, 2018

Quote Of The Day

and Minnie has the blue Irish stole!

The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have. ~ Yiddish proverb

Thursday, August 23, 2018


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, June 1937

Not a lot of content in this month's issue but this crocheted outfit (skirt, blouse and capelet) is pretty, and there are instructions for making a Trip Around The World quilt, and an embroidery pattern for a "Singing Mexican Boy."  Free download at the Antique Pattern Library.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Vintage Advertising - Baby Ruth Candy Bars

from an online copy of the Delineator that I can't find anymore!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Don't Expect Much From Me This Week

Both sisters will be visiting (and they're bringing their husbands and 40% of their children).

Friday, August 10, 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Online Bookshelf - Book Reviews

image from the Hudson Valley magazine

Book reviews written in 1911 by inmates at Sing-Sing.  Robert Louis Stevenson evidently was a favorite - Mrs Gaskell rather less so. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Red Letter Day

Sixty Million Frenchmen (Had Better Stand By)

image from agence eureka

Lord knows I should have learned my lesson, but for some reason I decided that my two sisters and I (USA, USN and USMC, respectively) really need to go to Paris next year.  I found a river cruise that's being offered at a great rate, and decide that we can follow up the cruise with a quick trip to Alsace because Haguenau.  I present for your reading pleasure a slightly edited version of the ensuant three-way text conversation.

I've decided to go to Paris next April.  Anyone want to go with me?

I'm in.

Me me pick me.

I'm looking at a (TM) river cruise its from Paris to Normandy and back. Afterwards we can take the train to Haguenau.

I have always wanted to do a (TM) cruise

I can meet you in Paris I'm not good on a boat


Yes dear

This is what we get for inviting the Army along

Hey Tip of the Spear

There are drugs for that 

Like she needs them

Yes I really want to be on a small boat with you two

I'll meet you in Paris

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Children's Crafts - A Cat Purse from 1949

A clever little coin purse in the shape of a cat's head.  I remember these - you pinned one to the lapel of your Sunday coat, and your mother put a quarter inside for the collection basket.

A page of instructions can be downloaded from my Flickr account.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Luckily, She's My Sister-In-Law

Travel Agent:  So, you want to fly into Columbia but out of Charleston?

Me:  They can't be that far apart - I think Sherman managed to burn them both.

Saturday, August 4, 2018


Friday, August 3, 2018

Quote Of The Day

Make voyages.  Attempt them.  That's all there is. ~ Tennessee Williams.