Saturday, April 21, 2018


Amuse me, hoomin.  I'm bored.

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Because I don't have anything of my own scanned today, I am offering a link to a French vintage enthusiast's blog.  Every Monday she posts scans from her collection of fashion, sewing and knitting magazines (click on Vintagerie for back issues).

Even if you don't parlez-vous, they're a lot of fun to page through.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Vintage Advertising - Kestos Swimwear

Image from patricia's wonderful site, posted because it has been snowing on and off all day and I'm a cruel person.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Quote Of The Day

It is in truth a most contagious game;
Hiding the Skeleton shall be its name. ~ George Meredith

Thursday, April 12, 2018


And in other news -- it snowed last weekend.  I spent this afternoon out in the back yard, wearing a tank top and pedal pushers.

According to an ominous email I got from the National Weather Service, it's going to snow again this weekend.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Doggie Valium, Maybe?

Since late Saturday afternoon Batdog has been acting as though he's trying to tell us that Timmy has fallen down the well.  We can't figure out what's bothering him and it's driving us crazy.

Vintage Images - Winter

Timing is everything.  Brian brought the patio furniture out this week and it snowed last night.

Saturday, April 7, 2018


Thursday, April 5, 2018


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

An Orthopedic Status Symbol

You fractured a rib tripping over Aunt Glady's porch steps.   I fractured a rib because the Right Honorable Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne needs to do something about that muddy bit between the gift shop and the coach park.

(Having a high pain threshold is not an unmixed blessing.  It didn't dawn on me that I'd broken anything until after I got back).

Monday, April 2, 2018

A Small Price To Pay

The Visa bill came Saturday.

Although (as you can see by Wednesday's post) I did buy a fair amount of yarn, the real big-ticket item was a cherry-red, crew-necked cashmere sweater.

Although I planned to visit some thrift shops while I was in Scotland I only made it to a handful, and none in Edinburgh. I just ran out of time.  

And wind.  It wasn't that I did so much walking (not nearly as much as in Italy, for example, where one tour member with a Fitbit clocked us at forty-eight miles in eight days), it's just that in Scotland everything is either at the very top or the very bottom of a hill. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018


Friday, March 30, 2018

Quote Of The Day

Travel makes one modest; you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.  ~ Gustave Flaubert

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

He Has A Point

Six women stagger out of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival venue, heavily laden with bags and purchases, and crawl into a taxi.  

Driver (eyeing the lot):  Wouldnae it be cheaper tae just tak' a sheep home wid ye?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Just A Wee Trip

Off to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.  See you in a few weeks!

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Friday, March 9, 2018

Quote of the Day

The wanton troopers, riding by
Have shot my fawn and it must die.
Ungentle men!  They cannot thrive 
To kill thee. ~ Andrew Marvell

Saturday, March 3, 2018

It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged

That if you want decent coffee in a Red Cross DRO, you have to make it yourself.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Just Trying To Be Helpful

Therapist:  The idea is to do this movement quite sharply, to jar the crystals loose.

Me:  I can think of any number of people who would love to smack me one up side the head.

Therapist (unperturbed): Your head still has to be in the proper position for that to work.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Friday, February 23, 2018

Quote Of The Day

map from

Maps are a way of organizing wonder. ~ Peter Steinhart

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Who says cops don't have a sense of humor.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Knitting - A Patterned "Blouse" from 1951

to heck with the top, I want that hat

A knitted dressy top from Smart Knitting, Vol 8 (1951). The photo and two pages of instructions are on my Flickr account.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Vintage Posters - Home Front

Some vintage poster patriotism in honor of President's Day.  Copyright-free, from Dover.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Friday, February 16, 2018

Quote Of The Day

image from Wikipedia

I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger. ~ LtCol Tammy Duckworth

Thursday, February 15, 2018

In My Day It Was Called Home Economics

Peasant Woman Threading a Needle by
Jules Adolphe Aime Louis Breton


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Paper Crafts - A Pooch for the Year of the Dog

Xinnian Keui Lo! And Canon again comes up with a cute paper project to celebrate.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Vintage Holidays - Valentine's Day

Some vintage Valentine clipart from Dover Publications.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Quote Of The Day

Last Absolution of the Munsters, by Fortunino Matania

In 1930, John Brophy and Eric Partridge published a collection of British songs and slang from the war.  They claimed that soldiers used the word 'fucking' so often that it was merely a warning 'that a noun is coming.' In a normal situation, swear words are used for emphasis, but Brophy and Partridge found that obscenity was so over-used among the military in the Great War that if a soldier wanted to express emotion he wouldn't swear.  'Thus, if a sergeant said, "Get your --ing rifles!" it was understood as a matter of routine.  But if he said "Get your rifles!" there was an immediate implication of urgency and danger.' ~ Bee Wilson

Thursday, February 8, 2018


This has been all over the Internet - to me, the best part is listening to his wife trying not to laugh as she films it.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

What's Five Inches Of Snow Among Friends?

Batdog's class tonight at the kennel club was cancelled.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Vintage Advertising - Argo Cornstarch

And...another one I didn't record the magazine title/date.  I'm guessing Woman's Home Companion, one of the issues that has been digitized and can be found on Google Books.

Pretty desserts.

Saturday, February 3, 2018


Friday, February 2, 2018

Quote Of The Day

image from Pinterest

You may perhaps be brought to acknowledge that it is very well worthwhile to be tormented for two or three years of one's life, for the sake of being able to read all the rest of it. ~ Jane Austen

Thursday, February 1, 2018


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Back Fire

It might be worth getting on Twitter just for this woman.

This Could Have Been Better Phrased

Me:  (After searching in vain for a half-dozen of his toys)  Where the hell did all his balls go?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Knitting - Military Scarf and Gloves from 1951

Another project to knit for servicemen from Smart Knitting, Vol. 8, 1951.  Instructions on my Flickr account will probably need to be enlarged, but are readable.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Vintage Magazines - Action

"The Best In Lusty Adventure," from October, 1953. The cover, by Joe Szokoli, was the best thing about it.

Saturday, January 27, 2018


Friday, January 26, 2018

Quote of the Day

image from

Happiness is not a horse that can be harnessed. ~ Russian proverb

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Online Bookshelf - Birds, Illustrated By Color Photography

A multi-volume collection with wonderful color plates, from Project Gutenberg.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

People Food

Dad's got pizza!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Knitting - Spiral Socks for Servicemen

From the servicemen's section of Smart Knitting, Volume 8, 1951.  Slightly cattywampus but still readable instructions on my Flickr account.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Vintage Advertising - Crisco

From an online magazine that I forgot to note down, darn it.

Sunday, January 21, 2018