Wednesday, October 21, 2020

A Brief Hiatus


Off to climb Sleeping Bear Dunes with my sisters and sister-in-law (masked and at six foot intervals).  Blogging will resume next Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Paper Crafts - A Sleepy Pumpkin

 I spot the hills

 With yellow balls in autumn

I light the prairie cornfields

Orange and tawny gold clusters

And I am called pumpkins. ~ Carl Sandburg

Monday, October 19, 2020

Vintage Images - Juniper Branch


Happy International Gin & Tonic Day - as Election Day gets closer, the more I need one of these.

Saturday, October 17, 2020


Friday, October 16, 2020

Quote Of The Day

 Photo from Wikipedia

According to the traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church, our prelates are hanged, not shot.  Please respect our traditions. ~ Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens, after the SS threatened him with a firing squad.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Saturday, October 10, 2020



Friday, October 9, 2020

Quote Of The Day


Image from Zedge

A touch of cold in the Autumn night 

I walked abroad,

And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge

Like a red-faced farmer.

I did not stop to speak, but nodded,

And round about were the wistful stars

With white faces like town children. ~ T. E. Hulme

Thursday, October 8, 2020



Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, January 1938


Time for another Workbasket magazine - this one has two quilt patterns, a crocheted collar that is straight out of Flash Gordon, knitted gloves, and some interesting household hints ("When boiling custards or sauces, place a clean marble in the bottom of the vessel.  This will avoid the necessity of stirring, and save much time.  The marble will roll around in the custard and prevent burning.")

The entire issue may be downloaded at the Antique Patterns Library site.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Vintage Images - Apples


Happy World Teacher's Day!

Sunday, October 4, 2020


(I have no idea what has happened to the last three days, but they got away from me and I'm not even deployed anymore. Sorry).

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Knitting: Soakers from 1951


A pair of soakers from Smart Knitting and Needlework, Winter 1951.  Knit a pair to delight (or horrify) a mother-to-be and tell her this was what families used before rubber/plastic pants were invented. The pattern is on my Flickr account.

These lingered on for a few years after the Second World War ended but faded away by the mid-1950's.  

Monday, September 28, 2020

Vintage Images - Autumn Berries


Vintage blackberry print from the Graphics Fairy.

Saturday, September 26, 2020



Friday, September 25, 2020

Quote Of The Day


Epidemic  n. A disease having a sociable turn and few prejudices. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Thursday, September 24, 2020



Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Virtual (Support) Never Goes Unpunished


The advantage of actual, as opposed to virtual, motor transport is that nobody gets away with checking out of the DR until they see me. They can't just skip merrily off to the airport without turning in their car keys.

I spent most of yesterday looking for MT assets.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Quote Of The Day


photograph from WaPo

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. ~ the Dalai Lama

RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg - she was small, but by God, she made a difference!