Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Leviticus 26:3-4


We're also going to be picking off the second row of beans and making tomato sauce - so don't expect much in the way of posting this week.

Saturday, July 31, 2021



(But it's too hot).

Friday, July 30, 2021

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors


German shepherds who go through fence gates as though they were not there make good neighbors essential.

The lady on the opposite corner brought him back this morning after he went over to visit with her dogs. We didn't even realize he was gone.

Apres-nous la Deluge


Quote Of The Day


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Please Stop Helping Dep't


While I was down in the basement sorting laundry, the Little Man kindly dropped his rawhide bone in the pile of whites on the floor, and it went through the hot-with-bleach cycle.  

He now has the cleanest chew toy in town, and I now have soggy rawhide crumbs on my socks and sheets.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

More Scrappy Fun - a Sock Bulldog from 1977


From Pack O Fun, January 1977, a bulldog to make from a pair of men's work socks.  Two pages of instructions can be found on my Flickr account, and an e-copy of the original publication on the Internet Archive.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Happy National Marine Week!

copyright free image from The Graphics Fairy

 What kind of marine did you think I was referring to?

Friday, July 23, 2021



Quote Of The Day


When walking in a tiny rain ;
Across the vacant lot,
A pup's a good companion - 
If a pup you've got.

And when you've had a scold, 
And no one loves you very
And you cannot be merry, 
A pup will let you look at him, 
And even let you hold
His little wiggly warmness --

And let you snuggle down beside
Nor mock the tears you have to hide. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks

Thursday, July 22, 2021



Tuesday, July 20, 2021

And Now For Something Completely Different


From Pack O Fun magazine, August 1973, making a dollhouse and furniture out of corncobs - which I thought appropriate since we bought and ate our first 2021 sweet corn yesterday. The weather here has been crazy, we don't even have green beans to pick yet, which is unheard of for mid-July.

Several years' worth of the magazine can be found on the Internet Archive, but the earlier ones are the most fun.  They claim on the cover to be "The Only Scrap Craft Magazine," and their projects are all made with matchsticks, cardboard boxes, detergent cartons, and other bits of household detritus.  The later issues evolved to mostly projects using purchased craft store items, alas.

Let me know if anyone tackles the matchstick eagle! The instruction page for the corncob furniture can be found on my Flickr account.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Hell Hath No Fury

Brother #2, his lovely wife, and an exceptionally nice golden Labrador named Maggie came for a visit yesterday.  We had to shut the boys in the backyard because Maggie just had The Operation and her stitches weren't up to being hit with seventy pounds of exuberant affection (Little Man) and eighty pounds of jealous rage (Batdog).

sulking in the linen closet

Poor Maggie was not made welcome by the Old Gunfighter.  While she was lying under my brother's chair, he entered the room.

He stopped.  His head dropped, his tail flattened, and he took three slow, deliberate steps forward with an outraged look on his face.

Maggie twitched nervously (as who wouldn't), and he hissed and then stationed himself behind my chair and watched her like a hawk until we all went out to enjoy the evening breezes on the front porch.

I went in to pet him before going to bed last night and he bit me. 

Saturday, July 17, 2021



Friday, July 16, 2021

Quote Of The Day


copyright-free image from The Graphics Fairy

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Vintage Sewing - Feed Sack Projects from 1955


From The Popular Mechanics Do It Yourself Encyclopedia, Vol 4.  I'm having great fun paging through the online volumes.

It's missing a couple of volumes but this one is on the Internet Archive.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Rain, Rain, Go Away


So, I spent today at the county EMA office.  I will be there tomorrow and Saturday. 

(We're supposed to get four more inches this weekend).



And all four have been experienced within the same walk.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Other Crafts - How To Re-Purpose An Old Buggy Wheel


Because we all have one just hanging around the basement or garage.  Modern Mechanics, February 1937.