Friday, June 9, 2023

Quote of the Day


Librarians are the secret masters of the world.  They control information.  Don't ever piss one off. ~ Spider Robinson.

Thursday, June 8, 2023



Then -

and now.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

But We In It Shall Be Remembered


Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words...
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us...

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Gift Horses


A local business (let's call it Queenie's House 
Of Fantasy) showed up at the Red Cross shelter to donate several boxes items.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Vintage Holidays - Memorial Day

 copyright-free image from the Graphics Fairy

And in other news, I'm headed back to the Quad Cities tomorrow for this.

Saturday, May 27, 2023



Friday, May 26, 2023


Nothing spoils a good story like the arrival of an eyewitness. ~ Mark Twain

Thursday, May 25, 2023

From The Online Bookshelf - Polite Bunny


A children's etiquette book from 1922 with illustrations by Penny Ross.  Free download from Project Gutenberg. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Other Crafts - a Girl's Necklace from 1910


From Harper's Handy-Book for Girls, free download from  Although the instructions call for making your own chain from wire and soldering it together, a much easier version using nine medium sized beads, a statement bead or pendant, and store-bought chain and head pins could easily be fabricated.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Vintage Holidays - Happy National Maritime Day


"Eastern Point Light" by Winslow Homer

Saturday, May 20, 2023



Friday, May 19, 2023

Quote of the Day

photo by Jan Lynn Voorhees

 [Friend's] first choice had been a cabin in the woods, but that's too much nature.  I don't do cabins in the woods because I have seen too many movies about cabins in the woods.  If someone wants to murder me, they are going to have to get past reception. ~ Helen Ellis

Thursday, May 18, 2023



Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Sewing - A Rag Baby from Ruth Wyeth Spears


From Home Decoration with Fabric and Thread, published 1940.  The book, with quite a few attractive projects including a stocking cat that I've posted before, can be borrowed online at the Internet Archive.

The Kids Are All Right


The first grade gave him an end of school present - pet wipes, doggy treats, a ball, and a handmade card with his portrait on it.

(and chocolate for me).

Monday, May 15, 2023

Happy Belated World-Wide Naked Gardening Day

 It was last Saturday and darn, I missed it.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Someone Missed Me

 Minnie hasn't let me out of her sight since I got home yesterday afternoon.

Friday, May 12, 2023

We're Number One! We're Number One!


According to the National Weather Service, Illinois has racked up the most tornadoes of any other state - 86 - in 2023.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023