Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Day Late

I was pooped when I got home from the NAACP event yesterday and didn't get the usual Caturday post up.  So, better late than never...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Quote of the Day

Oh, all the comrades that e'er I had
They're sorry for my going away.
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
Would wish me one more day to stay.
But since it fell unto my lot
That I should go and you should not;
I will gently rise and softly call --
Good night and peace be with you all.  Trad. Irish.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Take Me Now, Lord

Email from sweet, lovely boss:  Can you speak at an NAACP event this weekend about Ebola?

Me:  I can think of things I'd rather do.

Turns out that this "event" is the 2014 State Convention. There are a number of reasons why I don't want to do this, and the least of them is that it's only four days away.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dromedary Macaroons


1 1/4 cups Dromedary Cocoanut
1 egg-white
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup condensed milk

"Mix cocoanut, condensed milk and vanilla thoroughly.  Beat egg white until stiff, combine mixtures, shake into cakes.  Bake in moderate oven 15 minutes."  Good Housekeeping, October 1919.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


There is no money in my program's budget for overtime, but guess who spent six hours at work today.

As the Emergency Manager for the university said, unless we're over-reacting the public thinks we're not doing anything.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Social Media Is Vastly Over-rated

Some jack-fool idiot posted a rumor today that there was an active Ebola case in our jurisdiction.  I can't believe I made it through the entire morning without ripping someone's head off.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Her Majesty

Last Wednesday night, she decided that she had to go out and she has not returned.  At this time we do not expect to ever see her again.  There are two fox dens in our end of town, and lots of hungry owls.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Online Bookshelf - A Woman At Bay

Or, A Fiend In Skirts.  Just the sort of book you would hide from your mother.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

So This Is Why The County Is Always In The Red

I am in a training session with, among other people, six members of a local fire department.  Two of them are discussing a piece of equipment.

Fire Dude #1:  Is (make of radio) firefighter-proof?

Fire Dude #2:  If you can use it as a wheel chock, it's firefighter-proof.

The instructor is a quiet gentleman from Utah who really should have known better.

Instructor:  So what is the single most dangerous item in your house?

Fire Dude #2:   My wife.

The training ends with a tabletop exercise simulating a flood in a resort town.

Instructor:  You still have over 50 people stranded at the (imaginary) hotel.  What is your recommended course of action?

Fire Dude #3:  They're tourists.  Let 'em drown.

The best part of the training?  After lunch, all of the fire dudes showed up wearing hot pink t-shirts with the breast cancer ribbon printed on them.  Tight hot pink t-shirts.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Embroidery - A "Colonial" Design in French Knots

This is from the Women's Home Companion, March 1922.  It was part of a larger all-over design for a bedspread to be carried out entirely in French knots.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Vintage Advertising - Sewing Patterns for Housedresses

From the Woman's Home Companion, February, 1919.  The war had been over for three months and presumably the pressure to self-ration was beginning to lift.  A pdf with eight volumes' worth of this periodical can be found on Google Books.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Continental Breakfast

The Table, Edouard Vuillard ~ 1909

WHEN breakfast is served in the dining-room, a white cloth is generally laid, although some ladies prefer variously coloured linen, with napkins to match. A vase of flowers or a dish of fruit should be placed in the centre. The table is then set as for dinner, with smaller plates and all sorts of pretty china, like an egg dish with a hen sitting contentedly, a butter plate with a recumbent cow, a sardine dish with fishes in Majolica,—in fact, any suggestive fancy. Hot plates for a winter breakfast in a plate-warmer near the table add much to the comfort.

Finger bowls with napkins under them should be placed on the sideboard and handed to the guest with the fruit. It is a matter of taste as to whether fruit precedes or finishes the breakfast; and the servant must watch the decision of the guest.

A grand breakfast to a distinguished foreigner, or some great home celebrity at Delmonico's for instance, would be,

A table loaded with flowers.
Oysters on the half-shell. Chablis.
Eggs stuffed. Eggs in black butter, (au beurre noir).
Chops and green peas. Champagne.
Lyonnaise potatoes.
Sweetbreads. Spinach.
Woodcock. Partridges.
Salad of lettuce. Claret.
Cheese fondu.
Charlotte Russe. Fruit Jelly. Ices.
Grapes. Peaches. Pears.
From The Art of Entertaining, by M. E. W. Sherwood, 1893.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Friday, September 26, 2014

Quote of the Day

There's nothing like freedom of speech to help you identify the people who should be avoided like the plague.  ~ Liz Braun

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Anniversary To Me

I tripped over a rock in the parking lot today.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Well, Obviously


Make a thick, rich syrup; slice the pine-apple after paring it, and boil in the syrup until perfectly clear.


Pare and slice your pine-apple.  Make a thick, rich syrup, and boil it till quite clear.  Clarify your syrup nicely.

Home Cookery; A Collection of Tried Receipts, both Foreign and Domestic, by Mrs. J. Chadwick, 1853.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


This was me, this afternoon.

Friday, September 19, 2014

I Shouldda Stood In Bed

I was twenty minutes into a project review this morning with our new Americorps member (he's been here all of five days) when I realized my fly was open.