Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Out the door

Out the door

today - 50 magazines (8 inches) to donate
yesterday - 7 inch stack of kid mags donated
Sunday - 4 FOOT stack of magazines recycled.  Plus a separate trip for cardboard

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Decluttering and cleaning up

The ongoing list for this year:


  • 3/11/17 - jumbo box of horse mags to a friend
  • 3/20/17 - big box of books (65 total) to the library
  • 3/21/17 - 3 bags of books to the library
  • 3/21/17 - bag of baby clothes to a teacher
  • 3/22/17 - 12 shirts and a box of magazines 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 Reading List

Just realized I hadn't started this yet.

  1. x
  2. x
  3. x
  4. x
  5. x
  6. x
  7. x
  8. x
  9. Stargate: Atlantis - Mirror, Mirror, by Sabine C. Bauer.  (3/15/17)  Not bad, could have been a good episode.  Hippie Radek could have been fun.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Estate saling

Went to a couple of estate sales today.  One ad mentioned "vintage metal horses" but no sign of the horses either at the sales or in the online pictures.  Oh well.  I did get some things I was looking for, though.

Sale #1




Three flat sheets, queen size, and two pillow cases, 100% cotton, white(ish).  Sheets were $1 each, cases 50c. 

These are going to be transformed.  The sheets are probably going to be a test for dyeing and making simple curtains, with one saved for costume or sewing yardage.  Pillowcases may be dyed or turned into napkins. 


The three wooden boxes are a set, they stack and one has wooden feet.  $1 each, so $3 for the set. I picked up the top two before I found the third one, and plan to paint or stain them and hang them on the wall as shadowbox displays for some of the Breyer Stablemates.


Second sale, I was hoping to find the metal horses.  No joy.  But I did find some goodies.  The View-Master lot has a viewer and some old discs - Niagara Falls (incomplete), the complete Carlsbad Caverns, tour 1 and 2, NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, and some Disney discs.  Also a pattern for vests, a vintage crochet book, a compass, 6 white napkins with a subtle Greek key design, and 2 men's hankies.  Viewmaster was $10, cloth goods 25c each, misc stuff 50c each.  Total $13.50 at this sale, $7 at the other sale.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall is here.




The Holiday Season is Upon Us.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Garden update


Gardening update:

Well, it's October.  Soon the houseplants will have to come in for the winter.  I kicked most of them out to the deck in the spring, and sent the rest out to join them a month or two ago.  They seem to like it outside - it rains more frequently than I remember to go to the basement and water things, apparently. 

 The shamrocks are thriving, and two need new pots.

 The snake plant still looks iffy, but the spider plant is blooming and spawning for the first time in 6 years.
 The new angel wing begonia, inherited from an aunt, is blooming.  Also very tall and gangly, and I need to take some cuttings so it can be shorter and not so top-heavy.


Last month, I finally managed to take care of the Amaryllis Situation.   I sorted through them all (about 15) and tossed all the obviously withered-beyond-hope bulbs.  Everything else got moved from coconut fiber in crappy plastic pots into nice new potting soil in clay pots.  That should make them much more stable when they bloom.  However, the fresh (real) dirt has woken them all up and they're sprouting up.  Leaves only, so far. :(  So I'm guessing no blooms this year. But much happier plants, and no corpses taking up space.



This is the back fence hosta bed, after about 5 months.  We lost a lot of plants in this one, not sure why.  Not slugs, not deer, maybe cutworms.  And some of the lost ones may re-emerge in the spring.  Out of 35 plants, there are around 22 left.

The hosta bed under the deck did much better, I think they all survived, and a few even bloomed.  The bleeding hearts, on the other hand, I'm not hopeful for.  I had two, once, that were very happy and healthy.  Then their shade tree blew down, and I had to relocate them in July, which didn't work.  I planted 4 more this year (in addition to the ones I killed last year) - they bloomed, but then died back.  Not sure if that's normal and they'll come back next spring, or if there was too much clay and they gave up.  Same goes for the ghost fern and coral bells I planted next to them. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Fun with old food

So, I may have a bit of a collection going, of old small cookbooks from the 40s, 50s and 60s.  Think brochure-sized.  With a subset of Jello recipes.  Because back then, people would put anything in Jello, and I do mean anything.  Meat, shrimp, spam, canned tuna.  Mayonnaise.    Sour cream.  Canned tomatoes. 

So, a collection of favorite online links:

Save Time and Money with a Refrigerator from the Awful Library Books website

The Gallery of Regrettable Food  with pictures (From the genius behind Interior Desecrations and other fun collections.  I especially like the Vacations section.)

Retro Recipes, featuring lots of oldies

Mid Century Menu with more vintage

The MSU Library's "Feeding America" historical collection

Kitsch Bitch on Facebook always has fun pictures.


And someday I'll find a better, more readable, version of this ad from Campbell's Soup.  


Soup Shakes.  Because drinking cold Cream of Chicken soup sounds delicious.

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