What am I sappy cat blogging?

September 19, 2014

pirate cat


pirate cat5


Where am I living this time?

September 18, 2014


Not so much living as vacationing.  Did you know that you can rent a fire look out tower at several locations in the US National Forest system?

The National Forests Foundation has information about lookout rentals in the western states

And nine questions about renting one of the lookouts

And lookout rentals by state

Lookout-255 pisgah-jpg

These are high, but not high-end, accommodations, but once you get there, the views must be magnificent!

look out needles

Lookout living is not all blue huckleberries and kinnikinnik jam, however.  Like lighthouse keepers, lookout living requires some accommodations.


Here are some of the photos from this delightful book that combines history, drawings, photos and recipes. The book is available from the National Forests Foundation website store, or Amazon.


lookout woodlookout3lookout2See also:

Lustron Homes

Quonset Huts

Dymaxion House

Heinlein House

Sears Mail-Order Homes


Where am I on tattoo Tuesday?

September 16, 2014

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Still in London – thanks to Butterfly Tales for the above . . .

Exhib artwork.indd For more literary maps – click here.

And the tattoos:

london tattoos




Where am I sightseeing?

September 15, 2014

londonTHE-BLACK-FRIAR-T33127_K910120Black Friars Pub

All too often I come across photos or stories or memories of interesting or magnificent places that have been lost to history. This post is about hidden architectural treasures in London which still exist – including a wonderful photo of the interior of the iconic Battersea Power Station.  They have been captured in the book, London: Hidden Interiors.

The Guardian has a wonderful SLIDE SHOW of photographs from the book.

london masonic templeMasonic Temple

Photographs by Derrek Kendall; the book is by Phillip Davies.



What am I sappy spider blogging?

September 12, 2014


Thanks, Buck!


Why do I think the dark is rising?

September 11, 2014


I was an adult when I read Susan Cooper’s excellent books in the Dark is Rising sequence.  Even so, they scared the pants off me.

Think about this from the Wall Street Journal, Brutal Rise of Islamic State Turns Old Enemies Into New Friends. 


Go here for the story.

And here for the active infographic. (Graphic by Chris Kaeser and Stuart A. Thompson/The Wall Street Journal)

You know what day it is.


What super weapon am I knitting?

September 10, 2014



If you are still stuck on Star Wars, you can crochet yourself this wonderful Death Star throw pillow (28 inches in diameter).  The pattern for the pillow – this one was created in acrylic yarn so you can wash your death star without worrying about shrinkage – is at ravelry.com.

Thanks to Katie for the link.

deathstar lego

Also available as a LEGO kit from Amazon for $1,986.49 plus shipping (not eligible for Prime)



Diagram reference Wookiepedia

More fun stuff:

death-star-lollipops-1Death Star Lollipops

death_star_tea_infuserTea Infuser

Death-Star-Ice-Sphere-TrayIce Cube Mold


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