Books I need to return to the library – On the origin of tepees

I can’t help but be reminded of the old joke about the fella who went to the psychiatrist, saying, “I’m a tepee, I’m a wigwam, I’m a tepee, I’m a wigwam.” And the psychiatrist says, “I know what’s wrong with you – you’re two tents.”

Anyhow. On the origin of tepees: the evolution of ideas (and ourselves) by Jonnie Hughes is, according to the book jacket: “Adopting the role of a cultural Charles Darwin, Hughes heads off…across the Midwest to observe the natural history of ideas.”

It actually looks like a really interesting book; I just have 3 days off and the weather is getting cooler and I don’t want to commit my brain.  Maybe later.

What I’m listening to now: Time to Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli. Yes. I know it’s opera lite, but it is beautiful.


Books I need to return to the library – Dreaming of Dior

Dreaming of Dior (by Charlotte Smith and lavishly illustrated by Grant Cowan) is a girly girl’s delight. Gorgeous dresses against period (not shark week periods!!!) line drawings and/or starkly contrasting backgrounds. An absolute genius work of art!  And so pretty – on your bookshelf or in your boudoir.

If I weren’t trying to minimize my belongings, I would pop right out and buy this. Love, love, love!

Books I need to return to the library – Grow Great Grub

Grow great grub: organic food from small spaces – Gayla Trail


I really like this book – lots of detail about various plants and how much each one produces and the ideal growing environment.

Also, lots of cute ideas for crafts and planting herbs in cans, plus recipes.

Dang!  I like this book.  I may end up putting this in my books I want to own list.

Maybe I’ll return it later.



Books I need to return to the library – Celiac Disease: a hidden epidemic

By Peter H.R. Green, M.D. and Rory Jones.

Not a bad book, but I’ve already gone gluten-free and feel sooooo much better. So why read? I’ll just go on with my life.  But if you feel like crap all of the time, what could it hurt?  It’s just information and you can decide if it might help.


Books I need to return to the library – Paper + Craft

Paper + Craft: 25 charming gifts, accents, and accessories to make from paper – by Minhee & Truman Cho











Great little book, but I’m trying to be more of a minimalist.  Perhaps not the best use of my time, creativity, or space.  But I would still recommend it.  Not only does it have some great ideas with good detail, but the Boston Terrier on the front is absolutely adorable.


Books I need to return to the library – Money secrets of the Amish

Although I should probably turn in the ones that are due soonest or have holds first!

Money secrets of the Amish – Lorilee Craker – 2011 – nothing revolutionary here, but not bad advice, either.  You might feel like a better person after you read it


my underpants rant

Let me get this off my chest: Unless I am in an intimate relationship with you, I don’t want to see your underpants. I don’t care if you have a nice butt; I don’t care if your butt looks like the love child of Beyonce’ and an 80-year-cowboy. Don’t wanna see it. Don’t wanna think about. Pull your stinkin’ pants up. And ladies – I don’t wanna see your tramp stamp, either. And if your butt is the size of the Lusitania, ya don’t need one in the first place.

Modesty. Get some.
The end.

I just left a comment for an elegant snail.

Okay.  I’m not quite as pathetic as that title may sound.  In fact, I’m kind of infatuated with lovely Fern from Resurrection Fern.  She is intelligent and adventurous.  And has a great sense of style.

the elegant snail

Oh – and did I mention that her Aunt Margie makes beautiful crocheted covers for river stones?  Swoon!

Take care.

Images courtesy Resurrection Fern.

When a blog doesn’t have a feed…

This works in My Yahoo!.  I’m not sure about other blog readers.

If you really want to subscribe to a blog, but it doesn’t have a feed/subscribe button, here’s what ya do:

Go to your My Yahoo! page.

Click on Add Content.

Click on Add RSS Feed.

Type in the name of the blog (if you were subscribing to this blog, it would be – DON’T type in the name of the blog’s particular post that you are fond of.

At the end of the blog’s name, type in /feeds/posts/default

Click Add.

After a few seconds, a green line above the url that you just typed should say “You have successfully added the feed to your page.”

Click I’m Done.  And you are.

Happy reading.

When life gives you lemon cookies…

So.  A friend gave me some Pepperidge Farm Lemon Cookies for my birthday.  I gave myself a pint of 5 Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

I let the ice cream soften, then spread approximately 1 teaspoon on to the back of a cookie, then stuck the back of the other cookie onto that.

Then I put them on a plate and stuck them in the freezer.

The humble tartness of the lemon is a sophisticated counterpoint to the creamy sweetness of the vanilla ice cream.

You should try it sometime.

ice cream sandwiches

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