Thursday, March 29, 2012

Warm Wools for the Long Watch

I have joined a knitting group called the Irvington Fiberistas. We meet twice a month at the neighborhood library. It's quite interesting to see what everyone is knitting and there's always lots of helpful advice.

One night someone dropped off several boxes of knitting books and patterns that had belonged to an aunt. Ah, just what I love! I spent most of the evening digging through the boxes and found some treasures.

Here is a Minerva knitting booklet dated 1942 - during World War II. I couldn't photograph all the pictures, but here are a couple of the dashingly handsome men from 1942.

Here is another one "Knit for Victory!" Warm wools for the long watch.

This book is Copyright 1943.

Love these, but I doubt I will attempt to knit any of them!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2012

After picking A up from Kindergarten on Friday, we headed downtown to the St. Patrick's Day parade. A's daddy was going to be in the parade, driving the fire truck for the police and fire chiefs. We stopped at McD's for a quick lunch and found a place to park close to the parade route. Then we sat on the curb and watched the parade go by. I love this picture of A's pretty hair with the Irish streamers.
It was very exciting when the fire truck came by with A's daddy driving!

Several roller derby girl groups rolled by doing tricks and dressed in outlandish costumes.

I got a kick out of this vintage fire truck with all the people hanging on.

And this was one scary-looking clown. I think she was a he.

Couldn't have a parade without kilts and bagpipes!

This picture was taken after the parade of A and her handsome daddy - so cute.

It was a lovely St. Paddy's Day in Indy - over 80 degrees in March! Crazy!

Friday, March 9, 2012


I was driving home the other day when a pattern in the clouds caught my eye. I grabbed my camera and shot these pictures out of the window. I'm not sure the computer does them justice, but it was quite dramatic!
And ever since, I can't get the Simon and Garfunkel song "Cloudy" out of my head, and it's 1969 all over again.


The sky is grey and white and cloudy

Sometimes I think it’s hanging down on me

And it’s hitchhike a hundred miles

I’m a ragamuffin child

Pointed finger-painted smile

I left my shadow waiting down the road for me a while


My thoughts are scattered and they’re cloudy

They have no borders, no boundaries

They echo and they swell

From Tolstoy to Tinker Bell

Down from Berkeley to Carmel

Got some pictures in my pocket and a lot of time to kill

Hey, sunshine

I haven’t seen you in a longtime

Why don’t you show your face and bend my mind?

These clouds stick to the sky

Like a floating question--why?

They linger there to die

They don’t know where they’re going, and, my friend, neither do I



Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sweet Heart Songs

The other night I was browsing at the kind-of-scary Goodwill Store, where you sort through the jumble on the tables (lots of people wear gloves), and you pay by the pound, when I came across this old songbook.

Here is the front cover. Here is the back cover.
And in between are age-stained pages of old love songs, such as "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes", "Silver Threads Among The Gold", and "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen".
Every once in awhile there are ads for

Sweet Heart Toilet Soap.
There is no copyright date and it's not in the greatest shape, but I'm so glad someone saved it all these years, just for me to find.
Love it!