Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Wishing for Spring

Yes, I know spring is supposed to be here. But it's snowing again...how can I get spinach and peas in the ground if I can't keep the snow off long enough to dig? Meanwhile:


The color of the year: emerald green. Planning on changing your household decor to incorporate it? Southern Hospitality gives some ideas. (This isn't exactly the shade I thought of as 'emerald'...but maybe the new shade is different.)

Top 15 slow-cooker recipes from Food.com. You name it, they're here, just waiting to bubble away on your counter.

Cutting your spending $1000 a month, without too much ache...from Five Cent Nickel.

A copy of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book ever printed in America, is headed for the auction block. Projected value: $30 million dollars. (Yep, you read that right.) I'd be checking used bookstores a lot more carefully, if I lived on the East coast!
Here's what it looks like


Apartment Therapy and the Duke. A graceful short essay on common courtesy...go see.

Six weird Nazi artifacts from WWII...just discovered in recent years. Including a weather station in Canada and a nearly-untouched battlefield. (Seriously.)

The origin of the 'V-for-Victory' salute -- and it ain't good. Courtesy of Len Penzo's Aunt Doris.
Winston Churchill 'salutes' the Deutschers during WWII
(We ran into a similar issue on our Brazilian trip. The 'a-ok' sign, with fingers curved in a circle? Let's put it this way -- if you're not planning on sleeping with the person, you shouldn't be using it. (Substitute the 'thumbs-up' signal, instead.)


Barbara Brackman's blog, Material Culture, is a thought-provoking look at all sorts of quilts new and old. Take Elizabeth Welch's eagle quilt, for example - an interesting discussion on this antique style. (Were this quilt, plus others, influenced by the same quiltmaker...or is it the 'Mary Simon Baltimore Album' complex?) 

30 ways to save a pound. (Or a few bucks.) From Life in the Country.

5 treasures found in the trash...or a garage sale...or...

From the same site (All things mundane), 7 people who had very ironic deaths. 
Including the daredevil who died from...
                   slipping on a banana peel.

Underwater surfers. An amazing slide show. (Cooling too, if you happen to need that sort of thing.)

Maybe I'll go sit under the lamp, margarita in hand, and hope for sunshine. It's bound to happen sometime. 



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