Friday, March 2, 2018

Reading in February

  1. Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
  2. Philip K. Dick "The Hanging Stranger"
  3. Neil Gaiman Trigger Warning

Friday, February 23, 2018

Caturday Post: National Drink Wine with your Cats Week

One of the sillier made up holidays, (aren't all holdiays made up?) but it makes more sense than groundhog day. 

I got some Rose.

 The kitties were unimpressed by my wine, but they have a little catnip wine bottle.

Saturday, February 3, 2018


My housemate made flowers.  Naturally I stacked them on Mushi.  I posted this photo online and in minutes I received a message from a friend asking if she could purchase a number of these flowers for a crown for her wedding.  I passed this on to my housemate along with a recommendation that she hire Mushi as a model.  He is black and white and looks good in everything!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Reading in January

Terry Pratchett, The Last Hero
An inspiring tale of a Conan-like hero grown old, set off to return fire to the gods by blowing them up.

Louisa May Alcott, "The Mummy's Curse"
The Classic Tales Podcast is currently doing blood and thunder adventures by Louisa May Alcott. These are so much more interesting than Little Women etc. 

I am currently in the process of reading 

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being 
  • The Satanic Verses 
  • The Great Hunt (these people sniff more than any normal human being has ever sniffed)
  • Trigger Warning
  • Threadbare

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Vintage Snake Oil: Indian Blood (Remedy)

Source, 1916 Grier's Almanac for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas

Post Trail of Tears, we have this gem of a native American helping a white man along health's highway. For Blood Poison--Itching Humors--Pimple, Smith's Blood Syrup, the Great Indian Vegetable BLOOD PURIFIER.  Since it is manufactured by John B Daniel of Atlanta, Ga, I wonder if this is the same John B Daniel responsible for Daniel's Famous Cold Tablets.  It seems likely, but all we really know about this stuff is that it
Shakes out the aches of Uric Acid Poisoning, Rheumatic Affections, Sores, Ulcers, Scrofula, Eczema, Tetter, and all Skin Disease. 
According to the Mayo clinic, most people with high levels of uric acid show no symptoms, making it easy to "cure," I'm not sure what rheumatic affections are, tetter is a skin problem like eczema or ring worm, scrofula is frequently caused by tuberculosis, which is not curable by anything but antibiotics, and all skin diseases is quite the range and the claim.  But we can write for testimonials!