Saturday, December 22, 2018

Caturday Post: Bookshelf Kittens and Bibliomancy!

Tiamat has also taken to knocking some books off my shelves, which I take as an indication that I should use them for bibliomantic divination. So, flipping open C J Cherryh's Hellburner, which was a victim of the kitten's depredations, and reading at random, I find:

Ben said: "Screw it, he's got a breakfast sitting back there, we all got breakfast back there, if nobody's grabbed it."
This is a clear directive from the universe to have a second breakfast. 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Caturday Cat Help

I got a kitchen island to help with my lack of counterspace. Although it has wheels so I guess it is more of a turtle than an island. Tiamat helped put it together.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Caturday Post: Cuba Recovery

I left my poor kitten all alone for a week.  She has lost all her cute.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Fabulosity: Alicia Alonso

The Prima Ballerina Assoluta and founder of the Cuban National Ballet dances in Giselle:

On my recent visit to Cuba, I went to the museum of dance in Havana. Unfortunately, most of the building was under renovation after hurricane damage, but they did have a portrait of Alicia.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Caturday Post: Majestic Vapours

Tamerlane gets the vapours from the kitten attacks and retires to the fainting couch.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Day after Caturday Post: Birdwatching

Her attention span is not the longest, but she is practicing her focus by staring at the birds. Tamerlane models proper attention.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Caturday Post: Tiamat Visits the Vet

She faced the forces of veterinary care with bravery and a puffed tail.

It is very tiring getting vaccinated. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Caturday Post: New Baby

It's been a rough year.  The bright spot is Tiamat, the tiny, squeaky goddess of Primordial Chaos.


Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday Fabulosity: Ukraine and Queen

The Ukrainian RG team killing their 3 balls 2 ropes routine to "Show Must go On"

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Reading in March

I have been behind in my blogging.  Here's what I read in March.

  • Robert Jordan, The Great Hunt
  • Andrew Seipler, Stuff and Nonsense
  • Philip K Dick, "The Second Variety"
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wild Girls
  • Washington Irving, "The Devil and Tom Walker"
  • E Nesbit, "Hurst of Hurst Cut"
  • P. G. Wodehouse, Love Among the Chickens
  • Robert Louis Stevenson, "Olalla"

Currently reading Moby Dick

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!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Vintage Snake Oil: Daniel's Famous Cold Tablets

Daniel's Famous Cold Tablets!  Don't expect a cold to cure itself! (I thought that was the only known solution?) But these are "Indispensable in the treatment of colds, la grippe, headache, and constipation!"

No ingredients listed, other than chocolate, as in "chocolate coated and pleasant to take" so there's that.  However, these are popular. 

The Formula of DANIEL'S COLD TABLETS is widely prescribed by physicians everywhere and the demand for them is increasing with such rapidity that a special laboratory force is constantly required in their preparation.
Lab force 1!  To the COLD TABLETS!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

Vintage Snake Oil: Indian Weed

Recently, at an antique store, I found a number of old Almanacs, including a Lamar Almanac from 1908, for Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama.

It has the most wonderful medicine advertisements, including the following for "Indian Weed"

Indian Weed gives tone to and builds up the prostrated Nervous and Muscular Systems and makes Regular and Healthy all the natural functions of the female organism. St. Louis, MO., Post-Dispatch, says: "Indian women are proverbially healthy and strong, often marching for days with their babies upon their backs. In fact, they frequently go the day before and after confinement, with their tribes upon the march. These women acquire this great strength and power of endurance by using a weed that grows in their locality, out of which a medicine is now being made, and kept by druggists under the name INDIAN WEED (Female Medicine). 

It's only $1/bottle, which in today's terms would be somewhere around $25, but what is money when you too can embrace racism and an unspecified weed that grows in apparently all localities where native Americans are found to solve all your unspecified female problems!

I couldn't find any explanations online of what this was, since searches either came up with scanned versions of this exact ad, or opining about marijuana. Nonetheless, I think we should see Gwyneth Paltrow selling this soon.