Thursday, December 27, 2018

Now I'm Hungry

Here it is, POST 100 for the Librariandoa blog for 2018!   I've reached my goal for the year.  Now I can coast! 

While I was looking at my photo archives for post ideas, I went through what seemed like hundreds of saved recipes.   I haven't eaten yet today, and I'm:

Thanks for visiting the blog in 2018!   Happy New Year!

Old Window Frames As Garden Art

Shared by the Empress of Dirt, I love these old window frames painted cheerful colors and hung on a garden wall.   I tried to do a bit of decorating of my garden walls this year, but the effort was small.   These seem like something I could do that would really stand out.

Ball Jam and Jelly Maker

Next season I'm getting one of these!   This means I'll want to grow some nice berries to fill my jars with.   Good thing it's garden catalog high season.

Maybe Cute Isn't Enough In The Garden

I fell for these adorable little pastel eggs one year with seeds all ready to grow.  Not a peep of green!   I'll know better next time.

Nothing from these either!

Yarn Bowls

Should I collect these?  I think the one I have is the coolest ever, but what if there were one with a dragon holding the yarn?   I'd need that for sure.

Made By K: Hello Kitty Granny Square Scarf Crochet Pattern

I'm looking through my old iPad Photo archives for these last posts of 2018.  I'm finding fun stuff, as you can see!   I think I might be able to make this now.  Isn't it adorable?  Here's the link so you can try it too.

Flamingo Toes: Linen Display Rack

From the Flamingo Toes Blog, some time ago, perhaps, a neat idea for displaying your nicer dish towels.  I've come to really like the linen types as opposed to terry cloth.  They're prettier, sometimes artful, and I think they dry dishes well, and dry out faster.

You might see a rack like this at some vintage goods place or garage sale, and see a new use for it.

While The City Sleeps...

Click to Enlarge!   This is an old Comic maker I was trying to track down for my list.  It requires Flash.

Cutting Hollywood

There's a great Facebook Page that makes really dramatic Trailers from older films.

The trailers make every film look good, and they tell their own mini-story.   Highly Recommended!

Bernat All for One Crochet Blanket

Wouldn't this

Look Nice In This:

The Christmas Chronicles (Netflix)

Here's a new Christmas Movie for 2018.  It stars Kurt Russell as a Santa caught on film by two kids, who then sneak into his sleigh and cause havoc with Christmas Eve deliveries.

He's a pretty with-it Santa Clause, rocking out in the jailhouse at one point, and spreading happiness as only Santa can.   He may be one of the best Santas Ever.

The kids in the movie hold it back from being a classic.  The girl is sort of borderline whiny throughout, and the boy was more convincing when he was being snappish than when he was joyful.

Santa's Elves reminded me quite a bit of the 80s movie Gremlins.  With Scandinavian of some sort accents.

Santa's bag was a revelation, as it kept filling from a giant conveyor belt at the North Pole.

I loved Goldie Hawn was Mrs Claus.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

History Daily: Young Vincent

I wanted to title the post Hubba, Hubba, but I did not.   I've only ever seen Vincent Price in roles where he was just this side of madness, working his scary side. 

A Girl and a Glue Gun: My Year in Color

Isn't this such fun?  You can color code your days to match little smiley (and non-smiley) faces.   I'd use pink to denote the happiest face myself.

Dave's Garden: Beginner Gardening Goals: Get Organized for Gardening in the New Year

The author may think the information is properly aimed at beginners, but there's solid advice for anyone who gardens.   In addition to pouring over garden catalogs and making huge lists, doing some garden reading is inspiring. There are many wonderful garden essayists, from Vita Sackville West to Ken Druse.

Researching the bugs and fungi that invaded your garden last year is a great idea.  Except you'll never see me looking at bug pictures.   The worst thing for me as a librarian was to have someone come up to the desk with a jar of any size in hand.  Screeeeeaaammm!!!   The trick is not to look at the jar, while sidling through the stacks to the bug identification books and agh, the pest control section as well, then slinking away before they ask you to look at pictures with them.

I always think your should try growing whatever you'd like.  Some things will live, some will die, all will be interesting.

Have a notebook and start writing in it right now.  Gardening season 2019 has already begun.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

I09's Lois Lanes Ranked

Superman has been my favorite Superhero forever, from my comics reading days.  I confess I never liked Lois Lane, and wished he'd go for Lana Lang.  Alas.  Still, a couple weren't too bad.

I09 ranks the Lois's over time.   They like the character more than I do.

Noell Neill was the best, acting the most like a reporter.  Plus she was smart, savvy and elegant.

I liked Teri Hatcher's Lois Lane as well.

All the rest, particularly Margot Kidder !!!!! are pure nails on a blackboard as Lois.   Even Bitsie Tulloch in the recent episode of the Flash crossover....  Eeek.

A Mitten Garland!

Here's a bit of a trail!  These mitten garlands are adorable and worth a few clicks to get to the how to.  It makes me feel like going out and seeing if there are any Christmas fabric scraps to make some, and we know I can't sew.

Via Diary of a Quilter

Here's the blog post from Down Grapevine Lane with notes on how she made her adorable garland.

The original mitten pattern for felt mittens is here

Burpee Gardens Weed Warriors

Aren't these just works of garden art?   I'd like them just to have them hanging around in an ornamental way.  They look very useful, of course.  They're also pricey, I thought, and I was going hmmm...maybe if I won the lottery I could get them.

Smithsonian: The Math of Spot It!

 I spent some time earlier this year playing Spot It! with my sister-in-law.   It is really a fun and quick moving little game.  You try to be the first to match a picture on your card with one that has just been turned face up.  With so few pictures on each card, it didn't seem possible that every time one person or the other would have a match, but there it was.   When I got my husband to try it, he liked it, but almost immediately went off mumbling about the Math of it.

It turns out he was right!  It's all some diabolical math game.  Arrgghh!

Taste of Home Pink Christmas Punch

I'm working the tiny bit of math I can do somehow when I'm cooking and baking to see how I can make this as a one or two serving delight.   They had me at the Strawberry Ice Cream.

10 Best Garden Projects of the Year From The Empress Of Dirt

So, the Empress of Dirt is quite an awesome handy woman.  How she can design and put all of these wonderful garden enhancements together is really amazing.   I am always daydreaming about being able to build things, but I end up sliding the plans for whatever it may be over to my spouse.  Could you make that for me? 

I think I like the greenhouse best.

Entertainment Weekly's Best (and Worst) Films of 2018

Don't you love the end of the year and all of these "Best of" Lists?   I clearly do.   I don't think I'll be searching Netflix for anyone's "worst" films but a few from the "Bests"  I'm penciling into my notebook.   It may of course be that some of these won't appear for a bit on streaming services.

These look good!

Green Book

First Man

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Paddington 2 (though I never saw Paddington 1)

The Favourite


Friday, December 21, 2018

A Fallen Phrase Puzzle Solution

I hope you enjoyed the puzzle.   Here's the solution.  Unfortunately, there's no Puzzle Page solution offered by Discovery Education's Fallen Phrase Puzzlemaker, so I had to scrawl the answer into a copy of the puzzle, then scan that.   The quote is from Louisa May Alcott.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Travelers on Netflix Returns Today!

 This series ended last season explosively, as they say, with the Travelers all exposed, and the lives they'd built in the current day destroyed.    It was one of those endings that could have served as a series ender, because, how could they continue to fiddle with events in a timeline that now knew what they were up to?  Luckily, one whole year later, we get to see how they can continue their work.  Maybe we'll get a larger glimpse of the future they come from as well.

The Four-In One-Refrigerator

Via History Daily, here's an invention worth another look in this era of Tiny Houses, right?

Librarians On Horseback

Better than a bookmobile for those remote customer locations!  via The Smithsonian, an article on the intrepid Librarians of Yore who brought books to everyone who needed them.  It's really a wonderful story of resourcefulness as librarians found ways to get donations, repaired or re-did battered and beloved tomes.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pantone's Color Of The Year: Living Coral

Generated by the Pantone Institute, the Color of the Year for 2019 that will appear everywhere (apparently) is Living Coral.

Not quite orange, not quite pink, I actually like the shade.   I'm mostly aware of the Color of the Year via the crochet and yarn sites I follow.   Since I'm currently looking for some peach shades to add to my yarn stock, this might be a nice choice, as long as it's a soft version.

Information on Pantone:

About Pantone Color of the Year

For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging, and graphic design.
The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

About The Pantone Color Institute

The Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights top seasonal runway colors, forecasts global color trends, and advises companies on color for product and brand visual identity. Through seasonal trend forecasts, color psychology, and color consulting, the Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology, and emotion of color in their design strategy.

Rebus Answer for the December 6, 2018 Rebus

Never have I doubted my soundness of mind as often as I did on that first night, when the bird-woman and her wards came to save me from the madhouse.

The first line is from A Map of Days The Fourth Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs.  The new book takes place in the United States, past and present.

Visit Ransom Riggs

Saturday, December 8, 2018

British Mysteries You Can Steam On Amazon Prime Video (I Heart British TV)

It's a long winter we've begun.  You'll need something to watch while the snow flies.    I made note of this list from I Heart British TV which has lots of good mystery series and stories for Amazon Prime fans.

As a bonus, they have an April list linked of British TV shows on Netflix from April of this year.   They may not all still be there, but it's a deep list and you should find something.

Friday, December 7, 2018

A Fallen Phrase Puzzle

Let's try a new type of puzzle to round out 2018's post count!   This is a new type of puzzle to me, but I like the possibilities of it. 

Basically, there's a grid with an odd looking mix of letters below the grid.  You slide letters into the columns above to create words that eventually spell out a phrase provided by your Puzzle Mistress (Me).

For instance, the F at the far left slots right into the first box at the left.   The next column of letters, M, G, E, G will fit into the spaces directly above...somehow.

Despite the post title, here's a good visual explanation of how you can go about solving this type of puzzle.

 I think it may be a bit more challenging than most, so I'll put the answer up on Friday December 21st.  Enjoy!

When Half A Pie Will Do

I love making pies.  There is seldom an occasion to make one, because I can't eat one all by myself.  Still, PIE.

My husband won't eat pie, but he took five pictures of my Thanksgiving Apple Pie (From the Pillsbury Cookbook) because he liked the looks of it so much.

It was a very fine pie.  So was the pumpkin.   I'd like to try more pies, but will need to downsize them.

Maybe, I could find a half pie pan.  They sell half pies at Cub.  Do they have a half pie pan?  After much searching, I think not.   I think they use a divided pan such as the one below.

With a divided pan, so you could make two different pies, or, hmmm if it was a freezable pie, you could just freeze half.

There is a ceramic half pie pan on Etsy

I could make a six inch pie, which I should be able to manage.   Maybe this size is almost a tart, which I could definitely eat.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Survivor David Vs Goliath

This season of Survivor has been one of the best in a long time.  Filled with likeable characters and a few villains, the votes have swung all over, defying tribal lines.

Unlikely favorite (though he has been my favorite all along) Christian the Robotics Guy has been targeted at Tribal over and over.

Last night, even his alleged closest ally went gunning for him, after the Family Reunion where Christian's girlfriend, whom he clearly adored, entered the picture.

Gabby, who has cried more than any other Survivor, ever, I'm sure of it, suddenly knew she had to stand up for herself and make a big, jealousy tinged move.   She knew Christian had an idol, but she was sure she and others could fool him into not using it.  Because she's so powerful.

Christian, making a big, broad turn and looking all the jury members in the eye, pulled out his idol.  Gabby went home.  He he he.

I fear the only way he can be saved next time out is to find another idol or win the immunity challenge, which he is very capable of doing.  It would be insanely great if he found another idol and won immunity.   Then two other people would have to be picked off, getting him in closer to the Final Three.  If he's in the Final Three, he has the million.

A First Line Rebus December 6, 2018

Here's a First Line Rebus from a book I've recently read and loved.   The answer will be posted Thursday December 13th.   That last clue is a gimmee, is it not?

Moogly Reviews A New Red Heart Yarn

Working on my sparkly Christmas blanket made me appreciate Moogly's presentation on a new sparkly yarn from Red Heart called Hygge Charm.

There are 16 colors, all with astronomical names.

Halloween Cards

Better late than never, I liked my Halloween cards this year.  I tried a bit of watercolor, tried to work with layering a bit more.  Though, now I see them they don't look so great, but they looked nice in person.  Bad, bad photographer.