Posts Tagged ‘summer’


Where am I shopping?

June 16, 2015

Summer is fast approaching.  In my town, summer is that short interval when people venture out of doors, and the attractions of the city are briefly open.  One of these outdoor attractions is the Cleveland Flea that sets up in Tyler Village, an old industrial part of the city.

Here are some photos of a recent Flea:

DSC01852The location – note the interesting terra cotta motifs on the tops of these buildings.

DSC01842Some mid-century modern treasures.

DSC01832These boots are made for marching.

DSC01830A poor child being devoured by a shark.

DSC01851And food . . .


DSC01844I did not try these, but they sound interesting.

DSC01841I always wondered how they were made.


DSC01848Are ramps popular other places?

DSC01837I loved this little bakery trailer.

DSC01827And handsome crafts!

It was fun.  We’ll go back.




What do we remember today on tattoo Tuesday?

July 23, 2013

It’s summertime in the northern hemisphere – warm temperatures go hand in hand with frosty treats.  Although history is somewhat fuzzy on this point, I choose to celebrate July 23 as the day ice cream cones were invented.  Here, from Wiki:

In St. Louis, Missouri during the 1904 Saint Louis Exposition, the Banner Creamery’s owner George Bang was selling ice cream. Allegedly, he ran out of bowls and was given rolled-up waffles to serve it in instead. Others credit Ernest A. Hamwi, a waffle maker at the World Fair, as the first inventor.

Given that today is tattoo Tuesday, here are some ice cream cone tattoos.

ice cream 2

ice cream 5

ice cream 1

To round out this post, I offer this handwritten recipe for ice cream.  This is from the collection of Thomas Jefferson and is in his hand writing.   The original is in the Library of Congress.  Isn’t that amazing?

jefferson ice cream

I am not going to mention Gucci Mane in this post.


What am I sappy cat blogging about this week?

August 17, 2012

We often talk about the Dog Days of Summer, but August 17 marks the beginning of Cat Nights, which come with wonderful stories about witches and their cunning ways.

The Farmer’s Almanac describes Cat Nights:

The term “Cat Nights” harks back to a rather obscure old Irish legend concerning witches and the belief that a witch could turn herself into a cat eight times, but on the ninth time (August 17), she couldn’t regain her human form. This bit of folklore also gives us the saying, “A cat has nine lives.” Because August is a yowly time for cats, this may have prompted the speculation about witches on the prowl in the first place.

In addition, there are a number of feline constellations in the night sky at this time – Leo Major, Leo Minor and the Lynx all appear.  More here at

Leo Major