Showing posts from June, 2013

Sunday—Have A Colorful Week

Get inspired with this great writing & art project by the color website, Pantone

Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color

In 1956, Frank Sinatra released a concept album of tone poems composed by eight of the most notable Hollywood arrangers of the time.  A tone poem is a single movement orchestral piece that illustrates the content of a non-musical source, like a poem, a novel, a painting or a photograph.

Each composer was assigned a color...

White (Victor Young—22 Oscar nominations for his work in film)

Green (Gordon Jenkins—wrote music & lyrics for Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald & many others)

Purple (Billy May—originally a big band trumpeter, he wrote songs for Peggy Lee, Vic Damone, Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney, among many others)

Yellow (Jeff Alexander—scored 35 films, including Jailhouse Rock & music for the TV show, Family Affair)

Gray (Alec Wilder—wrote Tony Bennett's beautiful redition of "I'll Be Around")

Gold (Nelson Riddle—…

tHe sATurDaY sToRE—Nevada Gold Mine Postcard c.1908

An exceptionally lovely vintage Nevada mining postcard

For mining enthusiasts, vintage postcard collectors & Nevada historians!

Condition:  Excellent (unused, with a handwritten message from the sender)

Price:  $25 + free shipping

Date & Description:  Copyright 1908 by Williamson-Haffner Co., Denver—This neat color postcard predates the 1917 designation of the sagebrush as the official state flower.


Dated 105 years ago, this postcard shows the sunflower and the state seal with a banner reading, "All For Our Country."  The motto was later changed to "Battle Born."  Next to the flower & seal is a neat color inset of 3 miners hauling ore out of a snow-covered mountainside.

This poem is above the inset:

Golden Sunshine on they plains,
In thy mountains, golden veins,
Truly hath the sunflower told, 
That thou art as good as gold.

Unused, but hand-inscribed by the sender in black ink...

"4   I guess you are tired of this nonsens…

Friday—A New KittyCat Blog!

KattyTales: The Adventures of Seven Much Loved Cats

This blog is for anyone who has ever had to leave their animals with a house sitter.

When you're not a pet parent, it sounds simple enough.  Hire a reasonably competent person to take care of the pets and the house, water the plants, and pick up the mail for a week or two...easy-peasy!

Leaving a pet, however, is not like asking someone to water the ferns or take the garbage down to the curb on garbage night.  There's a little sentient being behind those adoring golden eyes, and when the humans are gone, they are missed.  We miss our fur friends and fret over how much they will miss us, especially when we leave a sick animal in someone else's care.

That is why this blog was created.  I am housesitting 3 krazy kittycats for a couple of weeks, and this is a daily journal of their adventures at Camp DontStealMyPen.

Click HERE to visitKattyTales

Thursday Mini-Post: Mercury Messenger

Check out these awesome color enhanced images of Mercury taken by the Messenger probe

Click HERE to link up to the Messenger website

The color view is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye.  The chemical, minearalogical, and physical differences on the surface of the planet are enhanced by the color based imaging map.

Wednesday—Good For You, Good For The Home: Keurig K-Pod Mini

i ❤ my Keurig k-pod mini!

Check out this great little single-serve coffee maker from Keurig!  Uber-cute & practical, it uses individual k-pods to brew a fresh cup of coffee, tea or hot cider.  K-pods can be purchased at Safeway and Target in a variety of blends by dozens of manufacturers, including Starbuck's, Gevalia, Peets, Donut House and Twinings.

Starbucks makes 18-count packages that cost around $18.  K-pods also come in variety packs that can be ordered off of Amazon (35-count variety pack for $21.49 on Amazon Prime).

How It Works
Each pod contains real ground coffee and a paper filter.  It works exactly the same way that a fresh pot of coffee is brewed, just on a smaller scale.

The One I Use
The model I have is the Keurig mini coffee maker, available on Amazon Prime for $88 up to $119, depending on your choice of color.  There are 10 colors to choose from:  Flash green,red,turquoise,orange, black, white, platinum gray,yellow, blue and purple.

Keurig makes several other k…

Tuesday's Cupboard—Shirazi Salad

A recipe for using summer veggies when they are plentiful & fresh

Enjoy this fantastic & healthy salad by Bay Area chef, Samin Nosrat!

My substitutions:

•  1/2 red onion for the spring onion
•  Omitted the 6 small red tomatoes & used 2 pints of red & yellow cherry tomatoes instead
•  Instead of 1 lb. of cucumber, I used one Japanese cucumber
•  Flavored olive oils (rosemary & garlic) instead of plain olive oil
•  I mixed the herbs into the veggies, then tweaked the flavors with white wine vinegar & freshly ground black pepper & pink finishing salt
•  I served this salad over a handful of fresh spring greens & topped it with crumbled feta cheese

Shirazi Salad
6 SERVINGS RECIPE BY Samin Nosrat BON APPÉTIT JUNE 2013 INGREDIENTS1medium spring onion, thinly sliced (buy spring onions at the farmers' market)

Monday—The Writing Corner: Typewriters

From Maria Popova's wonderful website, Brain Pickings

First, let's start with typewriters of famous writers...

Now, let's see what Bay Area metal sculptor, Jeremy Mayer, can do with typewriters...

Watch this amazing vid on Jeremy's artistic process!  From TEDx GoldenGatePark (2D)_29 Nov 2012

Click HERE to watch an enlarged screen on the You Tube site

Sunday—Have a Cosmic Week

Enjoy the fullest moon of the year!  

I love the summer night sky, especially during the summer when the days are long, and the planets rise slow and bright over the horizon.

The fullest moon of the year happened this morning at 4:32 a.m. PDT (7:32 a.m. EDT).  At 4:12 a.m. PDT, the moon reached its perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, making it a supermoon.

So, check it out tonight when the moon rises at 8:54 p.m. Bay Area time.  The moon will be 99.9% illuminated!

Orlando area:  moonrise at 8:44 p.m. 
Las Vegas area:  moonrise at 8:20 p.m.
Copenhagen area:  moonrise at 9:36 p.m.
Honolulu area:  moonrise at 7:50 p.m.  

Click HERE for the moonrise & moonset calculator 

Pull up a lawn chair and check out this wonderful astronomical event tonight!   

Happy Summer!

tHE sATurDaY sToRE—Harold's Club License Plate Topper c.1940's

A cool piece of advertising history from one of  Reno's original iconic casinos

"Harold's Club or Bust!" was the advertising brainchild of casino club owner and local philanthropist, Harold "Pappy" Smith.  Billboards and signs began to appear in California and eventually reached 45 other states by the mid-60's.

It would make a nice addition to any collection of Nevada memorabilia!  Great for anyone from the Northern part of the state.

Check these recent listings:

•  Ebay —  $55.03 — Sold April 7, 2013
•  Ebay —  $200 — Current listing
•  Hakes Americana & Collectibles — $86.25 — Sold March 21, 2012
•  Ebay (brown cows) — $31 + $22.99 shipping — Sold 9 June 2013

Size:  8" x 13-7/8" flat

Condition:  Used — Nice vintage!  Rust around the attachment slots & edges of plate; slight warp on front end (see photo); no cracks or tears; clear bright colors.  Manufacturer's vertical marks in white are clearly visible in the bottom right corner…

Friday—The Photoshop Gallery: AP42 TRIO

My pix for this week inspired by my favorite graphic designer, Saul Bass

Posters for Steve's office

Click HERE to see the AP42 website

Thursday Mini-Post: Simon The Cat—Flower Bed

Happy Thursday!

I ❤ Simon's cat

by Simon Tofield_animation by Laura Nailor_editing by Isobel Stenhouse_sound by Shrooky

Click the You Tube icon in the bottom right corner for the You Tube website.

Wednesday—Good for You, Good for The Home: Vacuum Maintenance

Zen & the Art of Vacuum Cleaner Maintenance

Model:  Hoover Windtunnel Model No. UH70120

It's important to know how to take apart your vacuum cleaner in order to keep it in good running condition for more than a year.  I've gone through about a dozen vacuum cleaners over the years, including the apartment and dorm vacuums that I bought for the kids.

I've had a top-of-the-line Dyson (useless, don't waste your money) and a series of mid-line Hoovers and Eurekas.  I stuck with Eurekas for a long time because they were reliable and sturdy, but they were heavy, and I needed a vacuum cleaner that could navigate stairs easily.  I switched up to Hoovers when Hoover came out with the bagless Windtunnel series, and I've been happy with them ever since.

Today, I want to show you how to clean a vacuum cleaner.  It's easy if you have the right model, and if you have a good You Tube video to help guide you through the steps.  I highly recommend the how-to You Tube series …

Tuesday's Cupboard—Animal Corn Cob Holders

Something different for your Fourth of July picnic table!  

Check out these fun homemade corn cob holders from the DIY craft website—instructables—by mikeasaurus. 

ClickHEREfor the step-by-steptutorialon

For the original fancy version, check out ceramics artist, Lana Fillippone

Have a great summer, everyone!

Monday—The YouTube Corner: Wooing Women in Public

Unsuspecting women are stalked by the fantastic NYC experimental music video group, CDZA

CDZA, short for "collective cadenza," was founded in 2012 by musicians Michael Thurber, Matt McCorkle, and Joe Sabia.
With over 55 members in the group, these highly trained singers, musicians and performers are from Juilliard, the Berklee College of Music, Broadway musicals, Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College and other music conservatories in and around New York City.
APRIL 27, 2013...Wooing Women in Public by CDZA—Enjoy!

Click HERE to go to the enlarged YouTube version
Click HERE to find out more about the group
Click HERE to check out their other videos

Sunday—Have A Happy Father's Day Week

I saw this fun website by Greg Pembroke, father of 21-month old Charlie and 3-year old William, and had to share.    

For all of the dads whose kids are crying for perfectly logical not wanting to share the grocery cart leg hole with a sibling.  Welcome to fresh Dad Hell!  This dad tweets & takes pix of his kids crying and invites others to join in.  I love it!

It's a fact of life that kids cry for all sorts of trivial reasons that parents can appreciate and enjoy.  Well, it's not so much fun at the time, but let's say later...much later, we can look back and remember that it really was as bad as it seemed at the time.  We've all been in the crying zone!  It's just that dads tend to take it in stride and not let it ruin their day.   
Click HERE to see Reasons My Son Is Crying
Click HERE to follow on twitter
Here's to all of the dads and what they teach us about courage & confidence, manning up to life's challenges, and FUN.  Serious, cr…

Weekend Special—Pinterest Mouseover for Blogger!

For the pinterest addicts!  (That would include me)

Here's a super-easy tutorial on how to add a mouseover Pinterest button to your blog!  Thanks to by Maria Mosley for this fantastic, easy-to-follow tutorial.  

Click HERE to go to the tutorial—How To Install the Official Pin It Hover Buttons on Blogger

It's as simple as 1 - 2 - 3!  It works with all of the blogger templates except Dynamic Views, which does not accept customization.  

1.  Copy the line of code

**  If you're not comfortable with adding code to your HTML template, back it up first

2.  Search for the end of the code by finding the </body> tag & paste in the line of code just above the </body> tag line

3.  Save template


Now, each time you hover your mouse over one of the images on your blog, the official Pin It button will appear in the upper left corner of the image.  I gave it a test-run, and it works just fine.

This is an official Pinterest button, and you can find direct supp…

Friday—The Photoshop Gallery

My pix from last week

These pix are good examples of how Lightroom and LR presets work.  Presets are groups of settings that can be saved as a group,  then applied later with one click.  Lightrooom comes with a variety of really cool presets, but you can also make your own which I have done in these photos.

 The original photo was taken at the Rockin' Roller Coaster exhibit in Disney World, Christmas Eve 2008.  

Thursday Mini-Post: The Basic Difference Between Dogs & Cats

For all of the cat & dog people out're gonna love this!  

This mama dog is amazing!  Check out the cats at the end...LOL

The Basic Difference Between Cats and Dogs