The Time When My Great Grandmother Invited Susan B. Anthony to Her Birthday Party

My great grandmother invited Susan B. Anthony to her 12th birthday party in 1905.

Letter 1

Sadly Ms. Anthony was too busy to attend. She did, however, promise to have someone at headquarters send her a new photo of herself. I’m guessing that to Ruth’s twelve-year-old self she was as cool as Ariana Grande is to my friend’s twelve-year-old girls. My twelve-year-old self had Stevie Nicks… but that’s another story for another day.

Turns out, the parcel with the new photo did not arrive in a timely fashion, and young Ruth sent a letter of complaint. Ms. Anthony wrote her a short letter to explain what had happened…

Letter 2

I see that Ms. Anthony did not have in her school the vertical writing. This letter is not plainly read.

Letter 3

I’m not sure if she ever did get her picture… but if not, it was not for lack of trying.

Happy 19th Amendment Day!

I’m Here All Week Folks

In honor of “National Tell A Joke Day”

A man shows up at work on Monday with a black eye. His coworker asks him, “Hey, how’d you get that?”

The man with the shiner says, “The funniest thing happened yesterday, I was in church and the woman in the pew in front of me stood to sing and I noticed her dress was stuck in the crack of her ass… so I reached over and pulled it out and she punched me!”

The following Monday the guy shows up at work with another black eye. His friend asks, “What happened this time?”

“Well, you’ll never believe it, I was at church and the same woman stood to sing but her dress was not stuck in the crack of her ass, and I remembered how much she liked it there so I tucked it in.”

I’m here all week folks, don’t forget to tip your waitress.

Alektorophobia: One of Five Things Most People Don’t Know About Me

  1. I really do want chickens, but their wild side-eye glances and freaky jerky neck thrusts flat out scare me. The thought of walking through the dewy morning grass in my jammies to scoop up aqua and café au lait hued eggs makes me dizzy, but they simply freak me out.
  2. I started my current career just one month shy of my 37th birthday. Proof that there are second acts, and third, and fourth. But you knew that.
  3. I do not like reggae, not even a little.
  4. If there is a choice between a pair of red shoes and any other color I always buy the red.
  5. I do not have a green thumb, though most people think I do.

Helloooooo Radiooooo

In a world with so many apps designed to increase productivity, I highly recommend this time sucking, step on the brakes, magical musical mystery tour of an app. SO MUCH FUN. Go grab your boring leftovers from the kitchen, pop in your earbuds and be ready for a world tour from the safety of your cubicle.

I am currently touring 1960’s Sweden while processing our September issue ads for AppleNews+. Maybe it’s the interface’s aesthetic, but this musical time machine feels like a Wes Anderson movie soundtrack.


Gimme Shelter

Name: Zeke aka Ezekiel Ray
Age: 3
Adopted: July 8, 2017
Shelter: Bastrop County Animal Shelter

In honor of Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs, consider donating to your local shelter.

Our local shelter has an Amazon Wishlist and often sends our requests for food and other items. It’s so easy to send some food or bedding directly to them. No need to know the address, just pay for the items and they will be sent to address on the registry. I’m grateful for this shelter and was so happy to find Zeke there. We brought along our older dog Maisy to help us find her new friend. He was the only one who did not make her growl 🙂


This morning I was inscribing a young coworker’s 30th birthday card and wrote about how I couldn’t wait to be 30, and how that year proved to be one of the bravest and best years of my life.

It made me think about the last few decades and what each one felt like to me.

I was a hot mess, which would explain why I was in a hurry for my thirties.

These years were full of brave big moves; geographical, marriage, and a new career.

We bought our first home when I was forty. I finally felt grounded, and settled into my new home town.

Creativity and freedom come to mind as I am close to the middle of this decade. This may be my favorite decade yet. I spend time doing more of what I love and have more friends than I’ve ever had.

This WSJ article about women in midlife, and reinvention is inspiring.

Read it here

Summer Sock Knitting

I love Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guides because they combine two of my favorite things: yarn and small books. By definition the MDK Field Guides are portable, but I love that they offer a digital copy with purchase of the printed issue.

I’ve yet to find my favorite sock knitting method. I’ve knit them top down, toe up, on DPNs, on on 2 circular needles. I started these socks on Size 1 DPNs and decided to switch to 2 circulars for the heel, but only had Size 2 circulars. I wasnt sure if I would see a notable difference in the stitches… but I sure do.

See how much looser these stitches are? Oh well, should sort itslef out when washed. I will however need to knit the cuff and leg with Size 1 for second sock since I will notice that. I’m one of those people who can’t stand to have one shoe tied tighter than the other. I am a delicate flower.

This is my first pair with a short row heel, I like the look a whole bunch but not sure how they’ll wear.

Watching & Knitting

Holy cow, are you watching Years & Years on HBO? Scary. Like Black Mirrir creepy. Why is it that stories set in the near future are the scariest?

If terrifying sci-fi/politcal thrillers aren’t your thing watch The Thick of It. Oh wait, it’s still political, and scary, but funny, and the language is pretty spicy. The writing is superb and the steady stream of insults and bad profanity by media advisor Malcom Tucker are even better in his Scottish brogue. Veep is loosely based on this BBC show.

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guides
Years and Years
The Thick of It

Grow + Share

Holy guacamole! How is my garden still producing so many peppers and cherry tomatoes! There has been so much rain this summer that I’ve hardly watered and fully expected my garden to shrivel up by now. What’s a girl to do with such an embarrassment of riches? Well, it’s Tuesday, so I know one of our community food banks is open so I picked what I could, washed my bounty, bagged it, and dropped it off with volunteers at the Elgin Community Cupboard.

Did you know that most local food pantries can accept home-grown produce? Contact them first, but many of your local organizations will gladly accept washed, home-grown produce to offer their clients. Ample Harvest  has a Find a Pantry link in the Gardeners Donate Food header in the main menu to help you find a local food bank or soup kitchen that would love to accept your produce and backyard eggs.

Ample Harvest
Elgin Community Cupboard

Shortcut Pie Crust

Shortcut Pie Crust

A couple years ago I needed a super quick pie crust because my frozen pie disk had taken a bad turn during a power outage. Though conventional wisdom tells me it’s unwise to try something new when entertaining, I decided to give this quick pie crust a try. I scoffed at the claim that this piecrust is revolutionary… but am now a convert. The crust is kind of shortbready, buttery, flaky, and so easy. Perfect for single crust pies.

Shortcut Pie Crust recipe
The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook