A postcard image
Catorze the fussy eater (photo and cat LeRoiSoleil)
Something about this postcard image make me think of a possible Andrew Wyeth Painting. If he were still alive I wonder if a painting would ensue.
In addition to the 3 postcards shown above there are others somewhere in my collection. I am trying to get more organized but it is a slow but enjoyable process.
War can be hell… and war can be absolute boredom. There are few better ways to pass the time than by playing cards. They’re easy to carry: small and lightweight, they fit into a rucksack, duffel bag or Alice pack without having to sacrifice any piece of essential gear.
Plus – they’re cheap!
Wartime decks have been used to help soldiers in the field learn about their enemies and allies, to identify aircraft and even teach American history. In the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American forces used playing cards to identify the most wanted members of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
The U.S. Army and the United States Playing Card Company cooperation goes way back. But it was their brand Bicycle that took it to a whole new level.
During WWII, Allied Intelligence officers contacted the card company to produce the most clandestine deck of cards…
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A little bit of then and now.
We bought a house in North Carolina a few years ago after moving from Italy where we had lived for some years. Being new to the area, we timidly explored our new surroundings in our first few months in an attempt to learn about our new community. We visited our new local supermarket, Ingles, and talked with some of the locals. One young girl stood out as our newest of contacts. We explained that we had just moved to North Carolina from Italy. With a totally amazed look on her face, she exclaimed, “You moved to North Carolina from Italy? What’s the matter? People only move to this town to die!” Ouch! Had we made a wrong decision? The mortician probably thought not.
Some months later, we were busy buying furniture for our new home, We ventured down to South Carolina in an attempt to find a few new items…
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Off and on for about a month I have been troubled by the odd and occasional bug bite. My reactions have been dramatic. In one case my cheek was so swollen that the doctor who I was seeing for an unrelated reason, was giving me all sorts of instructions for a possible emergency visit to ER. I was very puzzled. Why was he talking about an ER visit – my appointment with him was about something quite routine. Why was he so worried? That was the morning after the bite on my cheek and my face was quite distorted!
When I have actually seen bugs here in the apartment they have made me think of fruit flies.
The person in the apartment next to ours put up woven tapestries outside her door. I spoke with her yesterday and she told me about her 8 shaft Norwegian loom. Bingo! I told her about 10 shaft Swedish loom. This really is exciting. I can’t wit to share more.