Friday Photos: IChing No.19 Approach

21 Oct

Looks like it is easier to go thru!


Looks like it is easier to go over.

Indy Star: Haunted house brings H.H. Holmes’ horror to life

21 Oct

From Indy Star

Haunted house brings H.H. Holmes’ horror to life

The crimes of H.H. Holmes are the stuff of horror movies. A handsome young doctor who lures young women to his hotel with promises of work or love, but the hotel is a warren of death, filled with gas chambers, trap doors and chutes that led to subterranean dissection table and crematorium. All set against the dramatic backdrop of the “White City” constructed for the 1895 Chicago World’s Fair.In all, Holmes — born Herman Webster Mudgett — is believed to have murdered as many as 200 people from 1886 until his capture in 1894. The exact number is unknown. And while he is best known for his so-called “Murder Castle” in Chicago, Holmes left his mark on Indianapolis.

Indy Star: Bison are back on the Indiana prairie

20 Oct

From Indy Star

Bison are back on the Indiana prairie

MOROCCO, Ind. – A bison herd is now roaming a northwestern Indiana prairie that the Nature Conservancy has spent two decades restoring.The conservation group released 23 bison from South Dakota into the Kankakee Sands prairie restoration area on Saturday. The Nature Conservancy has planted nearly 6,500 acres of prairie at that Newton County site since 1996.The bison are confined to a 1,060-acre pasture at Kankakee Sands. Hiking is now prohibited in that area.Land steward Tony Capizzo says the bison should increase the site’s plant and animal diversity by grazing and disturbing the soil.Visitors to the area about 50 miles northwest of Lafayette can watch the bison in action from an elevated viewing area located just off U.S. 41 near the town of Morocco.

Fall Festival: Covered Bridges

18 Oct

60th Annual Parke County, Indiana Covered Bridge Festival

Two weeks starting the second Friday in October.

We missed the crowds on a rainy afternoon, drove over this bridge named “Rolling Stone” built in 1915 and took these photos.

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Friday Photo: Eve, let’s read a book

14 Oct
Let's read!

Let’s read!

Our alcove with LED pot lights is “purrrfect” for reading “old-fashioned” books.  Eve joined me in the adjacent chair for each chapter.

This week we read the old-fashioned format…paper, hard cover, jacket of Legends and Lies, The Patriots by David Fisher.  We recommend reading this compelling history of the founding of the United States, especially in an election season.  Our politics were messy then, as now.



International Day of the Girl Child (United Nations)

11 Oct

October 11, 2016:  International Day of the Girl Child

Let girls be girls!  United Nations Women’s website identifies child marriage as a global problem thrwarting women’s development mentally (education is suspended), physically (bear children too early) and spiritually (vulnerable to violence).

Every day is a day for girl power @ Days for Girls International.

Days for Girls International developed reusable feminine hygiene kits (in bright colors and bold patterns) produced and delivered via crowdsourcing.  Check out DfGI 2015’s annual report…the photos are amazing:


Elfcroft has shipped components supporting 195 kits since 2014.  Plus, we have a head start on a 2017 shipment.  Check out a sample of the work:

From Houzz: Ugliest colors

4 Oct


This Houzz link has examples of beautiful decorator applications as well as the “runners up”.

Not only does Elfcroft have a couch upholstered in the “world’s ugliest” color Pantone 448C (brown/olive green blend), but also “favorite” wardrobe items!  Think:  Green sea turtles.


“World’s Ugliest” color?

What say you?

Dirty job: composting

27 Sep
Yard compost bin


Kitchen compost bin



Compost bins






Composting is both a dirty job and “Black gold” to enrich vegetable garden….this season’s yield…100 pounds!

For fifteen years, I have used a three step process to mitigate the slime and smell of kitchen waste.  This year I added a fourth step.

  1. Compost kitchen and garden waste (very slimy and smelly)
  2. Compost yard waste (primarily trimmings of perennial flowers).
  3. Add kitchen compost to yard waste = black gold
  4. Top off with ashes from fire pit for enrichment

All gardening starts with dirt.  Yes, it is less expensive and messy to buy compost by the bag at garden centers.  Homemade is better.

From Houzz: Monarch Migration

20 Sep

We have asters:

Purple Dome Aster

Purple Dome Aster


The joys of a butterfly bush!  aka:  Buddleia davidii, family Loganiaceae

Book Review: The Millionaire and The Bard

29 Aug

“Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio”

Author:  Andrea Mays 2015

I give it Five Stars!

*Inside story of the rise and fall of Standard Oil, the source of economical fuel that launched the automotive industry and the source of Henry’s income for investing in rare books.

*Inside story of the publication of Shakespeare’s plays after his death, in an era when oral performances were not written (His life’s work may have been lost forever.)….typesetting, proof reading, paper, binding

*Inside story of the systematic acquisition of “Shakespeare’s Folios”…research, relationships, negotiations, privacy, delivery, storage…

*Inside story of an amazing marriage and mutual passion for literature.

*Inside story of the wisdom to transition from collecting to developing an extraordinary library to preserve and share the world’s greatest collection of all things Shakespeare.

Recommended reading for everyone interested in libraries, English Literature, Shakespeare, merits of vertically integrated corporations, strategy and negotiations for developing rare collection, early methods of printing/book binding, early twentieth century travel, biography developed from personal correspondence, even early twentieth century golf!

2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death