24 March 2015

Shaking off winter with seedling planting

Cold dry winter is mostly over since calendar spring arrived. Still cold despite the crazy high temps the week before spring arrived. Snow threatens but hardly shows itself.
At spring's arrival the planting of the garden is in my mind- also taxes but I refuse to blog about them. So I have begun the seedlings for this year's edition of the garden.
Thus far we have peppers- bell and Hungarian wax- and an assortment of tomatoes- Delicious, San Marzano, Cherokee Purple.
Last season I planted Brandywine, Orange Queen, Roma, Cherry, and an smaller pear shaped golden tomato. I think I may have had a Manitoba too but my seedling markings got separated so I am unsure. It was an average harvest due in part to cooler temperatures. The cherry produced the most. Orange Queen provided the largest specimens.  I also had some really hot peppers in the garden called Burning Bush. Sadly we were unable to find a use for them as they were extremely hot. Hence  I am going with bells and Hungarian wax this season.

Seedlings started

 

09 January 2015

Retribution of Crazy Online Ads

Years ago I would post a few strange online ads and make inane comments on them.
They have so proliferated the Net it was impossible to continue.
However, this one really grabbed my attention this week. Finally somebody with the guts to expose the Fed. But this does not look like the Fed.

Sexy and romantic threat

I did not click on this ad due to potential of it maybe linking to more scantily or suggestively dressed females threatening the economic security of the US.
But why is the ad suggesting such a threat with the sexy blond with candles?
Is the GDP somehow tied to the business of presenting alluring women in low light settings to gullible males?
I bet there is someone at the CIA who knows.

Classic Fisher Price: Rock-a-Stack

Fisher Price has produced over 40 million of these since 1960. They are still produced with a slightly different design for the "donuts" and base. The newer version I have has a few less "donuts."
I am pretty sure every child of the last 50 years has played with one. And it has a wiki entry.
The rock-a-stack has made a few cameos in Pixar films- notably the Toy Story series.
Besides that there is not much out there about it.
But there is an entry on how to make a candy rock-a-stack.
I think the one below is from the mid-1970s.
rock-a-stack

 

08 January 2015

Classic Fisher Price: Music Box Pocket Radio

Fisher Price made tons of wind up music playing items.
This one plays It's A Small World and was produced in the late 70s.
The song was popularized by the Disney created attraction for the 1964 World's Fair in New York. Afterward the attraction was moved to Disneyland. Copies have since been installed in all the Disney Theme Parks. However I would like to see them install it on their cruise ships.
Mary Poppins composers Robert and Richard Sherman wrote the song.
The graphics on the back seem to look like style of the ride but I have yet to find any Disney relationship concerning this toy.
It still plays although there is some wear to the bottom. Once again Fisher Price proves durable after nearly 40 years.

Music Box Pocket Radio: Small World

07 January 2015

Classic Fisher Price: Chatter Telephone

Fisher Price was the toy brand name I recall the most from my childhood- along with Kenner and Mattel.
They did not produce much licensed products- although I think they did produce some items with Sesame Street characters. Basically they were the the go to manufacturer for fun and durable toys that spanned generations of children. They are still around today but I believe they are produced by Mattel. Timeline about them here. Sadly the timeline misses my favorite line of Fisher Price toys- Adventure People. I will write about that in another entry.
By the time I came around Fisher Price had been around for about 45 years and was playing with the still usable hand me down toys from the 1950s and 1960s.
Today's entry for the blog is the Chatter Telephone. This guy has plenty of play value for make believe  and action. The rotary dial makes ringing sound when turned and a sort of mumbling sound when the toy is pulled.
Fisher Price released it in 1963. It is still being produced nearly unchanged.

Chatter Phone by Fisher Price
 

25 December 2014

That Christmas long ago

Happy Christmas
No pickles on this tree- at least I did not find any. But there were oranges- clementines to be exact. They were not on the tree buy beneath it. It is actual a tradition Grandma Marlys has kept up from her youth. It recalls the gift of an orange she would receive each Christmas. I think she would also get a tin cup.

24 December 2014

And so it is Christmas

A  Charlie Brown Christmas espouses that dilemma which many of us may find ourselves in at Christmas time.
Exasperated by the holiday and the wacko views of it (ie. Run by a big eastern syndicate.) he blurts out:
Isn't there anyone who understands what Christmas is all about?
To which Linus recites the ancient narrative.



And, yes that is what Christmas is all about. Everything else is just an extension. Although some extensions have traversed well off the main narrative. I have no clue where to place the Elf on a Shelf story that has become so popular. And the pickle Christmas ornament thing is a bit off the wall.

Anyway, here is the narrative pieced together from the Bible.

27 November 2014

It is the great turkey, Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving may have failed to plumb the depths of the Great Turkey mythos. Schultz opted to explore the possibilities of how a dog would go about hosting the feast. Popcorn, jelly beans, and toast make for a less than memorable meal. The special is mostly forgettable except for Snoopy's antics preparing for the dinner.