ETERNAL FASHION FROM THE CRIMEAN WAR

I recently watched a documentary about the Ukraine. There was a bit of a blurb in the part depicting the Crimean War that probably went unnoticed by most people but I seemed to latch onto it with great curiosity. It seems this is the time in history that marked the emergence in the fashion world of the cardigan sweater and the balaclava.

The cardigan, a knitted sweater that is open in the front but can be closed with buttons, gets its name from James Brudenell, who was the Seventh Earl of Cardigan, and served as the Major General for the British army in the Crimean War of 1853-1856. Continue reading “ETERNAL FASHION FROM THE CRIMEAN WAR”

DOGGIE WINTER BLUES

The weather is beginning to change. The nights are chillier and chillier. These are the signals that it is time to wrap the outside faucets and check the antifreeze levels in the car. One thing, however, that often gets overlooked is the family dog.  Whether you have an indoor dog or an outdoor dog, prepping for winter is important for them to fare comfortably and safely until the spring thaw.

The fur coat a dog sports does not mean there is nothing else required to prepare them for the weather extremes of a winter season.  Some pups, especially short, smooth coated breeds like beagles and Chihuahuas, need a sweater or jacket. Dogs can suffer from hypothermia just like humans. Pay attention. Are they shivering? Are they staying curled up as tightly as they can in an attempt to conserve their body heat? Those are sure signs they are cold. They need a warm bed and probably need to be wearing an insulated piece of doggie fashion. Continue reading “DOGGIE WINTER BLUES”

GET THAT NEW HOUSE SMELL

You know how you buy a new car and it has that “new car” smell? Well, too bad that houses or apartments don’t have that. In fact, quite often you will inherit some of the odors of the previous tenants. So, if you find yourself moving into new digs and you want to eliminate the ghostly presence of those who went before you, here are a few tips. These can be crucial if previous tenants were smokers or had pets who contributed to a big stink and you or one of your loved ones is allergic to cigarette smoke or pet dander. Continue reading “GET THAT NEW HOUSE SMELL”

THE MYSTIFYING SLOWDOWN

I got a new computer. My old laptop was about six years old. Virtually a dinosaur and slow as molasses. My new computer is lightning fast. So fast I get dizzy checking my e-mail. I also upgraded my cellphone and it’s so darn smart I don’t even think I needed to spend the money on the laptop. I can pretty much do everything on my smartie-pants phone. AND… it runs even faster than my laptop. Or, at least they ran amazingly fast for about a month. Then, the mystifying slowdown. Continue reading “THE MYSTIFYING SLOWDOWN”

WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE EGYPTIAN PYRAMIDS?

I grew up believing the pyramids in Egypt were burial tombs. The other day I was channel surfing while watching television and came upon a documentary that claimed that, actually, no Egyptian mummy has ever been found entombed within the pyramids. Wait! What?

Digging around, if I did the math correctly, the busiest pyramid building periods were from about the year 2300 B.C. until about 4 A.D. When most people think about the pyramids of Egypt, what usually comes to mind are the Great Pyramids of Giza that are considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The oldest and largest of these is reported to have been built for Khufu. Three smaller pyramids constructed near the Great One are supposedly for his queens. His mother, Queen Hetepheres, was actually discovered entombed nearby. Continue reading “WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE EGYPTIAN PYRAMIDS?”