Historic Victorian Cat Owners Cook #FridayRecommends

Friday comes around more and more quickly, doesn’t it? You know what they say about life: It’s like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.

ANYWAY, I come from Louisville, Kentucky, and so does my mother and so did my grandfather and so did my grandrather’s parents and grandparents. So I was delighted when my almost-a-son-in-law, Zakary Kendall, shared this site of Historic photos of Louisville, Ky, and environs. Lots of great stuff there!

You can find just about anything on the web, can’t you? Here’s a nifty site called The Victorian Web. If you ever wanted to know anything about the age of Queen Victoria, now you know where to look. You’re welcome.

Long-time readers (Hi, Jane!) know I love anthropologist Barbara J. King’s work. Here’s her latest post for NPR, on the perspicacity of cats.

I found a couple coolio recipe sites this week. The first is RecipeCurio, “Preserving Recipes & Cookbooks from the Past Century.” It hurts me to realize I was freakin’ BORN in the slap-dab MIDDLE of the past century. But, oh, well, such is life. It really is filled with, as its sub-title promises, charming vintage recipes.

The second isn’t strictly a recipe site. It’s Little House Living, meaning more like Little House on the Prairie than Little-as-in-Tiny House. It has tips for frugal living, living simply, homesteading, and making stuff yourself. And recipes. Like this one I am totally going to try for saltine crackers. Why? Because!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What inexpensive thing would your main character go to some difficulty to make from scratch?


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Historic Victorian Cat Owners Cook #FridayRecommends

  1. Jane

    January 30, 2015 at 10:59am

    Hi, Marian!

    Nice recommends. I really liked the Louisville photos. Sometimes, as I drive around and spot an old building, I wonder what the spaces around it were like when it was built. How tall were the trees then? I saw an old photo once of St James Ct, when the trees were wee; they appeared recently planted! So thanks.

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      Marian Allen

      January 30, 2015 at 5:18pm

      YES! LOVE old photographs of things I’ve seen or can see. It’s weird to see old photos of this place from when we built, over thirty years ago, and see the trees we planted and look at how HUGE they are after thirty years!

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