A Hundred Years Ago and #Nails #MondayRecommends

Yesterday, Sheryl Lazarus of A Hundred Years Ago commented on this blog. Naturally, I followed her home and Oh! What I found!

She started the blog by posting “my grandmother’s diary entries a hundred years to the day after she wrote them (see Archives—Grandma’s Diary for details). I also shared lots of contextual information and old recipes.” Now, she posts old recipes, updated versions of them, and “related topics, such as food and healthy living in the early 1900s.”

It’s a treasure trove, y’all! Go see! Imma buy some parsnips!

A diary features largely in one of my forthcoming Spadena Street mysteries, which I think will be called DOWN AND DIRTY DEATH.

My nails this week:

That’s Revlon’s Chameleon (which I decided I don’t like). I stamped over it on all but my bird finger with Born Pretty’s In Fire, using Beauty Big Bang’s XL-075 plate. Then I used Maniology’s Straight Up Black stamping polish to pick up a rose from one of the first plates I ever got, Maniology M018.

After letting the stamp dry on the stamper, I covered the stamp with a clear topcoat and let THAT dry. Then I colored the leaves and roses with Sharpies. I painted my ring finger with Orly bonder, let that dry until it was tacky, and applied the stamp. Maniology’s smudge-free topcoat, then a clear topcoat over all the nails. BOOM!

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a diary from a hundred years ago.



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 “A Hundred Years Ago and #Nails #MondayRecommends

  1. joey

    March 8, 2020 at 4:57pm

    My favorite nails are RED, but working with paper as I do, it’s messy, so I tend toward nudes. However, my second favorite nails are GOLD! I love this leafy gold manicure on you!
    Also, The Mister loves parsnips. I reckon I don’t taste them the same as him, as I find them like peppery turnips and prefer turnips. Dunno what all the hype’s about. I put parsnips in pretty much anything one can add veggies to, but his fave is parsnip puree.
    Also, have been sucked into 100 years posts now. The interwebz are so alluring.

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      Marian Allen

      March 9, 2020 at 9:37am

      I have never heard of parsnip puree. I’ll have to look into parsnip cookery. Maybe we’ll come to like them! (Not beets, though. Beets taste like dirt. Yuck!)

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