Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Solstice!

It was still a shock when darkness fell today.
Dinner time already?
But I just ate lunch!

That's what happens on the shortest day of the year --
the longest night.

Monday, December 15, 2014

SANTA CAT Book Trailer

Remember the book called, Here comes the Easter Cat?

Well, Deborah Underwood has another cat adventure and here's the trailer:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

So you're writing a picture book

If you are,
Here are the 10 Commandments of Picture Book Writing.
Or not.

Yes, you have to click the link to understand this cryptic sentence.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Someone just now wondered = what was so wonderful about sliced bread that created this saying:
"The best thing since sliced bread."

It occurred to me that almost everyone living today has ONLY known sliced bread.  And that they think that unsliced, whole loaves of bread are something special.


Bread used to be sold as a chunk of bread and you had to slice it. It was kept in a bread box to keep insects and animals away, but it soon dried out and became very hard. (which is why bread pudding was invented -- to use up that rock-hard bread.)  

When Pre-sliced bread was invented, (plus wax-coated wrappers to keep it fresh), it was wonderful.

Have you ever tried slicing bread for a large group -- trying to make every slice even and the same as the others? 

Before I was married, I was handed a bread slicing knife (these had special edges to cut through tough crusts) and I had to prove I could slice bread properly in order to prove that I knew housewifely skills. 

I managed to pass that test only because our family loved Italian bread with our spaghetti and I had learned how to slice it evenly. (my brother and sisters would complain if one of them got a slice thicker than the other.) 

Pre-sliced bread was a Wonderful improvement. So, if something is the best thing since sliced bread -- It's got to be pretty wonderful.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Looking toward December

Well, this is a first.
No blog posts in November?

I don't know what happened. Where did November go?
I have a question for you --

Thanksgiving is over. Have you put your tree Up, yet?