Saturday, March 7, 2009

Set your clocks AHEAD tonight for Daylight Savings Time . . .

Spring forward, fall back. I always have to say this to myself when adjusting the time before I go to bed when daylight savings time begins or ends. It officially begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning when most of us will be fast asleep. Luckily all of our electronic devices such as computers, cable boxes and DVRs will reset themselves automatically. We'll have to do our clocks and watches manually.

Did you know we have Benjamin Franklin to thank for this unnatural thing? It all happened while he was living in Paris.

Ben Franklin couldn’t abide wastefulness. Les Parisiens, he complained, stayed up late into the night and awoke at noon, wasting 96 million pounds of wax and tallow each year because they squandered daylight.

He proposed a mandatory awakening at 4 a.m. from mid-spring to mid-fall, an idea that laid the groundwork for our twice-a year time change. He even suggested posting guards outside shops to prevent people from buying candles.

“Every morning, as soon as the sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing,” he proposed in 1784. “And if that is not sufficient, let a cannon be fired in every street to wake the sluggards effectually.”

So, if you wake up groggy Sunday, just remember that it could be worse. Cannon fire could have roused you.

I think it's too early this year so I am not a fan! What about you?



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Friday, March 6, 2009

Moving panorama in the most amazing antiquarian bookshop in the world . . .




Click to see the huge panorama.
Move your mouse around to see the entire shop.

I have no idea where this wonderful establishment is located but I want to live there...right in the bookshop! My guess is it's in Paris. Nothing but huge walls full antiquarian books and prints, my idea of heaven. Don't forget to pan the camera by moving your mouse around to see everything including the entire ceiling.



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Fat Dog Quote with Bulldog . . .

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Hey Diddle Diddle . . .


Hey, diddle, diddle,
The Cat and the Fiddle,


The Cow jumped over the Moon.
The little Dog laughed to see such fun,


And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

I scanned these images from another of my antiquarian children's books: 'The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book by R. Caldecott' published in London by Frederick Warne and Co., Ltd. (the same company that published all of the Beatrix Potter books).

I absolutely love the 19th century illustrations by Ralph Caldecott. Click any picture to enlarge.

Tea or Wine left this comment on my earlier post about this wonderful artist: "These are lovely illustrations from a simpler time in children's literature. The watercolors are soothing and soft. Today, Caldecott lives on as each year an American picture book is awarded the Caldecott Medal for excellence in its illustrations."

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. ♥Rosemary



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A bookcase full of friends . . .



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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Clean your computer monitor screen on the INSIDE . . .

A reader sent me this wonderful site this morning. It is hilarious.

This adorable little pug will lick your screen squeeky clean from the inside. I know you will love this as much as I do!

Share with someone. It will definitely make their day.

Submitted by Janet. Thanks so much! ♥Rosemary





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Life's Little Instruction Book, pages 38 & 39 . . .

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mark Twain | How to get ahead . . .

I have been working on my taxes for the past few days and followed Mark Twain's advice. It worked and I will soon be finished. Hooray!



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Pennies make dollars | Gather your pocket change [video] . . .

This is too clever for words! Enjoy.



Thanks Wendy.



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Life's Little Instruction Book, pages 36 + 37 . . .



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