Monday Marginalia – The Cat Just Don’t Care

Jack my cat.

Jack my cat.

If you have been reading my blog you have met our cat Jack. He came with our house. He’s an indoor/outdoor cat. Tried to make him an indoor cat but he’d been an outdoor cat/garage cat when we moved here. Any way he won the debate and now goes in and out during the day.

That’s when we began to notice our tom wasn’t concerned with appearance. He’d come in so dusty when you patted him he made clouds like Pigpen. If it was raining he wanted out and would come in wet. Did he groom right away? No way. He’d try to rub himself dry on my legs and lap. Later with a space heater he’d come in and doze there letting the heat do the job and smelling the room up of wet cat. He’ll come in with dirt outlining his nose and not care. I tell him. He just purrs happily with a black outlined nose. After dining he’ll sometimes wander around with food on his chin. Again I’ll point it out, he’ll just purr. He does groom himself very well, it’s just once a day… in the middle of the kitchen floor… while I am making dinner. Until I chase him away so I won’t step on him, then in a huff he’ll trot upstairs to his room to groom hiself upon his bed. Yes, that’s how we call upstairs guestroom with the full bed, his favorite retreat. So we’ve decided Jack is just a rugged outdoor Tom. Just like honey badger – he just don’t care.

Monday Marginalia – Heating Your Home in 1897

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In 1897 Rev Wheatly of Loretto Tennessee wrote to the Rochester Radiator Company for information about their product to heat his home.  What he got back was more than information on a heater for his home but an offer to become a wholesale dealer in the area.  I don’t know if he acted on it or just filed the response away to later be found by me in a bundle of postcards and correspondence for sale in an antique store.  As there is a blank order form here I think he didn’t but who knows it might just be a final one of several forms. Here’s what a Rochester Radiator was and their pitch to Rev Wheatly.

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Monday Marginalia – Now THAT’S an Auditorium

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This post card didn’t catch my eye for the image as much as for the message on it.  The postmark is March 22, 1938.  The message reads as if it’s from a new housewife to her parents about the wonders of the big city.  Her handwriting was excellent.  I’m sure her ‘folks’ were proud.

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Monday Marginalia – Other Asheville Houses

Solarium at the Smith McDowell House.

Solarium at the Smith McDowell House.

Our trip to Asheville was to see its world renowned house – Biltmore.  However while there we enjoyed two other much smaller but just as lovely in their own way. The first one is North Lodge on Oakland.  The second was the Smith McDowell House. Continue reading

Monday Marginalia – Congratulations to Sara!

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This beautiful lady is Sara. She’s my son’s fiancee. Yep, this month he popped the question to his long term girlfriend. The marriage is in a few years. I’m getting a wonderful daughter without all the mess of raising one. But that’s not why I’m congratulating her. I’m congratulating her for graduating college. She’s now a physical therapist going on to medical school! That she worked hard for and made it! We are all so proud.

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