Parker Super 21

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 0 No tags Permalink 0

In the second installment of the January Lost & Found Object, we have a Parker Super 21 pen to go along with our Parker Super Quink permanent red ink. Richard’s Pens does a good job of breaking down the changes in the Parker Super 21 through the years of production, 1948 – 1965. Mine is the latest version, which would put it on the market roughly at the same time as the Parker Super Quink special giveaway bottle as highlighted in the previous post.

Parker Super 21

It is a nice navy blue pen with a brushed silver cap and the arrow clip. The cap isn’t threaded but stays on quite nicely.

Parker Super 21

At the base of the cap is etched PARKER 21 PARKER and MADE IN THE USA with the Parker logo just above it.

Parker Super 21

As you can see, the fountain pen nib is hooded.

Parker Super 21

I like my fountain pens with a bit of flex generally, but I honestly love how smoothly this one writes. It is delightful! The ink just flows beautifully, it doesn’t leak and get all over my hands, it’s easy to fill with its squeeze sack. These pens can be found pretty easily on ebay, including some that are vintage but never used. It is a great pen, and well worth your time if you happen to come across one. You will wind up paying more than the original $5 though. Here’s the pen in action:

Whispering Pines Accomac Virginia

Monday, January 29, 2018 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Whispering Pines Accomac Virginia

Whispering Pines Accomac Virginia

Published by Edwards Camera Center, Onancock, Va.
Silvercraft – Made by The Dexter Press, Pearl River, N.Y.

This lovely vintage card was mailed with a green one-cent George Washington stamp from Tasley Virginia on June 27, 1947. It was mailed to Mr. Ernest Graves, RFD #2, Amherst Mass. It reads:

Dear “Dad”
Have had a grand trip so far – and we are both feeling good in spite of the 400 miles we traveled. This is a nice place and cottage with all conveniences. We could have made it in one day but didn’t want to rush.
Love Freddie and Elizabeth

Whispering Pines Accomac Virginia

Whispering Pines Motel-Hotel
Perfectly appointed Motel or Hotel accommodations. AIR-CONDITIONING – Television – A Spacious Dining Room and Soda Fountain.
Ocean Hiway – U.S. #13
Accomac, Virginia
Phone: 707 – SUnset 7-1300

Hannau Color Productions, 475 5th Avenue, N.Y.
Color Masters INC
K 36858

This Koppel card features the AAA logo and was mailed with a purple four-cent Lincoln stamp from Accomac  September 11, 1964 to Mrs. R.M. Milligan, 312 W Britannia St, Tarenton, Mass. It reads:

Fri Night
Accomac, VA.
Good trip so far –
Traffic average
Over 500 miles today
Will write Sun or Mon.
Love Roy

Roy is Roy M Milligan, writing to his wife, Naomi B Milligan. The home at the address on Britannia Street still stands, according to Google Street View:

I didn’t find any details on the Ernest Graves, Freddie or Elizabeth, and not very much at all on the Milligans. I was especially interested in Whispering Pines Accomac Virginia after reading American Fire by Monica Hesse.

It was a really interesting book, and made me want to look more into the area. If you’re looking for a fast read, you might want to check it out. Anyhow, the Whispering Pines was something in its day. Advertised in newspapers like the Wilmington Delaware Morning News (12/11/1947):
Whispering Pines Accomac Virginia

Or the same paper on December 9, 1954:

Whispering Pines Accomac Virginia

Or later, in the Salisbury Maryland Daily Times (10/29/1995):

Whispering Pines Accomac Virginia

This website has motel construction as 1932 by Charles F. Russell, and held and run by the family until it was sold in 1972 (Charles passed in 1963). It was sold at auction in 2012 for $28,000.

Parker Super Quink

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 0 No tags Permalink 0


This is part of a new 2018 series, Lost and Found Objects. Each month, a new object will be researched and presented. The L&FO for January is this bottle of Parker Super Quink ink, and this is the first of the blog posts about it.

Parker Super Quink

In 1888, George Safford Parker established the Parker Pen Company in Janesville, Wisconsin*. His company created a number of different fountain pens through the years, including the Duofold in 1921 and the famed ’51’ in 1941.**


To go along with the pens, in 1931 Parker introduced Quink, a quick drying ink that used isopropyl alcohol as a solvent. Later additions included Double Quink, Superchrome and Super Quink.***


According to various websites and patents, the different versions of the ink were all meant to prevent the need for blotters. But some of the different formulations caused the old hard-rubber pens to deteriorate.


I obtained this old bottle of Super Quink through ebay. The box was in great shape, and there was a small quantity of the original red ink that is still usable in the bottle.


I’ve had some difficulty nailing down the different timelines from the various iterations of the Parker inks. The box is absolutely mid-century. But then I started to go through old newspapers and found this ad from the September 1, 1959 Chicago Tribune:

In fact, the ad and offer was run in papers all across the country in autumn 1959, presumably in time for back-to-school. The Parker Super “21” was a slightly scaled down version of the Parker 51, at a lower price. And if you look at the ad, you’ll see the diamond box and bottle of the Parker Super Quink ink, giving our vintage bottle a time frame.


Next up, we’ll cover the Parker Super 21, show off the vintage ink, and demonstrate some modern-day Parker Quink.


* Parker Pen company history,
*** Wikipedia

Stand Up Paddleboarding 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 1

stand up paddleboarding 2017

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I stand up paddleboard. This is the second summer I’ve been doing it. You can read the details on the adventure starting up last year here. So far this year I’ve been out 22 times (last year’s total was 47 times, July 22 – November 7). Mostly I’ve been hitting Goguac, but I’ve also been out on Waubascon and Graham Lake. The photo above was taken by Patrick Gault.  He was shooting photos of the Veterans’ Administration field trip. I was able to track him down through my friend Kat and he sent me a couple photos. While it didn’t really help me figure out what is wrong with my stroke, it did help me realize I should not wear those terrible, terrible board shorts in public. Ever. And maybe I could stand to slap on some lipstick or something before I go out.

New this year is an on-board computer with GPS. It’s a Velocitek Makai and it’s super easy to use. It should be more accurate than using Google Earth, and it tracks average and maximum speeds.

Last year I was starting up for the first time, and every day was an increase in ability. After being off for the winter, getting back this year has been more of a challenge. It’s also been fairly windy at the start of the season. Hopefully August will be a bit more chill.



Summer Reads 2017 Update #3

Monday, July 31, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

summer reads 2017


Can you believe it’s already August? Holy cats, the summer has gone by so fast. Time for the Summer Reads 2017 Update #3.


I read Kevin Wilson’s Perfect Little World, and it was good. Interesting story line. Well written. Something to think about. Everything turned out ok in the end and was wrapped up nicely. I would recommend it. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll send it to you.


As soon as I had finished Nina George’s Little French Bistro, I put her Little Paris Bookshop in my cart. It’s just as good. I read it with one hand on my phone, as I wanted to see photos of the places in the book. It’s a lovely book, and set me in a perfect summer mood. It was delightful, and well worth reading. George puts her own recommendations of books in the back of this one. I picked up two. One is nearly unreadable from a story line, I think. The other is a nice story, but is so poorly edited it’s bothersome. Quotation marks the wrong way, wrong punctuation.

This is week 10 out of 14. I should finish up The Enchanted April this week, and then will start When Breath Becomes Air. Again, I can’t believe how quickly the summer has gone.

Summer Reads 2017:

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders
The Book of Summer: A Novel by Michelle Gable

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim

Like reading? Check out previous summer reads:

Summer Reads 2017 Update #2

Monday, July 10, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

summer reads 2017

We are already into week seven of our summer reads, and so it is time for the Summer Reads 2017 Update #2. I’ve been on a bit of a reading streak, and have not only added some books to the list but read a ton in the meanwhile.

Since our last update (click here), I’ve finished Trials of the Earth, The Gustav Sonata, The Wonder, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, The Book of Summer, and The Little French Bistro. That’s seven books in six weeks. Not bad.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry 
This book was at least interesting. Quite interesting. It’s told from the vantage point of a young girl, and is full of fairy tales. That being said, I can’t think of anyone I’d specifically recommend it to and I wouldn’t put it on a list of books I couldn’t put down. Most of the time I was just waiting to get through it. If you want it, let me know and I will send it to you (paperback version).

Trials of the Earth
This book was excellent. Very interesting. I’m very glad I’m not a pioneer woman. Highly recommend the book if you are looking for an interesting memoir or something of a historical nature. It’s more real and grittier than Little House on the Prairie, but then again it’s written for adults. I really liked it and I think you would too if you enjoy memoirs. Again, I’m super glad I was not born a pioneer woman. I keep mentally going back to this book. Great read.

The Gustav Sonata
Ok, this book was  interesting, too. It’s a historical novel of sorts, taking place immediately after WWII. The characters were good. The story was good. I can’t really think of anyone who would love it, but if you have wanted to read it let me know and I will send it to you.

The Book of Summer: A Novel
Honestly, after the first four books I read, I needed a bit of a break in the form of some lighter reading. My criteria for light reading is a beachy cover, a story that takes place on the coast, and nothing too serious. This book fit the description perfectly. When it was done, I found myself researching the homes that are falling into the Atlantic in Nantucket. If you are in need of a light read, let me know and it’s yours.

The Little French Bistro: A Novel
I loved this book. It was another one I selected for a light read, and it was delightful. I loved everything about it, and took photos of some of the passages so I can go back and re-read them when I need some inspiration. I loved this book so much I purchased another one of her books to read later this summer.

summer reads 2017 update #2

The Wonder
After two light reads as palate cleansers, I went back to the regular reading list with Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder. It takes place in Ireland, seven years past the Great Famine. It is a fascinating read, a really interesting story line. I couldn’t put it down and read through it very quickly. Now that it’s done, I keep mentally returning to it.

summer reads 2017 update #2

What’s next? Perfect Little World, by Kevin Wilson. What are you reading this summer?

Summer Reads 2017:

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders
The Book of Summer: A Novel by Michelle Gable

Like reading? Check out previous summer reads:

Southwind Motel Ocala

Monday, June 26, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Southwind Motel – Ocala, Florida

Southwind Motel Ocala

Located on U.S. 27 – 441 – 301
Two miles south of Ocala, Florida 32670
18 Units, 200 feet off the highway. Outdoor living – Pool – Play and Recreation area. Pets welcome. 2401 South Dixie Highway. Phone 622-6461. Under management of Esther and T.O.Eaton.

New Color Card Technique, R.A. Lasater, Apopka, Fla.

This lovely vintage card has the Diner’s Club logo and another logo that looks like a shield with a Greek in it. I can’t make out the writing. No idea what the ATA or CTC means, either. This card is unused.

There are older cards from the Southwind available online, listing eight units under the ownership of Creston & Orpha Six. This is the second card I have of the Southwind; a slightly older version with the older phone exchange can be seen here. The older card also boasts two more rooms.

I love this place and though I can’t seem to find it, I hope it is still standing today.

Like Ocala? Check these out:

Twin Palms Court

Golden Spur

Star Motel

Recent Crochet Projects

Monday, June 12, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Sweater, Shawl, Blanket – Recent Crochet Projects


It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a crochet project update (and the last one, for National Crochet Month 2017 – I didn’t do a single one of those projects). I’ve been steadily working on various items. I did two sets of eight washcloths to pair with soap from Black Sheep Antiques in Marshall. They have the best soap ever…smells wonderfully, maintains its scent, doesn’t melt down too quickly. I love it. One set of eight went to the Women’s Co-Op auction and the other for the Hand Made Market at the Humane Society’s Martini Madness event.

After the washcloths, I finished up my attempt at a sweater (above photo – and not the one I was planning on in National Crochet Month, which is still not completed). I took the photo from the only angle that looks good. The sweater is unwearable. It’s two rectangles stitched together, and seamed up the sides and down the middle. As you need to leave room for the neck hole, the center of the front and back of the sweater are much shorter than the sides. In fact, the back of the sweater only comes up to mid-back, which the sides are both at hip level. Bummer. Worse yet, it came from a pattern on facebook and I can’t see any way possible the pattern would actually work out as described now that I’ve completed it. I just started a different pattern for a cardigan, also from facebook. It’s a rectangle that is seamed together in a weird way. I hope it turns out. I’m using some linen knit picks yarn I bought on sale two years ago and forgot I had. I have high hopes for it.

After the no-good sweater, I did a quick Shawl in a Ball shawl for my mindfulness instructor. I took the extra time to block it out on the boards, which helped I think. It’s the purple color and she liked it. I’ve made a number of these Shawl in a Ball projects. They are fast, they look good, and they make great gifts. Highly recommend.

After that, I had a baby afghan to make for my cousin’s baby. It’s a new yarn for me, Bernat Pipsqueak. Each skein I used had multiple knotted joins, so I’m not a fan and probably won’t be working with it again. I understand one join in a skein. But multiple joins in each skein? No thanks. It required a giant hook for the pattern I did so you could see the stitches. It is really, really soft. I used five skeins.


After the current cardigan sweater, I did find a pattern for another one that I might try. I got a really interesting book on crocheting sweaters from the top down, but it’s too complicated for me. I need simple blocks that don’t require a lot of counting.

What crochet projects are you working on?

Like crochet? Check these out:

National Crochet Month 2017

National Crochet Month 2016


Summer Reads 2017 update

Monday, June 12, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

 summer reads 2017

I’ve been slowly working on my reading, and so it is time for the Summer Reads 2017 update, the first of its kind. I am still managing to get some done on the John Kabat-Zinn. Much of it is similar to what I learned in the eight week MBSR course through the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness but it’s a good reminder to stay in the moment. I did finish Lincoln in the Bardo, which was indeed a very unusual book.



I’m not sure it’s everyone’s cup of tea. It takes a bit to get used to how it’s written. The story is strange and it’s stayed with me after I finished reading it. I found the ending was not entirely satisfying. If you want to read it, let me know and I will mail it to you. If not, it will likely wind up at the library as a donation. I have started My Grandmother…which also seems to be a very unusual book. I believe I may need a palate cleanser of a breezy beach read when I am finished with it, so for sure I will be adding to my book list as I go. I always seem to do that.

What are you reading? Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know your thoughts!


Summer Reads 2017:

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

Like reading? Check out previous summer reads:

Summer Reads 2016

Summer Reads 2015

Summer Reads 2014

Summer Reads 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

summer reads 2017

It’s that time of year again – ready for Summer Reads 2017. It seemed to go straight from February to Memorial Day; time really moves more quickly the older you get. While I’ve been reading off and on this past winter (Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson which was really excellent, Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett which I hated, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood which was amazing, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett which was ok), I never get as much reading done as during my Summer Reads project. It is a true hedonistic endeavor…I pick eight or so books to read from Memorial Day through Labor Day. I generally pick my books from recommendations, the New York Times Bestseller list and book reviews by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan.

Anyhow, I  believe I have set my list for Summer Reads 2017:

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

The Gustav Sonata: A Novel by by Rose Tremain

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Perfect Little World: A Novel by Kevin Wilson

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch

I started adding books to the list several months ago and don’t even really remember what all of them are about. I suspect I will slide in a nice easy beach read in the mix as well. You really have to have a book like that in the summer, don’t you? I have started the Kabat-Zinn and am reading a bit each morning before I start the day. I started the Saunders book on Memorial Day and it’s so unusual. What are you reading this summer?

Like reading? Check out previous summer reads:

Summer Reads 2016

Summer Reads 2015

Summer Reads 2014