We all have seen this iconic poster, right?



Even though it wasn’t draw to depict Rosie the Riveter, it was a symbol showing women in a male dominated work force during World War II. While women did indeed work outside of the home during this time, most were secretaries or some other type of clerical work. It was far and few between when you saw a woman doing and “man’s” job and even the women who were in traditional women roles would start being an exclusive home maker when they got married and kids came along.

It took having no men available to do the jobs to shake up the rigid lines of the work force and be more inclusive (although the pay definitely wasn’t on equal terms). What I definitely didn’t think about was pre-World War II. The Depression had people scrambling to look for any and all types of work, but even before that there was a need for women to do “men’s” jobs.

I stumbled across this photograph when I was looking for the traditional photograph of the day to use on Facebook for our digital collections:



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Why a simple act speaks to so many…

I’m sure you have all seen this blowing up on your newsfeed on Facebook or floating around on the internet (I first encountered it on Yahoo in the newsfeed), but if you haven’t read this article ( please do!

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It definitely feels like summer

Summer and I have a love-hate relationship. I love everything going on during summer, but I hate the weather. I’m one of *those* people who hate the extremes. Just give me 70-75 and I’m good (even with a little rain). There just something about being all sweaty that makes all the great things about summer a little less enjoyable.

There’s been a lot going on around my neck of the woods here lately. My son is STILL sick. They mentioned him possibly having asthma, but they don’t want to label him having that just yet. Hopefully, if it is asthma, it’ll be the kind he grows out of. They put him on a steroid treatment and sent him for a chest x-ray just to make sure it wasn’t pneumonia. Luckily, it’s just a virus (they think) inflaming everything, so hopefully he’ll be better here in a little while. His cough definitely isn’t as wet sounding anymore, so that’s a good sign.

Aside from all of the meds he’s been taking, he still is an outdoors man. This kid would live outside if I let him (I’m pretty sure I’ve already mentioned that but let me reiterate it). Our new thing this week is picking these beauties.


I was blessed with a non-picky eater (for now anyway). He LOVES fruits and veggies. So, for dinner and snack here lately, we’ve been having blackberries. When I say we have hundreds of wild blackberry bushes, I mean literally hundreds. We have an awesome crop this year too and I’m totally excited that my son is obsessed with picking these. Granted, he only picks them and eats them, but I’m super proud that my 18 month old can distinguish between a ripe blackberry and a not ripe one. It did take him a couple of red ones to realize it, but he got a hang of it quickly.

With all these blackberries coming in, I’m definitely going to take the time to test out some of our Home Economics recipes. Here’s one for a blackberry cake (, blackberry jam ( or this one ( or this one ( We sure do have a lot of blackberry jam recipes! Maybe some blackberry punch will work ( MMM….blackberry pie!(!

Yeah, I know, too many links. They are more for my reference so I can have a quick way to get back to the recipes. So, you can just skip over the above paragraph, unless of course you want to try making some stuff with blackberries.

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Plums are also starting to come in. I’ll save all those recipe links for another day though =). I normally just leave the plums for the animals since we really don’t eat a lot of jellies or jams but I think I’ll make something with these this year. They look really good.

The other thing that makes me smile about summer is calving season. Who doesn’t love an adorable calf?

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The one on the left that you probably can’t tell it is there (it’s by the tree) just dropped. The mama hadn’t even started eating her placenta yet (is that gross? Yeah, probably, but it gives the mom tons of nutrients that she needs and you get used to it after you’ve seen it a few times). The one on the right had just been born too and luckily for us the mama was on the other side of the fence so my son got to pet his very first calf. We used to raise dairy bull calves and once he get’s older I’m sure we will again so he can experience some responsibility. He already has the makings of being a great caregiver =)

All these things I love absolutely love about summer. We went wading in the creek the other day and it was heavenly. I love making memories!

Dicken’s bringing out the researcher in me

As long as I can remember I have always loved to do research. There just something about googling facts and stumbling across something unexpected that makes my day. I’m really into genealogy and all that good stuff but I love researching books which is a good thing that it’s a part of my job. If I got paid all day to research books my life would be made but, alas, I still have to do edits on those pesky C’s. This afternoon started with this little book. It’s an adaptation of some of Charles Dicken’s works but in play form. photo 1 (2) It looks innocent enough except that there’s no publishing or copyright date. Well that’s ok, it happens all the time and there’s a nice notice on the advertisements about it being the “season 1925.” photo 2 (2)


Then I’m talking to my supervisor about whether I should put a new record in and BAM we find this:

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Volume 1? What is this volume 1 business? Well it appears that this is volume 2 (maybe?) of a set of dialogues with Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield and Nicholas Nicklby all in volume 1. So to the internet I go! I always check Publisher’s Weekly first. Thank goodness for Google Books and the Internet Archive that have these things digitized and text searchable. It makes life a million times easier.

So I came across this in the October 8, 1904 Publisher’s Weekly:

Not the right date but it’s getting me close to what I need to know. According the the preface there were up to 3 editions (possibly more) of this set and this advertisement *could* be from one for the earlier edition. It pairs this volume with comic dialogues. So I search OCLC for comic dialogues from Dickens and I find this note in the record: “Contains 35 only of the 45 dialogues originally published in 1870 by Lee and Shepherd as: Dialogues from Dickens.” hmmm so originally published by Lee and Shepard maybe? Luckily, the record also has this 510 reference, Podeschi, J.B. Dickens, D150! Sweet! I love it when people site where they got their information.

So since we don’t own this book (it’s Dickens and Dickensiana : a catalogue of the Richard Gimbel Collection in the Yale University Library by John B Podeschi for all those who want to know what the reference means) I’ll have to ILL it. ILL is interlibrary loan in case you didn’t know. Basically, if you library doesn’t hold a certain book they can request it from another library and you can check it out a few days later just like it came from your own library. I ILL stuff all the time, especially children’s books for my son to read.

So while I’m waiting for that to come in, I scour the internet for more information on the series (Baker’s entertainment series) and the arranger (W. Eliot Fette). The series turned up nothing, no one single, little, itty-bitty hint of anything.

The arrangers name brought up at little more information.

From The annual list of new and important books added to the public library of the city of Boston : selected monthly bulletin 1902-1903 (found here:

So now I know that the third edition really was the one put out in 1903 so this 1925 might just be a reprint but only time will tell. It also looks like there was a third dialogues –Humorous dialogues that could be volume 1 instead. Could this be a 3 volume set?

I also stumbled across this Dialogues from Dickens *SECOND SERIES* (so now we are going to throw in a second series with the volume set, huh? Just make life more complicated why dontcha?)  digitized by the Haiti Trust (;view=1up;seq=7) The preface is word for word what I have in my minus the date at the end of October 2, 1971. It’s looking more and more like a reprint from the Lee and Shepard editions. BUT, our content page is half the amount AND we don’t have second series written anywhere (including the one on page 11 of the Haiti Trust one) on our copy. Also, the index at the back is exactly the same sans pagination (our index has been stripped of pagination). Definitely looking like this is a cheap knockoff but only time will tell….

Water blob time!

Strep entered our lives a couple of weeks ago and I thought that that was probably one of the easiest sickness around, one shot he was good to go! Little did I know another nasty bug was looming behind it. Once again my son is sick (seriously I told you he catches everything known to man). Daycare called Thursday letting me know he couldn’t take a nap because of all the coughing and that he was running a low grade fever, so back to the doctor we went since he hadn’t sleep through the night in a few nights on top of all of this. Basically, they told me just to keep him home from school and monitor him so he doesn’t get pneumonia and give him a breathing treatment every 4 hours.

So, there I was on Friday hanging out at home with the sweetest  kid ever who felt a million times better after starting his breathing treatments and had so much energy he didn’t know what to do with himself (albuterol makes him a little crazy), when a light went off in my head — pinterest project time! I had pinned this awesome site the other day and I was ready to try my hand at making a water blob (here’s the site:

Let me preface by saying her’s was so much cooler than mine! I made do with black plastic that we use in the garden to do the greenhouse effect on our tomatoes since it’s all I had. Totally wish I had clear though. I definitely would have done the food coloring thing.

So after a little ironing and some time to fill it up, we had ourselves a water blob!

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Here’s the ironing picture because I know you all want to see what my iron and ironing board look like…


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And here’s my picture of our blob!

My child had so much fun on this thing (although I think I might have monopolized it myself—he ended up walking off to play with the dogs while I was still laying on it lol). Seriously this thing is like having a bed outside. I just laid there and looked at the sky thinking I could be a stay at home mom any day of the week if I could. But alas, I still have to go to work to pay for all these doctor visits! =)


Give me the country any day



There’s nothing like a beautiful sunrise to start your morning out right! I love living out in the country where I can enjoy things like stars and growing my own food (see my corn!). It always surprised me when I hear people at work talking about never really getting to see the stars because of the lights of the city. I would take my seclusion over the big city any day of the week.  I don’t think you’ve really lived until you’ve had a cow led into your yard by your brother-in-law who is getting one ready for a show =) (can you tell that might have recently happened to me?).

I’m not exactly a hardcore farm girl. I find cow poop disgusting (although my father-in-law insists there’s  nothing wrong with it since it’s just processed grass) and I hate the smell of chicken houses. There are somethings I do love about living on a farm. I’m a big lover of cows and goats and pretty much any animal you put in front of me, minus snakes and spiders of course. So I think it’s pretty awesome that I can just get on a four wheeler and go visit my little friends (does that make me sounds like a crazy person?). I was that kid who used to go read her books out loud to the cows because I thought they would like me more if I talked to them constantly, you laugh but it actually worked. I could get the cows to do things that no one else in my family would be able to do. My sons first noise was a moo and he does an awesome goat sound if I had to say so myself =).

I love growing my own produce. I’m a big fan of canning and freezing and stocking up for the winter. My mother taught me a long time ago when I was a teenager and swore that I would never have a garden when I got older (hem…we see how that turned out). There’s nothing like eating fresh corn on the cob, your own canned green beans and a fresh tomato sandwich with a yummy cucumber on the side. I hate the work that goes into (red weeds are the death of me this year) but it’s worth it in the end.

While I love living in the country, I will say that it is nice working in the city. There is everything within a 10 mile radius of campus so I pretty much do all my shopping in the big city and take it back home (especially Harris Teeter and Target. If there was one thing I could change I would want both of those to be in my county and not have to drive to another county just to go to one). In my town we only have one grocery store and it’s pretty pricey. They are trying to develop the area but it just seems to die off with a few things going strong (fast food is definitely the thing going strong). We just got a Walgreen’s last week, though, so maybe things will start popping up (and boy was that a momentous occasion. There wasn’t a parking spot to be found the day it opened).

Living in the middle of nowhere also has some huge advantages, though. People are always willing to help each other out not matter what. A girl in our community was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and we had a benefit this past weekend to raise money for her medical expenses. They raise $48,000! I was just in awe of how awesome people can be when we all pull together.

Pictures are worth a thousand words

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m obsessed with pictures (I think I take at least one picture or more a day with my phone–that doesn’t even include my awesome big camera). I was always that kid who likes to document every, single thing I was doing, but with pictures instead of words. Ironically (considering I have a blog of all things), I’m not a fan of writing. I have horrible grammar. I seriously think I blocked out everything I learned about commas, prepositional phrases, and all that jazz to the point where I look uneducated when I write. Does it bother me that I don’t know basic skills that a third grader knows? Sometimes; Especially when I’m writing an email to a big wig or someone from another university when I need information about a book I’m cataloging that they’ve put in a record for. I’ll agonize about whether this comma is in the right place or if that word really should be capitalized or not. Why don’t you learn grammar, you say? I’ve tried. I’ve checked out books to study this and that, but for some reason it never sticks and I’m left doubting myself. I had the same issue with foreign languages. Language just isn’t my thing (surprising, considering my life is built around books and words).

Now pictures, they speak volumes. If I take a picture, I don’t have to describe what I’m looking at and how awesome it is. You just have to look at a picture of it and draw your own conclusions and descriptions of what’s going on. My fourth grade teacher always gave us a pictures to paste in our writing books and we had to write a story around what we thought was going on in the picture (great way to get a child involved in writing for you teachers out there).

I implemented a “Photograph of the day” on Facebook over a year ago just to get some of our awesome photographs out to the public to view and enjoy. Who doesn’t love a snapshot back in time (well I’m sure there are some fuddy duds out there but we’ll pretend they don’t exist)? Today, I ran across some awesome pictures that I just had to share.


World War II is probably my favorite time period to examine. There always something new to think about. This is one of those pictures that just made me do a double take in my mind. We all know there was the threat of chemical warfare in World War II and especially after with the Cold War, but I never thought about the ramifications of having to deal with that fear of something suddenly happening. In this photograph, the hospital was doing a gas mask drill. I’m guessing they were training to make sure they could still perform their job duties with these ridiculously huge but life saving devices on their faces.  It just makes you stop and think about all the fear they might have felt or in some cases, ,the annoyance of being made to do these types of drills even though you knew they were necessary (kind of like tornado drills in school. I hated putting my butt up in the air, but I knew it was for my own good).


I also love it when I’m browsing through pictures and run across familiar faces. This is a photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt visiting a soldier in a hospital. How could you not love this picture? A lot of people probably didn’t even know this picture existed. That’s why I love the internet. It always links you to some awesome content you would have never come into contact with otherwise.

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