Archive for March, 2018

I have been a fan of musical theater as long as I can remember. I grew up in a house that always had some cast recording playing – my mother was a big fan. And as long as I can remember I have been a fan of the great Andrew Lloyd Webber and admire him greatly. So I was thrilled to pick up his memoir, Unmasked – A Memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber, to read his firsthand account of his life and the amazing contributions he has made to musical theater and indeed our popular culture.

About Unmasked – A Memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber: “One of the most successful and distinguished artists of our time, Andrew Lloyd Webber has reigned over the musical theatre world for nearly five decades. The winner of numerous awards, including multiple Tonys and an Oscar, Lloyd Webber has enchanted millions worldwide with his music and numerous hit shows, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera—Broadway’s longest running show—and most recently, School of Rock. In Unmasked, written in his own inimitable, quirky voice, the revered, award-winning composer takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance which brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him.”

I have said it many times before, I love a memoir from a great artist talking about the creative process. Lord Webber is about as great an artist as we have living among us. By the way, some time ask me about the time a very young Lost Cowboy sat next to Lord Webber during the first half of a show in Boston, circa 1990.

Unmasked – A Memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

 

I have always loved mobiles. I am not sure why. Maybe I had one over my crib when I was a wee baby. Or maybe because I find all sorts of cool mobiles like the Around the World Mobile I scouted from the fine folks at Gearbox Unlimited.

About the Around the World Mobile from Gearbox Unlimited:

“Three wooden planes; Lockheed Winnie Mae, Pan Am China Clipper, and the Douglas DC3 all gracefully glide around our 1920s globe, built from a solid sphere with hand-applied gores.”

Find the Around the World Mobile from Gearbox Unlimited here.

See all the cool items available form Gearbox Unlimited here.

With MLB Spring Training in full swing and opening day just a couple of weeks away, my mind is on baseball. The fine folks over at Houzz have an awesome throwback desktop game that will let me get my baseball fix any time I need it no matter the season: the Hey! Play! Tabletop Baseball Pinball Game.

About the Hey! Play! Tabletop Baseball Pinball Game:

“The Hey! Play! Tabletop Baseball Pinball Game brings back the nostalgia of games gone-by. Featuring a spring-loaded lever and a side-activated lever for easy bat control, score runs using the various lanes, ramps and holes. With a ballpark shape, wooden design, and two metal balls for actual play, this is the perfect game for sports fans of all ages, and can be beautifully displayed in your home or office.”

Find the Hey! Play! Tabletop Baseball Pinball Game from Houzz here.

FF: The Tower of London Blend from Harney & Sons

I can’t believe that it has been almost a year since my last trip to London. I am not sure when I will be back there, but until I am, I can keep my memoires alive by drinking tea, like the Tower of London Blend from Harney & Sons.

About the Tower of London Blend from Harney & Sons:

“Tower of London Blend is reminiscent of Elizabethan preserves, flavorful and tempting. We stir Chinese black teas with pieces of dried stone fruit, then finish the blend with oil of bergamot and honey flavor. It’s the amethyst-like ‘jewel’ in our Historic Royal Palaces Collection.”

Find the Tower of London Blend from Harney & Sons here.

See all the great teas and related items from Harney & Sons here.

FF: The New York Catchall Tray from Leif Shop

Meanwhile, the New York Catchall Tray I found from the fine folks at Leif Shop is a nice little reminder of past trips to the Big Apple.

About the New York Catchall Tray from Leif Shop:

“A little homage to our beloved home base (pigeons, rats and all). New Yorker or not, we can probably all agree that this cute catchall tray has mass appeal no matter where you live.”

Find the New York Catchall Tray from Leif Shop here.

See all the fine products from Leif Shop here.

I can’t even tell you how much I love the Waxed Canvas & Thermal Lined Travel Lunch Bag I found from the fine folks at Trouva.

About the Waxed Canvas Travel Lunch Bag from Trouva:

“Gentleman’s Hardware – Waxed Canvas & Thermal Lined Travel Lunch Bag. This lunch bag features a hard-wearing waxed canvas outer with a thermal lining inside. Perfect for hot or cold food and ideal for adventures or the work place.”

I sure wish I had this back in first grade when I pretty much destroyed my Snoopy lunchbox the second week of school and my mother said I couldn’t get a new one until I learned how to take care of things. Yeah. That happened.

Find the Waxed Canvas Travel Lunch Bag from Trouva here.

Find all the great items offered by Trouva here.

This week’s Read combines two of my most favorite topics: distilleries and cats. What’s not to love? Yes, that is the simple combination of subjects in Distillery Cats – Profiles in Courage of the World’s Most Spirited Mousers by Brad Thomas Parsons – and it is a great as I needed it to be.

About Distillery Cats by Brad Thomas Parsons:

Distillery Cats contains the whimsical tales of working cats in distilleries around the world, with charming illustrations of the beloved mousers. Distillery Cats cheekily tells the tale of the historical role of these spirited cats and their evolution from organic pest control to current brand ambassadors. James Beard Award-winning author (and noted cat enthusiast) Brad Thomas Parsons profiles 30 of the world’s most adorable and lovable distillery cats, featuring ‘interviews,’ a hand-drawn portrait of each cat, plus trading card-style stat sheets with figures like ‘super-power’ and ‘mice killed.’ Featuring 15 cocktail recipes to enjoy while you page through, Distillery Cats is a quirky but essential addition to any cat or spirits lover’s bookshelf.”

This fun book takes you into a world you never really knew about and brings it alive with good humor, great illustrations, and celebrates cats and fine spirits the way they should be celebrated.

Distillery Cats by Brad Thomas Parsons is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

 

I eat a ton of oatmeal from October through April. I love something hot in the morning during the colder months. Every now and then I like to mix it up and I have been experimenting with grits, and I have found no better than the Tiny House Southern Seasoned Grits from the fine a folks at RogersMade.

About the Tiny House Southern Seasoned Grits from RogersMade:

“Savor the mouth-watering flavor of a true culinary classic (and Southern pantry staple) with The Tiny House Southern Seasoned Grits! Here’s the gritty story behind this yummy, handcrafted product: Mr. Scott Holcomb (cook, craftsman, restaurateur, tiny house enthusiast, and all-around nice guy) was proudly raised on the delicious down-home cooking that came from his beloved grandmothers’ kitchens. Inspired by his love for the cuisine he grew up on, he eventually opened a restaurant that featured those very same time-honored dishes – which included his family’s recipe for the perfect corn grits. From the moment the first bowl was served, word quickly spread… and it was no time at all before Scott became well-known in his neck of the woods for his famous Southern Seasoned Grits. Today, Scott travels around with his mobile kitchen, The Tiny House, serving up his original dishes to hungry food lovers wherever he stops.”

Find the Tiny House Southern Seasoned Grits from RogersMade here.

See all the great items available from RogersMade here.

FF: The Go Kitty Go! Good Pencil Case from Oré Originals

If you are like me, you have pens and pencils everywhere and need something to keep them together so you always know where they are – like the Go Kitty Go! Good Pencil Case I found from the fine folks at Oré Originals.

About Go Kitty Go! Good Pencil Case from Oré Originals:

“School days are a breeze with a little help from your feline friends! The Go Kitty Go!™ Good Pencil Case is a durable, sunny yellow case perfect for your No. 2s, erasers or small knick-knacks. Comfortably holds 8 pencils or a few of your favorite pens. Featuring a compact hinged design, the Good Pencil Box fits nicely in any backpack, locker or desk.”

Find the Go Kitty Go! Good Pencil Case from Oré Originals here.

See all the fine products from Oré Originals here.

FF: The “Specs” Tacks and Clips holder from Elum

Meanwhile, to help you keep all your thumb tacks and paper clips organized you can’t get any cooler than the “Specs” Tacks and Clips holder I found from the fine folks at Elum.

About the “Specs” Tacks and Clips holder from Elum:

“These cute and quirky specs will help you keep your desk organized and adorable. Teal push pins and binder clips are cleverly housed in an acrylic box shaped like glasses. The perfect desktop conversation piece for your work, home office or dorm room.”

Find the “Specs” Tacks and Clips holder from Elum here.

See all the great products from Elum here.

I spent the vast majority of my life living in the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Now living on the edge of the prairie in Kansas – just across the river from the great city of Kansas City, MO, I often wonder how I got here and long for those days gone by in the Bay State. Which is why I have fallen in love with this Massachusetts letterpress greeting card I found from the fine folks at Elum.

About the Massachusetts letterpress greeting card from Elum:

“If you’re proud to live in the first state in the colonies you can send some Local Love with this whimsical Massachusetts greeting card. Featuring an iconic lighthouse illustration set into modern typography. Letterpress printed on 100% cotton rag paper using soy-based inks. Proudly Made in the USA!”

Find the Massachusetts letterpress greeting card from Elum here.

See all the great letterpress cards and other items from Elum here.