Archive for May, 2020

Another week (or is it day?) and It’s time to share another great travel bag. This time it is the Prelude Travel Bag I found from the fine folks at S.T.A.B.L.E.

About the Prelude Travel Bag from S.T.A.B.L.E.:

“The Prelude Travel bag was made to ease the experience of travel. We follow T.S.A. guidelines for all carry on items. For the sneaker heads, the Prelude fits up to mens shoe size 14 when stored Horizontally. It Fits up to mens shoe size 17 when stored Vertically Store up to 4 pairs of shoes depending on size. Laptop compartment, Interior pocket for cell phones, Interior elastic strap for portable chargers, 3 detachable shelves, Interior mesh compression zip, side storage pockets pockets.”

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I love the fine folks at Tamworth Distilling, my spiritual home town providers of fine locally made spirits. Now I love them even more as they shift gears a little bit to help us is in the current environment by producing their Live Clean or Die! White Mountain Hand Sanitizer.

About the Live Clean or Die! White Mountain Hand Sanitizer from Tamworth Distilling:

“Tamworth Distilling has shifted gears to use our distilling facility and supplies to support our local community in-light of the shortage of hand sanitizer across the globe. Using our scratch made neutral grain spirits and in accordance with WHO safety guidelines, to fulfill dire need and support our community. In addition to donating sanitizer to the team at Tamworth Community Nurse’s Association, $1 of every sale of sanitizer will go directly the TCNA. This product is 80% Alcohol and was created following the hand sanitizer recipe put forth by the World Health Organization and FDA regulations.”

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Anyone who has hung around Lost Cowboy over the years knows I am a big fan of Winston Churchill and I have featured may books about him as my Weekly Reads in the past. You will also know one of my favorite authors in recent years is Erik Larson. So, you can imagine how much I was looking forward to Mr. Larson’s latest work, where he takes on the iconic leader at the height of his greatness: The Splendid and the Vile – A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz.

About The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson:

“On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London.”

There is not much new ground covered here, Churchill has more books written about him than anyone in history, but Mr. Larson’s is a superior storyteller and weaves together a narrative that makes the material fresh and the subjects he covers come to life beyond the history – as just regular people living their day-to-day lives in extraordinary times.

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.



I love the Large Cone Swirl Hook I found from the fine folks at Tom Dixon – a perfect little work of art that will look good wherever you put it, and way too nice to hang anything on.

About the Large Cone Swirl Hook from Tom Dixon:

“Swirl, a mysterious new material that resembles 3D marbled paper yet has the weight of stone. Our new Swirl hooks celebrate the little details that are often missed, the hidden bits of functionality that are often the first touch point in a space yet go unnoticed. A series of small and large hooks made from powdered residue from the marble industry, mixed with pigment and resin to create a variety of surprising colour combinations. Substantial in weight, smooth in texture and bold in pattern, Swirl will inject a fresh pop sensibility into any setting.”

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I’m really digging the Heritage Newport Soap I found from the fine folks at Casswell-Massey – it wakes me up and makes me smell fresh all day.

About the Heritage Newport Soap from Casswell-Massey:

“This plant-based, triple-milled bar soap bears a rich, balsamic fragrance introduced in 1890 to capture the scent of the seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island. An invigorating scent with Bergamot, Mandarin & Citrus notes softened with Geranium, Lavandin, Muguet & dry Rose and a masculine Cedar finish.”

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I really like the simplicity and elegance of the Stackable Mugs I found from the fine folks at Craig Proper. I also like that these mugs remind me of little plastic cups I had as a kid.

About the Stackable Mugs from Craig Proper:

“So you don’t have to keep wasting cupboard space. These mugs were specifically designed and made to stack. Yes, mugs you can actually stack in your cupboard instead of taking up all that shelf space! Handmade on the potter’s wheel by Taylor Dickerson.”

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It’s only been a couple of weeks since I featured a cookbook as a Read, but I have another good one that features some great recipes using vegetables: Neighborhood – Hearty Salads and Plant-Based Recipes from Home and Abroad by Hetty McKinnon. The perfect book for a time where we may be facing meat shortages.

About Neighborhood – Hearty Salads and Plant-Based Recipes from Home and Abroad by Hetty McKinnon:

“No matter where you live in the world, it is the daily rituals of food that connect us. Neighborhood is a must-have collection of show-stopping yet simple vegetable-packed recipes, delivered against a backdrop of charming stories of food, family, and friendship. These delicious main-meal salads are filled with exciting flavors from around the world, journeying from Brooklyn to the greater Americas, the Mediterranean, Asia, France, Australia, and many other neighborhoods. Incorporating vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, herbs, and spices in exciting combinations, the recipes here redefine what a salad can be. From Shredded Collard Greens, Baked Sweet Potato, and Pinto Beans with Paprika-Buttermilk Dressing to Cumin-Spiced Cauliflower with Fried Lentils and Spinach Yogurt and Thai Carrot and Peanut Salad, the sixty hearty salad recipes represent plant-based goodness at its very best, with recipes you’ll want to make time and time again. A collection of dessert recipes leaves the book with a sweet finish.”

Who says meatless dishes need to be boring?

Neighborhood – Hearty Salads and Plant-Based Recipes from Home and Abroad by Hetty McKinnon is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

I love the look of the Shaker Handbrooms I found from the fine folks at Sunhouse Craft – useful tools that look amazing just hanging around.

About the Shaker Handbrooms from Sunhouse Craft:

“Collaboration. In partnership with Shaker village of Pleasant Hill here in Kentucky, I am pleased to offer these three brooms, patterned after brooms they used to produce at the Pleasant Hill Historical site. Wrapped with a polished hemp cord, I love the moden/traditional mashup of shaker style. So excited to be putting these back out in the world. Also available through Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.”

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Travel may not be in the cards right now, but I am planning for when I can get out there again – and when I do I want to have the best luggage for the perfect weekend away. Like the gorgeous Leather Weekender I found from the fine folks at Tom Beckbe.

About Leather Weekender from Tom Beckbe:

“Each Leather Weekender is constructed from full-grain vegetable re-tanned leather made exclusively for Tom Beckbe. This U.S. origin pull-up leather has not been retouched or refinished in any way, providing a rich tonal palette unique on each bag. With use, each Weekender will continue to develop its own distinctive patina. Sized to meet the maximum carry-on restrictions of all major domestic airlines, the Weekender is perfect for a few nights away. Now available in Oak and Chestnut.”

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