This is how you start a New Year in hats!  Thank you, Lady Gaga.
(Courtesy of Vanity Fair.)

This is how you start a New Year in hats!  Thank you, Lady Gaga.

(Courtesy of Vanity Fair.)

The bitly fish in a fedora (courtesy of and a h/t to @lisat2).
Is it just me or is something scary about this fish in a hat?  Maybe it’s that he looks scared?

The bitly fish in a fedora (courtesy of and a h/t to @lisat2).

Is it just me or is something scary about this fish in a hat?  Maybe it’s that he looks scared?

High school girl crochets and donates 110 hats to kids with cancer.
I was going to do a post of silly Thanksgiving hats until I found this story of Nicole Abbate of Brooklyn, NY, who has crocheted 110 in just two months and donated them to two local cancer hospitals.
“I always wanted to give donations to kids in need but I could  never afford it, so I thought to myself, what better gift to give than a  gift made by my own hands,” says Abbate.
Thank you Nicole, for reminding us what Thanksgiving is all about.
Original story by  Angelina Tala of MedicalDaily.com.

High school girl crochets and donates 110 hats to kids with cancer.

I was going to do a post of silly Thanksgiving hats until I found this story of Nicole Abbate of Brooklyn, NY, who has crocheted 110 in just two months and donated them to two local cancer hospitals.

“I always wanted to give donations to kids in need but I could never afford it, so I thought to myself, what better gift to give than a gift made by my own hands,” says Abbate.

Thank you Nicole, for reminding us what Thanksgiving is all about.

Original story by Angelina Tala of MedicalDaily.com.

Churchill, his hat and FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt).
From a photo in the museum aboard the S.S. Lane Victory ship in the Port of Los Angeles.  Note the black armband FDR wears in mourning for his mother’s death.

Churchill, his hat and FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt).

From a photo in the museum aboard the S.S. Lane Victory ship in the Port of Los Angeles.  Note the black armband FDR wears in mourning for his mother’s death.

My new hat taking in the sights at Shoreline Village in Long Beach, California.
A Bailey Mannes Fedora purchased at The Village Hat Shop.  Bailey has been making hats since 1922.

My new hat taking in the sights at Shoreline Village in Long Beach, California.

A Bailey Mannes Fedora purchased at The Village Hat Shop.  Bailey has been making hats since 1922.

The hats of St. Augustine, Florida.  Established 1565.

From a school field trip to America’s oldest European-established and continuously occupied city.  Part of “The First Coast.”

My latest hat.
A precious birthday gift from my son.  Self-portrait photo taken just before take-off.

My latest hat.


A precious birthday gift from my son.  Self-portrait photo taken just before take-off.

Crazy hat day.
You gotta love a school that uses hats to raise money.  Wear a crazy hat, give a dollar.  Chicken hat on the left.  Ushanka on the right.  What’s crazy about an ushanka?  It’s going to be 83 degrees in Orlando today, 91% humidity …

Crazy hat day.

You gotta love a school that uses hats to raise money.  Wear a crazy hat, give a dollar.  Chicken hat on the left.  Ushanka on the right.  What’s crazy about an ushanka?  It’s going to be 83 degrees in Orlando today, 91% humidity …

My personal hat collection grows.  And the hooks, too.

My personal hat collection grows.  And the hooks, too.