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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"O" is for a very important word, a color & shapes

Our letter assignment this week from Mrs. Matlock is the letter "O". This assignment wasn't easy so I had to study a lot to come up with my papers for the letter "O".

"O" begins a VERY important word....Once~~~
as in "Once upon a time".....

Soooo many enjoyable stories begin with "Once" that this word has become commonplace in children's literature. How many of our favorite stories started with this intriguing word? Just think of how this introductory word has transformed our lives by allowing us into various plots that take us to places we never imagined.

"O" also begins words like Oscar, opera, and oranges
I did not take French in school but I'm sure the words on this page translate to "Oscar sings opera and sells some oranges". Please correct me if I'm wrong.
This is a vintage ad for Good Luck Oleomargarine. It is also orange in color!

More variations of the color orange!

"O" also plays an important role in the names of shapes.
An oval is something that all children should learn as it has such a definitive shape.

Ovals are seen everywhere!

My mother's silhouette is even in an oval!

An obelisk is also an interesting shape to learn and know. We see obelisks quite often in architecture.

This concludes my assignment on the letter "O". Please visit other students from Mrs. Matlock's class to see their "O" papers and read their explanations.
This is linked back to Alphabe-Thursday for the letter "O".

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"N" is for...I was a NUN

Welcome to our "N" assignment from Mrs. Matlock's class. Please join us for a visit to each letter of the alphabet and a whole lot of fun. I have met so many wonderful bloggers and I have made some fabulous friends by being part of Mrs. Matlock's "class". Enjoy the "N" paper assignments and have a delightful day visiting other blogs.


I was in kindergarten in 1953-54 and I was chosen to be the nun in my kindergarten graduation class. You see, I had stage experience because I took ballet at a very young age so the nuns at my elementary school thought that I was the perfect choice for the "nun" role. At first I liked the idea and my mother was just beside herself with excitement. Then everything went downhill. I came home one day and told my mother that I didn't want to be the nun anymore...I how...get me out of age 6! That news wasn't well-received. My mother hauled me down to the convent so she could discuss my "nunnery" issues with the sisters in charge. As it turned out during a dress rehearsal one of the nuns accidentally stuck a pin into my scalp to hold on the headpiece. I wanted no part of having pins stuck into my head so I quit. After the problem was discovered and I was assured that no pins would be stuck into my head, I agreed to be the nun again. I ended up hating the role of the nun because I had to wear ugly brown shoes (I think that they were boy shoes) and I couldn't have fancy hair that day or wear the cute pastel ribbon that the other girls wore on their white graduation gowns. All I could do was stand on the side of the stage in my nun outfit with ugly brown shoes and hand out diplomas to the girls as their names were called. The following photo shows me with the boy who played the priest for our kindergarten graduation, Rusty. As it turns out, Russ and I are still in contact and he is a retired OB/GYN. We share the same aunt but we are not cousins....another blog entirely!

The following photos are from my daughter's "nesting" shower last August.
I wish that I had a better photo of the "nesting tree" so you could see the birds, nests, eggs and birdhouses on this tree. It was cute but I never really got a good photo of it on the day of the shower.

Here is a photo of the bird nest cupcakes from the shower. I bought the cupcakes from Costco and then I sprinkled roasted coconut on each and added pink jelly beans since we were celebrating a shower for a baby girl.
Of course every "nesting" shower or any party for that matter needs some Waterford Crystal. Here is an example of my weekend crystal! Gotta love that plastic!
Each place setting had a bird on a house with a name card attached. I made the cards with a bird nest image that I found online.
This poem that I found online was placed on each dish of the place setting. I made these "Welcome" cards with stamps, colored pencils, shading and a lot of experimentation with MS Word.
I hope that you enjoyed my "N" post and be sure to visit other students in Mrs. Matlock's class.
This is linked back to Alphabe-Thursday for the letter "N".

Sunday, April 18, 2010


THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES: (if you don't know what clotheslines are, better skip this)

1. You had to wash the clothesline before hanging any clothes - walk the entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.

3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!. What would the neighbors think?

4.. Wash day on a Monday! . .. . Never hang clothes on the weekend, or Sunday, for Heaven's sake!

5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)

6. It didn't matter if it was sub zero weather ... Clothes would "freeze-dry."

7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky!"

8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.

9. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.
10. IRONED?! Well, that's a whole other subject!

A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company table cloths"
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside -
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way .. . .

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Community yard sale finds

My dear friend, Cindy, found these two adorable vintage images while shopping at a community sale in Sun Lakes. Actually Cindy liked the darling, pink frames that these images were in, but I asked her if could borrow the pictures so I could share them on my blog. This first picture is so cute with the two boys interested in the same demure little girl. She has on such a pretty, yellow dress with red-ribbon accents.This next picture shows two children sharing time for punch. I just love the frilly, green dress and the pink flowers in the little miss's hair. When was the last time boys wore gloves to a dance?????
Thanks, Cindy, for sharing your precious yard sale treasures with me...these pictures are so darn cute!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

M is for MOM

Mrs. Matlock has assigned our class the letter M this week and I chose to post photos and stories of my mother.

My mother was born on September 4, 1914, in IL and she wasn't expected to live. The Italian doctor who tended to my grandmother during her home delivery, told everyone in the room to just set my mother aside because she "wasn't going to live". My great-grandmother had other ideas and scooped my tiny mother up, wrapped her in blankets, and set her near the stove for warmth. My mom was a strong little person even in the first few delicate hours of her life.

Here is an early photo of my mother with a huge bow in her hair, high-top strap shoes, and pretty jewelry to adorn her tiny arms and fingers. This photo was probably taken sometime in 1916 or 1917.
My mother grew up with 5 brothers and, since she was the oldest child and a female, she had to take care of the "boys" as if they were her own. She had to learn to cook and clean at a young age, and my grandfather wouldn't let my mother go to high school because he wanted her to work and help support the family. My mother was always obedient so she went to work and gave my grandfather her check each pay day.

This photo was taken when my mother was around 18 years old.
My mother was always an exquisite fashion plate as evidenced in the following photo when my mother served as a godmother in the early 30's. She is standing on the right.
This is perhaps my favorite photo of my mother taken when she was a bridesmaid in a wedding. She has always said that she was a bridesmaid more times than she can count! This photo reminds me of a Hollywood star regally posing for the camera.
Here is another photo of my mother as a bridesmaid. She hated this dress and always called it her "fish shark dress". I like her hair,the fancy headpiece and all the flowers in her bouquet.
Again another gorgeous photo of my mother dressed from head to toe in all her finery. Note the watch pinned on the left side of her suit top. That watch was worn by my grandmother in 1913 when she was married, by my mother in 1943 for her wedding, in 1978 I wore it and my daughter worn it for her wedding in 2006. This watch is truly a family heirloom.
I never understood the next photo of my mother. Here she is standing on a stump wearing funky stockings, holding a yo-yo (?) looking at the side of a house or perhaps someone standing on the other side of the door. This photo has always amused me because it really has no explanation except for the viewer's imagination!
This photo is of my mother at age 92. She has outlived my father, her parents, her brothers and all but one of her sisters-in-law.
This photo was taken on my mother's 95th birthday last September. The cameo in the photo was brought back from Italy by my father after WWII. My mother has the matching ring and bracelet.
My mother has had a good long life and I continue to admire her strength as she deals with age and the problems that go along with being elderly. Obviously our roles have changed. I am now her caretaker and I am forever showing her how to do the simple things that she once showed me how to do. My mother has become quite frail lately and I told one of my cousins that I really have no regrets when it comes to being a good daughter to my parents. Sure I challenged them but, overall, I was never a problem and they had few worries when I was growing into adulthood. I'm at peace with what will come because I know in my heart that my mom is happy and we have been very good to each other.
This is linked back to Alphabe-Thursday for the letter M.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It's Baaaaacccckkkkk!

So happy to finally see the beginning of a new season of Glee!Welcome back characters, music, dancing, singing, romance, crazy plots, diversity, deceit,
comedy, trauma, drama, angst, sectionals, regionals, and most of all the talent of the cast.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Call me Martha!

It all started because I absolutely HATED the glass top and wrought iron kitchen dining set that I had. Actually when my daughter moved out of her apartment after she bought a house she gave me the ugly rectangular table and chairs that I didn't think were ugly at the time! (I think a comma goes somewhere in the previous sentence but I can't make up my mind where I should put it!) In return we gave her a nice oak table and hutch that we weren't didn't go with the darker wood we had in our newly-built house. So for 6 years I've lived with that hideous, rectangular glass table that I had to clean all the time because of finger prints, food, dog nose smudges and other stuff. I really started to hate the table and I also took issue with the disgusting chairs...they had to go! I searched and searched and searched for a round wooden table and some nice chairs to go along with the semi-circular shape of the bay window in the eating area of my kitchen. I looked in the weekly ads, garage sales, estate sales, and I searched Craig's List several times a day for months and months and months! Finally on Saturday I found a nice table and chairs on CL listed for $350. I called and set up an appt. for my husband and me to look at the dining set which was located in Scottsdale, AZ, several miles from where I live in Chandler, AZ. I won't keep the lacy table covering, runner or place mats on the table permanently...they are on the table temporarily until I decide on a more colorful scheme for the table.

As soon as we saw the set we/I knew that we had to have it. The set was used for staging in a model home and the present owner got all the furniture from that particular model home as some sort of payment...I wasn't listening to the entire story. The present owners had all the furniture stored in their casita and were selling it room by room. They finally got around to selling the dining set and I'm so glad that they did. It was never used and it is in pristine condition. I offered the lady $300 and she accepted!
Lord, thank You for giving me the patience to wait for just the right time to buy a dining set!
That brings me to the Martha Stewart part of this blog. I couldn't figure out what to do with the set once we brought it home. I became very protective of the table and wouldn't let anyone eat on it until I covered the beautiful wood. Hence, I took out all of my table mats, napkins, tablecloths and runners. I'll keep the runners, napkins and place mats in the drawers of my hutch and side board. I separated the tablecloths by size and shape and I hung them on hangers with tags. On each tag, I wrote the shape and size of the tablecloth and hung them in a closet! I saw Martha Stewart do that once on her show and I laughed because I thought she was going a bit overboard on organizing her linens! For some reason I remembered that segment of her show and I decided that my tablecloths were a wrinkled mess from being stuffed in the bottom of my hutch. My tablecloths are still wrinkled (but hung) because I didn't iron any of them...I didn't want to completely cross over to the whole Martha Stewart image. EGAD! What has happened to me? Lord, give me strength.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"L" is for L, L and another L

Our assignment this week from Mrs. Matlock is the lovely letter "L". Of course the letter "L" can represent many, many things so you will just have to visit Mrs. Matlock's blog to see all the class papers submitted this week.

A few months ago I "borrowed" an idea from another blogger and I made dresses for each letter of my granddaughter's name~~~LILLIAN. You can visit my original post and see all the letter dresses by clicking here. My daughter and I are going to frame the dresses and display them in Lillian's room.

At first I was going to paint and decorate clothes pins and hang the dresses in Lillian's room, but my daughter and I like the idea of the frames better.
Here is baby Lillian, herself, at the Easter Egg Hunt in Tucson on April 3. Of course she is too young to hunt for eggs, but she enjoyed watching her brother and the other children having fun with the eggs and their baskets.
My grandson, Brandt, "helped" his mom make a cake for Daddy's birthday. Brandt couldn't resist licking the beaters!
Who knew that Listerine had so many uses? This ad is from 1927!
A 1931 cover of Ladies Home Journal

I love these vintage fashions taken from a Ladies Home Journal of yesteryear! All ladies attending "Gala Evenings" should dress like this!

A 1930 Lux Soap ad. Hmmmm......

Such a darling little girl on the cover of Liberty on August 15, 1942
I hope that you enjoyed my "L" papers for Mrs. Matlock's class. Please visit other students and leave a comment on their "L" assignments as well.
This is linked back to Alphabe-Thursday for the letter "L".