~ See it Sunday ~

This week's theme is.... LEAVES


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A little inspiration motivation...


~ Thursday's thought for the day ~

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, and insight. When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
Helen Keller
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~ Tree trimming day ~


When they trimmed this tree a few years ago, I thought they had killed it for sure...But 2 years later, it was fuller than ever!
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What the heck is this?

Are you old enough to remember one of these?

Portable hair dryers that came in a little case with an electric manicure set.
It had a jumbo bonnet for those juice can size rollers that we used in the 60's!

I was around 20 years old in this picture. I had been married for 2 years and just had my first baby (I know, I look like I was about 12!)


I haven't had rollers in my hair for almost 25 years. Thank goodness for blow dryers and curling irons!

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A little inspiration motivation....




Sometime ago, I received this book from a friend. There was a bookmark at page 31 where she had written, "Suzy, this one's for you".......












A Smile

Lord of the evening,

There are some people who always make me feel better for meeting them. The people who make me smile.They have a warmth about them, an inner joy.After a few minutes in their company, the world seems a better place.

Somehow, my problems and difficulties are not nearly so bad. What gift is it that such people have? What is the secret of their infectious joy?

Lord, I'm thinking about a particular friend, who always makes me feel good. Why is it that I am always lifted up simply by the presence of that friend? I know that to give out warmth and joy is impossible without love. Such a person has to have a loving, caring spirit. Is it that they care more about people than things? Is it that for the few minutes they are with me I catch a glimpse of love at work?

Lord, tomorrow I will meet a number of people, and I would like them to feel better for having spent some time with me. It will mean that I will have to think more about them than myself and that won't be easy, It will take effort. But of all the things that I could spend my energy on, few things could have more value than making someone smile or feel a little love. Lord, help me to bring some joy or warmth into every meeting.

Written by Frank Topping

~ Thank you, dear friend !

Saturday Photo Hunt

This week's theme : PAPER
I love pretty wrapping paper, gift bags and beautiful greeting cards.......for more photo hunt fun, click here.
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~ American Sweetheart ~

This week,the "Show and Tell" items that I chose are Depression Glass pieces that my grandmother passed on to me.These were popular around the mid 1920's. They were machine made with a pressed pattern, and are very thin glass.

Everyday breakfast dishes included cereal bowls, cream and sugar, cups and saucers and tumblers, which came in three sizes- for juice, water and ice tea. These glasses are the hard to find because they were so easily broken.
The translucent white pattern shown above is called "American Sweetheart" after movie star, Mary Pickford. These were never reproduced so the real thing can be found, unless you are looking for a particular piece or color. Cobalt blue the most difficult to find, with red being next. But the rarest pieces are called "lunch box pieces".They are one-of-a-kind pieces that glass workers made on their lunch hour and took home in their lunch boxes to their wives.
This glass was sometimes giveaways in large containers of rolled oats, boxes of soap powder or a 20 - pound sack of flour.

You could buy a service for eight for $2.98!......now I'm told if you could find a complete set, $298.00 would be a steal. Plates, cups and saucers can now be found as cheap as $15.00, but rarer pieces like the lid to the sugar bowl (notice mine is missing in the top photo) could be priced as high as $455.00. Tumblers go for $200.00 each.


For more great " Show and Tell Friday “ click over to Kelli's blog.

How many blogs are there?

50 million and counting.......

Here is Technorati's latest State of the blogosphere report.

A few highlights:

On July 31, 2006,Technorati tracked it's 50 millionth blog.

  • The blogosphere is doubling about once every 6 and a half months.

  • about 175,000 new weblogs are created each day.

  • There are more than 2 blogs created each second of each day, about 1.6 million postings per day, or about 18.6 posts per second.

I'm really tired after all that counting ... I think I go take a rest.

See it Sunday

This week's " See it Sunday " theme is ~MONEY~




This photo was taken in 1986, when Sarah was about 8 years old. Want to see more "See it Sunday" photos?........... click here.

~FOREVER POPULAR - LEGO~

This week's theme is: PLASTIC
Lego has been around since 1951 and is still popular today.....





















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Friday's " Show and Tell "

When my Father was in the navy during World War II, he sent this pillow case to my Mom. I'm guessing that was around 1943.
Recently, She gave me a few mementos that she had saved for so many years. This was one of them. For quite some time it was framed and hung above their bed.















The verse reads:
SWEETHEART
I thought that you would like to know,
That someone's thoughts go where you go,
That someone never will forget,
The hours we spent since we met.
That life is richer, sweeter far,
For such a sweetheart as you are,
And now my constant prayer will be,
That God may keep you safe for me.

I remember when I was a little girl, reading this every time I was in their room until I had it memorized and I thought it was the most romantic poem I had ever heard.

Stop on over at Kelli's house for more Show and tell, and have a good weekend!

~ Wordless Wednesday ~


This photo was taken this week on the boardwalk at Virginia Beach. See the little bird sitting on the plume of grass in the center of the photo?
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And enjoy your day!

Hobby turned small business venture.....

Last week, when I posted for Skittles' "heads of tails" meme, I talked about a hobby that turned out to be a " out of our home" business venture.

It all started about 10 years ago, when I bought a heat in the microwave bag at a local craft show. It was just a bag filled with field corn, that would hold the heat for an extended period of time and the bag could be applied anywhere on the body to relieve pain. I brought it home and it worked!



















I thought what a great gift this would be!..... But I soon found out that the little lady that I bought it from had retired and was no longer making them.
One day Hubby came home with a tension headache and I told him that I had just the thing for it. He tried it and said that we should make them for family Christmas gifts. The following Christmas we did, and they were a big success. Soon family members were ordering them for their friends. The next year, Hubby suggested renting a spot at a craft show. Again we did well, and even had follow-up orders from people that had received them as gifts!




























To make a long story short, 10 years and many, many bags later, we are still goin' strong!! Our handmade bags have gone to 5 countries and over 18 states!

And it all started in our family room . . . . . .

See it Sunday~theme "Route"

The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental highway in the United States.
Much of the historic Lincoln Highway, the first road across America (from New York City to San Francisco), became part of U.S. Route 30. It is still known by that name in many areas.

Several years ago, Hubby and I took a weekend road trip along this stretch of highway,through the mountains, to historic Lancaster,Pa. We were traveling at night and had gone for miles on this lonely,dark stretch of highway when we came around the bend...... and saw what appeared to be a huge ship in the middle of the highway!! When we returned, a few days later, we stopped at this hotel....and what a view!!!
















From the back deck of the ship, you could see 3 states (Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia) and 7 counties!















To read an interesting tribute written about the hotel...click below

http://www.roadsidephotos.com/LH/grandview.htm

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This weeks theme ~ "Dirty"




















This is what happens when you build a house in a neighborhood ( where they are still digging and building ) and you have a huge rain storm!!

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