Archive for September, 2013
Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!
I know some of you were wondering why this week’s posts were dedicated to the 60’s…well I’ll tell ya…
September Twentieth Nineteen Sixty One
I was born!!!!
Yes, today is my 52nd Birthday
I was going to post some old baby pictures of myself, but unlike me, my mother didn’t take many nor did I have any.
Yesterday a co-worker surprised me with a card, candy and this balloon so here I am pre-celebration
BTW – I didn’t make the 152 by 52 weight loss challenge…but I’m not giving up!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME – IT’S BEEN A BLESSED LIFE!
Styles of the 60s
I was born in 1961, the decade known for free love, drugs, Go-Go Girls, Rock and Roll, The Vietnam War, Civil Rights, Hippies, the Birth Control Pill, The Peace Corp, Dr King, President Kennedy, assassinations, integration, Space Explorations, Cuban Missile Crisis, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, The Beverly Hillbillies, Afros, Crew Cuts, and of course the vibrant and colorful world of fashion.
The Past Is a Blast is a website that has culminated fun and interesting facts about the ’60’s, including popular music, dances, sports figures, politicians even the minimum wage, which at the time was just a $1.00, go check it out.
I was too young to fully understand it all but do remember that I loved the fashion and styles of the ’60’s, the bell bottoms, platform shoes, neon colors, color blocking and pattern mixing…hey, isn’t that the style of today?
To learn more or reminisce about the 60s, here’s another website you can check out – The 60’s Official Site
What is your favorite blast from the past fashion trend? Mine was bell bottoms and Peace Sign jewelry.
Remember this DIY jeans project?
Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday
Oftentimes I find myself spending way too much money on junk food and snacks at the grocery stores. I wonder if subconsciously it’s because my grandmother didn’t buy a lot of snacks while we were growing up. It’s funny because in her later years she always wanted candy or something sweet to eat after dinner or while watching TV. I wonder if that also stemmed from her not having sweets as a child even though her father owned a candy store in Canton, North Carolina in the early 19oo’s.
McDonald’s Apple Pie and Peanuts Candy were her favorites.
My grandmother thought snacks should be fresh or dried fruit, stalks of celery and carrot sticks that was always in a large cup of ice water on the top shelf of the refrigerator. On rare occasions there would be a jar of Pimento Spread to dip the celery sticks in.
Although, she may not have bought us a lot of junk food, candy or sweets, that didn’t mean that we didn’t find a way to get some!
My sister Gloria and I would save our coins and when we had enough money we’d run up the hill and straight to the corner store for some of these unhealthy treats:
I am now the same age that my grandmother was when she began raising us, and I finally appreciate a good piece of dried fruit or fiber stick! It’s funny how some things that we are taught in our youth doesn’t make sense until we actually experience it later in life.
When shopping I also make sure to purchase fresh fruit including apples, bananas, and oranges as well as cheese and crackers but those Oreo Cookies and Ice Cream seem to get eaten first.
What were some of your favorite snacks growing up and what snack if any do you buy now?
Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!
Driving home last evening I started thinking about the old TV sitcoms that I loved to watch as a child, the ones that made me rush through dinner so I could lay in front of the television set until bedtime. We didn’t have a lot of homework so the only thing that might have cut into our TV watching time was Bible Study and/or Prayer Service at Church.
Now thanks to online websites like Retro Cafe, Hulu and YouTube as well as over the air stations like AntennaTV and Cozi TV, I can watch them anytime I want. Having only 3 stations and broadcasting ended at midnight with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner these were my top ten favorites.
- I Love Lucy
- The Beverly Hillbillies
- Leave it to Beaver
- Family Affair
- Gilligan’s Island
- The Patty Duke Show
- The Honeymooners
What wasn’t there to love about that zany redhead and her antics with Ethel – loved when they moved to Connecticut
The first time we ever saw a black woman not playing a maid and we loved her son
Come on Granny, you know you could have whomped Mrs. Drysdale – I always wanted to swim in the “cement pond”
Nosy Mrs. Kravitz and oh how I wished I could wiggle my nose to make magic
Wally and Beaver…really…come on June and Ward – I did like they had a bathroom in their bedroom
Something about Mr. Bill and Mr. French raising those kids it was such a sweet and innocent sitcom
Gotta love a feisty maid like Hazel, I often wondered if my grandmother acted the same way with the families she worked for
Really people…you could make a radio out of a coconut but couldn’t make a boat out of trees! Poor Gilligan
I could never figure out how Patty and Cathy could be in the same scene…but it was obvious they weren’t
Ralphie Boy…And away we go! I loved watching the “shadow” on the wall – and everything fit into that one dresser drawer
What were some of your favorite sitcoms as a child and why?
Hello Friends and Happy Monday
Although I am not ready for it, the fall season is upon us and in less than five days it will officially be Autumn. Since I can’t fight it, I am giving in and have begun to put away the shorts and pulled out the long sleeves. Sunday was a warm day, but it was too cool for short sleeves and shorts.
Top – Old Navy // Jeans – Ross
Flats – CitiTrends
Have you started wearing your Autumn Attire?
I hope you had a fantabulous day – Smooches!
Hello Friends and Happy Monday, I hope you all had a nice weekend and that the weather was just as nice where you were as it was here in Delaware. Saturday before leaving Dover my sons and I drove through downtown and noticed a large gathering on The Green. Unfortunately, we had just missed the annual parade of The Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association but I stopped to take pictures of some of the trucks and engines which were prominently on display.
Volunteer Fire Companies from around the state participated and vied for the coveted Governor’s Cup which was awarded to Smyrna’s Citizens Hose Company for the 34th year.
Families and friends enjoyed themselves, eating, drinking, and playing while a DJ played a variety of music to keep everyone entertained before the awards ceremony.
This traditional family friendly festival is just one of many events held annually in the Capital City of Dover.
Gotta love the back of this truck!
Have fantabulous day – Smooches!
Hello Friends, I have made the change from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and am working to ensure that you, my followers have been transferred over as well.
I have a lot of broken links so please bear with me until I get all the kinks worked out.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Neither distance nor death can break the bond of Sisterly Love
Death can turn minutes into hours…
hours into days….
days into weeks…
and weeks into months…
those months turn into years…
21 to be exact
the love for my sister has never waned nor wavered
but the grief always envelopes me on this day
the 14th of September
REST IN HEAVEN MY LIL ANGEL
you are forever missed and always loved
A SISTERLY LOVE ~ A BOND NEVER BROKEN
Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday.
Remember when I told you about the opportunity that was presented to me by The Money School of Delaware to teach a Blogging 101 class? Well, it happened…I did it, I taught a class last Wednesday at the Bear Public Library.
In 1983, I received my BS Degree in Elementary Education from Delaware State (College), but only taught 1 year of 3rd grade before leaving to work in Corporate America. This was the first time since then of being back in a classroom…teaching…doing something that I’ve always loved to do.
I was on pins and needles for months in anticipation, reading everything I could online and from fellow bloggers as well as from the “Blogging for Dummies” book. I was super excited to share what I had learned and prayed that all would go well.
The class was full with 20 people registered, however, there were several no-shows but the walk-ins took their place making it a total of 18 participants. “Not a bad turn out for a new class” stated the Library’s scheduler, which made me feel good.
I was a little nervous only because of the traffic delays that I had encountered trying to get there before the start time and upon arrival there were already 3 people seated. After setting up the laptop with my PowerPoint presentation, I downloaded some Smooth Jazz from Pandora and waited until the start time of 6:30 pm. to begin.
Do you know that saying, “I hit it out of the park”? Well I did…it was an awesome evening, a lively and engaging group of woman ranging in ages from 15 to 60, mothers with daughters and small business owners all eager to learn the basics of blogging. They asked great questions, participated by sharing stories and overall made this a memorable experience for which I’ll forever be grateful.
It was my grandmother’s wish that I would someday return to teaching, so I know she was looking down on me with a smile. Next month I’ll be presenting “Blogging for Small Businesses”, so it’s off to read and learn more, create a new presentation, download more Smooth Jazz and prepare to meet some new students.
Have you ever had an opportunity to go back and do something that you truly loved to do?
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