Sunday, July 21, 2019

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...SING IT, JULIE!




One of my favorite blogs is NANA DIANA TAKES A BREAK.  Diana is such a sweetheart with a really witty personality; just the kind of person I would LOVE to have for my next-door neighbor (vs the people we never see!)  She recently had a post that I loved (yet another one) and I hope she won’t mind but I’m stealing borrowing her idea and sharing with you some of my VERY FAVORITE things. Please do read Diana’s post here.

Like Diana, there are certainly some of my favorite things that go without saying…my wonderful husband of 49 yrs., my son, DIL, and two GRAND grandchildren, my home, my career, church, etc. etc.  But this post is not about them, but rather about THINGS that really might not mean anything to anyone else but do mean an awful lot to me.




These boxes hold SO many memories.  There is one filled with childhood memories…report cards, dance recital programs, my autograph book (remember those?), and other reminders that I wasn’t always “this” age.  There is also one for my high school days…notes passed in class (and thankfully not confiscated by the teacher), photos, school play programs, a crushed prom corsage, and more of those things that high school girls just can’t seem to part with no matter how much dust they gather.  The next one is for my college days from back in the late 60s and early 70s…if you missed those days, you missed some really fun (and interesting) times😊  And the fourth box contains various mementoes from here and there that I just can’t part with.  I thought all these things deserved a pretty place to reside! 

Side note:  a few years ago I bought a more “masculine-looking” box and filled it with various memories from my son’s childhood and teenage years.  I gave it to my son for Christmas that year, and I’m pretty sure he thought it was a wonderful gift.  At least he sure did smile a lot as he sifted through everything😊



Now this is something you may not have ever seen before.  Do you know what it is???  It took me awhile with lots of research to find out that it is a Luxardo wine bottle from the 1960s.  It was a gift to me many years ago from a very prim and proper (but sweet) 80+year old lady in the Sunday School class that I taught!  You are probably wondering, therefore, why she gave it to me…sans the wine…right?  The bottle had belonged to her (deceased) husband and she gave it to me because she knew that “bunnies” were special to me and she thought it was a rabbit!  Turns out though it’s a squirrel.  It was a quandary to me for quite awhile…long ears, long tail.  Rabbits have long ears but short tail; squirrels have short ears and long tail!!!  I think perhaps the person who designed the bottle may have partaken of a little bit too much of the wine!  Anywho!  I love the bottle…heavy as lead, but the pink color is just lovely…and it reminds me of this lady who was always quick to correct me when I pronounced a name from the Bible incorrectly, but she did it in a very kind-hearted way!



Another one of my favorite things is this precious tea set.  One day 2 or 3 months after we lost our daughter, I was having a REALLY bad day and just got in my car and took off…anywhere to get out of the house and the walls closing in on me.  I ended up at an antique store (that I didn’t even know existed) in a nearby town.  I saw this tea set there and just fell in love with it so it came home with me (and at a good price I might add).



This lovely hat was also in the same shop and goodness gracious I don’t know why but it came home with me too.  I think it’s probably from the 1920s or about.  I had no idea I would ever wear it but it came in handy several years when we had HAT DAY at the primary school where I taught.  A reporter came by one of those days and took my picture along with one of my sweet students and put us in the local paper.  I think the Lord knew I needed a pick-me-up that day and that I needed my 5-minutes of fame down the road!



My almost 91 year old mother still lives in her home which holds many memories that my siblings and I will have to sort through one day, but years ago she presented this to me.  Oh, how I love it!  It’s a dresser set from her youth…a perfume bottle and powder box…the kind you filled when they were empty.  There was another bottle but sadly it was broken somewhere along the way.  When I look at this set I am reminded of the day when ladies were so feminine and would never leave the house without having tended to their daily toilette.  This will be my granddaughter’s some day. 



Sometimes I think I should have been born decades ago when there seemed to be more romance in life!  This gown belonged to my mother’s mother, my sweet Granny.  She made it herself “by hand”…even the buttonholes.  I don’t know when or where Granny wore this, but I like to dream that maybe she made it for her wedding night.  Yes, I am a terrible romantic.  We have lovely (sexy) lingerie these days, but this gown is absolutely beautiful to me.



Now you might be wondering why this old, tattered thing is one of my favorite things.  Well, it is a scrapbook that belonged to my Aunt Katie who died before I was ever born.  I wrote a post about my “eerie” connection to her; you can read it here.  The scrapbook pages are so yellowed and brittle now, but oh the memories she preserved…gum wrappers from a boyfriend, dance cards (yes, they really used those back when), school programs, etc.  I also have a book of her writings and guess what!  She was a romantic like me.  My post about her is one of my favorites.



And I couldn’t leave out my sweet teddy bears.  I collected them for years but decided I needed to bring a halt to that before they became an obsession.  When you are a primary school teacher and collect teddy bears (I was known as the “Teddy Bear Teacher), you get all sorts of “interesting” gifts at Christmas!!!  I finally did decide to part with some of my collection but these and a few others will be with me for awhile longer.

So that’s enough for now…although I do have other favorite things!  I am, however, trying to pair down our belongings now that we are over the hill beginning to age.  A few years ago we downsized my mother-in-law and I don’t think the lady had ever gotten rid of anything….literally!  It was a grueling experience for all of us, especially her, seeing many of her belongings and memories being thrown out or given away.  I honestly do not want my son to have to deal with that same situation.  I know he will have to someday, but I want to do what I can now and in the days to come so that he won’t have quite so much to deal with.  I mean, I don’t want the guy cussin’ his mama after she’s gone to heaven!!!




I’m sure we all have our favorite things…things that mean something special to us but perhaps won’t be so meaningful to our children when we are gone.  But hopefully my crew will keep at least some of these things to remind them  that I was a romantic who loved her family and loved the memories of her favorite things.  What are some of your favorite things?

And just in case you have Julie's tune in your head but can't remember the lyrics, here you go....


Monday, July 15, 2019

GRANDMOTHER CENTRAL: Installment #2


A while back I wrote a post titled GRANDMOTHER CENTRAL and explained that I was going to share some activities that I had done with my two “grandloves” when they were younger.  I know several friends who are always looking for some new fun things to entertain their grandkids just as I often did.  I would literally scour the internet or books for hours!  You can go HERE and read about our BUBBLING BLOWING fun, but today I will share our “wormy adventure” with EDIBLE DIRT…sounds fun, doesn’t it?  It was!

Here’s our recipe (one serving per child)

 vanilla cookies (crumbled)
 chocolate cookies (crumbled)
miniature marshmallows, M&Ms, a gummy worm
1 clear cup


And here are the directions:

Place the marshmallows in bottom of cup; this is the "parent material".

Add the vanilla cookie crumbs; this is the subsoil.  Then add the chocolate crumbs; this is the topsoil.  Arrange the M&Ms on top to represent the organic matter in the soil.  Finally add the gummy worm; this is the decomposer.



We also read the MAGIC SCHOOLBUS: INSIDE THE EARTH, then went outside and dug up the real thing…earthworms!  It was like finding buried treasure and they loved how the worms would wiggle in their hands. 
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Of course, we then went back inside, washed the “real dirt” from our hands and then chowed down on our EDIBLE SOIL.



As a retired primary teacher with a lot of years of experience, I encourage all parents and grandparents to integrate good literature with fun activities.  The more we can read to them, the greater the chance they will be life-long learners!

My grands are now too old (so they think) for these types of activities, and I sure do miss all the fun we had.  


But I love watching them grow and change, and pray each and every day for their futures and hope they will always remember all the things their CHERI did to make their childhoods be filled with wonder, excitement, learning…and, of course FUN!





Friday, July 5, 2019

THE COLOR PURPLE


What’s your favorite color….red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple???
I really love all colors, but if I was “forced” to narrow it down to just one I suppose it would be RED.  It’s one of the colors that I seem to wear well, plus it’s just a bright, cheerful color (in my opinion).  But this post isn’t about RED!

Awhile back I wrote a blog post about the color BLUE…you can read it HERE if you are a BLUE fan.  But today I have had the color PURPLE on my mind.  



Have you read the book or seen the movie THE COLOR PURPLE I haven’t read the book but did really enjoy the movie. 


And…I can never think of the color PURPLE without thinking of my good friend and co-worker CINDY.  She taught kindergarten for many years at the same school that I taught 2nd grade.  We also went to church together.  Sadly, we lost CINDY a few years ago due to cancer.  Not only did the world lose a wonderful teacher but also such a sweet, sweet person.  Anytime I see ANYTHING PURPLE, I think of her.  Cindy adored PURPLE!  She even had PURPLE shag carpet in her master bedroom:) 

I decided to do some “surfing” (my hobby) and see what PURPLE images I could come up with.  (As I’ve mentioned before, I am usually on my computer while sitting with my hubby as he watches TV.) 

If PURPLE is your favorite color, you might be interested in this.  Let me know if this fits you😊




I love the smell of lavender...isn’t this just absolutely gorgeous?  Can you image the smell????  So lovely!!!



Is there really such a thing as a PURPLE rose?  I’m not sure, but this one sure is pretty.  I do love PURPLE coneflowers…my husband says they remind him of his grandmother who planted them.



And PURPLE hydrangeas!  One of my favorite flowers.



These days it seems to be popular (at least among the younger crowd) to sport various colors of hair…blue, pink , even PURPLE!  This looks lovely in the photo but I think I’ll just stick with my gray brunette.



But who could resist PURPLE M&Ms…or any other color for that matter!  (Like Lays Potato Chips…I can’t eat just one!)



I imagine the photographer of this photo used some type of special lens, but no matter how she did it, it’s absolutely gorgeous.  But God’s handiwork always is!



And did you know this?  PURPLE is not seen on any country's original flag.  (A very few redesigned flags of our time have some purple on them.)  Can you guess why????

ANSWER:  PURPLE dye was much, much too expensive! 
Until the 1800s PURPLE was worth more than its weight in GOLD!



I learned this from a VIDEO I came across; it's really interesting & I learned some new things…(don't you just love to learn new trivial stuff?)

*PURPLE has been associated with royalty, power, & wealth for centuries (but you already knew that).

*Queen Elizabeth I forbade anyone except close members of the royal family to wear PURPLE.

*PURPLE dye was obtained from a small sea snail that was only found in the region of Tyre in the Mediterranean.

*10,000 of these sea snails were needed to produce 1 gram of this PURPLE dye.  (That’s a LOT of snails!!!)

*A single pound of PURPLE dye cost 3 pounds of gold (the equivalent of $56,000 today).

I sure am glad that (synthetic) PURPLE dye is more accessible today because our school colors are PURPLE & GOLD and I have several PURPLE shirts in my wardrobe to cheer on our teams!

And one other teensy bit of wisdom that I'm sure you all really need to know...there is NO word that rhymes with PURPLE.  (Of course, you could make up one...GURPLE, MURPLE, TURPLE????)

So…as FOREST GUMP would say:  That's all I have to say about that PURPLE.                        Hope you enjoyed all my PURPLE nonsense!  And now I leave you with this to ponder on….


*IN MEMORY OF MY SWEET PURPLE-LOVING FRIEND, CINDY



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A BODY FULL OF FRUITS & VEGGIES


I wish I could give credit to the person who came up with this, but I have no clue!  This is something I copied years ago, and stored away in my WORDS OF WISDOM notebook.  It’s yet another reminder of HOW GREAT GOD IS…and what a sense of humor he has😊
Enjoy….

God left us some great clues as to what foods help what part of our body.

*A sliced CARROT looks like the human eye.  Can you see the pupil, iris, and radiating lines?  Science teaches us that carrots greatly enhance the blood flow to our eyes helping them to function better.




*A tomato has 4 chambers and is red.  The heart has 4 chambers and is red.  All the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are great heart & blood food.


*Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart.  Each grape looks like a blood cell, and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.




*A walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums.  Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex.  We now know walnuts help develop more than 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.


*Kidney beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and, yes…they look exactly like the human kidneys.


*Celery, bok choy, rhubarb and many more look just like bones.  These foods specifically target bone strength.  Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium.  If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak.  (Think about a limp stalk of celery!)  These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

*Avocadoes, eggplant, and pears target the health & function of the womb and cervix of the female…they look just like these organs.  Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and may help in preventing cervical cancers.  How profound is that?  It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit.  There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

*Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow.  Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

*Sweet potatoes look like the pancreas and actually can help balance the glycemic index of diabetics



*Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.


*Oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits look just like the mammary glads of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.



*Onions look like the body’s cells.  Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells.  They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.  A working companion, garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.


Isn’t  God  Amazing?

*Just so you know…I did not check the validity of all this but (in my opinion) it all sounds just like something God would do.  The world is full of so many wonderous things if we will only open our eyes and see them😊

HOPE  ALL  IS  WELL  IN  YOUR  NECK  OF  THE  WOODS
&
BE SURE TO EAT YOUR FRUITS & VEGGIES!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

Oh happy day…or rather happy weekend!  Hubby and I (who graduated together) spent 2 days celebrating our 70th birthday with some of our best high school friends (we were missing a few). Our friend Kaye and her husband Chip (who didn’t graduate with us) hosted us, just as they did for our 60th & 65th.  (Bless Chip!!!  He puts up with all our craziness and takes us all in stride😊)  They had a beautiful home but just “down-sized” to a gorgeous townhouse with 4 bathrooms (is that really down-sizing???) 



If you’ve read my blog in the past you might recall that I have 8 best friends that graduated with me.  We live all over including 3 different states.  We do our best to get together at least once a year for an “all girls” trip.  However, we include some of our guy friends for our birthday parties.  And when we get together you can be sure to have lots of 3 things….talking, laughing, & eating!!!!  I am so very blessed to call each and every one of them my friend.  


(From our 65th Birthday Celebration)

 It’s really hard for me to believe we have reached this milestone in our lives.  Are we really turning 70 this year????????  Whoever first said “time flies” sure knew what he/she was talking about.  Seems like just a few years back we were walking the halls of our beloved high school, having spend-the-night parties, going to football games, and getting ready for the prom. 

Our group of girls (we call ourselves the VALLEY GIRLS), all basically went our separate ways for almost 40 years.  Then (long story short) we got together for our first girl-trip and it was like we had never been apart.  Since then we have taken trips both in and out of state.  It always takes awhile to plan our trips because trying to get 9 busy ladies on the same schedule is next to impossible.  But God blesses us and we usually find a way! 
(Wearing our Tiaras:) 


If you’d like to read about each of these fabulous ladies in my life, you can go to a blog post from several years ago (here).  I can promise you that if you could get to know them you would love each and every one.  I can also promise you if you went on a trip with us you would have one of the best times of your life.  WE ARE A REALLY FUN BUNCH!!!
(Us trying to convince one of our Valley Guys we would make beautiful bridesmaids:)


Our guy friends are great as well.  One lost his sweet wife a couple years ago & we sure missed her this birthday celebration; one has been divorced for awhile but looks like is about to tie the knot again this summer; two bring their sweet wives who didn’t graduate with us but who fit right in; and my hubby and another hubby were part of our class.  We also have a few "adopted" Valley Guys who "seem" to enjoy our shenanigans:)  You won’t find greater guys anywhere and we are so happy to call them our VALLEY GUYS.



The only problem with one of these get-togethers is…..having to say good-bye.  Each year as we age, I know we are getting closer and closer to the day when we won’t be able to travel and won’t be able to spend this time together.  But for as long as we are able and God is willing, we will find a way to celebrate life together and when we can no longer do that we will have many wonderful memories that we will hold dear to our hearts. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Valley Girls & Guys.  I love each and every one of you and my birthday wish is that we will have many more celebrations together.  Until I see you again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand and may all your birthday wishes come true.


And to my blog readers, my wish for you is that you have good friends like I do because they sure do make life richer and sweeter!

Valley Girls and Cousins:)




In Memory….we lost this “adopted” Valley Girl (married to one of our Valley Guys)  a couple years ago.  Sure do miss this sweet lady.