Friday, November 24, 2017

Busy Hands, Happy Heart -Postcard Friendship Friday #383


We had the best Thanksgiving ever.  Singing, playing instruments, laughter, good food and family time.  It was a true delight. Haha--and I saw my sweet Mumsie dance for the first time in my life!!! LOL She is so cute. This Thanksgiving was a memory maker--one I will treasure for all time!  There are some moments I wish could last forever...that is the way I felt yesterday. 

We missed my sweet husband.  He would have been so happy.  But I know he was with us in Spirit.  

I have some exciting news to share. My daughters have put out their newest album. They perform secular music with a message of hope. I especially love their title song, The Sound of Goodbye. They included their Daddy's little tune at the end--ah, such a beautiful, beautiful song.  Of course, I am hopelessly biased.   Click on the picture and you will hear samples of their music as well as links where their album can be purchased. 

http://smarturl.it/TheSoundofGoodbye

I am thankful for so many things--including you, dear ones.  Have a great weekend Friends, and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

First Thanksgiving Dinner Party -Postcard Friendship Friday #382


I laughed out loud when I saw this vintage postcard's depiction of the First Thanksgiving.  The humor is delightful.  I am sure the English people who came to America had many cultural differences with the Native Americans they found living here.  And yet, at that time they all got along.  Indeed a native American by the name of Squanto came to help them.  Miraculously he knew English and gave the people of the Mayflower needed advice and help to make it through the following winter months.  It is a miraculous, beautiful story.  One worth researching!

It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week.  I don't know where the time flew to.  Have a lovely weekend, Happy Thanksgiving and a lovely Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

One Flag, One Land -Postcard Friendship Friday #381



Today is Veteran's Day in the United States.  The soldiers in this vintage postcard have various uniforms, which I believe represent different eras of time.

My Family has records of young men fighting for what they believe in, clear down through the Civil War, and before that.  It is an honor to know about these brave soldiers.

Please take time to honor those who have fought for your liberty and freedom today.  Blessings to everyone and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Peace and Prosperity -Postcard Friendship Friday #380


This beautiful Thanksgiving postcard echoes my thoughts and hopes for our world.  That all people would experience peace and prosperity.  I would add to that joy and love--and the touch of God's hand.

There is SO much for which to be thankful!  Have a great weekend, dear Friends, and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Merry Hallowe'en


Tonight all the children will be dressed in their costumes and full of merry laughter.  I look forward to their shenanigans.  "Trick, or Treat," they will say.  I will reply, "Do a trick, and I'll give you a treat!

It's Hallowe'en when little boys
Are frightened by the slightest noise,
And little girls run off to bed
And climb in quick, and hide their head.

Have a Merry Hallowe'en all you wonderful people!  Please stay safe out there, dear ones.

Monday, October 30, 2017

I Will Always Miss You



Just about now, three years ago, my Beloved Husband was being rushed to the hospital by ambulance.  Today is a difficult day.  Strange how life can change in an instant.  Strange.  Sometimes I still can't believe he is gone.

I am grateful to God for bringing Alan in to my life and for the wonderful adventure we had together...  I am so thankful for the lovely children he gave to me and for the love we shared.  I will always miss him.

Friday, October 27, 2017

You Ought to See the Other Fellow! -Postcard Friendship Friday #379



I loved the face of this little fellow so much, I had to post it.  The artist did an incredible job catching the plucky nature of this funny cat. I would like to find more of this artist's work. 

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Afraid of His Own Shadow -Postcard Friendship Friday #378



When I was a child, we lived on the edge of a vast forest.  The woods became our playground.  Especially one huge old fir tree next to our home.  We played under it so often the ground became as hard as a floor.  It was our outdoor playroom. 

When Halloween came around we would decorate underneath that tree.  We would sweep the "floor" and hang little hand-made ghosts in the tree branches.   We created scary exhibits of goblins and frightening creatures using whatever we had around the house.  It was all great fun...until the sun went down.

Then we were so scared, we wouldn't dare venture out to see our creations, even using candles.  We were, haha, afraid of our own shadows.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

A Merry Halloween -Postcard Friendship Friday #377


I adore black cats.  It is sad people sometimes mistreat them this time of year.

When he was a boy, my Father enjoyed the company of a black cat he named Snow.  This became a tradition in our family.  When I was a girl, we had sweet friendship of our own little Snow--she was a gentle spirited, long-haired, black kitty with a tiny bit of white on her chest.

Our most recent furry friend Snowbunny is in heaven now.  She often thought of herself as Mom Number two to my children.  I still miss her.  Someday soon I hope to make the acquaintance of another wee black kitten, who, of course will be called "Snow." 

'Tis the time of harvest, and though the rains are well begun, the trees are turning yellow and red, and the harvest moon has come and gone.  Fall is here and Halloween is right around the corner.

Have a lovely weekend Friends.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday.


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Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Winds -Postcard Friendship Friday #376


Hello, sweet Friends.  It has been a long two weeks.  I missed last week--but here is this week's Postcard Friendship Friday.  I hope you enjoy this bit of whimsy.  I love the windswept look of this flower faced maiden.

Fall is peeking from the shadows of the trees.  A chilly wind blows as I gather firewood out back.  The flowers are beginning to feel the cold and the morning sunshine scatters rainbows across the green, green grass.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn Sprite -Postcard Friendship Friday #375


Hello, sweet Friends.  I'm a little late getting this one posted.  I apologize for that--it has been a very long weekend.

Fall is here with it's beautiful leaves and nostalgic air.  I am looking forward to blue skies and crisp freezing mornings.

I am NOT, however, looking forward to winter.  Unless it snows--which is rare here.  We usually get a LOT of rain.  However each moment is a gift and I am grateful for the beauty I see each day.

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday, and have a lovely weekend, dear ones.  God is good.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Dear Little Grandmother -Postcard Friendship Friday #374



Today I celebrate the life of my precious 91-year old Grandma Gladys who has flown to heaven.  She is no longer in pain, she can walk, see and laugh again.  She is in a better place and she was ready to go and see her Beloved Vic--and to see Jesus.  Ah, I miss her.

This postcard looks a lot like Grandma.  What a dear, wonderful lady she was.  One of the first dates my Beloved took me on was to meet Grandma and her family.  She has been a part of my life for almost 35 years. 

I see her in my home everywhere.  Pictures she painted, odd pans and cutlery, the beautiful four-poster bed in the guest room, most of the things I have in the craft room...  I think of her every day, and will always think of her every day.

I can hear her laughter, I can see her merry old eyes twinkling at me.  She deeply loved my family--She brought joy into our lives with her wisdom, bubbles, crafts--and I smile as many hilarious memories flood into my mind.  I am going to miss her so much.  I am so grateful to have spent time with Grandma while her daughter was out of town a number of months ago.   What a privilege to hear her stories, share her laughter and tend to her as she slept in her big easy chair.

Take a moment to cherish the people you love, my Friends.  Life is short and each moment is a gift.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday, dear ones.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

September Birthdays -Postcard Friendship Friday #373



Though sadness sometimes envelopes my heart, I still love the month of September.  It is a kind of prelude to Fall--and time of harvest.  The birds are busy and the season is changing.

September's stone is the Sapphire.  In ancient times, it was known as the wisdom stone, good for the mind--relieving mention tension, and depression.  It was said to restore balance within the body, and peace of mind.  The ancients also used the Sapphire to treat blood disorders, bleeding and the strengthening of one's heart.  The poem on this postcard reflects those beliefs.

A maiden born when Autumn leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze.
A Sapphire on her brow should bind--
'Twill cure diseases of the mind.

I love Sapphires of all colors, including the Ruby. It is said various colors of this stone treat various things--but I will not go into that here! 

Have a lovely weekend dear friends--and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Honoring American Labor -Postcard Friendship Friday #372



It was hard to find old postcards honoring Labor Day, which was a surprise considering Labor Day has been around since the late 1880's.  I finally found this one via an online source.  I hope you enjoy the beautiful 1956 postcard I was able to procure for you!

Labor Day falls on the first Monday of  September.  This holiday honors those who work with a day off to celebrate.  Labor Day weekend is also considered the end of summer, then its back to school for most of America’s kids. It is also a federal holiday, so most national, state, and local government offices are closed.

I did some research on the history of Labor day and even after more than 130 years after the first Labor day was observed in 1882, there still seems to be a controversy over who invented the idea first.  Was it the Carpenters, or the Machinists? 

According to some historians, America’s carpenters and construction workers believe it was Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, who first suggested a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But there are others who argue that Matthew Maguire, a machinist from Paterson, New Jersey, was the man who proposed Labor Day in 1882 while serving as secretary of New York’s Central Labor Union. 

The first Labor day was holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The day was highlighted by a parade to show the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.”

Since it's celebrated with a day off--Labor Day became very popular very fast and by 1885, several city governments adopted ordinances calling for the observance of Labor Day.  June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.

“The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy,” notes the U.S Labor Department. “It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership— the American worker.”

Though there are plenty of folks who work through that holiday, ensuring our safety and well-being, most Americans will be taking a day off this coming Monday.  God bless you, dear ones.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

National Dog Day -Postcard Friendship Friday #371



 


Tomorrow is National Dog Day.  This holiday was created in 2004 by Colleen Paige, who is the founder of the National Dog Day Foundation.  The date of August 26th  was chosen because that was the day Colleen's Father adopted their first family dog. That pup must have had great influence in her life.  I would love to hear the story someday.

National Dog Day has two goals. The first is to honor dogs and to recognize and appreciate their value and importance in our lives.  The second goal is to encourage people to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. 

The National Dog Day Foundation’s motto is "Saving 10,000 Dogs - One Day at a Time."  Indeed, then President George W. Bush, a dog owner himself, sent a letter of endorsement to the foundation in support of National Dog Day!

When dogs are rescued, they never forget where they came from and are forever thankful to the person who rescues them.  Case in point is Shadow, a beautiful old black lab, who’s kind face and loving attitude toward his master and my own family when he visits, has blessed us all.

Happy National Dog Day and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Madame La lune and the Magical Moon -Postcard Friendship Friday #370



This is one of the prettiest vintage moon postcards I have ever seen.  I love the magical quality it has.  There is the same feeling here, as we await the Great American Eclipse.  I happen to live in the area of totality--in other words, I live in the small strip running across America where the eclipse will be a total one.  I can hardly wait to see it.

Traffic problems are already beginning and everyone in town is getting ready for a huge influx of people over this coming weekend.  This is going to be a great adventure!

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday, dear Friends.  God bless you.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Over the Moon -Postcard Friendship Friday #369



People all over the world are excited over the Great American Eclipse.  It will happen Monday, August 21.  Next weekend upwards of 500,000 people from all over the world will pour into our area.  Our little town is one of those places where the eclipse can be seen in totality.

The actual eclipse will last all of two minutes, though the waxing and waning of the eclipse lasts much longer than that.  It is said this event won't happen again in my lifetime.  I am grateful that I live in the direct path of this amazing event! 

In honor of America's epic Eclipse, I will be posting vintage postcards having to do with the moon.  This beautifully romantic postcard is one of my favorites!  Oh, how I wish my Beloved were here to see the Eclipse!  He would have loved all the fanfare and would have been in the thick of it. 

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday and have a GREAT weekend!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Summer Romance -Postcard Friendship Friday #368



I am sorry for not posting last week.  I was hosting a drama camp in my home for a group of little girls.  We had SUCH a great time!  I was totally distracted by all that had to be done beforehand.

I adore this postcard.  The old costumes and the sweetness of love and daisies.  Summertime sweethearts.  I miss my Beloved, walking hand in hand at the park... His funny stories, his laughter--the way he saw life.

Don't take your family for granted.  Life is fragile.  Enjoy every moment.  I hope you have a GREAT weekend, dear friends!

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