Monday, September 4, 2017

ANNA PETERS CHINA, MY MOTHER, AND OUR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

This post is all over the place, but connected in a way!  Bear with me as I ramble ----
My mother had a green thumb and loved her rose garden.  She, also, was fond of anything with roses on it especially china.  This plate was one of her favorites and hung on the dining room wall when I was growing up.
 It was painted by Anna Peters, who had a china painting studio in Denver at the turn of the 20th century.  About 40 years ago, I started looking for more Anna Peters china when we were out antiquing.  In about 1976, I found two smaller plates painted by Ms. Peters and gave them to my mother for Mother's Day that year.  Over the years, I have acquired nine more pieces of the Peters' china which I found mostly in the Denver area.  My mother passed away before I could give her any more of these beautiful rose dishes.
To celebrate my Mother's birth date and our wedding anniversary this week, I grouped the Peters' dishes in our dining room plate rack.

And, now our 59th wedding anniversary ----
The time has passed unbelievably fast.  Who are those teenagers in this 1958 photo?
The picture was taken on our wedding day in my parent's dining room, where we held the reception for 300 people.  My parent's house was big; the day was a beautiful September day; so the reception flowed out into my folk's lovely backyard.  But, 300 people --- my mother was a saint!!  Her 39th birthday was the day before our wedding day.
If you look at the picture of Bob and I, you can spot my mother's favorite rose plate hanging on the wall.

My mother and dad gave us a beautiful wedding to share with friends and families.  The flowers were beautiful ----
The cake was perfect ---- 

The whole day was special!
The perfect start to a wonderful 59-year (and counting) marriage.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A SIMPLE SUMMER OF RANDOMNESS

 I haven't posted much this summer, so here's some catching up of randomness.

From Bob's workshop:  Bob and Wyatt were able to recently tear down a couple of 100-year old buildings for some great salvaged wood.  Here is a chimney cupboard Bob built from salvaged wood and pallets.
He made a couple of these tool chests with interior trays.  One he gave to the friend that let him tear down an old lean-to for the wood.  The other is currently for sale in a local consignment shop.

He made this lamp base and donated it to the local boys and girls club for their fundraising auction.
I love the twig tables he makes.  This one is sold, but he is working on another one with a top from an old board 2" thick.

Wyatt has spent time with us this summer --- he loves working with his papa in the workshop.  And, anytime he can fire up the forge, he is happy.  What is it about boys and fire?
He also did some leather work and made Scottish jewelry from forged nails.
And he had a temporary job at a local tree farm and earned money to buy a "long-dreamed-of" kilt.  He goes out for the high school track and field team in the spring, and hopes one day to compete in the Highland Games.  For now, he has started his sophomore year in high school with a school trip to Nebraska to view the eclipse.
At 15 1/2 years old, he is pushing 6'2" and is experimenting with growing his hair!!!! He has been seen with a mini-man-bun ---- this Grammy is learning to choose her battles.
His sister, Caitlin (my favorite granddaughter), will be 21 in a month and is doing a great job figuring out adulthood.  She has a good job at the local health conglomerate.  (I'm really envious of HER hair!)
Allergies and asthma have not been kind to me recently, so I have been perfectly happy to stay inside and quilt.  I finished the following small quilts this summer.
And, these four pillows for the porch.
Both the flower gardens and the vegetable garden are doing well after an early August monsoon season of rain.  Bob is our resident gardener with occasional help from Wyatt.
That's about it for summer ---- bring on the Autumn goodness!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

MONSOON AUGUST

As I mentioned in my last post, August is monsoon season in Colorado.  Don't ask me why ---- Colorado is usually dry and arid in the summer, but every August the monsoons arrive for a short visit.  We have had rain every day for a week, and it continues.  We are currently under a flash flood warning as I'm writing this.
 A break in the rain, so I went outside to take a few photos ---- mud and crud everywhere!
Large rain drops are beginning to fall again.
One last photo of a rose bud before I run back inside.
The other day, the sun came out long enough for me to take the quilt I just finished out for its official portrait.
 I never mind an opportunity to stay in out of the wet weather.  It gives me an opportunity to do what I like best ---- quilting.
This traditional block is called Cactus Rose, and is not dependent on Colorado's fickle weather!

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

HOT AND DRY JULY

It is July, and it is hot and dry in Colorado.  Our yard is suffering and not at its best.
Cooler and a little more pleasant on the porch.
But August and September will be here before we know it.  The roses will have their second burst of blooms and our monsoon season will arrive.

Till then, stay cool!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

CELEBRATING THE FOURTH OF JULY WITH A TOUCH OF 20TH CENTURY PATRIOTISM


My great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents never hesitated to declare their opinions about politics and patriotism.
I inherited several of their items that are indicative of their participation in support of this country.  Here are a few items to remind me of my important heritage.
A collection of pins and WWII memorabilia ---


Included is a Carrie Nation hatchet stickpin that belonged to my great-grandmother who supported the temperance movement in the early 20th century and a pin belonging to my father supporting Eisenhower for president in 1956.  My grandfather held a couple of elected local offices, and the lapel pin of the elephant holding the flag belonged to him.  
The grade school picture is of me during WWII holding an American flag.  In my great-grandparent's belongings I also found several 48-star American flags plus a couple of Betsy Ross cards.   
Draft registration cards --- my grandfather's from WWI and my father's from WWII --- both showing agriculture deferments. They were required to stay home to grow food to support the war effort.
My grandfather won a national award for superior achievement in agriculture for his contribution to the war effort presented to him in Oklahoma in June 1943 by the Skelly Company.  "Food will win the war --- Food will write the peace."

Even though I was quite young, I remember this as a big deal in our community.  This picture was taken of the family on the day the award was celebrated locally with my cousins in their little military outfits and me in my red, white, and blue outfit.

Just a reminder to me that everyone has a responsibility to do what they can for the betterment of our country. 

Have a joyous Fourth of July in celebration of this wonderful country.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

ON HIATUS


Taking a break -

The last month or so has been a little rough as I've dealt  with some minor medical issues --- nothing serious (I'm thankful!), just several things all at once.  My energy level is low and any inspiration or motivation is non-existent, so I've had nothing of consequence to blog about.

It's time for a short hiatus.
I'll be back. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

AN EASTER REVISITED

I had a wonderful mother-in-law, who lived to be 100 years old.  That means I had a mother-in-law for 56 years --- a long time for a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship.  She always treated me as well (or better) than she treated her own daughters!

She did have one bad habit, though ---- she loved to make Easter outfits for her grandchildren.  Here is our otherwise adorable son in his grandma-made Easter outfit in 1972.

What can I say?  It was the 1970s, and she loved him very much!!!!

I hope you have a joyous Easter with your family
(and may your knickers NOT be made of polyester).

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Monday, April 3, 2017

NATIONAL TARTAN DAY

National Tartan Day on April 6th has been designated as a day to celebrate Scottish heritage.  I don't think I have a bit of Scottish ancestry in me, but I do love tartan/plaid.  

 I'm always on the lookout for wool, plaid clothing in thrift stores that I can deconstruct, wash, and make into something else.  You would be surprised at the number of pieces of Pendleton, Ralph Lauren, etc. clothing that I have found for just a couple of dollars.

 Pillows are my favorite thing to make from my found plaids --- 










I've even been known to save scraps of plaid paper to make Christmas cards.





I think I will go celebrate by making something plaid.
 Happy Tartan Day!!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

IT'S HIS BIRTHDAY AGAIN!

The years have flown by since our son, Mike, was born.  Let's just say he will soon be pushing 50 years old.

Among his many talents and accomplishments (and there have been many), one of my greatest joys has been to listen to him play the piano.  I never get to hear him often enough.
When he was in kindergarten, I had to beg the grade school music teacher to take him on as a private piano student.  I knew he was ready; she thought he was too young.  In a couple of months, she knew I was right.  He's been playing ever since.


You would think that because of all of the recitals, playing for church, piano competitions, jazz band, choir accompaniments, etc; plus everything he has done with the piano as an adult over the years that I would have scads of pictures of him at the piano.  But, I only found these three ---  he was 18 months old in the first one, then in the 8th grade, and then as a senior in high school.




In addition to being a high school math and science teacher, he does a lot of accompanying for his high schools' music 
programs.  How fitting that tomorrow on his birthday, he will be playing ragtime for two performances of the school's Spring drama.
Kudos to all those teachers who work extra to keep the art's programs alive in these small, under-funded rural high schools.


And happy birthday, Dr. Saulmon!!!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

OOEY, GOOEY, CHOCOLATE AND NUTS!

Occasionally, I want something ooey and gooey, with chocolate and nuts.  This dessert fills that bill.  The trouble is that you need an occasion to share it.  For obvious reasons, Bob and I shouldn't eat the whole thing by ourselves.
It was my turn to host my Wednesday morning coffee group this week, so I figured I had my opportunity.
It's not your usual morning coffee accompaniment, so I also served cheese, crackers, and fruit in case this was too rich for morning consumption.
My friends didn't let me down --- they made a good dent in the dish but leaving enough for Bob and I to have a piece after dinner tonight.

I've had this recipe for years.  By the way, this dessert is aptly named "Pig Feast"!

2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup flour, 1 cup chopped nuts --- Mix well, pack into buttered 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cool.

1 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup cool-whip, 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened --- Combine and spread over cooled crust.

1 5oz. package instant vanilla pudding, 1 5oz. package instant chocolate pudding, 3 cups milk --- Mix together and let stand until firm.  Spread on top of cream cheese layer.

Spread 1 cup cool-whip on top.  Sprinkle a crushed Hershey bar and more nuts over top.  Refrigerate, enjoy, and forget about the calories!!!

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