Friday, August 31, 2007

Postal Service No One Hears About

Added on 11/13/07: I checked snopes and this is a true story.
This is something I got in an E-Mail. Some have probably seen it already. OK, now get out a tissue. My friend (from back a few years ago) and I would rate a movie by tissues like a really sad movie would be 4 tissues. This post is probably about 2 or 3 tissues. But it is good!

Postal Service no one hears about
> Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The
> day after she died,
> my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and
> talking about how much
> she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a
> letter to God so
> that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize
> her.

> > She dictated and I wrote:
> Dear God,

> > Will you please take special care of our dog, Abbey?
> She died
> yesterday and is in heaven. We miss her very much.
> We are happy
> that you let us have her as our dog even though she
> got sick. I hope
> that you will play with her. She liked to play with
> balls and swim
> before she got sick.
> I am sending some pictures of her so that when you
> see her in heaven
> you will know she is our special dog. But I really
> do miss her.

> > Love, Meredith Claire
> > P.S. Mommy wrote the words after I told them to her.
> We put that in an envelope with two pictures of
> Abbey, and addressed
> it to God in Heaven. We put our return address on
> it. Then Meredith
> stuck some stamps on the front (because, as she
> said, it may take lots
> of stamps to get a letter all the way to heaven) and
> that afternoon
> I let her drop it into the letter box at the post
> office.

> > > For a few days, she would ask if God had gotten the
> letter yet. I told
> her that I thought He had.

> > > Yesterday there was a package wrapped in gold paper
> on our front
> porch. Curious, I went to look at it. It had a gold
> star card on the
> front and said "To Meredith" in an unfamiliar hand.
> Meredith took it
> in and opened it.
> > Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers, "When a Pet Dies".
> Taped to the
> inside front cover was the letter we had written to
> God, in its opened
> envelope (which was marked Return to Sender:
> Insufficient address).

> > On the opposite page, one of the pictures of Abbey
> was taped under the
> words "For Meredith". We turned to the back cover,
> and there was the
> other picture of Abbey, and this handwritten note on
> pink paper:

> > > Dear Meredith,

> > I know that you will be happy to know that Abbey
> arrived safely and
> soundly in Heaven! Having the pictures you sent to
> me was such a
> big help. I recognized Abbey right away. You know,
> Meredith, she
> isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with
> me--just like she stays in
> your heart--young and running and playing. Abbey
> loved being your dog,
> you know.

> > Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't
> have any
> pockets!-- so I can't keep your beautiful letter. I
> am sending it to
> you with the pictures so that you will have this
> book to keep and
> remember Abbey.

> > One of my angels is taking care of this for me. I
> hope the little
> book helps. Thank you for the beautiful letter.
> Thank your mother
> for sending it. What a wonderful mother you have! I
> picked her
> especially for you. I send my blessings every day
> and remember that
> I love you very much.

> > By the way, I am in heaven but wherever there is
> love, I am there
> also.

> > Love, God and the special angel who wrote this after
> God told her
> the words.

> > As a parent and a pet lover, this is one of the
> kindest things that
> I've ever experienced. I have no way to know who
> sent it, but
> there is some very kind soul working in the dead
> letter office.

> > _____________________________________________________
> > We believe it was probably the carrier for this
> family who did this instead of the clerk in the dead
> letter office.

Cheryl here: So was I right, do you think this was 2 or 3 tissues?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Did someone say, Auction!!

We went to an auction on Saturday and were surprised that there weren't very many people in attendance (and even less when the sun came out from behind the clouds). Well, they would ask what people wanted off a particular table and would auction those things off. Whatever was left on the table was auctioned together. We won quite a few lots for a buck or two. One lot had the nice glass snack trays with the cups to match that might be used for a tea party (I couldn't believe nobody wanted those). There was a huge pile of bedding, that I got for a buck, that had about 3 nice afghans that I thought I might try to sell. I got a box of books for a dollar or two. This box of books had the Anne of Green Gables set of 8 books (I didn't realize there were more than two). I haven't taken any pictures but if anybody is interested in seeing what we got I will take pictures and post them in the next few days.

Have a great day!!!

And oh, yeah, I have been collecting old View Masters with the reels and this auction did not disappoint! I love the old reels!!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Fresh Thinking from Daisy...

Daisy sour cream that is. We bought some sour cream and this is what the inside cover said:
If life gives
you limes,
just rearrange
the letters
and return
a smile.

That is a pretty good saying, don't you think?

Here is something else that I think is pretty cool! Here's the link, too: youtube

Saturday, August 25, 2007


My sisters, Tammie, Kim and I went to Disneyland in 1980. It was Disney's 25th anniversary. So todays post is devoted to Disney.

Warning:the one below is 8 1/2 minutes long. How Disney cartoons were made.

Warning: the next one is about 10 1/2 minutes. Walt Disney World Promo 1970's

This is the link with more info about this one(a little over 8 minutes). youtube

Friday, August 24, 2007

My 100th post!!

I was going to try to figure something special to do for my 100th post but couldn't think of anything. Here's a commercial you folks that grew up in Ohio will recognize. My husband has sung this to me and he found it on the internet today. I hope you all from Ohio back in the 70's will enjoy.

While I'm at it here is a commercial that started in California in the 70's and at one point was in the Seattle area.
Cal Worthington and his dog Spot!!

Here's the opening of a show I loved to watch..."The bluest sky you've ever seen, in Seattle.
And the hills the greenest green, in Seattle..."

And I loved Gilligan...."Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip that started from this tropic port aboard this tiny ship..."

I was making kool aid today and the jingle came back to me..."Kool aid's here bringing you fun, kool aid's got the thirst on the run, get a big, wide, happy, ear to ear kool aid smi i ile, kool aid smile, kool aid smile.." That's what I remember. Correct me if I am wrong. Is there any more, do you remember the rest?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Fun video

Fun video of 70's toy commercials.

Here's a picture of my boys. (Thought I would leave this picture on here.)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

A funny from my 3 year old

My 3 year old is trying to be more and more independent. When I see him putting his shoe on the wrong foot I will say "other foot" so as he is taking his shoe off and starting to put it on the other foot he asks "this one Mommy?". Cracking me up!

Added Later:
My boys and I are coming back from a fast food run (I know, baaad), I hear my 7 year old, Luke say to his 5 year old brother, Matthew, (after Matthew says nobody loves him in the whole world, which just breaks my heart to hear) anyway, Luke says "even when I am mean to you, I still love you, even when Mommy or Daddy spanks you, they still love you". Luke was trying to console his brother. It was sweet and a little humorous at the same time. I feel I should add that I made sure he knew I do love him as well as his brothers and his Daddy and that God loves him even more than that. I told him when we get home I would give him a big ol' hug. Luke and Matthew are like "ewwww". I ask you, "What's wrong with a hug now and then?" They crack me up all the time.:-)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Happy Birthday To My Sister, Tammie!


August 16th, 1957 in Wenatchee, Washington, was a glorious day filled with the birth of my dear sister, Tammie. As a tribute to her I thought I would talk about the last 50 years (of which I was personally around for over 46) starting with the year she was born. Kind of a this is your life meets those were the days.

In 1957 (the year you were born)
Dwight Eisenhower is president of the US

First civil rights bill since Reconstruction to protect blacks' voting rights is approved by Congress

Hurricane "Audrey" destroys Cameron, Louisiana killing 390 people

National Guardsmen bar nine black students from entering previously all white Central High School in Little Rock

Russians launch Sputnik I, first earth orbiting satellite

The FBI arrests Jimmy Hoffa and charges him with bribery

Vanna White, Sid Vicious, and Melanie Griffith are born

Milwaukee Brewers win World Series

Detroit Lions win NFL championship

Montreal Canadiens win Stanley Cup

On the Road by Jack Kerouac is published

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss is published

Uncle Gerald and Aunt Joyce were married

Richard Knerr and Arthur "Spud" Melin, founders of the Wham-O Company, are the architects of the biggest fad of all time - the hula hoop!
In 1957, an Australian visiting California told them, quite casually, that in his home country, children twirled bamboo hoops around their waists in gym class. Most of us would have thought, "how nice" but for Knerr and Melin an idea spawned.

They understood how popular such an item could be and proceeded to manufacture one made of plastic, Marlex specifically, a lightweight but durable plastic then recently invented by Phillips Petroleum.

The name "hula hoop" came from the Hawaiian dance its users seemed to imitate.

Talk about sales! Wham-O sold 25 million hula hoops in two months. Almost 100 million international orders followed. They were manufacturing 20,000 hoops a day at the peak of popularity.

Not all nations thought this was such a spiffy idea. Japan banned the hoops thinking they might promote improprieties. The Soviet Union said the hula hoop was an example of the "emptiness of American culture." Well, okay, maybe they had a point there :>)

The faze was short-lived. But our young entrepeneurs were already onto another hot idea they had. The Frisbee! (From the Pop History section)
Telephone Cramming Fads - Fifties Oddly enough, this fad began in South Africa, spread to England and then in 1959 went straight to - California!

The idea was to cram as many people as possible into a telephone booth. A competition sport, cramming soon spread across college campuses as each one tried to set a new record.

Sometimes called Telephone Box Squash, there were very few rules except that it was widely accepted that the booth must still contain a phone. Under British rules, you had to be able to be able to either place or receive a call, but that did not apply anywhere else. The door was left open and only half of a person must be inside the booth to be counted. And the booth had to upright.

The South African record of 25 people withstood all challengers. The English only made it to19 and hey, they had wider booths. A Canadian group made it to 40 but the booth was on its side and so that figure was discounted.

As for the spirit that built the West - the most efficient bunch we had was a group at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.(Pictured above) In an effort to beat the South African record, they managed to cram 22 people in a booth. Well, you can't win them all.

Cramming expanded into other venues and VW Beetle cramming enjoyed a brief popularity. But like all good fads, this one ended rather quickly.(from fads of the fifties)

Here's a link to Burma Shave slogans of the fifties. So fun!!
Burma Shave
Now let's jump to 1961 and 1962. Tammie had two little sisters born (we have 2 brothers and a sister that are older, makes 6).

Here's a link of hippy quotes.
Hippy quotes
Here's a page about the 1960's.
The Groovy 1960's

Inventions * In 1961, physicist Theodore Maiman perfected the laser, now widely used in surgery, holography, communications, and printing. * Douglas Englehart of Stanford University developed the computer mouse along with a five key "corded" keyboard in 1964. * The first hand-held calculator was invented in 1967 by Texas Instruments, at a cost of $2,500 a piece. * The first cash dispensing machine is installed by First Philadelphia Bank in 1968.

It seemed like such a simpler life back then.

Tammie graduated in 1975 from High School.

The #1 Songs for August 16:
1970: '(They Long to Be) Close to You' by The Carpenters.
1971: 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart' by Bee Gees.
1972: 'Alone Again (Naturally)' by Gilbert O'Sullivan.
1973: 'The Morning After' by Maureen McGovern.
1974: 'Feel Like Makin' Love' by Roberta Flack.
1975: 'Jive Talkin'' by Bee Gees.
1976: 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' by Elton John & Kikki Dee.
1977: 'I Just Want to be Your Everything' by Andy Gibb.
1978: 'Three Times a Lady' by The Commodores.
1979: 'Bad Girls' by Donna Summer.
1980: 'Magic' by Olivia Newton-John. 1981: 'Endless Love' by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie.
1982: 'Eye of the Tiger' by Survivor.
1983: 'Every Breath You Take' by The Police.
1984: 'Ghostbusters' by Ray Parker Jr..
1985: 'Shout' by Tears for Fears.
1986: 'Papa Don't Preach' by Madonna.
1987: 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' by U2.
1988: 'Roll With It' by Steve Winwood.
1989: 'Right Here Waiting' by Richard Marx.
These were the most popular songs on August 16 of each year.

In 1974 and then in 1975 we had a niece and nephew born. What cuties Nadia and Erwin were.

1970s Fads:
Pet Rock
Pop Rocks -- Some exciting candy
Talking Viewmasters
Lava Lamps
String Art
the electronic Simon -- We had one of those!
Swag Lamps
Sales of vinyl-topped cars hit a peak in the Super70s.
Mood Rings -- Fun!!
CB Radios -- Daddy was into that. Remember, he was Sore Thumb (the green panel he drove stuck out like a sore thumb)
Lawn Darts -- Yep, our family had fun with these. Nobody was hurt playing this game.
Clackers -- Tammie, I remember you were pretty good with these. I on the other hand am amazed I survived all the times I hit myself with them.
Smiley Face/Have a Nice Day!

Now on to the 80's. This is an exciting time for you, when you met your husband to be. A wonderful man named Marty. We had a new niece come into the family in 1984 (she also was a sweetie, sister Terri and Neil's). And it is also a sad time as we grieved the death of our sweet and dear father.

The last decades are links to places about those years. You may be tired by now (I am) so this way you can just click on it at your leisure.

In 1990 (I think anyway) you married Marty and moved to Nevada. A wonderful year for you! (And I married Mark in 1999 and moved to Ohio, a wonderful year for me!)


The 2000's brought 3 sweet nephews into our family (to you anyway, my sons). Another sad time for us was the passing of our precious mother (I will never stop missing Mom and Dad).

And you are just getting done with your masters (this week), what a great birthday present to yourself!!


I am so glad you are my sister!! I love you!! I hope you liked this walk down memory lane.

Your sister,

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Personality Tests

Lallee over at lalleescottage shared results of a few personality tests she did to see if there would be a pattern. Here are the results for me, I am glad these are just for fun. you really need a sense of humor, cause you wouldn't want to take them too seriously. The first 2 I see a pattern with the word innocent, what happened on the cake one? Anyway, here are the results.

You Are Cherry Pie
You're the perfect combo of innocent and sexy Those who like you enjoy a contradiction

You Belong in 1952
You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

You Are a Red Velvet Cake
Rich, decadent, and sensual. You have a deep appeal that transcends all trends. You are the definition of passion: intense, adventurous, and seductive.

Which vintage movie star are you most like?(For girls)

You are Lauren Bacall. You started off as very shy but with a little help, your roots come out. You're an honest person and your values, beliefs and convictions are very clear. You love a good time, and you want security at heart but you're ready for anything that comes your way. You may also have an air of grace about you, and more beauty than you'll ever realize. But others will see it.
Take this quiz!

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

More pretties

I am not a good photographer and I am having trouble getting my photoshop type program to work. I will keep trying and in the mean time here are a few more pretties some not being put on E-Bay.
Too bad about the halo-such a sweet angel!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Computer issues

Well, actually it's our internet phone but Mark unhooks the router to my desktop to see if that helps with the phone. Something like that anyway. I can hear who I am talking to but they can not hear me. I call my sister in Washington State to test it out and she understands that I can still hear her even if she can't hear me. She let's me know when it is acting up and stays on until I come back. It's a bummer because I am having to use my laptop and I do not know how to get my pictures to here. I am saying all that so people who care know why I haven't put the pictures on here that I talked about the other day. Hopefully tomorrow will be the last day without the desktop. Oh yeah, the mouse isn't working either. Hate when things like this happen. Oh, well, I will survive, I think. :-)

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

I have something for sale on E-Bay

This is a salt and pepper shaker I have for sale on E-Bay. They are part of what we won at auction a month or so ago. I will be adding a few more things Wednesday.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I thought after yesterday's post something a little lighthearted is in order. Here ya go.

This is called "funny cats so cute".

Here's another one. :-)

This one is called "Funny Cats 3"

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

My Daddy died 18 years ago today

My Dad and Mom

Today I will think of my Daddy often for it is the anniversary of his death.
I hope you don't mind if I talk about him a bit.

He was an outdoorsman. He would hunt for deer and elk every Fall. I would be ready for beef by the summer after having the venison for so long.

My Daddy worked so hard. My Dad planted an orchard and worked hard taking care of it. I can remember him coming in from working on our family's cars with a lot of grease on his hands. He was on disability because of his heart so I was blessed to have him home all the time. I didn't realize until I was an adult that we were on the poor side. I guess when you feel loved, you don't go hungry, you have a roof over your head and you are happy playing with your little sister because the older siblings are off to school you don't see the negative side of things.

He loved to fish. I have a picture of me when I was about 3 with my Daddy. I was holding the fish he had caught (almost as big as me) and the story my parents told me was that I just had to hold that fish. When I was about 16 we went to Ocean Shores in Washington State (Washington is where I am from) and I got to go charter boat fishing with my Dad. I was the only girl on the boat and the youngest and I outfished everybody. I caught the biggest fish of the day and my Daddy couldn't have been any prouder. He did catch one fish. It was the ugliest fish I had ever seen, it was sea green inside and out. I asked my Dad if he was going to keep it and the way he said "yes" was like of course I am going to keep it. It was a flounder and very good when we had it for dinner.

In the few years before he passed away he would say things that he never talked about before. One time he told me that he should have said I love you more when me and my siblings were growing up. Before that I don't think I thought about it to much because I had always felt loved, don't get me wrong it is nice to hear those words but there was no doubt in my mind that my Dad and Mom loved me. Maybe it was because I could see how much they loved each other.