Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is one of my most favorite holidays (I know...I Know...I say that about EVERY holiday).  I love the red, white, and blue...swimming and pool parties over the weekend at Mimi's house, the start of summer....and because it is for remembering our service men and women.  I have always thought it was remembering everyone who served in the armed forces but my darling hubbie said it is for remembering those who gave thier life.  My hubbie served in the Marines...long before we met.  I have his service photo, framed,on my vanity where I can see if everyday.  I am proud of him.  My grandfathers were in the service.  I went to Texas A&M and know several men and women who were in the Corps, graduated and went on to serve....and I am very thankful for each on this day.

Since I am now confused about the meaning of Memorial Day, I went to the trusty ole internet for some info....this is what I found.

"Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

General John A. Logan
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-B8172- 6403 DLC (b&w film neg.)]
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee. In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children's League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their "Buddy" Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.
Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.
There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye's Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.
To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."
The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.
But what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred, spirit back to Memorial Day is for a return to its traditional day of observance. Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day. As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: "Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day."
On January 19, 1999 Senator Inouye introduced bill S 189 to the Senate which proposes to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day back to May 30th instead of "the last Monday in May". On April 19, 1999 Representative Gibbons introduced the bill to the House (H.R. 1474). The bills were referred the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Government Reform.
To date, there has been no further developments on the bill. Please write your Representative and your Senators, urging them to support these bills. You can also contact Mr. Inouye to let him know of your support. " (from usmemorialday.or )

So, as usual, I was wrong.  Memorial Day IS for those who have died in service.  Oh well...I will continue to celebrate all who have served.

Here is a nice poem that was sent in my Geneaology Newsletter from the Plano Library.  I do not know anyone mentioned in the poem, but I like it just the same....Plano High School is right up the street from our neighborhood.

Taken from the Commencement Program of 1943--

Plano High
(This poem is dedicated to the Class of 1943)
--Emory Davis, Class of 1943 and now in the Army Air Corps 
I’m leaving this school for a college,
One that teaches me how to kill;
That trains us to fight, not for fun, but for life,
To live or die by God’s will.
I’m going to go, for I feel it’s my place
To fight for the ones I left at home,
To give my best, to do my part,
Wherever I fight or roam.
I’ll never forget the memories of school,
I’ll never forget all the gang.
I’ll always obey the golden rule,
I’ll always be off with a bang.
So I’m bidding farewell to the school that I love,
To the ONE that I’ll always be true,
I’ll be guided always by the One up above,
So thanks, Plano High, I mean you.
The Commencement Program for Plano High School for 1943, 1944, and 1945 dedicated their program to "Our boys who have made the supreme sacrifice and to those who are now serving in the Armed Forces of our country." 
Dedication in the 1945 Planonian: "To these former students of Plano High School, who have paid with their lives that the democratic principles of a nation might live, this 1945 edition of the Planonian is sincerely dedicated."  
Robert Blaine—U. S. Air Force—France
R. E. Bolton—U. S. Navy—South Pacific
Robert Cuffman—U. S. Army—Luxembourg
Boyce Decker—U.S. Army—Germany
Rudd Mann—U. S. Air Force—California
Herschel Ross—U. S. Air Force—Oklahoma
Raymond Tennell—U. S. Navy—Pearl Harbor
Earl White—U. S. Army—Germany
H. M. Yeager—U. S. Army—Philippines
Please remember them this Memorial Day as well as those who served before and after them.

Happy Memorial Day

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Don't Forget the Coppertone this weekend...

Oh my...Summer is here!!!!  I sure hope it has been here long enough to get all the water at Huricane Harbor warmed up for me.  We have plans to be in the water as soon as they are open (well as soon as I get my floatie aired up, the cabana chairs all set up with our towels, etc etc).

We went on opening weekend, a few weeks ago, and it was soooooo COLD in the water.  I need my LAZY RIVER fix....

Stay safe this weekend...and don't forget the sunscreen!!!!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer Reading List: Revolutionary Road (and a copy to Give-a-Way)

Revolutionary Road  by Richard Yates

"April and Frank Wheeler are a young, ostensibly thriving couple living with their two children in a prosperous Connecticut suburb in the mid-1950s. However, like the characters in John Updike's similarly themed Couples, the self-assured exterior masks a creeping frustration at their inability to feel fulfilled in their relationships or careers. Frank is mired in a well-paying but boring office job and April is a housewife still mourning the demise of her hoped-for acting career. Determined to identify themselves as superior to the mediocre sprawl of suburbanites who surround them, they decide to move to France where they will be better able to develop their true artistic sensibilities, free of the consumerist demands of capitalist America. As their relationship deteriorates into an endless cycle of squabbling, jealousy and recriminations, their trip and their dreams of self-fulfillment are thrown into jeopardy." (synopsis from

I always search the book section of thrift stores, when collecting things for my Etsy and Ebay listings, and when I spotted Revolutionary Road I was reminded that I enjoyed the movie, so I picked it up.  I like to idealise things and that is what I did when thinking I would enjoy this book.  I forgot that the one of the main characters, April, disgusted me.  I remembered that the movie was based in one of my favorite times in history, 1950s.  I remembered that it dealt with a young actress turned housewife and thought I might identify with April ( I studied and worked as an actress and am now a housewife)....but I forgot she is NOTHING like me.  She is a sad SAD S A D woman.  A shell of a human who feels sorry for herself and went into a marriage and became a mother when she had no business doing so.  I hate that one of my favorite actresses played her in the movie because it is hard to remember I did not like her...funny since I seem to have such a strong opinion of April....but Kate Winslet is such a good and attractive actress.  Maybe I am being hard on April because she is obviously depressed and emotionally sick.  But it is easier to just not like her and since reading is supposed to be something I do to relax, it should be easy.  However this book is not easy, it is a very "thinking" book (you know a book that makes you THINK even after you are long done with it).

So maybe Frank is not such a good guy...he is pompous and a bit self involved....but he did not do, what I consider, a terrible thing in the he gets away with being an arrogant 1950's man (sometimes brute).  And besides Leonardo DiCaprio plays him in the movies and I loves me some Leo.  I am not excusing this character but .... well it is what it is in my mind. ~shrug~

Besides the drama of the book, it is set in the 1950s.  Frank and April live in a typical suburban neighborhood, Frank commutes to New York for his job.  Frank is an up and comer despite he is bored with his job and life...and really does nothing at work.  He does enough in the "eleventh hour" to get noticed.  Frank takes long Martini lunches and has an affair with a secretary. The Wheelers have cocktails with other suburban couples and try to be involved with their community and cultural events.  April tried to make an effort and dresses in pretty dresses and frilly aprons at times.  The movie is pretty on the surface and the book describes a nice "scene"....but that is only surface.  Richard Yates paints a nice picture....and then we get into trouble because we might not expect such ugliness in his characters.

So....if you would like to read this book, even after all this...just leave a comment and I will draw a name.


I dreamed I was....Blogging in my Maidenform Bra

"The now famous "I Dreamed" campaign was launched in 1949 and ran for 20 years, making it one of the longest running campaigns in the history of advertising. The ads feature models in everyday or fantastic situations, elaborately costumed but wearing only a Maidenform bra above the waist. The ads generated both controversy and praise." (from History Wired)

I love a good bra, but then, who doesn't?  It is one of the most important things a woman might wear, it can make or break an outfit.  Without a "good" bra, your clothing will not fit right.

To get the best fit, one needs to get measured and "fitted" for cup size, etc.  The best way to do this is to go to one of the old fashioned shops like The Maddox Shop in Dallas.  The Maddox shop has been around forEVER...since the 1930s.  This is THE place all us girls went to get the proper foundations for formals for Prom and of course Bridal Wear.  I remember the first time I went in there, an elderly lady followed me into the dressing room...I about DIED.  I had no idea what this lady was doing coming in the little curtained room with me...with a measuring tape around her neck.  I kept telling her I could handle it on my own...but she KNEW what she was doing...I did not.  That is part of the service of a place like this.  They make sure you are measured so the bra is fitted TO YOU.  Trust me, for the best possible LOOK, get the proper will not regret it.  Oh...a little will pay slightly (ok alot more than slightly) more than the 1.59 advertised in this Maidenform Ad.

Back to the Maidenform Ads....

Here's to finding the perfect bra....


Monday, May 23, 2011

The Cutest Hand Made Flower Hairpieces

Punched Floral Barrettes

Constructed out of fabric-punched blooms, flowering hair clips are the perfect way to brighten up Mom's day

1. Begin by punching fabric flowers: Lay a piece of fabric in a shallow tray. With a medium paintbrush, apply enough fabric stiffener to saturate, but not soak, the fabric. Let it dry, about 1 hour. Repeat with any remaining fabric.
2. Using craft punches, punch out petals and leaves as close together on the fabric as possible.
3. Using a micro hole punch, make a hole in the center of each bloom. Slip a pip through each hole, and secure it with a dab of contact cement.
4. Hand-stitch flowers to bobby pin or comb.
5. Secure the back side of the stitch with contact cement. For an extra-special presentation, insert the hairpins through holes made in a large punched leaf.
SourcesFabric, assorted Indian cotton, from B&J Fabrics, 212-354-8150
Flower craft punches, by Martha Stewart Crafts

Read more at Punched Floral Barrettes - Martha Stewart Crafts

Saturday, May 21, 2011

My husband might be a brute....but at least I got my Tareytons

That is not actually the caption for this vintage ciggie ad but I thought it was funny.  But then I thought again...domestic violence is not funny...  Oh well...I am going with my first thought.  She looks like a dope, anyway...LOL.  And smoking is not really all that funny, either.

I love vintage ads and try not to take anything too seriously.  I saw one once for a cigarette and the caption said something like "Doctors prefer (insert name of cigarette company)" 

They have so many restrictions on ads these days.  Well on everything, anyway.  I say let the Ad Men use their creativity and have fun...let US be the responsible ones to decide how to use the product.  It is like someone does not trust us, the consumer with "personal responsibility".

I found a book at Goodwill this afternoon full of 1960s advertisements.  I will share a few in future posts....


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Texas Day Tripping: Dinosaur Valley State Park

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  David worked hard all week and got everything done that needed doing so we skipped work on Friday to visit Dinosaur Valley in Glen Rose, Texas.

I had never been there so I did not know what to expect.  It was a beautiful day to be outside and we had a great time. 

The first thing you see, when entering the park, are 2 huge dinosaurs.  I am not really knowledgeable about this kind of thing but they sure looked scary.  I am sure to small children it is very exciting.

Two fiberglass models; a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex. They were built, under commission of the Sinclair Oil Company, New York World's Fair Dinosaur Exhibit of 1964 - 1965.

I sure hope the fence can keep this big monster in....RUN David....RUN!!!!

Oh My!!!!

After a trip thru the gift shop and a few photo opps, we headed for the trails. We hiked on the trails to get a bit of exercise and see the beautiful sights.  One lead down to the  Paluxy River which runs through the area and off of the Brozos River.

 We had to cross the river to get to where the Dinosaur tracks.  I did not think that they were anything worth seeing, I mean how can they still be here, in TEXAS, after a gazillion years?
 But OH. MY.GOODNESS.  There WERE Dinosaur tracks.  It was hard to see and even harder to take photos as the rain water was pretty deep.  But in person you really can see them.

 In another section of the park there is an area where you can get a better look at the fossils / tracks.  They took a piece of the land where the tracks were and relocated them in a dry area and put them on exhibit.

 You can read more about the preservation of these tracks by going here.

I found this fossil as we walked along the river.  I have no idea what it is.

I  will do another post about the River and and other Natural features of the park.  I have a few more photos, too, but do not want to slow down this post too much with an over load of photos.

There are so many State Parks around here...I had no idea.  Now I want to see all of them.  The Dinosaur Valley State Park was so much fun.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Retro Fiasco: Jellied Moose Nose

Yes, dolls, this is a REAL recipe, found in one of my darling little "retro" cookbooks.  Sounds pretty gross to me, but I do not want to prejudge something I have not tried.  I would love to try it out for you, gentle readers, but I am on a Low Carb diet and this just is not hm...yep, thats the excuse we will go with.  ha ha.

Just look how excited this little boy is to have this on his dinner plate (this is a little boy, isn't it?)

Bon Appetit


Saturday, May 7, 2011

DCWV Give-a-Way!!!!

Hop on over to the DCWV Diary for a great Give-aWay.  I love their stacks.  They are so pretty I hardly want to use them....I buy them with no purpose in mind but to look at them.  ha ha

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Help me clean my closets: More 1X to 3X (18, 20, 22, 24) for sale

 I am still cleaning...and trying to get rid of some things I no longer wear.  Most are in barely worn condition.
If you are local, I can meet for pick-up, if you are not I can ship for a sh/h charge.  Remember I listed things here and here, as well.

 Cute Gray and White Striped Suit
Casual, Capri Pants with Fitted Jacket
Size 22  20.00
 Venezia from Lane bryant Black Capris
Cute beaded / Fringe Cuffs
Size 22  10.00
 Lane Bryant Designs Skirt
Black Knit
Size 22 5.00
 Venezia From Lane Bryant
Black Stretch Skirt
Size 22 5.00
 Venzia from Lane Bryant
Tan and Stretchy
Size 22   7.00

 Tan Flounce Skirt
Stretchy and Casual
Size 22 7.00

 Tan Chino Capri
Cool Cotton and Casual
Size 22 7.00

 Tan Cotton Mini
Cargo Styled
Size 24 5.00
 Denim Scooter
Lots of Pockets
Size 24  5.00
 Venezia by Lane Bryant
Denim Skinny Jeans with Zip Leg
Size 24 10.00
 Venezia by Lane Bryant
Denim Cargo Mini
Size 22 10.00
 Tommy Hillfieger
5 Pocket Jeans
Size 22W  15.00
Denim Capri
Cute and Casual
Size 22 7.00

I will consider reasonable offers, as well.  These will go on eBay next week but I would much rather sell on my own and save the fees.