Saturday, October 29, 2011

Blue Man

I gotta admit that I am totally smitten with the idea of the Blue Man and if I had the chance, I would go see them just out of curiosity. Although putting blue all over your head creeps me out.  I could wear blue hands though.  Could you?

Whoever created the idea is extremely imaginative such as that Irish guy Michael who created an Irish Dance group, traveling the world.  They have made their fame and fortune.  Let's hope they spend it wisely.  So many people who reach that status end up with drug or alcohol problems and waste their talent and money.

Riverdance is still performing all over the world.  Caterina Coyne is now the lead dancer. She was born in London but moved to Galway, Ireland. Not only is she talented but she is also very beautiful.
Caterina Coyne

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Last Rose of the Season

Isn't she a beauty?  This rose bush is almost a tree but I love it even more because I get lots of roses every year. It's a favorite place for my older cat to hide under so that he can do the neighborhood watch.  When all the leaves and roses fall off, its too bare to hide under so he has to find another spot. 

Today, there were two women in my deep water aerobics class who wore swim caps. Swim caps were fashionable forty years ago but not so much now. One of the caps had "Aquaholic" on it.  There is a shop by that name so there you go. 

Don't people just love to make up new words.  Have you made up any lately?

Pink Coral earrings - see Dian's Earrings.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

You Just Watch Me, I Can Do It

I am now saying, "da da".  You just keep those beady greenish eyes watching because I can do it.  I will walk and I will run just like my toe-headed brother and my angelic sister. My da can't have his hat back either.  So there!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Victorian Picture Cards

These are the backs of the adorable little Victorian picture cards from my previous post. Doing a little web research, I found that Lion Coffee started business in 1864 in Toledo, Ohio. It was bought out in 1882 and Woolson Spice Company was born. In 1897, Woolson retried and the company was bought by a Hawaiian Company in 1980 so it is still around but made in Hawaii with wonderful amazing flavors.  

Some of the flavors are Peaberry, French Roast, and for the holidays: Coco-Nutcracker, Frosty Vanilla, Jingle Bell Caramel and Holiday Christmas Roast.

How about Vanilla Macadamia Coffee, Chocolate Macadamia Coffee, Toasted Coconut, Hawaiian Hazelnut, Lion Macadamia, Vanilla Caramel, Vanilla Almondine, Lion Cappuccino, Irish Creme, Honey Nut Java, and Swiss Chocolate Almond.  Is your mouth watering yet? Wouldn't you like to jump on a plane to Hawaii and try a flavor?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lion Coffee

Has anyone ever heard of Lion Coffee?  I found these cute miniature pictures from the early 1900s today and on the back is advertised Lion Coffee.  "A picture card is included in each package of Lion Coffee - many designs."
Written on the back: "The call we like to hear. This is particularly the case if the coffee is good which of course means LION COFFEE. The kind that is perfectly pure (not glazed or doctored) which lengthens life, and puts dollars in the pocket of the consumer."

I don't think that I've ever heard that coffee will lengthen your life.  Have you?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Spiders in the Cat Litter

It must be that spiders can't smell. Why on this goodly earth would a spider make a home in wet stinky cat litter that is used by my cats every day?  It is just beyond me.  I have to set a reminder on my iphone to change the litter weekly because I keep it in my unfinished basement so that I can't smell it. 

Today I went downstairs and as I was emptying the litter, there was another spider in it.  This is the 3rd time that I have noticed a spider climbing out from under the litter.  Well, all of them have ended up in my garbage can outside.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Return to Sender

I am a true blue Elvis fan but not a nutty one. I heard the funniest thing on the XM radio on the Elvis Station from Graceland. When the US Post Office put out the Elvis stamp, all the Elvis fans bought his stamps, including myself but I must admit that I never tried anything as funny as I heard today. 

Many Elvis fans put his stamp on an envelop with a bogus mailing address so that the post office would stamp "Return to Sender" on the envelop and then it was returned to them - done in honor of his song "Return to Sender".  I don't know of anyone who doesn't adore that song except my son-in-law who doesn't like Elvis.

Apparently, it was one of the most controversial stamps put out.  Even congress was discussing the it. Another stamp that was a contender was the one below:

There were contests to see which stamp America wanted. Where was I?  I never knew about all this storm over a stamp. Where were you when it came out?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Card Dolls from Poland

I absolutely positively love these little cards that were given to me from a dear friend who has been to Poland twice.  They really do look like dolls.

This young man is from the mountain area called Tatra.  It is a two hour drive from Krakow; his outfit is a fine wool for those blistering cold winter nights. The Tatry Mountains are called the "Polish Alps".
Her skirt is typically made from wool - she too is from this magnificent mountain region.  Notice the red beads and embroidered vest. She and her partner are therefore, from Zakopane.
Tatry mountains are part of the Carpathian Mountain Range that lie along the borders of Slovakia and Poland. The highest peak in Poland is 8,198 - not quite as high as our beautiful peaks in the Rocky Mountains but close. How delightful it would have been to ski there but I fear that my ole knees would never cooperate.

This couple came from Krakow. The women always wear the red beads and wear either black or red boots.
Another fellow with the white blousey folk sleeves.  
This little card doll is the last of my collection.  How would it be to have such long thick luscious dark hair?
Not me, mine has always been thin and blonde.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


When I lived in Elba with my grandparents, I was sent to Primary. Mary Joyce and I were friends and in the same class.  We were both fat children, not chubby but fat. The other kids in school always picked on us with sayings liked, "tubby tubby 2 by 4, couldn't get through the kitchen door." Very hurtful but kids have always been that way and continue to be that way.

Each person in Primary had a bright green bandana. This bandana was worn around your neck.  There was a checklist to pass off. When one passed off an item, you got emblems to attach to your bandana. I think it was similar to Brownies in the Girl Scouts.
The white bird was a seagull - tied to the pioneers who were saved from starving to death in the Salt Lake Valley. The Seagulls came and ate the black crickets that were eating all of the crops. The open blue book was for scriptures memorized. Primary graduate - yes, I did it.

The notes were for music learned and the white building was the Salt Lake Temple. I don't remember what the blue bird and canary were about or the red shoe with wings.

The lantern may have been tied to the Bible story of when the the Lord knocked and 5 virgins were ready with their lamps full of oil but the other 5 virgins did not have full lamps and could not go with the Savior. There is another scripture that says, let your light shine, don't hide it under a basket.

The house was for home and family which is the second most important thing in a person's life.  Jesus Christ is absolutely the most important supreme being in this life.
This tiny silver medallion was a celebration of 25 years of primary from 1929 through 1954. The primary years were from age 4 through age 11 and I can guarantee that 11 year olds cannot not wait until they turned 12 to move onward into the Young Women's Program.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Last Rose of the Summer

This song has been sung for over 206 years.  Do you know it? I didn't but we sung it at our monthly DUP. I learned that back in the time before Kleenex, everyone had handkerchiefs and when the price of a good handkerchief was 5 cents or 10 cents, that you needed to keep a good supply on hand and you had to make sure that they were ironed.  They cost a whole lot more these days and are hard to find. A small collection are below:

From Poland

The last two all white were used in temple dedication ceremonies.  They are very special to me because I have not attended that many dedications but the key is that they must be entirely white so the embroidery is white too. This last one has Mt. Timpanogos Temple on it and the year 1996 when it was dedicated.

Speaking of ironing - handkerchiefs were one of the very first things that my grandmother Clarissa taught me to iron on Tuesday, of course.  Monday was wash day and Tuesday was ironing day. We used to listen to the radio then - way before television came out. The Creaking Door was my favorite.  Does anyone remember that one?

Monday, October 10, 2011

100 Year Old Doll

This little lady is 100 years old and she is wearing her original clothes. She was our guest today at DUP where she was showing off.  She was cuddled and wrapped in a new blanket. She does have a little crack on her face but what do you expect after 100 years.

She has very long hair that was braided by a granddaughter.

In 1889 young women wore chemilettes and leglettes. We don't hear of those these days - I thought that it may have come from chemise but not so.

Two suggestions came from the Young Women's Journal.  Put a vanilla bean in your sugar.  Always sew pockets on the inside of the apron - that way, they won't catch on things.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Prayers are Answered

The answer is not always yes; sometimes, the answer to a prayer is no but if you are in dire need, the Lord will help you.  I have had so many answered prayers in my life that I cannot count them all.  I am fortunate that I believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit.  He is there for me and he is there for you.  Jesus will be coming again soon - the signs of the times are all around us.  Many of the predictions from the Bible have been fulfilled.

Our Savior gave up his life for us; He was resurrected and lives.  We will be resurrected after death and will return to live with our Father in Heaven. The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ was on this earth along with the Holy Bible.  

Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Coconut Eyeballs

Coconut Eyeballs
2 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
1 cup canned, unsweetened coconut milk 
1 cup apple pucker 
½ cup sugar

Sprinkle the gelatin over the coconut milk in a saucepan and let sit for a few minutes. Heat over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin starts to dissolve. Add the sugar and stir till dissolved. Cool till just warm. Stir in the apple pucker. Pour into a round  ice mold that has been sprayed with cooking spray. After chilling and unmolding, paint on details with gel or paste food coloring.
Use a large syringe to squirt some red (gelled) Jell-O into the center of the eyeball. Insert the syringe carefully and squirt the filling out slowly so it doesn’t explode the eyeball; or use Dots for the color of the eye and a slice of black licorice makes a great pupil. Lychee nuts makes a great eyeball.

Put eyes in a clear cup with jello; add enough that the jello just covers the eye.

Creepy Halloween to you all!

Lizard ring can be found on at Dian's Jewelry.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Have you Heard About the "Bacon Font"?

I kid you not - there is a bacon font made from real bacon.  I heard about it on the radio so I had to look it up and sure enough - there it was right in my face.

First they took raw greasy stick to your fingers bacon and cut it with scissors. Then taking strips of bacon, letters were shaped. How about those slimy fingers after handling bacon for hours?

I don't know why someone needs to have another font added to the bazillion fonts that are available out there  for us to choose from.

I guess, in my own limited opinion, it is because this person, Henry Hagreaves, is nuts about bacon. How many pounds of bacon did you use Henry?

I made up these little antique gold owls just for myself but I have another pair with sparkling fire topaz eyes.

Take a look at all my gems at Dian's Earrings or view my other shop on Zibbet - Dian's Jewelry.

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