12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

 

My top 12 secrets for 2020:

 

#1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season.

Sweet Groupings

 

#2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring instant holiday cheer to listeners, at any time of the day or night.

     Spotify: Vintage Christmas playlist by Jeremy Griffin

     YouTube: Past Perfect Vintage Music channel

     Pandora: Baby, It’s Cold Outside station

     Amazon Music: Holiday Movie Favorites

 

#3              Festive garland can be made by stringing raw cranberries on heavy thread, then draping over greenery or the Christmas tree, for a burst of Victorian reds.

Garland Threading Kit

 

#4              A juicy beef roast dinner, placed in your slow cooker the morning of arrival for overnight guests, will have your home smelling divine until dinnertime.

 Savory Beef Dinner

 

#5              Brown paper packages tied up with string, made of grocery bags and yarn scraps, will add a timeless touch.

Pretty Little Packages

 

#6              Wearing a gold locket, holding your loved one’s photo, will warm your heart during holiday celebrations.

 Old-Fashioned Locket

 

#7              Playing recordings of past holiday gatherings in the background, while cooking or baking, will fill your kitchen with familiar voices and loving laughter.

Making Baking Memories

 

#8              Arranging snowflake stickers on windows and mirrors will add magic and wonder to any room’s décor.

Snowflakes Kit

 

#9              Rosewater soaps, set by each sink and bathtub, let everyone relive the soft scents of Grandma’s house.

Vintage Toiletries

 

#10           Delightfully spiced fragrance will waft through your home when you simply simmer water with ground or stick cinnamon in a saucepan for  20-30 minutes.

Spice is Nice

 

#11           An unwrapped wooden toy under the tree will surprise both curious little guests and adults alike.

Toolkit

 

#12           Gourmet hot cocoa topped with whipped cream will quickly make you a favorite holiday host.

Godiva Cocoa Mix

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)

 

How flour for our daily bread clothed America:

the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

 

Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.

 

But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches the experience of pet love!

 

These are some favorite breeds through the decades:

 

 

Take a listen to this sweet, sometimes silly song about the bond between a man and his dog, sure to bring a smile:

 

 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

The Shoe Fits

 

Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin.

Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.

 

 

Rave reviews of penny loafers were non-stop in the 1950s!

Let’s stop now to Rave On with Buddy Holly in closing:

 

 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

Does a Genie Live Inside?

 

Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or… EPIC!

 

One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer Laughlin China Company in 2010.

 

Here is one of their vintage advertisements:

 

 

A carnival of colors and finishing details were offered; enough to suit all tastes and temperaments.

With a finishing process used during the Ming Dynasty,  it was guaranteed to keep your tea piping hot until serving! 

 

Aladdin Lamp Teapots by Hall

 

17 Facts about Hall

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)

 

If you’ve ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you’re one lucky duck!

 

If not, maybe you’ve at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird in mid-air.

 

Trampolines have come a long way since early communities in the Arctic flung people into the air using taut walrus skins in whale season celebrations!

 

This young girl turned hers into a full playhouse:

 

 

Learn how to find fun for the whole family:

 

trampoline blog

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)

 

What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!     

 

Coffee Jokes & Puns

 

Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being near a stovetop or campfire coffeepot, or electric percolator, while the coffee was brewing?

 

 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

 

Everyone loves a well-appointed bed.

Especially when we use items we’ve held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.

 

Before the days of the weighted blanket, heavy layers of blankets could equal a 15 lb. covering on a double bed.

Maybe that’s why sleep used to come more easily and we would awake more refreshed! 

Here are a few styles I remember from earlier decades: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

Salads for All Seasons

 

Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere…. But, wait! Are there any bookstores left?

At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.

 

Let’s take a look at popular vintage recipes for a full week of salads. They aren’t seasonal, so we can enjoy them year-round.

 

Sunday:    Jello Salad

Monday:    Layered Salad

Tuesday:   Chicken Salad

Wednesday:  Tossed Salad

Thursday:   Fruit Salad

Friday:   Caesar Salad

Saturday:   Potato Salad  

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?


 

Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the

mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!

 

October 1947 brought two televised “firsts” home:

1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3)

2. Harry Truman’s White House speech (asking families

to conserve food)

 

Steve McVoy gives us a look into his Early Television Museum.

He blows my mind with those early versions of colored televisions.

Don’t miss his sophisticated 1948 news broadcasting motorvan:

 

 

 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...