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 Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

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.  ...

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...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

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...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

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 Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

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.  ...

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...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

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...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

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 Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

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.  ...

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...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

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...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

 

Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.

 

Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker shorts sets and daytime dresses were replaced with cotton corduroy jumpers and long-sleeved white cotton blouses with Peter Pan collars.

 

Parents (grandparents and caregivers alike) typically ordered kids’ clothing from the Sears catalog (or Montgomery Ward’s or J.C. Penney’s). In-store shopping wasn’t convenient for one-car families, so people relied on a few mail-order companies before Amazon existed.

Is it any wonder that as a youngster, I believed “searsucker” fabric was designed and made only by Sears, Roebuck and Co.?

 

Another ritual of summer’s end was the end of weekly walks to the corner candystore with a quarter in my pocket. While it wasn’t a vintage five-and-dime or corner drugstore with giant glass bins of candies piled high, the red-brick corner convenience store (with its two gasoline pumps out front) sold plenty of tempting treats. The Sugar Daddy Pop was a lasting favorite. In our family, pops/lollipops were called suckers (avoiding confusion with sodas, called pop)! 

 

Here’s a throw-back tune from slower, sometimes sweeter days:

The Candyman

 

 

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

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.  ...

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...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

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...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

Falling for Fantasy


Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling 
logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn.

The good news is: we can find simple pleasures in those things we love most about the season, anytime and at no cost. How? Well, if you are new to the wave of interest in sensory responses, read on:

ASMR Description

 

Please pause a moment to enjoy a few simulation videos I’ve curated from YouTube.

You’ll not find any spooks here, only soothing sounds.

Maybe you’ll feel they’re about as nice as a gentle scalp massage or a soothing backrub.

 

 

 

 

 

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

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.  ...

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...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

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...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

Soap on a Rope

 

Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return.

One such gift that’s still available today – guaranteed to bring a smile – is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the rope was designed to be looped over the wrist or neck to prevent the soap from falling during use. Surprisingly, one merchant company still sells dozens of styles online for all ages and interests. 

 Novelty Soap

A few unusual soaps I recall from years past include fuzzy wuzzy soap (which grew fur after use), molded animal bars with tiny plastic toys in the center, rose and daisy flower blooms, and swirled Avon Easter egg bars.

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

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.  ...

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...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

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...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

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  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

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Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

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Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

 

Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother’s kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears exaggerated sentimentality. If these once-popular artistic pieces were not sold in yard sales along the way, they may now be some of your greatest treasures. Not for their value, but for their sentimentality.

You will undoubtedly lose count of the kitschy pieces in these room renovations:

The Third Time is the Charm

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  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.  ...

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  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...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

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...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

 

There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever, on its heels was the Edwardian era popularity of parlor palms. These and other outdoor plants thrived in conservatories or greenhouses.

This tropical conservatory in Pine Mountain, Georgia would leave women of yesteryear green with envy.

 

 

On a side note, disco fans may hear this song playing in their heads after reading the blog post title. If so:

 

 

 

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

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.  ...

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...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

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...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...