Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy National Tooth Fairy Day! -Postcard Friendship Friday #234




Today is National Tooth Fairy Day.  I love the Tooth Fairy.  While other traditions, such as Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny were not a part of my growing up, we all adored the Tooth Fairy.  How else could one fall asleep with a tooth under one’s pillow, to awaken with a coin left in exchange?  It was magical--she had to be real.  

I grew up, met the man of my dreams and soon had children of my own.  In our home another variation of the story was born.  One night the Tooth Fairy became so busy, she sent Merry, the Berry Fairy in her place.  That berry-loving fairy would leave funny purple footprints and tiny notes, along with a nifty prize in exchange for their teeth.   My children grew so fond of her, they’d leave personal notes and hand made presents along with their baby teeth.  Of course, the Berry Fairy enjoyed this so much, she stowed all those notes and gifts (and baby teeth) in the back of my sock drawer.  (Imagine that!)  

Though the idea of a Tooth Fairy has European roots, I found it interesting to note the Tooth Fairy is one of America's "original" fables.  It is also up for debate as to the actual date of this holiday.  Though no one seems to know how it came into existence, there are those who argue the holiday is actually celebrated on February 28th instead of August 22nd. 

It all began in Europe, where for centuries it was common practice to bury a child’s baby tooth in a garden or field near the child’s home.  The superstition was that when a child’s tooth was buried, a permanent tooth would grow into its place.  Others believed if a witch was able to acquire the baby tooth, the child would be placed under a curse or a spell--giving the witch power to control the child until the tooth was recovered. So the tooth was buried as a way to protect children from a curse.

When people moved to America, they brought their beliefs and superstitions with them.  But as time passed the tradition changed.  Parents began placing baby teeth in small flower pots, or planter boxes. Eventually the tooth came to be placed under a child's pillow.  After which the parents would clandestinely sneak into the child’s room in the middle of the night to exchange it for a treat or money.  When the child would ask who had left the prize behind--it was said the Tooth Fairy had paid them a visit.

Every child I know loves the Tooth Fairy--and the little girl inside my heart does too. Have a lovely weekend everyone, and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Relaxation Day! -Postcard Friendship Friday #233




The only holiday listed for today is Relaxation Day.  It is a newer holiday, originating in the age of the internet, as an advertisement to entice folks to visit health spas.  Regardless of the origins of the day, it is one we all can celebrate.

Every day it seems, our lives grow ever more complicated.  Stresses and the hustle and bustle of life can take every moment.  When I was a young the weekend, and especially Sunday, was a time of rest.  Back then, there were no smart phones, no internet, no laptops and the only television was black and white with four-six station.  

But this is a different age--every waking moment--even Sundays seem consumed with activities.  These days, there doesn’t seem to be a moment to take ‘er easy. 

I love this postcard.  On the back a boy writes:  Dear Papa, We got your card yesterday.  It found us quite well.  Hope you are well.  Helen, Mama, Ethal and I went to the woods Wed. and Ethel and I waded in the creek.  Love from all, Arthur

When I was a kid, my siblings and I spent many happy hours exploring the forest and wading in the creek at the bottom of the canyon.  

These days , when I am feeling overwhelmed, I often walk to the nearby river.  Even in winter I’ve been known to dip my bare toes into the waters.  Wading in the river, looking for agates and petrified wood has a calming effect on my soul.

SO—find something relaxing and wonderful to do today—take it easy!  Have a lovely Relaxation Day and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dover Daisy Heart -Guest Heart Thursday


Here is another offering from Dover Publication.  Every few weeks they send a sampling of the things they offer.  I love their publications and have been a fan of Dover for many years.  

This beautiful heart with daisies in such detail is a delight to the eye, just perfect for Guest Heart Thursday.

Have a joyous sunny day, and Guest Heart Thursday!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Snowball Bushes


When I was a small child, my siblings and I loved the snowball bush in the corner of the lawn.  It grew like an umbrella, covering all sides with beautiful white snowball flowers, whilst beneath was a fragrant cave where we hid and played. 

As I grew into a teenager, the snowballs served another purpose--I used them to pelt my brothers, sisters and cousins in great snowball fights.  And always the bush grew and thrived. 

I was over to visit Mumsie awhile back...and the bush is still there.  Though a bit smaller than I remember.  Have a lovely day friends.  Enjoy the summer whilst it lasts!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

World Cat Day


A friend of mine pointed out that I missed World Cat Day, which was Friday.  So--in honor of this holiday, I am posting this darling card with its soft eyed kittens.

Have a lovely day, and Happy World Cat Day!

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Heart of a King -Postcard Friendship Friday #232


I found this wonderful postcard online.  I usually post the back, but I couldn't find one with this postcard.  It was very hard to procure something to fit today's post, which commemorates a Queen with the heart of a King.

In England, the first week of August,in  the year 1588, there fell a great fear across the land.  It was believed the dreaded Spanish Armada would enter via the River Thames to attack and ravage the English people, their freedom and beliefs.  Both sides of the Thames River were quickly fortified against the possible attack, especially at the towns of Tilbury and Gravesend. 

Queen Elizabeth I, after perusing her troops in London, made the journey to Tilbury, where the soldiers were encamped.  She wanted to encourage the soldiers herself. 

Though the postcard does not show it, this brave woman rode into the camp on a war charger, wearing armor and holding a marshal's truncheon in her hand.  (A truncheon is a short thick club or cudgel.) I can't even begin to imagine the stir that spread across the camp, as she rode amongst her men thus garbed.

Her inspiring speech has survived the ages.  "I have come amongst you not for my recreation and sport, but being resolved in the heat of the battle to live or die amongst you all--to lay down for my God, for my kingdom and for my people, my honor and my blood, even in the dust.  I know that I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart of a king!"  (Book of Days, 1864, W. & R. Chambers)


The first Queen Elizabeth has always fascinated me.  I admire this amazing woman who became ruler over England at a time when women did not have a great many rights.  England thrived under her rule.  She lived until she was in her early 90's.

Have a lovely day, and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hearts and Butterflies -Guest Heart Thursday


Every week or so Dover Publishers sends me samples of the fabulous artwork and books they offer.  This illustration is a sample from one of their publications.  I have been a fan of Dover for almost 40 years.

This pen and ink has hearts hidden all throughout--just perfect for Guest Heart Thursday!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Run Like Winkin' -Postcard Friendship Friday #231


This lady would be arrested for battery today!  Apparently this solid looking soul took exception to her husband winking at another woman!  But what is really funny are the words someone penciled on the back of this postcard.  "Beware of the old woman."  One wonders what the story was behind that interesting statement.

Run like winkin' is an old expression my grannie used to use.  Some people say the phrase refers to how quickly a "welkin," or cloud moves across the skies.  Most people believe it means the time it takes to wink an eye.  So it would have meant, run as fast as the twinkle of an eye.

Doing something in the wink of an eye seems to be a universal expression.  The English word wink was actually an abbreviation of the word twinkle--meaning the opening and shutting of one's eye.  The French say clin d'oeil, and the German word augenblick conveys the same idea.

I think I'll go in the kitchen, make some breakfast and wink at my astonished husband!  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday, dear friends--and have a lovely day!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy Birthday, Sweet Leigh


It is my youngest sister's birthday today.  I was 14 years old when Leigh was born, and wasn't too much interested in tiny babies.

These days she is all grown up and is one of my dearest friends.  I love her with all my heart.

I wish the very best for you my dear Honey--joy, laughter, sweetness and love, in the years ahead.  I love you, Sissy!


Friday, July 25, 2014

A Little Romance -Postcard Friendship Friday #230


At first I was a baffled as to what this postcard was all about.  To call someone a Benedict, here in America, has never been a compliment.

It all goes back to the Revolutionary War.  During the war, Benedict Arnold, who was a member of the Sons of Liberty, rose to the rank of general in the Continental Army.  But Benedict became a spy for the British.  When his treachery was discovered, Arnold defected to the British side.  He was considered a traitor of the worst degree.

But then I discovered an interesting fact.  In times past, a Benedict was also described as a newly married man who has long been a bachelor. The term seems to have come from the name Benedick, a character in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.  The first use of a Benedict as a newly-married, long-time bachelor, was in 1821.

This postcard was especially intriguing, because it was addressed to a Miss Jensen, from one of her pupils.  One wonders what the story behind the postcard might be. 

NOTE:  This morning, I realized this is the 230th post, not the 130th post, so I have changed the number to reflect what it should be.  It is a privilege to host PFF each week.  Thank you for visiting, and especially to those of you who link up each Friday. You are all wonderful.  Have a lovely weekend, Friends.

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