Friday, April 18, 2014

All Easter Joy be Yours -Postcard Friendship Friday #116


Growing up, Easter was a very special time of year.  I love this old postcard--it is so delightful.  This weekend is Easter Sunday.  I had a hard time finding postcards celebrating Good Friday, so I have posted this lovely card instead.

Have a lovely Easter Weekend and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Birthday Hearts -Guest Heart Thursday


I love this postcard.  The hearts are lovely, the doves sweet and the forgetmenots are SO adorable...of course, this postcard is perfect for Guest Heart Thursday!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Something to Crow About -Postcard Friendship Friday#115


Fröhliche Ostern means Happy Easter in German.  This delightful postcard made me laugh.  Here is a boy carrying an egg that just bout beats him in size.  Wow!  That must be such a heavy load.  But what what hits my funny bone are those roosters--They are so happy over that egg--indeed, the size of that egg is certainly something to "crow about."

Fröhliche Ostern and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

PS  I just realized today is National Siblings Day!  I put up a vintage postcard just a few days ago, honoring sisters.  Here's the link:  My Heart's Gift.  Happy Siblings Day, too!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Heart's Gift -Guest Heart Thursday


I love this postcard--it reminds me so much of me and my little sisters.  I am so blessed by their love and friendship.  I treasure them with all my heart.  God bless all sisters and may He strengthen the bond they share!  Sisters can be of the heart, too.  I have many sisters of heart and soul--the bonds between us are as strong as though we were blood sisters.  You know who you are.   I am SO grateful to you.  ((hugs))  God bless you, dear sisters o' mine.

There are hearts to be found in those lovely red flowers at the top of the postcard.

Have a lovely National Siblings Day and Happy Guest Heart Thursday!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Joyous Eastertide


Over the years, I've seen many old postcards and vintage Easter greeting cards which use the term Eastertide.  I became curious about it and did a little research. 

Eastertide was a greeting which was used well before the 12th century.  It was Middle English estertide, from Old English ēastortīd, from ēastor + tīd time, meaning the Easter Season.  The Easter season is the 50 days between Pentecost and Easter, which celebrates the day the Savior ascended up into heaven.

I like the idea of Eastertide.  It is a sort of Springtime word.  

So, a joyous Eastertide to you .

Friday, April 4, 2014

Reluctant April Fools -Postcard Friendship Friday #114


I have many good memories associated with April Fool's Day.  We celebrated my sweet Grandpa's birthday with lots of goodies--and lots of fun.  I still miss Grandpa--he was my best friend growing up.  I would have a hard day at school.  As soon as I got home I would walk across the field to tell him all my woes.  I can just see him sitting there, listening to the tearful confidences of a tiny girl of six or seven.  He was so kind and gentle to me. 

Later in life, as I became interested in vintage ephemera and the history behind it all, I was astonished to find so many pictures of people hugging fish!  This trend was born centuries ago, when some folks refused to change their celebration of the new year from April 1st to January 1st.  Those people were considered, er, stupid--like a young fish and pranks were played upon them. 

I love this postcard.  The lady has such a funny look on her face.  She does NOT look happy to be hugging those fish.  She is enduring until the picture is over.  Heehee

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Loving Easter Greetings -Guest Heart Thursady

 

This postcard is so graceful.  How an egg could be so balanced on a ribbon--well, that is a mystery to me.  Suffice it to say, this lovely drawing delights my eyes--and so I post it here on Guest Heart Thursday!  You can see there is a perfect heart in one of the petals of the flowers.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Respect your Cat Day -Postcard Friendship Friday #113


Today is Respect Your Cat Day.  I could not find any history on how this holiday started, with the exception that on this day in 1384, King Richard the Second issued an edict forbidding the consumption of cats.  I just couldn't imagine anyone having a cat for dinner--except as an honored, if not interesting guest.

I have enjoyed the company of cats since I was a little girl.  Dogs are wonderful critters and I have made friends with quite a few.  But there is something about the independent nature of cats, combined with an endearing love they have for those they choose as friends, which captures me every time.

Today, March 28th, for many years now, we celebrate Respect Your Cat Day.  I'm glad there is such a holiday to pamper and cuddle up to these darling furry little friends.


The picture above is of our beloved Toez.  She is a polydactyl cat.  She's quite adept at using her mitten paws to get into just about everything.  Here she is at the window, er, rather--interactive kitty TV.

Have a lovely day with your furry friends and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Music of Thy Words -Guest Heart Thursday


Such a lovely sentiment.  Have you noticed when people we love speak, it is often just like music in our ears?  I can attest to that.  There are so many I adore--too many to list here--dear ones who's words fill my heart with music--the music of joy.

Sweeter than the song of birds, 
Is the music of thy words.
 
Happy Guest Heart Thursday, sweet Friends.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy National Fragrance Day! -Postcard Friendship Friday #112


Today is National Fragrance Day. Though no one knows how the holiday came to exist, it is rumored the perfume industry likely had something to do with it.

Perfumes have been in use for hundreds of years. In the olden days, fragrance was used to hide body odors when frequent bathing was a luxury.  The word perfume comes from the Latin phrase, "per" meaning "through" and "fumus" meaning smoke."  Which makes sense, as the first perfumes were actually incense.

In ancient times, the most celebrated use of perfume was to embalm the dead.  When I think of embalming, and mummies--Egypt comes to mind first.  But as the years went by, perfume came to be used by all Egyptians.  Eventually citizens were commanded by law to perfume themselves at least once a week. They took elaborate baths, soaking their skin in oils which helped to protect their bodies from the drying effects of the hot sun. Egyptians invented many scented creams and emollients for this use.

The Egyptians even created a god they called Nefertem, which translated means, "the lord of the nose."  In ancient hieroglyphs this fellow was pictured with a lotus blossom hovering over his head. 

I think the strangest use of perfume in ancient Egypt, was the custom of making perfumed cones from animal fat, or bees wax, which was scented with the aroma of the lotus flower.  There are hieroglyphs which show what these cones look like.  The aromatic cones were worn perched atop their wigs.  In the heat of the day these cones would melt down to cover their hair and bodies with a wonderful aroma.  It seems to me that style would look a tad peculiar. However, looking back at the styles of the 1980's--one might feel the same way about certain fads then!

Perhaps the most famous ruler of Egypt was Cleopatra. Cleopatra loved perfume—perhaps the fragrance she used was a part of her allure. After the assassination of her lover, Julius Caesar, she left Rome to become the queen of Egypt. There she greeted Mark Antony, a Roman politician, on a ship with perfumed sails. It is said that Cleopatra's arrival was announced by clouds of perfume before her barge came into view. Antony also fell under her spell.  Though the story does not end happily, it is a romantic one.

Have a lovely fragrant day, and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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