Friday, July 15, 2016

Carnation Faery -Postcard Friendship Friday #322



My peace and joy,
Their sunshine lend,
to Thee, my dearest
earthly Friend.

I adore carnations--there's something so cheerful about them.  To gather a bouquet of them on the counter top is like having a bevy of little fairies sparkling merry smiles into the room.

I had the lovely opportunity to spend time with my little sis from Spokane, and my niece!  They are adopted into my heart and family for always.  Last night another friend and I went to our 40th High School reunion.  It was so great to see so many people I haven't seen for so many years.

I hope you have a lovely weekend, sweet Friends!  Blessings and smiles to you, dear ones.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!
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Friday, July 8, 2016

What IS that in the Cat's Dish? -Postcard Friendship Friday #321


Due to the busy state of my life right now, I'm re-posting this funny postcard about cats. 

I bought this postcard many years ago. It is a reproduction of an antique postcard, printed on 100% recycled paper, in the USA by the Evergreen Press in Walnut Creek, California.

I adore the rich colors, and the soft texture of fur and rug. The detail on the cat dish is beautiful. But yesterday, as I slipped my collection of postcards and cards into binders for safekeeping, I happened to look a little closer.

I did a double take. I suddenly wasn't sure if the one cat was exactly pleased with the other one.
And I have a question. What on earth IS that in the cat dish??? Anyone have any ideas?  It looks like a bug to me....Have a lovely weekend dear friends, and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

My Fond Greetings


Here is yet another postcard from my "cyber" collection. I love the studied profusion and off kilter balance of this lovely flower heart.  To me, this looks like a harp.

I am in awe of these artists of old, who created such beautiful postcards.  They inspire me.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Monday is the Fourth of July! -Postcard Friendship Friday #320


In America we celebrate our independence on the Fourth of July.  

In years past, I have looked forward to the Fourth of July almost as much Christmas.  This is the second Fourth of July since my Beloved flew away to heaven, so it is a bittersweet holiday for me.  In my mind's eye, I can see my brawny husband striding through the crowds, greeting people, clapping them on the back, cracking jokes.  I can almost hear his laughter.  I miss him with all my heart during the holidays.  There is an ache in my heart that won't go away.  None the less--there is still joy and happiness to be found. 

In our small town of Independence we celebrate with a parade, waterfront complete with live music, booths, food--all next to the Willamette river.  In the evening there are fireworks over the Willamette River--it is the best fireworks display this side of the Mississippi, or so I'm told.  (grin) Of course, we are all biased.  I think of all the parades which have happened since my home was built in 1896 and I marvel.


I've heard that better than 80,000 people (or more, this year) will be flooding into town this weekend for the holiday.  The Fourth also coincides with Western Days, so it will get a bit wild around here.

In the evening, we walk to the fireworks and back. For me, it is a cozy feeling to light a big bonfire in the fire pit out back, to roast marshmallows and watch all the people trying to leave town at the same time.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Fourth of July Greetings -Postcard Friendship Friday #319


Isn't this a beautiful postcard?  This is another from my "cyber" collection.  I love the flag, her Grecian draperies, that fierce Eagle with his wings out spread and those flaming cannons are wonderful!!!
Have a lovely Fourth of July.  Many of you are not from my country, so will not experience the celebration of freedom we have here.  Still, God bless you, dear ones, wherever you are.  ((hugs))
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Graceful -Postcard Friendship Friday #318



I posted this wonderful postcard back in 2009.   This dramatic photo was taken around the turn of the century and for its time must have been considered quite risque. However, in this day and age, I find Miss Marian Morgan to be lovely, even faery-like in her graceful pose and long flowing hair.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Butterfly Baby -Postcard Friendship Friday #317

Hello, dear Friends.  I have been out of town and apologize for getting this posted a bit later than usual.  I hope your week has been wonderful.  I was visiting family in Oregon's great Columbia Gorge.  It was hot, but in the evening the wind would kick up and swoosh through the trees--and the crickets joined in for a lovely hootenanny. I love that part of Oregon--so different than here in the Valley.

Isn't this little girl a darling? I love her dress, and I adore her expression, which plainly says, "You have GOT to be kidding. Do I REALLY have to wear this?"

One gets the feeling she'd rather be wearing her overalls, down fishing at the waterhole with the boys. 

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Daisy Girl -Postcard Friendship Friday #316

One can find this little girl on multitudes of postcards which came out in the early 1900's. I have not been able to discover her name, or when the photo for the postcard was taken. She is such an adorable child. I have loved these wonderful postcards for years.  Oddly enough, my sweet niece could be her sister!  Children are such a beautiful and joyful part of life. 


I was so intrigued by this particular postcard that I endeavored to draw her. Of course, my drawing doesn't do justice to the beauty and innocence of this lovely child.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Story of the American Flag -Postcard Friendship Friday #315


 I apologize for posting this so late.  I have been out of town and so busy I didn't have much time to be on the computer.  Yesterday was poignant as Mumsie, Sissie and I visited Daddy's memorial at the Willamette Veteran's Cemetery.  There is a powerful bond between the people who visit there.  Last year we met Andrea, who's Dad, Mike is just above Daddy.  Of all things, we saw her and met her husband this year--we were there at the same time, of all things!

Isn't this a fun postcard?  Smooching behind the flag--ah, young love.  

But the story behind Decoration Day is more serious.  Decoration Day started in 1866 after the American Civil War, when a Women's Association decorated the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers. For a nation seeking to move on after a war which split the country, states, communities and even families, this loving gesture was welcomed as a way to lay the past to rest, while honoring those who had fought on either side.  This brought unity and healing to a war-torn, war-worn country.

Later on, Decoration Day became known as Memorial Day.

On May 30, 1870, General Logan gave an address in honor of the new commemorative holiday. He said:

"This Memorial Day, on which we decorate their graves with the tokens of love and affection, is no idle ceremony with us, to pass away an hour; but it brings back to our minds in all their vividness the fearful conflicts of that terrible war in which they fell as victims.... 
Let us, then, all unite in the solemn feelings of the hour, and tender with our flowers the warmest sympathies of our souls! Let us revive our patriotism and love of country by this act, and strengthen our loyalty by the example of the noble dead around us...." 

It is only recently my sister Clytie discovered an interesting story in our own family line.  There were two brothers, one fought for the Union, the other for the Confederacy.  Each were imprisoned in the opposite side's prison camp at the same time.  Strange.  I am SO grateful to the Women who set out to bring healing to our torn country so long ago.  I am sure that healing extended to those two young men.

Our Grandfather fought in WW1, Daddy fought in WW2, Uncle Jody fought in Vietnam, Uncle Kelly fought in Korea, my brother-in-law fought in Iraq, my nephew was in the armed forces until just recently.  I am grateful to the sacrifices which were made by SO many men and women over the years.  We owe our freedom and way of life to them. they are my heros.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Learning to Walk -Postcard Friendship Friday #314


I remember when my youngest brother was learning to walk.  I was ten years old and he was the light of my life.  We were all at Grandma's house.  There's even a picture from that long ago day.  He took his first steps--arms outstretched, toddling toward me, to land in my arms. 

Funny how life goes.  Such precious memories and life is so different now.  Sometimes I wish I could go back to those beautiful innocent days of childhood. 

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