Friday, September 19, 2014

Talk Like A Pirate Day -Postcard Friendship Friday#238


Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  This strange holiday was created in 1995 by John Baur, otherwise known as Ol’ Chumbucket and Mark Summers, known as Cap’n Slappy.  Both men are from Albany, Oregon where on this day many folks greet one another with “Ahoy, me matey!” 

The holiday began as a result of an in injury during a racquetball game between Summers and Bauer, one of whom reacted to the pain with by shouting, Aaaaarrrr!  Thus the idea was born. 

At first it was an inside joke between two friend.  But the holiday gained exposure when they wrote a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. Growing media coverage of the holiday after Barry's column has ensured that this event is now celebrated internationally. 

In the United States, Michigan and California have officially recognized the holiday.  To its credit, Krispy Kreme gives out free doughnuts to people who talk and/or dress like pirates today, and Long John Silver's has a similar promotion.

So if you see a pirate or two wandering the streets, it isn’t Halloween yet, it’s just a bunch of pirates talking fun, likely from Albany, Oregon.

Ahoy me maties!  And Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!  (I apologize for the lateness of this upload--blogger was having some problems.)

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Milkshake Kisses -Postcard Friendship Friday #237


I know this is a strawberry soda, or perhaps an old fashioned milkshake--but I chose this postcard, because I couldn't find one which would exactly fit today's fabulous holiday.

Hurrah!  It’s Chocolate Milkshake Day!  Though no one knows when this holiday began, or who started it, one must admit chocolate milkshake in September has a lot of charm.  Especially here in Oregon, where we have experienced record-breaking heat this summer.

There's more good news--I have heard it said that on this day, a chocolate milkshake has no calories.  Now that is good news indeed!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

I Ain't Lonesome -Postcard Friendship Friday #236


My darling husband of 31 years has been out of town for a week now.  He will be arriving back home today.  Yay!  Though I've enjoyed the time alone--I've also missed him very much.  I thought this cute postcard is a perfect expression of how I've been feeling the past few days. 

I adore what Dot writes on the back of this postcard, "Dear Jack, I saw this card & I couldn't resist sending it.  It expresses my sentiments so nicely.  I'm hoping for a letter real soon.  I just love it down  here, the bathing is great, only if you were here."

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Labor Day -Postcard Friendship Friday #235



In the United States, every year just before school starts, there is a three-day weekend which is a celebration of the American labor movement.  We call it Labor Day. It is a national tribute to everyday ordinary American  workers who have contributed to  the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  Though we have struggled these past years, in my opinion, America is still one of the greatest nations on earth. 

Here is a postcard featuring one of the greatest presidents in American history--Abraham Lincoln.  According to family legend, we are "shirt-tail" relations to this amazing man.  

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's a Bull's Eye! -Guest Heart Thursday



I have a wonderful collection of  old Valentine cards.  It all started years ago, when I was in my early 20's.  I went to an estate sale in my town and for $1 bought an entire book of old Valentine cards, which were pasted inside.  What a wonderful find!  I also have a large cyber collection of old cards and postcards, like this one.  It is great to have a place to share them.  

Does anyone know what kind of flowers those are???  Have a lovely weekend all you heart-lovers!

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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!