Saturday, December 22, 2012

Off to Portland in the Morning

I did make some of the little snowmen from stockings and rice.  They actually went together easily, but I stopped with these five little fellows.  I gave Sherry the little guy in the argyle and the one with the Christmas stripe.  She said she will keep the first one out all winter in her room at school - the little kids she works with will like him, I'm sure.  Two more went as gifts and the second little fellow from the left  is on my mantel.  They are kind of heavy with the rice as filling so would not be good to mail many of them.  Also probably a good idea to keep away from water!!

I am packed - and will be ready for Sherry and Barc to pick me up at 9:00 in the morning for our drive to Chicago to catch a flight to Portland tomorrow afternoon.  It will be a long day, but I'm so looking forward to meeting sweet little Annie for the first time and having Hannah back with us again!   I wish Norah, Chad and Henry could be there, but we will do some super skyping with them!!   Bill and Ann are on there way out there right now. 

So I send all of my blogging friends my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you get to spend good time with family and friends and have lots of fun and good food.  See you in a week.   

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas in Ft. Madison

Our little house in Ft. Madison, Iowa, where we lived for approximately five years - our initial move down the line for the Santa Fe.  The entire office was moved from Illinois as was the office in Marceline, Missouri, and lots of us moved into the same subdivision.  With each house, you got the big lighted candle to use at Christmas.  Very pretty along with the other decorations in the neighborhood.  

I had a lot of plastic snowflakes that I used to decorate the picture window.  Must have used some sort of tape to make the panes.  I have always loved decorating and making things for Christmas. 
Sherry, Bill and I decorating the tree - our angel that lit up on the top.  Leslie, I see we have a box of "Shiney Brite" ornaments there!  The kids are very intent on getting the tree up.
We had a second tree in the basement.  One of my favorite memories is when Bill so enthusiastically said as he as putting on the ornaments and tinsel - "This is togetherness!!"  
Two big grins from the kids.  Probably we were ready to go to the Sunday School program.  Note another of my creations - the felt nativity scene that I made from something in a magazine.  Hard to believe this was somewhere around 50 years ago.
I love this picture of Sherry - her hair probably is up in curlers and she has her little net cap on.  Oh, my, her mother is a victim of the days of Shirley Temple curls who has always thought - and still kind of does - that girls ought to have curly hair!  Bill is evidently pleased with his gifts.  I note that he has a car carrier off to the right of the picture.  Sweet days and sweet memories.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sitting on Santa's Lap

This little sweetheart must have inherited a gene from his mommy - the "I just don't like Santa Claus!" gene.  Norah never did ever sit on Santa's lap - and she didn't think much of the big Easter Bunnies at the mall, either.  Is this not an adorable picture?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

One More Christmas Stocking

Annie has to have a stocking, too!  So this is what I made for her first Christmas.   Decided she most likely doesn't follow her great grandma's blog yet so it will be safe to post a picture of it.  The top is pinned awaiting to have the hem turned under and a tab added.  These fabrics are ones from her little quilt, and I found the cute little baby girl on the internet someplace.
I had planned on doing a cluster of french knots on the little bootie but got ahead of myself.   Just happened to find the small flower button that has a hole through the side so I could sew that on from the top.  Not exactly what I wanted but it covers the little black circle where the knots would have gone.  I don't think Annie will care.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Another Christmas Past

Christmas of 1956 - We were still in Chillicothe, Illinois, but we moved to Ft. Madison, Iowa, in Janary of 1957.   That was the first of four transfers along the Santa Fe line over the years until Ray's retirement.  Billy was just 3 and Sherry 5 1/2.   That was the year Tiny Tears came to live with us and Sherry looks very pleased to have her!  Tiny and her clothes are around someplace still, but poor little think is pretty much cracked and brittle after all these years. It looks like Bill had a Mickey Mouse guitar.  He loved music and had and still has great rythym.   A set of drums would come in his junior high days.  The little guy sitting with the kids is Danny, my sister's oldest boy, who is a year younger.  This was evidently taken after Christmas at our house.  We had moved to a little house across from the high school in Chilli.  Weren't television sets different back then?  That one was on a swivel table so you could get to the back of it.  Had to watch William as he loved to swivel it!
This picture was taken maybe on Christmas Eve at my sister's home.  (We had similar drapes!)  Jo, my sis, Danny, her little guy, and Ray are in the picture.  The play rifle Bill has (isn't he adorable?) has a story to it.  After he had opened it, my dad was going to show Billy how to cock a gun by laying it on your knee and pushing down hard on the end.  The gun was not jointed and it broke right in half.  My poor father was mortified.  He was a big, strong man and was just sick that that had happened.  He did take the gun home and glued it and it was as good as new.  I felt so bad for my father but it all turned out okay. 

Here are the four of us on the front stoop that last Christmas season in Chillicothe.   This photo would have made a good Christmas card.   Next time will show some Christmases in Iowa.   (Click pictures to enlarge)

Looking back at these old photos of the lovely years with our children and the simpler more gentle time those days were,  I have a heavy heart thinking about the horrendous event yesterday in Connecticutt.  I sat most of the afternoon watching the tv in disbelief.  It is unthinkable that parents cannot send their children to school without fear of something as horrible as this happening to them.  One commentator asked "Is this our new norm?"  I pray it isn't and I hope that there can be something done to keep weapons out of the hands of those who would cause this sort of carnage.   This world has changed - and part of it is absolutely not for the good!  It is unacceptable!  May God bless all the families who were touched by this unthinkable happening.  I cannot imagine the depths of their sorrow. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmases Past

Of all the pictures I have here at my house from both sides of my family, this is the only one that shows anything Christmas before our daughter was born.  This is the living room of my mom's parents, Dan and Maggie Pearce, who I have posted so much about on my Pieces of the Past blog.  There is not a single of picture of Jo, Bud or me anywhere at Christmas time - as small children through early adulthood.  No photos of gifts being unwrapped, family gatherings, nothing.  I have pictures in my head and memories but nothing that I can scan and post.
I will start here - back in December of 1951 -  when Sherry, our little daughter, celebrated her first Christmas.   This would have been one of the first Christmas photos.  Ray and I were the very proud and happy parents of this darling little girl.   The little ragdoll in front of her stroller (what do you think of that conveyance, Norah and Molly?) was made for her by our next door neighbor, Mid.    By the way, we also had baby buggies back then.

Sherry sits in her little chair that swung back and forth.   The things they have for babies now are so different than they were back in the early 50's.  You might also be interested in those curtains at the windows - organdy ruffled curtains.  I think there were four pairs and I can remember starching and ironing them!!  Like a nightmare, ladies!  Ironing used to be one big job -  but then laundry was, also!

Back to Christmas, I thought it might be fun to post some old photos and fond memories during this beautiful season.  I have been working on things but not much to show at the moment so will take a trip down memory lane over the next few days as I have time.  As I get older, I don't get nearly as much done as I used to (you have heard that before) - have not decorated much for Christmas and probably won't.  We will all be going out to Portland to meet sweet little Annie - I see dimples on the little doll!- so I won't be here and am not planning on having
any parties.  I am truly fine with that, also, since it means I won't have to cart everything back to the basement.  Since I am an equal opportunity great-grandma and want to show a picture of that darling little dude, Henry - here he is in a sweet picture his mom took of him with Lacey watching for his daddy to come home.
I love the way Norah takes little videos and lots of pictures of Henry.  I have so many memories of my little kids that I wish I had videos of - or at least pictures. 
Will do another post in a couple of days!  Will move on to just before we moved away from our home town to Ft. Madison, Iowa, where our Christmas celebrations were with both kiddies, Sherry and Bill.   Hope you enjoy my little memories of times past.   

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


It's been a while since I have posted.  Even though I have been working on projects for Christmas, there has not been much to take photos of or post.  I think I have shown about everything I have in my little abode and at times it's hard to come up with something that I think anyone would be interested in.  After 4 plus years of blogging, I guess that would be kind of normal as I notice that some of the bloggers I have followed for years are letting longer periods of time go between postings.   So for today I am going to show you a couple of projects I saw on Pinterest that caught my eye and would be something I would do.  Especially the sock snowmen above!!  Cute, cute, cute.  I think I am going to find a couple pair of socks someplace and give those little fellows a try.  Below is the link with the tutorial on how to duplicate these cuties.

Aren't these cute?  Spools, beads, fabric or paper!  Another pretty little project for your tree.  Click on the link beneath the picture for the tutorial.