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Going to Granny’s (pt. 6)

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Going to Granny’s (pt. 6)

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Another few remembrances of when I’d go stay at my Granny’s house in the summer time, when I was a kid.

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Part one is here

Part two is here

Part three is here

Part four is here

Part five is here

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Let’s see … just a few more today and that will be all of these. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my remembrances. 🙂

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Granny had a little puppy named Peppy! It was a small, part poodle that was white and fluffy. He was a fun little dog, and was around for many years. She’d board him at the vet’s place when she’d go out of town. After her passing, Peppy came to live at my mom & dad’s house for a few more years.

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Lot’s of times my Mom, my sister and I would drop by Granny’s house just to visit. Usually it was after we’d had a doctor’s appointment, because the hospital wasn’t far from her house, so we’d make what my Mom called ‘pop calls’. They were un-announced visits, so I don’t know how much my Granny liked us just coming over. But, I always liked going there randomly. She’d always fix lunch for us, and it was all made from scratch – not just a sandwich.

She’d make macaroni and tomatoes, cornbread, biscuits, boiled potatoes with butter & parsley, fresh green beans, and for dessert a yummy cherry cobbler. Some of the best food I ever ate.

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She had a large, ceramic cookie jar shaped like an owl, that was wearing a hat, and glasses. Good cookies in there!

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Later, when I was a bit older, I’d bring some ironing over there that I had to get done. You see, to earn spending money I ironed clothes for other people. I did this from when I was before a teen, until actually a few years ago, when I stopped. I love ironing, though. Anyway, I’d do the ironing over there that week.

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Maybe the last time I stayed for my week’s vacation at Granny’s house was when I was 18. When my parent’s came to pick me up we hurried home to see the first moon walk, which was July 20,1969, on our black & white TV. That was exciting to see that.

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It wasn’t long after that, that I got married. We still went over to Granny’s house quite often, and she’d come to my parent’s house for Sunday lunches. Then a little later, she and my Grand-dad sold their house and moved to Oklahoma City to live with my aunt for a few years. Later still after my grand-dad passed on, she came to live at my parent’s house for a few more years.

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I’m glad I could remember so many good times at my Granny’s house. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Going to Granny’s (pt. 5)

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Going to Granny’s (pt. 5)

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Part one is here

Part two is here

Part three is here

Part four is here

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Another few remembrances of when I’d go stay at my Granny’s house in the summer time, when I was a kid.

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My granny had a big collection of all kinds of small & souvenir pitchers. I guess she just liked them, and we always knew what to get her for birthdays and Christmas…another pitcher. I don’t know what happened to them all, except for a couple that I have. Every time I see them I think of her.

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I liked washing dishes at my Granny’s house. Well, I just always have liked to wash dishes where ever I am. Mostly because they have different dishes than we did at home, so it was fun.

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In the living room my grandparents had an old timey cabinet stereo. It had a radio, and a turntable that played 78 rpm records.

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Both my Granny & Grand-dad had birthdays in July, so we’d celebrate both by going over there bringing a pound cake & vanilla ice cream.

I know my Granny always had coffee, too, and she’d pour a little bit into a saucer and blow on it to cool, then drink from the saucer. There is an old saying – ‘saucered and blowed’. That’s what she did.

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We always went to Granny’s house for Christmas Eve with my dad’s side of the family. Usually relatives from Oklahoma and New Mexico came in, too. There was good food, presents, and fun. The grown-ups would get out the dominoes for games of 42, while my cousins and I would play card games at the kitchen table.

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And … I keep remembering more things, so one more tomorrow! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Going to Granny’s (pt. 4)

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Going to Granny’s (pt. 4)

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Part one is here

Part two is here

Part three is here

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Another few remembrances of when I’d go stay at my Granny’s house in the summer time, when I was a kid.

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We called her the ‘parakeet lady’. She was a neighbor a few houses down from my Granny’s house, and she raised parakeets. She had a whole outdoor bird shelter where she kept the birds. There were a lot of them, and all so pretty – blue ones, yellow ones, green ones, white ones.

We’d walk over there so I could see the parakeets. She took good care of them, and maybe she sold them to the pet stores, I don’t know, but I do know that our family did buy several from her over the years. We almost always had a parakeet or two at home. I had mine and my sister had hers, and we’d name them, and take care of them. I still like birds a lot.

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Looking out the front room big picture window at my Granny’s house at some of the other houses, we could see some funny trees. I don’t know what kind they were, but they were not tall. I called them ‘poodle trees’, because they either grew that way or were trimmed to look like large green pom-poms. To this day, when I see a tree like that, I’m thinking poodle tree.

Across the street was somebody who was building his own airplane. Just a small one, but it was interesting to see it. It was yellow, and probably a one seater private kind of airplane. It wasn’t real big, but I liked going over to see it. I don’t know if he ever flew it. I mean, maybe he did haul it out of the  back yard and out to the airport. I hope so.

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The neighbor girl and I would have lots of fun, but one thing I remember about her, is when she showed me a couple of tricks she could do. One was walking barefoot over a broken light bulb. She claimed it wouldn’t cut you, and she was right. It didn’t. Another was the straight pin trick. Hard to explain, but you take a straight pin, like you’d use for sewing, put it in the crook of your elbow with the point touching your skin. Then bend your elbow so the pin is snuggled in there. It wouldn’t stick you. I’ve done this many times, and It doesn’t stick you at all. So weird to remember these, and I would not recommend trying them.

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That’s all for today. I’m thinking one more for tomorrow and that will be all. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Going to Granny’s (pt. 3)

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Going to Granny’s (pt. 3)

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Find Part One here

Find Part Two here

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These are just a few more memories of the times I spent at my Granny’s house in the summer time, when I was a kid.

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I mentioned earlier that my Granny and I would walk across the railroad tracks to get to the shopping center. We’d head for the dime store, which was called TG&Y, and it was a variety type store with all kinds of items in there.

At the time, they even had a very small pet shop, with parakeets and aquariums of fish that you could buy. I always liked going to the back of the store to see the birds. Fish, I didn’t really like, though.

My other favorite place in the store was of course the little counters of toys. There probably were more expensive toys, but all I could afford with my spending money was the cheap stuff. I’d buy little trinkets of some kind, and maybe a coloring book. But the most favorite were the little ceramic figurines. They only cost a few cents, maybe up to a dollar, but I’m thinking more like less than that. They had all kinds, and lots of animal figures, like dogs, cats, birds, donkeys, sheep, etc. I’d get one each time, and had quite a collection of them for awhile. I think I may even still have one or two left from those years.

After looking at everything in the store, we’d go check out at the front of the store. What amazes me now, but was a normal thing back then, was they had little bowls of water on the counter that had tiny baby turtles in one and little tiny alligators in another. They were cute, but the alligators would be hissing. I never even wanted to get one of these.

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Sometimes my Granny would ask for and get for free, a large pattern catalog. These were the books you look for when choosing a pattern for sewing clothes. The discontinued books they would give away. When we got home with the big book, I had fun cutting out the pictures of people posing in the pattern example clothes, and playing paper dolls with them. I’d have whole families of paper dolls. That was lots of fun.

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And, that’s all for today – tomorrow there will be more things I’ve remembered. Hope you’re enjoying these memories of mine. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Going to Granny’s (pt. 2)

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Going to Granny’s (pt. 2)

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I’m continuing my remembrances of the summer time visits to my Granny’s house. Part one is here

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These are just a couple:

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My Grand-dad was a big fan of horse racing. We didn’t have them here in our town, so he’d travel by bus to Ruidoso New Mexico, which I guess was the nearest track. I have no idea if he ever put down a bet, or won anything.

What I remember is him bringing home the paper racing form he’d gotten. He’d give it to me, because he knew I loved horses, too. Most times they were printed on pink paper – I don’t know why – and it showed the horses in each race, their name, and statistics.

I think that’s one reason I decided to make my own list of horse names. All the race horses had interesting names, I thought. Anyway, I made up a long list of my own made up horse names, and would sometimes use a real race horse’s name in my list, too.

I kept that list in my scrapbook, and blogged about it before. The list, along with some horse drawings by me can be found here

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When I wasn’t out playing with the neighborhood kids, I’d stay inside with Granny. Sometimes after lunch, she’d sit in the swivel rocking chair working crossword puzzles. She had books of them, a crossword dictionary, and also worked the ones in the daily newspapers. She had two pairs of glasses – one for regular seeing, and one for reading from, which she put on while working the puzzles. I thought that was neat that she had two pairs. I’m thinking I’d be reading a book or something while she was doing that.

A little later, she’d turn on the TV to watch her ‘stories’ – soap operas. The only one I remember, though there may have been more, was called, “The Doctors”.

I don’t remember if they had an air conditioner or not, but I do remember the front door and the back door would be open with only a screen door, so the breeze could come through the house.

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So … I made a separate list of all I could think of about these little remembrances of going to my Granny’s house in the summer time. There are quite a few, so I plan on sharing a couple on here each day, until I run out. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Flashback Friday – My Grandma’s Haunted House

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Flashback Friday – My Grandma’s Haunted House

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Fandango’s Friday Flashback — September 13

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Fandango asks us to look back at an older post of ours that may not have been seen by very many.

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Here is a post I wrote on September 13, 2013.

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WAS THIS HOUSE HAUNTED?

My Grandma’s house always had a spooky feeling to it.   As a kid, my cousin and I would spend the night over there in the back bedroom……even though we were scared of that room.   It felt like something was watching us from up in the NW corner of the ceiling.   One night we heard what we swore were babies crying in the living room, so we sneaked in there to have a look.   The room was dim, but no lights were on.  What we saw was the old rocking chair just rocking back and forth, with no one in it.   Could this have been a ghost, rocking a ghost baby?   I don’t know, but that’s what we believed. There were many more strange things happened in that house.
I will tell more in later posts!
Peace, Love, & Light
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And a little more about it in a later post:

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Here’s a picture of the house today. It looks like a regular old house, doesn’t it? I don’t know who lives there now, but I always wonder if they have weird things happen in there like we used to, all those years ago. It looks about the same as when my grandparents lived there.

My next post will tell more about the creepy things I felt in and around the garage, which is over to the right, and back a bit.

Hope you’re enjoying hearing about my paranormal experiences!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️
© 2019 BS

Dear Diary – January 15 – January 21,1961

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Dear Diary – January 15 – January 21,1961

  

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For those who haven’t seen my Dear Diary posts before, a little explanation. This is my actual diary I wrote in for a full year, when I was 10 years old. I wrote every day, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes funny, sometimes boring, but it was all recorded. Names of relatives are only first initials with relationship in parentheses. I’ve typed the entries just as I wrote them, misspellings and all, but corrected in parentheses. More posts of Dear Diary can be found by using categories, or search box. Hope you enjoy reading my childhood diary! 🙂

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Dear Diary,

1/15/61 – This morning we went to grannys house. we stayed till about 5:30. we ate dinner over there. after dinner we talked. Daddy and the men played 42. (Dominoes). P (sister) and I went utside and played with C (a neighbor girl). I found 5 Christmas trees in the ally (alley). We set them up and played under them. In the ally, I foand (found) a live plant. When we were going home we hade (had) an Ice crem (cream) cone and then we went home and I watched 3 shows . after that I ate supper, then I took a bath and went to bed.

1/16/61 – I went to school. after I went to school I came home and went to the store and to the cleaners and to the dime store. then we went home and I went over to play with J (a neighbor girl)

1/17/61 – I went to school and had fun. I went over to B’s (aunt) to play. when I went home I went to Piggley Wiggly (grocery store) and got a book of Wild Animals. I will get one every week. they will be different ones.

1/18/61 – I went to school and played with the fifth grade at play pedired (period). We had a vistor (visitor) his was Mr. Night. after school I went to have a shot. when I came home after a while we went over to granny’s house. when we came home I took a bath and went to bed.

1/19/61 – I went to school and had fun. it was B’s (uncle) birthday and at night we went over to N’s (aunt). Mother made a cake. B (aunt) was there and H (uncle), Grandma, Grand Pa, Mother, father, P (sister) and I was there. we all had fun. then we went home and went to bed.

1/20/61 – I went to school and watched tv all day to see John Kennedy. (maybe this was his inauguration to be President?) then I came home and had fun playing. we did not have any home work to do.

1/21/61 – I had fun playing. I turned flips on the wall. After dinner N (aunt) and Grand-ma came over. At night we went over to Ns and stayed a long time then we went home and went to bed.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Dear Diary – November 17 – December 1 , 1961

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Dear Diary – November 17 – December 1 , 1961

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For those who haven’t seen my Dear Diary posts before, a little explanation. This is my actual diary I wrote in for a full year, when I was 10 years old. I wrote every day, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes funny, sometimes boring, but it was all recorded. Names of relatives are only first initials with relationship in parentheses. I’ve typed the entries just as I wrote them, misspellings and all, but corrected in parentheses. More posts of Dear Diary can be found by using categories, or search box. Hope you enjoy reading my childhood diary! 🙂

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Dear Diary,

11/17/61 – I went to school. I played

11/18/61 – I played. Mama and daddy played Monopoly with me. P (sister) played too.

11/19/61 – I played monopoly. Grandma and N (aunt) came over. we played crazy Eights. (a card game)

11/20/61 – I went to school. I played. At night I made a turkey

11/21/61 – I went to school. I played. J (cousin) came over.

11/22/61 – I went to school. Miss. Hermann (my 5th grade teacher) had to go and visit her parents for thanksgiving.

11/23/61 – I played. It was thanksgiving. It was my birthday. I got a purse, an autograph hound dog pin (stuffed dog and a pen), some map pencils, a coloring book. We went to grandmas. at home granny and grandad, N (aunt) and B (uncle) B (aunt) and H (uncle), came over. I got a purse, a dollar, a braclet (bracelet), 2 pairs of pants, socks.

11/24/61 – I played. at night I went to a slumber party. V, J, J (cousin), and me were there. We stayed up all night.

11/25/61 – I played. We went to twon (town). we went to grannys. E (aunt), T (uncle), RL (cousin), and TL (cousin) were there. RL, P (sister) and I went to the dime store. I bought some Jacks and cards. At night we went to someones house that they knew.

11/26/61 – I played. J (cousin) came over. We played.

11/27/61 – I went to school. I played.

11/28/61 – I went to school. I played.

11/29/61 – I went to school. I played.

11/30/61 – I went to school. I played. J (cousin) came over.

12/1/61 – I went to school. I had a headacke (headache). We played Jacks. I fell down and skinned my arm and bumped my head. I went over to B J’s (school friend). We played with SG, FT, (school friends) and there (their) little sisters. We had fun.

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© 2018 BS

 

I AM the KID WHO ( part 3)

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I AM the KID WHO (part 3)

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  • Wrote all over a wall, got in trouble, and had to spend forever erasing it. I missed watching my favorite TV show, “The Wonderful World of Disney”.
  • Had 50 cents to spend, so spent it all on penny candy. I had 50 pieces of candy in a brown paper sack, and it was good!
  • Put a weird car part in a tree, and it stayed there for years. The tree grew completely around it, with only a long wire sticking out.
  • After a permanent tooth grew in, promptly broke it in half. Spent the next many years with a silver cap on it. (the front, bottom one)
  • Would cut or tear any clothes I didn’t like, so I wouldn’t have to wear them again.
  • Was positive I saw a witch fly across the full moon, one Halloween night.

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© 2017 BS

I AM the KID WHO (part 2)

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I AM the KID WHO (part 2)   … see part 1 here http://wp.me/p3RE1e-3hU

  • went horseback riding in huge empty fields, every Saturday morning. Now, where I used to ride, is a main shopping area here in town, with businesses all around. Here’s me on a horse named Joey, my favorite one.

  • moved a rubber ball, a few inches, by using only my mind thoughts
  • ate Elm tree leaves … they tasted good
  • saw my first horror movie, the 1961 film called,”Gorgo”, and wasn’t scared. I still like horror movies.
  • got a notification from a Ouija board, that I’d get a puppy dog. It named a specific date, and it all came true. Here’s Dusty!

  • had to wear ugly, brown, lace up shoes, with added arch supports,when all her friends were wearing cute sandals and mary jane shoes.
  • had to practice saying the word, ‘funeral’, because I kept saying, ‘FUN -eral’. I couldn’t figure out  what was so fun about funerals.
  • fell off my bike, got a scar on my knee, and destroyed a library book in the process. Then, I successfully (I think) hid torn up library book in the shelves. Oh, my first bike just happened to be a boy’s bike. Why, I don’t know. I didn’t like it, but now wish I had it, as I think it was an original Schwinn. (it may have been a Huffy, and the Schwinn came later?)

Here’s me, my infamous bike, and the ugly oxford shoes.

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© 2017 BS