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Throwback Thursday – Technology

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Throwback Thursday – Technology

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This week Maggie asks us some questions about the kinds of technology we had in the past. Thanks, Maggie! 🙂

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https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2022/03/24/throwback-thursday-31-technology-influences/

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  1. What kind of technology existed around your house as a child? … We had a radio, a record player,  a rotary dial black telephone, and a small black & white TV.
  2. What technology do you remember coming into your home for the first time? I seem to remember when we got a color TV. I think I was a teenager then.
  3. What kind of televisions or radios did you have – post pictures if you can find them. … We just had the B & W TV and then the color TV, and neither one had a remote control. We only had 3 channels to watch and they all went off by midnight. I do remember it was a big deal when my dad got a clock/radio for Christmas.
  4. How did music technology change in your lifetime? When was the last time you purchased music? In what form was the music? … First was just listening to the radio or playing records on the record player. I don’t remember anything else until we had an 8-Track player in the car, which was just an added deal, not built in, and the 80s when the Walkman cassette player came out. Next we had other tape players, until we finally got a CD player. That’s the last kind of music we’ve ever bought, and it was a long time ago.
  5. Did you have a home computer? If so, what was it? Did you have a webcam? Did you stream content with it? … We had an early Apple computer with the floppy discs for a little while. I don’t know what ever happened to it. Then somewhere in the very late 90s we got our PC desk computer. Don’t remember what kind. No webcams, and no streaming even now.
  6. What kind of phone did you have? Do you have a landline today? … First we had the common black phone with rotary dial, and were on a party line, where several customers shared. That seems so weird now. When I was a teen I got a princess phone. After marriage and kids, we had a wall phone with push buttons. Now I have a cell phone/smart phone or whatever it’s called, and a regular land line phone, and my husband refuses to get a cell phone.
  7. Did you have toys with integrated technology, robots, automation, etc? … No
  8. What technology ‘blew your mind’? … The computer and the cell phone, and FaceTime so we can see people we are talking to.
  9. When did you get your first cell phone? What brand and model was it? Did you carry a pager? … It was sometime in the early 2000s when I got one of those trac phones where you buy minutes.
  10. Is there any current technology you refuse to own or have in your home? ,,, I don’t want one of those web cam camera things. We used to have one, but got rid of it. I don’t know much about any other technology except what I’ve heard, so don’t know if I’d refuse it or not at this time.

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© 2022 BS

Throwback Thursday – Snacks

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Throwback Thursday – Snacks

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Thanks for the topic of our snack times, and the questions, Maggie! 🙂

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The Questions:

Did your family snack? Were your snacks homemade or purchased from a store? Did your family bake or make treats for the holidays? What was your favorite? Are you a sweet or salty snacker? What candy or snacks did you like best? Why? What snacks did you deplore? Are there any candies you loved that are no longer made? Do you snack now? How has your taste for snacks changed over the years?

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I’m pretty sure all our family had lots of snacks to nibble on. Mostly they were home made snacks, like popcorn, or cake. We did get donuts from a bakery sometimes, and another way we got donuts was from a door to door sales person who’d come by. These were so good, and called ‘Spudnuts’. They were a special recipe using potato flour.

My mom always made us birthday cakes, my favorite was called an orange cake, soaked in orange juice after baking. She also made candy for Christmas. These were always chocolate fudge, divinity, and date loaf.

I take turns liking sweet snacks mostly, but lots of times just want something salty. I don’t think there is any snack that I didn’t like.

There for awhile my sister and I would make our own potato chips in our deep fryer. Saturday afternoons we’d get everything ready, the hot oil, the thin sliced potatoes, and get them made in time to watch some afternoon TV. They were so good fresh like that.

We always had sweet iced tea, summer or winter, and occasionally a Coca-Cola. These were a special treat, and came in tiny bottles.

And then there was the ice cream man who came by in his truck with the tinkly music playing. More than once I’d chase him down the road hollering ‘stop!’ haha

Whenever we had a little money, all us kids would go down to the little store at the end of the street to buy penny candy. That was always great. If you had 50 cents you could get 50 pieces of candy! Woo hoo!

I still love to snack, but things have changed in the last few years. I still want all the sweet and salty things, but with diabetes I can’t have sugary things (or very little). Makes me sad, and the sugar free kind of treats are just not the same. And for other reasons I can’t have popcorn or nuts/seeds, so that’s a big bummer, too. Oh well, that’s how it goes.

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© 2021 BS

 

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Throwback Thursday – TV

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Throwback Thursday – TV

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2021/11/10/throwback-thursday-12-tv-memories/

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Thanks for the topic of our TV memories, and the questions, Lauren! 🙂

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The questions:

Was watching television a part of your family entertainment? Was it used as a partial babysitter? Do you remember specific shows you liked as a kid? Did you need to take turns with your siblings to choose what was watched, or did the parents have all the control? Were you around in the pre-remote-control days? Whose job was it to change channels? Were you a Saturday morning cartoon junkie? Which was your favorite show? Were you warned about sitting too close to the TV? Did you ever bug your parents to buy you some item advertised repeatedly on a program you watched? Do you ever watch reruns of the shows from your childhood?

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1. Yes, we did watch TV when I was a kid. Lots of times all together in the living room. We had a small black & white TV for a long time before finally getting a color set. I don’t think it was used to act as a baby sitter though.

2. I can’t remember my sister or myself actually choosing what to watch. I guess we got to watch whatever we wanted, and both of us liked the programs. We didn’t have a remote control for many years.

3. We sure did watch Saturday morning cartoons. We’d get our own bowl of cereal and sit there while watching all the cartoons until they went off at about noon. We never were warned not to sit too close to the screen.

4. I don’t remember the advertising they had back then, so I doubt we begged for anything we saw.

5. The first children’s show I remember watching was,”Ding Dong School’ with Miss Frances. This was sort of an educational show and way before Sesame Street came along.

Then there was “Captain Kangaroo”. A couple of my favorite cartoons were Mighty Mouse, and Top Cat. I also liked non cartoon shows like “Fury” about a horse, and “Sky King” with an airplane. Then there were the westerns … Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, Rawhide, Wagon Train, Sugarfoot, Bonanza, and more. Mostly I liked these because of the horses! And of course the shows with dogs, “Lassie” the collie dog, and “Rin Tin Tin”, the German Shepherd dog.

6. Do I watch re-runs of old shows. Yes, all the time. We don’t watch much of anything new. Some we watch every day are, “Father Knows Best”, “My Three Sons”, “Leave It To Beaver”, “Dennis the Menace”, and “Hazel”.

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Here’s the cartoon song of “Top Cat”

“Top Cat” opening theme for the cartoon. It was one of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid.

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© 2021 BS

 

Throwback Thursday – Toys & Pastimes

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Throwback Thursday – Toys & Pastimes

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This week Maggie gives us the topic of our toys & pastimes. Thanks, Maggie! 🙂

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https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2021/11/04/throwback-thursday-11-toys-and-pastimes/

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The questions:

Did you have a lot of toys? What was your favorite? Were your toys seemingly gender-specific? Did you make toys out of household objects or things you found? Were you required to share your toys with siblings? Was there a toy you longed for but never owned? Did you ever save your own money to buy a special toy? Do you still have any of the toys from your childhood? If you did not have a lot of toys, what were your favorite pastimes that served as playtime? Have you or would you ever, purchase a vintage toy or a replica of a toy you adored? Include pictures if you have them!

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For the prompt challenge we are to think back on the toys or pastimes from long ago. The questions are above, and I’ll answer one by one:

1. Did I have a lot of toys? What was my favorite?

I’d say I had a lot of toys. We always got some for our birthday and for Christmas. Probably my favorites would be the toy of the moment I was playing with. Still, a constant favorite, even today, is my coloring books and crayons.

2.  Were my toys gender specific? Nope, not at all. There were just me and my sister, and we had all kinds of things to play with. We had lots of dolls, Barbie dolls & baby dolls, also paper dolls, stuffed animals, and things like that, and we also had cowboy hats, cap pistols, balls, yoyos, kites, marbles, farm animals & toy soldiers, and little toy cars and building type toys. I loved playing in the dirt making roads with my toy road grader.  Then other times I’d be making mud pies for my dolls and playing dress up with my friends for tea parties.

3. Did I have to share toys with siblings? It was just my sister and we didn’t share many of our toys, as I was 5 years older than she was. She had her own, and I had mine.

4. Did I save my  money to buy my own toys? Sometimes I did. We’d go to the dime store quite often and I’d buy little glass figurines of animals that I collected. I still have some of them.

5. Do I still have some of my toys? Yes, some of the little glass animal figurines, and a couple of dolls, and my favorite stuffed animal, a white floppy lamb I named Softie.

6.  Other pastimes for us would be jump ropes, jacks, pogo sticks, stilts, bicycles, board games, reading lots of books, and writing stories.

7. Would I ever buy now a vintage or replica of a favorite toy? I don’t think so. I still buy coloring books though. 🙂

When I wasn’t playing with any of that, I’d be roaming the neighborhood, finding my friends and hanging out playing outdoor games, or going to the store for penny candy.

Guess you could say I had fun when I was a kid.

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© 2021 BS

Thursday Throwback – Nicknames

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Thursday Throwback – Nicknames

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This week Lauren gives us the topic of nicknames we have or have had. Thanks, Lauren!

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2021/10/28/throwback-thursday-10-nicknames/

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Names are fun! I haven’t really had a nickname before, except once in awhile someone will call me Barb,

I tried a couple for myself, but they didn’t take, or last, like Barbie, umm nope! Not the Barbie type at all.

My friends and I at school gave ourselves fun names to use when writing notes to each other. That lasted a little while. Mine was either Chelsea or Hullaballoo. haha

In French class my name was Jeanne pronounced the French way, which I cannot write how it sounds. Sort of like John.

My grandad was called Pat, but that wasn’t anything like his real name.

The people who really loved nicknames was my in-laws. They never gave me one, though, (felt left out of that) oh well …

My husband was always called Dave. That is not his real name.

There were a couple of ‘real’ Daves in the family but they were called Digger, and the Stick.

My mother in law was called Eller. That wasn’t her real name.

A friend of ours went with us to visit them one time, and he got the nickname of ‘New Guy’.

I think there were more, but I can’t remember them right now.

My very favorite now is my online name Ghost! 🙂

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© 2021 BS

 

Throwback Thursday – Gifts

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Throwback Thursday – Gifts

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2021/09/30/throwback-thursday-6-gift-giving-receiving/

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This week Lauren gives us the topic of gifts we’ve received or given. Thanks, Lauren! 🙂

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It’s hard to say much about gifts. I like giving them and I like getting them.

Except now that most of us are all older, we don’t any of us really need any more stuff!

We still give the grand-kids some things, especially the youngest. The older one is always happy with money to buy whatever he wants. We do give their parents (our daughters and sons in law)  money, too.

For ourselves, me and the Mr. we don’t do gifts any more. Like I said, we don’t need any more stuff, if we do need something or want something we just go get it.

Used to we’d give gifts to all the family members, which were quite a few. I guess they liked what we picked out for them. Who knows? Now the big family get togethers don’t happen, as most all have passed on.

I remember one time early on that the Mr. didn’t get his paycheck until after work on Christmas Eve. At that point I could go shopping for everyone’s gift. I had a hundred dollars to spend before the stores closed, and they closed early that day. Also I had to get home to wrap them all, and we had a get together with a friend’s family that evening. I did manage it, though. I think my spending limit on each person was only five dollars.

Another Christmas a few years later on, our dogs got into the presents under the tree and tore a lot of them up. So then we made a fence around the tree made of chicken wire to keep them out. It worked!

For a lot of gifts to people I’d make something, like embroidered dish towels, cute plaster of Paris items that I’d paint, and pomegranate plants I started from seed. They make a real cute plant. I always liked doing the wrapping of the gifts, too.

Well, lots of years, lots of gifts, and lots of memories!

Here’s a picture of the tree with the chicken wire fence.  Click to enlarge 🙂

 

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© 2021 BS

Throwback Thursday – Musical Memories

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Throwback Thursday – Musical Memories

https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2021/09/23/throwback-thursday-music-memories/

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This time Maggie asks us to think of our musical memories. Thanks, Maggie!

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I have so many memories of music, that I couldn’t possibly tell it all in a short post, so I’ll just give these for now. 🙂

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I’m going way back with this one. It would be surprising if anyone has ever heard it, but I always liked it. It reminds me of the type of songs you’d hear in the era of the TV show, “Happy Days”.

I first heard this song, when I was just about 8 years old. I had received a portable record player for Christmas, I think that’s when, and a bunch of 45-rpm records. It was from my mom and dad. I have no idea why they’d chosen this record, or any of the others I had, as none of them were children’s type of records. Anyway, I liked them all, and played them a lot. Seems the lyrics were way too old for a kid to hear, especially back in the 50s, but who knows…that’s what I had, and my sister, cousin, and I liked them. We probably didn’t even pay attention to the lyrics, or even would have known what it was all about! 🙂

Anyway, here’s the song, and a photo of the actual record I’ve had all these years.

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The song, “Flirtie Gertie”, by the Jiv-a-Tones, was a single on the Feldsted label. They were released in 1958. The Jiv-a-Tones, were formed by Ric Cartey, and the members included, Guy Barber, Dean Stevens, Bill Holden, and Charlie Broome.  Vocals on “Flirtie Gertie” by Dean Stevens.

Have a listen…see what you think of it! 🙂

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Besides little kid’s records played on a little record player, I’ve pretty much listened to only rock ‘n roll. All kinds from soft rock, to hard rock, to alternative, to metal, that is what I listen to. I do like and listen to a little country, too.

I’ve been to a lot of concerts over the years, but maybe not as much as some people have. Some have been:

Dixie Chicks (twice), Charley Pride (a few times), Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakum (a couple of times), Miranda Lambert, The Carpenters, Iron Butterfly, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Pearl Jam, and probably a lot more I can’t even think of right now.

I mostly listened to music on the radio, in the house, in the car, on my stereo, and on my transistor radio. I love a transistor radio, even now. When I graduated H.S. I bought myself a big console cabinet stereo. It had the record player, 8-track tape deck, and am/fm radio tuner. I had it for years. I still have lots of the vinyl 45s and 78s records I played from back then. We get them out from time to time to listen to.

Here’s a photo I took of some of the 45s. 🙂 I have lots more.

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At any rate, I can definitely say that I like music! 🙂

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© 2021 BS

Throwback Thursday – Pets

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Throwback Thursday – Pets

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2021/09/16/throwback-thursday-the-pets-in-my-life/

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This time we’re looking back at the pets we’ve had. Thanks Lauren & Maggie for hosting this fun prompt.

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We don’t have any pets at the moment. We feed the cats outside that come around, though.

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I’ve had pets of one kind or another since I was a little kid. Many, many pets. If I was to write about all of them on this one post, it would be pages long.

I’ve had dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits, gerbils, birds, hermit crabs, fish, and even a spider or two that weren’t exactly pets, but they hung around for a long time and I gave them a name.

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We’ve had lots of cats too, over the years, but I’ve written about them quite a lot on here, so won’t this time.

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It’s been quite a few years since we had any dogs here with us, but we used to have quite a few. Let me think if I can remember all the dogs I’ve had since I was a kid.

Cindy – King – Skipper – Troubles – Dusty – Stormy – Freckles – Ginger – Maggie – Bud – Bridget – Weasel – Sam

And, in my notebooks I’ve written about them all – their stories.

And, I have photos of every one of them (except Troubles).  Here’s me and Stormy. 🙂

This photo was taken in black & white, in the back yard in 1957. Stormy was just a mixed breed white and fluffy little dog, maybe part Cocker Spaniel? I’m standing on an old weathered door that was on the ground, and wearing a print dress, and my hair was fairly short.

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A strange incident was a few years later my cousin & I were playing with the Ouija board. I asked would I get a dog?  It said yes. I asked when? It said January. (this was back in the fall). Sure enough, come January, I did get a puppy. I named him Dusty, and he was an awesome dog, who lived with us for many years. The photo shows Dusty, who was the same kind of dog that Stormy was, white & fluffy.

 

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This was taken long ago, and is a picture of my little parakeet, named Igor. He was green and yellow.

We let him fly around all the time in the house. This photo is of him standing on one of our wine bottles that had candle wax of all colors melted down the side.

Igor was fun. We had him for quite a few years, and he could say his name, and also could say ‘Pretty Bird’.

We got him as a baby from a lady we knew who raised parakeets. She had lots of them. We’d gotten other ones from her, too.

Whenever we’d go on road trips, Igor would come along in his cage. He was a good traveler. 🙂

 

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Here are some more of the dogs:

  • Ginger (tan & white Basset Hound)
  • Maggie (tan, white & black Basset Hound- Ginger’s mother)
  • Bud (all black maybe a Labrador but smaller)
  • Weasel (Maggie & Bud’s daughter)

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Bud

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Weasel

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© 2021 BS

Throwback Thursday – Games People Play

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Throwback Thursday – Games People Play

https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2021/09/09/throwback-thursday-the-games-people-play/

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Maggie has given us the topic of games that people play. Thanks so much! To join in and read other entries, just click the above link.

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So many games I’ve played over the years. Let me think a minute …

As a kid I played the usual like hide ‘n seek, mother may I, jacks, swinging statues, and a whole host of games we played in elementary school at recess. We’d play red rover, flying dutchman, jump rope, farmer in the dell, and probably more I can’t even remember.

Most times out of school it would be me and my sister, and my cousins who’d be running all over the neighborhood playing games all day.

We’d play piggy wants a signal, annie over, king of the mountain, and these were pretty active games. If not doing that, we’d be playing board games, like monopoly, and battleship, or card games like war.

One game we played a lot was maybe called ‘gusher’? It was about oil wells. The box had wooden pieces you’d shake around in the enclosed board deal, and then your turn you’d stick a metal nail piece into pre-made holes. If you hit a wood piece you hollered gusher! haha I don’t think they make this one any more.

Another game was I think called Safari, and it had wildlife cards. I looked for it for my kids, but never could find one as I suppose they quit making it.

Then there were the word games we liked. We had a ‘Password’ game like on the TV show. That needed more than one or two players. We also had ‘Anagram’ tiles to make words with. We also did a lot of I spy games, and alphabet games like Scrabble.  Later on there was the Trivia games, too.

My cousin and I loved to play some strange games too, like ‘The Amazing Kreskin’ which was an ESP game, and of course the Ouija board.

Sometimes we’d play with friends and neighbors some card and domino games like Spades, and Hearts, and Chikenfoot.

Now no one is here to play games with, as the Mr. won’t, and my daughter who likes games lives in another state. I get to play games with my little grand-daughter, though. Lots of fun as she loves learning them.

Mostly now, I play a few computer games – Candy Crush, Scrabble, Cradle of Rome, and Enchanted Cavern.

There are probably lots more games we played that I didn’t mention. I enjoyed them all.

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© 2021 BS

 

Throwback Thursday – Sentimental Pictures

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Throwback Thursday – Sentimental Pictures

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https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2021/09/02/throwback-thursday-2-sentimental-pictures/

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Every Thursday, Maggie from cave walls will alternate hosting with Lauren from LSS Attitude of Gratitude. We will post a blog with the title Throwback Thursday  – subject of the week. (This week the subject is ‘Sentimental Pictures’.

in your post and tag it with #TBTMemory or #IRememberWhen to make it easier for others to find.

To take part in this challenge, just click the link above for details.

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I do have hundreds of old family photos. You might call them old, or antique, or vintage, and I love them all. I’ve never really tried to organize any of them. Most all have pictures of people in them. I don’t post photos with family members on here, though. I don’t know that any were ‘gifted’ to me, more like they just came into my possession after my parents and grand-parents passed away.

So, instead of photographs, I have some beautiful oil paintings that were done by my mom. these were all gifted to me at one time or another. She was always painting something, all kinds of subjects from animals, Indian art and pottery, flowers, clowns, family member’s portraits, unicorns, and fun things for the kids.

I think of my mom every time I see one of her paintings in my house (and I even have some hanging up in my garage). I can still see in my mind’s eye of her in her painting room in front of the easel, with all her paints and brushes. It makes me smile at the remembrance.

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These oil paintings show:

  • A tiger in the snow
  • An Indian (Native American) woman with blue feathers in her hair
  • A longhorn cattle skull, with turquoise necklace and two vases of pottery
  • An Indian (Native American) woman sitting on a fur rug
  • A big bouquet of white, yellow, and pink flowers (maybe dahlias) in a wicker looking vase
  • Several ducks flying over a lake with tan colored reeds on the edges (these 2 photos are of one large painting)

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