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Throwback Thursday – Birthdays

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Throwback Thursday – Birthdays

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This week Lauren asks us about our birthday celebrations over the years. Thanks, Lauren!

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/05/26/throwback-thursday-40-birthday-blasts/

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I don’t remember it, but I was actually born on Thanksgiving day that year! Every so often it falls again on the holiday! yay! 🙂

What’s your earliest birthday memory?

When I turned 9, I think

2) What was your favorite birthday and why?

The same, my 9th. It was a total surprise to me with the party.

3) What’s the best birthday present you have ever received?

Hard to remember a favorite gift, though I know I appreciate and liked them all.

4) Did you ever get money as a birthday gift?

Yes, most of the time I’d get money as a gift, along with gifts.

5) What did you like to do on your birthday as a kid? What do you like to do now?

We always had a cake with candles, and we’d play some kid’s games. Now, we don’t do anything, unless my daughter takes us out for dinner sometimes.

6) Did you have birthday parties with friends or family parties?

Every year our family would get together for everyone’s birthday, including mine. There was always cake. Sometimes I’d have a kid’s party on one day, and then the family get together on the weekend.

7) Did you get to pick the food for your birthday? Did you prefer to eat a home cooked meal or to eat out at a restaurant on your birthday?

I don’t remember any special home food for birthdays, except cake. Later on we’d go out for dinner when we were grown ups.

8) Did your family have any fun birthday traditions? Did you continue those traditions with your own kids?

Just the usual family get together for each person’s birthday … and cake! With my kids we’d have the just us cake & presents, then they’d get to invite friends over for the kid’s party, or we’d go to a place like miniature golf, or some other event place.

9) Did you ever get to take the day off school on your birthday? As an adult did/do you take the day off?

No, I don’t think we’d get to take the day off school or work.

10) Have you ever had a surprise birthday party? Was it a real surprise, or did you know it was coming?

Yes, that one when I was 9. There’s even a home movie of the fun. What happened was my grandma took me to her house for lunch, then when she took me home, all my friends were there shouting Surprise! I was actually surprised. We had fun playing games, and I won the prize for blowing the biggest bubble gum bubble contest.

Bonus Question:
If you had a million dollars to spend only on your next birthday, what would you do?

I’d go crazy on a spending spree first. Then, I’d give my daughters some, then pay off bills, and then save some for later.

***Here’s a fun remembrance of a birthday party not that many years ago. Just our family around the kitchen table. My daughter stacked up chocolate glazed donuts into a tall cake like tower, with candles. I leaned forward to blow them out and my long hair caught fire! I heard sizzling and people were yelling, then I realized what was happening. We got the fire put out, and it wasn’t all that bad, just a few singed pieces. haha 🙂

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Throwback Thursday – Doctor/Dentist

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Throwback Thursday – Doctor/Dentist

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This week Lauren asks us some questions about our early doctor/dentist experiences. Thanks, Lauren

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/05/12/throwback-thursday-38-visits-to-doctors-and-or-dentists/

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1) Where doctor/dentist appointments a regular part of your childhood? …

Yes, I was in and out of the doctor and dentist offices all the time.

2) Did you go for well-checks or just when you were ill or in pain? …

Both when I needed to go, and also for regular checkups, and emergencies.

3) Were you frightened by the medical professionals? If so, were there specific reasons?

No, I don’t remember being scared to go see either doctors or dentists.

4) Were your parents afraid of medical professionals? …

Not that I know of.

5) Was waiting in the exam room stressful to you? …

No, not that I remember.

6) Did your early visits result in your being afraid of needles? …

No, I never was afraid of needles, and am not now, either.

7) Does the sight of your own blood bother you? …

No, seeing my blood doesn’t bother me. I guess it would if it was a whole lot at a time.

8) Did you ever have the need to go to an emergency room? …

Yes, many times.

9) Did your early experiences impact your current attitudes about medical care? …

No, I’ll go now if I need to.

Now, for the nitty gritty. I’ve told some of these stories before.

I was very little when I fell and cut a big slash right by my right eye. Had to have a lot of stitches. A few days later (while on a trip out of town) I fell again in a parking lot, and had to find emergency care for a re-do of all the stitches which had broken apart.

A little older I had an operation to get tonsils out. Age 5 I think.

Later on I was outside crawling around in the dirt chasing our ducks in the back yard. My foot scraped on a piece of broken glass, which cut my artery. Blood was spurting out with each heartbeat. Was rushed to ER, got more stitches.

In between all these, I had sore throats, bladder infections, and other ailments which had me in the doctor’s office all the time. Plus the childhood diseases before there were vaccinations for them, like mumps, measles, and chicken pox.

I did get a small pox vaccination shot, and later on the polio vaccine (in a sugar cube).

I also had to go to the podiatrist for foot problems. Every so often I had my feet x-rayed and had to have special clunky shoes to wear. I hated them.

For the dentist visits, I fell and broke a permanent tooth and had to get a silver cap on it (right in front) I had that on for many years. Also had my two front teeth knocked out while playing.

Lots more stuff after I was grown up, but won’t go any farther than this above part.

Yep, I was a mess! haha 🙂

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Throwback Thursday – School Sports & Activities

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Throwback Thursday – School Sports & Activities

https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2022/03/10/throwback-thursday-29-sports-and-extracurricular-activities/

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This week Maggie asks us some questions about our school days concerning things we did as sports and extra curricular activities. Thanks, Maggie! 🙂

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Questions:

  1. Did you belong to any clubs?
  2. Did you stay after school for activities? If so, how did you get home?
  3. We’re you involved in sports? If so, which ones? Were you good at them, mediocre, or at least trying?
  4. What was your favorite school related sports or physical activity?
  5. Did you hold any leadership roles in school?
  6. Did you play football, basketball, or some other sport or were you a cheerleader?
  7. Did you travel after school, on weekends, or in the summer for any activities?  Where did you go?
  8. Did you receive letters, awards, or certificates for your involvement?
  9. Did you belong to any organizations that were not associated or sponsored by your school?
  10. Were you on any school committees such as yearbook, prom committee, etc.?

Answers:

1. I was in a few clubs while in school = Library Club (Parliamentarian), French Club (President)

2. I don’t remember staying after school for activities. I rode the bus to and from school, until I got my own car.

3. I wasn’t involved in sports, except what we had to do in P. E. class. I avoided as much as I could, because I didn’t like any of them, and was no good at playing them.

4. None!

5. Just those mentioned in question # 1.

6. Nope, nope, nope!

7. Funny that I hated sports, but in high school our football team went out of town to play for the state championship in a city several hours away. The school organized busses to take students to the game, and all my friends and I went to see the game. And our team won!

8. No, I didn’t win anything for sports, but won a scholarship, and also was inducted into the National Honor Society. Also received certificates for competing in violin competitions.

9. I did join in the Bluebirds (like the Brownies) when young, then was in Girl Scouts for awhile.

10. I was on the prom committee where we were in charge of theme, decorations, etc. I was on the Senior Carnival committee with the same jobs such as theme and decorations. Those were lots of fun.

Another strange deal was I was on the yearbook committee for a couple of years. We did the whole thing, from start to finish, each one of us having at least one special job. Don’t laugh, but I was the Sports Editor, and had to get pictures, write copy, do layout for the book, crop photos, the whole 9 yards (hah) involved with putting out a yearbook. And … I hated sports! But I did a good job with the yearbook. 🙂

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Throwback Thursday – Childhood Ouchies & Boo Boos

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Throwback Thursday – Childhood Ouchies & Boo Boos 

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/03/03/throwback-thursday-28-ouchies-owies-boo-boos/comment-page-1/#comment-20186

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Lauren has posed some questions about what would happen when we were sick or hurt as a kid. Thanks, Lauren!

How did your family take care of minor injuries?Did you have home remedies you used?
What was the typical way to care for a cold or flu at your house?
Were you pampered when you were sick/hurt or told to buck up and deal with it?
When you got sick as a kid did you stay home, or did you have to go to school?
Did a parent stay home with you, or did you fend for yourself?
Was a doctor visited when you had a minor injury or illness?
Did you ever have a major illness or injury growing up? How did it impact your life?

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I don’t remember a whole lot of what happened way back then. I’m sure we were taken care of, probably got to stay at home when we were sick, too.

I do remember having to to to the doctor and getting penicillin shots a lot. We didn’t have doctors that came to the house. I must have been sick from something or other to have to go so much. I can even remember the exam room. It was at the pediatrician’s office. There was a huge drawn & in color picture of Alice in Wonderland hanging on the wall, and we almost always got a little airplane made of those throat sticks.

Finally, at age 5 I had my tonsils out, which I do remember what happened a little bit. I didn’t want another shot, so the nurse had to kind of chase me as I crawled around on the bed. Then they put a mask over my face to give me the knock out medicine, which was ether, and told to count backwards. I can still almost remember how awful that stuff smelled.

Before that, when I was about 2 years old, I fell off a kitchen chair (I was always climbing up to the cabinets) and fell off onto one of those old kind of metal coffee cans with sharp edges. I cut my face really bad right next to my right eye. A trip to the ER, and I had several stitches. I still have the scar. But … while the stitches were still in, we made a trip out of town for my dad to take the test for master plumber in Austin.

We got out to eat at a restaurant, and I remember mom telling me not to run on the gravel parking lot. Well, of course I did run, fall down, and broke all the stitches out, and had to go to another doctor to get more stitches (in an unfamiliar town).

Next up was more stitches, when I was maybe 6? I was crawling around barefoot chasing after our ducks, when the top of my foot got cut by some glass. It severed an artery. Blood was spurting high with every heartbeat. I hopped around until they could catch me, and rush to the ER. Guess I could have died from that, but thankfully I didn’t. Still have that scar, too.

Otherwise just the usual bumps and scrapes kids get. Most often doctored at home with mercurochrome, the little bottle of red liquid antiseptic. We called it Monkey Blood. We’d even have our sore throats ‘painted’ with the stuff, by mom or grandma taking a long broomstick straw with a cotton bit wrapped on the end (no long Q tips back then I guess), and soaked in the red ‘paint’ our throat would be coated with the stuff.

Anyway, that’s all for now.

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Throwback Thursday – Chores

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Throwback Thursday – Chores

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This week Maggie poses some questions about chores and allowances when we were a kid, and even later on. Thanks, Maggie! 🙂

Here are a few things to remember back on:

Did you have chores you were responsible for? At what age did that begin?

Were you required to make your bed and keep your room tidy? Did you have the responsibility for those chores for siblings or others in the house? Were chores evenly distributed?

Were you asked to take out the trash, mow the lawn, or do the dishes? How about cooking?

Were you given an allowance? If so, at what age and how much?

Were there repercussions if you did not do your chores?

How did you establish chores once you had a home of your own?

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I don’t know what age I was able to do any chores, but I do remember getting to wash the dishes. I really liked doing that. I still like doing that – by hand. We’ve had a dishwasher before, but not in quite a few years, and we didn’t have one when I was growing up. I would even volunteer to do dishes at my grandma’s and granny’s house if we’d had a meal over there. It’s fun to do someone else’s dishes because they were different from ours.

My sister and I would help with the kitchen floor. Not a totally every time deal, but quite often. The floor was linoleum, and mom wanted it waxed. The Johnson’s paste wax smelled good. We’d get rags and smear it all over the floor, then other rags and buff it off. Later on we had an electric waxing/buffing machine to use. That was fun, too.  Now however, I hate doing floors of any kind.

My sister and I never got an allowance as such. We were lucky to have plenty of what we needed, and would get treats from time to time. We did get a dollar for every A on our report cards though.

Early on my cousin and I would make crafty things to sell. We’d go to grandma’s and all the neighbors with our stuff and they’d buy from us. We’d make braided yarn with little pouches for cinnamon spice and cinnamon sticks tied on with ribbon. We’d also make soap decorated with ribbon and little artificial flowers to hang in the bathroom. We did quite well with both of these. I think we charged 75 cents for both of these.

A little later on I would take in ironing to do for others. I loved to iron! I had quite a few customers who’d bring their clothes to me by the dozen. I was still in elementary school when I did this. I also continued to do this for many years, up until only a few years ago here.

I think we probably did whatever we wanted to with our own bedrooms. We didn’t get nagged much to keep it tidy. But later on as a teen I kept it fairly neat.

We basically kept on this same way when our girls were growing up.

That’s about all I can think on it for now. 🙂

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Throwback Thursday – Cooking

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Throwback Thursday – Cooking

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/01/20/throwback-thursday-22-cooking-skills/

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This week Lauren asks us about our cooking skills, and how we learned to cook, and what all we’ve cooked. Also if we’ve had any cooking disasters. Thanks so much, Lauren! 🙂

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One of the best memories I have of learning to cook was when I made a cake. Here’s what I wrote in my diary when I was 10 years old, and my notes about it which I’ve blogged about before.

1/6/61 – I went to school and when I got hom (home) after a while we went bowlling (bowling). I baked my first cake and made a tea party with P (sister)

Now that is an interesting fact/co-incident. I remember baking that cake, a very simple one from a kid’s cook-book. It turned out really good. Then, many years later my own daughter was born… on a January 6th. So…for many years I baked a cake for her birthday…each January 6th!

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After that I probably made that cake other times along with other recipes in that little book.

In Jr. High school I took Home Economics where we did cooking and sewing. That was fun.

Before I got married, I didn’t really know much about cooking, so I made a point to watch how my mom cooked things so I could do it too. I still cook food the same way as back then. Why change it if it works, right!

I’m not really an experimental kind of cook. I know how to do all these I learned so I don’t need a recipe for any of them. If I do try something new, I will follow a set recipe. I do follow the recipes when I made cookies, though. Cookies are a favorite of mine to make, especially at Christmas, with the cut out and decorated ones.

My worst disaster in the kitchen was the exploding enchiladas incident. A huge mess! The whole glass dish full of home made enchiladas exploded, throwing hot food and glass everywhere! I wrote a blog post about it here

A few years ago I wanted to learn how to make decorated cakes, so took a class at the craft store. That was fun, and I learned a lot. Even if we messed up, we got to eat our mistakes! haha . I made a lot of the cakes using all the piping tips. It was just for fun, and we enjoyed them.

Here’s a few photos of some of the cakes I made:

  • Hello Kitty cake
  • Happy Cat Day cake
  • Election Day 2000 cake
  • Amazing Race cake
  • Clown cake
  • Pink roses on the cake (sorry – blurry)

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Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style Pt. 2

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Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style Pt. 2

https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2022/01/13/throwback-thursday-21-jusjojan-sense-of-style/

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Maggie at the above link has asked us about our fashion styles over the years. Thanks , Maggie! 🙂

Here are some questions to think about:

At what age did you become concerned about the clothes you wore? Did you get hand-me-downs or new clothes? Were any of your clothes made by hand? If so, by whom? Were you allowed to select your own clothes and assemble your own ensembles? At what age did you start buying your own wardrobe?

What fashion fads did you adopt? Did you have certain colors you loved to wear? Were you of the hippie generation of perhaps a child of the 1980s? What was the wildest or craziest outfit you ever wore?

What about jewelry? Did you have piercings? Were they done by you or by others? What jewelry fads so you remember?

Now think about your hairstyles. What cuts did you sport? Did you ever color your hair? Did you try to alter your hair in any other way (cutting, ironing, shaving, curling)?

How has your taste changed over the years?

Feel free to share photos if it helps illustrate your look. Have fun!

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More of my thoughts on my style:

For awhile my mom made my sister and I lots of clothes, which were nice. Later, when I learned to sew, I made a lot for myself, too. I’d make hip-hugger, bell-bottom pants, all kinds of tops, and dresses. I liked combining at least two different paper patterns to create something completely different to suit myself. That was fun. I don’t remember anything wild or crazy clothes I wore, just the trends of the 60s & 70s, like bell bottom jeans, which I’d fringe the bottom hem, and do embroidery all over plus fun patches. I’d make long strings of tiny bead necklaces, too. Just for school and work I’d have to wear a dress or skirt and be okay for office work. My favorite colors have always been black and brown, with an occasional turquoise, dark green or purple.

I did make lots of those bead necklaces, and I got my ears pierced while in jr. high. My friend and I went to a lady we knew at her beauty shop and she did it for us. No automatic piercing gun back then, just an ice cube to numb the earlobe and a sharp needle. Many years later I got a second piercing at a store in the mall. I also made a lot of my own earrings.

For awhile there teens, including me, were all into the ‘mod’ look. Short haircut, geometric prints, go go boots, mini skirts, and white lipstick. That was fun, but didn’t last long. I did start using eyeliner and the lipstick when I was quite young – when I was in 6th grade at school.

That’s all for now. I’ll continue with a part 3 soon! Mostly it will be about hair styles! 🙂

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Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style?

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Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style? 

https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2022/01/13/throwback-thursday-21-jusjojan-sense-of-style/

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Maggie at the above link has asked us about our fashion styles over the years. Thanks , Maggie! 🙂

Here are some questions to think about:

At what age did you become concerned about the clothes you wore? Did you get hand-me-downs or new clothes? Were any of your clothes made by hand? If so, by whom? Were you allowed to select your own clothes and assemble your own ensembles? At what age did you start buying your own wardrobe?

What fashion fads did you adopt? Did you have certain colors you loved to wear? Were you of the hippie generation of perhaps a child of the 1980s? What was the wildest or craziest outfit you ever wore?

What about jewelry? Did you have piercings? Were they done by you or by others? What jewelry fads so you remember?

Now think about your hairstyles. What cuts did you sport? Did you ever color your hair? Did you try to alter your hair in any other way (cutting, ironing, shaving, curling)?

How has your taste changed over the years?

Feel free to share photos if it helps illustrate your look. Have fun!

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Here are some of my thoughts:

I was still in elementary school when I noticed how I dressed and either liked it or hated it. There were several dresses I had that I couldn’t stand. I’m sure when my mom bought them for me she thought they were cute, though. One had these big shoulder pad things and I thought it made me look like a football player. The other had an attached tie I thought made me look like a boy with a tie. I took it upon myself to cut holes or rip places in those so I wouldn’t have to wear them again.

My shoes were awful. I had to wear ugly clunky brown oxfords with steel arch supports because of weak ankles. All my friends had cute sandals, or mary janes, or whatever. I hated my shoes … and socks. I still don’t like socks.

By 6th grade I’d managed to talk my way into better/cuter outfits. We girls would co-ordinate our outfits to wear the same thing on a certain day – black skirt and turquoise colored blouse.

Later on in junior high I can’t really remember what we wore to school, except every so often we’d have what was called ‘dress up day’. We could wear fancy clothes, stockings, and short high heels. Now this was before panty hose came along, so yeah … stockings held up by a garter belt. Not easy, especially when we’d get ready at home, then would have PE first period of the day and have to put on our horrible gym clothes. That was not fun.

We girls were not allowed during all my school years to wear jeans or slacks. It was skirts or dresses only and had to be at least knee length. The year after I graduated girls were allowed to wear jeans or slacks.

Well, this is getting long, and I want to continue with the fashion remembering, so I’ll close for now and continue in the next few days. 🙂

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Here’s me wearing the ugly shoes!

🙂 🙂

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Throwback Thursday – Decorating

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Throwback Thursday – Decorating

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/01/06/throwback-thursday-20-decorating-your-space/

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I’ve never been one to do much decorating any rooms or the house. If I like something I’ll stick whatever it is on a wall, or shelf with no thinking of a theme or design. And it will stay there till the end of time. I never change things around. We’ve lived in this house over 20 something years. The furniture has never been re-arranged.

I like a lot of ‘stuff’ around to look at though. All kinds of different things – mostly found at yard sales. The Mr. says I could live in a flea market and be happy. True.

Now when I was a teen I had my own bedroom to do what I wanted in the way of decorating. I had the usual singing star posters, lots of stuffed animals on the bed, my console combo stereo/radio/8-track player. That was a graduation present I picked out for myself. I had it for a long time, then once when I was already married and had a child, we moved and I left it with my sister in law, along with all my record albums.

I don’t think I ever painted my bedroom, or any rooms ever before. Mostly the same with curtains, almost never had any, and still like that now. We just had those roll up bamboo type shades.

As of now and for many years we don’t have much on the walls. I have my cross collection above my computer desk and a calendar. The kitchen has a couple of calendars. My bedroom has one painting of Mexican skeleton dancers, and the front entryway has a tiger painting my mom did. That’s it. It’s basically pretty bare in this house.

If I could have, I’d have painted one whole blank wall with a huge jungle theme mural with plants and animals. Or I think it would be fun to live in a highly decorated Mexican restaurant. haha 🙂 🪅

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skeleton dancers painting

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Throwback Thursday – Luck

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Throwback Thursday – Luck

https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2021/12/30/throwback-thursday-19-superstitions-amulets-and-charms/

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Thanks for the questions, Maggie!

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This week’s prompt is: Superstitions, trinkets, and Charms

TWhat makes you feel lucky? Is it a four leaf clover, a rabbit’s foot, or a lucky penny?

What are you superstitious of? Will you walk under a ladder? What’s your lucky number? What if a black cat crosses your path?

Where did you learn ideas concerning luck? Do you still have superstitions in your adult life?

Since this is the last week of the year I am curious – do you make resolutions, eat specific foods, or have traditions or superstitions to usher in the new year?

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I’m not really superstitious or believe in lucky charms, but it’s fun to think of and play around with. I don’t go out of my way to test good or bad luck, though.

We’ve always ate black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. Could be just a southern thing to do, I don’t know.

I’ve broken a mirror before, but can’t say it brought 7 years bad luck. I just had to get another one.

I do knock wood 3 times for good luck, and will cross my fingers from time to time, too.

Black cats are amazing and sweet, and definitely not bad luck.

I won’t walk under a ladder – just common sense.

I like saying a little positive word or two when I see double numbers like 11:11, and I see lots of double numbers, plus the times my girls were born, I see those a lot.

Maybe 23 is my lucky number? My birthday is the 23rd of one month and my wedding is the 23rd of another month.

Here’s a picture of my so called ‘hoo-doo’ bag. I made it of leather with a drawstring closure. Inside I put little items I like: a sort of stained glass looking flower (yellow & silver) for flower power I guess,  a tiny skeleton, a tiny blue alien, a tiny purple phone (was an earring) for communication with spirits, some beads, a brown tiger’s eye button, a lucky penny I’ve had since I was a kid (encased in silver), an arrowhead, and some sea shells I found on a beach, strung  with some beads. They are all fun to look at, but I don’t do anything special with them.

 

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My Hoo-Doo Bag with Charms

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