Sunday, March 28, 2010

Birthday Loot!

A beautiful card from Marilyn, a Sassy card from my co-worker Kelly, a box of Christopher Elbow Chocolates
from Andrew and beautiful art work from Flora! Bill and I went to the Melting Pot last evening. My friend Lisa is making me dinner this evening. Andrew and I went to Brunch at M & S Grill this morning! Lovely birthday! All tiny treasures! Barbara and Joyce have invited me down for a birthday party in Nevada tomorrow! Thanks Everyone for a lovely day!
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Fall to Spring

I think these are the bulbs that Flora and I planted last Fall (Oct 2009) Marty and Amy correct me if I am wrong? Beautiful Spring Flowers Flora!

Rock Chalk Jayhawks!

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Rock Chalk Jayhawk Fans!

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Snowman and Kids!

Before the winter is over I wanted to post the kids and snowmen! Marty Feb, 1973, Flora 2007 and Charley 2008.
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Marty Summer 1972

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All I want for my birthday!

I told EVEYONE I wanted this for my birthday! Somehow they didn't listen to me! I woke up this morning and can not find it anywhere in the parking lot???
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Marty posted this on Facebook today-TOO FUNNY!!

A quote from Flora on the way to daycare: "I don't want to be at home. I don't want to be at school. I hate them both. I just want to live on street." She's four.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Route 66 to Albuquerque and Amarillo by sundown....

Amarillo by morning..
Everything that I've got
is just what I've got on..
I ain't got a dime,
but what I got is mine..
Amarillo by morning,
Amarillo's where I'll be-
George Strait

Albuquerque, New Mexico is the largest city in New Mexico and owes its explosive growth to the economic boom that Route 66 brought to it during the golden age of the Mother Road. In 1946 Albuquerque had a population of 35,449 and every tourist accommodation possible.

Route 66 through the city is Central Avenue and it is lined with the bright neon lights of any "motel row" of the era.

Photo by Andrew 2010
Today the Route 66 visitor can see the architecture of the time periods that Route 66 represents. Motor courts from the 30s and 40s exist side by side with the motels of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Cafes and old gas stations remind the traveler that he is passing through a city with a rich road history. Albuquerque is an old town too. It was founded in 1706 along the banks of the Rio Grande River. Its old town plaza still speaks to us of its Spanish heritage. In 1881 the Santa Fe Railroad reached Albuquerque. With the coming of Route 66 its economic future was secure. Today both Interstate 40 and Interstate 25 intersect at Albuquerque.

Andrew and I stopped at Kelly's for lunch then on to Amarillo

The Jone's Motor Company 1939
Kelly's Brew Pub picture by Andrew 2010
Kelly's Brew Pub picture by Andrew 2010

Kelly's Brew Pub-The Old Jones Motor Company

In 1939 Ralph Jones had his new Ford dealership built in the new Streamline Moderne style, his building became one of the most modern facilities in the west at that time. The large curved front window allowed passing motorists a view the latest Ford automobiles. His motor company included a full service gas station. Built at the then eastern end of Albuquerque, his service station was one of the first encountered by west bound travelers. Location was everything! For the travelers with heavy loads Ralph put a canopy in the back so they could unload their cars in the shade before being worked on.

Jones Motor Company thrived on this corner of Route 66 for almost twenty years. In 1957 Jones Motor Company moved to a new location. The building became home to many businesses the next forty years from a moped shop to an army surplus store. In 1993 it was officially designated as a historic building. Janice and Dennis Bonfantine bought the old Jones Motor Company in 1999 and fell in love with the old building. They had plans for it too. Through their dedication to historic preservation they brought the Jones Motor Company building back to life for others to enjoy as Kellys Brewery. They gave a new generation of Route 66 travelers a glimpse of what life was like back on the Mother Road sixty years ago.

"On the road again".....that is Route 66 to Flagstaff AZ

On the road again
Just can't wait to get
on the road again
Goin places that I've
never been...

Heading down Route 66!

Like a band of gypsies
we go down the highway...

Willie Nelson
On The Road Again

We stopped in Flagstaff at Beaver Stret Brewery and Whistle Stop Cafe
Andrew at Beaver Street Brewery Flagstaff AZ

We checked into a new Drury Inn (really nice) near the college. Tomorrow "on the road again"

Saturday, March 20, 2010

And the 1967 Mustand proves it!

Postcard at The Red Feather Lodge where we stayed at The Grand Canyon. The cars are amazingly cool! Especially the 1967 Mustang just like the one I had!

Andrew at Hermits Rest Grand Canyon

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Hermits Rest at The Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon

The evening we went up to the Grand Canyon we saw this bird land in the tree and Andrew snapped the picture. It is one of my favorites.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Part of Growing up Brittingham was some of these people

A Day in the life of Mom

As long as I could remember Mom was ALWAYS up before us all each morning, perfectly dressed and working around the house. I remember sleeping on the couch on Cherry Street (which was my bedroom) and waking up to her ironing clothes in the dining room. She also had a wringer washer on the back porch/Marty's room in the summer time (it was a sleeping porch) where I helped her do the laundry (I loved to turn the wringer!) and then I helped Mom hang out the clothes on the clothes line in the back yard. Our house was ALWAYS perfectly clean, neat and nicely decorated. Mom loved furnitue, slip cover's, bedspreads she was always shopping the Sears, Montgomery Wards, Bellas Hess and Aldens catalogs for the new decor style. We also shopped at Ellis furniture store (she loved new furniture) to get new furniture made Mom happy.
To round up 6 kids to get ready for school was quite amazing with 1 bathroom. She would start with Barbara (Barbara always got up on her own) then Marty, then she would say "Marilyn and Kaye, one of you better get up now if you want to get in the bathroom! Then Galen (who hated getting up) and then Thurman. Then she would hand us each 25 cents for lunch (this was on Main Street) and out the door. I bet Mom collasped in a chair after we left!
When we arrived home after school all the laundry was neatly folded up and placed on the steps to go up stairs. We each had a step. The house was always clean and sometimes we had fresh baked cookies and pies.
Around 4:00 Mom would get ready to go to work (yes, work after working all day and she babysat everyday with Shelley-she loved having Shelley with her during the day) then her and Dad would go to the buildings to clean until about 8:00 and then they would go to the grocery stores to clean until 11:00 or 12:00 at night. Then the next day it started over again!

The Sneezing Baby Panda

This is so cute! Marty you must let Flora and Charley see the sneezing bear!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mom's Song

When I Get Where I'm Going lyrics

Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton

When I get where I'm going

On the far side of the sky

The first thing that I'm gonna do

Is spread my wings and fly

I'm gonna land beside a lion

And run my fingers through his mane

Or I might find out what it's like

To ride a drop of rain


Yeah when I get where I'm going

There'll be only happy tears

I will shed the sins and struggles

I have carried all these years

And I'll leave my heart wide open

I will love and have no fear

Yeah when I get where I'm going

Don't cry for me down here

I'm gonna walk with my grand daddy

And he'll match me step for step

And I'll tell him how I missed him

Every minute since he left

Then I'll hug his neck

[Repeat chorus]

So much pain and so much darkness

In this world we stumble through

All these questions I can't answer

So much work to do

But when I get where I'm going

And I see my maker's face

I'll stand forever in the light

Of his amazing grace

Yeah when I get where I'm going

There'll be only happy tears


I will love and have no fear

When I get where I'm going

Yeah when I get where I'm going

Monday, March 15, 2010

"A few of Mom's most favorite things"

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels

Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles

Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings

These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes

Silver white winters that melt into springs

These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites

When the bee stings

When I'm feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don't feel so bad...

Mom's Favorite Things....
Beautiful little house dresses
Always beautiful hair styles
New shoes
Neat clean house
New furniture
New Curtains
New Bedspreads
New Sheets
Cracker's and Milk
Divinity candy
Coconut meringue pie
Anytime she could go shopping
Spending time with me and my friends (especially Debbie) watching soap operas
Thrift stores
Simply jewelry
Pierced ear rings
Grand kids
The color red
Benny Hill show
The Golden Girls show
Steve Martin on Saturady Night Live
Chilan and Midnight
Cherry Mash candy bars
Her 6 Children

If anyone can think of anything else please add :-)

Mom's favorite song we played at her memorial service...Turn Turn Turn by The Byrds

"My Mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness and being. I may sometimes forget the words, but I always remember the song"

Mom used to say to me the Bible says-a time to plant a time to reap. She would say and it's true. Mom lived faithfully by a stong belief that there was a time for everything good or bad and that you had to have fortitude in this world to deal with whatever was tossed at you.

Words-adapted from The Bible, book of Ecclesiastes

Music-Pete Seeger
By: The Byrds

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)

There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)

And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die

A time to plant, a time to reap

A time to kill, a time to heal

A time to laugh, a time to weep

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)

There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)

And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to build up,a time to break down

A time to dance, a time to mourn

A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)

There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)

And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time of love, a time of hate

A time of war, a time of peace

A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)

There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)

And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose

A time to rend, a time to sew

A time for love, a time for hate

A time for peace, I swear it's not too late

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cemetery visit Thursday March 11, 2010

Marilyn, Me and Barbara visited the cemetery on the 2nd Anniversary of Mom's passing. We removed the Christmas flowers and decorated for Easter. Even with the extreme very cold winter, lots of snow and ice the cemetery and the Chrismas flowers were in pretty good shape.

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Valomilk Candy Bars One of the Brittingham's Favorites of the 50's & 60's at 20 for $1.00 That's how you buy candy bars for a family of 8!

The name VALOMILK DIP came from: V for real vanilla, ALO from marshmallow, MILK to describe it as creamy and DIP because it was hand dipped (hand made). The name for “The Original Flowing Center Candy Cup” was later shortened to VALOMILK. The original VALOMILK DIPS were two ounces in one large cup.  I remember in the 60's Valomilk offered money for the disks like the one's above. So many equaled $1.00, Marilyn and I saved them up and used the money to help pay for our gym clothes.

Remember Bunny Bread? That's what I said.....Bunny Bread!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

1976 Superstar Barbie Doll Commercial Full Length High Quality

Dad bought Shelley this doll in 1976 at Walmart. Marilyn still has the doll.

Remembering Mom

I am sadded with taking the time and  putting together a memory of Mom on her passing 2 years ago and not one person comments or wants to add their personal memories of Mom? Is everyone that busy?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

....ever wonder where Mom got 6 kids clothing and everything for our house? Well National Bellas Hess Catalog! As a homemaker with mail order credit, free shipping and those lovely chenille bedspreads, silk stockings, and everything she needed to keep the family and home dressed.

National Cloak & Suit was founded about 1888. About 1910 a reorganization brought about National Bellas Hess, into which Charles Williams stores were merged in late 1929. Bellas Hess survived until the late 1970s. At one time National Bellas Hess was one of the top five mail order companies in the country. In the 1960s it was mailing out over 25 million catalogues per year.

Bellas Hess was known for quality, a quick browse in the following catalogs will show they were more expensive than many of their competitors in the same time period.

This collection of four vintage catalogs represents a valuable reference to styles and fashion prices. Browse at your leisure, print out the pages for reference or use the many beautiful images in your next vintage craft project.