Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"That's What Friends Are For"

I am beginning to scan Andrew's baby and growing up pictures (ALL ONE MILLION OF THEM)! This picture hangs on my frig door. I smile every time I look at it ;-) This is 'TRUE" Friends. Andrew and Dustin remained friends through graduation in Blue Springs then drifted apart. They met each other in Mother's Day Out At age 3 or 4. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Bedroom Chest on Main Street

Since downsizing to a smaller space I often remember how we lived in a small space growing up. Our house was small but full of life and love! We only had 3 bedrooms, Mom and Dad's and 2 bedrooms upstairs. I am so thankful for this small space growing up because we got to spend so much time together and it was so special. The house lacked a lot of storage space built on a concrete slab and a 1 car attached garage.

 I remember there was a chest in Mom and Dad's bedroom, the top drawer had a pad lock on it. This drawer Dad kept his police gun, EVERYTIME he came home he dismantled his gun and placed it in the drawer and locked it. The next drawer was Mom's, the next drawer was Marty's and the bottom drawer Marilyn and I shared.

I remember Captain

In the fall of 1964 Dad, as Chief of Police got the Department a Police Dog. I remember petting Captain. He answered to commands and was friendly. He walked the "beat" as Dad called the Square Business. This was the first and last dog the Department had. Quite before it's time! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Where did Barbie come from?


Barbie History

Believe it or not, Barbie originally was a real person. Her name was Barbara (Barbie) Handler and her mother and father were Ruth and Elliot. In the early 1950's, Barbie's mother watched her and her girlfriends play with adult female dolls more than they did the baby dolls. Her mother knew it was just as important for young girls to imagine what it would be like to be grown up. Since most of the adult dolls available at that time were paper or cardboard, Barbie's mother decided to make a three-dimensional female adult doll. One that was lifelike enough to serve as an inspiration for little girl's dreams of the future. She took her ideas to the ad executives at the Mattel Corp., the company that she and Barbie's father had founded in the garage many years prior. The all male committee rejected the idea saying it would be too expensive and with little market appeal to the mass. She had gone on a trip to Europe and returned with a Lillie doll, modeled after a character in a German comic strip. She then spent lots of time designing a doll (Barbie) to resemble Lillie and even hired a clothing designer to make realistic clothes. The result was the Barbie Doll. Mattel finally agreed to back her efforts and Barbie debuted at theAmerican Toy Fair in New York City in 1959. Girls went wild over her and set a new sales record forMattel the very first year at 351,000 sold at $3.00 each. Since then the Barbie Doll's popularity has rarely waivered and today, with over one billion of her lookalikes sold, the product line is one of the most successful in the history of the toy industry. As you can see, Barbie was blonde with a pony tail, zebra-striped swimsuit, open toed shoes, sunglasses and earrings. Barbie had lots of accessories available. The silly buyers at the industry's annual Toy Fair in New York were not impressed but the little girls sure were! That's all it took to take the retailers by storm! Mattel was so swamped with orders that it took several years for supply to catch up with demand! And now you know the rest of the Barbie History.

Click here to see all of our Barbie Dolls!

In 1960 Dad took me to the Firestone store on the square in Nevada Mo and bought me the EXACT same Barbie! And an outfit of black stir-up stretch pants with orange fur coat and blue Barbie doll case (which Flora has now) My Barbie; I sold to the neighbor girl (Susan Helm) for $5.00 sometime in the early 60's, when I thought I had outgrown it! Little did I know the value of keeping her!

Friday, February 3, 2012

I still have this cookbook from Jr High Home Economics 1961

Mom and Dad gave me $5.00 to buy it! 

And 6 Kids! Thanks for the Memories Barbara!


A little house with three bedrooms, one bathroom and one car on the street.

A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat. 

In the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone,
And no need for recording things because someone was always home. 

We only had a living room where we would congregate... 

...unless it was at mealtime, where in the kitchen where we all ate. 

We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine,
When meeting as a family those two rooms would work out fine. 

(living room) (kitchen)

We only had one TV set, and channels maybe two,
But always there was one of them with something worth the view. 

For snacks we had potato chips that tasted like a chip,
And if you wanted flavor there was Lipton's onion dip. 

Store-bought snacks were rare because my mother liked to cook,
And nothing can compare to snacks in Betty Crocker's book.

Weekends were for family trips or staying home to play,
We all did things together -- even go to church to pray.

When we did our weekend trips depending on the weather,
Not one of us ever stayed at home--because we liked to be together. 

Sometimes we would separate to do things on our own,
But we knew where the others were without our own cell phone.

Then there were the movies with your favorite movie star,
And nothing can compare to watching movies in your car. 

Then there were the picnics at the peak of summer season,
Pack a lunch and find some trees and never need a reason. 

Get a baseball game together with all the friends you know,
Have real action playing ball -- and no game video. 

Remember when the doctor used to be the family friend,
And didn't need insurance or a lawyer to defend? 

The way that he took care of you or what he had to do,
Because he took an oath and strived to do the best for you.

Remember going to the store and shopping casually,
And when you went to pay for it you used your own money? 

Nothing that you had to swipe or punch in some amount,
Remember when the cashier person had to really count? 

The milkman used to go from door to door,
And it was just a few cents more than going to the store. 

There was a time when mailed letters came right to your door,
Without a lot of junk mail ads sent out by every store.

The mailman knew each house by name and knew where it was sent;
There were not loads of mail addressed to "present occupant." 

There was a time when just one glance was all that it would take,
And you would know the kind of car, the model and the make. 

They didn't look like turtles trying to squeeze out every mile;
They were streamlined, white walls, fins, and really had some style. 

One time the music that you played whenever you would jive,
Was from a vinyl, big-holed record called a forty-five. 

The record player had a post to keep them all in line,
And then the records would drop down and play one at a time. 

Oh sure, we had our problems then, just like we do today,
And always we were striving, trying for a better way.

Yup, I lived through most of this.....wish it was still the same.

Oh, the simple life we lived still seems like so much fun,
How can you explain a game, just kick the can and run? 

And boys who put baseball cards between bicycle spokes,
And for a nickel red machines had little bottled Cokes? 

This life seemed so much easier and slower in some ways,
I love the new technology but I sure do miss those days.

So time moves on and so do we, and nothing stays the same,
But I sure love to reminisce and walk down memory lane.
Always say what's in your heart....tomorrow may never come and you may not get a second chance.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Thanks for the Memories!

----- Original Message -----
Subject: FW: WE ARE AWESOME!!!
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,
To Those of Us Born
1925 - 1970 :
1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who may have
smoked and/or drank
 while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can
and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies
in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.
Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day
was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle,
and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight.
Because we were always outside playing...that's why!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day.
--And, we were OKAY.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill; only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.
and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents. 

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.
We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and
 - although we were told it would happen-
we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.
Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers,problem solvers, and inventors ever.
The past to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation
and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of those born between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!