Sunday, September 10, 2017

An Artsy Gathering!

* Roses art by Shawn, 2nd Grade * May 2017 * 

Sometimes, in the midst of our busy lives we just have to take a break.  We clear our heads, and, envision ourselves wandering through a more passive and serene environment.

Every year, my community hosts an art show featuring various artists from around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  This year's "Art In The City", Gallery Night took place on Saturday, and, was located at what was formerly our city Library.  It's okay...our library moved to another area of the city several years ago, in a more central location.

I was pretty "up" for this event, since I have a huge appreciation for any form of art!  If you're ready, I can show you a little of the art that was offered!๐Ÿ’

Art by Brenda Stolwyk

I apologize for cutting off the name of this lovely piece with my camera, and, of course, I can't remember what it is called!  This artist has a passion for the outdoors and 'Aurora Borealis' type settings.  She is a 2-time, 1st place winner of the American Airlines On My Own Time Art Show.  Brenda does her work with acrylic paints and prismacolor. pencils.

Below is Brenda's display at the show:


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Here we have a piece by Doris Mobley

   Ms Mobley came across this abandoned van one day, took a photograph of it, then painted it.  She added bits and pieces of fun signs and trash which gave this old van a story of its own!
  I really liked this one.  Doris teaches an art class every Monday, and I may just start going!  

 Some of her works of art are characteristic of  popular folk art!  Ms. Mobley says, "As an artist we never stop learning.  There is always something new to try."  I really enjoyed visiting with this artist and browsing through her collection.


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As a special exhibit, a collection of the local Senior Citizens art was also on display.  How impressive their pieces are!  They attend art classes at the Senior Center, and just enjoy expressing themselves!  Below are some of their gallery works.  



Isn't this amazing!  Great job, Seniors!  They should be proud!

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Well that wraps it up for the "Art In The City" show.  There was artwork from 14 different artists, and, I enjoyed browsing through the different exhibits.  I met a few of the artists, who were more than happy to visit and share some of their experiences. There was a wood work display of hand carved bowls and other items, and, also a photography exhibit.  They did serve refreshments later in the afternoon, but, I was off on another adventure by that time.

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Thank you to the city of Haltom City, Texas, its Mayor, and City Officials
Thank you to all supporters, the citizens of Haltom City
The Haltom City Public Library
Thank you to all of the participating artists, 
who gave me permission to take photographs of their work.
including the Senior Citizens Center
And, thank you to the volunteers for the event.
* All of the above photographs were taken by Suzanne at the event *
September 9, 2017

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Last week, the elementary school that my grandson, "Scootie" attends, reached out to the parents to donate supplies and dry goods for distribution to the various churches and shelters for the families that have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey.  My heart still cries to think of the horrendous situation that brought so much devastation to these people.  And, we are now in another tragic situation with Hurricane Irma, and the  terrifying wildfires that are ripping across other parts of the nation.

I am proud of our kind citizens who have rendered so much assistance during this difficult time for so many in need!  We all know that the damage from these disasters will be extensive!  I believe we can be ready to help in any way we can.  ANY kind gesture is going to be appreciated!  


* photo by Suzanne * September 4, 2017


* We're sending prayers and best wishes out to our friends, and, to the families who are affected by the disastrous events that we are experiencing!

*** One of my blogmates, who is also a good friend, evacuated from his home with his family in Florida, and, hopefully they have remained safe during this time.

Prayers and best wishes for a safe journey home, Shady Del Knight and family!


*** I want to thank you all for coming by.  Please stop in and say hello if you get the chance.  I welcome any comments, or you can let me know if you enjoyed your visit by checking a reaction at the bottom of my post.  Come by any time!

Have a great week, and be safe.  I will see you next time! ♥

*** Let's all take a moment of silence in prayer tomorrow in remembrance of 9/11 *** ๐Ÿ—ฝ

Thank you Shawn for your wonderful Rose painting ♥

"Art is anything you can get away with."
~Andy Warhol

  * photo taken by Suzanne at the
Museum of Modern Art * Fort Worth, Texas
2-21-16




Saturday, July 29, 2017

"Ordering Up a Little Mexican!"





* Illustration by Andy Ward * Story by Jeff Siegel
~from Texas Journey magazine

Here we are once again, at the KardKorner, where the order of things is not in any particular order!  We simply discuss and enjoy any subject that comes to mind.

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Today, we're serving up a bit of news regarding the controversy between "Authentic Mexican" foods and "Tex-Mex" foods.  I receive the Texas Journey magazine every month or so, and it's always loaded with fun sites to see in your travels, and, good foods to eat.  The July/August issue even posted a fascinating article about the Norman Petty Recording Studios and museum in Clovis, New Mexico, honoring the late Buddy Holly.  Hopefully, one day, I can visit this cool city and browse through the museum while listening to his music and gazing at the memorabilia.

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As I scanned through the various articles, my eye caught a bright, kind of slimy looking cartoon of what I perceive to be a burrito.  The illustration is shown above, and, the article is entitled "The Whole Enchilada", by Jeff Siegel.   I found this story to be a delightful defense mechanism for "Tex-Mex" foods, confirming my real confusions about the difference between "Authentic" and "Tex-Mex".  I eat Mexican food a lot from various restaurants, and I fix it at home, also.  Is my Mexican food considered authentic?  Probably not!
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*  Yum...what's this?

* My Taco Salad * June 23, 2017 * photo by Suzanne

As you can see, I used items purchased from my local grocery store, even though I cooked the taco meat and prepared the salad myself.  OOPS!  I forgot to hide the flour tortillas from my photo, which can only mean I did not make them from scratch.  And, Pace Picante sauce?  Well, honestly, it's a staple in my house!  I'm guessing then, that my taco salad is of the "Tex-Mex" variety!



Having moved to Texas from Chicago years ago, where he exclaims, "The only taco I'd ever seen came from a box in the grocery store", Jeff shares this sentiment in his article:  "Not only did those first Tex-Mex meals give me great pleasure, but they introduced me to flavors and ingredients I didn't know existed.  I discovered cumin, coriander, chile powder-and salsa."
You go, Jeff!

Now, I moved to Texas from Kansas City years ago also, and, although I remember Mexican restaurants all through my life, I only discovered a few years ago that my mother is not a fan of Mexican foods, so, I guess that's why we did not eat out at Mexican restaurants while I was growing up.  After I left home to be on my own, somewhere in the late 1960's, Taco Bell came to Kansas City!  Taco Bell offered the most affordable Mexican food, and, I lived on it at $.19 per taco!  I was happy to see 'The Bell' in Texas when I arrived, where I saw my first burrito...who knew they were flour tortillas wrapped around mushy beans, with a little cheese? lol!  Well, all kidding aside, I must confess, I still whip through a Taco Bell line, and pick up some tacos and a taco salad from time to time!  But, NO burritos, please!


* photo by Suzanne * Haltom City, Texas

Jeff Siegel, in his article, states that many folks see Tex-Mex as "inauthentic"  Mexican food. He says one expert at Mexican cuisine views Tex-Mex as watered-down Mexican cooking!  One of Jeff's own Texan friends admits that he doesn't have any favorite Tex-Mex restaurants.  According to the friend, "It's nothing but grease smothered with rubber cheese!"

Hey!  I resemble that remark!


* King Ranch Chicken casserole, prepared by Suzanne
 * photo by Suzanne

King Ranch chicken is one of my favorite Mexican dishes.  I did fix it myself with fresh ingredients, cooking the chicken, cutting up onion, garlic and olives.  I even stir in cumin and drop fresh Cilantro leaves on top!  I  know, I know...I used Doritos to layer it, packaged shredded cheese and canned green chiles to put this scrumptious meal together.   And, oh-again, with the Pace Picante sauce!
 But...YUM!  I don't get complaints!


* LOL*
Cute, huh!

* Tex-Mex food, as defined in Wikipedia, is a fusion of United States cuisine and Mexican cuisines, deriving from the culinary creations of Tejanos.  It is most popular in Texas. *

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Jeff admits he has been served a few greasy, plastic-cheese-topped enchiladas with orange Minute Rice and canned refried beans! I can attest to his experiences by saying that I have had some pretty sleazy guacamole, also, in my day!  You know...the pale green, without substance guacamole that doesn't appear to have real avacado in it!  Is there such a thing as fake avacados?

NOW WAIT JUST A MINUTE!!!  NO JOKE...IT'S REALLY ME!

Well, to prove a point...anyone's point, regarding Tex-Mex vs Authentic Mexican cuisines, I conducted a short survey to collect opinions on the subject!  Yes, I did!

I asked 8 people to participate in my survey, and I got 7 really great responders!  My subjects live in several different states, and vary in ages from 13 to 70!  

*Thank you all very much...I love your answers, and appreciate your help!

1.  7 out of 7 people said they do like Tex-Mex food! ๐Ÿ˜‹

2.  Everyone agrees that there are Tex-Mex restaurants in their area. ๐ŸŒฎ

3.  I found that the most popular Tex-Mex food item is Enchiladas (4 out of 7), followed by, tacos (3 out of 7).  Other favorites include Nachos, Fajitas, Huevos Rancheros, and, on the healthier side,  one person only prefers (for Tex-Mex) a dish of black beans, pintos, and tomatoes, as long as the recipe doesn't contain fatty, unhealthy ingredients. ๐Ÿ…

4.  Most of my subjects will eat Tex-Mex at least once or twice a month, possibly even weekly.  However, one subject confesses to having Tex-Mex about once every 3 to 5 years! ๐Ÿ˜

5.  One of my subjects does not eat Tex-Mex prepared at home, whereas 3 subjects do.  Three of my subjects say that their Mexican dishes prepared at home are actually Authentic Mexican dishes!  In fact, I have eaten some of the authentic Mexican dishes from one of the homes, and, I have to say, it's unbeatable! ๐Ÿ‘



*  Other Mexican dishes prepared at home by Suzanne and Rusty

We have (upper left) Deb Wise's 'Mix Up Tamale Pie" from Southern Living Magazine (looks pretty wicked) * (upper right), Red Pozole from "Mexico in My Kitchen" *  bottom left, fresh Cilantro and Coriander seeds from my kitchen * Corn and Black Bean Salsa, which according to the  Nutrition Twins, boasts a bundle of nutrients with its combo of beans, corn, onion, cilantro, and tomato."

So, my dear readers, looks like it's "curtains" for this post!   In conclusion, I believe that if you raise the peppers, tomatoes and Mexican herbs yourself to use in your Mexican dishes-make your own salsa and tortillas...then, you are entitled to dub your dishes as "Authentic"!   I sincerely hope you enjoyed this information as much as I enjoyed putting it together!   I apologize for the length...you know how us 'long-winded' folks can go on.  Thank you so much for coming by!
Please stop in and say hello!

 I really must thank:
Texas Journey (magazine for AAA members)
Jeff Siegel, for his wonderful article "The Whole Enchilada"
Andy Ward for the illustration on the article
Wikipedia
Google and Yahoo images
Blogger
photos by Suzanne
Foods shown were prepared by Suzanne and Rusty
A HUGE thank you to my subjects for your help!

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OH NO!  What's this? 

* photo by Suzanne * July 23,2017 * Haltom City, TX
Chuy's Mexican Restaurant

* Years ago the building above was a steakhouse, but I can't remember the name of it, lol!  Now, it is a Mexican restaurant, and, they opted to leave the Hereford cow on the building for 'old time's sake'.  It's really cool, but, the restaurant leaves much to desire!  I will say no more!

We're rocking at 96° here in the Lone State, with a real feel of 111°-hope you all are staying cool, wherever you may be!  Wishing you good health, love and joy!

* See you next time!


*That's my story and I'm sticking to it!"


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trails with Tales!


~ Chisholm Trail Mural * Sundance Square * Fort Worth, Texas
photo by Suzanne, April 22, 2017

Isn't this a fantastic wall mural!  I think it stands about 3 stories high, boasting a 3-dimensional effect on a flat surface.   Each time I visit downtown Fort Worth, I come to this spot and gaze fondly at it.   Oh, not because I'm a trailblazer or a real Cowgirl, but it is such an awesome scene, begging to be talked about!  And, here is 'yours truly', with a bit of a tale!



Paying homage to the legendary cattle drives of the late 19th century, this jaw-dropping mural was painted by Richard Haas in 1985.  It is located on the south faรงade of the Jett Building in the heart of Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas.

*** By the way, it is said that Sundance Square was originally dubbed as "Hell's Half Acre".  Well then, it seems as tho the Sundance Kid himself was known to frequent the establishments for spirits and entertainment, later deeming it to be renamed to "Sundance Square".

* Below is a picture of the Jett Building prior to the Chisholm Trail painting.
* Yahoo Images


The Jett Building, constructed in 1902, had housed the Northern Texas Traction Company years ago, as the Interurban Railway with service to Dallas and Cleburne.  Ticketing was on the first floor, with offices on the second floor.  If the conductors needed to spend the night, the building offered a bunk house on the top floor.  Coping with the competition of the up and coming busing service, the NTTC moved to the Sinclair building in 1930, running its last route on Christmas Eve of 1934.  After the move, the Jett building was host to a candy factory, and, is rumored to have had a brothel up on the top floor...hmmm!  It seems also around that time, and during the late 1940's, there was a title company and the U. S. Sandwich Shop in the building.  After that, the building was vacant for a long time during the late 1970's.

There were some partial restorations to the building in the late 1980's, and, eventually, in 2013, it was fully restored, becoming a welcome site to Sundance Square!  To the south of the building, the area was opened up in order to add a plaza and an office building to its west.  Consequently, the mural was also restored at this time, and the building was renamed The Mural Building.

But WAIT...is that all there is to this story?  Just a building that got old and decrepit looking?  Someone cleaned it up? And a wonderful artist just happened by and painted a beautiful mural on it?  NO WAY ARE WE GOING TO GET OFF THAT EASY!!!

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Legend has it that the Jett building may be haunted!  (I had to brew myself a small pot of coffee at this point)!  ☕

Within a six year period, several restaurants had opened up and then left the building.  A former owner exclaimed, "It was the ghosts!"  There were drafts reported in areas where there were no open windows, phantom sounds of someone coming up the stairs, and flickering lights.


~ from Yahoo Images

Quite a few employees have quit after seeing apparitions or experiencing odd events such as 'a feeling of being watched', machines turning on by themselves, the sounds of high heels walking across unoccupied upstairs floors, and cries of someone possibly needing help.

* A bartender, closing up on a Halloween night, saw a phantom woman in the mirror.

~from Yahoo Images

There are strange chills in the basement, and, the spirit of a cowboy dressed in black has also been reported as a presence in the basement.


~from Yahoo Images

I would say that it is 'safe to say', that this is quite an historic site!  What do you think?  And, by the way, I must give a commendation for the incredible vision of the Chisholm Trail cattle drive in the late 1800's, transformed by Richard Haas onto the architecture of this once forlorn, and now renowned building!

* Richard Haas is from Spring Green, WI., and, his public work spans throughout the US for at least  35 years.  The only European mural by Mr. Haas has been in Munich and he is ranked among the world-best artists by the Artists Trade Union of Russia!  To Richard, buildings are not just a backdrop.  In his art he finds a way to bring an exterior faรงade to life by transforming an historical 'eyesore' into a captivating storytelling arena!

I do have one other example of Richard Haas' work to show you.  It is so remarkable!  Below is the Boston Architectural Center, 1977.  It is the first to be 'carved' into a wall with intentions of simulating an 18th century architectural painting.



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Well, my dearest readers, it is time for me to sashay on out of here, and tend to the hamburger stew I've got brewing on the stove!  I hope you enjoyed our short study of one of the miracles of downtown Fort Worth!  When I first moved to Texas in 1971, this downtown was in a steady decline.  I love old decrepit buildings, but, I am proud to report that during my years in the area, Cowtown is doing a fantastic job of restoring the city, and keeping its history alive!

And, this little guy will vouch for it!
  Oh, he's okay, just basking in the 'ambience' of the city!

* Scootie *
~photo by Suzanne * May 1, 2017 * Downtown Fort Worth,Texas 

Gotta give thanks to:
Fort Worth, Texas/Sundance Square
Yahoo Images
Blogger
Google
Wikipedia
fortwortharchitecture.com
waymarking.com
hometownbyhandlebar.com
ssqmgmt.com
flickr.com
dfwcbslocal.com
richardhaas.com

***  Many thanks to all of you who have come by for a visit.  Please step inside and say hello if you get the chance...don't be shy!  You are welcome to visit anytime!

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!  Have a joyful and safe celebration!
See you all next time!

I love you Mom!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Free-Lance into Spring!

~1953 Plymouth *  courtesy of Yahoo images

You all didn't know I was a Mopar girl, did you, lol!  Well, since we're jumping into the Spring season, with exuberance and delight, I thought I would bring 'er out of the shed, roll all of the windows down, and get her going for old times sake!   Actually, this is only a replica of my first car...when I was a senior in High School, my mother bought a car identical to this one, with no radio, and very little heat in the winter!  But, what a "SWEET" ride!!!
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So, why all the hype about Spring?  I'll tell you why!  Spring brings out the child in adults, and the bounce in children!  Spring promises fresh air, green grass, and, renewed motivation to get up and get out!  We start looking for birds, blossoms, and the ICE CREAM MAN!

~ photo by Suzanne * Late February 2017

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"Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush."
~Doug Larson


* photo, courtesy of Yahoo images

*So, I'm thinking that whoever you are, and, wherever you are...you can turn any situation into a Spring day!  Am I right?

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On April Fool's Day, my little Scootie and I stumbled across a Classic Car show being held at the high school parking lot in our town.  Well...actually, we planned to go, since I love to look at classic cars, and Scootie loves "bounce houses"!


* Scootie's head poking up over the top of the Bounce House *
April 1, 2017 * photo by Suzanne

There were a lot of classic cars on display, but, alas, I didn't see any Plymouth Barracudas or
Roadrunners on the lot!

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* Here we have a 1949 Studebaker Commander
These cars were so cool back in the day!

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*  This "cherry" little Ford comes to us with 3 deuces * SWEET!
I didn't get a chance to check out the transmission on this car...I was being pulled away to the concession stand!

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Along the way, we passed this row of fine, bright Hot Rods and classic pickup trucks



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Then, we were corralled into a small petting zoo with lots of goats, little horses,
and a Llama.  Scootie was reluctant to pet any of the animals, but I finally coerced him into petting the Llama.  This animal was statuesque, and very calm in its surrounding,
 with a large hog parked next to it!



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NOW we're talkin!  I was in my element as we browsed, listening to the classic sounds of
"The Tonemasters"!  This is a pretty good band, if you like classic rock and a little bit of country!
I caught myself tapping a foot or two and singing along, while Scootie was jumping in another bounce house next to the band! ♫



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Concessions items were a bit costly, and, Scootie opted for a Kona Ice, aka snow cone at $3.00 a pop!  Later, we came across a booth giving away bags of popcorn at no cost!



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* I'm not sure, but, I believe this is a 1964 Stingray without the split back window.

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* And a pretty "BOSS" Camaro convertible *


At about 1:30, the day began winding down with the door prizes, free bicycles for children's art contest winners, and the classic auto car winners.  This event is the annual Carfest which is a fundraiser in Haltom City, Texas to help fund the "Back To School Health Fair"  for the children in the city.  The Health Fair donates school supplies and free backpacks to children for back to school.

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* This great group of kids are known as the Haltom High School "Drumline" .
They played a few numbers, and, Scootie was really impressed!
  These kids were very good!

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It was a very windy day, but, a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon.   The rain came later on in the early evening, so we made good time getting home before the storm!
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Thank you all for coming by and taking a short stroll with me and Scootie!  Please stop in and say hello if you get the chance.  Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.  I see that some of you are still getting snow, ice and cold rain...I  promise to work on sending more Springlike weather your way!  ๐ŸŒผ

My thanks goes out to:
Google
Blogger
Yahoo images
*** all photos taken by me, unless otherwise noted ***

* Hi Mom!


* courtesy of yahoo images


Loving, Laughing, Sharing...that's what we call it!  Be safe!  See you next time!


Monday, February 13, 2017

For the Love of Love!


How many ways do we show love?  Well, that's a question that requires not much thinking, right?  Because when one is in love, he or she CAN'T think clearly!  We jump into a frying pan and stir up ways to please the one we love, and, we worry about making that person happy with our offerings.

Are we very clear on the subject of love...knowing its true meaning?  Well, I'm not an expert on the subject, but, I have been known to love!  Of course, there's my "White Knight" on a horse, just waiting to rescue me from the perils of loneliness, lol!
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Hey!  I said "White Knight", not unshaven  "cowpoke"!  What are you doing here, Elvis!?!  I mean, couldn't you have at least cleaned up before you made an "unannounced visit"!

~Elvis Presely in 1969 film Charro
The only time Presley ever appeared in a film, bearded!

So...where were we?  Oh, yes! (actually, that was a very pleasant interruption, wasn't it?)  As we all know, there are many kinds of love.  I can't even begin to list all of the facts, meanings and, kinds of love that exist.  From Philosophers, to Biologists, Proverbs, and Psychologists...take your pick, you will find some interesting information!

*  Love can be  *
*  to be delighted by the happiness of another
*  a condition of absolute value
*  unconditional selflessness

Other examples are:

* Interpersonal Love - a feeling of warm, personal attachment, such as love for a family member.
* Impersonal Love - loving an object or a goal to which we are committed.  "I love music."
* Unrequited Love - this is when the one who is loved, does not return the love.  A lot of times, the recipient is not even aware of the other's feelings.  I think many of us have been in this scenario before, and it can be sad and stressful.  However, sometimes it is a blessing that the recipient is not aware of the feelings of another, making it easier for that person to move on.
*  And, then there is  Love of sexual passion or desire

For Valentine's Day, I dug deep into my mind's eye for a favorite, short, love story!  And, guess what I found?  Actually, it is a Christmas story, but, love is love anytime of the year, isn't it?

I'm taking us back to around 1905, New York City, where author O. Henry is allegedly sitting in Pete's Tavern.  He wrote a Christmas story about a poor married couple, barely able to make ends meet, but, are determined to give each other something special for Christmas.
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The young wife, Della is sad and tearful, that after paying bills, she only has $1.87 left to spend on a Christmas gift for her husband Jim.  She believes, that after all of his hard work for a meager $20.00 per week, Jim deserves a more worthy gift, than what $1.87 could buy!


After having a good cry, Della wiped her eyes, and dabbed a bit of powder on her cheeks.  For some moments she thought more about how she had saved every penny she could, and wanted to do something special for Jim.  Then, Della just happened to glance at her image in the pier-glass between the windows of the room, when the idea came to her.   

With tears in her eyes, she threw on her old brown jacket, and old brown hat, then whisked out the door and into the street.

Della ran into Madame Sofronie's Hair Goods shop, and asked, "Will you buy my hair?"  And, Madame replied, "I do buy hair.  Take yer hat off and let's have a sight at the looks of it."  With that, down rippled the brown cascade of Dell's prized hair.  "Twenty dollars.", Madame said as she lifted the mass of hair with a practised hand.  "Give it to me quick," said Della.


Two hours later, on what O. Henry describes as having "tripped by on rosy wings," Della finally found the gift that had been made for Jim and no one else.  It was a platinum fob chain simple and chaste in design, so worthy of the grand watch Jim looked at on the sly because of the old leather strap that he used in place of a chain.  Della paid the $21.00 for the chain and went home with the remaining 87 cents in her purse. 
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When she heard her husband at the door, after his day at work,  Della's heart sank in fear that Jim may not think her pretty anymore.  Little did she know that he had been through a similar experience just that day.  His expression as he looked at her, terrified her-not of anger, nor horror, or any sentiment that she could read.  He simply stared at her with that peculiar expression on his face.  "Jim, darling," she cried, "don't look at me that way.  I had my hair cut off and sold because I couldn't have lived through Christmas without giving you a present."

Then, after a few seconds, Jim took a package from his overcoat pocket and threw it on the table.  He assured Della that a haircut could not make him like his girl any less, and asked her to open the package.

Oh, the outpouring of emotion was incredible!  Screams of joy, hysterical tears and wails, for the beautiful tortoise shell combs with jeweled rims that she had yearned for, having adored them from a shop window.  Looking up at Jim through dim eyes, Della said, "My hair grows so fast, Jim!"  And, with that, handed him the beautiful present she had bought for him.  "Hand me your watch.  I want to see how it looks on it."  Jim sat down on the couch and smiled.


And, the rest we know...the young couple agreed to put their Christmas presents away for the time being.  You see, Jim had sold his prized watch to get the money for the combs!



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Now, is that one great love story, or what?  To sacrifice your most prized possession for the "love of love", and, to delight unselfishly in the happiness of the one you love, is a...well, I can't really explain it, but, to say it is a 'blessedness' !   

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I so hope you enjoyed this Christmas story for Valentine's Day!  I believe we've all experienced that type of love at some time in our lives as teens, young adults, and, older adults.  And, I also believe that there is a true love for each of us at some time in our lives! Most of the time we don't even have to look for it!

And, now, it's time to thank:
Wikipedia
Yahoo images
Blogger
Google
Dictionary.com
O. Henry (author)
Elvis

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Ok, ok...Here he is folks!  Our "White Knight" is all cleaned up!
I'm so glad you could make it Elvis!
"Uh, Thank ya...thank you very much.  I just wanna say one thing!"
"All the Stars will tell the story of our love and all its glory...
Let us make this night of magic, and make it a night of Love!"
~Elvis Presley, surrender

♥ And, I want to thank all of you, my dear readers for coming by today.  I hope you've got something special planned for the one (s) you love.  Me?  Well, I believe my little grandson and his dad will be my escorts for a nice dinner and some cake later!  ♥

Happy Valentine's Day to you all with hugs from Fort Worth, Texas!  If you get the chance, drop in and say hello!  I'm always happy to see you!  Take care and be safe!
See you next time! ๐Ÿ’–