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!!!
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


"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?


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!


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


*  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!

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

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!


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! ♫


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!


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


* 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.


* 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!


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!
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!  🌼

My thanks goes out to:
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!
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.
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. 
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!

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' !   

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:
Yahoo images
O. Henry (author)


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! 💖

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gather Around The Fish

~ Illustration by Chloe * 1st Grade * Kearney, Missouri

Today I am exalted!  It is a cool, crisp, winter's day at 43°, and I have managed to get some things accomplished before day's end.  However, I will check my thermometer later, and we'll see if it has changed any, once my post is done.   Sometimes it takes me a few days to complete a post, even with prior research and notes, and, we could be back in the 70's, lol!  

***  I do want to welcome you all, and extend New Year's salutations your way, once again.  It appears as though the celebrations were successfully launched on the eve.  There were a lot of fireworks going off in my area, but, I chose to stay in and watch TV while I ate my Hoppin' John.

~photo by Suzanne * 12-31-16

 * * *
And, now you ask, "Why did you call this meeting?"  Well, I learned something new during the Christmas season.  A custom that has been around for many years, came across my desk at the KardKorner, and I was challenged to do a bit of  research on it.

Yes!  It is "The Feast of the Seven Fishes", also known as "La Viglia"!  I know you all probably beat me to the punch, and already know this...it's been a Christmas Eve celebration of the Italian-Americans since the early 1900's.

In Southern Italy, this celebration is known as 'Viglia di Natale' for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus.   Actually, Christmas Eve is a fasting day, dating from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat certain times of the year.  However, there is no such feast noted on the Roman Catholic calendar. 
 One or two types of fish are prepared 7 ways, or, seven different fish are prepared, or up to nine or more different fish or dishes are prepared in order to discourage the eating of red meat until Christmas day.   The Italian-Americans believed that the tradition would encourage the families to feel more rooted and connected to the sea, and, to Italy.  I can sense the happiness and joy of sharing this feast with family and friends, laughing an reliving older times!

~ Italian Immigrants

Some say the adoption of the number seven is derived from different Catholic symbols:
1.  The 7 Sacraments
2.  7 Days of Creation
3.  7 Deadly Sins

*So how did they  come up with the term "Feast of Seven Fishes"?   Well, that's what I'm here for!  It seems as though, (one tale) it started with a fisherman who couldn't catch any fish!  Then, one day a fish came up to him, and, somehow 7 types of fish were caught that day!

*** I don't buy this story! 

Well then...how about this one?  Rizzi DeFabo, restaurateur of Rizzi's Malabar Inn, in Crabtree, Pennsylvania says, "Some say the term came from the 7 hills of Rome, or the 7 Winds of Italy, or the 7 Wonders of the World."   DeFabo also stated that, "The Northern Italians don't really know about this custom.  It's from Naples on down."  

~ Rizzi's Malabar Inn, since 1935

~ Rizzi DeFabo

Here is DeFabo now!  The restaurant serves smelt, calamari, shrimp, eel and baccala three different ways -- stewed, in a salad, and, deep-fried. It is accompanied by spaghetti with raisins, walnuts and breadcrumbs with garlic and oil. His grandmother always made cauliflower battered and deep fried. The signature dessert is panettone, a holiday cake.
DeFabo considers baccala, which is dried cod, the most popular holiday fish.

* This is some great & delicious looking food, isn't it!

"No expense is spared to buy the fish for Christmas Eve," DeFabo says. In over 85 years, his own family has been host for 32 or more family members for the traditional Christmas Eve dinner at their home near the restaurant.  Family togetherness is important, DeFabo says, if you want to follow the popular Italian saying "Natale con I tuoi; Pasqua conchi vuoi," which means "Christmas with your family; Easter with whomever you wish."

* An Italian family celebration

Here are some of the popular dishes for the Feast:

* Octopus Salad * Hey!  I have tried that one...it's a bit chewy!
* Deep fried shrimp * Yum!
* Cod Fish balls in tomato sauce * sounds good!
* Stuffed, baked Lobsters * I bet this is to die for!
* Linguine with Anchovy, Clam, Lobster, Tuna or Crab Sauce * Yes!
* Shrimp Cocktail * You bet!
* Deep Fried Cod * Can do!

What do you think?  It all sounds good to me, and I'm considering this feast for my next Christmas Eve meal (of course, I'll probably be the only one eating it too, lol).  Not all of my family members are fond of all of these dishes, but, we'll see!

*** Many thanks to all of you for stopping by today.  I hope you will step in and say hello!  I look forward to seeing you all during the year, and, maybe some of you shy ones will step up and give us all a shout out! 🐟

I also want to thank my resources for helping me with this post:
 Yahoo images
Rizzi DeFabo

***  I am extending a special thank you to my mom, for the inspiration leading up to this post.
 *** And, a great thank you to my featured artist Chloe for her beautiful fish drawing!

Soooo...as I said at the beginning of my post, "It is a cool, crisp 43° today."  Well, dear readers,  life sometimes jumps in, and I had to put this post on hold for a few days, (about 1 week).  Upon its completion, I am looking at temperatures of 74° today!  Go figure!!!  It's a beautiful springlike day in January, 2017!

"Good things come to those who bait!"  Honestly, I don't know who said that, haha!