Friday, April 20, 2018

A Mother's Joy -Postcard Friendship Friday #404



My children are continually a joy to me.  I am so proud of them, now that they're grown.  And I am SO grateful for the memories I have of our kids when they were little.  I miss the days when they were small.

I remember what my own sweet Mumsie told me.  She said when I was born, there was a love in her heart which was greater and more different than any she'd ever experienced before...and that love was for me.

She had six of us, yet each of us knew we were first in her heart.  There were never any favorites.  She loved us dearly and differently.  Each of us had our Mother's love in a way which was all encompassing and all our own.  How blessed I am to have such a wonderful Mom.

I have many friends who do not have that kind of love from their Mothers, and others who's Mothers are in heaven...Mom has taken each of these dear ones to her heart.  They have become my dear sisters...what a blessing!

May God cover your heart with warmth and sunshine, dear Friends.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Happy Birthday, my Beloved


Happy Birthday, my Beloved.  You would have been 75 today, and we would have been married 35 years.  I pray you know how much I love you still...

Friday, April 13, 2018

Something to Blame -Postcard Friendship Friday #403


I was happily married for 31 years, and would do it all over again.  SO--I don't need the excuse this funny, clever postcard offers--neither did my Beloved.  LOL Of course our anniversary fell on the 14th...

My husband used to head a "phobialogologist club."  He collected all kinds of phobia words.  LOL  Did you know some people are so afraid of the number 13, they have a condition known as paraskevidekatriaphobia.  Lots of people avoid doing much on Friday the 13th because of its reputation of being a day of bad luck and accidents.   Many high-rise buildings, hotels and hospitals don’t have 13th floors and many airports don’t have gates numbered 13.

We really don't know why this day is believed to be unlucky.  Some think it began with the code of Hammurabi, a collection of legal decisions made by Hammurabi during his reign as king of Babylon in 1729 B.C.E.  These laws were numbered from 1-282, but the numbers 13, 66 and 99 were missing.

Other historians believe the day's reputation originated with ancient Sumerians, who considered the No. 12 “perfect” and the number which followed it imperfect.  Some say its reputation was established on Friday the 13th in October 1307 when France’s King Philip IV arrested hundreds of Knights Templar, then tortured and burned them at the stake.

I am not one for being frightened, or superstitious about this day, but there are plenty of others who are.  SO--lots of blessing and good luck to you today and happy Postcard Friendship Friday!!!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

April Birthday Greetings -Postcard Friendship Friday #402



Hello, sweet Friends.  I thought this was the sweetest old postcard--just perfect for today.  As a small girl, I would have dearly loved to have worm this daffodil dress with matching umbrella.  It must be a warm rain because this little flower girl isn't wearing a sweater.

It is chilly and is raining hard today--a typical Springtime morning here in Oregon.  Tomorrow we are expecting a windstorm.  I am such a kid, I love storms, as long as people and property are not harmed.  It is especially fun when the electricity goes out.  I have a wood stove and candles for warmth and light. One can always hope.  (smile)

I hope you have a wonderful day today, dear Friends!  Have a lovely weekend and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy April Fool's Day -Postcard Friendship Friday #401


I am sure in the past April Fool's Day has fallen on the day we celebrate Easter, but I have no memory of it.

In deference to Easter, I am posting two entries for Postcard Friendship Friday.  I love April Fool's Day and it was my Grandfather's birthday.  He loved to play tricks on us that special day.  I will always treasure those childhood memories.  I hope you experienced laughter and happiness on this rather nefarious holiday.

Thank you for dropping by.  A mischievous April Fool's Day to you and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday to you!

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A Joyful Eastertide -Postcard Friendship Friday #401



Happy Easter Weekend!  Here in the Willamette Valley spring has arrived.  The flowers are blooming, the trees are filled with blossoms and the sun is shining.

Such a lovely day.  Hope surrounds us with it's bright light.  I am grateful to God for Easter and for Springtime and new life.

Thank you for dropping by.  A joyful Eastertide and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday to you dear ones!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Easter Lambs in Daffodil Meadow


I have always loved this card.  It is from my Sister's collection.  There is something so sweet and ethereal about this pastoral scene.  I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter week.

Blessings and love to all.

Monday, March 26, 2018

A Joyful Easter


I am often inspired by these wonderful postcards from the past.  They just don't make them like this anymore!  This one is especially beautiful, with it's pussy willow border, blue forgetmenots and pink ribboned eggs.  The whole picture is graceful and lovely.

A joyful Easter to you all. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Welcome Easter Morning -Postcard Friendship Friday #400



It is hard to believe how quickly time is passing.  In just a few weeks, Easter will be upon us.  I love Spring, and it seems to have arrived here in the Willamette Valley...still, it is chilly.  I saw the daffodils hiding their faces from the sleet earlier today.

I adore drawings of flowers with faces...these dear faces are SO sweet and adorable, don't you think?

Happy Easter, dear Friends.  And Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Best Wishes on St. Patrick's Day -Postcard Friendship Friday #399



I have always loved St. Patrick's Day.  We would always wear green to school on that day because one of the traditions kids LOVED,  was the idea that people could pinch the person who forgot to wear green.

Some say this tradition started as a reminder to wear green to honor the Emerald Isle. 

However, it is said the tradition actually started in the United States. In the early 1700's St. Patrick's Day revelers believed that wearing green caused a person to become invisible to leprechauns and fairy creatures.  These fairy tale beings supposedly pinched anyone they could see--which were the folks NOT wearing green. 

Some mischievous individuals began pinching those who didn't wear green to remind them that if they weren't wearing the color green, they would be pinched by leprechauns.  Kind of silly really, but cute.  LOL

Thank you for dropping by my funny little blog.   Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, March 9, 2018

The Wearing of the Green -Postcard Friendship Friday #398


Though this postcard is lovely, the phrase the wearing of the green has a troubled past.  The phrase is actually the title of a street ballad written in Ireland during one of its' darkest times, the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

There are many versions of this song, but the best, it is said, is by songwriter Dion Boucicault, which proclaims "they are hanging men and women for the wearing of the green."

During the uprising, the Society of United Irishmen adopted green as its color.  Folks who supported the rebellion wore green colored ribbons, or rosettes of green ribbon called cockades, worn on a hat as a badge of office, or party.  The punishment for many of those who showed their support was cruel and ruthless.

Though the song below is of later origin than the original, these lyrics vividly describe the sadness and terror in Ireland at that time.

Wearing of the Green

Oh, Paddy dear, and did you hear
The news that's going round?
The shamrock is forbid by law
To grow on Irish ground!
St. Patrick's Day no more we'll keep,
His color can't be seen,
For there's a bloomin' law agin'
The wearing of the green.
I met with Napper Tandy
And he took me by the hand,
And he said, "How's poor old Ireland
And how does she stand?"
"She's the most distressful country
That ever yet was seen;
They're hanging men and women there
For the wearing of the green."
Then since the color we must wear
Is England's cruel red,
Sure Ireland's songs will ne'er forget
The blood that they have shed.
You may take the shamrock from your hat now,
Cast it on the sod,
But 'twill take root and flourish still,
Tho' under foot it's trod.
When the law can stop the blades of green
From growing as they grow,
And when the leaves in summertime
Their verdure dare not show,
Then I will change the color that I
Wear in my canteen;
But 'till that day, please God, I'll stick
To the wearing of the green.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Basket Full of Kittens


I have found quite a few postcards by this particular artist.  I'm not sure who the artist is, but I adore this style. If any of you know who did these pieces, I would LOVE to know.

I have found a goodly number of postcards in this style and consider myself blessed.

Have a beautiful rest of the week!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Farewell Precious Brother and Friend -Postcard Friendship Friday #397


Hello, dear Friends.  Today I lost my brother and my Friend.  Dan Becker was not only my husband's best Friend, he was one of my greatest encouragers after Alan passed away.

Yesterday our Dan had open heart surgery to repair a valve.  This morning the surgeon had to go in again to stop a leak which was pressing his heart...then again a second time--and Dan didn't make it.  We are all devastated.

Dan was a good, sweet and wise man, who loved his wife Judy, his family and friends.  He has left a great hole in this world.  Though I know he is with my Beloved, and that I will see both of these wonderful men again, I am grieving his loss more than I can say in words.

Just two weeks ago, I had the privilege of playing opposite Dan onstage in a drama I wrote.  How I thank God for that chance to spend time with him learning lines, and serving the Lord together.

God bless you all.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Oh the Green Shamrocks -Postcard Friendship Friday #396


I love Ireland and all things Irish.  Green is one of my favorite colors--and this charming postcard by artist Ellen Clapsaddle is one of my favorites.

The man for whom St. Patrick’s Day is named was born into an aristocratic family in Roman Britain around the end of the fourth century. As a teenager, he was kidnapped by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland, where for years he was a slave. Eventually he escaped, only to return later on as a missionary who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle.  After his death he was named the patron saint of Ireland. 

The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, which began as a religious holiday, is celebrated March 17 on the Feast of St. Patrick. 

 Irish immigrants who came to America were the first to honor their heritage while embracing their new homeland on this holiday. They held parades, ate wonderful authentic Irish foods, with more than a bit of a party thrown in.  Thanks to Irish folks in the United States and elsewhere, St. Patrick’s Day eventually evolved from a little known religious holiday into a secular celebration of all things Irish. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in the 1760s.  

However, it wasn't until much later St. Patrick's Day was actually celebrated in Ireland itself.  Thankfully, today it has become a national holiday with schools and government buildings closed.

Because there are some 34.5 million Americans claiming to be primarily, or partially of Irish descent, the wearing of the green on March 17 is still going strong here.  Indeed, I am proud of my Irish heritage—as was my Daddy.

I wish you Happy St. Patrick's Day, dear Friends.  Blessings and joy to each of you and have a lovely Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Bedad and Begorra! -Postcard Friendship Friday #395



I love Ireland--someday I hope to visit there.  I am a quarter Irish, from Dad's Side.  His Mom--my Grandmother used to say "Bedad and Begorra."  I never knew what it meant, but I loved to hear her say it--there was always a twinkle in her eye...

From my research, it turns out Bedad was an Irish word coined in the 18th century, which expressed surprise, or emphasis.  The term Begorra was first used in Ireland in 1839, meaning, "By God."  Hurroo seems to have the meaning of goodbye, or good day.

So the translation of this wonderful vintage postcard might be, Surprise and by God!  Good day and good luck to St. Patrick and Good Luck to you.

Thank you for dropping by today, I hope this old postcard brought a  smile to your face.  March 17 is Saint Patrick's Day.  I have a bevvy of lovely postcards to post as the holiday grows closer.

I wish you Happy St. Patrick's Day, dear Friends.  Blessings and joy to each of you and have a lovely Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

To my Best Love -Postcard Friendship Friday #394



Hello, sweet Friends...Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day is such a special and dear holiday. I have a wonderful collection of old Postcards and cards I have collected over the years.

It was a fun holiday for my sweet husband and I, too.  My beloved always "surprised" me with a card, candy and a bevy of roses. I miss him--but this year it is bright and cheery outside--and the daffodils are budding.  They will be in full bloom by Wednesday!   I believe my dear heart has sent me a bouquet of flowers for Valentine's Day, along with Springtime sunshine.  It makes me happy to think so! 

May each of you experience love in the most beautiful way this Valentine's Day.  Blessings and joy to each of you, dear ones.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, February 2, 2018

A Greeting From St. Valentine -Postcard Friendship Friday #393



This graceful vintage postcard with its exquisite roses pleases my eyes.  The style of clothing from the past is charming--but I can't imagine wearing such things these days--it would be SO hard to function in such long skirts.  However, I do love the way the ladies looked then.

I hope you are having a lovely day.  Have a great weekend and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, January 26, 2018

My Heart's Message -Postcard Friendship Friday #392



Isn't this a charming vintage Valentines Day postcard?  I adore the imaginative artwork which these talented artists of old left behind for us.  I am inspired when I see these sweet old postcards--the color, grace and beauty which some people deem corny, or old fashioned, I find to be refreshing!

It is hard to believe this will be the third Valentine's Day without my Beloved.  Yet I see Alan's touches all over my home and they make me smile.  I do miss him, but Spring is just around the corner bring with it all the hope and beauty of renewed life.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Hearty Wishes -Postcard Friendship Friday #391


I apologize for getting this up late.  I am in the grips of the dreaded flu bug they've been talking about on the news.  It seems to hit everyone differently.  For me it is a fever and the ensuing aches and pains, along with a sore throat.  I am on the upside, having been ill for about a week.

I hope you are all doing well,  Blessings and health to you dear ones.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

A Great Secret -Postcard Friendship Friday #390


This is a Valentine's Day postcard picturing two sweet friends.  One wonders what secrets they are sharing.  Friends have always been a wonderful part of my life, and I am blessed to be in touch with some of my friends from the earliest days of grade school.

Valentine's Day has been a difficult time for me since my Beloved flew away to heaven.  Yet, one of the greatest gifts as a result that loss are the wonderful women, fellow widows, whom God has brought into my life.

They are sisters of the dearest sort.  I am SO blessed and grateful for each of my sisters.  Especially for Wendy.  This card is dedicated to our sweet sisterhood and the deep friendship we share.

Have a lovely week, and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

A Joyous New Year to You! -Postcard Friendship Friday #389

Hello, sweet Friends.  I love this postcard.  It is from my cyber collection and does not have a back I can upload for you.

I sometimes have dreams where I am flying above the trees, winging my way through the air with the birds.  This postcard reminds me of those wonderful moments.  I think that is the way it will be in heaven--I am SURE we will be able to fly just like this.

It is 2018 now--I am looking forward to the adventure ahead--both with anticipation and joy and a little dread.  The uncertainty of our world is a burden upon my heart at times--yet I trust God with the unknown future of this beautiful place He made.

Blessings and joy to you this New Year, and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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