Friday, January 30, 2009

A Look At What's Going On At Our House......

As I mentioned earlier in the week, we are in the process of removing a wall between our den and the sun porch...we've enjoyed having the sun porch in years past but as our family has grown our needs have changed....we presently have 14 people in our immediate family....eight grandchildren....when everyone is here at the same time, we have very close communion....

......this is the den wall................

This is the other side.....on the sun porch's really an insulated room.....already being packed....
The day finally arrives....wall today.......
Wall gone..............
Danny our talented builder and Andrew....his assistant......

New sheet rock ceiling.........

Looking from the porch part into the former den.....
Looking out into the former porch section....
Matching windows on each side........I can see dollars signs for window coverings.....the den has plantation shutters and I would really like to have them in this part.....maybe later....

The porch has a hand painted brick floor that I did years ago....but all the floor will have wood laminate with brick pavers at the back door entry and the fireplace hearth......

Choices, choices, choices...... the walls are painted 'Water Chestnut'...a Sherwin Williams paint....I've had this color on walls in two homes and I never tire of it.....

Hopefully, the flooring will be put down this week and I can straighten up and clean up.......

A Chuckle and a "do you remember when?"...........


We are still in remodeling chaos....the young man helping our builder gave us a chuckle the other day.....he saw me with my laptop....He said, "I see you have a laptop, do you know how to use it." I said, "yes, I do"....he asked, "do you have a cell phone?"...I said, "yes".....he asked, "do you know how to use it?"...again, I said, "yes".... I almost said, "I have a debit card and I know how to use it, too." Maybe I impressed him a little when I told him that I'm a blogger....wonder if he can do that?......hmmmmm.......

This email today reminded me of our conversation....because I remember almost all of you? I realize to the young, we do seem old but I still have a young heart and spirit I hope....Betty

NO Cheating- don't look at the answers until you take the test!!!!

History Exam...
Everyone over
50 should have a pretty easy time
at this exam. If you are under 40 you can claim a handicap.

This is a History Exam for those who don't mind seeing how much they really remember about what went on in their life

*** Get paper & pencil & number from 1 to 20.
****Write the letter of each answer & score at the end.

Then before you pass this test on, put your score in the subject line. Send to friends so everyone can HAVE FUN!!!!

1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?

a. On the floor shift knob.
b. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch.
c. Next to the horn.

2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used?

a. Capture lightning bugs.
b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing.
c. Large salt shaker.

3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?

a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk.
b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled.
c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.

4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?

a. Blackjack.
b. Gin.
c. Craps.

5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during WW II.

a. Suntan.
b. Leg painting.
c. Wearing slacks.

6. What postwar car turned automotive design on it's ear when you couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?

a. Studebaker.
b. Nash Metro.
c. Tucker.

7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?

a. Strips of dried peanut butter.
b. Chocolate licorice bars.
c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside..

8. How was Butch wax used?

a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up.
b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing.
c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust.

9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?

a. With clamps, tightened by a skate key.
b. Woven straps that crossed the foot.
c. Long pieces of twine.

10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?

a. Consider all the facts.
b. Ask Mom.
c. Eeny-meeny-miney-MO.

11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940s and 1950s?

a. Smallpox.
b. AIDS.
c. Polio.

12. 'I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey'

a. SUV.
b. Taxi.
c. Streetcar.

13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pony?

a. Old Blue.
b. Paint.
c. Macaroni.

14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
a. Part of the game of hide and seek.
b. What you did when your Mom called you in to do chores.
c. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doodyshow?

a. Princess Summerfallwinterspring.
b. Princess Sacajawea.
c. Princess Moonshadow.

16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?

a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high.
b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window.
c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top, to avoid their failure.

17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?

a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum.
b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items.
c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos.

18. Praise the Lord, & pass the _________?

a. Meatballs.
b. Dames.
c. Ammunition.

19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song 'Cabdriver' a hit?

a. The Ink Spots.
b. The Supremes.
c. The Esquires.

20. Who left his heart in San Francisco ?

a. Tony Bennett.
b. Xavier Cugat.
c. George Gershwin.

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1. (b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe, took till the
late '60's to catch on.

2. (b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing.
Who had a steam iron?

3. (c) Cold weather caused the milk to freeze and expand, popping the bottle top.

4. (a) Blackjack Gum.

5. (b) Special makeup was applied, followed by drawing a seam down the back of the leg with eyebrow pencil.

6. (a) 1946 Studebaker.

7. (c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.

8. (a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.
9. (a) With clamps, tightened by a skate key,which you wore on a shoestring around your neck.

10. (c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

11. (c) Polio. In beginning of August, swimming pools were closed, movies and other public gathering places were closed to try to prevent spread of the disease.

12. (b) Taxi, Better be ready by half-past eight!

13. (c) Macaroni.

14. (c) Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

15. (a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was another puppet.

16. (a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.

17. (b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household items at the Green Stamp store.

18. (c) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.

19. (a) The widely famous 50's group: The Ink Spots.

20. (a) Tony Bennett, and he sounds just as good today .


17- 20 correct
: You are older than dirt, and obviously gifted with mental abilities. Now if you could only find your glasses. Definitely someone who should share your wisdom!

12 -16 correct
: Not quite dirt yet, but you're getting there.

0 -11 correct
: You are not old enough to share the wisdom of your experiences.

Send this to your ('old') friends with your score in the subject line

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Can't find my laptop because of all the clutter....just kidding.....

Sorry I haven't been around the last couple of weeks....we are in the process of a remodeling job.....sheetrock dust, clutter and everything else you can imagine that goes along with it.....

I'm taking pictures so hopefully I'll get a posting together about it.......

PLEASE come back.......I miss you all!......Blessings, Betty

Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday Show and Tell at Kelli's.......

Today is Friday and that means 'Show and Tell' over at Kelli's....

Before Christmas almost every member of our family asked what I wanted for answer was," I'll think about it".......a couple of weeks before Christmas I asked our two daughters, their husbands and our eight grandchildren to write down their memories of coming to our home......good and if any bad ones, include those also......

Christmas night we opened our gifts from each other and I reminded them of the memories request......

The next day after lunch before everyone left for home, our 17 year old twin granddaughters, Erin and Elisabeth, gave me a package to open.......the picture above shows the binder they made containing the memories.....

Everyone gathered round as we had 'The Reading of the Memories'. The older grandchildren read the ones they had and frying the fish, helping me with yard work, dressing up in my hats, shoes and jewelry, etc...simple son-by-love wrote about the first time he came out from college where he and Mindy were enrolled to eat with us and ate grits and fried fish (Grits with fish is a southern thing).....Amy's husband remembered coming out from college to go to Bible Study with us and staying late to discuss scriptures...... and the Mama's read what the younger ones had told them....the youngest member is 2 year old Alexander.....his memories were brief and to the point.....gum-gum and naner's (bananas)......

Each year, Lord willing, we will add to our Book of Memories....we're writing a book for posterity......

Do you have a special family memory?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Two Awards from friends.....Heather and Barbara

Thanks Heather for the Friends award....I'm behind time in picking this up and passing it on.....the holidays and life got in the way....does that sound familiar.....I do appreciate it:Here are the rules: These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find, and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who much choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award." So, I would like to pass this on to the following people:




Voice of Melody






The second award is from Barbara at Southern Vintage Lady....Barbara gave this last week just as I was coming down with the 'crud'....if you have or have had the ' this Crud' I don't have to explain and if you haven't, trust me you don't want it....thanks Barbara for sharing this award with me....

So here's the thing:

The authors say that blogs who receive this award are exceedingly charming. This blog invests in the PROXIMITY in space, time and relationships. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that even more friendships are propagated.

So here are the ones that I am passing this award on to. I hope you will give them a visit and maybe make a new friend.


Betty (This and That)




Ms. Daisy

Barbara (Tidbits and Treasures)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Photo Meme.......

Sweet little baby boy with inked feet................
Amy, (daughter) asked me to participate in the photo meme....I was to go to the sixth folder in my photo files and select the sixth picture and tell about it.....

This is our youngest grandson Alexander....he was born April 30th, 2006.....he weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, 19 inches long. His full name is Chad Alexander.....I wanted a curly haired grandchild so badly. Amy's husband, Chad, has curly hair but I had decided it was not to be that they would have a curly haired child. .......God is so good........Alexander's hair is so curly it is in ringlets.....he's our weather forecaster.......we can look at him and know whether it will rain or not..... This was taken on a day filled with rain in sight.......

I'm sure one day he'll be unhappy with his locks but I love every one of them.......He loves to come to Mam and Pop's house (next door) for gum- gum, nanners and Spwrite.......

Anyone that would like to participate, please do.....just let me know so that I check out your blog.......

Happy Lord's Day to each of you......Betty

Monday, January 5, 2009

A Different Slant on Rednecks........

I've never thought of myself as a Red Neck but according to this email....I am one, are you?

You might be a redneck....with a new twist

This is for all of my “RED NECK” friends and family… some of whom don’t think of themselves as being red necks.

Nicest redneck email that I have received..

We have enjoyed the redneck jokes for years. It's time to take a reflective look at the core beliefs of a culture that values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand before a dozen terroris ts who threaten my life, I'd choose a half dozen or so rednecks to back me up. Tire irons, squirrel guns and grit -- that's what rednecks are made of. I hope I am one of those. If you feel the same, pass this on to your redneck friends. Ya'll know who ya' are. You might be a redneck if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, 'One nation, under God.'

You might be a redneck if: You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a redneck if: You still say ' Christmas' instead of 'Winter Festival.'

You might be a redneck if: You bow your head when someone prays.

You might be a redneck if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.

You might be a redneck if: You treat our armed forces veterans with great respect, and always have.

You might be a redneck if: You've never burned an American flag, nor intend to.

You might be a redneck if: You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a redneck if: You respect your elders and raised your kids to do the same.

You might be a redneck if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend.

If you got this email from me, it is because I believe that you, like me, have just enough Red Neck in you to have the same beliefs as those talked about in this email.

God Bless the USA