Small Town Living at Its Best

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tabletop Tuesday

I'm not satisfied with my mantle this Christmas, but have been too busy to do any more. I know I need something tall, of course a larger picture or even a mirror. Maybe next year.....

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Vintage Thingie Thursday - Final Day for "If this Secretary could talk"!

Well, here I am, my last little bit of history to give you. There have been so many changes through the years.
The computer is one of the main modes of communication these days, with cell phones being a close second, and mail being a FAR 3rd.
Eye glasses are used less, with most people using contact lenses or even laser surgery for eye correction needs.
Music, that was once only able to be shared through a record player, then tape players, and now CD or on the computer, as changed as much as anything else. The records that we played in the 50's and on, are now available for download on our computers. Where there were 10 songs or so available on a 33rpm back then, the IPOD can hold thousands, and is as small as a pack of Dentyne gum was back then.
Photos, that were once very rare, are now available in all shapes and sizes, color or black and white. They are taken with cameras that can store thousands, or print on the spot. They are found on telephones, computers, electronic frames, and many, many other places. Note from Sandi: Thanks for stopping by for this last installment of "If this Secretary Could Talk". It's been fun to look back through the years and see the changes that have occurred.

If you are interested in previous posts, there are 3 of them. Early 1900's is here, the 1950's is found here, and the 1970's is here.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vintage Thingie Thursday - The Secretary is in- the 70's this week!

Hello again this week! This is Sandi's secretary talking, and I'm so glad you stopped by. I've had a great time looking back at the good ole' days, and hope you have too. This week, we've stopped in the 70's for a little while.

The 70's are calmer than the 60's were, women no longer burn their bras, but bikini underwear is in style. Bikini bathing suits are not "string", they are like underwear these days (and she doesn't mean thongs!) Everyone is wearing bell bottom pants and platform shoes, "Make Peace, Not War" is the general feeling overall. Sandi is one of the first young person in her town to have wire rimmed glasses (like John Lennon) and so everyone thinks she's in to drugs.

I sit in the 70's, used for holding the phone, typewriter, and some momentos from high school. I'm starting to show quite a bit of wear, with one hinge sprung terrible and hanging pretty cockeyed. On the desktop, you see Sandi's letter from music - lettered all 4 years - AND her pep club letter - all 4 years.

Telephones are rotary dial now, no more operator needed to complete your call UNLESS you are calling long distance. In the small town that I live in, the phone will only work for 3 minutes, then shuts off automatically. If you want to continue a conversation - you have to call back. It is quite a deterent for teenage LONG conversations! Phones come in black, white, pink, and turquoise. Odd combination of colors, but I'm not the one who makes those decisions!

Sandi has taken typing classes in high school and is able to type 82 wpm (words per minute) on a manual typewriter, and 132 on an electric. Typing is not a required class, and there are only a few boys who are in the class. Sandi's home typewriter was recently purchased for $90.00 from a general store in a nearby town. She saved money from many paychecks to purchase this.

The typewriter types in black and red - with only one font.

Sandi is known in High School as the girl who ALWAYS has a camera, and ALWAYS takes a ton of photos! She uses 110 film, and sends through the mail to have them printed. Sometimes it takes up to a month to get them back. BUT recently she's purchased a Polaroid Camera that prints photos like above. They are great because you get your photo right away, AND have a place on the bottom to write on. What a great invention!

Sr. pictures are done in a nearby town also. There are 8 poses, all black and white - with no clothing change. If you want color, they take the photo and hand paint the sweater whatever color you want, and the lady who does it has to know what color your eyes and hair are. It costs $90.00 for a dozen 5x7's, 1 8x10, and 1 dozen wallets. If you want more wallets, you just order them out of a magazine. 100 photos for $3.50. No copyright problems at all.

The young people all have bracelets or dog tags from someone they know OR a pen pal that they've been given because of the Vietnam War. Everyone knows someone who is fighting in the war, most know someone who was killed in the war.

Note from Sandi: Thanks for joining me for the 3rd installment of "If this secretary could talk!" I've had so much fun digging out items for each post, and took a couple of hours to set each one up, the an hour to photograph each one, another hour EACH for the picnicing of the photos, and then at least 1/2 hour to post each one! Rather labor intensive, but a ton a fun! Be sure and come back to see the present, The Secretary will be all decked out!

If you want to see previous posts, there are here (early 1900's) and here (1950's). is where you will find many more Vintage Thingie Thursday posts! Please join us.

One is Silver and the other's Gold - Tablescape Thursday

This week's table started out with all sparkles and silver, SO pretty! I photographed during the afternoon, and the strangest thing happened! You can see by the photos that ....


OH so



it turns.....

The most delicious shade of gold!

and then it was gone! Just as quickly as it came! I think it was the mix of the candle light and natural light. I SWEAR I did not change balls. (Can I say that?)

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Outdoor Wednesday

Our horses, getting ready for a cold winter!
Thanks for joining me for Outdoor Wednesday, I'm going to be at the link below, looking at more outdoor photos!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Tabletop Tuesday

This is the buffet arrangement I had over the holiday. The picture is a photo I took of the back of a sunflower, had it printed in sepia. It's awesome. I set the deserts on the top of the buffet, the arrangement was in the middle, turned out great! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! the below link is where you will find me!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Quilt Mosaic

It's the time of year when we bring out the heavy blankets, so I made a mosaic with photos of 3 of my many quilts!
The following poem is entitled Appreciation

There are quilts that make me wonder.

There are quilts that make me blink.

There are quilts that tug my heartstrings.

There are quilts that make me think.

But the quilts that mean the most

And fill my heart with glee

Aren't the ones I see at quilt shows

But the rare ones made for me!

By Jacquie Scuitto

The quilt on the left was one that when my Grandmother passed away - we found the pieces and I finished the top and had it quilted. The one in the middle is one that I got on clearance at JC Penney, and the one on the right is one I made when we had a snow storm and I was snowed in for 5 days!

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