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Saturday, July 31, 2010

My Favorite Song Weekend- Archie+ Music

Paul Davis singing "65 Love Affair" with Archie's Cartoons.... I loved it...Oh that song. It came out in 1981 and hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 by April 1982. Do you remember American Band Stand hosted by Dick Clark? Dick stated he would play this song over and over again and it would drive his family crazy! He really loved it. Davis preformed it on The American Band Stand in 1982. Paul Davis did not have too many hits, "I Go Crazy" was his first one in 1978. This song,65 Love affair, was his most popular and the one to hit the highest on the Billboard charts. Davis died of a Heart attack on April 22, 2008 in Mississippi, he was 60 years old by one day.

I found this video of one of my favorite Cartoon characters, Archie from the Archie Comics. This character was founded in 1939. Was the star of Archie Comics who's first issue was in the winter of 1942. It was the longest running publication Comic for the MLJ Magazine Company. The company changed it name to Archie's Comic Publications in the Mid 1950's, Archie by then was a household name. Everyone knew the comic series.
So enjoy a walk back in time to the funnies with Music.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Aloha Friday-Collectibles

Many of us have Collectibles in our households. I find at time it is hard to let go of them.
One that I have is a Green Teddy Bear from Hungary. While living in Europe we visited Budapest, what a lovely place. Saw a Green teddy bear with the biggest eyes. Today one of its arms has fallen off, however I still have the bear and its arm in my closet. Every time a see it my mind goes back to the day my Hubby, his Mother Dee, Our friends "The Todd's", and I spent in Budapest. Dee is gone now from this earth, The Todd's are lost to us somewhere on this earth but, the memories of a wonderful time we all had is still with that Green Teddy Bear.

Your Question:

Do you have a Collectible that holds Memories for you?

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tell MeThursday- The Antique

As many of you guessed, it was the Ice Tongs. My Mothers kitchen had all these thing up on the kitchen wall. I just love History and searching for the dates of things my Parents or an antique shop has. There is just somethings about the time before me. It's like a mystery just waiting to be retold. So many time we forget that there once was a time when electric was not available for everyone. Just to think that time was not all that long ago. Many of our Grandparents can tell you of that time. This is just one story of the time of Ice Boxes.

This is an Ice Tong
One that hangs in my fathers home now.

In the 1800's through the Mid 1900's Ice boxes were use to keep food cold. The ice trucks would come to the streets and people would purchase their ice blocks for the Day. Ice tongs were used to carry the ice block to the house. During the later days, some companies would give out these tong to their customers, just for being loyal. The one Pictured above was one of those kind.
The closes Patent I found was this one(below). As you can see it dates back to 1899. even though these were used earlier the patent would be issued later. Patent could take up to a couple of years to be given. Must patent are listed by issue date and not submitted date. Therefore other companies could copy the product until the patent is issued.

Patent 621,356 Issued Mar. 21, 1899 to Albert D. Marsh of Ovid, New York.


The objective of the patent is to have tongs with two movable jaws and provided with means whereby the distance the jaws can be opened, can be adjusted and open the a fixed distance and their closing also regulated.

L – 26-1/2”, Spread – 21”,

PAT MAR 21, 99 BY A D MARSH, on one side of the lower portion of the handle, double action pivot. This item is the configuration of the upper right patent drawing.

Patent drawing

Not sure what time frame my families ice tong was made. I found a couple of similar photos. Both have dates of around the end of the 1800's and beginning of 1900's
This one is from a Patent site.

Antique Abbey had these.
Said to have been found close to The Old Ice House after hurricane Katrina.
I believe ours would be before 1899 since it so closely resembles Albert Marsh's patented Ice Tongs. Patents were usually for long periods of time. My Logic is the companies copy his until the patent was issued or they got their patent request in later.after the patent was issued you will only see Albert's. Another reason is because, there seems to be a patent pending on ours and that usually means the request came in after Albert Marsh's but before Albert's was issued. So I would give it a date of around the mid 1890's.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-A Guessing Game

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13 items in the photograph...
One of them dates back to the late 1800 or early 1900.
Can you guess which one?

(You can click on the photo to enlarge for a better view)
Answer will be posted tomorrow on Tell me Thursday, with info history.

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until then happy guessing!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday's News-Weekend Update

What a Hot weekend! Our weather temps were in the triple digits.Staying cool was the number one thing on our Weekend plans.
Friday we did some swimming in the pool. We went out to eat, tried a new restaurant called The Grill. You know how those TV shows tell you what some food joints do to your food? Well this was one like that. First we were seated by the cook and prep area. Waited about 4 minutes before we saw our server. The place was pretty busy. I notice that the lemons and garnishes were in metal containers by the prep area. Saw all kinds of hands going in that container. I decided not to use my lemon! Later I notice the food being piled in an area to be given out to servers. Someone whom I believed to be the Owner/Manager was standing there checking out the orders. He was throwing things on the plates, looked like garnishes, from those metal containers. Then I saw him wipe his hands on his pants. He did this procedure every time he garnished a plate. There were some damp cloth towels by the area on a table. He would pick one up to wipe the sides of the plate,then throw it back on the table and repeated as needed with the same towel. Oh I just lost my desire to eat there. Our food was not that great either. We will not be going back there to dine.
Saturday was even hotter we got up to 103 degrees! The pool temp was at 88 and that felt good. Put the Fountain up in the pool, that cooled the air around us. We decided not to cook inside or out. The Grill was too hot to touch. I made some Green sun tea. Stay in my bathing suit must of the day. There is a Chinese place near by, so we placed an order for delivery. Later Hubby and daughter went for a walk in a shopping Mall, getting in that exercise. We are all doing well in our loosing weight plan.
Sunday, Church service was great. The Minister spoke about Idols we have in our lives, how they creep in, why we have them and how to start ridding ourselves of them. This is a four part series, you can listen or watch the first three Here at this link. It made me think about the first time I had to lose a lot of weight, I will write about that on my Fitness Log later today.
After church we went to Denny's to eat. It is still a great place to dine, all four of us eat for under 25.00 total!
Came home and the kids played an old video game. Do you remember the game station Atari, it came out in the early 80's. Was the first computer type game for your TV. It had all the games one would find in the Arcades at fairs and boardwalks. Like Centipede, Asteroid,Maze Craze and more. The one we have we purchased some years back. It is Called Atari Flashback 2, has 40 games stored in the console. We use to play it for hour in the 80's. My Mom loved the Centipede.
Later our daughter met up with a friend to go on a week vacation to the Eastern Shore. Hubby and I went to see Salt at the movies.I really enjoyed that movie, you can check out my review at Auntie E's Reviews(see side bar for link).
We did have a very bad Thunderstorm in our area around 3pm. It took down trees, killed a few people and cause havoc on the Mall in DC. This heat just brought the storm up and I believe that the national weather people did not see it coming. Hubby and I heard it while in the theater, sounded very bad. I heard that the Airports on the eastern seaboard grounded all planes during the storm. Heard there was a tornado spotted. However not sure if it touched down in our area. However the winds were wicked, uprooted trees and toss them onto the highways, moving cars, and homes. What a mess to clean up. It will take more than a day to do that clean up!
How was you weekend? Any exciting News for me?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer Daze: Hot Times today...

It is 8am and the outside temp is already 91 degrees Fahrenheit! Today we are expecting 100 degree plus weather with the heat index it will feel around 104. Time to thing of Cool things.
so here are a few;

1. Swim, oh but the water is now 88. However in 100 degree it will feel nice.
2. Ice cold Sun Tea. I will have to make some this morning.
3. Think Antarctic- this will do it for you.....

Daughters hand in an Iceberg.

4. Take in a Movie, Hubby wants to see "Salt". The theater is cool.
5. Make some Orange Creamsicles with my Weekend Gadget Pop makers. Oh I remember as a kid eating them. Yummy
6. Eating some watermelon. Have a big one the the refrigerate.
7. Live in the bathing suit. Less clothing means body stay cool.
8. One can drink COKE, It is so refreshing, according to the commercials of old.
9. Cook outside on the Grill. Oh I think I will do a rotisserie pork roast barbecue. I can put it on and just swim.
10. Absolutely no working in the house or outdoors. My Body heat needs no increasing.

Can you think of a few stay cool in this triple digit heat things?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Aloha Friday-Updating blog views.

Yes it is Friday once again. a time to take it easy and prepare for the Wild weekend. Kailani over at An Island Life has a link to all those who want to know something. So surf over there and see if you can add to there knowledge. Or just answer of few that fancy your likings.

Did you notice my New Photo Header... I like to change it some times. Mostly during the seasons. However this week I just needed a change. What do you think? This is my Back yard sitting areas. I thought it would make a good addition to my "Sit a spell" comment.

Here's your Question:
Do you change your Header at all, that is create a new photo to greet folks with?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tell MeThursday- The Answer

Well I am sure most of you knew that was a male/drake Mallard duck. His color is more vivid during the months September through June. This is the mate searching season. They can fly during this time as well as the males get these bright feathers. After the breeding season the Drakes looses their feather, this makes it impossible for them to fly until August. That is why June and July you will see them at the same spot. Mallard drakes also loose their bright color heads, their green color becomes a dull shade.
They are found in the Northern Hemisphere as well as throughout Europe and Asia. Love the calm serene areas. In the winter they migrate to the south where there is no ice or snow. Kind of like the folks who weather out the winter in southern Florida.
An interesting fact for you is;
Although Mallards can dive under water they seldom do. So next time you see one diving in the water know you are viewing a rare event.

To view some baby mallards take a trip over to Auntie E's Yard& Garden, they are being featured today as part of a week long Water fowl Series.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-Water Birds

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On my Garden site I am highlighting Water Foul. All the week you can view and get some brief info on the Birds I have seen this year. Why not Travel other there to take a look. Link on the side Bar " Auntie E 's Yard and Garden".

Here's a view not shown on that site.
Taken by my daughter at the Local Fishing Pond.
Do you know what type it is?
Info tomorrow on Tell me Thursday.
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday's News-Our Town

We had some interesting Weather in our town. As I have been stating the temps have been very summer like. Living on the east coast we are use to some temperature fluctuations. All the seasons are experienced here. Last winter we had some bad snow storms, even got to use our snow shoes in our town. That was very surprising. Our town looked like the North Pole for over a week!
Now that summer is here, we are having a heat wave. Our pools' water temp is a steady 85 degree Fahrenheit without the solar heater installed! Air temp has been in the 90 to 100. Swimming as the only way to cool of outside. I live in the bathing suit.

We have been going to movies and to the Mall to do our walking. This weekend we went to see The Last Airbender in 3D. Have seen both movie formats now, 2D and 3D. I think they both were okay. Not too impressed with the 3D. Compared the Avatar 3D, Airbender was just okay. Did get to see The Sorcerer's Apprentice with hubby. We liked the movie. I will be doing a review on it later at Auntie E's Reviews.

Back to the Weather, the evening thunderstorms have been increasing as the heat rises. Last night we had a very bright and loud one. It started about 11pm and rolled in with a fury. Lasted about 45 minutes with no power outage this time. Now I know that pool is topped off! Isn't Mother nature great, saving us money on our water bill?

Well all in all Our town has been giving a taste of the North Pole and the South West weather. I like them both, Now this is what I call a real season change. It's the kind I remember as a kid living in the Up State New York area.

How was your weekend?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

My Favorite Song Weekend- A Flash back

Looking at old photos can bring back a flood of Memories. I love daydreaming sometimes of the days of old.
Back in 1973 Ringo Star, of the former Beatles, released a song called Photograph. It was pinned by George Harrison, also from the Beatles group.Reaching top single billboard hit charts in that October. It was Number 1 on the charts in the UK and US.
Let's go down Memory lane together. Get those photos out and sing along.

Ev'ry time I see your face,

It reminds me of the places we used to go.
But all I've got is a photograph,
And I realise you're not coming back anymore.

I can't get used to living here,
While my heart is broke, my tears I cried for you.
I want you here to have and hold,
As the years go by and we grow old and grey."

Friday, July 16, 2010

Aloha Friday-Got Sun?

We have reached Friday again, time for an Aloha Friday Question.
Summertime is here where I live, Mr Sun is Hotter than usual and that reminds me of my Earlier years. The Area where I live is calling a heat emergency for today. This means the heat temp with the index will be dangerous for one to be outside for a long time and the breathing air quality will be hazardous. When it is hot out like this, I love to swim and drink ice tea.
Making Ice Tea in the summer can be easy. However who want to heat up the house. Not me, so this is how I let Mr Sun do it for me.
Sun Tea
1 gallon Cold Water in a Glass container with screw top.
4 regular tea bags or 2 family size bags.

Put the tea bags into the glass container and screw down the top. Place the container out in the sun for about 2 to 3 hours or until it's the strength you like.

Now there is a couple of rules brewing tea this way;
1. You must refrigerate the tea 5 hours after brewing
2. It must be consumed with in 48 hour after brewing. This is due to this fact, the water is not boiled and bacteria can start growing after that time period.

Here's your Question;
Have you ever made Sun Tea,
if not do you think you would ever try to?

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WW-Water fun

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All this talk about the ICE CUBE. So what is it? Just a Pool toy. My daughter wanted to buy it this year. I thought it would be a good place to hide from the the summer heat. It turned out it was a great investment! Everyone loves it, including me.

Fun in the Ice cube.
A water gun war...
See the purple thing?
This is so much fun, I will need to get more of these for sure.

The shooters inside....

Now doesn't this one bring back memories....
Peace Not War

These are my Great Niece and Great Nephew. They had a great time at Auntie E's. cooling off in the pool's Ice cube. Just a shady place to be.
Link your WW post here, we all will visit you.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday's News-Weekend Update

The weekend started with my daughter spending the night with a friend on Thursday evening. Friday she called and wanted to come home. Had an out of town male friend stopping by to swim. I was planning to catch up on some reading, however that did not happen. For some reason she wanted me to be around them. So I cleaning the pool area, swam a little to cool off, listen to some music and open the hot tub for them. It was a Hot day already, so the hot tub was not appealing to me. I did sit out in the gazebo. Friday evening we had Steak and Lamb. I do not eat Steak. The lamb was for me.
Saturday was a day to relax. Didn't do much but watch movies. That's right I watched movies all day. It was a lazy day for me. I watched "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeves. I hadn't seen that movie in over a decade. It is about a man from the 1970's who somehow travels back in time to find a love.
Here is a trailer.

I have always Loved Christopher Reeves. I think my love affair started when he played Superman in the Superman Movies. I always loved the Superman Adventure shows on the TV as a kid. "... who disguised as Clark Kent, a mild mannered reporter for a great metropolitan new paper....." Loved that phrase! Back in those day Superman was played by George Reeves. The two are not related, just have the same last name.

Another movie I watched was "What Women Want" with Mel Gibson. An Actor I love to watch. Not sure when that love affair started. All I know is I like everything he is in. May it is because his was born in NewYork State. Who knows why we like a certain person. Have never met him in my lifetime. My 90+ grandmother has and she says he is a very nice guy. This movie is about a man who after an accident can hear women thoughts. It is a funny movie with some romance.

On Sunday we went to see Avatar- the Last Airbender. I was surprise I really liked it. Hubby and daughter watched it as a cartoon years ago. Hubby said I would like it but I was skeptical. Now I want to see it in 3D! Maybe today.

In all, it was a Movie weekend again. There seems to be some good ones in the theaters this year. I am glad , was starting to think the good play writers had gone away. One more I am looking forward to seeing on Wednesday is "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" with Nicholas Cage. I like this actor also.

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Aloha Friday-Daughters Question Quest

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Now Here's a question for you....Oh yeah there is a catch. You will have to go to another page to see it. Let me explain...My Daughter has a new blog and she asked a wonderful question, I just love it. Do not want to plagiarize her words so you must go there to answer it. Link up here below, so I know you went and she can return your visit. I'm teaching her how to live in Bloggersville.

Here is your LINK
Picture courtesy of Daughters Camera
Did you Go check it out? She would love comments... she is a first time blogger.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer Daze #1-- Staying Cool?

Our heat is still in the triple digits and the pool is cooling us off nicely. Lemonade is a drink of choice, and Grilling out is a must. Trying not to heat the house up and keeping the house temp at 78 is the key to staying cool! What do you do to stay cool?

That's a "Ice Cube" in the pool..
A cool place to be on a hot day!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-Familytime

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Here we go the Fourth activities.

These next ones are at the Fair and Fireworks.
Oh yes.. that's Critter on the Rock Wall!

There is a surprise in this one...
can you see it?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday's News-Holidays and Family

Our House was busy over the weekend! Friday I started out the day with a doctors visit. The Othro Doctor had me back off the Physical Therapy for my Arm. It was making the pain worst and aggravating a tendon. Today it does feel better, that pain is easing up. He stated sometimes the therapy is too rough on some folks. I will tell you I hurt more each time I went! So this Break is a good one.
After the doctors, daughter and I went to the Mall to return something......and of course we shopped. Bought some bathroom towels, and a bathing suit for me. Daughter bought a picture frame for her boyfriend. I purchased a old clock and had it engraved. You know how I love Vintage things! It was on sale at a great price and traveling this summer gave be a great idea. You will see it later in a icon.
I needed to get my Sunglasses adjusted so I stop by the eye shop. The Lady was so rude. It was like we were Invading her space! Now I tell you, thing are pretty bad when a service person make you feel like that! I was still nice to her, however the service was not good.
Saturday, we finished cleaning up the backyard and took a swim in the pool. We have a solar heated so we went to the pool store to purchase a new hose. The squirrels chewed through the old one. I prepared the food for the family get together on Sunday.
Sunday the 4th of July......We had family over for a cook out and family fun. Then we went to the Fireworks on the Fort/Post. There was a fair there as well. The kids did some things like, Balloon bounce, Rock Climbing and riding a train. The Music was live and not bad! Fireworks were fantastic! We got home around 11:00 pm and the girls went swimming for a while. Hubby and I fell into bed.....We were very exhausted.
Today Hubby is off , so we will relax and take in a move and enjoy the day together.
How was you Weekend?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th Of July

Kathys comments

Have a wonderful Weekend and make sure you get in some firework viewing. As for this household we will be cooking out, swimming, playing games and then taking in some Firework celebration.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Screen shot of that POP-UP Madness!

On Sunday I asked about this Pop-up that appears on my site and some time when I surf the net.

Here is the snap shot of it......

The Pop-up seems to be popping up on my site.
So if you know How I can control this Popping up on my site, I would appreciate it.
Just a reminder,If you see this.... Do Not enter your info..Just click on the X. I am not asking for the info!
I have tried to get this to stop popping up. It only happens every once in a while.
Does anyone know how I can Stop this Madness?