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A retired art teacher who has found a new life in fiber arts!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Memory Monday # 54

    And now we are Seniors!!! I remember my Senior Year of high school with many great memories!!!  My sister is away at college, so I have the bedroom we share to myself!!!  (Most of the time)! This is her second year to be gone, so I don't miss her as much as I did last year!
    So many things going on...some of the same things as the other three years of high school...but being a Senior is Special!!  We are the top dogs!  We rule!!  Underclassmen look up to us!  We all drive..although most of my immediate group of friends do not have their own cars, we can usually count on a parent to let us use their cars.  I remember the my parents had two cars by now (they didn't for several years).  My dad always drove Fords, but they had a used Pontiac that my mom drove and that was also my car.
1948-49 Pontiac Chieftain
   It was a two door sedan...1948-49. I got this picture off the Internet, but this is almost exactly what it look like but not that shiny!!  It was a huge boat of a car...heavy doors, heavy everything.  And it was classy!!  Not as classy as my friend Barbee's mom's Oldsmobile convertible...but it worked for me. Actually I was able to get the car just about whenever I wanted because my parents trusted my driving more than they did most of my friends!!
     As Seniors, we could drive to school and go out for lunch...big deal!  We didn't do it every day, but usually once a week, one of us would get the  car and we would head to Wimpy's Drive In which was on the edge of town and had the local skating rink attached on the back side.  Wimpy was the nickname of a local guy, taken from a character in the Popeye cartoon series.  I always thought our Wimpy's was a one of a kind local spot...and it was, because we didn't have chain stores  back then. But as I was searching the Internet for drive in pictures, I discovered there were several Wimpy's through out the states!

This is very like our Wimpy's, but had a gravel driveway all around it and no trees.
Another Wimpy's I found on the Internet!

The original Wimpy from the Popeye series!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Our Beautiful World-eggs

     In keeping with the season, Our Beautiful World blog has chosen the word "eggs" for the subject this week for photographs.  When I was at my book club meeting yesterday, one of the ladies had a carton of papier mache eggs to share with every one so I took a picture of the carton to share with this blog.

Papier Mache eggs
And I remembered I had a Pysanky egg that I had purchased many years ago from a Greek Orthodox Church whose women made these eggs every year and sold them as a money-maker. I have created a link for anyone who is interested in finding out more about Pysanky eggs!

Pysanky Egg

Monday, April 7, 2014

Memory Monday #53

     Another big deal for Juniors was Prom.  I think I wrote when my sister was a Junior, and how the Juniors were in charge of prom from choosing the theme to decorating and sponsoring the Queen's court. And that the sole purpose of prom was to give a going away party for the graduating Seniors.  Up to the point of becoming Juniors, any money making ventures that we did as Freshmen or Sophomores was dedicated to paying for the costs accrued to throwing the prom!

     Each class had a teacher who was the class sponsor...that particular teacher usually remained the same each year....so our Junior class was Miss McGuire who also taught us English.  She had been teaching for a long in the High school....even had taught my Mom and Dad! She was quite a character...a very outspoken woman...really knew her stuff!  She was a very self assured lady who did not tolerate fools or rowdy high school boys...or girls!  When it came time for Prom, being our sponsor, everything we did had to go through her for her approval.  There were many meetings with her present, and seeing her outside of the classroom we on the prom committee began to see her in a different and kinder light!

    Miss McGuire not only taught my parents, but she also attended the same church I did.  Living in a small town and going to the Catholic church in the 50's  (the Catholic church being very much a minority)  created a closeness with all church members.
So the other Catholic girl in our class and I became kind of under the wing of Miss Mc.  She took particular notice of our doings, and would discuss any possible irregularities with our mothers whom she saw on a regular basis at church activities and Sunday Mass.
We didn't get away with much!!  Not that we really tried but...our village really was raising its children!

      At the time, I had a bit of a crush on an OLDER man...I was 16 at the time, he was 19!  But the fact that he was a good Catholic boy gave me "permission" from my parents with the encouragement of Miss McG. to ask him to the prom. To my delight, he accepted....that was the one and only time we went out, but it was a magical evening!

Me before prom...the same lovely gown my mom made for Fall Festival! It was pale yellow with artificial daisies sewn down the skirt...m mom's design!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

studioQ Feb/March meetings

     I had missed a few of our studioQ meetings...my little art quilters' group.  We are at 10 or 11 now...and have decided to keep it at that number at least for now.  And we are continuing with our Color Chip Challenge!  Now this is a "no pressure" group, so even though it was discussed and decided upon to do this challenge, there are some who for their own reasons are not always participating.
     I do want to show the projects of those who are usually doing the challenge of the month...
Beth's picture inspiration for her color chips
On left are the color chips-on right, my fabric choices
Kay's Challenge
Rhonda's challenge
My challenge
The above were shown at our February meeting.  The next set were from our March meeting and the challenge was given by Lynn.

Lynn's color chips and my fabric choices to go with the colors.

My color challenge for Lynn's color chips.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Our Beautiful World-Bloom

      With the hopes of Spring in the air after a most brutalwinter everywhere, the Our Beautiful World photography group has chosen the subject "Bloom" this week. I love taking pictures of flowering plants, trees, the whole nature thing so I am having a bit of a problem deciding which photos to post!
      Bradford Pear trees are one of the first to bloom in this area...sometimes a little early! The Bradfords are beautiful, fruitless small trees...blooms early, lovely green leaves all summer then the most gorgeous bronze and reds in the fall...a wonderful treat for any landscape.
Bradford Pears 
Close up of Bradford Pears
      With my recent move from two acres to a condo in the city, I have acquired a patio area which is MIINE to do with as I wish (within the confines of the HOA guidelines)!  So I took out (or rather had my grandson do the digging) several in ground shrubs, hauled in a lot of river rock for the beds, and put in large pots.  I had about six pots from my other home and added to that number.  At least here in the city, I can attempt to grow flowers!  In the country, everything I tried in that line was just deer food!  And although I loved having the deer around, it was a little expensive to feed them those tender shoots!!  Begonias seemed to be a favorite!!
    With that said, here are a couple of pictures of my blooms!
Part of my little city garden!
   Other attractions later in the spring will be the irises and the crepe myrtles! And Texas would not be the same without the state flower..the bluebonnet which grows wild almost everywhere!
Texas bluebonnets

Crepe myrtle

Monday, March 31, 2014

Memory Monday #52

     Here is it is almost 4:00PM and I just about forgot Memory Monday!  I am still relating a few memories of high school...I loved high school...but I don't necessarily want to relive it!
     Another school event we all enjoyed was Homecoming.  Football was King in Illinois too...not just Texas.  In fact, I think Friday Night Lights could take place in any state, in any small town.  Our team was really good at that time.  The coach had been there forever; he and his wife were also in my mom and dad's "social crowd".  Coach Smith (yes, really Smith...not just an alias for my blog.)  reminds me of Tom Landry...the famous Cowboys coach...in demeanor and looks...not that I even knew who Landry was then, but living in Texas for many years...I do now!
      But Homecoming wasn't JUST about football!  We had Spirit Week; we had a parade with floats in which all high school clubs had an entry; we had a Homecoming Court and a dance!!
Our little float that won a big prize!!
     My Junior Year one of our favorite teachers let us decorate his CAR!  It was a VW Beetle...one of the very first..and we made it into a little airplane. It is hard to see that this is to be an airplane from this picture...I think maybe by game time, where the floats were parked around the outside of the football field, the wings may have fallen off!  But because it was so unique and original, my group...I think Drama Club....won first place
The front of our little float with our # 1 sign!
      Of course, the fun was in the getting together for nights before hand and decorating the floats in secret!  No one was to know what anyone else's float looked like until the day of the parade! Someone's dad would let us use his garage...or one of the businesses around town who had a large space...would loan it to us for a couple of weeks before Homecoming.  And every night, we would gather our creative spirits and come up with a float!  Usually they would be a flat bed pickup or a wagon pulled by a pickup. Oh, the fabulous concoctions that could be made with crepe paper!    
     On the day of the parade, everyone would meet at the school and line up...the band, the floats, the "Queen" candidates...and we would drive slowly the few blocks to the square, slowly around the square, and back to the school!  Because our little airplane was somewhat fragile, several of us walked along beside it to help hold the wings up!!
     In the first picture, I am the tall one...third from the right...and notice...no glasses!!!  My friend Barbee is across from me in the middle on the left.
      Fun times had by all!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Our Beautiful World-Rainbows

     This week the topic for the photographs for Our Beautiful World is "Rainbows" and I just happen to have a couple of pictures I have taken of rainbows!!  Doesn't every one?  Rainbows are just one of those wonderful, awesome apparitions that everyone loves!!!
Outside my daughter's apartment in San Francisco-2007

Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls- 2002