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Memories of Thanksgiving – My Childhood #tbt

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Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs! Thanksgiving is only weeks away. I thought I’d share a new series “Memories of Thanksgiving “. Today, I’m walking through the years of long ago past to my childhood!

In my early childhood years most events pass through my memory as snapshots and sensations. My maternal grandparents hosted a big feast in their tiny home nestled in the hills of southern West Virginia.  The house buzzed with activity, mostly grandma working on the meal. We often were the first to show since we lived nearby but soon others filed in and the kitchen filled with more help.

In the fun madness of it all, often times I escaped to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The ginormous balloons always fascinated me and naturally I loved seeing Santa concluding the grandeur.

 

 

After I got bored with TV, I often wondered back into the kitchen to watch the activity. Grandma peeked in on the turkey every little bit basting the bird with the steamy juices it nestled in while green beans from summer’s harvest flavored with bacon and new potatoes boiled as more pots simmered and spat on the stove top, and home-made rolls sat covered to grow before going into the oven. But… my favorite was the desserts! Cakes. Pies. Oh my, lining the countertops! I remember grandma warning me to keep my fingers out of the sweets, as if I would do such a thing. *snicker-snicker* Often her words fell on deaf ears but she definitely had my number!

The meal spread across the dinner table seemed immense to a small child and often times my eyes were bigger than my belly. I ate more than I should, which really wasn’t a lot, and became extremely sleepy after eating. No doubt, I found my way to the living room to curl upon the sofa for a little Cathy nap so I could dive into all those tasty desserts after the women cleaned up!

 

 
 

Did you spend Thanksgiving with your grandparents? What did you like best about the holiday as a child? What’s was  your favorite or most memorable dish or dessert?

Tidbits for your enjoyment…

The Story Behind “Over the Mountains and Through the Wood”

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

 

After this week, I am going to scale back on blogging for the rest of the year. Life gets to hectic with the holidays and I want to enjoy all things instead of feeling pushed, so if I blog then fine and if not just know all is well. If you don’t want to miss the latest mews then sign up for to get email notification of my latest posts. 😉

That’s all for now but you’re invited to join me tomorrow for another edition of Friday Fun Stuff!

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#Halloween edition #TBT with vintage horror movies

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Purrs and howdys, Kittens & Dawgs! A couple of weeks ago, I shared Halloween masks from my childhood. The gypsy mask got me to thinking about watching vintage horror films in my childhood, especially the Lon Chaney, Jr. who played a cursed soul as “The Wolf Man”. I remember thinking this was scary.

 

I always felt bad for Chaney’s character. I wanted the curse to end but I knew the only way death by a silver bullet.  I also saw his other Wolf Man flick, “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” (1947) and as an adult we saw the comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) in which Chaney played his “Wolf Man” character Lawrence Talbot. What a fun movie!

 

 

Speaking of Frankenstein, Boris Karloff played the fiendish monster in the 30s and the late 50s as Doctor Frankenstein. I definitely remember mostly watching Karloff on the late night TV program “Chiller” as the monster in the late 60s through the 70s, as in The Mummy (1932) movie. Staying up late to catch the creepy fun was a popular thing to do on Saturday nights.

There are other notable creep masters Peter Cushing, Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Bela Lugosi to name a few. These actors did creepy well portraying the supernatural purrfectly! The scariest non-monster film but monsterous in other ways I ever saw was Pyscho with Anthony Perkins. A slasher movie where you don’t actually see any slashing. Alfred Hitchcock was a genious at making spin-tingling thrillers.

Horror movies today don’t do much for me and I’d rather watch some fun 80s & 90s classics. Two of our favorites are Ghostbusters or Young Frankenstein. We probably will watch one of these this weekend since Halloween is on a weekday.

Do you have a favorite Halloween movie – horror or comedy you’d like to recommend?

In November I’m kicking off “Memories of Thanksgiving from Long Ago to Recent Past” series.  That’s all for now join me tomorrow for some laughs with my Friday Fun Stuff Halloween Sillies Edition!

 

 

 

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#Halloween Vintage Slightly Creepy & Weird Spooky Photos

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Hello, Boos and Ghouls! Given life’s schedule, I meant to share this on in my Halloween edition of Throw Back ThursdayThat didn’t happen. Anywho, in my TBT post I shared some childhood memories of vintage masks, treat bags, candy and more and today I thought why not look at some vintage slightly creepy and weird spooky photos but first….let’s set the mood.

Hit the play button before proceeding any further.

 

 

How can a group of kids look so creepy dressed like bats is behind me and yet I get creepied out looking at this photo. According to the this picture dates to the 1920s.

Some one remarked that these costumes were not on creepy but racists. I never understood the whole painting one’s face black, even in old movies or the theatre to portray a colored person ahem…Africian-American a white person applied what looked like black shoe polish to his/her face. Why didn’t they just hire black actors/actresses? Was it because of racial divide? Very bizarre!

Okay, menacing pumpkin heads on little kids sorta sends shivers up my spine.

 

This vantrilquist family is strangely spooky.

I love the photo play of these two old images. Someone had imagination, didn’t they?

 

Handkerchiefs covered face isn’t something I would think of as scary but I find this a bit disturbing.

Maybe it’s the way my brain perceives these B&W images which plays Halloween tricks on the mind but they really do have an eerie sense about them, don’t you agree? Come on be honest and tell me that these creeped you out…just a little?

That’s all for now. Have a good weekend. Check back tomorrow to see who won in “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” #BoTB showdown!

 

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#Halloween Edition – Vintage Masks, Treat Bags, Candy, & More #tbt

Purrs and howdys, Kittens & Dawgs! For the next three weeks, I plan to bring to you Halloween memories from my childhood in my Throw Back Thursday series. Today, I’m reminiscing of masks, treat bags, candy, and more!

Halloween is wildly popular with adults more so than I remember it ever being as a kid.  I liked dressing up when my folks could afford it but usually all we got was a plastic mask and that was pretty darn neat!

Here’s just a few…

BAT GIRL

I think my best friend wore one like this.

 

CLEOPATRA

I was Queen of the Nile one year and I not only had the mask but an inexpensive costume. I was so excited to wear a real costume, maybe too excited because I ran out the front door and tripped into a big mud puddle. Soaked to the bone, I returned home to change clothes. I was miserable for messing up my new costume and the cold, wet weather made things worse. I really wanted to wear the complete outfit because it was my first time to have a nifty costume. In the end, I had a lot of fun and getting lots of candy made me feel better. 🙂

GYPSY PRINCESS

Another year, I was a Gypsy but nohave a costume. Seeing this mask reminds me of the vintage classic, “The Wolf Man”. I plan to talk about that in another installment. 😉

To collect the hordes of candy, most of the time we used a paper bag to hold our candy loot. I almost remember us decorating our paper bags like this, except I don’t think my jack-o-lantern ever wore a patch.

Sometimes, I used a small plastic pumpkin shaped Halloween bucket sorta like one below. This is what we got our children.

DH said he used an orange heavy-duty plastic bag and believe it or not, we have his “trick or treat” bag some where in this house. All three of the kids used it at one point. I think it’s awesome that they were able to use some of the things from DH’s boyhood.

Most of our Halloween stash consisted of “penny candy” along with a few pieces of chocolate or bubblegum.

However, if we were really lucky sometimes the women in our community would go the extra mile to give us home-made popcorn ball or candy or caramel apples. Now, that was a real treat!

A fun thing we liked to buy just days before Halloween was candy waxed lips especially the fang version.

Candy implies you can eat it but these waxed lips weren’t disgestible. The best we could do was chew on the flavored wax like gum until our jaw couldn’t take it anymore. It seems like such a waste now but it was part of a fun childhood experience and one I wouldn’t give up.

I found a fun Halloween playlist of 50s and 60s tunes on YouTube, many made before I was born but know very well today and some released during my youth. So, I will sign off for now with a bit of mewsic.

  1. That Old Black Magic – Peggy Lee 1952 (0:07)
  2. The Headless Horseman – Bing Crosby 1953 (0:43)
  3. Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra 1957 (1:14)
  4. The Monster Hop – Burt Convy 1958  (1:50)
  5. Love Potion #9 –  The Searchers 1959 (2:24)
  6. Grim Grinning Ghosts – Buddy Baker 1962 (3:00)
  7. Beware – Bill Buchanan 1962 (3:37)
  8. Little Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham and the Pharahos 1968 (4:15)
  9. Season of the Witch – Donovan 1966 (4:59)
  10. Boris the Spider – The Who 1966 (5:34)
  11. Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones 1968 (6:10)
  12. Spooky – Classic IV 1969 (6:44)
  13. Bad Moon Rising – Credence Clearwater Rival CCR 1969 (7:21)

 

Did you dress up for Halloween? What was your favorite treat?

Please join me next time for Friday Fun Stuff Sillies Only Edition!

 

 

 

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Vintage “Love is…” comics #tbt

 

 

Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs! I presenting to you my retro post editions in a new time with a new name, Throw Back Thursday (formerly Way Back Wednesday)!

Our school sold stuff like this to raise money for football, cheerleader, or band uniforms. I remember going door-to-door peddling it. I even had one of these groovy “Love” signs hanging on my bedroom wall. I wonder whatever happened to it? I wish I had it!

Everything seemed groovy in the 70s. I don’t know why I thought of this, other than perhaps subconsciously the seed got planted by the return of blogger pal, McGuffy Ann’s Monday inspiration post she calls “Sparks” and so like that *snap* the cartoon series “Love is” popped in my mind. Do you remember this popular comic?

“Love is” is a single cartoon illustration designed by New Zealand artist, Kim Casali, for her then husband-to-be, Robert Casali in the 60s. The series started as love notes to Robert that were published in booklets later in the decade before breaking into the newsprint of the 70s. Her cartoons became widely syndicated around the and her most popular phrase was “Love is being able to say you’re sorry…” in 1972; appearing on cards and souveniors, which I actually remember.

After Robert became terminally ill, Kim hired Bill Asprey, a London artist, to resume her drawings under her name to spend time with her husband. No doubt the sketches I grew up enjoying Asprey drew who began in 1975 and continues to the comic now.  After Kim’s death in 1997, Stefano, her son took over MiniKim the company that manages the intellectual rights. What does that mean anyhow?

Kim’s sentiments began with her husband and these expressions are felt by many still. I believe we need a dose of “Love is” today, so I’m gonna share with you samples of Kim’s work that is sure to make you smile.

The “Love is” cartoon has a sentimental place in my heart because this is something I enjoyed reading during my courtship with DH. Experiencing such deep love for DH, I now know just how much Kim loved Robert. It’s obvious because the way she felt for her husband matches the way I feel for mine. Love is more than love for a partner. Love is being able to count on a friend, like you!

 

These good feeling, positive vibes of love begin first within each of us and it’s up to us to nuture this love, sharing it with one special person, then spreading it to others. After all Love is….

 

 

Did you read the “Love is…” comics?

Do you remember the melted plastic popcorn art?

Write your own phrase, how would you finish, Love is….?

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