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Memories of Thanksgiving – My Childhood #tbt

 

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

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

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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1977 The King Dies,The Force, 2 Crazy Guys, & More #tbt

Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs! I presenting to you my retro post editions on a new day with a new name, Throw Back Thursday (formerly Way Back Wednesday) with a look back in time to 1977!

 

The year the King of Rock n’ Roll died!

ELVIS: ALOHA FROM HAWAII (Aired 04/04/73) Gary Null, Photographer

This past August 16th marked the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. Do you remember this world breaking news? I do. I was sitting in the living room with then DBF (now DH) on the sofa when the report cut into our TV programming. My jaw hit the floor with the passing of this legend. He was only 42 at the time of his death.

I found supposedly this quote by Elvis just before his death after meeting Scientologists who tried to recruit him.

Elvis fumed: “The hell with those people. There’s no way I’ll ever get involved with that s.o.b. group. All they want is my money.”

Star Wars IV, New Hope, released in theatres in May of 1977 and is the second highest grossing movie in North America for which we all recognize the popular quote, “May the force be with you“. We didn’t actually see this film until after we got married in 1979.

Saturday Night Live was the popular late night TV viewing for many and became the springboard for two comedians. I didn’t watch it much because I’m not a night owl but I do remember Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd characters, mostly from watching the show after getting married.

“WE ARE TWO WILD AND CRAZY GUYS!”

Popular TV Shows I watched…

  1. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
  2. Happy Days (ABC)
  3. Three’s Company (ABC)
  4. Charlie’s Angels (ABC)
  5. All in the Family (CBS)
  6. Little House on the Prairie (NBC)
  7. Alice (CBS)
  8. One Day at a Time (CBS)
  9. M*A*S*H (CBS)
  10. 60 Minutes (CBS)

I didn’t watch MASH or 60 Minutes much in those years. I had a greater appreciation for both shows by the time I was in my early 20s and 30s, especially M*A*S*H. I only liked watching the Andy Roony segment on 60 Minutes.

 

I’m not sure when these individual clips originally ran on 60 Minutes but they are a lot of fun to watch. Rooney’s humorous commentaries are sure to make you smile. They do me!

This is also the year, DH graduated high school. I can’t believe it’s been 40 years! In this time, he’s lost classmates and friends.  It’s sad how the hands of time give one the shaft in so many ways. He started college in the fall and I began grade 10. Just look at me, aren’t I cute? lol Geez, my face is chubby! We called DD#2 “Chubby Checks” when she was little. She favors me the most but you see her daddy in her, too.  Anywho, those pencil eyebrows were the thing and parting one’s hair in the middle was the style. Neither really suited me. My appearance hasn’t changed a lot over the years, I don’t think, except my eyebrows aren’t this thin and I part (sorta) my a hair to one side (see me here).

 

Where were you and what were you doing in 1977?

 

I can’t close out the year without sharing some popular mewsic with you. Hit play while you read my responses to Joyce’s Wednesday Hodgepodge questions!

 

 

 

That’s all for now. I want to encourage you to join my email circulation (see side menu) to not miss the latest mews from Curious as a Cathy and I hope to see you tomorrow at Friday Fun Stuff for some giggles.

 

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1983: Mobile Phones, Fashions,Technology, & #Music #wbw

Good day, Kittens and Dawgs! Thanks for dropping by this morning, Kittens and Dawgs! It’s mid-week and I know most of y’all are here looking for my “not-so Wordless Wednesday” contribution. It went live earlier HERE at 12am. After you join my linky party be sure to come back to this post! 😉

In today’s WBW edition, let’s flashback to the year…

I got to thinking about communications on the go this week, since we’re planning to get new iPhones with ours on the unpredictable side due to age. Although, Motorola introduced the first mobile handset in the early 70s. Very few folks had them. In the 80s the handsets became smaller and in 1983, Motorola debuted the first portable units.

Portable phone technology has changed a lot since its introduction but if Apple and Android companies keep it up they’ll soon have phones nearly this big again. LOL When I think of portable, I think of small. Whatever happened to the days when you could slip your mobile phone in your pants’ pocket? I struggle to get my iPhone5s in mine and there’s no way the newest generation iPhone will fit! *smack forehead*

I graduated technical school with an A.S. in Business Data Processing in the spring of this year.  I studied programming but didn’t land a job as a programmer. My first job was in computer sales. I wore a gray wool dress suit for my interview – jacket, skirt, and blouse.  It looks similar to the first photo except it had two small jacket pockets and the skirt had a slip on the backside. I also recall wearing the other fashions pictured below.

I wore classic pumps and sandel heels.  I had a pair of black dress boots, too.  Gee, I wish I had those boots today!  Anyhwo, I don’t know how you feel but I think women dressed better 30+ years ago than they do today in the workforce and on the go, what do you think?

In keeping with the idea of “portable” technology because we love our computers small and in 1983 this was small.

Look at that hefty price! Today we have faster, smaller computing in the palm of our hands with smartphones and other mobile devices than we had in a portable computers 34 years ago.  Can you image having to store data on floppy drives? We would totally freak out! On the upside, we’d have some nice biceps toting this heavy booger around. 😀

If you want to chock a bit on a price tag, Apple (formerly Macintosh) released “Lisa” a desktop computer (pictured below) in ’83. Are you ready for the price? You may want to set down for this… are you sitting? If you’re not, then don’t say I didn’t warn you. The sticker price….$10,000!

Needless to say at $10k this was worse than a fatal computer error as sales flopped due to the high cost of the unit.

The first compact disc player invention announced this year but it didn’t reach the pubic until the following year but Sony one of the front-runners of music on the go kept making Walkman technology more compact.

 

 

Speaking of music, how about listening to a few top hits while you read my hodgepodge responses. 😉

 

 

Did you have one of the first portable phones, computers, or mewsic player? What did you wear mostly, dresses or slacks? What songs do you remember from 1983?

 

Next, I’m visiting Joyce for her mid-week Q&A to give you a little insight of the workings of my brain and others. Feel free to play along! 😉

1. What’s something you’d rate a 10/10? Tell us why.

I think I shall give DH a “10”. He’s the best husband in the world! I don’t know why God gave me such a wonderful man but He did and I’m the luckiest girl in the whole world. I know what you’re thinking, she’s dreaming. If I am then don’t wake me up! This 38 year coma is pretty darn nice. 😀

2. What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?

Hmm, the list is impossibly long with this question because there are so many jobs requiring a particular set of skills that I am not trained to do or interest me to do or maybe not smart enough to tackle. Somedays, I feel I fail at my job as a mother but then I know every mother feels this way on occasion which needs no explanation. This is one of those days, too. Please keep me in your prayers. 

3. When did you last take a fall? What’s something you’re falling for (in a good way) these days?

I think the last time I fell down was in 2013 while unloading the car. Grocery shopping is always a big job and getting everything inside to put away is another big job.  I’m like a crazy woman with a mission. I’ll grab some bags race up the few steps leading to our porch then in the house I go. I do this repeatedly until it’s done but on this occasion my toe caught the edge of the step and down I went.  Luckily,  I caught myself as I fell with my arms bent and my back straight. I could’ve cracked my forehead on the steps but God had His hands upon this idiot. I did feel a bit stiff, so I took it easy after that so to not do it again.

I can’t think of anything I’m falling for other than the first day of fall.  This is my favorite season. I love everything fall! So, I’ll be falling for lots of tasty treats and cooler temps!

4. According to the Travel Channel here are some of America’s best fall festivals- National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM).   Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed? Which one appeals to you most? Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?

I have not been to any of the festivals listed. I think the Harvest on the Harbor festival most interests me simply because it’s in New England and I’d revisit coastal Maine again.

Knoxville hosts a state fair early September and businesses’ sponsor the Autumnfest and Oktoberfest but these are things we usually do not attend.  I don’t like being in a crowd because people will are rude and impatient. They will plow over top you if you let them, so I just try to stay out of situations like that because it’s too stressful.

5. What is your goodbye message to summer?

Dear Days of summer,

Although, you’re not my favorite season. I do feel a little sad by your going away. I tried my best for the first time to not wish my days away while you were around because I’ve come to realize juse how short life is and while living in the moment I still found it hard to not look forward to fall.  The things I will miss the most is your seemingly long days and beautiful cotton candy sunset skies and things I won’t miss is your heat and humidity. So, until next time we meet, God willing…farewell!

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Blogging makes me happy for the most part but since my return I think I’m taking things too fast and it’s causing me to rethinking (again) how often I should post.  I find I can’t keep up with the comments and return visits like I want while doing other important things.  Maybe, it’s just the way this year has spirled with DH’s eye health, kid-related situations, and more.  I’m feeling a bit down today and I don’t like it one bit.  In God’s hands I send these issues and with Him I place my trust. He is my strength and guide. I will lean on His understanding in all things! I’m sorry for the glum. I’ll be okay…I promise! 😉

 

That’s all for now. At this time I’m unsure how often I will bring these posts to you but I experimenting with my schedule and trying to find my way back to my older style of blogging. I encourage you to keep from missing a single post to subscribe by email to get notifications of the latest mews from Curious as a Cathy. It was such a pleasure to have your visit and I hope to see you for some Friday fun with skyviews, giggles, and more!  X💋X💋, Cathy

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