Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Over The River And Through The Woods.......

To Nana and Papa's house Miss Margaret came!!

Miss Margaret traveled from Atlanta to celebrate her first birthday at Nana and Papa's house.

And all of her Aunts were here too!! Add two boyfriends to the mix and the Xavier Ct. house was full to the brim!

We planned a birthday party and invited all of our family friends!

A collage of pictures from Margaret's first year was put together...not that she's a princess or anything....


since she lives on the East Coast and our friends live on the West Coast, we wanted to share how she has changed throughout the year.

Metal vases filled with spider Mums, Sunflowers and Pinwheels were on the tables in the yard and the buffet table!

We spent a great day at the beach, Margaret loved the ocean! One of our favorite beaches to go to is Capitola.....30 minutes away, door to parked on the beach with beach chairs, waiting for the sun to break through the clouds!

 We meet up with sisters who grew up with my girls and their three boys....These girls and their kids are very special to the McKinley's... their mom is my best friend who suffers from Alzheimer's and cannot interact with them any more.

Nothing like a week with a one year old to brighten your spirits!!

Happy Birthday Miss Margaret! Papa and I love you to the moon and back!!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Back In The Swing Of Things?????

Sort of.......

I'm not sure why, but the last month or so I've been in "blue funk"...at least that's what my Mom used to call it.

I just can't seem to get going on pretty much anything....and when I'm out of sorts, everything seems to be out of sorts.

The month of June was especially draining at work....June is end year for us, so the pressure is on to wrap things up for the year.  Working 70 plus hours a week takes it's toll on me.

I also don't keep up on the housework, going for my walks or to the gym, watching what I eat, or blogging.

Any who, I'm feeling a little better, and wanted to share a few recent garage sale finds.

This garage sale had a ton of Golden Books and a few Junior Elf ones too. 

The Paper Doll Wedding book is my favorite!! I haven't seen this Golden Book before!!

The bride and the ring bearer are missing, but it's still a pretty cool book!!

A couple of puzzles, a picture of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, and a few vintage Christmas ornaments....

Lap trays, napkins by Vera, (love these), and a jar of buttons

As I look around the Xavier Ct house, I realize that I have a lot of stuff!  I have made a promise to myself, that unless it's really spectacular, I'm not buying it!! 

I know what you're thinking....we'll see how long that rule lasts!!

I actually think I see a garage sale in my future!


Thursday, July 4, 2013

God Bless America.....A Little History Of....


I've shared this picture of my Dad and his sister Kathleen before, but it's one of my favorite photos, so.......I'm sharing it again. 

Salida Colorado, 4th of July around 1916.....my Dad in his WW1 uniform and his American flag.

Any who....a friend shared the info below with me about the song God Bless America, and I had to pass it along.

And you have to watch the YouTube video.....it's true what they say....it brought a tear to my eye!

                                           America - The Origin Of The Song
Do you remember Kate Smith? Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing God Bless America on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.
Here are the facts. The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of God Bless America.  But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.
The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans. 
This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were huge, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.
Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, It ain't over till the fat lady sings. Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.
Kate was also patriotic.  It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote White Christmas) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country.  When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her.
He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, twenty two years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra.  She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.
This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, You're In The Army Now.  At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan.
To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country.  Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry and for many generations of Americans to follow.  Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it and treasure it even more.
Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with God Bless America.  So here's the entire song as originally sung.