Thursday, November 17, 2011

(Don't) Let it Snow!

Supposed to snow here tonight.. that does not make me a happy camper.  Last year I slid down a busy hill backward in my car....very, very unpleasant feeling.  So, this year I now have studded snow tires on, just in case.  Sure, it's all pretty and quiet and sparkling when in snows, and it seems so light out with the moon shining down. And, there's the soft crunching noise as you tread carefully. Okay - the clinic may close early allowing us all to go home, and really there's NOTHING more satisfying than grabbing a handful of ice cold snow and shoving it down the back of Dave's shirt..
But NO! No Snow! No giant snowballs on the ends of my horses tails, no hauling warm buckets of water from the bathtub out to them twice a day... no seeing funny little footprints on top of the snow and trying to figure out what critter put them there, no making snow creatures in the dark.. no sledding...
OKAY - fine... Let it SNOW!

To keep you toasty warm this winter, here are a few items from our friends at!

From curiocache Thinsulate warm gloves!

Toasty warm brand new jacket from vol0398

Boston Warehouse Sitting Pretty Spreader Set

This Sitting Pretty Spreader Set is new in box!
The packaging is still sealed.
I did acquire it at an Estate Sale.

Sitting Pretty Spreader Set is Model No. 19175
from Boston Warehouse - BW.
The set contains 4 spreaders
and features adorable, whimsical cats.
It is perfect for any cat lover!

Available at in FleaPirates' Store!

Sarah Coventry Jewelry History

Most galls over 50 in America have at least one piece of Sarah Coventry Jewelry. I had several friends that sold the jewelry so at one time I had 2 boxes overflowing with Sarah. None of it ever tarnished or broke so for costume jewelry it was high quality.


Sarah Coventry jewelry received its name from Charles H. Stuart, the founder of Emmons Home Fashion. Sarah was named after his grand daughter where as Emmons was named after his wife, Caroline Emmons. The mark for "Emmons" was first used in 1948 and Emmons was incorporated in February of 1949, with Sarah Coventry coming into being, November of the same year. They started their business under home fashion shows and maintained the way they did business till 1984, and were sold to a Chicago based firm who produced jewelry for a Canadian company using the same name. Sarah Coventry continued making fine jewelry with precious gemstones under P B Manufactures. The home shows were discontinued in 1984.
The first known marks were "Coventry" used in 1949, for both men's and ladies jewelry. The next known mark was "Sarah Coventry" and in 1950 the mark of "SC" was first used. Then sometime around 1951 the mark of just "Sarah" was used and they continued to incorporate the mark into later jewelry.
The Mark "SC" was still in use in 1953 for costume jewelry, and in 1960 the mark of "Sarah Cov" came into existence.
The mark of "SAC" has been attributed to Sarah Coventry jewelry but there are no records indicating when it was used but the mark existed in the mid 1950s and was used to the 1960s.
Emmons and Sarah Coventry jewelry did not design or manufacture their own jewelry but purchased their designs that were manufactured by other producers of costume jewelry around the Providence, R.I. area.
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Christmas Past

A very nice blog was left by "Love Your Pet Expo" and it brought back many memories for me. Thanks for posting it.

I am from a large family and Christmas was a time of year that I think my parents did not look forward to. With so many children and so little money we mostly only got one gift and sometimes it was a new piece of clothing. That was fine as we did not go hungry or sleep in the streets. We had all the main items needed to grow, warmth, a roof over our head and mostly love.

On the block where we lived there were 5 other girls from other families and we were always together. Their situation was not like ours but I guess their parents talked to them because we were never called things like poor white trash or needy or anything else. Us girls were a team, where one went all went.

I especially remember one year two of the girls were going to get a bike. I asked my Mom and Dad and all the could say was they were sorry but they could not afford it. One of the girls told her dad and I did not know it but they came to the door on Christmas day with a bike for me. I saw tears in my mothers eyes but did not understand that till years later.

The father of one of the girls was with them. I just loved him. He was a fireman and always so nice to all of us kids. Well seems like my friend told her daddy and they had a bike at the fire station that went unclaimed for 2 months and he ask if he could give it to someone for Christmas. He painted it and fixed minor bumps and it looked new. He had asked my parents if he could do this as I guess he did not want to hurt their feeelings.

A great surprise for me. My brother wanted to be the first to ride it and being younger than me I think he thought it was for all of us and as it turned out the bike was shared as it should have been.

That is the one Christmas that sticks out in my mind. And every year we buy toys and put them in the toys for tots box. Makes my heart feel so good to do this. They are not really expensive toys but some kids really just like to get SOMETHING for Christmas. They don't look at price tags and they can't wait to get them out of the package.

Love Your Pet Expo... thanks so much for your blog as it brought back nice memories for me.


Christmas Hint #17 -- A Gently Used Christmas

Little kids don’t understand when times are tough. We had a really bleak year when our kids were small, that might have led to a very slim Christmas. We decided to have a serious talk with our kids about money. We explained that they would probably only get one new present each, but they could have the option of getting used toys and have a whole lot more. They didn’t hesitate. MORE! They didn’t care if their presents were new, they just wanted lots of them.

Those were the days before computers, so we couldn’t shop online, but there were plenty of garage sales, classified ads, rummage sales, and “children’s exchange” stores – I don’t remember anything called a “thrift store” back then.

We spent many fun evenings painting and refurbishing our used treasures and the pile of presents grew as fast as any other year. Christmas morning was a huge success and the best part was that we had no Christmas “hangover” of credit card debt.

Here are some great toy bargains from OLA.

Who can resist Winnie The Pooh?

Share the Spirit

This was posted in our chats by "Secret Santa". It is so wonderful, I wanted to share it with you all!!

"No matter how you celebrate the holidays, celebrate with someone who has served this country but won't be home for the holidays:

When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take ONE CARD and SEND it to this address: Holiday Mail for Heroes, PO BOX 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456 (according to Snopes this is the correct address). If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these soldiers could get to bring up their spirits! Feel free to re-post. This is a wonderful thing to do!!!

That address again:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456"

And I will challenge you even further.

Find out where your closest Veterans Hospital is . . . you should be able to look it up on the internet! Get the address and send ONE CARD to A Recovering American Veteran c/o your local VA Hospital.

Did you know that a lot of veterans don't have people close by? Send a Veteran a Christmas wish, too!! And if the hospital is close to you, stop in and visit some of our Veterans!! It's a wonderful thing to do this Christmas!! You'll be glad you did!!

If you need a gift for a Veteran, check out what our sellers on have to offer!

Coke or Pepsi??

For me...PEPSI!!!  For Dave, Pepsi till he became diabetic, and now it's diet Coke (he's doesn't like diet Pepsi..but I do..)  We're pretty much evenly divided at work.. although the younger people there (in their 20's and 30's) all seem to prefer WATER!! Kids these days...

So, what is the OLA consensus...Coke (boo!)  or Pepsi??  (yea!!)

To help you decide, here are a few cool collectibles I found at!

From clarksantiques an unused soda fountain cap!

From Sparky44_1999 is a set of 3 Coke magnets!

From yourstore2011 a cool Pepsi sign!

From jenbana88 an awesome vintage Pepsi bottle!

And if you STILL can't decide..

From k6559 1000 Coke or Pepsi questions to ask your friends!