Monday, January 16, 2012


Hello my friends,
have you ever been to SAKHALIN? No? Then we have something in common. But I am offering a photo disc with vintage images between 1894 and 1905. CLICK HERE TO BUY.
Sakhalin or Saharin or Saghalien, is a large island in the North Pacific, lying between 45°50' and 54°24' N.It is part of Russia, and is Russia's largest island, and is administered as part of Sakhalin Oblast. Sakhalin, which is about one fifth the size of Japan, is just off the east coast of Russia, and just north of Japan.The indigenous peoples of the island are the Sakhalin Ainu, Oroks and Nivkhs. Most Ainu relocated to Hokkaidō when the Japanese were displaced from the island in 1949. Sakhalin was claimed by both Russia and Japan in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, which led to bitter disputes between the two countries over control of the island.The European names derive from misinterpretation of a Manchu name sahaliyan ula angga hada ("peak/craggy rock at the mouth of the Amur River"). Sahaliyan, the word that has been borrowed in the form of "Sakhalin", means "black" in Manchu and is the proper Manchu name of the Amur River (sahaliyan ula, literally "Black River" ; see Sikhote-Alin). Its Japanese name, Karafuto (樺太), supposedly comes from Ainu kamuy kar put ya mosir (カムイ・カラ・プト・ヤ・モシリ, shortened to Karput カラ・プト), which means "Land/Island/Country at the Shore of the God-Made (River) Mouth/Confluence."[citation needed] The name was used by the Japanese during their possession of its southern part (1905–1945).

Coca-Cola: A short history

John Pemberton originally formulated the prototype Coca-Cola recipe at the Eagle Drug and Chemical Company in Columbus Georgia and originally called it Pemberton’s French Wine Coca.

When prohibition legislation was passed in 1886 for Fulton County and Atlanta, Pemberton developed Coca-Cola, a non-alcoholic version of Pemberton’s French Wine Coca. Sold at first as a patented medicine, it was claimed Coca-Cola could cure all sorts of diseases. It cost 5 cents.

Initially, Coca-Cola contained cocaine and caffeine; cocaine from the cola leaf and caffeine from the kola nut, hence the name, although the k was change to c for marketing purposes. After 1904, the company started using “spent” cola leaves rather than fresh leaves. The only company in the United States authorized to import and process the cola leaf is the Stepan Company, producing the coca flavoring agent for Coca-Cola and extracts cocaine from the coca leaves, which it sells to Mallinckrodt, a company in St. Louis MO which is a pharmaceutical manufacturer; the only company licensed in the United States to purify cocaine for medicinal use.

It has been rumored that Coca-Cola was originally green but this is a rumor only. The original formula called for caramel to be added, creating the brown color of the drink.

Coca-Cola was originally sold at the counters of pharmacies but began bottling the soda in 1894. In 1955, Coca-Cola began appearing in cans.

In April 1985, Coca-Cola changed the formula to the “New Coke”, which created a lot of publicity and fanfare. The consumers, however, wanted the old Coke to return. Within months, the “old Coke” was returned, labeled as Coca-Cola Classic. By 2011, the Coca-Cola Classic label has disappeared as the “New Coke” is no longer in production.

Coca-Cola’s advertising has definitely affected American culture. The company was credited with inventing the modern image of Santa Claus as an old man in a red and white suit but did not start using this image until 1930. White Rock Beverages actually began using this image in 1923 for ginger ale. Coca-Cola used smartly dressed young ladies before Santa Claus. The first advertisement in 1895 featured the young Bostonian acrtress Hilda Clark as its spokeswoman.

In 1941, Coca-Cola saw the first use of the nickname “Coke” as an official trademark for the product.

Over the years, there have been and still is a wide variety of advertisements by the Coca-Cola Company, one of the most well known labels on the market. From tin cans to trucks, belt buckles to dishes, postcards to tokens, Coca-Cola has been one of the leaders in marketing strategies.

Here at, we have some of those wonderful Coca-Cola items. Some are new and some are old! Take a peek at the few that I have added to todays post!

How cute! 

This brings back memories!

I'd never seen one of these!

I love these old trays!

And if you are a belt buckle buff, here is one of several from BlueRacer!!
coca-cola belt buckle.1991
This Olive Oyl Coca Cola Kollect a Set Glass from Kornkountrytreasures. We have another Kollect a Set glass, also!

We have SOOOOOOO many more!! So come on over to and look around!
And if this isn't what you are looking for, please feel free to browse through our store, KornKountryTreasures!!
Thank you!

Gotta Love Them

Don’t get me wrong…I love my pets, but…….

We have a kitty that my son just brought home one day last year. She’s very pretty and most of the time very sweet. However, she hasn’t been spayed yet, and no matter how much I threaten my son that she’s going to go, he has done nothing….he knows me well. Anyway, she’s pretty much “in heat” every other week. At least I think that’s what her problem is. She seems to think my slippers are going to help her out somehow. Her mewling drives me insane!! I mean, I get it…she wants “some”, but really, give me a break. I can’t recall ever being like that when I was younger….well, maybe once, but at least I have a son to show for it….’nough said.

My other cat will be 13 on Valentine’s Day. She seems to have forgotten where the litter box is. But only for pooping. She has no problem finding it for peeing. As a matter of fact, she will pee in the box, jump out and poop right next to it. Really? I’m pretty sure I’ve never pooped on the floor, even though I am older than she is. So age is no excuse. How much more effort would it take to stay in the box to do her business?

I have a dog. He also will be 13 this year (in June), but he’s pretty much a perennial puppy, except when he wants to play old. The strangest part about him is he’s a Sheltie. Therefore, he is supposed to be part of the “herding” family of dogs. Well, I’ve never seen this animal chase down even a chipmunk. Not only that, but I think his brain is in backwards. He WILL herd humans, but only by walking backwards in front of them. He will also do this to the cats if I tell him to “go get the kitties”. He will get in their faces, bark and walk backward in front of them. Do they understand? No more than I do I guess because they just ignore him. The “old” part of him is his suddenly selective hearing. I can call to him and he will just pretend I’m not there, but if I whisper his name to “daddy”, he will come running to see what I’m talking about. Maybe that’s not such a dog thing, maybe it’s just a “guy” thing (sorry guys).

All in all, my pets take a sense of humor to live with, but they probably think the same thing about me. But I love them all to death and I sure hope they are grateful for that. LOL

If you have pets or love pets or know someone with pets, check out what some of the OLA sellers have available for YOUR “gotta love them anyway” babies:

Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook from plussizeglamor

Home grown catnip from robinsgoneshopn

And a stuffingless squeak toy from me

There are tons and tons more pet items available on OLA for you and your babies to enjoy! I hope you will come by and check them out.


Hello my friends,
it is time to introduce some German music on OLA. Todays feature: GROBSCHNITT.
Grobschnitt was a West German rock band which existed between 1970 and 1989 (re-united in the late 2000s). Their style evolved as time passed, beginning with psychedelic rock in the early 1970s before transitioning into symphonic progressive rock, NDW and finally pop rock in the mid-1980s. Grobschnitt, unlike other bands, utilized humor in their music in the form of unexpected noises and silly lyrics and concepts.
As was common with many German bands of the time, Grobschnitt sang in English until the early 1980s, despite touring exclusively in West Germany. The band accrued a loyal fan base through its live performances which included pyrotechnics and German comedic sketches. Highlight performances include Solar Music, an extended mostly-instrumental piece which lasted up to an hour. Grobschnitt were also known for their stamina on stage, frequently performing shows in excess of two hours.
Grobschnitt formed in 1970 from the ashes of The Crew, a psychedelic rock band led by drummer Eroc (Joachim Ehrig). Their new name meant "rough cut", in reference to the style of tobacco.Originally an eight-piece band, Grobschnitt released their self-titled album on Brain Records in 1972 before paring down into their standard five-piece unit. Their first record is stylistically very different from the symphonic sound that became their hallmark.Ballermann, released in 1974, featured new classically-trained keyboardist Mist (Volker Kahrs). Released as a double-album, Ballermann featured humor and silly songs which followed from their entertaining live shows. The second record contains the first released version of "Solar Music", an extended instrumental suite with origins in a piece by The Crew in the late 1960s. "Solar Music" would see frequent performances throughout the band's career as well as being released in two more versions during the band's existence.By 1975, Wolfgang "Popo" Jäger joined Grobschnitt as a bassist and the group released Jumbo. Jumbo fully realized the symphonic style the band had developed, featuring lush keyboard usage. 1977 saw the release of Rockpommel's Land after a German lyric release of Jumbo in 1976. Rockpommel's Land would prove to be Grobschnitt's first commercial success, despite the waning appeal of progressive rock.Solar Music Live, released in 1978, consists of a longer version of the "Solar Music" suite first revealed on Ballermann. Solar Music Live was a commercial success.By 1979 Grobschnitt moved towards shorter song-oriented releases. Merry-Go-Round would be Grobschnitt's last release in the 1970s. Its songs made humorous digs at the disco music trend, commercialism and America.
Grobschnitt released another live album, Volle Molle, in 1980, documenting the recent Merry-Go-Round tour. Popo was soon replaced by Milla Kapolke, before recording the Illegal album in 1981. The subsequent Illegal tour was highly successful.Keyboardist Mist left Grobschnitt before the 1982 recording of Razzia, a NDW-influenced album. Toni Moff Mollo, a friend of Eroc and long-time performer in live shows, was promoted to full member. Grobschnitt's single from Razzia, "Wir wollen leben" ("We Want to Live"), remains a minor footnote in NDW history and proved to be the band's last success.Eroc left Grobschnitt by June 1983, leaving Lupo as band leader. In 1984 Grobschnitt released Kinder und Narren, sporting a distinctly 80s sound with the help of the DX7 synthesizer. Grobschnitt, having abandoned "Solar Music" for several years released a new live version in 1985, Sonnentanz. Fantasten followed in 1987.After Eroc's departure members of Grobschnitt became more transient, many of whom came from the NDW band Extrabreit. Eventually, with the release of Last Party Live in 1989 Grobschnitt disbanded.
Interest in Grobschnitt led to a partial band reunion from May 2007 with Wildschwein, Milla Kapolke and Toni Moff Mollo. Their repertoire consists of classic Grobschnitt songs throughout their career. Dubbed "Next Party", they performed several concerts in 2007 and 2008. Hopes of a full reunion were dashed with the death of Wolfgang Jäger on May 3, 2007. In 2008, Grobschnitt, after 17 years of "silence", released their CD: Grobschnitt Live 2008.