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Donald Duck

Thursday, June 9 is Donald Duck Day.

Donald Duck is my all time favorite cartoon character. I have comic books, cups, glasses, videos and note paper. I still have a toy with Donald and Daisy sitting in it. I love both Donald and Daisy’s personality. Both of them are great but their temper just kicks in sometimes.

Donald Fauntleroy Duck’s first cartoon appeared on 6/9/1934 in Silly Symphonies The Wise Little Hen.

Donald can be obsessed with money, gold, and treasures and has on occasion participated in a get rich quick scheme which he had no doubt learned from his Uncle Scrooge.

When Donald finds himself intimidated or threatened by someone or something, instead of getting scared he gets mad. He has fought his nemesis Pete, ghosts, sharks, mountain goats, and forces of nature.

He truly loves his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. He was also quite fond of Daisy Duck and was known to say “Hiya, Toots” when he saw her coming.

If you are a fan like I am, please take some time to catch up with Donald, Daisy, and friends and enjoy some classic moments of their lives and ours.Dd-1

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Carpenter Bees on the Porch

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This Spring just as the last few, enjoying time spent sitting on the front porch has been interrupted by the deep buzzing of what I thought were Bumble Bees. My thinking is that they were not going to run me off of my own porch; just ignore them and they will leave us alone. That was true but now my dog has decided to catch them with a lunge and bite. Now I do not want to see that happen but I do not want to kill the bees either. After looking on the internet I find that these are not Bumble Bees but Carpenter Bees. The males do not sting and the females are not going to unless provoked. The fact that they are living up in the porch rafters tells us that they are Carpenters. Bumble Bees live in holes in the ground usually in the burrowed holes of mice, etc.
I found that the best way to get rid of them is to take out some paint and spruce up the porch. Carpenter Bees do not like the smell of paint and should relocate. And in the meantime, my porch looks better. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

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Family Time

I totally agree with Melissa Peduzzi when I read her story on building strong family relationships. Family time is a commitment to being in the moment, and delighting in these wonderful people who are your family. puzzle-774055_960_720.pngIt’s not enough to be there physically, for this time, you have to get rid of all the distractions that might interfere with your focus.

Put the cell phone away, shut the TV and focus on what is truly important. Listen, interact and show your pleasure in what is uppermost in everybody’s mind today.

Do things together. Have a list of ideas that everybody would enjoy and choose one and wholeheartedly get into it. Some of my ideas are:

Go to the local park

Take a bike ride

Go and see how many different birds, butterflies, bugs, etc, you can find

Take the camera and take some family and nature photos

Get the kite flying

Build a sand castle in summer or a snowman in winter

If it’s a stay inside type of day build a diy project

Bake some cookies with Mom

Pull out the board games and have game night

Good old conversations, hearty laughter, and lots of love will do wonders for the health of the family.

Don’t forget to have family Bible study, Church and Sunday School. When God is uppermost in your life, you know you are on the right path.

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Nestle Quik

When I was exploring the internet this morning, look what I found.nestle-quick-mug-front-936464_1280

I had this cup in my kitchen cabinet for several years for ny son who understandably would not drink his Nestle Quik in anything else. I am happy to say that it now resides in his home for his sons.

    • Nestlé Quik Chocolate Powder was introduced in 1948.
    • Nestlé Quik Banana Powder was introduced 1954.
    • Nestlé Quik Strawberry Powder was introduced prior to 1960.
    • Nestlé Quik Vanilla Powder was introduced in 1979, discontinued in 2006.
    • Additional powder flavors have been introduced, but discontinued: Grape (1970’s?-?), Cherry (1989–1995), Jungle Jaffa (199?-200?), Mango (1991-2000), Cream (1997), Triple Chocolate (2002–2006), Vanilla (2003–2006), Honey (2001–2006), Crème Soda (sold in South Africa until recently), Caramel,[2] Cookies & Cream.
    • Nestlé Quik Chocolate No Sugar Added was introduced in 1993. This product contains artificial sweetener (sucralose)
    • Jimmy Nelson, Danny O’Day and Farfel[

    • In 1955, Nestlé hired ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson to do its advertising on children’s television programming. Nelson’s dummy Danny O’Day would say that Quik “makes milk taste…like a mill-ion” (dollars). Danny and a dog named Farfel would finish the commercials by singing Nestlé’s brand-new signature jingle:

      Danny: N-E-S-T-L-E-S,

      Nestlé’s makes the very best…

      Farfel: Choc-‘late

      Farfel would finish with the sound of his jaw snapping shut. This effect was accidentally invented when Nelson’s sweaty finger (a result of nervousness) slipped off the mouth control during his first audition in front of the Nestlé executives. This would normally be a serious technical mistake for a ventriloquist, but they actually liked it so much they insisted Nelson keep it in. Nelson performed the jingle that way for ten years.[3]

  • This will make you smile!
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Wash Day Circa 1962

I ran across a picture of some ladies doing laundry in the early 1900s and I thought “Wow”, maybe I’d better stop complaining about needing to get my laundry done.

That thought took me to the search engine to the wringer washers. While looking at the pictures of different brands I think I found the one that we had in the early to mid 60’s. One of my chores was washing at least some of the clothes and I remember distinctly using that machine. In a cool, damp basement we had that washing machine sitting in front of the double galvanized sink. Both sides were filled with water along with the washer. Afer washing a load of clothes you piece by piece put the clothes into the wringer and into the first washtub. Now you swirl them around and then turn the wringer so that it faces the second tub. Now you do your second rinse. When all soap has been rinsed away you put them through the wringer and into your clothes basket.

On a nice day you take the clothes and clothespins outside and hang them on the clothes line. In winter we hung them on the clothesline in the basement. We never had any clothes softeners so they would be stiff, especially jeans. But if the day was nice with a great breeze and you had the bedding on the clothes line, it was absolutely wonderful to crawl in bed and fall asleep with that outside aroma. All of a sudden wash day 1109-1didn’t seem so bad!

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The Seward Johnson Collection

My sister and I had a great time on Saturday. We have been looking forward to this day since last Fall. It was the first Saturday this year that we had a list of yard sales to go to. With dollar bills in our purses, we took off with great anticipation. To be honest, we really didn’t care if we find a lot of goodies or not. If we find one or two items it is just fine with us. It’s really about the day. After breakfast, we got busy on shopping then decided to go into town for pizza at one of our favorite pizza places. Then we went into Crown Point, Indiana to see the statues at The Square. They had lots, including Abraham Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe and more.

Following an early career as a painter, Seward Johnson turned his talents to the medium of sculpture. Since then, more than 450 of Johnson’s life-size cast bronze figures have been featured in private collections and museums in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as prominent places in the public realm such as Rockefeller Center, Pacific Place, Hong Kong, Les Halles in Paris and Via Condotti in Rome.

My art is an imitation of life. [The Sculptures] do many things; they can warm up IMG_0146a park or public space and they invite people to come into that space so that they don’t feel quite alone. They also make good neighbors — they don’t make a lot of noise.

Realism has the capacity to reach everyone; there is no age barrier, no culture barrier. As the breadth of communication expands, so does the potency of a particular work”.