Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Our Third Grade Teacher

This picture was taken a couple of months ago at my Aunt Dorcas' burial at Oakland Cemetery. Luckily the broken branch did not damage any of the tombstones.

I had asked my "three words all the way to Oklahoma City" Uncle if he knew how to spell our third grade teacher's name. He walked to the cemetery today and found her grave marker.

It reads: Vivian E. Misenhimer   1899 - 1999

I wonder how many children she influenced over the years?

Have To Work

Well, I guess I have to leave these.

And them

To follow this

To work

I do not have a picture of work.....who wants to see a row of buildings and a big parking lot?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Grade School Memories

Well, I thought it was time to tell how I ended up married for nigh on forty two years without ever getting a proposal. Hubby and I should have or could have met in the seventh grade when he went to Clarksville School for part of the year. I do not remember him. He does not remember me. He does remember the "Candyman's" daughter though. And no, not the Sammy Davis, Jr. "Candyman". Diane's dad was the very nice gentleman that delivered candy to the stores in town.

I remember Diane as well. She is the girl I cheated off on a test in the third grade. She was wearing a red cardigan. I remember it raining outside while I tried to recall the four seasons. I remember it was Michie School. I do not remember the teacher's name.

We must have moved during the school year because I had Miss Misenhiemer as a teacher in third grade too. I liked her. Daddy said she was one of his teachers when he was in high school. I wonder if she bought that old black car new? I remember seeing her drive it around town after I was grown. If anyone remembers the make and model, I would like to know.

I won third place in a coloring contest in third grade. There must not have been many that entered because I remember scribbling one whole page. The contest was on safety and a policeman presented the certificate. I have thought about putting that on my resume. Not everyone can say they won a coloring contest.

My little Sierra inherited my coloring talents. I have this picture on my wall at work.

The auditorium at Hurie was upstairs. I remember the wooden folding chairs that we sat in for plays or programs. I wonder if Buster had to set them up? I remember a fire drill after we moved to the basement in fourth grade that someone said was because Buster had set some papers on fire in a trash can. I suppose it was to simulate a real fire event.

It was after we moved downstairs that Mrs. Polly made me stand in the hall outside the door because I groaned when she said it was time for geography. Miss Kraus came by and shamed me with a "tsk tsk".

And then we had that really pretty teacher in fifth grade............

Well, I guess I'll have to tell about the non-proposal some other time.

***Disclaimer: Diane did not let me to copy off her paper***

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Beautiful Day

My brother in law gave this to me for my birthday. We share a love of birds and flowers. He is in the nursing home - slowly recovering from a stroke. He probably needs this more than I do now. Maybe Freda should take it to him.

Wouldn't he just love to be sitting out here on this gorgeous day? Arkansas is beautiful.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Going For A Walk

Isn't this a sweet picture? My daughter's day care kids going for a walk...all ten of them plus my grand daughter. They walked to the bus stop to wait for the after school kids.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

No Picnik Soon

Look at this beautiful 1957 Coco Chanel dress I found while looking at the Metropolitan Museum Website. (I am thinking I want to go there - for a week) I think the dress is just lovely. It is made to wear without undergarments as it has heavy boning and netting at the bodice. I can imagine Audrey Hepburn in something like this.

This is what I remember women wearing in the 1950s. They were mostly sewn from patterns. I do not believe I ever saw an evening gown during the 50s. I think I would remember that.

But......the reason for this post is to ask if you have ideas for editing photos after Picnik closes in April. I just got it figured out...and it shuts down. I would mostly like to resize the photos and make the little frames around the pictures. Any ideas?

Friday, February 24, 2012


I'm thinking Mama should have invested in dinnerware. A service for 4 for only $2.79. What we could get out of it now!!

Fifties Fashion

Maybe I will drag myself out of the fifties sometime this summer. Now I'm into fifties fashion. I never had any of these dresses nor did I see anyone in these dresses. Well maybe the little white with blue flowers sleeveless dress. Mama made most of my clothes.

This is a Balenciaga design with the wide collar look he was famous for. I was thinking how the models and actresses in the fifties had a little more meat on their bones until I saw the collar bones on this girl. Look at the cigarette in her hand. No wonder our parents got so addicted to cigarettes. It did look glamorous.

You can forget that "create a slideshow with Picnik" bit 'cause they're closing in April. Everything is free until then though. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mama and Rita

Your mind (or at least my mind) does funny things sometimes. For years now I have envisioned Mama looking just like Rita Hayworth. Actually she does not look like her. I do remember Mama wearing bright red lipstick...just like Rita. She pin-curled her hair and styled it...just like Rita. She often had a cigarette in her hand...just like Rita. 

The picture of Mama was taken when she was thirteen. You can tell how tiny she was. Just three years later she was married and had a baby on the way. That's the way it was.

You cannot tell much with the picture so small but there are little holes all in Mama's picture. I think one of her four brothers may have used her likeness for a dart board.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Hermes Bag

I did a piece during my OB rotation in school about how pregnancy practices have changed over the years. My Grandma had all but the last two of her nine babies at home with no prenatal care and Grandpa in attendance with each birth. When Mama had us, she was sedated throughout the delivery and Daddy stayed in the waiting room. That was the stereotypical portrayal of births on television during the fifties and even into the sixties.

Pregnancies were not as publicly celebrated as they are today. I ran across this article about how Hermes bags are made and how the Kelly bag got it's name. Princess Grace using Hermes bag to hide pregnancy. I thought it interesting that this particular style of bag became know as the Kelly bag due to her use of it to hide her pregnancy. It does seem odd today that a pregnancy needed to be hidden.
Hermes Rouge Garance Togo Birkin 30 Satchel Handbag
I can probably find the website where this Hermes
bag is for sale for $12,995.
Oh, by the way...Mama said that they were expected to stay in bed 10 days after the baby's birth. No getting them up out of the bed ten minutes after delivery.

And another thing...I do not own a Hermes bag and I was not shopping for one.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I Loved Loretta Young Too

I wonder if I could get by with a picture of her
as my profile picture?
I did not realize I had word verification on my blog....I did not ask for it. As I have not had problems with robots and with a little help from my friends, I think I have removed it. Please advise, if not.

Oh, that reminded me of my grandson who did have a robot problem. We were talking about how he wasn't afraid of anything. He said, "Yeah, huh Nana - wobots." All the grandchildren said "Yeah huh" from time to time.

As an apology, I present....Loretta Young. Don't you agree she was lovely?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Gotta' Go To Work

Disclaimer: I am sorry to say this picture was not
taken at my house or by me.

Well, off to work I go. I hope to catch up on all your posts this weekend because I know you are telling of things I want to know about.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

An Oil Change

I rarely get a Valentine's card from my hubby...but he always changes the oil in my car.

He rarely buys me candy either...but he always saves the last Twizzler in the package for me.

I do not remember him buying me many cut flowers...but he digs the holes to plant my azaleas.

He does not take me out to eat much...but he never complains if we have scrambled eggs for supper.

We do not vacation together very often...but he will travel anywhere I am to change a flat tire on my car.

He sometimes tracks mud in on my clean floors...but he takes his boots off every night at my house.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

That's Amore`. Who Sings It Better?

Dean Martin's signature song That's Amore as performed in the 1953 film The Caddy. Amore means "love" in Italian. It received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Original Song that year.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Dusting Of Snow

I think homemade blueberry muffins on this cold "just a dusting of snow" evening will do just fine.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Wells Fargo

Dale Robertson played in the TV Series Wells Fargo from 1957-1962. Daddy liked the show and watched it faithfully each week. Westerns were his favorite.

We were living in a basement apartment on College Avenue when the time for Wells Fargo neared. As the opening credits rolled, the music played, and Dale Robertson's face appeared, Mama said, "Ah, there's my man."

Daddy turned the TV off.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sleepless Night Treatment

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If you have Bette Davis Eyes because you just cannot get to sleep at night, I have a little trick one of my home health patients told me about. 

Have your bedroom a little cool. Go to bed but do not cover up. Get really chilled and then cover up. After you get all warm and snuggly, you will drift right off.

I usually sleep very well and only have three or four sleepless nights a year. When I do, I try this and it works very well.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Picture of Rita Hayworth - Finally!

I promise this is the last I will bring up copyright issues. I am tired of worrying about it as I know you are all tired of hearing it. Patsy, one of my blogging friends, mentioned Bing Images as a source of photos. When I searched Public Domain Rita Hayworth, it came back with several pictures that either were never copyrighted or the copyright ran out. Public Domain photos are free, free, free. There were a lot of Creative Commons photos that I liked more but I am still trying to wrap my mind around that issue.

Anyway, here is Rita. The original Rita. 

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In my opinion, she is more beautiful than any current celebrity.


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Photos Of Me

As I have probably already committed copyright infringement, the question of whether to download pictures of 1950's Hollywood stars may be a moot point.

Most of the family pictures I have already posted were either made by or the film developed by Collier Studio, a photographer who had a shop on Main Street since the early fifties. This baby picture of me was made at Collier's and is stamped Collier Photography Studio on the back.

By the way, we all had to bring a baby picture of ourselves to display in a slide show for our penning ceremony at nursing school. As I was the oldest graduate from my class, they had no difficulty recognizing me in this old black and white picture.

Collier Studio is also stamped on the back of my engagement photograph that was taken there eighteen years later. When I went in to look at the proofs, I told Mr. Collier I liked my hair in one picture but my blemishes were showing too much. He said he would take care of the blemishes and not to worry. I think he did something to my lips as well. They have never been that full. Oh look! I think he straightened my teeth. Or maybe, this isn't really me.

Two years later he developed this snapshot of my son eating his oatmeal and Del Monte raisins with his little Tupperware sippy cup. Collier Studio is stamped on the back of this photo as well.

I tried to get a picture copied at Wal Mart years ago but when they saw the Collier Studio stamp on the back, they would not copy it. I had never heard of copyright laws then. Who knew they applied to a little photography shop in small town mid America. 

I do understand the reason for copyright laws. If I had a great shot of Angelina Jolie, I would want to sell it for big bucks without having it devalued every time it is re-posted on the internet. But is anyone out there still making money off of 1950's pictures of Bette Davis or Humphrey Bogart?

I did get some good feedback on sites for free pictures. There are some great photos that are public domain or creative commons that are available for reprinting. I think a copyright is only held for thirty years after published unless they renew the copyright. They are seldom renewed. But how do you know?

Probably the biggest copyright infringement I am guilty of is my beautiful photo of a peace of artwork I let slip through my fingers while vacationing last summer in Gulf Shores. I have been passing this beautiful mermaid off as myself on my Facebook profile picture. I even edited it which supposedly is a no-no as well. I named her Anna. Isn't she pretty? I am going to miss seeing her.

I will probably change to this picture my Auntie took of me on the back porch the day of the Arkansas Flotilla. I would bet Mr. Collier could have taken the wrinkles and sagging skin out of this picture. But........then it would have his stamp on the back.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Doing the right thing. It is not always easy to do the right thing. What if no one will ever find out or you will never get caught? Can you still do it? What if everyone is doing it? Is it still okay? What if you really, really, really want to post some great photos of beautiful people?

Do you know if Rita Hayworth is searched on Google Image, 164,000 photos will show up. Not all of the photos are of Rita. In fact, I saw one of Elizabeth Taylor and one of an older Lauren Bacall. There are a lot of duplicate photos of Rita Hayworth that have been pulled from all over the Web. There are some really great pictures out there. 

Just because everyone else is posting possibly copyrighted photos of the fifties glamour stars, can I post them as well? How do you know whether it was copyrighted or not? You know, your works do not have to be labeled with a copyright symbol to still be copyrighted. How do I even find who did copyright the photo? I can apply to the Copyright Office for a record search of copyrighted images at a cost of $165.00 an hour....minimum 2 hours. What do you do...send them a copy of the photo? Show them where it is on the Web? Do you know how much attorneys charge to send a Cease and Desist letter if a photographer or photographer's family want you to take a picture off your site? How would anyone even find a picture on my little ol' blog? Reckon they embed something on it to trace it?

So........I am thinking if I do a piece on the glamour and style of the Golden Age of Hollywood, you will just have to imagine Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Grace Kelly.

This is a free picture I got off Website of Vivien Leigh accepting her Best Actress Award for A Streetcar Named Desire. She is quite stylish is this picture but not very glamorous.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Movies From The Fifties

Mama said when they went to the movies, Daddy would be the one who took me out of the theater if I cried. He knew she loved the movies. I began to wonder which ones I may have seen with Mama and Daddy.

Hubby and I stayed up late watching Mrs. Miniver with Greer Garson last night. How is it I had never seen this excellent film? Greer Garson won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1943 for her portrayal of Mrs Miniver in war torn England. Mama would have only been nine when this was shown. I doubt she saw it in the theater.

I think I may have missed a lot of classic movies from the '50s. Here is a list of the best picture winners during that era.


Broderick Crawford won Best Actor award for his role in "All The King's Men." Olivia de Havilland won Best Actress in "The Heiress."


Although not a classic beauty, Betty Davis certainly had beautiful eyes. I read that Celeste Holm greeted Davis with a "Good morning" on their first day of filming for  "All About Eve." Betty Davis' reply was, "Oh ****, good manners."


It was expected that "A Streetcar Named Desire" would win for Best Picture. Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh did win for Best Actor and Best Actress in 1952.


Cecil B. DeMille won an Oscar for Best Director in this film. Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, and Charlton Heston were not nominated for awards. Gary Cooper won Best Actor for "High Noon." 


Although the leading roles played by Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr did not merit them an Academy Award for "From Here to Eternity", Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed won Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. William Holden won Best Actor for "Stalag 17" yet he reportedly thought Burt Lancaster should have won "From Here To Eternity." 

Marlon Brando was awarded an Oscar for Best Actor. Grace Kelly won Best Actress in "The Country Girl."


Although Ernest Borgnine won Best Actor in "Marty", James Dean's roles in "East of Eden" and "Rebel Without a Cause" would launch his super star status. Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood received Supporting Actor and Actress nominations and would go on to become 1950s teen idols.


Best Actress award went to Ingrid Bergman in "Anastasia." She is definitely a style icon of the 1950s as well. Yul Brynner won a very well deserved Best Actor award for "The King and I." James Dean was again nominated for an Academy Award for his role in "Giant."


Alec Guinness  won a Best Actor award for "The Bridge on the River Kwai." Joanne Woodward won Best Actress for "The Three Faces of Eve." She reportedly sewed her own gown for the awards ceremony from $100 worth of green satin fabric. She and her equally stylish husband beat the Hollywood odds and remained married until his death.


Vincent Minnelli won an Oscar as Best Director for "GiGi" but no actors or actresses were nominated for their roles in the film. Vincent Minnelli married Judy Garland and is the father of Liza Minnelli. Although Elizabeth Taylor was nominated for Best Actress in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", Susan Hayward won for "I Want to Live."

I do not recall seeing any of these movies as a child. I thought I remembered Jane Russell's performance in "The Outlaw", but since it came out in 1950, I would have had to be scandalized in utero.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Super Bowl Win For Ron

This is for my brother in law who is in the hospital now after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. Ron bought me this pretty little bird house for Christmas. Although it is too low for birds to safely build their nests, by spring we will have it mounted higher in a tree.

Ron is from New England and is an avid Patriots fan. After he has anxiously anticipated a Super Bowl win for some time, right now it is unsure whether he will recognize the game is playing.

Although I do not typically watch football, I hope the Patriots win for Ron.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Armadillo Fight

One thing I love about reading everyone's blog is they often remind me of something similar. That is what happened when I read Charlotte's account of the various birds and animals she sees on their farm. Read her account here.

Hubby has hated armadillos ever since they crossed the Texas/Arkansas border. I am not trying to  disparage Texas or Texans but as the armadillo crossed the Rio Grande, they must have come from Texas. Read origin of the North American armadillo here. Wherever they came from, they have been the bane of my husband's existence for years and he has tried to do his part to eradicate them from the Arkansas River Valley area.

Back at the old place, anytime hubby would come running into the house around dusk I knew he was after his gun to kill some varmint. His main complaint with the blasted armadillo is that the yard and pastures are not safe for man or beast with all the holes they dig. (Used in that context, Grandpa would consider blasted a swear word.)

So I knew what was up when one evening around dark, hubby ran into the house and right back out with his .22 in hand. He did not see the young man at the foot of the steps and almost ran smack dab into our daughter's date. I do not remember whether hubby got the armadillo but Laura did not get that boy.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wear The New Flannel Nightgown

My beloved Grandpa and Grandma
I just read "why the name" on Carole-Anne's Use The Good Dishes blog. Read her explanation here. It brought to mind my little Grandma whose favorite gift was a new flannel nightgown. She had gowns in many colors and styles with various ribbons, bows, and trims. She kept them neatly folded in a dresser drawer, yet she rarely wore the new ones. Someone teasingly asked her if she was saving them for Grandpa's second wife. Grandpa passed away first and when Grandma did her dresser drawer was full of new flannel nightgowns.

My kids will not find any flannel nightgowns tucked away when I am gone.  I do not care for flannel.

A 70 Degree February

The sun is shining and it is 70 degrees in Arkansas.