No Batteries Needed!

I was thinking back in time today of the toys and games that would entertain me for hours when I was young. All these games and toys had one thing in common. They didn’t require any batteries!  Thought I would share some of my favorites with you and hopefully bring you a smile as you think of what your favorites used to be. All of the pictures are  from Pinterest.

The first toy is from when I was really little and it held my attention for long periods of time. How many of you can remember the fun of this toy? This is very close to what mine looked like. It was great lining up as many marbles as I could and seeing them race down together, making a clattering noise as they rolled!

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I can still remember the joy of getting a brand new box of crayons! The fun of coloring things whatever color you wanted to make them. Letting your imagination flow!

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This next game was a part of summertime fun. Fun, safe darts to throw in the yard.

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Who remembers playing croquet?  It was a big family game at my home. Many croquet competitions we had. So much fun, even when you got out, you just cheered on the players that remained. Plus sometimes I was glad to get out, meant I could go ahead and get myself a snack. Playing croquet made you hungry! 🙂

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Now this next toy used to drive me crazy, but it was fun too. Did you ever complete the whole Rubik’s cube?

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So what toys, games, or activities do you remember when you were young? Ones that bring back fond memories. Ones where even though they didn’t  have the Energizer bunny batteries, the fun still went on and on and on!  Take a trip down memory lane and feel free to share them in the comments below.

 

Sharing the Magic

We woke up to snow falling this morning and creating beauty once again. The temps are barely above freezing, but just enough for it to not be laying on the roads which is nice. since I soon have to drive on them.

Watching the snow fall always seems to add a touch of magic to the air. My mind was going back in time as I watched out my window. What “magical” moments do you remember from your childhood? Big moments, small moments, anything that brings a smile to your face and some magic to your heart when you think about it. One of those memories that you enjoy revisiting from time to time.

Here are some memories that popped into my head as I watched the falling snow.

1. Playing in the creek with my friends, splashing in the water and floating down the creek in an inner tube.  (Yes, it is snowing outside and my mind is thinking about summertime! :))

2. Walking into the kitchen and seeing my Mom cooking chocolate pudding on the stove. Ahh! Dessert was going to be good tonight for supper!

3. Being in my best friend’s bedroom and us listening to the Top 20 Country Music songs Countdown on the weekends as we tried to figure out the meaning of life at the ripe old age of 10!

4. Telling my Boston Terrier all about the problems with guys and her listening with great attention and totally agreeing with all I said as she cuddled against me.

What magical moments would you like to share? Grab a cup of hot chocolate and take a little trip down memory lane. Feel free to take us along if you want, by sharing in the comments below and pass the marshmallows please, I need some more for my Hot Cocoa.

 

Going on a Virtual Road Trip!

Thinking back to when my kid were young, I remember going on walks with them. Sometimes along the way we would play a simple game. I would say that we are going on a trip, and  would think of something to take that starts with the letter A.  The next person says something with B, then C, etc.  Each time you say something you have to repeat what has been said before as well. We always would get some fun, crazy answers and it was a fun way to help my kids memory.

With that memory coming back to me this morning I thought I would try something. What would happen if we tried playing the game on here? Let’s go on a trip! Do you think we can make it to Z, I have confidence that we can! I will start with something I would bring that starts with A and whoever wants to jump in with B is welcome too! Or if you really can’t think of something that starts with B, then add more A things. The rules are pretty flexible here.  Be as creative as you want! Our vehicle is enormous and will hold absolutely anything!  That includes any kind of animal. 🙂  You can add several things or just one thing. The only rule is that we have to go from A-Z. Lets see what kind of list we can create!

A –  Accordian (for some music on the road. My Mom used to play one. 🙂

Your turn now. In the comments below add something with A, or start with B, your choice!

Thankful Thoughts

One of my friends posted on Facebook different questions to help you think about what you are thankful for. I thought they were interesting and would like to  give all of you a chance to think about them. Feel free to share your answers on here if you would like.

  1. What are your favorite smells?  Flowers, cinnamon, bread baking, salty air of the ocean

2.  What are your favorite sounds?  Laughter, the cooing sounds a baby makes, the waves crashing against the seashore

3.  What is something you use every day that you really like?   my voice 🙂  Now let me explain, when I say I like my voice, doesn’t mean I like hearing it on a recording. For that’s not how I think I sound, does your voice sound normal to you when you hear it?  But I am very thankful for it! I have had periods of time where i have lost my voice for 6-7 days, and I mean totally gone, barely can whisper. When your voice is gone that long, you really realize how much you miss it! I am thankful I have a voice.

4. What is a memory you are a thankful for?  This is hard, because there are so very many.  I think I shared this before on here quite awhile ago, but its one that popped in my mind with Christmas coming closer.  It is a Christmas memory. It is about a gift that  I gave my older brother. We were 10 years apart so in my childhood we spent a lot of time wrestling with each other and yes, he let me win a lot of times. 🙂 One time I accidentally ripped his t-shirt, I was strong for being so little, LOL! It was just an old t-shirt so we kept at it, he didn’t care.  I was probably around 7years old at the time.  This happened one summer. Well he had thrown the tattered shirt at me when we were done and I decided to save it. For Christmas that year I wrapped it up in a nicely gift wrapped box. Seeing his expression when he opened it was priceless!

Your turn now! 🙂

Always remember that no matter what you are going through in life, there is always something to be thankful for. Sometimes it can be harder to see, but the sun is still shining, even behind the clouds.

Heart Smiles

How are you feeling this Monday morning? It was slow going for me in waking up this morning, but I am getting there now.  I woke up thinking of childhood memories. I still had on my mind the story about the little boy that I shared in my post yesterday. The one who remembers baking cookies with his mom and sister.  He remembers his sister putting her name on the cookies. Precious memories to him. Memories that have stuck in his mind,  memories of times when life was good for him and his family.

What are some good memories that you recall from your childhood? Memories that have stuck with you through the years. Ones where you can close your eyes and be taken back into time.  It doesn’t have to be anything big, just something that brings a smile to your heart when you think of it.

As for me, I remember the times of  listening to my favorite records on our record player.  I would listen to the stories of Pooh Bear and friends over and over again. I also loved Aunt Teresa’s stories. No, I didn’t have an Aunt Teresa, it was another record that  I had of children’s stories.

I remember playing animal hospital with my sister and our stuffed animals. We would hide them throughout the house and then have to go rescue them and take them to our bedroom which was known as the “hospital” to wrap them up with ace bandages and whatever else was needed.

I remember playing for hours with my dollhouse. A family of 5    and they had a black and white dog that I named Spot. Their best friends lived in the tree house next door. That tree house was so cool for it had a elevator in it! I loved turning the little knob for it to go up and down. How it didn’t break after being turned so often I don’t know. I do believe they built toys to last back then, unlike now!

There was the time when there was a very bad thunderstorm and my parents weren’t home. It was just me and my 2 older sisters. We all went into my oldest sister’s room, for she was brave. I think that I remember the lights had gone out because of the storm and that made it more scary, but we sat on my sister’s bed and we sang songs. Hard to still be afraid when you are singing songs. The power of music.

Life is so full of memories. Good ones and bad ones too, they are make up this amazing thing called life!

It’s a dreary, cloudy, cool day here. Calling for rain, but for now its just gloomy.  A day that is good for curling up in a blanket, getting a cup of tea or your favorite latte and taking a trip back in time. Where does your mind go? Take some moments of your day to smile as you remember,  and if you would like,  feel free to share below about your little trip back in time.

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Ahh! Thanks to Pinterest, and “Toys of the 70’s”, I can take you back in time with pictures of my dollhouses.

4e7db31fa27d32c1e51dc60b9ca4296d  Do you see the elevator? 🙂 And yes, they had a dog named Spot as well.

No batteries required – just imagination!

 

 

Smile for the Camera!

If you are like me, than you tend to enjoy being the one behind the camera instead of the one in front of it. I love taking pictures!  Always have. I enjoy going back and looking at old pictures and remembering the story behind the picture, for every picture has a story.

My 19 year old  loves taking pictures too and she unlike me is not shy of the camera. She is always wanting pictures of us together and yes there are the times where I am like, “really, a picture now??” But I was once again reminded of how precious pictures can be by a comment that a friend shared on Facebook.

She also preferred to not be in pictures until her teenager looked at her and said, “Mom, if you die we will barely have any pictures of you.”  Talk about a punch to the gut!  She took that as her wake up call and now she happily poses,  for yes she is making memories. She is providing special reminders of her for her dear loved ones when she is no longer here.

When you look at pictures from that perspective can you really argue about not wanting your picture taken. This is not about wishing you were a supermodel and wanting to have every hair in place. This is about giving memories to your loved ones of you being YOU! They love you for being YOU, not for what you look like.

They want to capture that beautiful smile because it captures the beauty of your heart. They want to capture you as you stare off into the mountains in a moment of contemplation, because they want to capture your serious side.

There are also the embarrassing moments that can be captured in a picture. Trust me I have had those moments!  Let it be done, so your loved ones can remember the many times of laughter you provided.  Go ahead and make a face for the camera, give them something to laugh at in years to come and yes to laugh at now.  Laugh with them, remember Laughter is the Best Medicine!

The next time the camera pops up in front of you, don’t shy away from it.  Jump in front of it!  You are making memories.  Capturing a moment in time that can’t ever be repeated. Don’t always be the one holding the camera, pass it over and happily pose with your loved one or just by yourself.  Remember its not about having your makeup done or perhaps trying to suck in your stomach, its about being YOU!

About giving your loved ones smiles that someday may help wipe away their tears.

Smile for the camera! No one else can take your place!

Friendship at the Beach

Home once again.  The beach is only a memory, but oh what a wonderful one it is!  Memories of  laughter, deep conversation, laughter, screams, walking the beach, watching the waves, and memories of investing in a friendship that is over 25 years old and going strong!

“What happens at the beach, stays at the beach!”  That was on a pillow in a gift shop that we were in.  Yes, I am not going to tell you all the details about our trip, but I will share a few.

The first one would be where some of the “screams” in our memories come from.  We were walking along the edge of the water.  One of my favorite things to do at the beach. Deep in conversation when all of a sudden the sand turned to quicksand!  The wet sand just gave way and down we went into a hole.  I am known for getting myself into “holes”, but this time I was in a literal hole up to my knees!  Fortunately I wasn’t walking on Sherry’s side or the hole would have been deeper!  First we screamed and then we laughed as we got ourselves out.  A man was sitting close by and he had witnessed our spectacle.  He did ask if we needed help, but he couldn’t keep the smile from his face when he saw that we were alright. I have this strange feeling that someone somewhere on the crowded beach was videoing the ocean and just happened to catch our fall!

The other memory is that there was close to 15 seagulls around me on my towel at one time!  Sherry was sure that I was going to get pecked but I wasn’t worried, I couldn’t help but laugh at her.  For just a few minutes earlier she had been saying that I should write a story  starring the 2 seagulls that were in front of me.  Now I had 15 to write about!  If you happen to see a story in the near future about seagulls , you know how it started.  The problem is Sherry had only named the first 2, that is 13 more names to come up with!

The beach may be me and Sherry’s favorite place to be.  It is beautiful!  Though there is one thing that is even more beautiful than the beach.  That would be the beauty of FRIENDSHIP!!!

Love ya Sherry! Keep Smiling!

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The Unexpected Smile

I had another post written  for today, and then I got a phone call. I think now that post will be saved for another day. I wanted to get on here and post about the phone call.

I was typing up my post at the time the phone rang and I seriously almost didn’t pick it up. I didn’t want to talk to another salesperson. I figured if it was someone important they would leave a message.

Yes,  how times have changed. As a child I remember running to the phone when it rang, it may be a friend of mine and even if it wasn’t I just loved to answer the phone. Made me feel important. Now after the hundredth “Can you please take a 10 minute survey for us on…” or ” Are you thinking about having your windows replaced soon….” and don’t even get me started on the political calls! With all those type of calls I don’t rush to the phone anymore.

I was very glad that I did pick up the phone time time.  A big surprise greeted me on the other end. It  was someone that I hadn’t talked to in years!! One of the last times was at least  21 years ago! So why the call now? All because of a card.  A simple card.

This is the reason for this post. In this electronic age, we have forgotten how precious handwritten cards can be. I know I said it before, but figured with this phone call it was worth mentioning again.

I had known this friend since I was 5 years old, she watched me grow up into a teenager. Her sons were good childhood friends of mine, and we have many fond memories. We moved from the area and the years passed like they do, but I never forgot her and the sweet nature she had about her.

She called, for she had found a card from me from years ago that she had saved. It brought back good memories to her and she wanted to thank me again. A card telling her about how my life was going and  thanking her for the role she had  played in my life as I was growing up.

I went outside to our porch swing as we were talking and I told her how she warmed my heart with her phone call. For just like the card brought back memories to her, hearing her voice brought back memories to me. Memories of the fun times of being little.

Now we both are wearing smiles. Hers brought on by a card, and mine by a phone call. Our hearts have been lifted, and in such a simple way.

Have you been thinking about writing a card to anyone lately? Thinking that perhaps you won’t. Thinking instead that you will just email, Facebook or text them.  I encourage you not to do that, send the card. It might take a little longer, but you never know what impact it may make on the recipient. Not to mention that one day, when you least expect it the blessing you sent with that card, could come back to you once again!

Go buy a card today! Send someone a smile. Not because its their birthday, anniversary or another special day, just because they are who they are. Let them know how much you are blessed by them being that way! You may bring happy tears to their eyes.

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