inJuly 6, 2009 - 3:08pm
She was a prissy little girl, always dressed in ruffles and lace and her favorite color is still pink. She always loved jewelry and wore rings on every finger. Her nails were always painted and fashion was always a passion, so you can imagine my surprise that June day four years ago when she enlisted in the Army as a combat medic.
We tease her by saying that as she raised her French manicured nails, the only one dressed in pink, and took her oath, that she had actually said, “I, Debi Brown, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and scratch the eyes out of all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
inJuly 2, 2009 - 4:06pm
Celebrity deaths dominated the news for the past ten days – Edward Leo Peter “Ed” McMahon, Jr., Ferrah Leni Fawcett (Farrah Fawcett), Michael Joseph Jackson, Josephine Owaissa Cottle (Gale Storm), and Billy Mays. The extensive television coverage following the death of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson made everyone regardless of age familiar with whom these personalities were and their accomplishments.
inJuly 2, 2009 - 3:14pm
One of the most fascinating historical collectibles is the tableware that was used to serve railroad passengers on trains and in depots. This area of collecting is not for the faint of heart: examples can be hard to find and sometimes very expensive, and it’s frustrating because there are so many reproductions and phonies created by unscrupulous sellers to make a buck off the unwary!
inJuly 2, 2009 - 2:59pm
Have you ever wondered how to determine what an item is worth? I frequently receive letters from people who have an item 'Just like' mine - only different! The individuals don't know how to value their item, and if they want to sell it, they understand that they need to know the value before offering it for sale. That little bit of knowledge is essential to avoid being cheated by unscrupulous people.
inJuly 1, 2009 - 3:46pm
The Traditional Pattern Displayed in Other Colors
The Willow Pattern is known to be recognized in the color blue but has been produced in other colors. Single monochrome colors were used, such as red, green, brown, black, pink, and mulberry. Also the Willow pattern was produced in polychrome or multicolor.
Here is a fine example of Brown Willow : This lamp base stands 8 ½ tall and is mounted on a brass stand. Circa approximately 1946
Through research this lamp value: Approximately is between $400.00 - $500.00 in Blue Brown is more rare and it is safe to assume the value is higher.
inJuly 1, 2009 - 11:58am
It is the favorite toys that we remember from our childhood. Sometimes, it is the toys that were lost or broken that we remember the most. Maybe it's because the newness and excitement of the toy didn’t have a chance to wear off. Maybe we never had a chance to get bored with it or to outgrow it and move onto another one because it was lost or broken at the peak of its importance to us.
inJune 30, 2009 - 3:57pm
One of the more interesting surprises is how antiques come alive in old newspapers. One article from 1878 gives a brief description of an anniversary party where forty “friends and neighbors” descended, unannounced, on a couple on their tenth wedding anniversary. Thankfully, the guests brought refreshments with them! And they also brought the traditional 10th anniversary gifts made of tin.
inJune 29, 2009 - 3:26pm
When I was very young, my great-grandmother lived in an old wooden house with a wood burning stove, a well outside her back door, and an out-house to go to the bathroom in. I didn't realize just how primitive she was still living, until I got older. I grew up with all the modern conveniences including indoor plumbing. My great-grandmother's house was very small, but to me, at about 5 or 6 years of age, it was huge and filled with interesting things. She had a china cupboard with plates and cups decorated with flowers. My mother has those things today.
inJune 29, 2009 - 1:27pm
Hello, all you Pack Rats. Believe me there is a lot going on in the sky these days. (Not there isn’t always a lot going on) It might not feel like the ‘lightest’ time of your life and yet it is important to be aware of how you shine your personal light and acknowledge the ‘light’ of others. Are you with me here? Interesting how the word Light refers to the weight of something and the ability to shine. Something to ponder for your self as this year continues to unfold.
inJune 26, 2009 - 4:37pm
Twelve years ago, I noticed an upcoming auction of a house and its contents. The photo of the house haunted me. I didn't recognize the owner's name and it was in a neighboring town I wasn't that familiar with, but I knew that house. How? The house was to be auctioned off on Friday night and the contents on Saturday.