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Friday, March 29, 2013

A Special Name ~~

For most people, Easter Sunday coming on the 12th of April simply meant it was about as late in the year as Easter can come.  Since it is not a fixed date, Easter can come from late March to late April on the first Sunday following the first full moon of spring.

Easter brings to mind new clothes for the youngsters, filling baskets with green plastic "grass" and hard-boiled colored eggs, marshmallow bunnies, and jellybeans.  Then there's the meal of baked ham and casseroles, concluded with angel food cake or coconut cake.  All this comes after the morning church services attended by some for the first time since the previous Easter Sunday.

On April 12, 1914, Easter Sunday brought special meaning to one family: another baby girl was born into their family.  They already had three girls, so more than likely they were hoping for a boy.  Therefore, after using the traditional names of Marie, Hazel, and Louise, what could they name this new baby girl?  Somehow she was given the name Easter Lily; after all, it was Easter Sunday and lilies were Easter flowers.

One woman, hearing about the name said, "Poor girl!  Can you imagine growing up with a name like that?"  Maybe it would be the source of ridicule among children in today's society; however, Easter was always proud of her name.  It was unique, original, and had a special Christian meaning for her.

Some probably think since she was born on Easter Sunday that she had a birthday every Easter, but as mentioned before, Easter has no fixed date.  By searching the internet and using "A Perpetual Easter and Passover Calculator", I have found that Easter's birthday coincided with Easter Sunday only three times during her lifetime, including the year in which she was born: 1914, 1925, and 1936.  She passed away in 1987.

I always think of you and miss you on Easter, Mama, and your name is still special!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Interesting Ads ~ My! How Times Have Changed!

I had a nice visit by telephone with Auntie L yesterday afternoon.  You might remember that I gave her one of my dolls, Mattie Louise, last year just before she had surgery.  She had cancer on the side of her tongue and I'm so thankful to be able to tell you it has been a year now, and so far everything is o.k.

In our conversation, she told me she had gone to Dollar General on Friday, without her walker, and by leaning on the cart she was able to buy things she needed in the retirement center.  She had first intended to take only $20 but then decided if she took $40 she would get back change to have for unexpected little things.  With her items in the cart, she went to the check-out, and after things were scanned, the bill came to $39 plus; she got back  forty five cents in change.  This worried her a great deal, wondering what she would have done, had the bill gone over the amount she took with her, for you see, she hasn't been out much in the past few years, and doesn't realize just how much prices have gone up. 

I'm afraid I'd be in the same position since the farmer does the grocery shopping here.  The following ads, from a paper published in the 1970s, tell us just how much times have changed:

See anything on there that you buy?  If so, compare the prices, now and then.  Some things that I took notice of were the prices of bananas, toilet tissue, shortening, potato chips...WOW!!  But, there is another thing we have to take into consideration: wages were much less in the 70s too.  


Wednesday, March 20, 2013


This is Dessie, named after my maternal grandma, whose name was either Dessie Charlie, or Charlie Dessie; however she was called Charlie.

 Grandma, at age 17; I couldn't find her date of birth, but she and Grandpa were married in 1906.

I don't remember much about Grandma, but this is the way I do remember her.  We didn't visit with them much; my sister has told me that Grandma didn't like our Daddy, which must have been troubling to Mama.  In 1952 Grandma had cancer and during her last days her children took turns staying with her at home.  I do remember going with Mama one week and being kept awake most of the nights by a clock that chimed every fifteen minutes.  Grandma died in August of 1952.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

March Apron

My apron for March is a half apron with a kitchen towel attached at the waistband.  How handy is that!  I'm constantly drying my hands while cooking and cleaning the dishes, and always hunting for a towel. 

The measurements and instruction for the apron are found in the book, Sewing Vintage Aprons, by Denise Clason.  A rusty old wagon wheel had to serve as my model.

Do you have a favorite apron memory?  I'd like to hear it.