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Do you belong to any clubs, organizations or places of interest?

This is a short post that holds three pieces of history.  They are

smaller than a 3″ x 5″ index card. Each has elements of nostalgia,

excitement, childhood memories and personal information.

 

I was looking through a stack of my parents’ postcards.

I found items belonging to my mother tucked in between.

Each is rather

fragile and

intriguing.

 

Item # One:

FRONT OF CARD:

Bright red,

Yellow details,

Unique wording

made of rope lasso:

“Hi – Yo Silver”

 

No. 13240

 

Picture of familiar

cowboy

with

black eye mask.

 

Date: 4/20/39

 

“This is to certify that

Rosalie Mattson

is a duly qualified

member of the

Bond Bread

Lone Ranger Safety Club

for Boys and Girls

~ The Lone Ranger ~

Sign your name here  ________________. ”

 

BACK OF CARD:

 

“The Lone Ranger Secret Code

 

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

 

BCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZA

 

The top line of letters is in Regular order.

The bottom line is a second alphabet,

EXCEPT it starts with the letter, “B”

and ends with the letter “A.”

Using the Lone Ranger Secret Code

the word “BOND”

would appear as,

“CPOE.”

 

Copyright 1939, T.L.R., INC.

East Bond Bread . . . 3 Times A Day!”

 

My mother would have been 11 years old,

when she got this Lone Ranger Safety Club

card for boys and girls.

I wonder what the

bread card

entitled

her to?

 

**Any clues to share about this

card would be of interest to me.

 

Item # Two:

The next item is quite tiny,

size of a ticket for a raffle.

It holds a lot of information

on this pale dove-gray ticket.

 

“Fort McHenry

National Monument and Historic Shrine

Baltimore, Maryland

Inner Fort Admission. . . . . 10 cents

Federal Tax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 cents

Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 cents

U. S. Dept. of the Interior

National Park Service

International Ticket Company

Newark, N. J.”

 

**Can you imagine such a small

charge for such a treasure and

hallowed place in history?

 

A yellowed library card,

The East Hartford

Public Library card

Rosalie Mattson

17 Oakwood Street

East Hartford,

Connecticut

May 19, 1940.

 

There are multiple dates

stamped on this card.

 

When I think of childhood,

I remember my pride in

carrying my Brownie

membership card.

 

My Sandusky Public

Library card around.

They were kept in a

tan leather wallet.

 

I remember one of my close friends, Amy, having a Mickey

Mouse Club card. I also know she carried around a Blue Birds’

membership card. These were kept in her red leather wallet.

 

My Dad belonged to several clubs, but took quite a lot of pride

in his being a Boy Scout Leader. He was also a member of Bay

Men’s Club and the Ancient Astronauts Society in Chicago, Ill.

He carried around a “Diner’s Club” card and belonged to the

“Brown Derby Birthday Club.” Dad joined the Rock and Roll

Hall of Fame when it opened its Cleveland establishment, 1983.

 

These days my grandchildren belong to Webelos, Cub Scouts,

the Delaware County District Library, Chuck E. Cheese birthday

club, Dora (or Bob the Builder) Nickelodeon, Jr. club and more.

 

My own three children had 4 H membership cards and pins.

My son stayed in Boy Scouts up through elementary school,

while my oldest daughter stayed with Girl Scouts through her

Delaware Willis Middle School years. They belonged to PBS’

“Sesame Street Club” and did not join the Barney Fan Club.

 

I get my gas and produce my Speedway Rewards card and

belong to the same Subway Club the commercial man, Jared

belongs to. I like to receive free birthday burger from Ruby

Tuesdays and print out coupons from other restaurants.

I am a proud member of the Godiva Chocolate Rewards club.

 

It doesn’t have to be an ‘exclusive’ club or organization

to make it a fun place to be. It can be a fishing or running

club, it can be one which includes your circle of friends in

your faith, who gather and label themselves, a “Bible Club.”

 

Would you mind sharing a memory of a special designated

card, a piece of nostalgia or whimsy, something from your

collection of memorabilia or a current ‘club’ you belong to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcing Ohio State Fair, 2014

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Entertainment and relationships have been found and made

stronger from attending lively musical performances and

riding on fair or amusement park rides. This year has

already been forecasted to be a hot summer, by the 2014

Farmer’s Almanac and meteorologists.

Where do you go that is not exorbitant in cost and get

the ‘most bang for your buck?’ The Ohio State Fair!

From July 23 – August 3rd…

I am sure that your area of the world may have wonderful

cultural events, festivals, zoos and botanical gardens

to enjoy.

The CBS news broadcasters (Channel 10 in Central Ohio)

recently gave us the upcoming partial list of singers

and entertainers who will perform at the Ohio State Fair.

Here are a few of them:

Lady Antebellum will deliver a great country and popular

musical performance. They are easy on the ‘eyes’ and

‘ears.’ Their concert will be held on July 25, 2014.

Joan Jett will be bringing her excitement and enthusiasm,

along with some ‘retro style’ (of the 80’s) ‘rock and

roll’ music.

Going even farther back in time, Aretha Franklin, The

Beach Boys, Nancy Wilson and Heart will be performing

for those who have nostalgia and deep pockets.

The American Idol night will include Scotty McCreary’s

deep vocalizations and country combined with pop style

music, (July 27, 2014) All the concerts will be held

in the air-conditioned Celeste Center.

I used to love to go to the Ohio State Fair, where

the coliseum and the bleachers were all one price.

Past personal experiences of fair entertainment was

so incredibly diverse. I have seen The Beach Boys,

Huey Lewis and the News, Kenny Rogers, Three Dog

Night, Alabama, Kenny Loggins, and many more singers:

All For Free, with the cost of Fair admission.

That time has been ‘long gone,’ sad to say!

There are many other directions other than music, to

go and see at the Ohio State Fair. There are all the

wonderful 4-H exhibits of crafts, cooking, domestic

animals, and even Rodeos! I enjoy the Amish hand-

crafted wagons, which are proudly displayed, along

with demonstrations of their skills in maneuvering.

I was lucky enough, to stumble across this with

an ex-boyfriend who loved horses. We sat and watched

several of these ‘programs’ in the Coliseum. It was

amazing to watch the beautiful horses showing both

obedience and majesty, with their heads held high

and their clopping hooves kicking up the sawdust.

I like to head towards the Natural Resources area as

the day gets warmer. There is a large prairie, filled

with original Ohio plant life. The Ohio animals display

includes wolves, coyotes, owls, songbirds, and other

interesting living native species to Ohio. There are

many trees, where you can feel refreshed, sitting and

listening to country style music, once you have toured

the area to see the ‘sights.’

Every year my children were young, they liked to go

see a huge Smokey the Bear, where there was a person

out front, who would ask questions about the children,

or they could ask Smokey ones, and the ‘helper’ would

help fill in the blanks to allow Smokey to talk to

the child. My children ‘fell’ for this for a few years,

then politely did not let my youngest daughter in on

the secret. It was like an Ohio trip to Disneyland,

where children are so in awe of the costumed actors

from their favorite fairy tales.

You may wish, in this Natural Resources area to view

loggers trying to stay on their logs, while there are

fishermen, (children can fish for free) on a man-made

lake in the center of this cooler, shady area.

There is even a place to ‘clean’ the fish and fry

them, if you should wish to!

One special area of the fair, that my brother Randy

used to enter his artwork,is the Fine Arts Building.

I always go to see our native Ohioans who are both

creative and artistic. It is air-conditioned and they

have a guided tour with ear phones, along with a kids’

packet that has the kids looking for certain details

and checking them off, very interactive!

Lastly, if you come to Ohio during midsummer, make

sure you come to see the Butter Cow, along with the

very unique and artistic butter sculptures that are

crafted annually.

I think it is interesting that the butter sculptures

have included tributes to John Glenn with his space

craft, the Wright Brother’s and their airplane, along

with the Ohio Children’s Choir.

I am sure you can check out some examples of such fine

and varied artistic renderings out of butter on their

website. As an aside, have you ever seen the hilariously

funny, yet poignant movie the Midwest custom of having

butter sculpture competitions? This one is focused on

the Iowa State Fair.

The movie simply named, “Butter,’ has such recognizable

actors as Jennifer Garner.

Now, I cannot write about the upcoming Summer event of

the Ohio State Fair without reminding you that our

cooking demonstrations and fair food cannot be beat!

There are all cultures represented in their trailers

where FDA inspects and the BBB endorses all the foods

prepared there. I would write an ‘ode’ to such delights

as the deep fried Snickers candy bars, Oreos and even

enjoy the deep fried pickles, too. There cannot be a

food that is not included on this fair’s menu! If you

want simple ‘home cooking’ you can go to the Bob Evans’

booth.

If you would like to eat some Ohio/Lake Erie fish, you

can catch it yourself, as mentioned, or you can seek out

a Walleye Fish Sandwich. You can go to Schmidt’s that has

been around for over 100 years to get a Cream Puff or a

Brat sandwich combo with sauerkraut and/or German Potato

Salad. You may purchase beers and other alcoholic beverages

inside the gates, where your photo ID will be necessary

and our state law is must be 21 years or older to purchase.

I personally like the homemade ice cream and also, the

funnel cakes. I choose to eat a Greek gyro, which includes

sour cream or a special Greek garlic sauce, chopped lettuce,

tomatoes and onions, too. Mmmm! Good!

I have hopefully enticed you to try out your local fairs,

just for the memories you and your friends or children will

have afterwards! If you go to Kroger’s or another grocery

store, they usually have discount tickets and if you are a

Veteran, there is a free day, as long as you bring some form

of identification!

Enjoy and looking forward to seeing you in my Home State: Ohio.

Let me know if you are coming!

Recent Email Has My Blood Boiling!

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Awhile ago, I spent too much time with my wheels spinning and

no forward action going on in a relationship. Who tells a woman

while romancing them, “You are my future, she is my past?” without

any intent whatsoever of making a commitment? Did the word “future”

not include the present?

Anyway, here is the reason for my Friday afternoon “rant!” I received

an email that asked if we could “try again to make our future and

forget the past.” In it, a man who hurt me repeatedly by lying about

his ex-girlfriend, (he was seeing her, too!) said I was “exactly like

him!” What?

He said that I lean on others’ to make myself happy, that I “need”

someone to be there instead of relying on being alone. He wrote a

rather hateful email that said these exact words:

“Quit asking me questions that you already know the answers to!

I was seeing you and another woman, why don’t you continue dating

other men and ME?” Then closed it with “I will always love YOU

and care for YOU. Tell your family ‘hello!'”

On what planet does a person write this when you have not even been

seeing each other for a long time? I wondered if some other foolish

woman had asked him questions that he was lying to? Somehow, our

emails got crossed, or his brain he fried doing drugs in the seventies,

finally crashed!

I have not asked anything of him in months! One action I continue to

do is re-blocking his phone number. All this started when he asked the

very same question in person, “Do you think we could see other people?”

I moved on, gave up and did not even look back in my rear view mirror.

Thanks so much, Shania Twain for that image! Along with a Pearl Jam

song with the “F” word in it called, “Rearview Mirror.”

Oh, and by the way, if for some reason this man who never checked my

blog nor even wanted to know anything about it, should happen to be

“stalking me” through it: I would NEVER tell my family “hello” from

you!

Somehow due to this crass attempt to “make up and still be close,”

I feel my blood boiling!

Do you remember the old cartoons that would have a character’s ears

emitting big puffs of steam out? That is how I feel right now!

I am now going to make a list, (remember an earlier post that I mention

how I am a “lister of things?”) I just function and think better making a

list at this moment. It is calming in many ways.

Here are my immediate thoughts to my “old boyfriend/possible “future”

whatever’s comments??  Hahaha! Not a chance of any future.

1.  I could survive on a desert island without YOU! After all, not only did I

make it to First Class Girl Scout, but I also was a member of the Boy Scouts’

coed Mariners!

2.  I would rather travel to all of America’s amusement parks and ride their

amazingly high roller coasters multiple times a day than have my whole

life screwed up again with YOU! It was like living a Life that felt like I was

on a roller coaster. Except the highs never made up for the lows!

3.  I would enjoy living in the monkey or bonobo cage at the Columbus Zoo

(I know you “hate” monkeys so I would be safe from any visits from YOU!)

while learning to live a ‘fruits only’ diet. Hopefully, they would let me take

my “Mature Century” multivitamins and throw me some veggies on the side!

4.  I would rather be in jail with three meals a day, women as company, and

a computer to study courses I never finished towards my Master’s. I can

accomplish ANYthing without YOU!

5.  I would rather be held hostage by a band of pirates and hope one of them

looked a lot like Johnny Depp! (Or Errol Flynn!) I would have a better chance

of getting a commitment out of a pirate than from YOU!

6.  I would rather be taken by some cowboys out West and have to corral

cattle on a horse bareback than be with YOU!

7.  I would rather hurtle into space on a satellite and not see our planet

for a month (I cannot go more than a month without my grandchildren)

than spend a minute with YOU!

6.  For some reason, YOU come back at moments when I am so full of

happy thoughts and I just wonder, why? So, I would rather have a month

of solitary confinement than read another of your feeble email attempts to

control my life!

7.  I would rather plunge off the West Virginia bridge over New River

Gorge’s white water on a bungie cord than try to get my “stuff” YOU insist I

“need” back!! Please, like I have said multiple times before, they all can be

donated to Goodwill or thrown in the trash!

8.  I would rather travel around the country for a month (remember, I can’t

leave the grandkids behind, but could take them with me) cleaning latrines

at State Parks or even work for the company that owns Port A Pots. Yeah,

rather deal with that stuff than YOU in my life again!

9.  I would live on a frozen tundra or in an igloo rather than try to live with

your icy, cold presence in my life! YOU had no warmth nor comfort in the

way you treated me!

10. I would rather have empty conversations with Paris Hilton, Lindsay

Lohan, or any of the Kardashians than read another hollow email from

YOU! I don’t want to listen to your lying pleas for forgiveness or starting

over.

Finally, I am nothing like you! I have nothing in common with you. I would

never treat my worst enemy (or Miss Queen Bee at work) like you treated me.

I speak truths almost 99% of the time, whereas you speak lies and they roll

off your tongue with eyes looking so sincere that YOU must be some evil

spawn! You emphasized the word YOU in caps so that is why I emphasized

in ten ways that I could live without you. Reminds me of Eliza Doolittle’s

song lyrics from “My Fair Lady,” (partial lyrics from “Without You.”)

“There’ll be Spring every year without you….

Without pulling it, the tide comes in without you,

Without your twirling it,

The Earth can spin without you…

Art and music will thrive without you,

Somehow Keats will survive without you,

And there will still be rain on that plain down in Spain

Even that will remain without you,

I can do without you…”

“The rain in Spain will fall without YOU!…”

Thanks and please feel free to voice any rants about exes that

made your blood boil (in the past, present or recently.)

 

Crafting a Life

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We create new beginnings to our lives when old chapters

end and new chapters begin. We may be ending our hard

working years, entering retirement. We may be ending a

friendship or a family member’s relationship, sadly, due

to some illness or cancer. We have so many reasons to

continue on, to strive to find our windows of opportunity.

In our gifts we have received from birth on, whether they

are natural, given through our abilities or crafted, chosen

through our interests, we have unlimited possibilities to

pursue.

In the natural gifts we may have beautiful voices that sing

like… (place a favorite singer’s name in this slot.)

Other natural talents include ability to throw a ball well,

so you may become a “natural” pitcher. You may be excellent

in art and may become a famous artist. There are some who

are like savants and understand mathematical equations and

challenging theories. These individuals may never have been

trained or taught but can “see” the proof of a theorem.

I could go on and on, I hope you “catch my drift” about natural

talents.

From birth on, some children are exposed to classical music

and encouraged to perform at early ages. These could be

classified as children who were “crafted.” They were tutored or

molded into awesome violinists, for example.

We can also choose to “craft” a new ability that is outside what

we would normally be involved with. What is so unique about

this is that we don’t have to limit ourselves by our abilities in

these areas! Someone who practices walking, balancing and

doing handstands on a balance beam over and over again, can

become an Olympics gymnast.

I mean I can never be an opera singer nor have my name given

on the Top 100 songs that Casey Kasem lists on his Sunday Radio

Countdown! But I can, with practice, become a better swimmer. I

could be a better skater.

I have enjoyed, pursued, practiced and “crafted” a talent in pen and

ink drawings. I have been asked by historical societies in Lancaster

and Delaware Ohio to draw homes that were on their annual Home

Tours.

I have also become much better at painting with watercolors and

acrylics. I am not sure I would have pursued this in college, but did

enjoy 2 courses on how to teach art to elementary school- aged

children.  I left a lot of paintings on the walls of my last home my

ex and I owned, including 5 foot tall sunflowers in the laundry room

and a beach scene in one of the bathrooms. I particularly liked my

Italian tiles that I did in our creamy tan, stucco style kitchen with

bright blue squares that were laid out across the top of the walls

leading to the arches that made me think I was in an Italy.

I am also adequate in sewing due to two Home Economics’ classes

(Basic and Advanced.) My daughters were encouraged by my Mom

to sew their  4H projects and bake their 4H projects. Along with

one of the two girls who did get a sewing badge in Girl Scouts.

My son was encouraged in Cub Scouts to refine a block of wood

into a Pinewood Derby car. He also crafted an end table and another

project out of wood.

I have to admit there are no knitters or crocheters in my immediate

family. I do love the cross stitch, needlepoint and crewel homemade

gifts received from my dear cousin, Heather. She works on some of

these while at her husband’s dialysis appointments.

I spent a lot of time on indoor crafts but there are so many you may

wish to pursue outdoors. I am amazed at the natural abilities and

learned abilities at parks! There are people who cross ski, who

downhill ski, and who do amazing stunts at skate parks! Until

recently, I had known how to throw a Frisbee in the usual way

and try to get across a wide expanse of space to the receiving

person. Now, there are whole backpacks or special carrying cases

that have a wide variety of Frisbees for Frisbee Golf Parks.

You can find these  “golfers” in state and some local parks.

Another way to term this spending time, doing what you enjoy,

would be entitled “Past times.”  Fishing, gardening, and more.

The reason I chose the word “craft” is because of the way it sounds

more like a gift. So, a wonderful way to use the tools that you have

to work with wood, like my son may do someday, would be to get

involved with Habitat for Humanity.

Another meaningful use of the skill of sewing is to make blankets

sewn for newborns at a local hospital or donate at your next church

bazaar. There are tons of fundraisers that will direct your crafty

talents to good use.

The fun, outdoorsy activities that may be enriching for you may also

be a way to connect with your family. I have known whole families

who enjoyed going skiing, canoeing or camping. Those Girl Scout

and Boy Scout skills may be put to use!

Lastly, on my heart recently, giving yourself as a gift is more important

than you will ever know! Until you try it, you may be skeptical but being

“just” yourself by listening, sharing and spending time with a younger

person, as through Big Brother/Big Sisters or a local Mentoring program,

could make a HUGE difference in someone’s life!

Please share your hidden talents and let us know how you like to share

them!