A Letter From Grandpa

Our home is abuzz with construction workers this summer. IMG_2611

This is about 3 weeks ago. It’s about to be very different. More about that later.

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Grandpa and Grandma Hunter with my mother, Eileen, Glenda, Alice and Neal. No Maybelle yet :)

 

While purging our closets to store stuff in temporary spaces, I ran across some books  of my Grandmother’s. Inside were photos, cards and mementos that you would expect to find. You know how grandmothers are, they save all those things :) My favorite find was this little gem dated December 6, 1942. It was exactly 1 year after the attack of Pearl Harbor. It gives a glimpse of the past through the eyes of my grandfather who was probably not sure what the future held for him in the Service during World War II.

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If you were able to see this, it would burn your eyes. I say this lovingly. My grandfather was not so good at spelling. But Grandma was a 1-room school house teacher before they married so you have to give him an A+ for effort as I’m sure she encouraged him to write. His talents were on the farm. He knew how to noodle. To those of you who may not know, this is hand fishing. I would never attempt sticking my arm in a hole under water to pull out a catfish. Nope.

But for your viewing enjoyment, I have typed it up as it is written. I didn’t correct much of the spelling except to help the reader understand. This was a probably the most conversation I ever heard out of my grandfather. He was a very quiet man. So I am extremely pleased to share it with the world, this glimpse of Americana.

December 6, 1942

San Antonio

 

Dear Brother and Wife,

Will write a line today I shud wrote befor now but I ben so busy and did take time I was on KP one week so I had to stay in camp at night so men might come I did feel like writin I went to work at 5 AM and got off at 6:30 PM so I sure put in the day so last week I was on the rastion truck so I sure had it easy and don’t know what I do this week yet I come to town yesterday at noon so won’t go back till in the morning about 6 AM

Well the 95 div is coming to San Antonio so Quintin aut to come to He is in the 95 div I sure hope so then we can see him often

The 92 div have went to Wisconsin so the 95 is take it place at Fort Huston

Went to a show last night and ther sure was the soldiers in town this is so many army comp here so about all you see is solder on the street it just after pay day so they got the money to spend

We are still well as usal But have some cold But not very bad

We sure is have some pirty weather here. We had some cool morning tho But not what you cald cold We not had any rain for a long time

I glad you got the hay and hope it do good and what you pay me is OK if it sute you and thank a lot if it OK with you For I want you all please

Well I not at school any more now so I don’t know they will do with me they might make a truck driver out of me that what I look for Ben(being) I am in the 12th supply Sqd

I sure was supris to here that Alfred was ship so soon I sure hope he land soft But never can tell now day

They caught a German spy in Corp last week in the 12th Rep sqd this to men went over the hill sent payday so they get the guard house so there a lot in the jail now at Kelley Field

Well Inez is writing to a friend so I about out of new to write so wll close now

                                                Your Brother & wife,

                                                Glenn & Inez

1034 North Alamo st

This is were we live in town I was about 2 week get your letter.

 

Aunt Hattie-Inspired

I remember some items displayed in Grandma’s living room from her sister, Hattie. She was ‘the skinny one’ as she used to say. If you’d seen some of her handwork, you’d know she probably didn’t eat much for all the work she accomplished. For me, she was one of the inspirations for these new-to-my-shop items.

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And for the record, I’m NoT ‘the skinny one’.

Typical Conversation during Dramatic Play:

Desmond: Handing me a bowl says: “That was soup.”

Me: “I could tell. I bet there was potatoes in it.”

Desmond: “It was Ma-Tatoes!!”

My friend Lori is visiting us today from Tennessee!! So-o-o-o excited to have some adult conversation! Pics soon! :)

Next Door

Usually I’m taking photos of my Etsy stuff at our beautiful Missouri State Fairgrounds. After all, it’s extremely close to my home. DSC01382

This is a small part of the Highway Gardens at the fairgrounds. Many couples have used this for their wedding ceremony. It is really a showcase.

But sometimes, there’s an issue with the great outdoors called “Wind”. So a phone call to my next door neighbor and Mother-in-law was in order. She recently remodeled her home and it sure looks nice! She gave me permission to use her space for some photos. So here’s one of them.

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Her armless chair was one of several spots in her home I photographed my yo yo table runner. I was able to showcase its versatility thanks to her generosity.

Thank you Nancy! Just wanted to say how much I appreciate it! And your plants are still alive :)  (Inside joke)

 

 

Super Hero Party 101

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In previous posts, I’ve mentioned the popularity of the Don’t Eat Pete game. We’ve made various versions to go with different parties and this one is no different. Introducing the Don’t Eat the Super Hero game. Alphabit cereal pieces go on each picture and while one of the children hides his/her eyes, we choose which one is it by pointing. “It” gets to eat a cereal piece one at a time while we wait for them to pick our choice. We can name the letters as they eat each cereal bite for our letter/sound recognition. Makes learning fun. We then holler “Don’t Eat the Super Hero/Pete/Cat/ or whatever our theme is. They A.D.O.R.E. this game! Lots of smiles and great chance to eat a little snack. What does it teach??  Taking turns, memory, speaking in unison, teamwork, color recognition, picture recognition (after all we sometimes don’t remember Thor from Flash Gordon for example).

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This is a photo of our Shields. We upcycled cereal boxes and in the next photo you’ll notice the handle I fashioned for each one. This creates a one size fits all and there’s no taping anything to mess with. Simple is the best way for Early Childhood.

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On the back of each Shield is a super hero movement suggestion. You may need to improvise when someone isn’t developmentally ready to do a somersault for example. The Children are very quick to make a suggestion for their friends in these instances. It’s such a sweet thing to observe humanity at its best.

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We drew a circle on the sidewalk as well to jump in and out of for the jumprope rhyme. You don’t have to have a jumprope. Improvise these great childhood rhymes and make them your own. We jumped in the door, out the door, did a wave out the door, flew out the door. The possibilities are huge.

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With my phone tunes (usually Elvis or Hank Williams Sr just because that’s who soothes the baby. tee hee) we marched around holding our shields and stopping when the music mutes. It’s then that the actions on the shields come into play.

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Here’s the crab walk. Our birthday boy led the group with the ‘dark green’ cape. It’s his favorite color in case you didn’t know :)

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Using some chalk, they decided to do some tracing on different surfaces. My young friend here chose to try out the landscape timber to trace his shield. He’s 2 by the way. Capes, shields, chalk, stickers, cereal, music, and a camera. That’s all you need to be a SuperHero!!!

My Weekend is All Sewn Up

 

IMG_0407.jpgaRemember my apron inspired by Gt Grandma? Here’s the link: Grandma’s Apron

This weekend I made it’s alter ego

IMG_2580 (2)This one is for sale eventually. Gotta take more pics.

Other projects that used up some of my fabric stash included

IMG_2574 (2)A couple bibs. One for my daycare babies                        and one for this Fall in craft shows….

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And then some pot holders along with more potato bags.

Nope, there was no trip to the lake, big city excursion or picnic. Just relaxation my way!

Introducing…… My Mother!!

 

Windsor Toy And Craft Show December 2013

Windsor Toy And Craft Show December 2013

It’s time to let you in on my big news!!! My mother joined my Etsy shop this summer and I am very proud to display her items for sale!

Raggedy Ann by Eileen

Raggedy Ann by Eileen

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Hand Embroidered Flour Sack Towels

She’s my teacher when it comes to sewing and embroidery, canning, and making jelly & jam. In our community, her jellies and jams are much sought after year round. She’s currently working on some Cherry jam. It won’t sit on her shelf long. We have our first craft show on August 30th and I would take bets on whether she sells out. Cherry and Gooseberry are her top sellers.

So local people, get in line early. You won’t be disappointed!

My next question….Can I get her to sell Jams online??? We shall see. :)

 

Flying Fish

Have YoU? ever seen a flying fish? Some outdoor playtime gave us the opportunity to make some. They look like this….

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Ours are made from recycled magazines. Maybe I’ll make a tutorial?? That would be a first.

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Here’s what happens when you toss them up. They float & flutter in downward spirals. This gave us an opportunity to experience a little Science & Sensory all in one! And after much Large Muscle movement and some emphasis on the letter F, we moved on to some more tranquil play. Sand & Funnels

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What better way to spend a warm summer day?

 

Camping Party

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A June highlite for all you partiers out there! This one is for preschoolers so you may move along if it doesn’t appeal to your age group :) We came upon our theme with the purchase of Flat Stanley Goes Camping.

IMG_2516 (2)This creation was our impromptu ‘campfire’. There was much safety talk before the festivities began as we took a time for that Teaching Moment.

Games to be played around the campfire…..

  • Campfire stories of course
  • Marshmallow toss (we used cotton balls)
  • Musical campfire

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A little outdoor play with the parachute is mandatory when weather permits with our rendition of “How Many Do You Want to Be?”(a counting game) As well as our “Weather of the Day”, after all, camping is greatly impacted by the weather, right?!

IMG_2528 (2)We have to send a big THanK YoU! to Weston’s mommy for providing our camping-style treat. Ice Cream Sundaes. Topping choices were chocolate, strawberry syrup, whipped topping and sprinkles. Yummo!