Retro Jewelry Haul – Part 2 – Carved Animals and Wood Pieces

Do you like animal or wood jewelry pieces?

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This is Part 2 of my Retro Jewelry Haul from an Estate Sale. These pieces have wood beads or animals, although some are imposters and are actually made of plastic.

If you missed Part 1 of the Retro Jewelry Haul – Cute or Ugly (bangles and beads), you can read it here.

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This first necklace is odd in many ways. I don’t know if I missed a trend or fashion, but lopsided or uncentered necklaces don’t appeal to me. How about you?

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There is one saving grace to this piece. The wooden tiger can spin if you flick it with your finger. Therefore, the necklace would appeal to a child and could be quite useful to shush a noisy toddler if you’re at a restaurant or in a crowded church.

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Would you wear this necklace?

Here’s the video below if you want to get a closer look at all these jewelry pieces and discover concrete proof I am a genuine, 100% goofball:

This next piece is one of my favorites. Winner winner chicken dinner! If you’re a jungle animal fan, this might appeal to you. Check it out. There’s a rhinoceros, hippopotamus, elephant, zebra, and leopard.

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Like the first necklace with the spinning tiger, each of the animals on this necklace can spin, too.

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Some of the beads on this necklace are flat, so they’d be great to use for arts and crafts projects.

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The drawback to this piece is . . . oh, no!

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Tell me that bead didn’t just fall off.

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It did. It fell off right in front of your eyes. Only, it’s a bean, not a bead. Obviously a very, very old bean on a very, very old necklace.

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Even worse than the bean falling off, after I recorded the video and planned to entertain my two-year-old granddaughter with this animal necklace, the head to the zebra broke off.

A headless zebra might traumatize a two-year-old, but what ticks me off is these animals aren’t carved wood. Nope. They’re made of some type of hard plastic or resin. I’m so glad I didn’t pay 500 bucks for that necklace, thinking someone spent months carving those intricate pieces.

Next up, a bracelet with five strands of beads. What do you think? Do you like it?

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My youngest sister, Cindy, is a fashionista who knows how to accessorize like a pro. I don’t have a knack for putting outfits and jewelry together.

Actually, if you tell me I shouldn’t mix one thing with another, it’s likely to trigger the rebel in me just to get a rise out of the fashion police. How about you? Are you a fashion rebel, too?

This next bracelet is light weight, but it’s bulky, so I wouldn’t wear it. Would you?

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This next necklace might be perfect to wear with a tropical-themed outfit.

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Some of the beads are wooden, but the other parts are probably made of plastic. I don’t think I’ll ever wear this. The flat pieces will be perfect to glue onto craft projects, like altered art books, or boxes, jars, or a picture frame.

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There are lots of crafts we can enhance with pieces of jewelry.

Look at this striped, wooden bracelet. It matches the zebra on the animal necklace. Maybe I’m not too bad at matching jewelry pieces, after all. 🙂

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This next necklace looks like something you’d get as a free prize in a box of cereal or at a carnival. Dinky and cheap-looking. Not sure I’d even use it for a craft project.

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This next piece is supposed to imitate ivory, but it’s cheap plastic. If I ever run a white-elephant booth, I’d wear it just for grins and giggles.

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Here’s another necklace with elephants. And beads. Multiple strands of beads and elephants.

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Perfect to wear on a safari.

Stylish? Yea or nay?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, Retro Jewelry HaulYou’ve been a good sport to stick it out to the end of this post.

What are your thoughts? Are these jewelry pieces cute or ugly? Better or worse than the ones featured in Part 1? What kind of jewelry do you like to wear?

I’d love to hear from you!

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Funny Lady’s Take on Till Death Do We Part – Parenting Plights & Delights

Need a good laugh? I’ve found a new funny lady.

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Here’s a three-and-a-half minute video of Mrs. Hughes. This is the first time I’ve heard her. I think she’s a hoot. The part about her son is the funniest.

I realize humor is subjective, so I hope Mrs. Hughes tickles your funny bone.

If you’re an Erma Bombeck fan, you’ll probably like Mrs. Hughes, at least the part about her son. Her cracks about marriage remind me of Rodney Dangerfield’s humor.

Here’s a couple amusing quotes:

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first one being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. ~Erma Bombeck

Ha! Yep, I can relate to the plight of bunk beds.

Adolescence is perhaps nature’s way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest.  ~Karen Savage 

I completely concur!

What are your thoughts? Do you think Mrs. Hughes is entertaining? Who’s your favorite comedian? 

I’d love to hear from you.

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I’d Rather Be . . . In a Jacuzzi While It’s Snowing

This week’s photo challenge for The Daily Post’s theme is: “I’d rather be . . .”

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After a lot of thought and rummaging through hundreds of photos, I finally decided, yes, this looks perfect. Sitting in 102-degree water in an outdoor jacuzzi when it’s snowing.

Relaxing, peaceful. Good times!

Read a related post, It Never Snows in California, Does It?

To view other photo challenge posts, go here. Cheers!

What are your thoughts? What would you rather be doing? Have you ever kicked back in a jacuzzi in the snow? Would you want to? 

I’d love to hear from you!

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Noise – Future American Idol Contestant?

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I’m taking part in The Daily Post’s one-word prompt for a blog post. Today’s word is “Noise.”

First thing to flash through my mind was the video toward the end of this post. 17-month grandson, Grasshopper, jabbers quietly, then raises his voice. He had a cute little routine going. Soft jabbering, then more loud vocals. It reminded me of some contestants auditioning for American Idol.

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Perhaps he was curious about the range of his voice. Some folks might call it noise. Others (like grandmothers) might think it’s music to their ears. Probably only if it’s their grandchild.

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As far as calling it noise, I guess it does qualify, but this is nothing compared to after his sister was born.

Sometimes I’d call my daughter and, as usual, the kids would take their cue to make NOISE whenever their mommy answered the phone. I have a feeling this is universal. Sometimes the two grandkids were so noisy when I called to talk to my daughter, it sounded like she was running a day care center.

Screaming laughter or hysterical crying mixed with various levels of noise from musical gadgets and talking toys, plus the TV playing in the background, it sounded like 20 kids were having a field day. It’s not like my daughter didn’t do her best to shush them. She did. Sometimes it worked. For about five seconds.

If one of the kids had a tummy ache, it was perfect timing to throw up when Mommy was on the phone. Sometimes the little rascals turned into dare devil circus clowns taking flying leaps from the coffee table to the couch. Occasionally one would  miss their mark, landing in a face plant on the hard floor. *Shudders*

I’d be left hanging, heart pounding, trying to discern if it was a life threatening emergency or just a one-bandage owie. At times Ninja Doll cried so hard, she couldn’t catch her breath. Those were heart-stopping moments. Parenting and grand parenting is not for wimps.

Funny how history repeats itself. I went through the same scenarios when my kids were young, except I had four, so it must have sounded like a mob rioting in the background when people called our house.

Some parents can shoot “The Look” at their kids and magically silence the little darlings. I guess I got shorted in “The Look” department.

I love Erma Bombeck’s perspective on raising kids: “My mother phones daily to ask, ‘Did you just try to reach me?’ When I reply, ‘No’, she adds, ‘So, if you’re not too busy, call me while I’m still alive,’ and hangs up.

Yep, we get it, Erma! Thanks for the chuckles.

So, what are your thoughts? What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Noise’? Can you relate to the plights of talking on the phone with kids competing for your attention? Do you relish quiet moments? 

I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

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Astronomy Tidbits – Year of Weird Moons

Once in two blue moons . . .
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We are in a weird year. Usually we have one full moon each month. Not this year!

In January we had two full moons: a full moon on January 1 and a full super blue blood moon on January 31st.

  • Super: Largest at rising due to nearest to earth.
  • Blue: Second full moon of the month.
  • Blood: There was an eclipse seen in the eastern USA, which turned the full moon red.

Did you see it? Lucky you if you did. I missed it, but no worries. I found a video on YouTube:

In February we had no full moons at all, known as a no-moon month.

Now it is March and on the 1st we had a full moon, and at the end of the month we will have another blue moon, second full moon of the month on March 31st.

According to EarthSky.com, “We haven’t had a year with two Blue Moons since 1999 and won’t have one again until January and March, 2037.”

According to Farmers’ Almanac, A “No-Moon” month happens about once every 19 years.

Does this Year of Weird Moons worry you? Let’s see what an expert says.

I contacted the moon’s therapist and asked, “Why is the moon acting so weird lately?”

His response: “It’s just a phase.”

Sorry, couldn’t help it. 🙂

Many people wonder if a blue moon is actually blue. The answer is no, the second full moon in a month is not blue. It’s called a blue moon because it doesn’t happen often and it comes from the saying, “Once in a blue moon.”

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Atmospheric conditions can make the moon look blue at times. According to Space.com, a volcanic eruption and “other events such as forest fires and dust storms can cause the moon to turn blue.”

What are your thoughts? Are you a moon-and-star gazer? Did you see the full super blue blood moon on January 31st? Did you see the full moon in February (Warning: trick question)? Would you get up in the middle of the night to see a rare astronomical occurrence, or do you value your sleep more?

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Images: Pixabay – KBOutdoors, Myriams-Fotos

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Sidewalk Chalk – “Story” Photo Challenge

The theme for this week’s photo challenge is “Story.” The assignment: “do some visual storytelling with your photography.”

Sidewalk chalk is magical in the hands of a child. My siblings and I spent endless summer hours drawing giant snail hopscotch games, stick figures, stairways, and trails all over our narrow street and its old, cracked sidewalks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

We played until 9:00 pm when Mom called us in for the night. If she had let us stay out later, we would have kept drawing by the light of the fireflies, adding to our imaginary chalk world.

Sidewalk magic continues through the generations. Keep it going, sweet grand darlings.

“There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

“Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

“Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.”

~ Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

What are your thoughts? Have you ever had fun with sidewalk chalk? I’d love to hear from you.

To see other “Story” photo challenge posts, visit Weekly Photo Challenge.

Here’s my last photo challenge, “Out of This World” – Devil’s Postpone.

 

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Dancing Improves Brain Function and Reverses Signs of Aging

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I’m constantly looking for more information about preventing Alzheimer’s disease. The video below is jam-packed with information and inspiration about how dancing improves brain function and reverses signs of aging.  This is the first source I’ve come across that mentions reversing the signs of aging in regards to the brain.

I like how the video explains things in a simple way, plus it has images which illustrate the various points. Length is 3 minutes 28 seconds.

This ties in with the posts I’ve published these past couple months about how to reduce your risk of getting dementia:

The video also mentions how dancing improves memory, learning, and balance and it also helps with stress, anxiety, and depression.

Looking for a simple line dance to learn to get a jump start on exercising your brain and reducing your risk of dementia? Here’s a post on the Cupid’s Shuffle. Have fun and keep your brain young at the same time!

What are your thoughts? Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Did you find this video as fascinating as I did? 

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share this post with others so we can spread the good news about ways to help prevent dementia.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Time Tested Beauty Tips – A Poem

This week is the Beauty of a Woman Blog Fest 2018, which I’m honored to take part in.

August McLaughlin found the following poem helpful during her recovery from an eating disorder, and the theme of the Beauty of a Woman Blog Fest was actually derived from this poem. Read August’s story here, Does Dirt Have Calories?

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Here’s the lovely poem:

Time Tested Beauty Tips

by Sam Levenson

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

Reflections

Isn’t that a beautiful poem? I love every word of it. I especially love this line, “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes.”

For me, it’s the beauty I see in others. Not physical beauty, but their inner beauty beaming from within. I’ve always seen this in children and babies, but since George was diagnosed with cancer or maybe because I’m older and wiser, I don’t know, but I appreciate more than ever before the beauty in others, the beauty of life, and the wonders of our world.

Here’s my post for the blog fest, which was inspired by Sam Levinson’s poem. The fest will continue through 11pm PST, March 9th, so there’s plenty of time to read more entries and potentially win a fun prize.

Again, here’s the link to August’s compelling post, Does Dirt Have Calories? Definitely worth a read.

What are your thoughts? Does that poem resonate with you? Do you have any beauty tips of your own you’d like to add?

I’d love to hear from you.

Photo credit: Engin Akyurt – Pixabay

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What is the Beauty of a Woman? #BOAW2018

This post is part of The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest VII.

What is the Beauty of a Woman?

by Lynn Kelley

What is the true beauty of a woman? Is it in the eyes of the beholder, or is it what a woman sees with her own eyes? Is it an inner something that is felt rather than seen?

Is the beauty of a woman being able to see and even feel the beauty in others, such as the sparkle in an elderly person’s eyes as they reminisce?

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Is the beauty of a woman the joy she feels when listening to the laughter of a baby, the babble of a child discovering the gift of language, or the whispered lullaby of a grandmother cradling her great-grandchild?

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Is the beauty of a woman the compassion and empathy she feels for the woman in a hospital room across the hall who cries out for help because she’s all alone in a strange place and her memory is not what it once was and the “call” button is a mystery to her?

Is the beauty of a woman the way she delights in the majesty of boundless clouds hovering above snowy mountain peaks, the way they’re set against a fresh blue sky, the way sun beams filter through the clouds, and how birds in flight enrapture her with their hypnotic grace?

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Is the beauty of a woman the way she relishes the aroma of morning coffee or breathes in the fragrance of orange blossoms?

Is the beauty of a woman the strength she finds to continue pushing on when she’s ready to collapse and sleep through her grief, but others need her strength and her comforting words? Is it the sacrifices she makes to lessen the burden of others?

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Is the beauty of a woman her gratitude for running water, a warm blanket, and a soft pillow on which to lay her head?

Or is the beauty of a woman an external glow when she shares her smile, reaching out to someone who seems lonely and forgotten, knowing they may reject her smile but realizing their troubles may run deeper than she could ever imagine?

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Is the beauty of a woman her appreciation in receiving the smiles of others, knowing it’s taken some of them great courage to put on a happy face?

Is the beauty of a woman the knowledge that joy and sorrow go hand in hand and the way she takes comfort in knowing she’s not alone; that we are all connected in some way and are a part of each other’s journey?

Or . . . is the beauty of a woman her realization that each moment and each breath she takes is a gift and that the light will always outshine any shadows or darkness she must face?

To read more entries, and potentially win a fun prize, visit the fest page on August McLaughlin’s site between today and 11pm PST March 9th.

It’s an honor to be able to participate in this year’s BOAW blog fest. I was able to participate in the BOAW 2014 fest (My Morphing Body and Mind) and the BOAW 2016 fest (Dance of Life and Girls Just Want to Have Fun).

Thank you, August McLaughlin, for hosting this amazing event!

I hope you’re enjoying all the BOAW posts.

What are your thoughts? What do you consider to be a woman’s greatest beauty? Is it an inner beauty, outer beauty, or a little of both?

Thank you for stopping by.

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Photo credits: Lynn Kelley, Qimono, Geralt – Pixabay

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Messy – With Love From Grammy

The word prompt for the day is “messy.”

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I loved raising our children, but as a working mother, time and energy were never in my favor. Then POOF! All four of our kids were grown up.

The grandkids started arriving when I was not quite 54. I waited a long time for these little darlings. By then wisdom had set in and I realized this was a second chance. I pay close attention to the cute things they say and do, and I take way too many pictures and videos because I know how fast these little ones grow up.

This post is about the day I let my grand baby dig into his beef macaroni:

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To Grasshopper From Grammy

Messy! Remember the days when the mess had its ways? Ah, the fun and the play, mush molded like clay.

Hooray for grandmas who say yes to the mess.

Messy, messy, messy. Carefree and light. Messy hands building pathways to the future, creativity pouring forth from your developing mind.

Free to learn, to feel, to play, to laugh, to smell, to taste.

Sweet memories made.

Free to explore wherever the messiness takes us. Colors, textures, squishy, messy sauce.

Like paint on the plate, you dip your fingers and smush it on your face, rub in into your hair, and all over your tummy, the tray, and up to your elbows.

You laugh and giggle and smear more sauce, then dip a noodle and slurp it up. Yummy messy goodness.

No, no–Oh, splat! Not on the wall!  Whoa, what a mess. An adorable mess.

Who needs finger paints when you’ve got beef macaroni? Finger-licking messy scrumptiousness.

Will his baby mind remember? No.

But Grammy will remember and forever treasure these baby messes, as precious as his giggles and his harmless threats to toss his blanket on the floor if he’s put in his crib for a nap.

Sleep and rest awhile as layer upon layer of learning settles into your soul. These baby messes help you grow, develop, thrive until you become the person you are meant to be.

With love from Grammy

Here’s a 54 second recording. I kicked up the speed. This video still makes me smile.

When Grasshopper turned four years old, he became a picky eater at times, just like a lot of other kids. To read about Picky Eaters Disposing of  Their Food in Sneaky Ways, go here.

To read more “Messy” prompt-of-the-day posts, go here.

What are your thoughts? Did you love to make messes when you were a kid? Were your parents strict? Did your grandparents let you make messes? 

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