My little white feather tree is adorned with white and gold pine cones, musical instruments and a few other baubles that I brought home from my mom’s as we were emptying her home.
The family room tree now has mercury glass ornaments.
Daddy loved color and these were his favorite.
I have little white lights ~ Daddy had the large colored light bulbs.
It makes me feel happy to now have these special ornaments on my Christmas tree.
hmmm… now how do I go about watering this basket?
|an interesting domed nest|
I have fond memories of my dad playing a sweet little nursery rhyme finger-play game with me as a child and how it fascinated me to see the little birdies vanish and then reappear.
My children remember well, when Pop-Pop played it with them too.
Two Little Dickie Birds
(my dad used the names Jack and Jill)
There were two blackbirds
Sat upon a hill,
The one was nam’d Jack,
The other nam’d Gill;
Fly away Jack,
Fly away Gill,
Come again Gill~*~Here are Daddy’s finger actions for the rhyme:Out of sight, he would place a small piece of colored tape onto the fingernail of his index finger on both hands.
As he began reciting the rhyme he would show us both of his hands closed into a fist.
the hand actions are: (I adapted this Wiki Chart to Daddy’s version)
|Two little dickie birds sitting on a hill||Both fists are closed|
|One named Jack||With a quick motion, Daddy would flip one of his fists over his shoulder and return it with the index finger extended to show, Jack.|
|One named Jill||He would repeat with the other hand.|
|Fly away Jack||The Jack hand is quickly drawn back alongside the adult’s head. As part of the movement the adult folds the marked finger and sticks out the second finger of the same hand and drops the hand back down to the original position. The child sees that the marking, Jack, is no longer there – it has flown away|
|Fly away Jill||The action is repeated with the other hand|
|Come Back Jack||The action is reversed to make Jack reappear|
|Come Back Jill||The action is reversed to make Jill reappear|
|Carol, Mommy, Daddy, Lorrie and Frankie|
living in the city and how much she hated the dirt!
As you can see in this photo, the streets were
not yet paved back then.
My brother remembers walking to school with Wonder Bread
bags tied over his shoes so they wouldn’t get muddy.
and family, she would need to learn to drive.
|Mommy, Baby Lorraine & Daddy|
house that her dad built.
dear lived in.
this is where I would sent flashlight signals to
Carolyn as her window faced our house.
The basement (or cellar as we called it) was kind of nasty. The paint on the walls was badly chipped and not like the clean and organized place of my childhood. There were still several
‘down the bank‘.
Then he decided sledding was a safer alternative.
Not for me being the smallest and youngest on the top of a four-high stack of kids on a speeding sled!
We laugh now remembering those days of our youth!
I never heard my dad curse or swear.
But he had two expressions that we will forever remember about him.
I think they are so unique, so him.
They still make me chuckle inside.
If we did something stupid or wrong, he would look at us with his beautiful blue eyes
and ask the piercing question,
“What ails you?“
It always produced remorse for whatever we had just done.
When he was frustrated with something that didn’t work right or was not made well, his favorite saying was,
“Fling it down the bank”!
ha… there have been many things I have thought about flinging down the bank!
I probably won’t be watching the Parade on New Year’s Day~ it isn’t like when I was a small child and would sit way up high on my dad’s shoulders to watch the bands march by. It has become a bit rowdy now-a-days and somehow some of the magic is gone.
But, let me hear a few strains of Oh, Dem Golden Slippers and I instinctively feel the urge to begin a strange weaving/dancing/walking maneuver while my pumping arms are held out to the side all the whilst singing the only four words of the song I know.
Leading the group was Joseph A. Ferko, who worked at the drug store. Ferko was able to convince Fralinger to buy a banner and sponsor a 28-member band in the annual Philadelphia New Year’s Day Parade. The philanthropic Doctor was a logical choice, being extremely well regarded for his leadership and interest in promoting promising young people. In fact, two years earlier Dr. Fralinger helped Ferko realize his career dream by subsidizing his tuition at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
The Fralinger family was already well known in the area. Dr. Fralinger’s uncle, Joseph Fralinger, founded Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the late 1880’s. Dr. Fralinger also sponsored the J.J. Fralinger Field Club, which competed as one of the top semi-professional baseball teams in Philadelphia and many of whose ranks later became musicians in the string band.
With a mere two weeks’ practice and preparation, the newly-formed J.J. Fralinger String Band made its debut in the annual Philadelphia Mummers’ Parade on January 1, 1915, led by Dr. Fralinger in a horse and carriage. The marching front man, or Captain, was none other than nineteen-year-old Joe Ferko. The band entertained its way to a third prize out of five, wearing pink and white costumes and playing “When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose” and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”. The $25 prize was split twenty-eight ways among the bandsmen, or a whopping $.89 apiece. It was a memorable day and the dawn of a great performing organization.
The expressions on their little faces
made me laugh at times gone by. I guess my mom bought this pattern for someone else because the 1953 date is before I was born. Though I don’t have a picture, I wore the pink bunny costume she made from this pattern when I was a baby.