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~ Kathy M.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Just a Note #3: Kevin MacPherson


 Artist:   Nita Leger Casey

This is installment #3 of Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy's weekly art feature.  My MIL gave me a bunch of greeting cards, and I decided to scan them, add a frame then and link them up to the artists websites.  Hope that they bring you a bit of joy today!

This week's featured artist is Kevin MacPherson.
The card below came in a gift set from a Veterans of Foreign Wars fundraiser:



The following were sent out from C.O.P.S. - Concerns of Police Survivors:

"Red Poppies in Flower Garden"


"Rose Garden"


"Rose Garden"

"Wild Red Poppies"


I am linking this post to Pamela Kuhn's "A Sheltering Tree" weekly blog hop, Share the Shelter.   When you are all through here at Oregon Gifts, hop on over to see some lovely and inspirational posts.


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

The "Re-Introduce Myself" Blogfest:




Welcome to Kathy Matthews' Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy blog.  I am participating in Stephen Kemp's "Re-Introduce Myself Blogfest" where we are encouraged to give a brief description of our blogs and ourselves.  I kind of feel like I am on Match.com.

I have been blogging since November 2008, and this is post number 1893.  Oregon Gifts is not my only blog, but it is the one where I put most of my energy.  The name is quite a mouthful, but I was planning on reviving my crafts business of the same name when I set this blog up.  It is a lot easier to post pictures than to make things though, and one thing led to another.

I have completed the April A-Z Challenge for the past two years.  I am just now beginning my first novel, and I am super excited about that.  I enjoy writing flash fiction, travel, taking pictures, reading, being creative, old stuff, and interacting with others.  

As for sports, I love to watch baseball (The Mariners, and all AL teams) and college football (The Ducks, and TCU, where our grandson Tyler is a QB.)

"Welcome to the online diary of a Central Oregon Grandmother (me) who is busy celebrating the positive portions of her everyday life ... along with her best friend husband (Cary).  It is quite an eclectic diary, and I try to do my best to incorporate a little bit of early Oregon history into many of my posts.  I post the links of many of my stories and articles on the sidebar, so if you have extra time, please scroll down to see more.  At the bottom of this page, there are links to many other blogs that I enjoy reading.

Please leave me a comment, and follow me if you want to.  I will make sure to reciprocate.  Thanks so much for stopping by."

~ Kathy M. 


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Lunch, Pool and Baseball:



Cary and I had a fun day yesterday.  First, we drove into Bend and got my car washed.  Then, we went to McMenamin's St. Francis School for lunch.   We prefer the little bar near the movie theater.




After choosing a table before the fireplace, I ordered a cheeseburger, fries and a pale ale.  Cary wasn't hungry, so he just had an iced tea.


As we were waiting for the food to arrive, I got up and took some pictures of light fixtures.  McMenamins always has the neatest ones.







The billiard table was being used by some ladies, so we left there and went to Corey's, which is located right down the street.



The MLB channel was on at Corey's and we were enjoying a "best of special" of baseball highlights.  I miss watching baseball so much, and I was thrilled to see my old friends on the screen, including Johnny Damon and Jamie Burke.




We began to play pool.  I always lose (Cary has been playing since he was twelve and old enough to hang out at the pool hall in Fillmore).  But, yesterday I was much better.  I didn't look at the white ball, I looked at the one that I wanted to hit.  That really did help, by-the-way.






 There was only one pretty light fixture at Corey's:
 

But there were quite a few neon signs:














We really had a great time and enjoyed each other's company.  Dates are fun.  We are thinking of going on another one today.

~ Kathy M.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rural Store Near Summers, Arkansas:





I couldn't help but to add a second Sepia Saturday post this week.  Right now, I seem to be posting up a storm...the ideas are flowing once again.  This one an easy read though:


My Dad, Ralph, is the little tow-headed guy in the middle.  These kids are standing in front of a rural store.  At the time this picture was taken, my Grandparents, Delmer and Agnes Summers Johnson, along with Dad, were living in Summers, Arkansas.  This photo was taken around 1939.

So, there you are, my friends.  If you enjoyed this story, please visit my Sepia Saturday friends by "CLICKING HERE" to find other neat photos and stories. To read more about my family and other stories featuring old photos, memories and more, please look for this picture of me and my dad on the left-hand sidebar to read whatever else catches your fancy.  Thanks so much for visiting! 
~ Kathy M.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Boon:

Meet Boon.  He is my sister's boyfriend Ken's son.  
Boon is on his way to dance competition right now.
Good luck!





Update: 

Boon took first in his division and the folks in charge of the competition asked him to perform the next evening, when the professional dancers are doing their show.  This is all so exciting!
Congratulations, Boon.


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Johnson Bros. "Old Chelsea" Tea Cups:


It has been so long since I have photographed a little vignette or participated in a Tea Cup Tuesday post.  And here it is a Wednesday!  Better late than never, I suppose. My friend Becky posted a darling crocheted tea set yesterday, and I went on from her blog to visit Terri over at Artful Affirmations, one of the hostesses of Tea Cup Tuesday.  I am also entering this post into Pamela's "Share the Shelter" Linky Party, over at "A Sheltering Tree".    

I bought these tea cups last week.  They came in a set of four at St. Vinnie's for $8.00.  I gave two sets to my friend, who was in need of some encouragement, and kept two for us.  

(She has had a very rough past five years; some of it due to loss and some of it due to the way that she reacated to the loss. I have been doing my best to encourage her when I can, on FB.  She is back on her feet and doing well these days, and the thought came to me to gift her as a reward for her hard work.  I packed a picnic basket full of the tea cups, several kinds of tea, some mocha instant coffee, several inspirational Christian books that I had on hand, a novel to read for fun, a journal, a pack of colored gel pens and a nice vanilla candle.  She was thrilled, and I was blessed to have listened to the Lord's direction.)

Cary and I had some tea the other night, and he found the handles a bit small for his liking, but he sipped his Chai tea as I sipped mine.  That was in the evening, and I couldn't get to sleep until after midnight that night!  I think that I had better either drink tea in the daytime or make sure that I make a decaffeinated choice.




I really don't know anything about china, nor do I know how old these are.  If you do, please let me know, and I will include your comments into this post.  I just thought that they were pretty, and the price was sure right.








To see some more pretty dishes and tea cups, please head on over to visit Terri and her friends.  And, thank you, Terri for becoming my newest follower!  Oh, I have another new follower, Carmelina, and she is having a give-away on her blog, so please head over and take a look after you are all done here.


I hope that you all have a beary-beary good day.

~ Kathy M.

P.S. - Comments about the dishes themselves:

Hello Kathy,

Your new thrifted tea cups are lovely! I would have bought them too! The coloring is really beautiful on the ivy. And what a great price! I have been looking up the backstamp and I am thinking around 1930s. That is my best guess for when they were manufactured.
You were so kind to give half of them away to a friend! 

Hugs,
Terri


 Hey!

This was my grandmothers china pattern! It's called Ivy Evergreen but you will usually find Old Chelsea stamped on the bottom. Searches will never usually say Ivy Evergreen either. I looked for over 7 years to try and find the teapot in this pattern. Old Chelsea is actually the shape of the plate design, not the ivy itself, which is why when you search out Johnson Bros Old Chelsea, you get multiple patterns.

It is circa 1940's if I am not mistaken. Made in England, the stamping could be different if you have one that was made for export, or one that was made to stay in England.

Hope this helps! I is truly a lovely design. I have been eating off of them for years. When I found the teapot over a year ago, I got together with my mom and her 2 sisters, and we put the teapot with cups of my grandmothers...so they could talk and get to know each other! I want the teapot to feel loved in it's new home...silly I know.

May you enjoy many happy cups of tea in them! (Maybe on a Downton Abbey night if you are a fan?)

Jolene


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