Tuesday, January 30, 2018

WHERE ARE YOU GOING SWEETHEART?

 
A late in pregnancy cesarean surprise benefitted baby Theodore, but mom was a little late feeling better.  

She was so excited when the time came to be able to take a nice hot bath and this is what she told me....

I was so excited to be able to sit in a nice hot tub and just relax and while I was there, all alone and soaking in my tub, Honey read (the following) to me.  I just put her on speaker phone and she read to me and I think I will always remember it!

I think reading out loud, words, emotions, old stories...well...they are unforgettable.  It's one of the sweetest things I've ever heard about...this sweet moment between grandmother and granddaughter!

The following is a poem that my Aunt Irene wrote about her Papa, and Theodore August Pshigoda's great great great grandfather and name sake...this is why the story is so sweet

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Grace:  My Aunt Irene, Theodore Benton's oldest child and one of 4 girls was a wonderful poet.  All of her poetry was about her family and her son who had a printing company in Dallas, published a little book of her poetry and sent each of her children a copy and Gene (my brother) made me a copy and sent it to me.  I get really inspired from reading her poetry and I think you would greatly enjoy so, when I can get around to it, I am going to make you a copy (about 50 poems) and send to you.  She dearly loved her Father (Theodore Henry) and wrote about him and her Mother often....also her children and grandchildren.  I am enclosing one poem that she wrote about her Father, and my Grandfather - Theodore.  It is obvious from her poems that he was a good man and great father.  Everyone loved Grandpa Benton and he was affectionately  called "Toad or Toadie".  Talk to you later, Love Honey


My apologies for not responding earlier.  First, I was inundated with orders on my eBay store.  I do want to tell you that I am working on my present to that sweet little Baby Boy.  I didn't want to make him a little quilt just like his brother, Henry.  So I started a different one, and have been swamped and not able to work on it very much....but I will give you a clue:  It is Hiawatha ABC and has blocks representing Native American  items to match the alphabet.  Also, I will send him a little turtle amulet which is for boys.  I received a picture of Theodore and Little Theodore, I think which came from Gina.  I forwarded it to Uncle Gene, knowing he would be so pleased.  

My memory of my Grandpa Benton (Theodore Henry).  I loved him so much and he would teach me Choctaw words which I remember some.  One sentence I remember (spelling is what sounds like to me):  Katcha, me au, chum ki pully - which means: "Where are you going Sweetheart."  Grandpa Benton was also so happy and jovial and loved for his kids to come spend the week end at Plainview, Texas.
Grandpa was always a farmer and/or cattle trader.  He worked hard all of his life plowing and planting crops.  I think he raised a lot of cotton crops.  He and Grandma always had a garden and she canned and cooked a lot.  She always went barefoot and wore an apron with a pocket and kept her money tied up in a hankie and pinned inside the pocket.  They would sell eggs and milk.  They would raise and kill their own meat also.  We would go nearly every weekend and spend with them at their farm near Plainview - as well as all of their other kids and their children.  People would be sleeping all over the house.  Mother and Daddy would sleep in a bed and me, Gene and Eddie would sleep at the foot of the bed with our feet going upward.  Wonderful, fond memories.  Grandpa and his boys would play dominoes and the grandkids would play monopoly, etc.  It was later that Grandpa Benton started calling me "Many Feathers".  He always said I was smart and talented and like a bird with many different feathers.  He and Grandma always sent me little presents.  A couple of my favorites was a little porcelain doll and another was a little gold ring with a yellow bead center.  I always looked forward to gifts from them which was not always a holiday or birthday gift.....just a gift.

Grandpa, as a young man, went to an Indian School - called "Old Goodland" as well as my father.  My daddy was in charge of looking after a bunch of little boys who were going to school there.  Grandpa Benton, as a young man and even older in school played ball.  He was a very good player and a "star of the team".  Gina's Uncle Gene could probably add a lot information about Grandpa Toady Benton.  I never thought of Grandpa Benton having a drinking problem, but I remember lots of times that he and his sons would get a little "tanked up and have a good time".  As a matter of fact, kinda like Gina/Brian and her children get together and "wine-taste" LOL

Grandma and Grandpa lived on a farm just out of Plainview, Texas.  Hope this answers some questions.  Love to you and your little family, Honey

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

TWIGGY


Do you remember her from the late 1960s?
Her eyelashes are back!!!  


but there is something I have realized...those eyelashes are for the young gals 
not for ME!

My mother had a friend Char....when I was in high school I can remember thinking
"she is so pretty, but she would be even more pretty if she'd just wear mascara!" 
I just couldn't understand why she did not wear mascara???  WHY NOT???

now I know
mascara is hard and quadruples my getting ready time from 1 minute for lipstick and blush
to something that I'm just a little too busy for
besides I know a thing...
no one is looking at me anymore!!!

no...here's what is worth the time-save and what they are looking at!

a new stocking for a new baby....

to add this group (who is missing....)

their little sweetie cousin who went to Tennessee!

they aren't looking at my masacaraless eyes
they are looking at
Theodore August Pshigoda
who arrived 9:27 AM, December 26, 2017

His older brother
Henry August Pshigoda
cannot wait until he can play with him

let's play white pick-up Theodore...wake up...wake up and play with me!!!

and who in the world would ever notice I don't have on mascara
when they have THIS to look at??

EXACTLY
and besides
we have added our own Twiggy to the family this year
her mascara is a dream and something to strive for if you're into that kind of striving

lots of love and really good stuff happening in our part of the world!

Happy New Year to you and yours and here's to 
mascara in the stockings...just not mine!!!











Wednesday, December 6, 2017

HOBBY LOBBY TOP 5

Do you like Hobby Lobby?

Or is it a chore that you MUST do and therefore DREAD???

Not that it matters, but even in the midst of all the chaos and hullabaloo, I find Hobby Lobby to be one of the best places to shop and here's why...

1.  First stop from the long drive is always...the bathroom...this is where it smells fresh and clean and no matter the season there is ALWAYS glitter sparkling on the floor!


2.  EVERYTHING no matter the season is ON SALE...and a great sale...not just 10% off.  This  means when the season (Christmas) is tight...it is so affordable.  Exciting Stuff!  And if a sale isn't good enough?  Then take your phone in and use the app for 40%


3.  The wonderful Christian music....please listen and let yourself hum along to your favorite hymn...it's one of the most relaxing and in my opinion, brainiac shopping strategies of all time!  


4.  Which probably explains #4....I actually like standing in a long line and watching the employees over and over and over be kind and gracious and helpful and NICE...
no matter the season...
CLASSY!

5.  I just love it when I run into someone I love in the aisle, which happens often, so when you get done with your shopping, it's time for lunch and you make time to lunch with them...and then you notice in the middle of a bite of a Golden Light Cheeseburger...the glitter sparkling on the face across from you!  

I just can't wait to go back!




Monday, November 6, 2017

CHEAP




Meet our granddad...Charles...his brothers called him Chief

Meet by brother and sister
Bobby and M
they have been married since 1973...high school sweethearts together forever
after all this time...they got to choose their grandparent names



Meet their children Bobby and Beth and their four new babies

These babies will finally be adopted in January and then we can show their faces.

With one phone call, in one fail swoop, in years and months and weeks and days
God's great plan....unfolded.

Imagine the heart ache of trying for years to have children
Imagine the uncertainty of giving birth to four children you didn't want
Imagine the heart-break of a birth mother changing her mind when the baby came
Imagine the struggle of two parents who could just not get it together to keep their kids
Imagine the anger over the adoption agency bankrupting with thousands of your dollars
Imagine the scene CPS saw to make the choice to remove two brothers and twin sisters from their home

all the while...swirling above...a great dynamic plan was brewing

who in the world would adopt four desperate little baby children?
GOD knew just the family that would!

in one fail swoop...Chief and M get to have four little grandchildren...as if they had just waited for them one by one...over the years...

On the very first day of school this fall...Bobby and M called to talk to the kids to wish them good luck....one of the twin girls, who can't quite say "Chief" yet...told him...

"sorry Cheap...we're in a hurry...we gotta go!"

God is Good
Pura Vida







Friday, October 27, 2017

OKLAHOMA

I am almost as in love with the state of Oklahoma as I am New Mexico and count myself so fortunate to be but a drive away from each one!


There is so much history to the wonderful state of Oklahoma...a wide open, big blue sky and fertile soil country all its own!

The name Oklahoma is based on the Choctaw Indian words okla humma which translates as "red people." 


Recorded history for the name "Oklahoma" began with Spanish explorer Coronado in 1541 on his quest for the "Lost City of Gold." Oklahoma became the 46th state on November 16, 1907.

My people are from here...they came during the Trail of Tears
My mother was born in a little house in Bokchito that is still standing today

The Trail of Tears was a series of forced relocations of Native American nations in the United States following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The removal included members of the Cherokee, Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations, from their ancestral homelands in the southeastern U.S. to an area west of the Mississippi River that had been designated as Indian Territory.

Our supper table can be very spirited during college football season
we studied at Texas Tech, Texas A&M, OU and OSU...all rivals



Origin of the lyrics. The phrase "Boomer Sooner" refers to the Land Run of 1889, in which the land around the modern university was settled. Boomers were people who campaigned for the lands to be opened (or tried to enter the lands) before passage of the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889.  It is said that the Sooners found their land and staked it before the land rush started with the single cannon shot into the air.


The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 was the first land rush into the Unassigned Lands. The area that was opened to settlement included all or part of the present-day Canadian, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Logan, Oklahoma, and Payne counties of the US state of Oklahoma.

Far and Away is a very sweet epic film about the Land Rush starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.  Their chemistry in this film is incredible and I cannot watch it enough!






Tulsa Time  Even though the late great Don Williams is from Floydada, Texas, he made Tulsa famous with this song.  Certainly Tulsa could have been famous without this fun song, as it's one of the most sophisticated cities in America.



This past summer, our entire vacation was a drive through the state of Oklahoma and we loved every single minute of it!

The history is wonderful...so much to see and do...but perhaps you might know of Oklahoma for a very sad moment in time
April 19, 1995


If you are lucky enough to take a drive through Oklahoma..give yourself at least a week to see it all....the most beautiful country you can imagine!  If not, it is worth the flight in!  If you don't have time to do that...then take advantage of technology and take a virtual vacation!

OKLAHOMA IS OK!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

THE UGLY BROWN BATHROOM

 When we purchased 822, the tiny bathroom in the exact center of the house was definitely on the
TO DO LIST!

I had no idea that 7 years almost exactly (October 19, 2010) would pass by before it ever made it to the top of the list.

I have been collecting photos and ideas all this time 

The bathroom was a five piece bathroom in a very small space and truthfully over the years I came to really like the cozy feel of it...but it was so dated it was coming back into style!

My plan?  Well, it's what I would call  a
religious romantic chocolate box powder room


Pink marble

Pink Venetian Plaster

lots and lots of fun vintage religious ...STUFF!

not this white but this is one of my inspirational photos...loving the brass!!  See what I mean? So old it's back in style!


Here we go...first things first...
DEMO!

so long brown tub


OUCH!


NOPE!

scary!

wish you could stay exposed brick wall...you  nearly made it but you just don't fit!


so long ceiling...hello pitch!

YES!
Beam and Chandelier...fancy!








Hoping we will done by Christmas!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

NEW MEXICO POTTERY

New Mexico pottery...well...even if you don't want to own it, you must admit it is very beautiful...

...especially when you think about the talented hands that sculpted the clay taken from the earth and baked in the sun or fire side kiln.




Of Tewa heritage of the San Ildefonso Pueblo in the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico, Maria Martinez became world-renowned for her black-on-black pottery



Andreita Gonzales (8)
Barbara's granddaughter and Maria's great granddaughter
this is a little pinch pot we bought from her family's studio on her reservation

we purchased it for Betty (10) in case some day Andrieta is as famous as her great grandmother



In a recent art class of my 8 year olds, we water-colored a pot by 
Maria Martinez
this belongs to Betty and is hanging in her home...she was 8 when she painted it
I think kid's art is so naïve...I just love it




San Ildefonso Pueblo New Mexico

Saint Ildefonso

what a great adventure to visit the reservations and see their wares
most of them are excited for you to visit their homes, but you must check in and you must follow their rules and honor their privacy

Angels Baker and Café

we walked in to grab some lunch and I spied a pot that was sitting dangerously close to the edge of the shelf.  I asked our waiter if it could come live at our house...(was it for sale?)  He went to a lot of trouble to contact the owner of the Café and make arrangements for us to purchase it, pack it up and take care of our lunch all at the same time!

The owner of the Café worked with Sanford Besser, a well-known collector in Santa Fe.  This is where the pottery came from.



these are part of our small collection...the owl was an estate sale find and the story teller a gift from my mother



this is the pottery that came to live at our house!

It never hurts to ask if something is for sale...you might just take home a treasure!