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1912-2012 In Memoriam


It’s difficult to believe that 100 yrs have past and my late grandmom was only 8 years old when Titanic hit an iceberg and sunk coming from Liverpool, England to New York City on it’s maid voyage. I made the above collage several years ago and probably shared it back then. We got married on the anniversary of the ship hitting the iceberg, the 14th, but it sank a few hours later in the wee hours of the 15th. I was reading about a 22 year old actress Dorothy Gibson who recalls the chilling sounds of people calling out to be saved that haunted her the rest of her life.  We’ve seen a few Titanic exhibits over the years which were interesting and sad.


I can’t believe it’s Friday already! Monday really threw us for a loop because of my father-in-law’s nosebleed issue. I sure hope he’s not going to start getting blood pressure spikes as the lady in the dentist office (I had to go there on Wednesday to get a filling replaced-again) said that started happening to her mom because of hbp.

I’ve just been running around locally shopping here and there a bit while Bri was figuring out tax stuff which took several hours on the phone with his dad. I will be so glad when it’s all settled.

Tonight is a little party for my niece who turned 13 on the 11th. I bought her many different things from our travels here and there. I just made her a huge tissue paper flower.

Yesterday my middle brother was taken to the hospital by ambulance as he had chest pains at work. He was having them a bit a week ago and now he thinks it’s his gallbladder. They are watching him tonight. The hospital is 5 minutes from his new office building and where I’ve had some procedures. He was a terrible foul mood last week and yelled and cussed at me for nothing. His complaint was I don’t do enough for mom and there I was taking her to the eye doctor and grocery store. My other brother (I have 3) and me had our gallbladders out when we were in our 20s.

Sparked a memory


What I really love about the iPad more than the games, are the info apps with articles from topics of your choosing. The app ‘Zite’ is one I enjoy reading. I have the ‘Film and TV’ section and there were candid photos of old time Hollywood celebrities and their directors. I guess before I was even 10, I thought the movies showed us how people really lived, like in ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’-singing and dancing their way through life and everything was peachy keen in the end. And if the movie was in black and white, it had to be real, right? (Thinking home movies were mostly b&w). I mentioned There’s ‘No Business…’ as one summer way before VCRs, Blue ray and on-demand, we had to watch tv and watch the movie when it came on. That movie was shown once a day at say 1 pm for at least a week. My brother Don must have watched it almost every day. It was either too hot or rainy and I remember Ethel Merman singing her heart out.

Anyway, seeing all the old photos like this also sparked another memory for me (Here’s the site with more photos):

They say it’s very unusual to see Joan and Bette smiling so broadly, especially in a movie where Bette is playing a kook.

The game we played constantly off and on for many months called ‘Movie Moguls’

This is not our game, it may be long gone. You were to collect the stars from the different movies on the board-it was like Monopoly. I remember playing it at night down in Wildwood, NJ when my mom and grandmom went to play bingo!  My mom always enjoyed movies and celebrities, so I guess it rubbed off on us. We were probably 13 and 14 when we enjoyed this game.

It’s based on 20 movie productions. Players take turns moving around the board and have the option to buy various productions of older movies like CasablancaHigh Noon, or A Streetcar Named Desire. There are title cards to represent ownership, with a list of three actors on them. If someone lands on your production they pay “studio fees”. The amount is dependant on the number of stars you’ve collected and any awards you’ve collected.

There are several ways to acquire stars. The cards are nice with b&w photos of actors such as Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, and 58 others. Once you’ve completed the production, you are eligible to receive rewards and there are several ways to get those. There are also Production & Publicity cards much like chance and community chest in Monopoly. Bankruptcies occur if you have to pay more than you have. The short games last about an hour and there are three variations.

Regular game is two to three hours. Reviewed by Rex Reed for a finishing touch.

The above description is from found at the Monopoly link above.

Photo Hunt-Play

Shirley Temple at Play-1935, originally uploaded by DianthusMoon.

This is a sweetly illustrated book about Shirley Temple from 1935. This wasn’t my mom’s book, but she was about 4 or 5 when this came out. She preferred grown-up paper dolls to baby dolls. This is amply named for the hunt!
My family needs a lot of positive vibes sent our way as Brian lost his job today. It’s sad as he’s held it down for over 14 yrs old and it’s a week before his 55th birthday. He will try to figure out what he’d like to do, but of course he may have to take what he can get. All three of us would like to find employment now (with Sean it’s a better job).

Oh, I could hide ‘neath the wings…


Back in the summer of 1967, when I was 7 and my brother was 6, we headed down to a cottage in Cape May, NJ to spend the week. It didn’t happen often that we got to stay anywhere that long, but my Uncle Don happen to know the owner and it was called “Brownies Cottage”. I remember driving down in the Rambler and sitting in the backseat with my brothers while the song ‘Windy’ played every 5 minutes. My brother Ken was a baby and I bet he was sitting on my mom’s lap! And we probably weren’t in seat belts. That’s how things changed. Glad we made it through! Anyway, my brother Dave was 13 and into the Beatles and reel to reel tape recorders. What Don and I were into were these:

For a nickel you could get  a package of Monkees Trading Cards! We looked everywhere for them to get all the ones we needed. We rather do that then sit on the beach!  We also hung up their photos on the wall of the cottage and then at home. So as little children we loved the Monkees and Davy Jones was a big favorite. I’m so sorry to hear he passed away today at only 66. At one time he lived in Pennsylvania, but the reports of his death said he was living in Hollywood, Florida. They just said on Access Hollywood he had a clean bill of health a month ago and had the heart of a 17 year old. Perhaps he had an infection or something. I am so happy he and The Monkees gave us and so many people a funny program to watch and neat songs to sing along with when we were kids. Davy loved horses and at one time he trained to be a jockey. I had downloaded ‘Daydream Believer’ just a few weeks ago on my iPad ‘magic piano and I’m pretty sure I bought the Monkees Greatest hits CD a few months ago (or almost bought it!)

Oh my goodness, just came from Facebook, and my friend Lisa, who lives further north in PA than me, has a cheek to cheek photo of herself and Davy! I asked her where it was taken…

How we danced!


I was so saddened to read about the sudden passing of Whitney Houston yesterday afternoon at only age 48. Heard she was found in the tub at her hotel room in Beverly Hills. Such a tragic end. She had a voice and a half! As I mentioned in the title, we went to a few weddings in the 1980s where her songs were played at the reception and we all got up and danced to her. Whitney’s life had been good and it had been bad. I saw where she had just done a remake of the movie ‘Sparkle’ and she was going to appear at the Grammy’s tonight. I feel so bad for her mom Cissy and daughter Bobby Christina.


2011 in retrospect


I’ve been a bit busy with work on New Year’s day (12-6, very boring) and running around to after Christmas sales with Brian on Monday. He goes back to work today. I was thinking though 2011 didn’t start out that great, we still got the nice 2005 Mariner at the end of January:

It was my vehicle for a few months until we spotted this one on the internet in July:

Yikes….it’s not a Ford/Mercury (my family loves Fords) and now we have two car payments a month for the next several years. I do love my little Ina who just turned 10. I’ve only seen two other gold PT Cruisers since July. She’s a rare one in these parts.

We decided we needed to take a few trips, not a week…but usually one or two nights.

First we went to Baltimore, MD and loved it there!

Neat shot against mirrors of Sean

Baltimore’s World Trade Center
Baltimore Aquarium in background
And we took the ‘side trip’ from Baltimore to Fort McHenry where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write our national anthem ‘The Star Spangled Banner’.
Brian-watch out!
(Opps-that’s my funny shot)
Sean and Dianne with harbor in background

We got to see Chincoteague Island and really loved the place too!

Dianne on Chincoteague beach

Chincoteague wild horses zoom

Because we had the Mariner, we got to travel more than we had in previous years.

Sean and I saw the taping of a local Philly talk show and one of the guests was ace Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee!

Us in the audience!

We went to the tribute band event ‘Beatlemania’ down in National Harbor, MD

Heading for concerts
Dianne posing at the Gaylord fountain

We took a little time to see Alexandria, VA. and liked it there as well.
Flag draped city hall

At the end of September, we finally got to go to a mini reunion for my high school class in Ocean City, NJ! It was fun and we enjoyed seeing the town of OC and Cape May, NJ also. My mom was along for that trip.

Some of the gang from the class of 77
My mom Jeanne in front of the Virginia Hotel

Brian took me up to York, PA again in October so I could attend the rubber stamp and scrapbooking show and we looked around the town a bit, not as much as I would have liked. But we went over to Mount Joy so we could eat at Bubbe’s Pub.

Brian at Bube's Brewery

I got to see my little pal Nick and his mom Jenn on his second birthday when we spent the day at Longwood Gardens:

Playing with Pumpkins
And oh Longwood…I really went there so many more times than I have in the past and hope to do so this year too!

And the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in November up in Oaks, PA was fun too-never been to that either. I found some nice gifts for people there.

So, it was a good year that we got to go places and see new things. We got to spend time with old and new friends and our family. I always like spending time with Brian and Sean, but this group-my ‘almost’ children (and mom too). : )

I want to get back on the weight loss track, one reason I posted photos of me at different angles. I plan to keep walking in the lovely local park and Longwood too!

And I can’t forget about getting the job. I’m wondering if I’ll still be there next week, only time will tell! If not, I’ll be taking a break for a month or so to get the house in shape and do some art.

Photo Hunt- Hand Written


Back of the Mary photo card, originally uploaded by DianthusMoon.

A few years ago, I scanned a lot of ‘family’ photos as I didn’t know who most of the people were. This little saying was on the back of Mary Caswell’s photo. It says-‘The friends thou hast and their devotions tried; Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel.’ I guess that is it.

And my own handwriting. I think we wrote this every year until 6th grade. I believe this was 3rd grade.
3rd grade writing practice