Sunday, 26 July 2020

Just a bit of nonsense . . .

Art by Holly Hobby 

My maternal grandparents had a telephone just like this. It hung on the wall and you had to crank the handle on the side.  That was back in the days when having a telephone in your house was considered a great luxury and most lines were "party" lines. You shared your line with other people who could (and did) very easily listen in on all of your conversations. You knew they were there because you could hear them breathing.   

Party lines existed right up until well into the 1970's, especially in rural areas. My ex MIL had a party line. This was on a farm on an RR address and I can remember talking to my sister on the telephone and we could hear an old lady neighbour listening in. I don't know if party lines exist any longer? 

Nowadays most people only have mobile phones and have done away with having a landline. We have a landline, but to be honest it only ever rarely rings. Our mobile phones hardly ring either and its a scramble when they do to try to answer them before the caller hangs up! LOL 

My mom had these Salt and Pepper Shakers. She probably still did when she passed.  I think I even had a pair once upon a time. I remember when I lived in Calgary I went to a Tupperware Party and allowed myself to get talked into becoming a Tupperware Sales Representative.  I always had a difficult time saying no to anyone. I am not sure how or why I ever thought I would be good at selling Tupperware. I was a shy as a mouse. I was terrible at it. I had no confidence and I think I almost felt apologetic at being in someone else's home trying to flog the stuff.  It was the same with Avon. I failed miserably at that as well. My mother, however, was one of the top selling Avon saleswomen, winning lots of awards and trips, etc. All that on top of working full time. Mom never did anything halfway and had lots of confidence.  When it comes to sales, you need a lot of confidence.  


I had a bathrobe just like this. Quilted nylon with lace at the collar and around the pockets. Mine was actually pink as well. My sister also had one, but I can't remember what colour hers was.  They ended up all filled with picks because they would get caught on things. My mother also had one. We thought they were quite stylish actually. 

I remember really really wanting Santa to bring me one of these for Christmas. He never did.  I did get a Robin Hood Bake Set, which was a set of child sized mixing bowls, cake tins etc.  And powdered  mixes in envelopes.  I actually ate a  lot of them raw. I know  . . . what was I like? You haven't lived until you have eaten raw cake batter out of a little red plastic bowl with a little red plastic spoon. 

I wanted one of these also. A Frosty Snowman Snow Cone Machine. Never got it.  Shaved ice with coloured sugar syrup poured over top.  Oh the commercials on the television made you want one very badly. Those commercial children had everything!  Look at that snow scoop!  Funny how some of our toys back then celebrated the eating of empty calories.  Not so much today.  


Did you have a pair of these clackers?  Oh boy but they didn't half hurt when they hit your knuckles by mistake.  I wonder how many children actually injured themselves playing with them? 

I remember playing this a lot with my friends at school.  Paper fortune tellers. You always wished that you would get a good fortune and not a bad or embarassing fortune. These could decide your eternal destiny! I can't even remember how we used to make them now, but we sure had a lot of fun with them.  Those were the days when a piece of paper and a pencil were all a child (or even group of children) needed to keep them entertained. 

Did you have a mood ring?  When you wore it, it showed what kind of mood you were in according to the colour it changed to. 

  • violet - happy or romantic 
  • blue - calm or relaxed 
  • green - normal or average 
  • yellow - excited or tense 
  • brown - nervous 
  •  black - damaged ring or cold 
 Of course it all went according to the temperature of your skin, but we thought it was a magic ring.

Speaking of magic  . . .

Remember these?  I can remember shaking them until I got the answer I wanted to get. Usually in response to the question of whether a certain boy liked me or not.  As if  . . . 

I remember listening to this record over and over again. Its a wonder we didn't drive our parents batty between this and my brother's recording of "popcorn."  I had a mad crush on David Cassidy.  I thought he was the bees knees.  He was so cute and I wanted to look like Susan Dey, or Marsha Brady.  

Except I had frizzy hair that never did what I wanted it to. I remember being walked home from the rec centre by a boy one time and him saying that for hair that looked so curly it sure was soft. I think that was supposed to be a compliment.  Oh how I wanted straight hair. My sister had straight hair. 

The  magic of silly putty.  Simple things like this made their inventors millions!  


I remember saving up my allowance to get one of these pens. So awkward to hold on to and write, but the different colours of ink made it all worth it. 

We had to save for things if we wanted them. My parents did not give us money willy nilly for anything we wanted.  We had to work and save for everything.

 Yep.  What a simple childhood I had, but I think we were a very lucky generation.  No, it wasn't perfect, but looking back on it, we truly were blessed to have grown up at a time such as this.  A time of relatively great prosperity. A time when most people had a moral compass and they paid attention to it.  When people had values that mattered and real heroes, not media hyped heroes.  I really think it was the best of times. 

But what do I know.  I wanted to live like Wilma Flintstone with a husband like Fred and a friend like Betty that I could talk to over the clothesline and go on shopping adventures and get up to mischief with.  We've come a long way baby! 

To the children of today  . . . 

Its a 70's thing that you really wouldn't understand . .  .

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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Kindness is loaning 
someone your strength
instead of reminding 
them of their weakness.
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In the English Kitchen today  . . .  Banana Muffins.  These are the perfect Banana Muffin. Moist, delicious and stogged full of toasted nuts and chocolate chips! 

Have a blessed Sunday! Don't forget!  

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And I do too!    


  1. Happy Sunday, Marie. Boy, I sure could relate to this post. I had the same house coat, the exact same striped socks with toes. I was pretty good with the clackers and I loved to make the paper fortune tellers. I never had an Easy Bake Oven although I remember wanting one. My mom sold Avon, too, and I went to my share of Tupperware parties. Do you remember Sarah Coventry jewelry parties? Those were the days and we probably didn't even know it. Well, I'm off to look at your Banana Muffin recipe. Enjoy your Sunday. Take good care. Love and hugs, Elaine

    1. I remember the Sarah Coventry Jewelry parties, but I don't think I ever was invited to one. I think I had only heard about them. Yes, they were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end. We'd sing and dance forever and a day. (Sorry couldn't resist!) Love and hugs and Happy Sunday Wishes! xoxo

  2. OMG Marie! What memories. I was born in 1956 and I remember all the things you mentioned. My robe was blue, my sister had the pink one. My parents didn't let us have the easy bake oven or frosty the snowman snow cone machine. They thought they were a waste of money. Those clackers really did hurt and we got bonked a lot LOL. We even had this kind of plasticy goo that you put on the end of a straw and blew into the straw and made bubbles. And those socks with toes -- we had them too. Thanks for the memories.

    1. I could have really carried on for a long time this morning with all of these memories, but had to stop myself. I really think we did grow up in the best of times! Stay happy and stay safe Mary! xoxo

    On Varage sale someone was selling my exact box of 45's..filled with 45's for $15.00.!
    I just can't accumulate more stuff but it was hard to pass..Just like the FREE Betty Crocker filled yellow recipe box:)
    Silly Putty..the pen..everything.
    Great post!
    PS I ironed my hair.

    1. I ironed my hair also! I also tried rolling it on soda cans in the hopes that they would straigten it. Now it is old wirey. There is no hope! lol Oh, I would not be able to resist that box of 45's either, or the Betty Crocker Recipe Box. We are so much alike! xoxo

    2. I had the Betty Crocker recipe box but mine was red. Her recipe for peach pie is still our favourite. Oh, gosh, my two BFF and I ironed our hair too. It was not a success. And we did it just before we went to church one Sunday. It's funny now, but we were mortified then. Fun memories. Hugs, Elaine

    3. I had the red recipe box also! I have no idea what happened to it, which is unusual for me and recipes! xo

  4. It's me again remember the Holly Hobbie wallpaper in my kitchen? That phone was on the wall..but our real phone was IN was merely decorative:)

    1. Ahh, I remember Holly Hobbie wallpaper! My kitchen wall paper was all orange, lime green and brown patterned, very similar! xoxo PS - My father used to limit our phone time when I was a teenager. Only 10 minutes maxiumum! haha I felt so deprived!

  5. What a fun post. I remember all those things and had salt and pepper shakers just like that and I even sold Avon too. What fun days! However I never did have a pair of socks with toes in them like that. The nylon housecoats were definitely a must we all had them too. Such good memories for a Sunday. Thanks for sharing !

    1. Funny how we all seem to be of a generation well familiar with these things, even selling Avon! I am afraid I was always my own best customer with these things! Love and hugs and stay healthy wishes. xoxo

  6. I remember a lot of these things bathrobe was similar but in blue of course. They were not very durable...looking quite ratty in no time...but quite warm which in a cold climate did come in handy!! It was a simple time to grow up...I feel so sorry for my grandkids especially. Life has only gotten less safe and more problemic I think, over all my years at least. All the items that make life less busy...or are meant is strange isn't it?
    Elizabeth xoxo

    1. They did get very ratty looking in a relatively short time period, but yes they were warm at least! I really think we are blessed to have lived through the most wonderful times Elizabeth! xoxo

  7. Banana Muffins; yummy! We did have phones with party lines growing up and I remember them listening in too. I probably listened a bit myself. We gave up our landline and have cell phones, but actually ours don't ring a lot either. Everyone just wants to text these days and I love hearing a voice, especially my kids.
    Your story of Tupperware and Avon brought back memories. I haven't been a good salesperson either on some things I tried. However, my mother sold both Tupperware and Avon. She sold Avon up and into her 80's and worked in a Dollar Store. She loved doing that.
    I remember a bathrobe like that too.
    I have fond memories of various toys in our day. We did have some fun ones and there were a number of them that I didn't get either.
    We did have a simple childhood and I wish that my grandchildren could have the fun we did. I feel sad that they don't ride bikes, roller skate or ice skate like I did as a child. Also I wish they played some of the outdoor games we played. It was a fun and easy going era for sure.
    Oh the socks, maybe they will come back in style again.
    blessings and hugs for this one!


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