Friday, September 26, 2014

The Roosevelt's Visit Coles County

Did you get to see the Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt's?
I can remember when Presidents and politicians came to small towns.
I wish they still did that, but the word "small" keeps them away, not enough publicity or enough votes. How sad that is.

But back in October 18, 1939 the first lady
Eleanor Roosevelt came to Charleston

Eleanor getting off the train in Charleston

Cousin Fred who i mention frequently was there!
True he was 2 1/2 but good ole Aunt Annie documented it.

I so appreciate her diaries.
If something is mentioned, I just look up the day and see if she wrote about it.
Will we someday be looking back at selfies of a event?

Teddy Roosevelt also came through
This was in the paper on Wednesday
September 24, 2014 4:20 pm  •  
100 years ago, 1914
MATTOON -- Colonel Theodore Roosevelt passed through Mattoon at noon today on Big Four train No. 16 en route to his home in New York after a speaking tour during the last week. The former president spoke to a small crowd gathered at the station. Only a few people had learned that Roosevelt was to pass through the city and there was only a scattering of men gathered at the station to hear him. When the train pulled into Mattoon, Roosevelt was asleep and it was several minutes before he appeared on the steps. He was greeted with applause, then shook hands and spoke in support of Raymond Robins for senator. The colonel looked much older than when last seen. When asked about his physical condition, Mr. Roosevelt replied that it would take a big club to kill him.

If you saw the series you know he died in his sleep. It was said if he was awake he would of been fighting off death.

I just find it fascinating that these people did travel and meet the people.
I have been fortunate enough to meet Joan Mondale at the local mall in 1980
and President Ford at a small airport in Champaign IL in 1976.
Too bad the 2016 election won't take the politicians to the small towns to see how the majority of Americans really do live.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ummmm.........I know, More Pyrex!

After our friends big Pyrex Hunt of 2014 my friend remembered she had a orange Cinderella bowl to complete my long desired Friendship bowl set.
thanks Jan!

Now here is a question? I have owned my own sets of Pyrex as wedding presents for 34 years.
Did I never notice the Cinderella sets lip is bigger on one side than the other?
Look! at first I thought the bowl was wrong...but their all this way, guess I better go look in the cabinet at mine. How could  I never notice that? DUH!

I was at 1515 to help our local Five Mile House with their fundraiser.
They were the generous group that supported our Charleston Riot Anniversary.
On Friday they have auction items to set out and price. Many are vintage, I forgot to take pictures!
I will show you what I got when I get back there next month.
Well cousin Karen who lives in town was there and said did I know about the new shop that opened up by the RR tracks? Uh no!?
So as soon as we were done I headed there.
As I entered by eyes could not believe the FIRST THING I saw!

a friendship casserole!
I have most of them but for $10 I thought buy it.
When I got home I realized it is the Friendship Penn Dutch Promo!
So the lid is wrong and it is suppose to have a under plate.
I told the lady if she found more Pyrex my friends and I would be interested.
She said
"Honey, I got box after box of Pyrex out back in unopened boxes"
She took my name and # and suppose to call me when she unpacks them.
Maybe the lid or under plate will rise from the boxes?

I also ran by the new GW
look at that shelf!
Golden acorn divided dish with a lid.
Now a divided dish WITH a lid, great find!

Found another new store open down the street from my house
How sweet
It a couple who has owned a great used clothing store next door.
The clothing store looks like you stepped back in the 40's.
Full of suits, dressed hats,shoes.
Cousin Mary got some saddle shoes once and we got a top hat we needed for a joke.
So they opened this up next door.
Bright and cheery full of finds.
No Pyrex but I got a sweet "remember me" German cup for $2
I will be back!

Saturday was the actual fundraiser and one of my Riot friends brought me a piece of Pyrex!
Trailing flowers casserole she got at the auction for less than $1.
It was a quick trip so I will have to show you my fundraiser treasures later.

Hope to take time to read what you have been up to.
Work continues to be...well a nightmare at times.
We are suppose to close at 7 pm. We finally had our last pt leave at 1030pm last night.
When you have been there since 5:30 or so it is not easy.
So I am taking it easy today!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pyrex Pumpkins Fostoria and Friendship

Do you want to come along and see how successful our girlfriends road trip was?
We were headed to our annual trip to the Arcola IL Broomcorn festival and we head up old route 40 from St. Louis to my hometown in IL. Stopping in each little town on the way at the antique shops.
We always start at the Powhatan resteraunt in Pocahontas for breakfast.

Jan found the first find of the day 
pink gooseberry, she has been trying to find the set, but here is a start!
Then I found this!
Barbwire, let Jan found one in another town. I seem to love the black and white these days.
The store told us about a new Hospital charity shop...ok!

I found a refrigerator lid! 
snowflake garland for $1
but when I got to the check out, there was a sale!
I paid 87 cents for the 2.
Jan got a American Fostoria fruit bowl for $20.

Onward, we remember the green square dot bowl we left behind the year before.
It was $40
well, looky it was in the same spot as last year and marked $30!
Jan took it home.

we love the one mall in downtown Altamont.
Just as I was ready to tell Patty I found Verde Green fridge set I hear Jan scream
I have never found friendship bowls.......she spotted them!
I am sure people thought we were nuts.
But by the time we left we had free waters and offers for some beer.
Pyrex and Beer? Not for me but my friends liked that.

So here is my friendship set minus the orange bowl
but by the end of the weekend I had the entire set!
Oh happy day.

So here is our one day, 120 mile haul
Pink Gooseberry
Verde Green
Primary fridge set
Yellow hostess set
Alot of lime green

look at the space saver white turquoise snowflake I found, but then let Patty have it since she is the turquoise queen. And we all love the salad bowl set in the turquoise, even with tongs for $8

Day 2
Headed to the Broom corn festival after we stop off at Persimmon Lane in Charleston

I found pink daisy pan, $8!
And a yellow hostess bowl and lid.
The spring daisy gravy boat was $5 from the day before

Well of course we bought brooms!
Every color under the rainbow but I bought the plain one for Mr per his request.

Downtown Arcola has a great Antique mall
Jan found something she has been dreaming about!
Fostoria cake stand!

She and Patty found glasses, tooth pick holders, vases all at good prices.
I have all my Grandmothers piece but would love to have the elusive
square cake stand.
thank goodness for cell phones
found this funky lamp for our friend still has at 1515 and you will see why later!

The last stop of the day, Jan found her gooseberry set! 

Day 2 haul
yellow hostess set for me
pink daisy for me
autumn wheat and gooseberry for Jan
yellow and a fk turquoise eye bowl for Patty

Day 3
relaxing morning, breakfast out and a stop in 
Tee Town for pumpkins
beautiful cool day

yes, near my hometown it is the honor system, just leave the money!

And here is what Jan's SUV looked like
Pyrex Pumpkins and Fostoria

But most of all packed with the love of Friendship
Thanks Jan and Patty, love you both!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mr. Did Good!

My Mother in law just had her 90th birthday and she decided to move into a smaller apartment in her retirement complex. So Mr. headed over to his Mom's this weekend while I was away Pyrex hunting with the girls.

He called me about a lamp I wanted but was surprised when I got home he had a box.
I thought, great what is this?
8 juice and 10 ice tea glasses
I can never remember my MIL not having these.
I can not count how many glasses of tea I have drank out of them over the last 18 years.
That was fine since ours were getting chipped and I was looking for replacements.
But then Mr. said "they are made in France!"


Apparently they have been made in France since 1939 and are a staple in cafes and school cafeterias because of their durability. With 8 children, maybe that is why my MIL had them?
They are still sold at William Sonoma.
Hard to see here but they have a Tulip design and are stackable
Which worked well in the cabinet

I was looking for replacements to my Green Fostoria that has gotten chipped and broken
Plenty of clear but I have not found juice size replacements when I have been antiquing.
(yes my dishes are now antiques)

What a nice treat since France is special in our hearts for Mr and I, for our anniversary and the 5 consecutive years after that we always spent a week in Paris, we have not been able to go for several years. So he brought a little of France home to me.

Last weekend we had my MIL 90th birthday early
I was disappointed only 6 siblings were there, since we had planned this since December.
But she had a great time with food, plenty of my husbands cousins, some grandchildren and one Great Grandson.
I made slide shows up with pictures of my MIL and others with the cousins and even a trivia game with some genealogy questions about my MIL
open your eyes Mom!
with her children and nieces and nephews

there is that sweet smile
1946 when she won a equestrian award
it was nice to share all of this together and celebrate her life now not later
the 5 older boys, and as you can see Mr was on the way
boy #6

yep that is Mr in the front holding his brother hands (apparently barbershop quartet brothers!)
2 girls were to follow
She is a amazing woman to me
And one smart enough to buy durable French glassware!

Thanks for letting me share!

Yes, the next post will be about our Pyrex hunting weekend....boy was it a success!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Good Will Hunting!

I rarely find anything at the GW close to my home.
But they just opened up one in my hometown!
small clear Pyrex Colonial mist bowl 99 cents
the larger bowl 1.49
I have a blue on white colonial mist mixing bowl I got at the auction for just pennies so I thought, why not for that price?

measuring cups are so expensive, so I picked this up too.

Was there anything else?

found 6 crystal etched glasses taped together, then I found the other set!
They remind me of my Mom's Fostoria Holly luncheon plates.

it is hard to capture the etching
so 12 in perfect shape
so not bad for a little stop

The best for last!
Yellow Dot Pyrex bowl, auction find
yes $1