Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thank God for AAA


Now, I know I'm getting REALLY old...I mean, old as DIRT kinda old!
I'm so old that I actually remember a time when service stations were just that, Service Stations.
I remember a rubber hose that ran along the ground & as you drove over it it would ding,
alerting the Service Station attendant that he had a customer.
He'd come running out, smile on his face in his clean, white uniform, hat cocked
to one side & yell out "What can I get ya?", & as we all sat comfortably in the car
my Daddy would yell back, "Fill her up with Ethel please."


I never knew who Ethel was until I got much older, but I figured she was a nice lady cuz our
car always ran down the road perfectly after we got filled with her.  ;)
These gentle men not only filled your car up with gas, but they also:
washed your windshields spotless,
checked your oil,
checked the radiator,
checked the air pressure in your tires
& if any of these were amiss, they fixed the problem immediately, with a smile.
I MISS those days, I really do. Life was just SWEETER.


Fast Forward fifty years...
Yesterday, I had a tire blow out. Not just a little, I came out of the store & my tire was flat
or a small, slow leak of air as I was driving down the road & had to pull over.
I had a going, 65mph, on a 2 lane HWY, in the middle of NOWHERE
BLOWOUT!!!
'Shut the Front Door', I'm surprised I didn't die.
It was 6:30pm, I didn't know what city I was in cuz I was in the middle of the desert,
the shoulder WAS the desert, I was an hour from home, an hour from my friends house,
cars & semi's were flying past me at the speed of sound, I was freaked out, a little stupefied
& the one thing I AM GRATEFUL for in these modern times, is my cell phone.
So, what do I do first...
Call my Hubby & what does he tell me to do, call AAA & call him right back.
THANK GOD for AAA!!!
I called the emergency hot line & talk to Angie.
I gave her my card number & she then asks, "Where are you?"
I panicky answer like the brilliant woman that I am, "I don't know!"
She asks "What city are you in?" I answer, "I don't know, I'm in the middle of a desert."
Brilliant, right?
Long story short, through my vague ramblings & inaccurate information, she decides my
location & sends a AAA tow truck out to help me. It will take 54 minutes.
Call Hubby back, we decide it's silly for him to drive that far, I will wait.
He tells me there are crazy drivers out there, not to wait in the car...
I say I'm scared of someone seeing me & kidnapping me {oldnapping me}
or maybe even worse, getting bite by a snake.
He says, just take my water & take a little walk off the road & make it a pleasant wait.
I say ok...I stay in the car & put my seat belt on, Angie calls again to check on me.
An hour later as the sun is getting lower in the sky, I hear the sound of a truck
pulling up behind me...yipppeeee, I'm saved!!!
I hop out of the car clapping my hands & waving...do all women do this
or am I just a moron? The sun is now slightly behind the driver as he jumps out of the
truck, clipboard in hand, blue one piece uniform on & a smile on his face.
"Are you Susie?", "Yes, yes, that's me...I've been waiting!"
"Can I see your card Mam?" "Oh yes, here it is, I've got it!"
"Thank you Mam, no worries. I'll take care of everything. These drivers out here
are crazy! If I could have you step back & away from the car for your own safety,
I would really appreciate it."
"Certainly, certainly, why didn't I think of that!"  ;)
He now went to work & with the sun setting behind him, there was a soft glow of light
surrounding him. His skin glistened & his hair blew softly in the desert breeze,
at least that's the way I remember it.
He mentions that he was leaving to go home when he got the call, but was concerned
about a women being stranded out here alone...I think he's my savior.
As he finishes up, I thank him profusely & run over to my purse to get him a tip.
I only have $3 & I fold it up & put it in his hand. He says no, he can't except it. I say
he must. He says he can't take my last few dollars & I say he has to take it. I say he saved
me & it's the least I can do & wish it were more.
He shakes my hand & says, with a smile on his face,
"It's just my job."
I get in my car & slowly merge back out into the traffic, finally heading for home.
I think, I hope he stops at a bar before he goes home & has a beer on me.
THANK GOD for AAA!

XOXO
vintagesusie

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Spoonin at Mount Vernon


I hope all my Sweetest of Hearts...
had a fabulous 4th of July weekend filled with Family, Franks & Fireworks! ;)
I've been SPOONIN & just had to make myself a necklace when I found this
awesome, vintage Mount Vernon, silver plate spoon with
George Washington on the handle.
The sari ribbon just looked perfect on it, giving it a feeling of days long past.
I've got 2 orders I'm trying to work on finishing today, so I guess it's
pound, pound, pound
for me...love it!


Here's a pic of Kai & Munga at our small town 4th of July Parade.
I wish for all of you, the simple magic of a small town parade.
It doesn't matter if it's 1911 or 2011,
in those moments as the simple floats go by & the band plays,
war veteran's march in uniform, carrying our red, white & blue,
children dressed in clothes from the revolutionary war proudly wave to the crowd,
policemen, firemen, scouts & their leaders, toss candy to the kids
faces sticky & wet from snow cones & ice cream,
horses & their riders prancing stoutly down Main Street...
time stands still.
In that instance, we're all just Americans, united in the common belief
that we live in the Greatest Country on earth & it's our moment to
SHINE!
I LOVE the 4th of July!!!

XOXO
vintagesusie

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Freedom Don't Come Free

{listen too...}
"Let the world go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike,
that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,

born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace,
 unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship,

support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty. This much we pledge and more."

"to those nations who would make themselves our adversary,
we offer not a pledge but a request that both sides begin anew the quest for peace..."

"Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty.
Now the trumpet summons us again, not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need, not as a call to battle, though embattled we are,
but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”,

a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America can do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."

John F Kennedy's Inaugural Address
January 20, 1961

Have a Happy 4th of July my Sweet Friends!

And when the words 'Thank You' don't begin to express my feelings of pride & honor & gratitude towards our American Hero's,
when I am at a loss for words & can find nothing else to say,
I am always mindful that...

'Freedom Don't Come Free'!
XOXO

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Cottingley Fairies, Elsie Wright & Frances Griffiths

{frances in the 1st of the 5 fairy pictures taken}

Do you BELIEVE in Fairies?

{frances & elsie at cottingley beck}

Two young cousins who lived in Cottingley, England in 1917 did.
Elsie Wright, 15, and Frances Griffiths, 10, took a series of 5
photos at Cottingley Beck that fascinated the world &
caught the eye of the renowned writer & spiritualist,
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

{the 2nd photo, elsie with a winged gnome}

This magic all began, when 2 little girls were trying to convince
their parents that they had seen fairy's in the Cottingley Beck.
Elsie took her father's camera, went down to the beck & came
back with the 1st two pictures of the Cottingley Fairies.

Today, we may think it fantastic that anyone could be fooled
into thinking these pictures were real, but in 1917 a camera was
a piece of scientific equipment & took pictures of what was
in front of it & nothing else...the Fairy Magic had begun!

{frances & the leaping fairy}

Elsie's mother was interested in the occult, having had some experiences
with the paranormal & went to a Theosophical meeting that was
taking place near her home. The lecture was on Fairy Life.
Polly mentioned that her daughter & niece had taken some
photographs of fairies & it became sensational evidence
of the existence of fairies.

{the 4th photo, a fairy offering posy harebells to elsie}

In 1920 the photographs made there way to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
creator of Sherlock Holmes & he contacted the family for permission to
use the photos in an upcoming magazine article he was to write.

Several different researchers looked at the photographs for authenticity
& yet no one could confirm that they were fakes. After publication,
Arthur Doyle brought the girls 2 cameras & 20 photographic plates
in hopes that they would return to Cottingley Beck & catch
more images of THEIR fairies & they did!

{the 5th & last photograph, fairies & their sun bath}

Staying true to their tale for more then for 60 years, the girls,
Elsie & Frances now old women, finally admitted that their
fairies weren't real. That is none were real except for the 5th &
last photograph. Until her death, Frances swore that nothing had
been done to create the transparent images of the fairies dancing
& sunbathing in the grass. Her daughter, grand-daughter & great
grand-daughter all believe this one image to be true.

So my question for you today is...
Do you believe in Fairies??
I LOVE these...


I DO BELIEVE IN FAIRIES!!!
Clap your hands if you believe in fairies!  ;)

XOXO
vintagesusie