With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 12/27/09 - 1/3/10

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Cozy New Year's Eve

The decorations are put away for another year and the remaining leftovers are used up to make this warm and cozy dinner by the fireplace.
Just Abbey, John and I ~ we enjoyed a late dinner together and watched
a Phantom of the Opera DVD.
A splendid and relaxing way to end the year.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year Greetings and a Atmos Clock for Show & Tell

My father-in-law worked for the Campbell Soup Company for 42 years. He received this beautiful Swiss made LeCoultre clock in recognition of his first 25 years of service.

2009 ~ A Year in Review

A photo from each month of 2009

January ~ Celebrating a special birthday
February ~ Hoya in bloom
March ~ Raider
April ~ Forget-me-Nots
May ~ Cooper Hawk on patio
June ~ Reflections in raindrops
July ~ Blueberries
August ~ Butterflies galore
September ~ Lingering bouquets
October ~ Our anniversary
November ~ Waiting on God
December ~ Welcome baby Cambrie

Joining Cindy @ My Romantic Home for a Year in Review Party!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mummers' Strut

Many New Year's Day found my dad struttin' his stuff down Broad Street on a chilly January 1st. A boy from south Philly and his love of music made him a natural. Daddy was a self-taught musician and his repertoire included the banjo, clarinet, saxophone, accordion, organ, guitar and really anything he could get his hands on.
Mummers Day Parade 1939 (age 18)
Daddy decked out in his feathery plumbs playing his banjo.
(my daughter, Jamie, still has his banjo)Here he is (top left) with a few of his buddies

I probably won't be watching the Parade on New Year's Day~ it isn't like when I was a small child and would sit way up high on my dad's shoulders to watch the bands march by. It has become a bit rowdy now-a-days and somehow some of the magic is gone.
But, let me hear a few strains of Oh, Dem Golden Slippers and I instinctively feel the urge to begin a strange weaving/dancing/walking maneuver while my pumping arms are held out to the side all the whilst singing the only four words of the song I know.
Daddy was in several Bands including Fralinger. The following article source and full story here.
On a Friday evening, December 18, 1914, the Fralinger String Band was organized by a group of young men playing music on the corner of Second and Sigel Streets in South Philadelphia. It was on that corner where Dr. John J. Fralinger, a physician and pharmacist, owned and operated Fralinger’s Drug Store.

Leading the group was Joseph A. Ferko, who worked at the drug store. Ferko was able to convince Fralinger to buy a banner and sponsor a 28-member band in the annual Philadelphia New Year’s Day Parade. The philanthropic Doctor was a logical choice, being extremely well regarded for his leadership and interest in promoting promising young people. In fact, two years earlier Dr. Fralinger helped Ferko realize his career dream by subsidizing his tuition at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

The Fralinger family was already well known in the area. Dr. Fralinger’s uncle, Joseph Fralinger, founded Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the late 1880’s. Dr. Fralinger also sponsored the J.J. Fralinger Field Club, which competed as one of the top semi-professional baseball teams in Philadelphia and many of whose ranks later became musicians in the string band.

With a mere two weeks’ practice and preparation, the newly-formed J.J. Fralinger String Band made its debut in the annual Philadelphia Mummers’ Parade on January 1, 1915, led by Dr. Fralinger in a horse and carriage. The marching front man, or Captain, was none other than nineteen-year-old Joe Ferko. The band entertained its way to a third prize out of five, wearing pink and white costumes and playing “When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose” and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”. The $25 prize was split twenty-eight ways among the bandsmen, or a whopping $.89 apiece. It was a memorable day and the dawn of a great performing organization.

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Contrast

Brightly colored citrus against a white background of snow.
Joining Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

From the Christmas Album

... or rather for The Christmas Album. As the season winds down and before I pack away the decorations, I have new memories and pages to add to
The Christmas Album.
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you pray for me

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Dipping Paper German Stars in Wax

Making pretty folded paper German Stars is so popular and addictive that it has become one of my all time top blog posts.  There are many ways to decorated with these 16-pointed paper stars. In times pasts, the stars were used outside to decorate trees. To protect the paper from the elements, they were dipped in paraffin. 

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Continued Gatherings

at my brothers home.
making faces (well, most of us)
Maxwell, Alex, Jonathan, Jen, Harrison, Suzanne, Caitee, Eva, Andrew, Julianna, Shaela, Abbey, George, Carol, Jill, Brenna, Joe, Granny, Ryan, Brad, Toni, Keri, John, Cambrie, Jamie, Arlene, Frank & me.
Sweet Family


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