Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Post number 900 and Happy April my lovelies..............

Happy first day of April.

I love April, besides being my birth month, it is the time of practical jokes....(watch out Cuckoos), planting of seeds for the garden, cleaning up leftover winter fallderall and the gateway to outdoor activities. This is the month of getting ready's.

There have been many, many Aprils that contained snowstorms, when I was a kid. One year I had an outdoor birthday party planned for me by my Mom. I was to have 5 friends for hot dogs, chips, root beer floats and a pink iced angel food cake on the picnic table in the backyard. She even bought streamers and hats and a fancy paper tablecloth with matching napkins with Little Lulu on them. If you don't know who Little Lulu was I've included an image here. But when I woke up on the day of the party....it was snowing. The wet mushy, not gonna last but is going to drench everything kinda snow. Instead of just setting up the dining room and having the party move indoors, my Mom called everyone and cancelled my party.
This is what Sweet Man says I looked like as a kid. 

Mom didn't want her wall to wall carpeting messed up by 7 year olds and so my sister and her new baby came over and we had cake. Kinda not the birthday party of my dreams. We used those napkins for what seemed like forever. And every time we used them, my Mom would say, "isn't this better than one celebration"? Uh, no. But as a kid I didn't see the practical side of things like she did. Hell, as an adult I didn't see the practical side of life, as she called it. My Mom wasn't what you would call the warm and fuzzy type, but she did the best she could with what she had.

For some folks birthdays are a big deal and I sorta envy them. Me, not so much . I always tuned my expectation meter way, way back after that year. That way, I wouldn't be disappointed. Funny how we adapt to our surroundings and do the best we can with what we've been given. I learned early on, if you don't think it's gonna be there, then if it is, you're pleasantly surprised, if it isn't then no harm, no foul.

I have my daughter to thank for the best birthday party I every had. Shelley planned my 'lordy, lordy, Linda's forty', birthday bash. She invited everyone we knew. It was amazing. And truly, the party was a surprise that she even wanted to do so. I had never ever spoken of my lack of birthday celebratory attitude. If it was remembered at all by my family, it was low keyed when she was a little kid and I know that she looked on and wondered why.
and that was a long time ago................

All of Shelley's birthdays, on the other hand, were like 'let's find a barn and put it on a show', akin to the Little Rascals, or Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland movie extravaganza's. And you don't need a degree in psychology to figure that one out. Much like my need to decorate for every holiday or event and Celebrate Oz, I always wanted Shelley to look back and think, "wow that was awesome".

So onward and upward. Sorry didn't mean to get bogged down in stuff.

So this is my 900th post. Been blogging now for one month shy of 5 years. Doesn't seem that long. Didn't think I had this much stuff to talk about. But I did. Or at least I published the thoughts.

So, to celebrate the 900 and April, I am going to gather together a herd, a flock, a gaggle of arting supplies which will include but will not be limited to scrapbook paper, rubber stamps, general crafts, sequins, buttons, beads, findings, fabric, and whatever else will fit in the large size postal box and send it to the winner of the 900th blog giveaway. All you need do is: comment on this post and let me know if you want to be entered (that's one entry), post the giveaway picture on your blog or facebook page (that's another entry) and that's it. Slicker than snot, right?????? Ewwww, I guess I got a little carried away huh?

I'm hoping that by doing this pass it forward to someone else, I will inspire myself to get with it and create some new and fun things. If you have an idea for me and think it might inspire me to create something and send me a link (that's another entry). See how tricky this olde broad is??????

I'll be drawing the winner on April 9th..............good luck my lovelies.

My next post will be about the straw bales and pictures of the "to be" garden and bed. It's getting exciting now that I've spread the ........fertilizer and nitrogen to break down the bales.....bet you thought I was gonna say something else.

Smooches and Squoozes, Oma Linda


  1. Slicker than snot! My chuckle for the whole week!!! Love that! Being born and then celebrating it gave the impression, growing up, it wasn't such a big deal!
    Lolo.....We! make up for the teachings of past parenting methods! and hopefully
    Our brats, pass the good stuff on !!
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! It's my pleasure to have found your fun blog! xoxoDebi

  2. Me, me, meeeee! You know that despite having cleaned out my crafty cave recently I can't say no to craft supplies!

    Snow in APRIL?!? I was one of those Winter kids who always envied the Spring, Summer and Fall kids whose parties weren't cancelled every year due to that shitty white stuff. I guess maybe I shouldn't have been, since even Spring babies sometimes get dumped on! It's no surprise to me that your kiddo would throw a terrific birthday party, just look who's she's got to look to for inspiration! :)

  3. Wow, your party being cancelled totally sucks! And good on your daughter for throwing you a kick-ass 40th! The only surprise party I ever had thrown in my honor was ruined by my mother on purpose. I was grounded and my friends called her on the sly to beg her to let me come; she relented then told me that the only reason she was letting me go was because it was a surprise for me. Um, thanks?

    I would love to be entered in your give-away - congrats on your 900th post!

  4. Yes, I'd love to be entered in your giveaway. Bummer about your birthday party, I think growing up I had one small party in the third grade. My kids have had lots of great parties though. Congratulations on the 900th post! Huge accomplishment.

  5. Um, didn't you mean slicker than EEL snot? Now THAT'S slick!
    Sorry to have missed your Oz gala, but please throw my name into
    your pointy hat for the 900th post giveaway... Congrats on the milestone!

  6. Congratulations. Nine hundred posts is quite an achievement. And Happy early Birthday.

  7. Please count me in for your 900th Post Giveaway! I posted your giveaway on the right side bar of my blog too! Congratulations for this achievement, and looking forward to seeing many more! ~tina

  8. Gosh, I have been at it as long as you and only have 600 posts. Congrats big time.
    So glad you finally had a super birthday party for your 40th. What a neat daughter you raised.
    I am the least crafty person in the world so I will pass on the give away but will mention it in my next post on the 7th.

  9. 900 posts!!!!! You certainly have had a lot to say dear Linda and I for one always enjoy your posts. I'm sometimes a slug when it comes to commenting but please know that your witty words and ability to spin a charming tale has brought a smile to my face many, many times. Here's to the next 900! Much love, JoAnne

  10. Happy 900 and birthday month! I only got one birthday cake in my life, and only 2 birthday parties - my mum liked to use the excuse that my dad usually had leftover cake from his birthday 2 1/2 weeks before mine to use up, so there was no point in making another cake. She doesn't have a sweet tooth. I also didn't get easter eggs, beyond one creme egg each year, and if anyone came for dinner and brought chocolates, she promptly put them in the next raffle at the dance group she and dad went to.

    To quote Philip Larkin:

    They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
    They may not mean to, but they do.
    They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.

    But they were fucked up in their turn
    By fools in old-style hats and coats,
    Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another’s throats.

    Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
    Get out as early as you can,
    And don’t have any kids yourself.

  11. Congrats on your 900 posts! Yepeee! I love the picture of you as a kid! LOL! So cute ;o) I am sorry about your birthday party! No fun! But, you have made up for it in life! You are one special lady ;o)
    Slicker than snot??????? Double Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! LOL!
    Oma Linda, I am going to pass on your giveaway. Not that I wouldn't love the box of goodies, but I know there are many "crafters" out there, that would appreciate it! I am a painter girl, no matter how hard I try to do other things! But, I have started back on making my stuffed crows ;o) Can't wait to show them ;o)
    Big Hugs and Happy Birthday!!!

  12. That would be a fun thing to win.

  13. That is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations. You should be getting a gift instead of giving a way.

    I want it...put my name in the top hat please.

  14. Congrats on 900 posts.. wow! I sure do remember Little Lulu. How cute that your Sweet Man thinks you used to look like her. As for me, these days, I look more like Tubby. ;)

  15. I had the same kind of birthdays growing up too, and you guessed it...my daughter's birthdays were a bit of a production:)
    Congratulation's on your 900th post!!
    so happy to be able to visit and share in your adventures:)
    love the photo for your give away!!!!!
    you are such a gem!

  16. One day, my beloved Oma, we'll get together and celebrate our birthdays in the witchiest of ways. We'll use all the freaking napkins, too!

    Throw my name in the hat.

    And your giveaway button was on my sidebar before I knew what the giveaway was about. Now, I want to dance with it! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  17. OOh that makes me very sad about your Birthday...and from then on not expecting much so as not to be disappointed. :( I would have moved us all inside and I LOVED Little Lulu. But we ALL Celebrate with you now and you are the MOST Joyous and Enthusiastic Partier I KNOW!!! The Giveaway sounds Great but like Magic Love Crow, I am a painter and needle felter and have so little room in my art area off the kitchen. So I will pass also and Congratulate the LUCKY Winner!! OH and HAPPY 900TH!!!! WOW!!!!!!

  18. Oh I'm glad I didn't miss seeing this post! Yes please, put my entry into the hat for your give away, please! One can never have too much stuff. Well, almost never.

  19. There will always be more birthdays. To the Philip Larkin quote, that's why we are given brains, so we can learn for ourselves. Life is great and I'm 65!

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  21. I hope I am not too late. As you know, some evil spell has come over my blog. I am not sure if it is only for those of us using chrome or for random visitors. I am still getting comments but others can not get through.
    I am going back to post your party badge now. HAPPY BIRTH-Month!
    I saw it on Prudence's blog.

  22. Oh honey, your mom should have had the party regardless. I can't tell you the messes in our houses, escpecially on our floors from the kids and their friends, not to mention fur babies! But you already know that as I know you did nothing short of calling down the sun for celebrations for your beautiful daughter. For you are one of the very special sort, my sweet Oma.

    This is a very generous giveaway. As a sister craft supply horder, I would love to be entered for consideration. Warmest hugs to my favorite Casa. Mina

  23. OOOhhhh!! Happiest of Birthday Months and congrats on 900 posts! Please add my name to that magical hat and I've posted the photo on Aoibheal's Lair (blog) and my personal FB page.

    And slicker than snot?? We still say that in our house. Much love to you!!

  24. When I was little, my dad always took me to Red Lobster on my birthday. Once I discovered snow crab, it became my favorite restaurant. That went on until after my parents divorced, which is when that dialing-back-the-expectations started 'round about 16. That's when I "learned" that one's personal milestones don't matter so much to most other folks, and I stopped really expecting anything more than a halfhearted effort. I was rarely surprised... even when I didn't really ask for much... Anyways!

    Here's to putting my name in the hat. Cheers to your 900th post! :) My crafting cache has been sadly lacking, which means my Documented Life Project... er... projects... have also been sadly lacking. So, fingers crossed!

    Live, Love, and Make Art
    -the Artful White Fox

  25. I know the feeling about the birthdays... most of my big milestones were... less than important to most folks around me. It might have had something to do with it being so close to Christmas... (December 21st...)

    Anyways. I would love to put my name in the hat! It's a lovely idea, paying it forward in such a way for the rest of us crafty artisans... or is that artsy crafters? I get those mixed up.

    And, dunno if this meets what you're looking for in a creative linky thing, but I started working on this, this year (though I am woefully behind...) and it might be of interest: http://www.arttothe5th.com/the-documented-life-project/

    Live, Love, and Make Art
    -the Artful White Fox

  26. Hooray to Oma Linda and 900 posts! (This isn't an April Fool is it?). I'm sorry about the birthday party. It's odd how events like that stay with us, like a bad smell in the background. I'm glad you have a wild 40th! I'm glad that you make every event special for your family and friends. I think it's important to do that, otherwise time slips by and we don't remember any of it at all.

  27. Happy April birthday, and congratulations for your wonderful prolific blogging! I have been back-reading and trying to catch up. Birthdays were a quiet family celebration when I was a child, but my sweet hubby has more than made up for that with over 45 years of making a big deal over my birthday. Yes, I know how fortunate I am. :)

  28. I am new following you and I am the queen of the button! I will go put it up at my blog. Rhissanna is my personal doll creator! I love her dolls. I am happy for your 900th post! Funny how time flies by. Congrats! Your blog is awesome. I will be catching up with you here. Happy birthday to you too! Good to be here and visit ith you. Hugs, Anne

  29. Oops enter me if I am not too late. Thank you


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