Saturday, February 28, 2009


Welcome once again to Pink Saturday at my blog.

This week I decided to post a picture of my great aunt, Margaret Morris. Aunt Margaret was a Ziegfeld Girl and performed in many of Florenz Ziegfeld productions. She also did modeling work and that was when this photograph was taken. It was colorized and has some pink tones in addition to the pink bowl that you can see on the left hand side. I have many of Margaret's old photographs and was pleased to be able to share this "pink" one with you.

Family members claimed that Margaret was discovered by Ziegfeld dancing on a street corner in New York City. She performed in numerous Ziegfeld productions from 1910-1920.

Some time back I was surprised to stumble upon a website, Historical Ziegfeld. Since then Jane has set up a photograph album on her site devoted to Margaret. Many of the photographs are from Margaret's personal collection and show other Ziegfeld Girls and the costumes they wore.

For additional photographs and information on the Ziegfeld Follies I would recommend Jazz Age Beauties, The Lost Collection of Ziegfeld Photographer Alfred Cheney Johnson by Robert Hudovernik. Be warned that there is some nudity in this book. Below is a small sampling from the book (no nudity):

Another book I'd recommend is The Ziegfeld Touch by Richard and Paulette Ziegfeld.

Thank you for letting me share a little bit of Aunt Margaret's life with you today. For information on how you can participate in Pink Saturday head over to Beverly's blog by clicking on the Pink Saturday icon located on my side bar. Thank you Beverly for all your hard work organizing this event every week.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Is it just me or do the rest of you have trouble opening packages too? I'm sure you know the kind. Your purchase comes in that hard, clear plastic that you have to stab, cut, smash, etc. in order to open. Then you get it open and the item is secured to cardboard with a million twist ties. It can take forever and I just don't have that kind of patience anymore.

I saw this thing at Target a while back and thought it might be the answer to my prayers.

It's called a Zibra Open It! It helps a little, but only a little. It still takes considerable time and I still end up with broken finger nails. Why do they have to package stuff like that?

I probably shouldn't be complaining since my husband works for a plastics company. It's kind of like biting the hand that feeds us, but I just get so frustrated. Do the manufacturers ever have to open their own product? Isn't that kind of packaging labor intensive for them? Doesn't it add quite a bit to the cost of the product?

And don't get me going on the child proof caps on cleaning products. I've started calling the manufacturers on their toll free numbers when I can't get the product open. I think I should be able to request a regular cap since I don't have children or grandchildren. You can do it at the pharmacy. Don't get me wrong, I think child proof caps are a great idea if there are children around, but there probably hasn't been a child in this house for a couple of years. Anyway, they tell me you can't get a regular cap because of Federal law. So, I have to wait for my husband to get home and open it for me. That's not very convenient. Then I end up putting it in the cabinet with the cap loosely on top. I don't think that's very safe, but the product is useless to me if I can't open it when I need it.

The manufacturers always pay me lip service. "We'll pass your suggestions on to the people that design the caps." Yea...sure. I've even asked if I could speak directly to the cap designers, but of course I can't. I'd like to tell them that I'm an able bodied person, but just not strong enough to turn their stupid cap. I don't have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I hate to think how difficult it must be for someone with a disability. The customer service people are always very polite and then at the end of the conversation they ask for my name and address so they can send me free coupons. It's like they never heard a word I said. Why would I want coupons for something that I can't even get open?

Thanks for letting me vent. :)

Monday, February 23, 2009


OK...I'm fascinated with this picture. Those aren't real's candy! Amanda at Fresh Vintage showed them on her blog. They're made with button molds and candy melts. She's having a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Bake It Pretty...the company that sells the molds. The drawing is on Sunday at 8:00 PM. So, head over to her blog and leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. If you post the information about the drawing on your blog you get entered a second time. (See...I'll be entered twice now.) :)

Friday, February 20, 2009



Do you remember? If so, you must be old enough to have watched Lassie during the 1950's. Whenever Porky would ride his bike into the barnyard he'd announce his presense by shouting, "EEEH-AH-KEY!" As I recall, Timmy would shout it back.

So, here's my EEEH-AH-KEY to you!

And I even chewed some bubble gum so I could blow a pink bubble just for you.

This week I was trying to dream up something for Pink Saturday and couldn't think of a thing. Then I remembered my pink bike. I've had it for a few years and enjoy riding it around the neighborhood. It just never occured to me to use it for this before. So, I put on my pink "Jersey Girl" shirt (I was born in Hackensack) and my pink and black leopard socks and convinced my son to take a couple of pictures.

And here for your viewing enjoyment is a clip from Lassie with Timmy and Porky...and of course, Lassie.

Thank you Beverly for organizing and running Pink Saturday. For information on how to join in the fun just click on the Pink Saturday logo on my sidebar. Thanks for visiting and have a Happy Pink Saturday!


The other day Sandi from Wayside Treasures posted a recipe she found for White Chicken Chili. It sounded like something I'd enjoy, so I made it the other night. I was forced to make a change when I discovered I only had half a cup of sour cream instead of a whole cup. I momentarily panicked and then forged ahead. I also substituted fat free half and half for the heavy cream which is what I usually do in most recipes. And since we have iron stomachs I used Ortega Fire Roasted hot chilies. I couldn't find the beans Sandi used so I used Bush's Cannellini Beans. It was very good and I've been enjoying leftovers for lunch the last couple of days.

I served it with cornbread (and I threw a can of chopped chilies into the cornbread mix too), and a salad. I also sprinkled some shredded cheese on top. Head over to Wayside Treasures for the recipe.
Thanks, Sandi.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


This is a super easy recipe and nice and spicy. In Texas we like our food with a bit of a bite. The recipe calls for jalapeno jelly and I used a red version. There's also green jalapeno jelly, but I prefer the red...more for the color than the taste. I found this recipe in a low fat cook book. It can be thrown together in minutes and is great when you're in a hurry. However, if you don't like spicy food you'd better skip this one.


1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ t. Molly McButter
1 8-10 oz. jar jalapeno jelly
1/3 c. chicken broth
1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix
4 cups cooked rice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place chicken breasts in an 8 inch baking dish sprayed with Pam.

In a medium bowl, combine and stir together jalapeno jelly, chicken broth, onion soup mix and Molly McButter. Pour over chicken and bake for 45 minutes. Serve over rice. 4 servings

Friday, February 13, 2009


Welcome to another Pink Saturday at my blog. If you would like to participate in Beverly's Pink Saturday just click on the Pink Saturday logo below or on my sidebar. Thanks Beverly for all you do.

Last week another person showed a picture of a quilt she'd been wanting to make for many years. Now I can't recall who it was, but for me seeing that quilt was a light bulb moment. I knew what I would show for Pink Saturday this week.

When I was pregnant with our second son in 1970 my friend taught me how to crochet squares for a baby afghan. I sat for hours making little pink and blue squares. Back then no one knew beforehand what they were having, so I made my squares in both colors so the afghan could be used for a boy or a girl. The predominant color was pink. Needless to say, I never finished. Throughout the years the unfinished afghan moved with us numerous times. It always had a place of honor on the top shelf of my closet. I had good intentions and always intended to finish. I thought I might get it done for the birth of our third son in 1976. Then I thought I might finish it someday if I ever had grandchildren (which I don't). Many years (39 to be exact) have gone by and now I don't even remember how to finish it!

And of course, little Zoom had to check things out. She was a big help while I was taking pictures.
Oops! If I ever get around to finishing it I wouldn't want to be missing a square. :)

I bought all the yarn while we were living in Sicily. That means my unfinished afghan has traveled from Sicily to NJ, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, back to Oklahoma, and finally back to Texas. If nothing else, it's well traveled.

And since it's also Valentine's Day my Chatty Cathy's had to get into the act. Here are two of them all dressed up in pink for this special day. The one on the left is wearing an adorable pink Valentine's Day sweater under her jacket. You can see the hearts peeking out. I recently won the sweater in a contest that Loretta at House of Houben ran on her blog. The one on the right is wearing a pretty Valentine's Day dress that Loretta made a few years ago. Loretta has been sick all week, so I hope she sees this and it helps to cheer her up.

Have a wonderful Pink Saturday/Valentine's Day! See you next week.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I thought I'd put up a picture of one of my Chatty Cathy dolls dressed for the occasion. I made this dress a few years ago. I don't have a lot of time to sew anymore and for me sewing is a chore anyway...not something that I really enjoy. Actually, I enjoy it when I finally get it done. It's just the long, drawn out process of getting something completed that I hate. :) I think my downfall is that I'm too much of a perfectionist. I'll rip out the same seam over and over again. Poor Chatty had to wait a while for this dress.

And here she is without the apron.

I thought I'd share this picture again. I normally enjoy setting up scenes with my dolls, but this past year has been hectic due to my Dad's Alzheimer's progressing. I shared this picture last year. It's the class Valentine's Day party and two of the boys have gotten into a fight over who will give GinnyFaith (sitting on the floor) a Valentine's Day card first.

See why I named my blog DayDreamn World? I sit around and daydream about doll scenes. I told's my escape!

I'll be back on Valentine's Day for Pink Saturday. See you then.


I've decided to change the way comments are posted. I've found it time consuming on Pink Saturday to visit other blogs and leave comments when I have to type the word verification. Many times I'm unable to decipher the letters and type it wrong and have to repeat the process. So, I've removed the word verification on my blog and will moderate comments instead. I'll try it for a while and see how it goes. Thanks!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


This is the photo of my parent's wedding on March 27, 1943. William J. Durgin and Carolyn E. Morris were married at Zion Evengelical Lutheran Church in Westwood, NJ. Unfortunately, none of the photos from their wedding turned out very well that day. I recall my mother saying that the photographer had problems with the camera. They're all very light and lack clarity. I tried to darken this one a little, but it's still difficult to see detail in my mother's gown. This is the gown that I recently found and photographed for my previous post. I appreciate all suggestions as to what I might do with this gown. Please take a look at yesterday's photos. Thanks so much for your help.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I've been fooling around with my blog and doing a little tweaking. Did you notice? This is an experiment and could very well be temporary. I can never make up my mind.

I need help. When I was getting my Dad's house ready for the estate sale a couple of years ago I found my mother's wedding gown hidden away in the attic. My sister and I never knew that it was there and were quite surprised to come across it. It appears to be in good condition for something that's now 66 years old. It's dirty along the bottom and discolored from age, but all things considered it isn't too bad. I can't find any holes or rips.

And here's the headpiece. The veil does have lots of holes and I didn't bother to photograph it.

I should have scanned the wedding picture. I'll try and remember to do that tomorrow and add it to my blog.

If anyone has a suggestion as to what I should do with the gown please let me know. I didn't want to throw it away or leave it in the estate sale. I'm a sentimental old fool...remember? I know I could have it preserved in a box, but that would probably be expensive and I'm not sure the old fibers would survive a cleaning. So, I'm open to suggestions. Is there a way I could discretely display it? I wouldn't want it hanging in the living room. I'm hoping some creative person will come forward with a suggestion.

Friday, February 06, 2009


Welcome once again to PINK SATURDAY. To find out how to join in the fun click on the PINK SATURDAY logo which will take you to Beverly's blog for all the information and a list of this week's participants.

I bought this bag at a craft show this past fall. Although the bag is lime green it's accented with giant pink rick rack and the wording is all in pink. It's good advice and something I try and remember to do each day.

And I also wanted to share with you one of my Chatty Cathy dolls. I bought her pink cowgirl outfit from a lady on eBay and thought it was perfect for a Texas Chatty. She's standing near some of my dark pink impatience which survived the winter since we didn't have a frost.



Welcome to my weekly (I hope) Favorite Things Friday.

These two little pottery containers sit on the bookshelf in the den. One contains cat whiskers and the other one contains our kids' baby teeth (every last one). We've managed to keep those baby teeth all these years, and I'm still adding to the cat whisker container whenever I come across one. I bought these at a craft show around 15 years ago and they quickly become favorites of mine. Just call me a sentimental old fool.

And today I have good news for those of you living with cold and snow. Today I spotted the first robins of spring while walking in the park. They have begun their migration north. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera so I took a picture with my cell phone. You're going to have to take my word for it...the two little dark things in the middle of this picture are robins.

I'm always excited when I spot my first robin each year. Please bare in mind that I'm not a bird expert, but I can tell you that we only see robins during their migration in the spring and fall. I don't know where they go for the winter, but it must be south of here and I'm thinking maybe Mexico or somewhere in Central or South America. They'll probably be around here for three to four weeks and then they'll be gone. Be watching for them as they travel north because spring can't be far behind. See why I included them in Favorite Things Friday?

Thursday, February 05, 2009


I picked Zoom up this morning at the Veterinarian and I think she was happy to see me. Of course, with a cat you never know for sure. A dog would be jumping all over the place, but cats are cool cookies.

I dropped her off yesterday morning to be "fixed"...we definitely don't want to add to the pet overpopulation. The Veterinarian was surprised to find that she was already in heat which means that she's actually older than we originally thought. She's probably around seven months old which would mean that when I originally brought her to the Veterinarian in early October she must have been three months old, but only weighed 13 ounces. Since she was a stray we really don't know her history, but she must have been on her own for a while and managed to eat enough to stay alive. She's very possessive about food and I joke that she would kill a Pit Bull for a morsel of food even if she wasn't hungry. I think she learned at an early age to fight for what she got.

Here's a picture of her taken just a short while ago. As you can see she's resting comfortably. This is what we call her pink sucky bed. She loves this bed and sucks on the sides. It's her pacifier which is probably an indication that she wasn't with her mother long enough. She's happy and content now and that's all that matters.

And as Bob Barker would say, "Spay and neuter your pets."

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


This morning I had to drop Zoom off at the Veterinarian to be spayed, so I decided to walk in the park instead of the mall. It was a little chilly (in the 50's), but bright and sunny. I thought some of you that have been dealing with ice and snow this winter might enjoy seeing some flowers.

This park has some of the fatest squirrels I've ever seen. They're used to begging for food and can get pretty bold at times.
I'm looking straight down at him in this picture and he's sniffing the toe of my shoe. I was afraid he was going to start climbing my leg and I had no food to offer him.
The park was closed for a while after Hurricane Ike and they're still working on clean up. Some of the trails were closed.

Even the rest rooms still had a FEMA blue roof. You just can't avoid them. :)
There was an alternative, but since I don't like the alternative I headed home.
But I did take one last picture. I like seeing Spanish Moss hanging down in the trees. It reminds me of Florida, but we've got it here too.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Last Friday I met a friend for lunch down in Rice Village in Houston. Rice Village is located near Rice University and is one of Houston's older shopping areas with many stores and restaurants. In a way it reminds me of going downtown to shop or eat when I was a child growing up in the 50's and 60's in New Jersey.

Coletta was visiting from California and we decided to meet for lunch at La Madeline's. We had a leisurely lunch and then browsed through a few stores. One of the stores we visited was the 5 and 10 cent store. Of course, nothing is 5 or 10 cents anymore, but that's OK. It's still a nice trip down memory lane.

Variety Fair 5 & 10 has been there since 1948. They still carry many of the same things that I remember from childhood. A lot of the little toys and trinkets I hadn't seen for many years.
I don't remember rubber chickens (that must be a newer item) and had to talk Coletta out of buying one.

But she was a good sport and graciously agreed to pose for pictures in the store.

I think the cash register has been there since 1948 too.

And then she kindly took a picture of me, so I could prove I was there

Now if there had only been a soda fountain next door where I could have bought a chocolate Coke the day would have been perfect. You haven't really lived until you've had a chocolate Coke. Forget cherry Cokes, vanilla Cokes, or lemon Cokes. Chocolate is the way to go.