Something Old

Screen door ornament from the 1950's

This is something that made it on the moving truck when I moved to Fargo. It is one of my treasures….a screen door ornament from the 1950’s. Some people might shake their heads and wonder why but that is just the way I am. I like things (sometimes odd things like this) from the 50’s mainly. It’s funny some people call it “mid-century” but then others think that is stuff from the 70’s. I guess it depends on when you grew up. If I had my way, and my own little house again, I’d decorate with 50’s era furniture. I left behind two oak chairs, a pole lamp with crystals, a ladder back chair, a coffee table, and many other things. It pains me when I think about the stuff that didn’t make it on the truck….but not so much anymore. There comes a time when one must ‘keep a stiff upper lip’. That is an old saying my grandmother used to say. Not sure what exactly it meant but, to myself, I always added: “even though the bottom one is quivering”.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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10 Responses to Something Old

  1. A curious expression, indeed … I’ve often wondered what the stiffness of the upper lip indicated. The bottom one, indeed, is the betrayer of intense emotion.

    All your regretted stuff sounds perfectly natural to me, Pam … except the pole lamp. Never liked ’em.

  2. pam says:

    The pole lamp I remember as a kid always got knocked over and, of course, the light bulbs would break and the shade bent. Those I didn’t like because of that, they just were top heavy. But the one I had was bought at a 2nd hand store called Q-cumbers in Phoenix and was one of those extension lamps that went floor to ceiling. It had three lights with real glass crystals hanging down, plus the original shades. I liked it because it saved on floor space. My house was small, so it was perfect. Since it came apart in three sections, you could pack it easy….well sort of. Someone thought it was broken and threw it in the garbage. Aaaaarrrrgh!

  3. Darko says:

    I think I remember that from some of your old posts from Opera. Maybe I’m wrong but this looks familiar 🙂
    In Serbia, we have a saying that could be translated as “to keep the teeth tight” and having the same meaning as the the one you’ve mentioned.

    • pam says:

      You may be right Darko. I’ve forgotten about some of the things I’d posted about. I seem to remember most of the art and poems I’ve posted but not so much the every day stuff. I’ll probably end up doing a few other repeats too. Hey, but at least I’m almost actively blogging again. It feels good staying in connection to Opera friends. 🙂

      “to keep the teeth tight”……hmmmm……that is good saying for older people when their teeth begin to loosen. I know my grandmother had dentures, but so far I’ve been lucky and don’t.

      I remember a few other things my grandmother used to say and I never understood them. My dad would get mad and slam the door when she said them. LOL! It’s funny now.

  4. pammiejean48 says:

    Very odd that I can make a comment on my own blog with my gravatar, yet I cannot check my dashboard. It keeps asking me to sign in, then tells me it’s the wrong password. This happened the other day too and had to change my password. Now I have to do it again?

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  6. Mike Sabbia says:

    Hey Mom, let me know if you can see my post. I added you to my own blog (I think) so I can get a message whenever you post. I’m still new at blogging, but I’m getting the hang of it. I think I just added one of your recent blogs to my own WordPress blog. I just saw it was there.
    Later,
    Mike

  7. Mike Sabbia says:

    Hey Mom, try keeping a stiff “lower” lip, and look in the mirror at the same time. hihihi

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