Archive for May 14th, 2011

Ask Myrna: Quilting

May 14th, 2011 1 comment

Myrna, did the puritans bring quilts with them on the Mayflower?

It is highly unlikely. A quilt was a luxury item and only the very rich possessed them. They probably brought woven coverlets with them. The  wealthier Virginians probably saw quilts long before the New Englanders.

The earliest quilts in America were Indian chintz quilts and Palamplores. These were either made whole-cloth or, more frequently, the expensive chintzes and calicoes were cut into large pieces and appliqued into Tree Of Life type designs for quilts, coverlets and bed hangings.

The introduction of less expensive colorfast cottons at the end of the eighteenth century set the stage for the explosive growth of the American quilting tradition in the nineteenth century.

We have the English, Welsh, and Dutch settlers to thank for introducing quilting to the new world, as they brought a strong quilting tradition with them from their own countries and that tradition spread very rapidly to their friends and neighbors.

Myrna’s source:

Delicious and Good for you!

May 14th, 2011 Comments off

Summer is coming and oh do we love the fruit and vegetables that will be more available!

Melons are  a good source of potassium, a mineral that protects your cardiovascular system.

Nutritionists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that eating melons like cantaloupe and watermelon lowers blood pressure.

If left untreated, hypertension can lead to heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease – three more reasons to enjoy the good stuff as much as you can!

Nothing tasted better when I was a kid than to have a big slice of watermelon.  Leaning over the side of the porch to let the drippings drip, along with seeing how far we could spit the seeds, made it taste even better.

I’m very happy to hear they are good for you.  I’d like a slice right now!


Brenda, Arizona

May 14th, 2011 1 comment

A community full of history, legends, and beautiful RV Parks. Located in La Paz County on Hwy 60 approx. 20 miles east of Quartzsite.

If you look closely to the left, while traveling east on Hwy 60, you may see this wonderful old wagon as you come into Brenda.

In 1928, homesteaders, Grover and Anna Spitznagel had a set of twins named Bruce and Brenda, and named the town after their little girl.

Ramsey Mine, discovered in 1921, and named after John Ramsey, is located approximately 10 miles south of the current site of Brenda.

This Ghost Town was a popular tourist site during the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s.. (Ramsey Mine stopped production in the 1960’s and the opening of Interstate 10 both had an influence on this region).

There are also stories of a “zoo” and a stage stop being in Brenda during this time period. The zoo may have been part of the Ghost Town attraction.

The town of Brenda is a very welcome site to travelers along Hwy 60.

This is an example of ornate tin used on some of the original buildings of Ramsey. Ramsey Ghost Town, March 1998

Over the last couple of years the development of very large, very nice, very accommodating RV Parks has been a real boom to this little townsite in the desert. Some of the larger parks are almost self-contained.

The Brenda Country Store  is a true “Desert Gem” and does a great job of handling the winter rush, and is worth the stop for any traveler.

Source: Arizona Outback Online

Book Club: John William Smith

May 14th, 2011 Comments off

Since I read late at night whatever I read goes into sleep with me and the more traumatic the story . . . well I’ve had some pretty intense dreams.

So, I try to intersperse lighter reading to give me a break from the  dramas of my favorite authors i.e. Pat Conroy, John Grisham, James Patterson, Maeve Binchy . . .

This book is filled with lovely quotes and stories of wholesome good times of family and friends.  Most of us have rec’d a great deal of ‘glurge’ in emails. You know, the story always has a miraculous ending which sounds implausible, thereby losing its credibility?

This is not that kind of book.  In fact, because of all the glurge I have read, (programming me for a  a grandiose answer for  problems) I expected that kind of ending to the little stories he told.  They  felt anticlimatic.  When I stopped to think about that, I could appreciate the fact that the book is truer to life. Miracles still happen on a daily basis, but not all of our prayers are answered as dramatically as we would want.

I enjoyed the book for what it was and appreciated its sweetness, with pictures and stories of how it ‘used to be’.   I edited the following, but you can read his complete biography, and see his other books, at his site.

John has been a preacher and a teacher for over forty-five years. He has taught public school at the junior and senior high level and also taught at the college level. He  is in demand as a humorous, inspirational, and motivational speaker for athletic, educational, fund raising banquets, graduations, and various other after dinner events. He speaks for college chapel services, and devotionals. He conducts at least twenty weekend seminars at various churches around the country each year.


We the Motivational Quotes Widget