Friday, September 19, 2008

MY BAGS ARE PACKED...


...I'm ready to go!

In the morning we are off for a vacation in Colorful Colorado.



This trip will be all about family and friends. Kevin (aka. my husband) is a Denver native and has friends and family spread up and down the front range. I moved to Colorado in 1987, with my younger brother, who still lives there, and spent 15 years before returning to my home state.

This will be a long post...so for those of you who don't have time or desire to read the rest...here is my Shadow Shot.


It's a framed vintage postcard of Red Rocks Amphitheater. Red Rocks is a part of the Denver park system known as a mountain park. Positively one of the very best places for an outdoor concert on the planet! Should you ever find yourself in Colorado in summer I strongly encourage you to see a concert there!

In thinking of what I would like to post on before my 10 day blog break...I thought I would like to do a bit of a tribute to one of Kevin's family members that I never had the pleasure of meeting...his grandfather James Bible.

Jimmy, as he was called by many, was the Denver Parks supervisor from 1937 to 1970. For the 16 years prior to that he worked for the parks department in other capacities, giving the parks of Denver nearly 50 years of service. Bible Park at Yale ave. and Pontiac was named in his honor.

Although I have no statistic from those years, parks have always played a big roll in the lives of Denver's citizens. Today...
Denver has over 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways which include 2,500 urban natural acres, over 300 acres of parks designated Rivers & Trails and an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks. You will find a variety of amenities, including picnic areas, jogging paths, recreation centers, hiking trails, or playground equipment.



One of the things I am excited to see while in Denver is the fountain in City Park.


This is a newspaper article about the fountain in Ferril lake in Denver's City Park. It was created for the Democratic National Convention hosted by Denver in 1908. The photo is of work that took place on the fountain during Jim's tenure as parks supervisor. That's him on the left. In the years since, the fountain had fallen into disrepair. In my time there I never saw a functioning fountain. It was restored for this years DNC...and I look forward to seeing this historic fountain in action.

We inherited a box of Grandpa Bible's correspondence and other ephemera from his days as Parks Supervisor.


There are lots of letters of thanks from civic groups that were provided plants, from the Parks Greenhouses, for a variety of functions. Like this one from the National Home for Jewish Children. (click to enlarge pictures)


Or this from the Veteran Volunteer Fireman's Association.


Or this one from the University of Colorado.


And letters of thanks for assistance with events held in the parks, like this one from the Girl Scouts.


There are newspapers clippings and letters commenting on the beauty of the floral displays in the parks.




And interesting letters like this one from the Colorado State Prison Director involving some sort of baseball challenge.


Or this one that sheds light on the conditions during the Great Depression.


When I'm in Denver...I'll be visiting some of the city's parks...from the fountain in City Park, to Red Rocks, and the slopes of Winter Park (yes...in case you didn't know, the city of Denver parks system includes a ski area). I will take with me the memory of a man I never knew, and I will be thankful for his years of stewardship, and to others like him, that have left so much beauty for us all to enjoy.

"See" you when I get back!!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mmmm....DONUTS...

One of my favorite places to go every fall is the Parshallville Grist Mill. Every year between Labor Day and mid November this historic, 136 year old mill comes alive with the signs of the season.



Oh the smells! Just wonderful! Michigan apples are crated into the mill and pressed into the most delicious cider...you can watch the process if you like. They also make homemade apple pies and carmeled apples from the harvest. And best of all to me...they make the most wonderful fresh made donuts! Mmmm...donuts.



You can get a bag of hot fresh donuts and a glass of their fantastic cold cider (hot if you like)...take it down to the creek...sit on the bank among that fall leaves...and eat your self sick! Oh they are so good!

I have not made my annual pilgrimage to Parshallville yet this year...but I will! So, what got me thinking about it...other than the shortening days and the new crispness to the air...



...you knew it had to be something old! I was looking in the basement for "new" inventory for my shops and I found this donut maker. I have another one in my kitchen cupboard...I try not to use it too often. But they are so fun! You can have your own hot fresh donuts right at home whenever you want. Now if only I had a cider press!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Saturday, September 13, 2008

OLD 45'S AND A SHADOW SHOT

It's a rainy day here at my little corner of the world...

...a good day to stay in and listen to some old 45's. Once in awhile it's fun to follow the music back to places long forgotten.

I love some of the old labels.










Since It's so overcast...I made my own shadows. Here's my shot...

Thanks Hey Harriet of all the Shadow Shot fun!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Friday, September 12, 2008

FRIDAY FUN

How would you like to have this bad boy parked in your garage?!



Think of all the treasures you could pack in that trunk! Speaking of treasures...today is Friday Flea Market day. They had 62 vendors signed up at last count! So, if you're on the hunt for something special...or just like to look...check it out!!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Thursday, September 11, 2008

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.

by John Donne


Peace and comfort to all,
Lisa B.

Friday, September 5, 2008

SUMMER'S BOUNTY and A SHADOW SHOT

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has wonderful plans for the weekend! On Saturday, I'll be doing my final show for the summer, at the Corunna Founders Day Celebration...I've never been there before...so it should be interesting.

This spring I showed a picture of our pear tree loaded with blossoms. We now have a bumper crop of pears...and they are delicious!! I found this old pickers bag, when we first moved here, and it comes in very handy at harvest time!! Gillis loves pears! He watches the fruit growing all summer, waiting for them to be ready...and then he picks his own right from the tree!! They are lip smacking good:D


video

Although I've canned pears from this tree in the past...I'm not sure I'll get to that this year. I do have a new recipe I'm going to try next week with pears and squash...if it turns out good, I'll share it with you. Do you have any good pear recipes? I'd love to hear about them!

Sunday is Kev's birthday and we have some special plans...so here's my early Shadow Shot.

Have a great weekend!!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

SEPTEMBER GIVEAWAY

It's giveaway time again! This month I would like to offer something different as a thank you to my regular readers. I am thankful for everyone who stops by to read my posts! I'm especially thankful for those of you who stop by and comment on a regular basis, be it daily, weekly or monthly. Your comments and support keep me posting on days when I am overwhelmed by my "to do" list. When I think I have nothing left to say...you inspire me! When I think I have no time to laugh...you make me smile!

So, I would like to offer one of you a little something to make you smile...

...those kitschy little salt and pepper penguins.

Any of you who have left a comment on my blog in the month August and would like a chance to win Millie and Willie...just leave another comment on this post and on October 1st I will place you into the randomizer and have a winner selected.

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you know you are all winners to me!!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

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