Saturday, June 15, 2013

Flag Day Thoughts

Today I packed up the U S Navy exhibit that we set up a few days ago.
 The American Legion wraps up their convention tonight with a cocktail party.
 I felt so proud as I heard about the veterans and their families reminiscing when
they saw  familiar old  ship's weapons, instruments, equipment and mess hall gear.
  It thrilled me to hear about  the families that wandered in from the boardwalk,
explaining to their children about our Navy's history and missions, in our little
 "Please touch museum".   It was very rewarding, to be a part of this event.

 Someone gave me a star,  and I  am very moved, on this flag day.
It is cut from a flag that had to be destroyed.

I also learned about the American flag and Military funerals, the 21 gun salute and the
 Honor Guard's meticulous folding of the flag and what it means.  
Veterans and spouses can get help with planning  funerals and honors ceremonies,
 getting a U.S. flag for burial purposes, and learn about VA burial benefits from Dignity Memorial

 It's so important to know about our "symbol of liberty and freedom" and share it with our children .  

I'm very proud of this officer's dining table display. 

 Big shells

Ahoy, mateys, I see land.  

 Korean War Monument

 Vietnam Memorial 
Wildwood, New Jersey

Much like the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., but a smaller scale.
 Today the veterans placed a fresh wreath and I watched them gather around this amazing site.
sharing memories and gratitude, honoring comrades and heroes.

Really cool welcome to Wildwoods by the sea! 

Wildwood Boardwalk

Mural on a  boardwalk store's side wall.  You know how I like those murals!

"Watch the Tram Car, Please! "

 The veterans have taken over the Wildwood motels!
 Wildwood N.J. has more Doo-Wop style motels than any place in the world!

Check out those plastic palm trees! 

Wildwood,  New Jersey Convention Center
Huge, modern facility, hosts many events, and big stars,
including the Car Show and Auction I attend  every September. 
 See  my previous posts,  One Last Summer Fling, September 20, 2012,
 for "cars on the boards")

 Oh well, (sigh)  the convention's over, so home we go! 
Another successful  job completed, sure enjoyed it! 

I love this sailor statue! 

Right back  in downtown Vineland, N.J, our hometown, there's a monument that I never noticed, until I walked "down the avenue", at the  recent Cruise Night.
  It was dedicated in 1911, so it's been there a long time.  It is a  beautiful  Civil War  monument, with a soldier, and a sailor, pretty impressive.    

 My heart is full, this night, with gratitude for  all those who have served
and given so much for my  liberty,  freedom, and safety.

Love, Linda 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Paintbrush Thief


I was painting a client's exterior doors and she offered me some refreshments.
I  thought they were terrific!  Tasty, low cal,  and fun to make. 
So yesterday, I made some!
They make a quick lunch or a  party treat.

 Wasa Treat
  1.    Take a Wasa   Crisp and Light 7 grain crackerbread, 
  2.     just  spread lightly with garlic and herb flavor goat cheese.
  3.    Then arrange  grape tomato halves,
  4.    and drizzle with balsamic glaze.  

  Balsamic Glaze Recipe
 1 cup balsamic vinegar
 2 tablespoons brown sugar
 1 tablespoon soy sauce
 Combine in a small saucepan.  bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes,
 until thick and syrupy.
When cool, pour into a squirt bottle. If you try to pour it from a cruet, it's just not as pretty.
 Keeps well in refrigerator.
Use to decorate plates like the restaurants do, and drizzle on meats and vegetables for great flavor!

"What's on your Wasa?"

For another sweet treat,These light and crispy crackers are also good 
with a smear of plain goat cheese and toasted almond honey!
Just toast some almond slices and mix with honey. 
More delicious ideas on their website, and facebook!

What the heck?

Oh my goodness, I was painting away, minding my own business when I heard a rustling.  
I figured it was the owner's cats, and I was concerned about them sneaking out,
 while I had to have the doors opened.  The next thing I knew, I felt this furry thing 
wrapping around my ankles. I turned around  and caught this  long weasel dragging
  my paint brush down the hall.  Surprised, I exclaimed,
 "Where did you come from, you're not a cat!"
 The owner 's daughter quickly arrived and scooped up her cute but mischievous,  ferret friend. 
Oh my goodness! That was a  funny surprise! 

 He was sweet and very friendly!  I quickly tried to get some pictures,
 but with my hands full of paint and the ferret's quick movements, I couldn't really get a good shot!. 

  Oh, by the way,  the front door looks great. 
 Big change for the owner, a girl who likes to play it safe with neutrals.  



Isn't it beautiful?  Don't you love the pop of color? 
 Just needs a couple flower pots along side it, maybe topiaries. 

  Off to paint, another exterior door, hoping it doesn't rain today,
 and watching out for pets, and  where I set down my paintbrushes!  

Love, Linda 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tea with the USN Silver and China!

Nautical Dinnerware Collection Goes to Convention

is in  Wildwood, New Jersey,  June 13-15, 2013,      and I'm so proud to be a part of it! 
 I am preparing and setting up a huge, impressive  display of my friend's extensive collections,
 representing the  U.S.Navy.  We've done this before, but this will be the biggest and best yet!

 Look at what I've been doing to get ready! 

This time, I am adding the nautical dinnerware, silver and china to my friend's exhibit.
  I convinced him that the public would like to see it, and we are 
setting up a mock-up  officers' dining table  along with the other displays.  
Now, I have to gather and clean the silver first.  
A pretty little mustard server


 Wright's, Twinkle, Hagerty, Weiman's,  or  whatever you use, I think it takes lots of elbow grease, soft sponges and cloths, patience. scrubbing and rubbing off the tarnish,  careful rinsing,  then buffing and polishing with soft cloths.
Oh, I love cleaning this beautiful silver!  Unusual job today, and I am working in my friend's kitchen,
 looking at the birds out the window, feeling very nostalgic.  Some of this silver dates back to civil war times, much of the china was in use during   WWII.

Wright's silver cream  is a thick pink paste that I gently rubbed on with it's dampsponge applicator.
 I like to work with an old towel under me, and another clean towel on the other side of the sink,
  to drain the clean rinsed pieces.
  Then, after I get a couple pieces rinsed, I'll wash my hands,  and begin drying and polishing. 

                                         Some pieces hadn't been polished for many years.

 This is all officer's silver ware, made by Reed and Barton,
 International Silver Company, Wallace Silversmiths,
Wm. Rogers Brothers, and Meriden Brita Brittania.

King's pattern

 National Eagle with USN beneath, for senior officers
This handsome insignia is engraved on the large water pitcher .

   Here's the top of the lid of the water pitcher.

Lovely fruit bowl.

Vinegar and Oil Caddy.  Cruets are missing.  I love this intricate work!

U.S. Navy Silverware, King's pattern
 Two stars means it's  the Admiral's  silver 

USN on  handle-

  warrant officer's silverware.

Square Knot,  Junior Grade Officer,  Ensign/Lt JG's silverware

I've managed to get quite a lot of pieces polished.  I am going to set tables for 10. 

Now it's time for me to take a tea break. I set up this tea service for me. Isn't it beautiful?  
 I'll bet my tea-lovin' girlfriends have never used any china and silver tea service like this! 
 US Navy Cobalt Blue Fouled Anchor China  made by Homer Laughlin, 1940's-1950's
 It was for the officers' wardroom mess.

This teapot pattern  is an older style.
The large pot served four, and the smaller one in front is an individual pot.

 Footed Egg Cups

Fouled Anchor- all officer's, and USN-warrant officer's 

Commissioning Pennant with 4 stars 

 The Navy used fine china made by companies such as  Homer Laughlin, 
Oneida China Co., and Shenango China.


After my  tea,  I began assembling some stainless steel cookware and serving pieces
 that were used by the cooks and some serving pieces used by enlisted men in  the
 mess hall.    Many ladles, spoons and pots and pans were made by Vollrath.

These heavy handle-less cups are practically unbreakable.

Huge coffee pot for the enlisted men


Around my friend's home are many other pieces of equipment from U.S. Navy ships
We will not be taking all  of  his collections to the American Legion Convention.  
But, I wanted you to see how fantastic they are.

I've helped my friend on many occasions, to rewind these and reset them.
Quite a job when the  time changes!

Ship's wheel

A 5 foot  model of the USS Barton (DD-722)
My friend  had this exquisite model made of the ship he served on in the 60"s.
It is proudly displayed in his home.       .

US Navy Fouled Anchor, the symbol for all officer's , 

 Optical Range Finder Training Equipment

 Highline chair, a transfer chair, suspends from a cable, to move someone  from one ship to another. 

My Daddy, as a young sailor, during the Korean War.

I was a Navy brat. then I grew up and married a young sailor,
and that's why I have strong sentiments for everything about the Navy.
 Dad was a mechanic, A Machinist Mate, and served in   Rhode Island,
Memphis, TN., Pensacola, FL  and Virginia Beach, VA.
He served in the sixth fleet. He was over seas about 3 times
  and had sea duty on aircraft carriers.
 I was born at the Philadelphia Navy Hospital.
 My son, my ex, My father-in-law,  many of my uncles, cousins, and close
friends have also served in the U.S. Navy, and other branches of the military
 for that matter. 

My father-in-law, a  U.S.Navy pilot  and flight instructor during WWII. 

These are my own special heroes, and  I know you know someone too, who served. 
Thank God for them.
 Or you may know someone special , who  is currently serving in our military forces,
 Thank God for them,  and pray for them diligently.

Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters,
They see the works of the Lord,
And his wonders in the deep.
Psalm 107: 23-24

The  New Jersey American Legion is sharing  this annual celebration of our nation's
armed forces, all the branches, so we might honor  our servicemen and women,
 and showing these exhibits, so the public can learn our rich history.
Last year thousands attended this annual convention in Wildwood, N.J.

June 12 is flag day!  We recently honored our veterans on Memorial Day, 
and now Father's Day fast  approaches.  Soon it will be the 4th of July! 
So, especially now, I feel nostalgic, and I hope you will pray along with me,
 for our great country.  We are in a lot of trouble.
 We owe it to those who sacrificed their lives and gave so much so we can be free,
 to fix America's problems and return our country to what it was,
the land of the free, one nation under God. 
 So please, let's pay attention, and find out what we can do to make things right.  

  God Bless America!

I am going to the parties this week at

Love, Linda