Friday, October 2, 2009

Start Each Day With A Smile

Well, I've done my crying. My eyes are the cleansest eyes in town! Time to act like a brave little soldier now! So, where to start?.. It seems obvious that I should start with my collections. They're wonderful to look at, but since we don't USE them from day to day, they will have to be the first things to be packed in boxes for the move. In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the first Peanuts comic strip, I guess now would be as good a time as any to share a few of the things I have from my own Peanuts collection. I don't like pulling all my things down like this, dismantling my home and all its memories, so it seems most appropriate to show this item first, doesn't it? Chin up, and keep smiling, right?...

Next are some of the dolls, plush, or whatever you would call this lot. It does look like I should give a couple of these "li'l folk" a "li'l tubby", before I pack them up!

Next.. It's not a snow cone machine, unless it's a Snoopy Snow cone machine! Here you also see a coffee mug and a couple of glasses I've saved over the years.

Does anyone else out there still save their Welch's collectible jelly glasses?

Anyone still like to color?.. or play a couple hands of cards, maybe?.. Actually, if you like the crochet milk jug crayon tote I made, you can go HERE for the pattern!

Finally, here is a puzzle, and various other publications I have saved.

Charles Schultz once said, "If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself." He knew just as well as the rest of us, how life has its ups and downs, and twists and turns. He also said, "Wouldn't it be nice if our lives were like VCRs, and we could fast forward through the crummy times?" It sure would! But, the fact of the matter is, we can't, and I just don't feel right fretting and feeling sorry for myself over it... "What's the use of crying?" I don't want my kids to see me handling a problem with that kind of attitude and mentality either. So, as I try remember to keep smiling, and counting my blessings, I'm going to end today's post with this "song in my heart". It's a song written by Charley Chaplin in 1936. It has been sung by many, and it is one which I'm going to keep humming, singing, thinking, and reminding myself as I do all I have to do in this month ahead...


Leann said...

Be still and know that I am God.

You are wonderful and better things are in store for you my friend.


CC said...

I so love all things Peanuts...sweet Charlie,Lucy..Snoopy and specially little Woodstock. They're little warm,sweet hugs from a dear friend. So,hugs to you my new found make my day when you visit. :)

Heidi said...

Oh Tina what a wonderful snoopy snow cone maker, my brother had one when I was growing up and I never got to use it, but I tasted one once and it was good. Your little peanuts collection is darling. Lynus with his little blankey is so cute.

Hey a while back I don't know if you guys have a Walgreens but last year around christmas time, they had a little peanuts tree with the ornament. One of the peanuts chartoons was Charlie browns christmas and his tree was so tiny it would only hold one ornament. This is the same little tree Walgreens had. Well its worth a looksy if you like peanuts kids.

Blessings to you have a great weekend.


Stay@homemommy said...

I admire your positive attitude no matter what is going on you remind everyone to smile :o) I will be praying for everything to go smoothly for you.
Your Peanuts collection is wonderful! I am keeping my eye on the T.V. guide to see when they are going to play the Peanuts holiday specials.
I will keep smiling you do the same!

Heidi said...

Hiya Tina, I will keep the same list as last week, if you choose not to participate just let me know and I'll take ya off. Sounds like your in for another run. Yeah!


Grandma Nina said...

I'm sorry about you having to move. That's a hard job, but I try to always remind myself that everything happens for a reason and it always works out for the best. Sometimes I have to repeat that to myself over and over. But you're right, home is where your family is. And with all your darling things around you, your next house will soon become your new home. Good luck.

Keri said...

Hi, Tina! Just dropping by to see how you're doing on this fine Friday! I see you're hanging in there, just like I knew you would. I wanted to tell you a little story I heard today. It kinda-sorta relates to what you're going through. Well . . .

My sister's best friend is a teacher, a Special Ed teacher, in a small town just north of Okla. City. She has lived there for almost 18 years. Apparently, she has been renting her house all these years. About 6 months ago, her landlord informed her that he was selling the house. She was devastated, to say the least. I might add that her house is just a short walk to the school where she teaches, thus a nice convenience for her. Anyway, her house did, indeed, get sold, and she had almost packed everything in her house, preparing to move. Unexpectedly, the new owner contacted her and said he had decided to rent the house out, and he would be glad to sign a new contract with her if she wanted to stay. Obviously, she had a very good "rental" history with the previous owner, after 17+ years!

So, she signed a new lease, at a much higher payment than she was accustomed to, but was overjoyed that she would be able to stay in her home.

Now, I knew that the sale had occurred, but what I didn't know was that her previous landlord totally and completely cleaned out her house of all the furnishings, including all the large appliances. These were included with the house when she first rented it, and as they konked out, she purchased new ones. She felt, with good reason, I believe, that these appliances were hers. Apparently not, according to the previous landlord.

So, poor Sheryl has been without much in her house for the past 3 months. She has a borrowed recliner that belonged to my mother, and she was given a old couch that is broken and wobbles on one end. My sister used her Home Depot card to buy her a refrigerator and a washer and dryer. My sister also gave her my late grandmother's bedroom furniture. But, that's all she has. No tables, chairs, lamps . . . nothing except her personal belongings.

Well, I guess there is a moral to this long-winded story. Basically, Sheryl's situation turned out positive for the most part, in that she got to stay in her house. I think her previous landlord was a real butthead for taking all her furniture, especially the items she had purchased herself. But, she does feel very blessed to have what she has. She is thankful for friends who have been willing to help her during her struggles. And, what amazes me is that she has been living like this for the past 3 months, but not once have I heard her complain or seen her in a down mood, and I see her at least once every couple of weeks.

I thought this was ironic that my sister told me this story today, after reading last night what you're going through. It was like a sign to me that everything will work out for the best in the long run.

Hang in there, Friend. There are lots of us out here pulling for you. - Keri -

Simone said...

You have a great 'Peanuts' collection! I used to have a plush snoopy and a little Woodstock toy but don't know where they are now. I am sorry to hear that you have been forced to move. It must be extremely unsettling for you. I hope that all goes well for you. x

Faith said...

He will make it all out for good....

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh my gosh Tina....this was an amazing post!! All the Peanuts Character Dolls....gotta love 'em.

She'sSewPretty said...

I just read your previous post. We rent too and that has always been my fear. Even though we've been here eight years! My mom always says that when a door closes, a window opens somewhere. I hope that window will be in a new home that you will fall in love with!

Doris Sturm said...

Be strong and focus on the future. If God will lead you to it, He will see you through it! You are stronger than you think!

Warmest Regards,
Doris :-)

Lisa said...

Moving sucks and having to move is even worse! You will find something great and it will be a move "up". I always have been pushed kicking and screaming into my big changes and I am always better off in the end! Have a quick easy move!
Hugs and prayers, Lisa

Susie Jefferson said...

Very sensible to pack all those collections first. Having had stalls selling antiques etc, and also having moved more times than I can actually remember, my advice is this: keep the essentials (kettle, mugs, coffee, etc - and bedding & towels) as the very last things to load up. Last in, first out - then when you arrive at your new place you won't have to open up a ton of boxes for the first couple of days.

It might be an idea to lay in a supply of medicinal chocolate (or brandy!)

Vicki said...

Hi, Tina,
I see you are having to move. It seems you are keeping a positive attitude, and that is good. Not always the easiest thing to do either. You have a wonderful collection of Charlie Brown and Snoopy and all the Peanuts Gang. Charlie Brown has always been a favorite of mine. I don't have any Peanuts glasses, but I do have a Holly Hobbie glass and some Star Wars glasses that must be 20 years or older. My son loved the singing raisins if you remember them, and we have some of those figurines, too. I will be thinking of you as you begin to pack and ask God to give you an extra portion of His strength. Vicki

RootsAndWingsCo said...

I saw a Snoopy Snow Cone Machine at the second hand store the other day and seriously thought about getting it. When I was little I asked for one just about every Christmas for several years and never got one. I had to smile and decided I don't really NEED one. Even if I still kinda want one. :)