Friday, July 31, 2009

One Person's Trash ...

I was walking down our country road a while back, when I noticed a pile of garbage someone had thrown out of their car. Great piles of it. I was angry. I absolutely hate litter! There is no excuse for it.

Then I started looking closer at what these people had dropped off. A huge box of toys, some unused! School supplies, clothing, tools, car parts and more.

Me being the scavenger that I am, ran home to get the wheelbarrow. Toys for my nieces and nephews! Tools for my dad! Trendy jeans for my sister's beautiful daughters! The picture above is just a fraction of what I found that day. Most has already been given away.

I still abhor litter. There is no excuse for it! But if I must pick up someone elses garbage, at least this time it was worth it!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Washington Crisps

It must be time for breakfast!
Bring on the corn flakes!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Harvey Finds a Friend!

Not only did Harvey find a special friend, the small Jaijunko, but he found this wonderful vintage pitchfork! The handle is broken, and it is used as a focal point in this planter in mom's garden. Once again, thank you to the lovely Michelle over at mylifeonthexyzlist for letting me host Harvey this week. We have had so much fun, and I will be posting some of our more random adventures on Random Stuff tomorrow (Thursday)!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

1974 Oregon Senate Questionnaire

The mid-seventies were trying times, as you can see by reading this questionnaire. Our nation's presidency was awash in scandal, gasoline was expensive and hard to find, and the country was crying for change. Hmmmm sound familiar?

Oregon Senator Bob Packwood sent out this random questionnaire asking residents' opinions on what should be done to manage these crises.

It was interesting to find this letter. But sad too, because the intended recipient apparently did not respond, and their voice was not heard.

Monday, July 13, 2009

1936, P and G - The White Naphtha Soap

I'm not sure why someone kept these. I found them folded together ... the advertisement along with the soap wrapper. Maybe someone was happy with the product and wanted to remember what it was? Or maybe they were unhappy with it and forgot to return it?

At any rate, it's kind of cool to have the two together.
And just think ... you can save yourself two rubs out of every three!!!
(This is what we did before dishwashers were household items. Except the portable kind - my siblings and I WERE the portable kind!!!)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

1955 Calendar

They don't send these in the mail anymore! You have to go pick them up ...

Monday, July 6, 2009

I have a fan!

It was tucked inside a book when I found it.
All folded up, the back torn and taped back together.
Someone loved it once.

I pulled it open, revealing its beauty.
Perhaps made even more special because
Someone loved it once.

I took it home, and gave it a special place.
Where I can see it's glory.
Someone loved it once.
But I love it NOW.

Friday, July 3, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Nujol

This page really scares me. Not because of the "Fagott Party", but because of the Nujol ad for constipation relief.

The best part? "Your blood ... is polluted with the fermented wastes absorbed from the stagnant products of constipation ..."

Scary isn't it?!?!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


As a teenager and young adult, I used to dream about traveling, and collected all kinds of brochures of places I wanted to visit.
It is time to let some of those dreams go ... as a military (ex-)spouse I've done my fair share of travelling.

I did, however, find some interesting brochures in my 'collection', including this one of a shop in Seaside, Oregon that specialized in "volcanoware". After the major eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, many items were handcrafted from the ash that was everywhere. I don't know if this shop is still around, it might be worth a short trip to Seaside to check it out ... hmmmm I guess I'll have to keep this brochure. And that other one ... I might still go there too ...