Friday, March 16, 2018

Part of our Heritage: The R.E. Olds Museum

When I was a kid one of my grade school classmates and church friends was J. Woody. Doc (Armin) and Louise lived next door and I baby sat Davy (who I know is now David!) more than once. Bunny lived down the street and was a friend of my mom. What I didn't know as a child was that all of these people were descendants of one of our city's great pioneers, R.E. Olds, founder of REO Motorworks. And yes, if you ever drove an Oldsmobile, you have ties to Lansing, Michigan.

Last November attended an anniversary party at the R.E. Olds Museum here and it was a revelation in its wonderful display of classic automobiles from Oldsmobile and REO Motor Company as well as showing a slice of life for this power family in our community.

I should say that this is quite a small museum. Well, large enough to hold many cars, but we are talking one floor. They've done a magnificent job making the museum accessible to people, able to enjoy both the automotive history of the companies as well as the historical elements of family life.

This part of the post is all about the cars!

Imagine, taking a drive in this green beauty!

I have to admit, with its bright green, it was my favorite!

How many of us had a station wagon not unlike this one in our youth?

Nascar, anyone?

REO/Oldsmobile didn't just provide family cars. The police cars in Lansing were from this company.

So, too, were fire trucks in the day.

And a later day!

The museum showcases the functional "business" purposes of these cars well.

REO did farm trucks and tractors.

One could even be driven to their final reward (or the next-to-last stop) in one of their cars!

In some cases, there were child-size versions of the larger cars.

I loved the wonderful colors in the paints.

Have you noticed that most people don't have "happy colors" in their cars these days?

On road trips, I count "Happy Color" cars -- cars that are not silver, black, navy, brown or white. Depending on the day, I include maroon in there but fire-engine red is a happy color. Sometimes I can go a whole three hour trip and not even count ten! I might count this maroon, thought. it's so rich!

But I've only seen a KIA Soul this color.

So whether your tastes run from dignified black... something bright...

A vehicle for your fancies...

...or a fancy pint-sized car...

This place had it all! (But wait! There's more -- coming soon!)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Fling

Feeling a little springy? It's time to "Get Happy" with Judy! (Cue the Music)

When it comes to spring in my house, it's all about the bunny!

Especially as Easter draws near!

There's a little bit of bunny in every room of the house. Standing at the sink is more fun when you're with the bunnies!

And isn't this little tray cute? A new purchase this year. I'm trying really hard to avoid too much shopping but I couldn't resist this one!

Well, OK, I did cave and buy one new bunny... I could not resist him, either!

It's time to bring out the little peat pots made in years past and pair them with bunny favorites!

And time for the Bunnykins mug, too!

Here's the overall look, atop the china cabinet.

And inside another cabinet -- bunnies on parade.

I love these guys!

Of course there is an egg tree. (Actually there are two and other eggs pop up elsewhere!) Some of the eggs here were purchased or gifts, but my favorites go back more than 45 years, crafting with my mom.

You might see a few repeaters here. I do. Not to mention the china cabinet. I am so glad I am not at that stage anymore. Junior high is hell. But my arms looked pretty good back then. I can't remember when I had the guts to wear sleeveless in public!

 Little spots in my house make me happy.

So, as Judy sings, "forget your troubles, c'mon get happy!"

And don't forget -- be nice to the bunny. Baskets might be involved!

It's almost officially spring!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Chelsea Morning

Recently my blog friend Mae and I met up halfway in Chelsea, MI, where we've lunched before. (Cue the music!) After lunch we took a walkabout in this wonderful town filled with cute shops! And then there was this mural.

"There's a sun show every second"
Don't you think the song lyrics fit this little alleyway well?

"...the first thing that I saw
Was the sun through yellow curtains, and a rainbow on the wall"
And the streets are paved with passersby...
...And pigeons fly...
And the sun poured in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses
When the curtain closes and the rainbow runs away
I will bring you incense owls by night
'Tis the week to wear green, so if it suits your fancy, I'm sure these two Chelsea-ites wouldn't mind a little company!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Transition Time

Springing forward!

Easter is early this year and I'm not quite in full-out decorated mode yet, but getting there. It's hard to think it's nearly spring when outside it looks like this...

My neighbor's yard -- a view from the window!
...and little guys like this one are on seed patrol!

All the color is inside!

All that snow won't last long. Soon we'll be singing our spring songs!

Isn't this sweet? A demi-figuring, used to top old pincushions!
We'll look forward to time outside with our Baby Grand...

...Anticipate the ground tulips to pop and open like this pretty one on its last days...

And eagerly await the bunny!

Life is so good!

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