Monday, May 28, 2007

"Legend of the Butterfly"...

My sons, Travis and Tony, went to the wedding of a fellow worker this last Friday night. At the wedding they were handed a triangle shaped origami envelope that held a live butterfly, a painted lady! At a predetermined time during the wedding all of the butterflies were released! Since the guys know that I love butterflies, they brought home the wedding program with the following legend enclosed:
Legend of the Butterfly
"According to an American Indian Legend - If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it. Since the butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly cannot reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all. In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants the wish. So, according to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly it's freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted."

For the wedding the following words were added:

We have gathered to grant this couple all our best wishes and are about to set these butterflies free in trust that all these wishes will be granted.

Note: The butterflies were purchased from Fragrant Acres Butterfly Releases.

The butterfly pictures above was created by my mother, Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher and is our butterfly mascot for out business, PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Pictures from the Past...

Something very close to my heart is family! I love the fact that all my mother's brothers and sisters are still alive and would love to get them all together for a family photo. But life has taken one back east, one to Texas, four are in Oregon and two live in California. The closest lately was when four attended the 4th of July picnic in Oregon last year! I will post that picture in the next post!! Four out of eight is not bad!!!
In this picture, these two little boys are my mother's older brothers, Walter and Ray. Ray is about a year older than Walter or "Babe" as I know him. I would love to know the names of the books they are carrying. Maybe a McGuffey Reader? This picture was taken when the family live in Arizona and it looks like it was taken right after school before both boys could get their shoes taken off and they could run in the desert! My love of kittens and the desert is hereditary!!!

Interesting Note: My grandfather's name was Walter Ray.

x 8!!!
(I have been able to keep up with at least 100 extra strokes a day!!!)

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

100 Brush Strokes...

I will be documenting the days that I brush my hair an extra 100 times with this plaque. It is an experiment to see if my hair will grow longer in this second 3 months. Since May 7th I have kept up with brushing 100 extra strokes a day! Right now I am using "Thermasilk" Shampoo and Rinse and like the results better than anything else I have used. Since my hair is naturally curly (frizzy), I have noticed that it is not as frizzy since I have started using "Thermasilk's" products. My hair will stay curly until I brush it out after it dries. :( I am also noticing more and more white hair! But to me this is my crowning glory...I have earned every single white hair!!

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Happy Birthday Momma!!!

Butterflies and roses, flowers and leaves, It’s your birthday I do believe! Sunshine and beauty, happiness and bliss Are a part of this wonderful birthday wish... With uplifting thoughts for an outstanding day, Completing this wish…for YOUR birthday!!!
Happy Birthday...Again!!!
Janey Loree Fisher

Momma turned 71 today!!! She has lead a busy life and has been my best friend for 47 years! Born in Buckeye, AZ, Phyllis Mae is the 7th of 8 children born to Walter Ray and Mary Nim Richardson. She was actually born on the Jago Ranch that borders the Richardson Ranch in Arlington, but the doctor lived in Buckeye and so that is what went on her birth certificate. I found three pictures that span her life...the black 'n' white was taken by my Grandmother when momma's little sister, Jessie, and Momma were 7 and 8 years old; after graduating from Oregon Technical Institute majoring in Commercial Illustration and Design, she joined the Army at 22, and the last picture is Momma cutting out the paperdolls she has drawn for our online website PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe!

Get Your Own!

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Year after year we try to let you know, Of the love we carry in our hearts from the love that you have sown. For the care that you gave us each and every day, And when you stood beside us when we couldn’t find our way. You clothed and fed us throughout our younger years, And held us when we couldn’t hold the tears. That is why there are not enough words that will convey... ...How we really feel about you on Mother’s Day!

written by Janey Loree Fisher

This is the card I created for my mother for this special day! Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who read this blog!!!

I have special memories of coming home from school and my mother would always have the house cleaned and she would usually be working in her yard. However, when I went inside there would be an after school snack waiting for my brother and I on the kitchen table or counter. The snack that sticks out in my memory is of the Armenian Cucumbers soaked in vinegar! We grew the cucumbers in our garden. We also grew yellow crooked-neck squash, summer squash, zucchini squash, tomatoes, carrots, and regular cucumbers.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Twenty Three and a half inches on May 7, 2007...

Back on February 7th I wrote a post about letting my hair grow. I want to enter the 2010 Taft Oildorado Pony Tail Contest. For the pony tail contest in 2005, there were quite a number of ladies with long hair and I decided then that I would not cut my hair, so that I could enter the 2010 contest. The contest will not start until January 1st of 2010, when it will be officially measured, but my hair has some growing to do and I need to find a special way to style my hair for the contest.

In 2005 there were entries for color of hair and pony tail styles. I will be able to enter for quite a few different hair colors! Brunette, red, and white. Or should I say red, white and brunette! Sometimes I pull it back and braid just the tail and other times I French braid to the nape of my neck and let the tail flow! I have also started wearing my hair wrapped around my head in braids like my grandmother used to wear hers...

Now my hair is 23 1/2" long and 27 1/2" when pulled straight! On February 7th it was 21 inches long. Okay, that is 2 1/2" in three months, at that rate it will grow 10 inches in one year. At this point I am shy 1/4 of an inch of the projected rate needed...10.25" a year. The next measuring will be on August 7th. When I was young, my mother told me that I needed to brush my hair 100 stokes a night, so I am going to start brushing my hair 100 strokes every night for the next three months to see if this will help!!!

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