82-year-old store owner chases robber through three towns south of Boston

This is going to be a quick share this Sunday since I’m technically on vacation with the beau. I found this article quite funny. They sure used to make them self sufficient way back when, didn’t they? I’m sad they are a dying breed.
82-year-old store owner chases robber through three towns south of Boston.

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Georges Briard

So I’ve already missed quite a few Sundays since I made the goal of posting something at least once a Sunday. But I have good reason… honest. Someone I’m very close to passed away and a week later, so did the dog I rescued 11 1/2 years ago. I’ve been heartbroken. I actually made my next discovery on the way to pick up her ashes. I knew I’d break down a bit so I thought I’d try to cheer up somewhat so that I could at least make it back in my car before I burst into tears. I barely made it. It was very surreal to be handed a very lightweight black velvet bag after carrying her in there and stroking her soft black fur and be expected to believe they are one in the same. But wait, there’s more. I was told bluntly by a doctor that I have a hole in my brain from a surgery I had and I needed to stop expecting so much of myself… like say… returning a “real” job. And that the symptoms that led me to discover and that had actually pressed the need for that surgery had returned, but this time are a permanent part of me. You are probably even witnessing those symptoms in this very poorly written book paragraph. But it’s all good, because it made me come to some realizations… like… that this IS my “real” job now and that I had better get to work!

Ok, that’s enough excuses and whining for my absence and I’ll get back to why you’re probably here (I’m saying this as if I even have a following yet).

I discovered Georges Briard and I have to say, I’m now in love with a lot of his pieces.

I mean, how can you not love these vintage Georges Briard Owl Glass Tumblers at Wintergreen Vintage?

They are a hoot right?

Or this vintage butterfly coffee pot for sale at 3rdgenerationgypsy? A drink of Joe from this lovely might convince me I could fly right through the day.

Or if you still haven’t managed to kick a certain habit that was so trendy when these were made, how would you like this gorgeous lemon tree ashtray for sale at Closet and Collectibles? I know it’s difficult to find a pretty ashtray these days… I’m not even a smoker and know that! Wow, there’s room for a lot of burning cigarettes in this one, isn’t there? And just so you know, if you ever find one of these in my house, it would be for decor purposes only. Or any use other than smoking. These lungs are going to stay as smoke free as I can possibly keep them! No, sorry, the lemon won’t hide the smell of the cigarette butts, not even real lemon could do that… you might think it does, but it doesn’t. You’ll just smell like cigarettes and lemons, trust me.

Do I have you convinced?


Cutesie not your style?

Georges also designed some very interesting pieces like these bar glasses (Google find, source unknown),

and these Skull and Crossbones Poison Bar Glasses found at Mood Indigo.

Crazy right? Most days, the first ones are fitting for me, but I’ll admin, the second one might come in handy. I mean, you could probably actually get away with putting real poison in them and serve it to say… the girl that keeps hanging on your husband or boyrfriend. They are clearly labelled, so clearly, that should clear you of all wrong doing… right? Wow, it’s clearly clear that I like all forms of the word clear right now.

If you are curious about other patterns, you can view more of them at Replacements Ltd, but you can be sure I’ll be showing you more of his items in the future.

So, you might be wondering who this Georges Briard person is. So did I. Well, he didn’t really exist actually, at least not in name. His birth name is Jascha Brojdo and he was born in the Ukraine. He immigrated from Poland to the US when he was a young adult in the late 1930′s and served in the Army during WWII as an interpreter. His designs were sold at high end department stores, with their popularity at its peak in the 50′s-70′s. He died in 2005 at the age of 88. His pieces are very popular, but they are easy to find which at present keeps them affordable. They are a fabulous example of Mid-Century Modern/Ames Era entertaining pieces that shows like Mad Men have made us fall in love with all over again. Serious fans of Georges Briard can try to seek some of his artwork, which he signed under is true name.

So what will your first Georges Briard piece be?

Mine is a gorgeous butterfly tray similar to this one that has already been sold at Eclectic-Vibe, but mine is much larger and I’ll replace the photograph below with an actual photograph of mine as soon as I can.

It’s so great to discover something you don’t know you even love!





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Lesson Learned: Use Ebay and Facebook to Find and Identify Your Lost Relatives!

I don’t know why, but I have had the most amazing luck locating Kohler relatives recently. The Kohler’s are my relatives on my dad’s side. They are the source of the Alder pronounced dimpled chins; the ones that got me so much attention, both positive and negative growing up and most certainly of my orthodontist who saw it as a challenge of how to correct my teeth without making my chin even more pronounced. I was also blessed to get my mom’s overbite. But I digressed…

It all started with a response to a query I posted on Ancestry.com at the beginning of this year. Through my grandmother’s obituary, various genealogy websites, and the Google News Archive, I was able to find a lot of information about the family. I traced them back to Lewis County, New York but I was unable to go further than the parents of my immigrant ancestors from Switzerland. So I posted what I was able to determine at the time. Sadly, there were no replies until last Saturday. A Kohler relative replied to my post and said that she was currently in Switzerland and she wanted to know if I had any other information. She had already found this website and registered for a username for access to my data. Since I had dreamed about one day going to Switzerland doing the same thing she was trying to do, I excitedly activated her username and waited with suspense.

While I was waiting, I decided to go to my tree on Ancestry to see if anything new had showed up in search. Immediately, I saw that someone had added photos to their data. Finally, I saw some Kohler faces! I knew it was my family because the photo I saw looked similar to one I saw the faint imprint of this relative’s passport application. I read the description and it said that it was being sold on Ebay and gave the link. My excitement briefly turned to horror when I saw the auction in sold status. I frantically searched to find out if the photos had been sold since that auction had ended. I was in luck! The seller had relisted a few of them so I bid on them and then contacted the seller to see if she had any more and mentioned I did not see a few of them relisted.

In the meantime, there was another response to my Ancestry.com query. I thought it was the cousin in Switzerland, but it was someone else! How could it be? This cousin started listing off names I recognized and some living individuals that we could check with. From the names he listed, I knew that he was not a distant cousin, he was an Alder, and he is married to my dad’s 1st cousin. You can’t get a whole lot closer than that!

Then the Ebay seller replied and sent me this photo:

She told me that she had about 20 more photos and there were some others on Etsy! She told me that she had purchased them online at an online estate sale. I was thrilled… and it wasn’t easy to feel that way since my dog of 11 years had died the day before I got the initial response. I made her an offer on the remaining photos and then proceeded to Etsy to purchase those photos. She accepted the offer and listed the photos as a reserved lot and said she would send them priority mail ASAP! I do believe she was as excited as I was about them going back to family. In fact, she set up a username for the database since she had spent so much time researching the family herself. That way, she could see the end result. In return, she gave me access to her Ancestry.com database so I could see what she discovered.

I decided to set up a private group on Facebook, since everyone seems to be on there these days, where I could post the photos once I received them and got them scanned. Then I could add any relatives that I find while researching. That way, we might be able to identify some of the people in the photos. So I got it set up, invited my Alder family to the group and then posted the link to it in reply to my query. For some reason, the moderator decided to remove that post so I contacted both cousins by private message with the link and told them to invite whomever they think might be interested. So far, the cousin in Switzerland is the only one on Facebook and has joined the group and she’s going to add her mother the next time she’s on. The second cousin is on vacation and said he will get back to me once he is home.

Then I get an email from another cousin; one that the second one had mentioned. He sent me an image that was written in German for our mutual ancestor. It’s apparently a church promotion certificate. He had requested a username to the website so I approved it and I replied back with the link to the Facebook page. He gave me some more information on his immediate family to add to the data. He also said that he has some Kohler family photos that he will scan and send to me! I can’t wait to see them.

My Ebay auction for the rest of the photos has ended now and I’m expecting them the first half of the week. Some of these have names so I’ll be able to pick them out in some of the other photos.

So this is where the story stands and I’ll update it as I get more photos and information.

In the meantime… Welcome Kohler Cousins!

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Calm After the Storm

Last night we finally got some much needed rain after a really, really long dry spell. We had one nice week of 80’s and then it was back to 100 for one day and then 55 degrees two days later! It warmed up to the 90’s and finally, relief came late last night and was full of thunder and lightning. The beau and I went to the Riverspirit Casino as the storm just hit tulsa and we both got completely soaked getting in the car. The drive was long since most was full of heavy rain, low visibility, and flooding streets. But what an amazing light show! Not to mention our dinner buffet was on the casino thanks to friend’s favorite slot machine! Thanks Caroline!

Photo by deansouglass via Flickr


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Circle Skirt I Adore!

I found the most amazing circle skirt from the 50′s that I’d like to share with you. Maybe if you are lucky, you’ll even get to buy it. Without further ado: The Giraffe Circle Skirt! Isn’t it the coolest? Giraffe Circle Skirt from Better Dresses Vintage currently $73. What do you think of it?
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Woohoo! 90’s in the forecast!

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Still no end in sight :(


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Genealogy for Nuts

I stumbled upon this video. I don’t know what show this is, but apparently this person is as crazy about genealogy as people can be about anything else. I like people that are a bit nutty. I must find this show. lol

Edit: As indicated in the beginning, it’s from a video called “Out of Your Tree: Crazy About Genealogy.” It I found out that the man in the video is Robert A Burns. Genealogists have many interests and so it may or may not surprise you that next to this video, he is most known as the art director of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” He was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was found deceased from carbon monoxide poisoning shortly after, taking his own life as evident from a farewell message he posted to his fans on his website. He was 60 years old.


The video was produced in 1993 by Rondo Films, and you might be able to find a copy by writing to Cinetex Inc, PO Box 549, Austin, TX 78767 but the information may be outdated (Source). You may also find a copy at Amazon.com.

Out of Your Tree: Crazy About Genealogy
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The video is 38 minutes long and is revered by professional genealogists for covering more than 50 resources in such a short video.

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And the Heat Wave Continues

No rain in sight… ugh!!! I’ve decided to say goodbye to my garden for the season because I don’t think I can keep up with this heat!



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Heat Wave


I can’t even tell you how long we have been in the 100’s lately and it’s only going to get worse next week. It’s usually hot here in OK, but I don’t remember having this many days this early in the summer. The last week of August and first week of September are usually the hottest. I hope that doesn’t mean things will be much worse then. I wouldn’t mind so much, I have tons of things I can do indoors, but I can’t GO anywhere with it being this hot because I don’t have any air-conditioning in my car. I really don’t know how they went without for so many years. Some of the schools here were just getting air-conditioning when I first moved here. I can’t even imagine trying to learn in those conditions! Ugh!


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