Friday, November 27, 2015

Dear Abby - Thankful, A Roundup

Dear Friends,

I hope you had an extra nice Thanksgiving!  I had a fun day with company and treats, and am taking it easy today.   Above you'll find a Calling All Girls magazine cover from 1960.   I hope the doxie with the wishbone gets her wish!

This day after Thanksgiving I would love to share a roundup of past posts with you ... things that I am thankful for.

I am thankful for family:
My first post here, with my rescue story
Remembering my brother, Barney Fife (1997 - 2014) 
My 6th birthday!

I am thankful for dachshund books:
David Hockney's Dog Days 
Katie and the Puppy Next Door
My favorite dachshund book
A dachshund's life in 1963 

I am thankful for fun dog videos:
Dachshund puppy with an iPad 
A special dog train
"I'm a Dachshund" song 
I am thankful for cute dachshund photos and illustrations:
Dachshund postcards
How to Be a Dachshund 
Dachshund pictures from Pinterest
Pets in Halloween costumes
Calling All Girls - vintage Halloween covers

I am also very thankful to YOU for visiting my blog and giving me the opportunity to share dog posts with you here.   I love my blog friends!

Love and xoxoxo,

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Did You Know Tuesday - The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Do you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving parade?   I love it and have watched it every Thanksgiving - often, as an adult, scurrying back and forth from the kitchen while cooking.

The Macy's Thanksgiving parade started in 1924 and featured Macy's employees in New York City dressed up in costumes walking the route, as well as riding on some creative floats.  Over 250,000 spectators watched the first parade.

Felix the Cat was the first balloon float in 1927.  The parade organizers did not have plans to save the balloon after the parade, so they let it just float off.

Artist, puppet designer, and children's book illustrator Tony Sarg designed many of the early balloons.  He also did a parade theme window display for the store.

This Tony Sarg designed dachshund balloon was released after the 1929 parade:

The parade became increasingly popular through the 1930's.  It was suspended from 1942 - 1944 because of World War II.

The 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street featured Macy's and the parade, and this only added to the parade's popularity.  The first television broadcast was in 1948.

This is Frieda the dachshund, from the 1950's parade era:

This Elsie the Cow balloon from the 1963 parade promoted the 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair:

Betty White and Lorne Green hosted the 1965 parade:

Performances are popular both before the parade and on floats.  Classics include the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, high school bands, and of course, the arrival of Santa Claus at the end of the parade.

Do you enjoy the Macy's parade?  What are your favorite floats or balloons?   I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Music Monday - "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music (1965)

It's hard to find Thanksgiving songs!  I thought about songs with the words "thanks" or "thank you" in the title, and songs about feeling thankful or happy.  That brought me to "My Favorite Things."  "My Favorite Things" is, of course, from The Sound of Music (1965).  In the musical, the Von Trapp children are scared of a thunderstorm.  Their governess, Maria (Julie Andrews), sings a song to them about how she always fights off fear by remembering her favorite things.  Then there is a wonderful list of things that are her favorites.  There are some really lovely lines in this song, like "Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings" and (my favorite!) "Silver white winters that melt into springs."  

This song - and movie - are on my favorite things list.  I love The Sound of Music.  It is the movie I've seen most in my life, from the time I was very little, and it never fails to make me feel happy, comforted, and uplifted.   

Are you a Sound of Music fan?  Do you have a favorite song about being thankful, or a song for Thanksgiving?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.