Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!  Wishing you a great day and a fun weekend.  

(Vintage illustration by Charles Twelvetrees)

Weekend Window Shopping at Birdhouse Books - Vintage Children's Books and Valentines

Hi all!   Looking forward to window shopping with you at Birdhouse Books.   As always, you will find these goodies:

Birdhouse Books at Etsy

Birdhouse Books at eBay

This is a cute 1969 vintage copy of Bears on Wheels, by Stan and Jan Berenstain.  (I love the Berenstain Bears!)

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb is a cute 1969 children's book by Al Perkins - illustrated by Eric Gurney.

This sweet Hansel and Gretel Little Golden Book is illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.

The Adventures of Bobby Coon is a children's book by Thonrton Burgess, illustrated by Harrison Cady.

Queen of Hearts by Vera and Bill Cleaver is a 1980 children's book about a summer at Granny's house.

This very cute vintage Valentine shows a little boy putting a gold heart into a figural house-shaped bank.  "I'll be your Valentine and say, I'll save my heart for you today."

This sweet 1960's Valentine for teacher shows a girl with a silver headband.

I hope you enjoyed window shopping with me. Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Dear Abby - Books and Treats (a/k/a Fun Stuff!)

Happy Friday, friends!  I hope you've had a great week.  It has been rainy here, so Momma has been carrying me in and out to do business.  I have her trained!  Plus, I sometimes choose not to walk in rain.  I go out on the back porch and then stop.

My friends Buttercup, Mojo, Bruiser, and Reina asked - We are wondering what your favorite book and treat are?

That is a fun question!  My favorite book is Part-Time Dog by Jane Thayer (also known as Catherine Woolley).  This was Momma's favorite picture book as a little girl.  It is about a little longhair Dachshund named Brownie who is looking for a home, and it is a sweet story about dog rescue.  I like the pictures!  Momma has a small shelf of Dachshund books and sometimes I have to pull one down to enjoy for a while.

As to treats - I like lots of them!  Some of my favorites are Bark Bars, Fruitables, Old Mother Hubbard, and Zuke's.  We shop for treats that are all natural and made in the USA.   Bark Bars are my favorite.  They are crunchy, peanut butter flavored, and shaped like cats and mail men.  (Please note that I like cats, and mean no offense.  Sorry, kitties!)

I also like fresh fruit and veggies.  I get 2 tsp. of "No Salt" green beans on my food every morning and night.  Eating green beans with my food is supposed to keep me full, and help me keep my girlish figure.  The important thing is this:  I love green beans!  I also like carrots, apples, bananas, oranges, blueberries, and watermelon.  I just discovered watermelon, and it is one of my favorites.  When Momma eats any of these foods, she shares with me.  I like that.

Just a reminder, though, that not all fruits and veggies are good for dogs.  Some, like grapes, raisins, tomatoes, and avocados are actually dangerous for fur-friends - more info here.

I would love to hear from you and learn about books and treats YOUR dogs enjoy!  I hope you'll send a note in the Comments, below.

As always, questions for future Dear Abby posts are also appreciated.

Love and a Happy Weekend to all,

xoxo  Abby


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 100 Little Dolls for $1.00

100 Little Dolls for $1.00 was my first lesson about truth in advertising.  These ads appeared in the back of comic books.  They promised:

Baby Dolls
Nurse Dolls
Dancing Dolls
Costume Dolls
Ballerina Dolls
Mexican Dolls
Indian Dolls
Clown Dolls
Cowboy Dolls
Bride Dolls
Groom Dolls

Of course I wanted these dolls!  I pictured opening a box that contained dolls that looked like Barbie and Ken, or better yet, my beloved Liddle Kiddles.

What the box actually contained looked more like this:

They were teeny, tiny plastic figures that looked more like little cake decorations.  Sigh.  A lesson learned!

Do you remember the ads for 100 dolls in comic books?  Did you ever order anything else advertised in the comic book ads?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments section, below.

Book Spotlight - Summer at the Shore by V.K. Sykes

Summer at the Shore
Seashell Bay # 2
By: V.K. Sykes
Releasing June 30, 2015
Grand Central: Forever


Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family's bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can't let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire-and with one irresistible kiss, she's swept away.

Ryan values his freedom. As much as he wants Morgan, he's not ready to settle down with anyone, much less in sleepy Seashell Bay. But his code of honor doesn't allow him to leave a woman in distress-and she's in desperate need of help to fix the inn. It only takes one day working under the same roof and Ryan is already hoping for a lifetime of hot summer nights . . .

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Author Info

V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and also romantic suspense. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That’s where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can check out Vanessa’s bestselling historical romances at

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