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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Beary Treasures

Well, let's see......  In my last post,  I wrote about the wonderful time we had celebrating my 84 yr. old father-in-laws birthday.    Today, since most of you will never be able to come to my home...I will continue to take you on a virtual tour so I can share with you my treasures.  How many of you are collectors of something?  OK...exclude the dust bunnies that we ALL collect!!  There is nothing unique about them except that they are free of charge and increase faster than most other collections....LOL

I would LOVE to know what you like to surround yourself with...what brings an extra measure of happy to you.    Please....DO SHARE!!

TEDDIES.....I absolutely  ADORE stuffed bears!!!  Not just any has to have personality or a special "squishiness" to it!!   It has to grab at my heart. 

A few years ago, I had a pretty large collection of them.  Then I got to thinking ( oh how I wish I would not think so much!! ) that I was too old to be having such a childish array of "stuffies".  So I began to give them away....mostly to teenage girls.  My little darling 1950's "Build - A - Bear" in her pink poodle skirt, white blouse, pink sweater with white pearl buttons, complete with a pink scarf tied around her neck.  OH!!  and her saddle shoes and socks!!    I miss her and just might see if I can "build" another one like her.  The idea is sounding pretty good to me.....hmmmmm

I did keep a few that have sentimental meaning to me and I have started to add to this favorite collection again.    AGE!!  Pfffftttt.....I no longer care.  LOL   They are precious to me with their sweetness and I will admit that in moments of deep despair I have been known to cuddle with one of them......and was much comforted.  TMI ~ (too much information)?????    I hope not.  I love this girly, feminine side of me....just sayin'.......

4 1/2 years ago, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. During that time, my sweetheart of a husband went to "Build - A - Bear"...can you tell I love that place??... LOL...and bought this bear for my birthday.   At first, I thought it was a weird gift from him, but then I saw the thoughtfulness of what he had to represent breast cancer and to comfort me through my ordeal.  Needless to say, this one is precious to my heart and will be with me forever.

I am the "extremely proud" Nana to 10 wonderful grandchildren.  Well, my first grandchild, Morgan, will be 18 next month so I may need to consider not thinking of her as a child anymore!!!  LOL   But, she was a precious 10 year old when she gave this sweet little man to me as a Christmas gift.  She was so proud of herself.....#1 ~ because she had gotten me a gift that she knew I would love and  #2 ~ because she had found it at a garage sale....for $1.00!!!   When I opened the gift, she gave me all the particulars about how she obtained it.  She was immediately "sshhh'd" by parents....but I loved it!!!  She was proud of herself and I let her know what a good shopper I thought she was.  Her smiles and her happiness of giving this gift to her Nana, who she adored!!,  will never leave my mind....and the bear will never leave me.  :)

What a sweet story goes with this little one!!!  I began my computer journey in 2000...knowing absolutely nothing about how to use one.  As I began to learn to use it, I knew that what I wanted more than anything was to find good people who I could have conversations with....laugh together and just share our day to day lives with one another.  I was very lonely at that time and I figured a few "cyber pals" would be great.  I started out by going to "pen pal" sites...but OH MY!!!....there were 1000's of names on the lists!!  How in the world was I going to be able to find that special someone that I was looking for??  Well, God hears even the smallest of prayers  :)   I sat at the computer one day and I prayed.  I told the Lord what I was wanting, a friend who would share with me, laugh with me and have alot of the same interests as myself.  And then I began looking at names again.  There she was!!!  I just knew...there she was!!!  So, our of all those names, I picked one and I sent her a small email asking her if she would be interested in seeing if we would enjoy becoming "cyber friends".  She wrote back saying that she would like that......and 12 years later we are the best of friends!!!  But here is the best part.....

6 months or so after we began writing to each other, we just knew that we wanted to meet each other in real life.  BUT.....I live in Texas....she lives in Pennsylvania.  So so far from each other.  We finally came up with the idea of meeting half-way.  That half-way place was in Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Just to be on the safe side, we had our husbands come with us.  We stayed for a weekend at the Cinnamon Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Shelbyville.

Whew!!  I have digressed and gotten away from my beary treasures.....but I just had to share with you the wonderfulness of meeting Vee Ann Claar...who I call Doodie.  We had a wonderful weekend together...but it did not end there!!!  For my 50th birthday, I flew to Pennsylvania and spent a week with her!!  She took me all over PA, letting me see the Amish, the Mennonites....the beautiful countryside.  It was just a fabulous experience.  And then, she was able to come to Texas and spend a week with me!!  It was dreams come true for both of us...because I had never been to PA...she had never been to Texas.  

Soooooo, back to the yellow bear....LOL   When I went to visit her, we spent alot of time shopping.  She bought this bright, sunny bear as my birthday little Pennsylvania cuddler, a "keeper" for sure!!

Now, is there anything so cute as teddies in clothes!!  These young ladies are adorable and I especially love the face on the smaller one....and check out that headband!!  Tooooo cute!!

I have enjoyed sharing my beary sweet treasures with you and hope that you enjoyed them too.   As time goes on, I will surely find other dear teddies to add and will bring them here as well.  I would love for you to share something you love to collect with me. your comments below, where it says "comments" instead of on FB.  That way I can always see what you have to say here.  If you cannot figure out how to post below, then just go ahead and leave your comments on FB and I will transfer them to this blog so we can all stay together.  Also, you are more than welcome to click on "follow".  

         ~ Till the next blog....wishing you a *beary* wonderful day ~ 



Anonymous said...

What nice stories about your bears enjoyed reading them . I guess the only things I have collected are a few precious moments figurines called the day God gave me you each one is a mom and dad with a little child one is a girl and the other a little boy and they are holding an adoption certificate and I have a couple single ones a girl and boy. Of course they represent my two precious gifts God gave us.Kathy and David barr

Linda said...

Kathy...I think your figurines are perfect!! I am so glad that you have your children...and I KNOW they are blessed to have you and David as parents. Your pride in them comes out in your posts. Thank you for sharing....*HUGS*

Evelyn Willis said...

Linda, I always enjoy reading your blog. When you posted the one about Bro Jack, I had trouble posting my reply but it brought back so many memories of such a sweet, good man whom everyone loved & respected. Glad he was able to make the trip. Also admire Tim & Naomi for taking care of them.
You really have a way with words, can almost make me want to start collecting Teddy bears. Anyone , things that are precious to us are worth keeping. Yours are all so cute, each has their own personality. I don't collect anything, used to collect chickens but ran out of space so just have a few. Anyhow, I stay pretty busy, but just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog.

Vee Ann said...

My dearest friend:
I was so moved by what you had written about how we met and how much our friendship means. To anyone that wonders, Linda is a wonderful friend and though she has always told me she was a delicate flower, she can be strong when a friend is in need, to that I can testify to. Linda is exactly as she offers herself to be, not a fake or phoney as so many in this world can be. To me, we are like peas and carrots. Each a little different, but we go so well together. Miles may keep us physically apart, but our hearts touch every day. I am the one that God blessed when we came into each other's lives. Linda, you all and more a friend should be and I will love you always.---Doodie.

curlyrose49 said...

I just love your Teddy Bear's. I also collect Teddy Bears and My Little KItchen Fairies and Longaberger Baskets. At one time I collected Charming Tails but have given them to my Granddaughter,Zyrenna Rose. I remember when I wore a poodle skirt and a ruffled pediskirt underneath. I just love your blog and look forward to each one and have reread the ones I missed before I found you my dear friend. Sandy

Luanne said...

Love the bears

Anonymous said...

Love your bears Linda! I have a teddy bear collection myself and have been thinking that it may be time to find new loving homes for them and move on to something more "mature". I'm glad I read your story first - I think I'll hang on to mine for a little longer!

Glenna Shaw