It Was a Very Good Year – 1989 – 1995

On July 13, 2012, my two daughters surprised me with a big box of wrapped gifts, informing me it was exactly 80 days until my 80th birthday and I would be able to unwrap one gift a day.  The gift items would commemorate a year in my life in some way.  This is what I received this week.


1989 – A small spoon commemorating the 1989 “Breakup of the Berlin Wall”.

1990 – A 1990 edition of The “Late Night with David Letterman” Book of Top Ten Lists.


1991 – Two copies of 1991 Queen City Heritage magazines – The Journal of the Cincinnati Historical Society


1992 – A Helen Steiner Rice Daily Devotional Calendar.  Helen Steiner Rice is famous for her verses for Gibson Greeting Cards in Cincinnati.  In 1992, my oldest daughter was a writer for Gibson Greetings.


1993 – A 1993 Cat’s Meow rendition of Aglamesis Bros. ice cream parlor (est. 1908), Oakley Square, Cincinnati.  My future mother-in-law introduced me to Aglamesis in 1951 and said they had the best ice cream and chocolates in town, and she was right.  We still take the grandchildren to Aglamesis Bros. for sundaes.


1994 – A 1994 edition of Dave Barry’s Gift Guide to End All Gift Guides.  Dave Barry was always a favorite of mine and this is one of his books I’ve never read.


1995 – A crocheted piece from a vintage pattern that includes a locket heart with a picture of my youngest daughter and me on her wedding day in 1995.  The small heart is made from a scrap piece of velvet from my oldest daughter’s Maid of Honor dress.

All of my posts on this wonderful celebration are listed in Family – My 80th Birthday in my index on the right hand side of the page.

It Was a Very Good Year – 1982 – 1988

On July 13, 2012, my two daughters surprised me with a big box of wrapped gifts, informing me it was exactly 80 days until my 80th birthday and I would be able to unwrap one gift a day.  The gift items would commemorate a year in my life in some way.  This is what I received this week.


1982 – A 1982 tin featuring the cartoon character Cathy.  This was one of my favorite newspaper cartoons in the 1980s.  I related to her in several ways – certainly in her love for chocolate.


1983 – My youngest daughter knitted two beautiful place mats from a pattern in the July, 1983 issue of The Workbasket – in my favorite color.


1984 – A darling little maple syrup tin produced by the New England Container Co., Swanton, Vermont in 1984.


1985 – My oldest daughter used a 1985 Dale Burdett cross-stitch kit to make a Christmas ornament and added “1985” to it.


On the back is a picture she clipped from a home movie of my husband and me decorating the tree in 1985.  She scanned it onto fabric and it became the backing for the ornament.


1986 – Two of the famous California Raisin figures.  Who could forget their great commercials?


1987 – A September, 1987, edition of MAD magazine featuring articles on The Andy Griffith Show, Crocodile Dundee, Pee-Wee Herman and much more.

1988 – A 1988 Cincinnati Reds Media Guide with every fact about every Reds player and Reds team in history in a compact guide book.  An added bonus – a postcard showing the Greater Cincinnati Bicentennial quilt – Cincinnati 1788-1988.

All of my posts on this wonderful celebration are listed in Family – My 80th Birthday in my index on the right hand side of the page.

It Was a Very Good Year – 1975 – 1981

On July 13, 2012, my two daughters surprised me with a big box of wrapped gifts, informing me it was exactly 80 days until my 80th birthday and I would be able to unwrap one gift a day.  The gift items would commemorate a year in my life in some way.  This is what I received this week.

1975 – A collage of pictures from an old area amusement park, Fantasy Farms, including vintage tickets.  One sunny afternoon, my mother and I took my five-year-old daughter to the park.  My mother had just made herself a dress of denim with red bandana trim and also made one for my daughter.  I thought it was a cute idea but my daughter was indignant – not only that she went to an amusement park dressed like her grandma, but that all the other girls were wearing shorts and tee-shirts, not a pretty dress.  My oldest daughter made up the collage that includes bits from a home movie I took that day and some photo-booth antics of my daughter.  She also did a classic 1970s design on the back.



1976 – An RC soft drink bottle commemorating the Bicentennial 1776-1976.  This is even more special because it pictures and lists the Presidents who came from Ohio.


1977– A vintage Atlas Strong Shoulder Mason jar and zinc lid with a 1977 Ohio State Fair blue ribbon and entry tag.  This is amazing for me to receive because I remember so well seeing this woman’s food entries at the Ohio State Fair for many years – most of them with blue ribbons.  The jar dates between 1896-1902.  Somehow, the jar, ribbon and entry tag wound up in a Cincinnati antique store where my oldest daughter found it.


1978 – A 1978 Hallmark Date Book with calendar, gift guide and wedding anniversary gift list.  Also, a First Day of Issue for  the 13-cent square dance stamp, dated April 26, 1978.  This is important to me because I had just graduated from square dance class in March of 1978 and continued to square and round dance for over 15 years.

1979 – The 1979 Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate – Choosing the Christmas Tree.   I’ve always loved Christmas and this plate will be a nice addition to my decorations this year.


1980 – 1980 issue of Quilt World Omnibook.  I hadn’t begun quilting yet in 1980 and I love seeing the patterns, stories and pictures from this era.

1981 – 1981 catalog – Gifts from Top Value Stamps.  These were the stamps our neighborhood store handled and it was like a wonderful bonus to collect the stamps each week and finally have enough to exchange for something nice.  I found a couple of items in this catalog that the girls remembered having in our 1981 kitchen.

All of my posts on this wonderful celebration are listed in Family – My 80th Birthday in my index on the right hand side of the page.