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Dickens Christmas Quote for Invitations, Greeting Cards & More

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

~Charles Dickens

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When did Wedding Announcements in Newpapers Start?

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Invitation Wax SealIn the Middle Ages, families of means would have their wedding invitations hand-crafted by monks who were skilled in the art of Calligraphy.

The personal crest or Family Coat of Arms was stamped in hot wax to seal the document.

By 1600, the printing press which was invented in 1447, still produced a poor result for stylish wedding invitations.

It was around this time that it became tradition to announce weddings in the newspapers.

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Veterans Day – A Thank You to all who’ve Served

Friday, November 5th, 2010
Veterans Day Poster 2010

Veterans Day Poster 2010

Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an “s” at the end of “veterans” because it is not a day that “belongs” to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans and is usually celebrated on November 11th. 

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. 

In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty. 

A number of countries honor their veterans each year on November 11th, although the name and types of commemorations differ somewhat from Veterans Day celebrations in the United States. For example, Canada and Australia observe “Remembrance Day” on November 11th, and Great Britain observes “Remembrance Day” on the Sunday nearest to November 11th. There are similarities and differences between these countries’ Remembrance Day and America’s Veterans Day. 

Canada’s observance is actually quite similar to the U.S. celebration, in that the day is intended to honor all who served in Canada’s Armed Forces. However, unlike in the U.S., many Canadians wear red poppy flowers on November 11th in honor of their war dead. In Australia, Remembrance Day is very much like America’s Memorial Day, a day to honor that nation’s war dead. 

In Great Britain, the day is commemorated by church services and parades of ex-service members in Whitehall, a wide ceremonial avenue leading from London’s Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. Wreaths of poppies are left at the Cenotaph, a war memorial in Whitehall, which was built after the First World War. At the Cenotaph and elsewhere in the country, a two-minute silence is observed at 11 a.m., to honor those who lost their lives in wars. 

Information provided by United States Department of Veterans Affairs

The First Wedding Invitations were Announced, Not Printed

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Medieval Wedding CoupleBefore the invention of the printing press in 1447 and because of widespread illiteracy, English weddings were typically announced by a Town Crier who would walk the streets announcing the news of the day in a loud voice. 

If you heard the wedding announcement, you were then part of the celebration.

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Local Food Banks need your help this Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
South County Food Bank

South County Food Bank

Donating to your local food bank is fast and easy when you use an on-line grocery delivery website.

A suggestion for a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday basket for a family of four is the list I compiled last year and ordered on-line from for delivery to our local food bank – South County Outreach – in memory of my dad, Bill Gillum, our fabulous Thanksgiving turkey carver:

Holiday Meal Order Summary (Prices are estimates):

  • $11.00 Butterball Turkey 16-20 Lb Frozen
  • $ 4.00 Stove Top Turkey Stuffing Mix – 6 Oz (2 @ $2.00)
  • $ 4.00 Sara Lee Classic Dinner Rolls – 17 Oz (2 @2.00)
  • $ 1.50 Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce – 14 Oz
  • $ 1.58 Safeway Cut Green Beans – 14.5 Oz (2 @ $0.79)
  • $ 3.98 Princella Cut Sweet Potatoes And Yams – 29 Oz (2 @ $1.99)
  • $ 1.58 Safeway/Genuardis Corn Whole Golden – 15.25 Oz (2 @ $0.79)
  • $ 2.99 Reddi Wip Whipped Cream Topping- 7 Fl. Oz.
  • $ 6.99 Sara Lee Signature Selections Traditional Pumpkin Pie – 46 Oz.
  • $ 1.25 Safeway Wide Egg Noddles Pasta – 12 Oz
  • $ 1.60 Campbells Cream Of Mushroom Condensed Soup – 10.75 Oz (2 @ $0.80)
  • $ 2.00 Safeway/Vons Fruit Cocktail – 15.25 Oz (2 @ $1.00)
  • $42.47 ORDER TOTAL

Optional items families need:

  • $ 1.79 Safeway/Vons Grape Jam – 18 Oz
  • $ 2.00 Safeway/Vons Peanut Butter Creamy – 18 Oz
  • $ 3.15 Mahatma Long Grain White Rice – 2 Lb
  • $ 1.89 Safeway/Vons Pasta Spaghetti – 32 Oz
  • $ 5.00 Hunts Classic Italian Garlic and Herb Spaghetti Sauce – 26 Oz 4 @$1.25)
  • $ 4.00 Campbells Chicken Noodle Condensed Soup – 10.75 Oz (4 @ $1.00)
  • $ 2.00 Safeway/Vons Light Sugar Yellow Cling Peach Halfs – 15 Oz (2 @ $1.00)

It’s easy to give, just google local food banks/pantries in your area and a local grocery delivery service or choose to deliver food yourself. Fifteen minutes of on-line ordering time and around $42.47 will put a smile on your face and the faces of another family this holiday season. Donating to your local food bank will feel so good it might become a new habit.

What do you remember about the best party you’ve attended?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Ruby City Skyline Invitations

Ruby City Skyline Invitations

What one thing stands out about the best party you’ve ever attended?

The invitation?

The location?

The people?

The food?

The beautiful weather?

The music?

Your date?

The dreamy guy/girl across the room?

Your dress/suit?

Your hair was perfect?

The champagne was simply fabulous?

That romantic last dance?

Make us swoon or smile and share your favorite party rememberance.

Happy Birthday Trevor!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
Happy Birthday Trevor

Happy Birthday Trevor!

My son, Trevor, turns 20 today, October 5th on America’s Most Popular Birthday! 

Did you know there are more babies born on October 5th than any other day? If you count back nine months, you’ll find New Year’s Eve, which might have something to do with the popularity of this date.

I know every mother says “it seems like yesterday that I had my baby!” but to me it really does. 

It’s been a fabulous 20 years of hugs and kisses along with motorcycle racing, broken bones, basketball and football. Thanks for being a great kid, a wonderful son, and for the beautiful glimpses of the man you are becoming.

We love you, Trevor!

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