Christian, conservative, wife  35+ years, mother of 2 grown sons, grandmother to 2 wonderful grandsons.

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  1. I am glad that you found the post on hand sanitizer helpful. I will be adding more content to my blog, as you can see, it is pretty new. I appreciate the comment though

  2. Hi Carla-
    Thanks for commenting about my PTSD post. Because my brother and the men that have become my brothers are assigned to Ft. Drum as their duty station, I’m quite familiar with it and the surrounding area. 🙂

    I would very much appreciate hearing any experience you have with PTSD. It’s imporant to me to do everything I can to advocate for this soldier.

    I can be reached at: allthelittlestuff@gmail.com

    All the best,

  3. Stephanie

    Carla – thanks so much for your comment! I live in a small town outside of the Tulsa area – have you heard of Dewey? Love it here. Love it that my kids go to the same school I did. It’s still got that small town charm but close enough to a big city to still keep things interesting! Hope you are well. Holidays are coming up quick! Excited for that! Hope to hear from you again soon!

  4. Carla — I don’t know how you found my blog, but I have just had a very enjoyable half hour reading yours! I’m glad that now, in return, I’ve found YOU! 🙂

    • I found you through one of my favorite blogs, Stick Horse Cowgirls and I’m so glad I did. We’re in the same age range, from the same general area of the U.S. and it really clicked with me reading your blog. I’m very pleased that you visited and left a comment.

  5. Hello, Carla – I found your blog in looking for information on the Mary Chilton doll in Pilgrim Hall. You had a sketch and had seen the doll. I am interested in anything more you can tell me about it, and am asking your permission to use your sketch in connection with an article on cloth dolls I am writing for “A Simple Life” magazine, with attribution to you. It was pretty amazing to see that you had attended the Candlelight Tour in Weatherford, TX, as I live outside W’ford in the country. The Fall issue of ASL magazine will have an article written by me on The Mayflower Trunk, thought to be the only real Mayflower artifact still owned by the descendants of the voyager’s family, in this case Susanna Fuller White. The Mary Chilton doll would be a nice tie-in with the Trunk article and I hope you can give me some more information at my e-mail address.
    Thank you in advance for your consideration.
    Helen P.

    • How interesting! You certainly have my permission to use the sketch; I can only apologize for it’s crudity. I had received permission to do the sketching, but the docent seemed uncomfortable letting me do that. So, I rushed it because I was afraid that she would change her mind.

      The doll was fascinating. All of the artifacts were interesting, but there was something especially personal about the doll. There didn’t seem to be anything about the doll in the gift shop, which was sad, because it would’ve been great to have been able to purchase at least a postcard of it.

      I look forward to seeing “A Simple Life”. Will it be on newstands? Where can I purchase a copy?

    • Where can i purchase those 60’s mod watches. I think you sell them but there is no contact info.Please contact me or leave a reply here.

      Than You

  6. marges8

    Carla – what a wonderful site, so full of information, I most certainly will return when I can spend more time.

  7. Hi Carla! I have so enjoyed reading your blog. Something has happened in my own little bloggy world and I have decided to set my blog to “private” and by invitation only. However, I need your e-mail address so that I can send you an invitation. Please e-mail me personally to Lorduseme@catt.com .

  8. Hello Carla. I’ve only just found a comment that you left on my blog back in June. Thank you for that (yes, H.M. are her initials, but we do sometimes call her ‘Her Maj’ for fun).
    I like your website – very interesting and unique.

    • Thank you for the kind comment and the response. You have a lovely site and I bookmarked it awhile back in my Blogs: Cottage folder. It’s a joy to visit your blog.

      Miss Read is one of my favorite authors and I’m planning on doing some posts about her books and related subjects soon. About 12 years ago we lived in Windsor for a few months (because of my husband’s job assignment). We took the train to Newbury just to visit her her area and had a lovely time.

      Also, I have a few photos of English post-war couture designers and will be adding them, also. Please feel free to visit any time!

  9. I’d love to get you connected with Mamas Write, a new Christian Mom Blogger group for DFW. You can check out our website http://mamaswrite.com or email mamaswrite@gmail.com for more info!

  10. fran m

    Carla, love love love the pictures from your new camera. Now I shall
    expect great things in the future too. I sent your blog address (I think)
    to Abby so she can see the pictures. If it didn’t work, she will come over
    here and send it to herself. Maybe we can come down next week.

  11. Linda K. Gill

    I am enjoying swapping pins back and forth with you on Pinterest. We obviously share many of the same interests and memories 🙂

    • You have some great boards! I’m always glad when I find someone there who has similar boards and new ones, too that I hadn’t thought of.

      Isn’t pinterest fun?

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  12. Carla, How nice to “meet” you! Thank you for taking the time to comment. It is reassuring and strengthening to know there are hearts “out there” that beat with mine 🙂 I’ve read a couple of your posts – the latest 2 about American made products & the restaurant review. Very interesting!

    • Thanks for visiting, Rebecca. I liked your comment on Coffee, Tea, Books and Me and wanted to see what your blog was like.

      I agree, it is reassuring to know that those who adhere to scripture are not alone.

  13. Jennifer McNealey

    Hi Carla! What a wonderful blog! I was enjoying your Montgomery Ward catalogue images! I am looking for images of their catalogue covers and was wondering if you could tell me how to find them? Thank you!

  14. Hi Carla – your email address didn’t come up when I started typing in your name…I wanted to send you this link… so instead I’m just posting it here for you… awesome read! So thankful… need more ministers preaching this! http://liveactionnews.org/popular-mars-hill-pastor-abortion-is-not-a-choice-its-murder/

  15. Wesley Horton

    Interesting blog you have, especially given your interests. Quite refreshing. Who would have thought that a 54 year old fellow from around Tulsa (Claremore, Ok) would find fascination with such topics, But alas, I have!

    Kindest Regards,
    Wesley Horton

    I think of all the things that have “come to pass” in our culture, I bemoan Civility the most.

  16. Hello Carla,
    I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. Here’s the link:

  17. Malcolm Stone

    Hi there,

    Came across your wonderful collection of letter S types. (URL: https://carlahoag.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/s.jpg)

    We are a small South African educational publisher and would love to include it in our poetry book for 14 year olds.

    Would this be possible?

    Many thanks, Malcolm

  18. Taylor Riggs

    did you go to wm. penn elementary school? did you know judy marlow, or kay fortner, melba davis, edris fortner?

  19. Christy

    Like your blog

  20. M.M.


    I would like to purchase your Christmas Joy cards, in a box, to send to my friends this Christmas.

    • Do you know the name of the post where I featured the cards? I can’t find it. If it’s a vintage card, then I only have one, and it’s not for sale.

      If it’s a handmade card, then I’d be glad to make more and sell them.

      Thanks for stopping by and for the inquiry.

  21. Virginia

    Hello, Yes I was hoping you could help me. I have been trying so hard to find a certain pixie pattern, I am pretty sure that it is in the McCalls Christmas Make it Ideas Vol. VIII on page 17. When I searched for this volume your website came up featuring the Holy craft project. If this is the magazine can you please tell me if it has the pixie pattern I am looking for in it? And if it is can I either buy the magazine from you or just the pattern? I can find all the other volumes online but I cant seem to find vol VIII available anywhere.

  22. Sebastian

    Hi Carla,
    Sorry to bother you, but I noticed you had several posts with sections from Fun with Dick and Jane. I was wondering if you knew if there was an illustration of a toy soldier with Christmas gifts and a tree in that book? I’ve been trying to find that image for her for a while and I can’t seem to find a copy anywhere. Any help is greatly appreciated, that picture means a lot to her.

    • I have a few Dick and Jane readers. I’ll look through them and see if one has the illustration you’re looking for. Thanks for visiting my blog!

      • Sebastian

        Thanks, Carla. If you can’t find it, that’s okay. It’s a very illusive tin soldier. I’m hoping to go through a few libraries once everything reopens.

      • I looked through all the books that I have and the illustration that you’re looking for isn’t in any of them. It sounds wonderful and I hope you can find it.

    • Do you have an idea about the time-frame of the book it was in? 1930s, 40s, 50s or 60s?

      • Sebastian

        The book was used in the mid-40’s, but it was in use in the rural east coast. I doubt it was from the 30’s, probably either the 41 or 46 edition of Fun with Dick and Jane. It might have been in Our New Friends or potentially another reader. I’m looking for it for my mother, and she was around five at the time. So I don’t have a lot of details, sadly.

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