Monday, November 10, 2014

Raise a cup to salute our Veterans of America!







I love cups, bottles and jars, especially ones with history. This particular cup most likely is filled to the brim with many such stories shared around a campfire from a tired and war-weary soldier after a long day and many miles covered on foot.

Some tins were manufactored by Jacob Bromwell, government issued and kept tucked inside a Haversack. Those marked US were post war. This cup may have been crafted by Otter Creek Tinware or S&S Sutter of Gettysburg and possibly used for many months in the field. It would be months or years even before the soldier could hope to return home to the luxury of porcelain and stoneware.
The list below gives us some kind of idea what the solider of yesterday required. Some of the items were issued or purchased with allotment money.
On this Veterans day I wanted to take a moment to thank all Veterans-past and present- for the sacrifice so that I may live free. God bless you.

 

 

This website has so many items used during war time, you’ll want to check it out.

 


 

Made of tin, the rim and handle should be wired. Do not buy the cup stamped "U.S." This is post war. Also be mindful to stay away from stainless steel products. Tin cups were produced in a variety of different styles. The tin cups were not an issued item and the soldiers were required to supply their own. In addition to, or in substitution for the tin cup, many soldiers also use old tin cans. The tin cans of the period were smooth sided, unlike the can of today which have ridges around their sides. And with the addition of an improvised wire handle on the top, the tin can would make a good coffee boiler.

 

 All of this information and much more can be found on this website.  

Clothing allowance for a 5-year enlistment (Regulations of 1857)

  • 1 great coat (1 per 5 years)
  • 2 blankets (1 per 1.5 years)
  • 11 pairs flannel drawers (1 per 5.5 months)
  • 13 pairs trousers (1 per 4.5 months)
  • 15 flannel shirts (1 per four months)
  • 20 pairs bootees (1 per 3 months)
·         20 pairs stockings (1 per 3 months)
·           2 leather stocks (1 per 2.5 years)
  •   2 pompons (1 per 2.5 years)
  •   2 eagles and rings (1 per 2.5 years)
  •   5 cap covers (1 per year)
  •   7 dress caps (1 per 8.5 months)
  •   8 frock coats (1 per 7.5 months)

Clothing allowance for a 5-year enlistment (revised Regulations of 1861 and GO 95). (Prices are from “The Company Clerk” 1863):

  • 1 great coat (1 per 5 years) $9.50
  • 2 blankets (1 per 2.5 years) $3.60
  • 5 forage caps (1 per year)  $0.56 (cover $0.18)
  • 10 sack fatigue coats (1 per 6 months) lined $3.14, unlined $2.40
  • 11 pair flannel drawers (1 per 5.5 months) $0.95
  • 13 pairs of trousers (1 per 4.5 months) $3.55
  • 15 flannel shirts (1 per four months) $1.46
  • 20 pairs of bootees (1 per 3 months) sewed $2.05, pegged $1.48
  • 20 pairs of stockings (1 per 3 months) $0.32
Dress uniforms
  • 5 dress hats with trimmings  (1 per year) total $2.04  (hat $1.68; feather .15; cord and tassel .14; eagle .02; bugle .03; letter .01; number .01)
  • 5 frock coats (1 per year) $7.21
  • 2 leather stocks (1 per 2.5 years) $0.10 

 


Some really neat bottles.


Below is an old metal bottle cap. Its rusty so I haven't tried to secure it by pushing down the tab. I have no idea how old this is.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Keeping the romance to write alive...despite the rejections


Keeping the romance alive~

                                Despite the rejection(s)

 

 

 

I want to be a writer.  And yet, it has been a daunting uphill battle faced with much heartache, rejection and even the loss of every word I’d written to a house fire. But still, I really want to see my name on the cover of book. So I trudge on. I read somewhere that the apprenticeship before one could expect to sell is 10,000 hours of writing, learning the craft and developing the techniques. So, in my case, writing one hour a day, seven days a week that would be twenty-seven years. Do I have what it takes to wait that long? You can see why the romance of writing evaporates. Maybe I should try gardening.

Still…

 

I’m always happy when I read some lucky pre-published author whose manuscript gets picked from the slush pile, read over the weekend and notified by a very excited editor screaming “I loooove this book.” Or, the rare occurrence of a manuscript creating a NY buzz in an auction, going for six or seven figures and launching a star search for filming. These wonderful antidotes help to keep me going during the lull. 

 

Halfway through my apprenticeship I deciphered the best way for me to keep the romance for writing alive, to find the courage to submit, and face the possibility it may never happen. And here’s what I discovered:

 

  1. I love writing. No matter how many rejections the mailman brings, or the email letdowns I find early a.m. (I’ve learned that’s when editors send rejections) I usually put those in a file to be re-evaluated later, when I’m calm and am more likely to absorb and possibly agree with the editor’s reason and comments for the rejection.

 

  1. Despite how disheartening all these setbacks are, it’s important to remember the reasons you chose to write at all. What propelled you to sit down, pen in hand and put your thoughts on paper? Remember the excitement discovering how much you loved the process. 

 

  1. Surround yourself in writing luxury. I’m not talking millions of dollars here, but the simple tools you need to work with. Things that tickle your muse or stimulate the urge to jot stuff down, freeing up and wrestling writers block. Pens and journals, crisp paper with a smooth flowing felt-tip pen. Susan Wiggs is said to write all of her first drafts with purple ink in a spiral notebook. I received a letter from her once and I swear it smelled just like grapes! How fun is that!

 

Use whatever stimulus that trigger an emotional level. Since writing demands emotions, you want all the advantages, right?

 

  1. I read someone’s response on a blog as to why they chose to write.  I only have her user name, Smartygirl. Her explanation. ‘I started writing as a kid, not to be a great author. I just wanted to be inside the pages of Anne of Green Gables. So I wrote myself there.’  I love that. Remember when you were small and the motto was I can do anything. Go for it!

 

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Search for Oz

 

I can honestly say when I first watched the Wizard of Oz I didn’t see all the special effects. Back in those days, (yes, I mean waaaaaay back) when nearly every television set was black and white, you made due.
 

My brother and I convinced ourselves we could make out the colors. I mean, a typical rural farm house is white, right? The pigs were most likely an Orchard white or black & white Berkshire. Glenda, the good witch, could only have worn white and had rosy cheeks. While the wicked witch’s complexion showed up as gray, I just knew it had to be a nasty pea-green face.

 

What I didn’t learn until I was much older….

 

Glenda’s hair wasn’t blonde, but a soft red. And the horse of a different color actually changed colors, going from royal blue, to purple, pink and even green.  

 

 

Back then I thought the Wizard was a mean old man, asking Dorothy to fetch the witch’s broom like that. How dare he? He knew it was dangerous. But now, I have to wonder. Do you suppose what he really wanted was to test her? To see if she had the heart and the courage to do what was asked of her, even though she’d clearly rather not. A character test, perhaps?

 

Or dare to dream.

 
Oscar Zoroaster (he had seven middle names) had been hot-air ballooning when he happened upon the strange village. Unlikely he’d ever make it back to Omaha, Nebraska, Oscar followed his own sound advice. Maybe he was challenging Dorothy to discover, adapt and over come. Which the Wizard did beautifully; he was given the best job in Oz, wasn’t he?

 

 

I’ll admit at the end, despite all of the new adventures and fabulous friends, Dorothy still wanted to go home. And I kept thinking to myself why? How could she leave everything glittery and magical in the the merry-ol-land of Oz to return home? To all the gray... and quiet, ho-hum existence?

 

Well, again, it wasn’t until years later, after all the Technicolor of my youth, that it makes sense to me now. I learned her actual words in the book were “Take me home to Aunt Em.” Dorothy longed to embrace those she loved before it was too late. And too, she craved the comfort of the sturdy old farm house with a scatter of chickens pecking and scratching around the dusty yard.

 

All this confirms what I’ve come to discover. Years pass but the heart will always carry the warmth and happiness of home and family, and the cherished memories that make up our lives. There truly is no place like home.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Today I'm musing with Betty

Hi folks!

Just wanted to pop in and share with you that today I'm over at Betty's blogging about my new release Man of Her Dreams. Which also happens to go on sale today at Kindle for the low price of .99
http://www.amazon.com/Man-Dreams-Daydream-Believers-Book-ebook/dp/B00LBKD5U0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407335483&sr=1-1&keywords=Teresa+Blue

Like all good things, the sale price may be a bit slow is showing up. But Amazon has assured me, it will be up and running today, Aug. 6th.

Meanwhile, check out my musing with Betty and discover where the idea for this story began.

See you there!


http://elizabethmeyette.blogspot.com/

Monday, July 7, 2014

Today I'm over at Leslie's




I'm visiting Leslis Garcia today, where she uncovers some ups and downs in my writing life. Stop by if you're curious what makes me, me. 


http://lesliepgarcia.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/this-writers-amazing-road-teresa-blue/

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It's five O'clock somewhere...right?

I've got to show off the new clock I found for my laundry room. I love the colors, cream and red. It's great to fold the clothes and listen to the tic-toc of a wound up clock. No neon digital numbers on this face.




And sunning outside in the heat requires a insulated thermal cup. Check this out. It even has a snap-on lid to keep the bugs out. This keeps my lemonade icy cold and bug-free.




And for all you Regency romance authors, check this out! The names and designs of several carriages.
Lets see...there's a Light Barouche, A Shifting Quarter RockAway and an English Phaeton. Niftly, right? 

See why I love being a thingfinder. You never know what you'll find! Now...time for a break. I just have time for a half of cup of coffee. 






Tuesday, June 10, 2014

So, I wrote this book...






Okay, you guys (and gals) all know that I love to write, right? Hehee. Yeah. Anything from grocery lists to poetry, children's stories and romance. I also love to doodle a bit with drawing but my real passion has always been to makeup characters, give them pesonalities a little over the top, problems galore, then sit back and see what kind of stuff they can get in to.

Leslie and Jay almost didn't get their happy-ever-after. Things looked pretty grim for awhile...especially once Spike (the bald-biker dude) decided he wanted much more from Leslie. The whole enchilada, so to speak. Whew! Lucky for her Madame Luella is equiped to handle most any situation. And Mr. Jingles...well, that adorable little guy is practically busting at the seams to get them together.

Man of Her Dreams is getting ready to launch. The new and improved version will be back up soon and available to purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble ebook sites.

I don't actually have a release date yet, but as soon as I do, I'll let you know.


It's been really hectic around here and I'm naturally slow at this kind of stuff so bear with me.

But in case I haven't proudly shown off the new cover....

Ta-Da!  What do'ya think? Gorgeous, right?  I know, I'm in love. And you will be too as soon as you
meet Jay & Leslie and her very funny outspoken friend, Sally.




Here's just a peek at the chemisty between them:



     Leslie rolled onto her side, reached up and stroked his cheek.  “I’ve got a confession.”
     “Let me get my collar.” He grinned as he grabbed the bed pillow to stuff behind his head. 
     “I’m serious, Jay.”
     “So am I. You think I’m a saint. But honestly, the direction of my thoughts is purely sinful.”
     “I met your mom tonight. Madame Luella. Sally and I went for a reading.”
     Hearing his mother’s name pulled him up short. The idea of Luella and Leslie together made his stomach churn. 
     Jay froze, bracing himself on his elbow to see her more clearly. “What were you hoping to find out? And why not just ask me? I can fill you in on all the sordid details.”

     The silence in the room was broken by the whirling sound of the ceiling fan. He had foolishly believed Leslie cared for him. That the two of them…maybe shared something. Instead, realization hit hard like a kick in the stomach. They came from two different worlds and could never share anything more than lust.

    “Now you can leave,” he said, sitting up on the bed. Leslie had used him. First as a mechanic and now for her own entertainment. “I’ve decided I’d rather be alone after all.” 

     Her hand touched his shoulder and he shoved it off like blazing iron. “Jay, listen to me. I didn’t go there asking questions about your life. I went to find answers to mine.” Her voice quivered, her concern seemed genuine and he wondered if he misjudged her. Maybe Leslie and Luella shared more attributes than he’d first suspected. 

     “I had no idea Madame Luella was your mother. The way you pass yourself off as perfect, I was beginning to think you didn’t even have one.”
     “Everyone has a mother.”
     “Oh, yeah? For all I know you were crafted out of steel like those damned yard ornaments. Hard and unbending!”

     Despite his aching disappointment, he still wanted her.  “No sense denying that fact,” he said and grabbed her hand to place on his erection, hard and thick between them. “I don’t know what kind of thrills you’re looking for, Leslie. Or if everything’s just a game to you. But if you’re still up to it, I’ll play.” 

     Surprisingly, her hand fingers curved over him, her fingers softly massaging the ache between his legs. With a groan, he rolled onto his side. The need to feel her naked beneath him sent a zap of heat through him.

     Passion scorched like fire in his veins, flames so fierce he could hear his own heartbeat thumping in his ears. He buried his face alongside her neck, dropping kisses from her earlobe to the delicate curve of her shoulder. His hands slid beneath her shirt. The silkiness of her skin teased his fingers and he probed beneath her bra and cupped her breasts. 

     “You’d better decide quickly if you’re staying or not. I can’t guarantee how much longer I’ll play nice.”

     Leslie’s arms came up around him. “What can you guarantee, Jay?”
     “A damned good time,” he said and rolled on top, pinning her to the mattress.