Thursday, March 8, 2012

THE BEST

As sure as this Ozark Farm Chick knows a 'possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road, it's clear that this man was one remarkable fella. Ya'll might say he was "Simply the Best!" That fact is always confirmed by the glimmer in my Mama's eyes and the joy in her voice as she speaks of him.

Born in 1904, Fred Augustus Dow grew up in Iowa where this industrious young lad ran a paper route. He later moved to Emporia, Kansas before settlin' in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He loved to gather his family for Sunday drives which consistently included a melody of his favorite songs like "My Blue Heaven." Seemed he always had a great tune to belt out, imagine that!!! Fred delivered groceries, was a railroad fireman, ran yet another paper route and was for a very short time, my Grandfather.

'Pa' was feelin' higher than an Ozark pine holdin' a six week old Nezzy Chicklett. Would ya'll look at those toothpick squirrel legs? Dang, I was so skinny it looked like I swapped legs with a wasp and got cheated a stinger!!! This was my first trip to see my maternal grandparents who lived in Albuquerque and the last time they both would both be there. My grandpa had suffered with heart problems as did two of his four children. Booger, I'd love to of known this man.

He did get the chance to visit the Stockton farm and was nuttier over me than a port~a~potty at a Peanut Festival. It was durin' this visit I called him 'Pa'. Me?? Well, accordin' to my daddy I was born a farmer skilled at milkin' and spreadin' manure from the get~go but ya can tell my 'Pa' was a true city slicker. Who wears penny loafers and white socks 'round cow patties???


'Pa' didn't come to visit me empty handed. No, he brought me a beautiful gold locket~bracelet set which I still cherish today and a skillfully hand made potty chair.
Upon arriving' 'Pa' brought the potty chair into the house where I was nappin'. A gals gotta get her beauty rest ya know? Mom woke me and was gonna put a clean hippen on me when she noticed my diaper wasn't wet. (Even then I was kinda a control freak) She sat me on my new princess commode and slicker than grease off a BBQ biscuit I tinkled! Knowin' I was the most intelligent exceptional ten month old on Earth , 'Pa' bowed up like a Banty Rooster with pride! He had a gifted prodigy tot on his hands but ya'll know even a blind hog finds and acorn every now and again! Or....maybe... just maybe, my grandpa hit the nail on the head and I am a true genius!!! A girl can dream can't she?

That was the last time I would see my grandfather. He passed shortly after makin' his one and only trip to these Ozark hills. After runnin' an early dawn paper route Pa sat down on the sofa to count his mornin' collections as my Grandmother (Ma) rustled up some breakfast. Ma heard a thump and discovered that my grandfather had collapsed from a heart attack. He could not be revived. All I have today are the pictures, a beautiful gold locket set, an old potty chair and the assurance of a grandpa's love. I'm saddened that he never got the chance to visit the Ponderosa, he would'a loved it! I know these things.

In 1974 I discovered I had my own little bun brewin' in the oven. Well, I got busier than a kitty tryin' to cover it's business on a marble floor to prepare the little loo for my own brood. I sanded my little heart out and refinished the beautiful wood grain in that old potty chair. I burnt lines in it for a distressed look and painted a Winnie the Pooh theme on the 'wee' john. Only the best for my youngens!

Over the past 59 years this potty chair has traveled almost as much as this old gal. I'm almost ashamed of how long I used this marvelous privy. Raised without indoor plumbin', it was a welcomed warm friend to my tush when it was cold enough outside to freeze the balls off a pool table. My tiny throne traveled from New Mexico to Missouri. It's visited the Gulf of Mexico in Brownsville, Texas and returned back to the Ozarks. Pooh Chair has caressed the bottoms of my kiddos (Geek Son and Social Butterfly), nieces, nephews and grandkiddos alike.

These days the galvanized pot is rustier than an old sheriff's badge and so ugly maggots would have to be blindfolded to use it. Yep, your eyes aren't deceivin' ya folks, that sure enough is Pooh Bear waitin' for incomin' poo. I'm twisted like that!!!

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This positive rare gem of a song confirms the way my 'Pa' thought of me, "Your simply the best, better than all the rest, better than anyone, anyone I've ever met." Miss Tina Turner sang this encouragin' anthem from 1966 to present day. Knowin' how very blessed I am, I too can sing... "I'm stuck on your heart", 'cause I know my 'Pa' had the biggest heart of hearts and that he was " (Simply)The Best !!!"

The old potty chair is goin' into storage but not so far that it can't be pulled out to be used another day or another generation.

193 comments:

  1. What wonderful photos and memories.

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  2. Nice memories there for sure! Who would have ever thought of Pooh for poo...I'm not so original as you are! I always figure that those that are dear to us are close by right in our hearts!

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  3. Howdy! I love your writing style! Hope you don't mind if I follow you?

    Thanks!

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  4. Wonderful memories! I spoke to a ladies group this week about a glass pitcher that is all I have, from a grandmother I never knew...but I treasure it!
    Blessings on your day friend!

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  5. Really, really touched my heart. God's richest blessings to you, my friend!

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  6. Nezzy, you sure had a wonderful grandfather. How nice that the little potty is still around and has such a touching story attached to it.

    Winnie ... the poo sure has been places, Great post.
    Have yourself a sweet day. JB

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  7. Sorry you didn't get to know your grandfather, but at least you have a few mementos of his love for you.
    Not many people get to say they poo'ed on Pooh you know!

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  8. only you could make a poo (pooh) chair so charming. what a sweet memory of your 'pa'. :)

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  9. What a wonderful and heart warming story of your Pa. It is a shame you did not have him longer but you will see him again one day. I love your potty chair. They were the handiest things and like you a whole lot warmer than an outhouse seat in the middle of winter. LOL!

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  10. What a great story. He sounds like a man the world needed. My gandsons call my husband "Pa" too. There's a lot of love wrapped up in those two little letters.

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  11. What a cute little potty chair! What a sweet man and grandfather too...such a blessing to have a good man in a family! ;)

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  12. Now am I crying because it's the full moon...or because of your loving story???

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  13. Wonderful treasure, and wonderful memories!

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  14. A lovely story Nezzy ! I just love the way you use words and humor just a hoot girl ! A blessing to have these photos and memories ! Have a good day ! Oh cute potty by the way !

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  15. You were a skinny little babe! So awesome that you have pictures like that. I don't think I do anywhere.

    What an awesome little throne!!! Amazing!

    Thanks for this sweet post. It warmed me right up.

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  16. What a wonderful post!
    Your potty is very cool!

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  17. "swapped legs with a wasp and got cheated a stinger" - you should sell that phrase to a weight loss company.
    Great memories and potty chair. all the best.

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  18. I never thought I'd be wiping my eyes over a potty chair! I love each and every picture and love your artwork, but I wish you had showed us the locket, too--even if crying gives me a headache. ;)

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  19. He was SO handsome! Love that you still have the locket to remember him. His loafers are the best! And so is the potty
    xoxo
    SC

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  20. that's the sweetest pooh story I've ever read!

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  21. I get excited when I see a new post from you...These are great pictures and wonderful memories that you have taken the time to share with us...Love it!
    Love your words too Nezzy! You beat all!!!
    shug

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  22. Such beautiful memories and photos! (How appropriate the potty says pooh. LOL!) Such a treasured keepsake from your Pa. Even if I wasn't currently using it, I think I would have to sit a potted plant, or stuffed bear on it and leave it out, for all the world to see.

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  23. What a beautiful story with photos to match. Even though he never saw you again he left you with much, a few treasured items and memories to last a lifetime. Thanks for coming by to see me again.

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  24. What a lovely story and what a lovely potty. It must be wonderful to have a such a useful object of family history, and I would, I think, what to display it...perhaps with a pot plant positioned upon it! Lovely artwork on it as well. You are one fortunate gal to have such a lovely grandpa and such a lovely memory.

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  25. I love this story!! And I also love Tina Turner! You are an inspiration!

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  26. I smiled at the pic with your skinny legs because your arms were flying too! Why do I think you still talk with your hands? Great story about a wonderful man. Lovely tribute. I love the old potty chair...so cute!

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  27. Great post for a great man. Love your little potty chair. Now, that's something to be proud of. He has seen your place. I doubt if he has rarely left your side.

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  28. A precious post, Nezzie Hon.

    I love it, that this hand-made gift, has been used by you and so many little ones, after you. And will be ready to *go* again, when needed. :-)

    Gentle hugs,
    "Auntie"

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  29. Oh Nezzy--only you could do a post about a potty chair and how much it means to you.
    I bet your Pa was a good man and would of got a kick out of you as you grew up.
    What good memories you have!

    Melinda

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  30. Nezzy girl, what a great tribute to your grandpa. I never knew a potty chair could be so glamorous and such a prized possession. At least it's something that could be put to good use. ;) I always knew Tina Turner sang "The Best" just for you, because you are! You rock, sweetie!!!!

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  31. A beautiful testament to your "Pa". What a wonderful man and how nice you have the locket and the potty chair.

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  32. Wonderful tribute Nezzy. You might not have known him too well at such a young age but he sure was proud of you even if you were a tad scrawny.
    That potty chair is adorable. Thanks for the Tina Turner link. She is a real favorite.

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  33. Nezzie, thank you for the trip down memory lane. Blessings.

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  34. The history of your potty chair is remarkable. The potty travelled a lot, and "caressed the bottoms" of many.

    With all due respect to the two wonderful gifts: locket and pottie, the greatest, most precious gifts are the photos of you and your grandpa.

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  35. How wonderful that you can still feel the love of someone so long gone. I never got to know either of my grandfathers but I would have hoped for one just like yours. It is easy to see where all the love that flows through your family came from.

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  36. Simply the BEST, better than all the rest:) What a sweet and handsome fella! Have a blessed evening dear Nezzy, HUGS!

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  37. Such a beautiful and heartfelt story about your "Pa"...how blessed you were to have a granddad like him!! The potty chair he had made for you is so darling and I love it that it was used all these years, imagine how happy he would be about that:-) He certainly was "simply the best"!!! xoxo

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  38. What an awesome story to share!...:)JP

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  39. What a wonderful story about the past and future generations of your family, all linked to one man 'pa'.

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  40. What sweet memories of your grandpa! Love how the potty chair has made the rounds, he would be proud to know how well it has served your family!

    Have a nice Friday and weekend there on the Ponderosa!

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  41. I loved this story! Thanks for sharing the story and photos. Your grandpa was a wonderful man. He'd still be crazy over you, I'm sure.

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  42. Oh Nezzy,

    How lucky you were to not only have a cherished heirloom from him, but to have KNOWN him and his love. I never knew any of my grandparents, but I so wanted to. Again, your account of these memories is such a good read and you are so blessed indeed with not only OVER ABUNDANT TALENT, but love from a family that truly is the best.

    THANK YOU FOR COMMENTING AND LEAVING a trail of sweet love!!! Anita

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  43. How handsome he was! This is a wonderful blog Nezzy I enjoyed every word of it. It is obvious from the photos that he loved you! That Potty Chair that you embellished is a wonderful piece of art..put away until the occasion of a great grand I bet..it is a wonderful keepsake! I hope you are having a good week Nezzy..I bet Spring has sprung for you!:)

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  44. I like that potty chair. You could just leave it out for decoration.

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  45. What a simply adorable story. I WOULD NEVER get rid of that cute little potty chair.
    A lot of "business" took place there (tee,hee)
    I love that your grandpa made it for you.

    When I turned 16 my grandfather made for me a "hope Chest" and I still have it as well. Are you familiar with the Hope Chest.
    I have a lot of keepsakes in there now.

    Simply the Best...absolutely true. Now, boy do I have that song in my head. Love it.

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  46. Have you ever thought about putting all your blog posts about your family members into a book? I love reading the stuff you write about them and I'm pretty sure these posts would make a wonderful gift for your children. :)

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  47. ISN'T IT WONDERFUL WHAT MEMORIES CAN BE TRIGGERED BY OLD THINGS !!!!
    MAKE SURE YOU PASS THIS STORY ON ALONG WITH THE POTTY CHAIR.
    BLESSINGS

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  48. What a heart-warming story Nezzy!
    I loved hearing about the tales of Grandpa and the potty chair! It sounds like he was very proud of you! And you were a darling little girl too!
    And thanks so much for all of your sweet comments and prayers...I really do appreciate it Nezzy!
    Keep on writing girlfriend...you have the gift!
    Hugs and have a wonderful weekend too,
    Cindy

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  49. Miss Nezzy, I truly do love your stories. I'm the sort that believes your grandpa does visit the Ponderosa, in his own way. I bet you feel his love in a summer breeze ~

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  50. What an awesome story Nezzy. Your Pa seemed very enamored with you! That potty chair is just amazing, I've never seen anything like it. I would have held on to it all those years too. I'm sorry that you never really got to know your Pa, but am glad that he left you with a couple of precious trinkets. That is so sweet.
    Love Di ♥

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  51. What a neat potty chair - love the story behind it. And you have such great pics of you and Pa :-)

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  52. My maternal grandpa passed when I was around 6 or 7 months old. We lived with them and he doted on me (I was told). I wish I could have known him--better.

    Awesome post.

    T

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  53. What a great post, and i loved to see all those old, black and white photos. Your grandpa sounds like a really lovely man, and you were obviously the apple of his eye. That little potty chair is so cute. I could do with that one for my youngest granddaughter at the moment! Sorry, I thought I was 'following' you before, but I have now put that right.

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  54. Oh my Nezzy, what a wonderful story. Your Grandpa sounds neat! Wonderful how things can cary down from one generation to the next. Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting my blog. Take care and have a great weekend!

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  55. What a sweet story about a little girl's love for her "pa and the story of a much-loved potty chair! I sure enjoyed this, Nezzy.

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  56. What a wonderful story about you and your Pa. Cute little potty chair. I've never seen anything like it.
    Have a great weekend Nezzy!

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  57. He sounds like a great grandpa. I remember seeing those little potty chairs when I was a girl. How cool to have kept yours all this time!

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  58. I was blessed to know my grandfather. He died 20 years ago this October. I was 33. Both my children remember him and for this I'm so grateful.

    I love your potty chair. Love how you loved your Pa even though you didn't know him.

    I love the way you write.

    xoRebecca

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  59. Very touching and sweet. Your Pa was a wonderful man. I really enjoyed reading your tribute to him.

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  60. Hi Nezzy...

    I just read your sweet note that you left for me over at my place and wanted to come by to say thank you! How are you doing, sweet lady? I sooo enjoyed your visit. Things have been so hectic for me since my father's passing but it does seem to be finally settling down. I have missed my blogging and visiting!

    I sooo enjoyed reading about your Pa! I'm sorry that he passed before you really got to know him, however he has left you some really sweet memories. By the way...I love that little potty chair! Too cute! Well sweet lady, you have a wonderful day!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  61. Absolutely hold on to that potty chair!!!!
    What a treasure to have and so many wonderful memories:)

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  62. This has to be one of your best posts ever, and that's saying a lot!

    I LOVED it.

    =)

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  63. i like all the family fotos, love old pictures even when I don't know them. that potty chair is priceless and i like all the different angles of it. thanks for all your comments

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  64. Oh, Nezzy, between my laughing, crying and having to go to the potty - you've touched my heart with your story. I know your Pa would have loved you so. What a darling little potty chair and look at your cute Pooh on it. Pooh for the poo! :)
    Take care.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  65. Sweet story, Nezzy, a wonderful memory for you. I never knew my grandpas, nor did my son know his, as they died young.
    Cherish those memories!

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  66. So sorry you didn't get to enjoy your grandpa for long. One of my grandpas wore overalls, too :)

    Have a great weekend!

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  67. Nezzy, this is a wonderful story and tribute to your grandpa and I enjoyed seeing the photos; you're very fortunate to have these. The potty chair is adorable; does it have to be put away?

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  68. This was a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it with us! Enjoy your weekend.

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  69. that's the best darn potty chair story I've ever heard :)

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  70. Sweet Nezzy what a sweet and wonderful tribute to your grandpa. That potty chair is adorable and what memories it holds for you. Loved reading this it is a super great read. Thank you for visiting our blog we love hearing from you. Hugs

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  71. Loved reading this post. Such a shame your Grandfather did not get to see you grow up.
    Great that you have those fond memories about him.
    Thanks for stopping by. No work on the "list" today - other things to do.
    Have a great weekend.
    Glenda

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  72. Loved reading this post. Such a shame your Grandfather did not get to see you grow up.
    Great that you have those fond memories about him.
    Thanks for stopping by. No work on the "list" today - other things to do.
    Have a great weekend.
    Glenda

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  73. You do spin a good yarn, I love hearing your stories. I missed out on my grandpa all too soon too. I think I was about five when he passed, but the few memories I have are more precious than gold. Thanks so much for sharing.
    That potty couldn't be bought for all the tea in China!
    Big hugs,
    Patti

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  74. Oh lordy, Nezzy! Why do you have to store it away?? Why can't you put a beautiful potted plant in it and keep it out?? WHY? WHY??? :(

    I love a lot of your stories..but this is one of my all time favorites. I loved my Granddaddy like you loved yours. But I was lucky to have him around until all seven of my children were grown but they didn't get to know him very well. I wish they had. It sounds like our Grandfathers were a lot alike, especially to us. I was Granddaddy's girl..I always will be!
    Just like you are...:)

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  75. You are the "bees Knees" girl. Your Pa would be so proud of you. How cool - love that pooh chair - and oh my do you have me laughing at "it waiting for poo." toooooo funny!

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  76. Your title is as was your post...THE BEST!

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  77. Great post! We have a potty chair in our family, but it doesn't come with nearly as much lore!

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  78. What an AWESOME tribute to your dad, and what a treasure [altho quite a subject LOL] you have with the Pooh Potty Chair!!

    I'm glad I stopped by.

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  79. Beautiful tribute to your grandfather :)

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  80. Nezzy your Dad and mine could have been good friends as they sound like the same adoring husbands and Daddies. I love your wonderful hand crafted potty seat with it's sweet Winnie the Pooh designs. It's a family heirloom, for sure.

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  81. Girl, I Swanee, you are the only one that could make a room full of women cry over a potty chair. I also never knew a grandpa and I got quite teary eyed reading this sweet tribute to yours. You are something else. You slay me.

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  82. Nezzy, I just loved this! What a man! I know he's looking down at this with a big ol' smile on his face!
    I'm a new follower!
    Hugs,
    Anne ♥♥

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  83. Oh Nezzy I just LOVED this story - your memories - and the potty! sandie

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  84. Hi Nezzy!

    Wow what a great story! I can tell you were very loved - anyone who makes a special potty for his beautiful granddaughter must love her lots! Aren't you glad you were able to keep it and use if for your kids?! What a great keepsake - just loved the story and the pictures, what a handsome man!

    My very favorite Winnie the Pooh quote is -

    "If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."

    I can tell your Pa is in your heart!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  85. Awww, love the old photos of you Nezzy and well, Pooh has always been my favorite; great memories for you!

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  86. My grandpa died when I was very small, also. I have pictures of me with him, and I barely remember his last illness, but he has a place in my life which can be taken by no one else.

    Your Pooh potty is adorable!

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  87. Nettie, you're so blessed to have these memories of your loving (and handsome) Grandpa. And what a fabulous family heirloom. My grandfather died when I was very small, too, and sadly I don't have any photos with him, but he was a jockey and a horse trainer and I'm told that when I was a wee one he'd take me to the track and put me on the lead ponies. I believe that's where my own love of horses came from and I'd like to believe that my horses that have passed on are in my grandpa's care just waiting for me.

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  88. What a sweet tribute to your Pa, Nezzy! And you always crack
    me up with your charming and funny expressions!

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  89. What a beautiful tribute to the Pa you never really knew and yet have known so intimately for so long. I love your Pooh humour. ;)

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  90. What an amazingly wonderful tribute to a great man.

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  91. You write so well and with much love that a little potty chair is beloved by all who read this post. Oh yeah, the grand dad is pretty loved too.

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  92. Oh, wouldn't your old Pa be proud to read this? Honestly, Nezzy, nobody writes a tribute the way you do. So honest, so full of life, and endearingly funny.

    Your family comes to life beneath your fingertips, and oh boy, what a bunch of characters they are!

    By the way, I just read through some of your recent posts, and almost had a heart attack when I saw that ugly old gym outfit! Ughhhhhh, the memories!!!!!!

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  93. So wonderful that you have these keepsakes! Both of my Grandpas passed on when I was four. I vaguely remember them. I wish I had something to remember them by . . .

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  94. Nezzy,
    First let me thank you for your recent visit to Debbie-Dabble and your kind comment!
    What a delight this post was to read! And what treasures you do have from your grand father. I grow up without any Grandparents. I do have a few things that were my maternal grandmother's. Having no grandparents always made me think that I missed something truly special.

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  96. What beautiful memories you have! LOVED this post and it made me think of my own Grandpa!

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  97. OMG, your metaphors always crack me up!!! It was so sweet of your grandfather to hand make you this potty chair. And even sweeter that you saved it for your own children.

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  98. Your Grandpa looked like a real sweetheart! I love those old photos! And that potty chair is priceless! I can see why you treasure it so much and why it was passed around! I have a few things that my father made me (who has since passed) that mean so much to me.

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  99. This is a neat story! It is sad when we do not get to meet our family...I like the Winnie the Pooh chair

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  100. What a lovely tribute you wrote for your grandpa. It's amazing what an influence our grandparents had on us, isn't it? I'm glad you have a few things to remind you of his love. I have a little red rocking chair that my grandfather made for me. I just don't have your way with words. hehehe

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  101. I love the potty chair. I had one that had a black Scottish Terrier on it. I was supposed to say I needed to go Scotty in public, as my parents didn't like pee pee....oh well, I guess I embarassed them from time to time.

    I only had one grandfather/grandmother (my Dad's). My mother was raised by two old maid aunts. Her mother died 2 weeks after she was born and her father became a nomadic person just dropping in once in awhile to see her.

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  102. I love that! It looks vaguely familiar like maybe I've seen it there before. If I'm one of the nieces that used it I don't remember though. I hope you keep it forever and that it can stay in your family...although it is slightly gross that it's seen almost 60 years of poo. hahahaha!

    Love you!

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  103. Good Evening Nezzy Sweetie...
    Oh what beautiful memories you shared this evening. You always make my heart so "HAPPY" and make me smile from ear to ear. I could sit down and laugh all day with you.

    In fact, Girl I could probably help you with your chores around the Ponderosa. Give me a shovel and a rake and I will go to town. Just please don't make work with the chickens. I have been pecked too many times. No none of that laughing girl.

    Thank you for the memories this evening. I have a Pooh tattoo on my right ankle. I love Pooh Bear, so this post touched my heart. Love the little pottie chair. What a treasure.

    Have a glorious week dear one. Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

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  104. What a wonderful (and handsome) man! This was a heart-warming post. I still have the crib that myself and all siblings slept in, plus my two children and my cousin!!! Also, my high chair and potty chair. They are in our attic because I couldn't stand to part with them. They're definitely not state-of-the art but definitely state-of-the-heart!

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  105. You have such a way with words, Nezzy. I love this story so much and smiled as I read every word. Your Pa sounds like a very sweet, not to mention talented man. That you still have the potty seat and added your crafty hand to it as well makes it all the more special.

    YOU'RE the best! xo jj

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  106. I love your way with words! That potty seat is full of ... well ... memories. And what a great man your granddaddy was.

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  107. nezzy chicklet...love that...and love your southern way of telling a tale. What a great awesome memory of your 'Pa.' I believe people like him never die. They live on through others and you made your Pa come alive in ways that made me want to know him more. Awesome post.

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  108. Aw Nezzy what a great story teller you are my friend.
    I loved reading about your Grandpa. Sorry you did not get to know him but this is a great way to share his memories that you cherish so.
    Like everyone else on here I think your a sweetheart and I love coming by for visits. Just wish I could come more often.
    Take care sweet Nezzy
    Much love
    Maggie

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  109. How lucky you are to have those wonderful pictures :) I just loved this little slice of life. Thank you for sharing it!!!
    Thanks for coming by to see me and entering the giveaway!
    xo, misha

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  110. What a treasure! Your pa, your gifts, your memories, your life! Grandpas are never wrong, so you most definitely have to be a genius! We are so lucky to have such wonderful families. God has blessed us Missouri gals, hasn't he.

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  111. I love your memories. I love the way you look at life. I love how you love large and aren't afraid to let anyone know that you do!

    You, sweet lady, are a gem!

    And I am blessed to have found you in blogland!

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  112. OMG! I had no idea you had your own blog OR that you were from the Ozarks! Where do you live in Missouri? That post...my first one of yours, brought tears to my eyes. What special, special memories you have even if they were told to you. You were so cute and still are! I've seen you around the blogging community but had no idea you'd slung manure!LOL! Your picture looks like a diva with that boa! Looks can sure be deceiving...I would have never guessed. You clean up nice girlfriend! I can't wait to hear where you live. When I travel North I go through the WHOLE state of Missouri and it is the prettiest drive! I take 63 mainly straight up into Iowa. It's so strange as you mentioned your Grandpa went to New Mexico and lived in Iowa. My Mother was in NM for a time and loved it and we were from IL originally but I spent the last 20 some years in Iowa before I came down here. He sure looked and sounded like a fine man! And you did a beautiful job on that potty chair! Did you do all that painting yourself? You ARE talented! We must be about the same age although you look lots younger than me but Winnie the Pooh was big when my kids were little too and now he's come full circle again. I'm so glad we finally connected! I'm following you now!

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  113. What a great tribute to your grandfather. I love the potty chair.

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  114. Thank you sweet Nezzy for sharing your lovely memories with us and for the pictures of you and your beautiful family. You were and still are a beautiful gal. Your gifts from pa-grandpa, are just a total treasure, looks like you were his lil'gal! Many blessings and hugs,
    FABBY

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  115. Awwwww... this was just the sweetest story ever! And now I'm all misty-eyed because I miss both my grandpas so much...
    Love that "poo" chair! :)

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  116. So touched by your photos with your grandpa! It's too bad this precious time wasn't longer.

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  117. such beautiful pictures..oh my goodness the pride & joy in your grandpas eyes in the first pic!
    I love the potty chair...I love even more that you kept it!
    Sweetness!

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  118. Love the potty chair and Grandpa sounded the very best!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  119. http://annkschin.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/sunday-stiill-small-part-of-whole.html

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  120. The last comment as posted in error. I had written a long comment about my grand dad's DIY potty stool. But I lost it.

    Your potty chair took out from the niches of my brain this potty stool from back in 1973 hen he made it.

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  121. A charming piece of family history : the post, like the man, is simply the best.

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  122. Wow, girl, you got the gift of gab!!!
    Congrats on POTW.

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  123. What a great post and I just love the pictures!
    What a blessing to have him in your life even if it was a short while. I only knew two of my grandparents, my father's dad and my mother's mom. The other two passed before I was born and the same with my great grandparents.
    Hope you have a great week!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  124. Oh, Ms Nezzy, I simply ADORE your voice, I've been smiling all through this post at the wonderful way you've recounted this gorgeous tale. I am so glad it's taken it's well deserved place in Hilary's Post of the Week, almost as glad as I am to have had the good fortune to have tripped in to this blog of yours. I'm really glad to have met with you, and just know I'm going to be a regular visitor in here, from now on.

    I simply adore your Winnie-the-Poo tale, that little hand-crafted gem carries so much love and memories, doesn't it?

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  125. Lovely story to share, it gave me back a few nice memories.

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  126. Just stopping back by to say congrats on POTW!

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  127. Aw, everyone loves Winnie the Pooh.

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  128. Beautiful story...sweet memories, my friend! I'm making bunnies today..hop by when you get a chance! heehee! ♥

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  129. what an interesting story!! and your pictures are fabulous!! I bet that old potty chair is worth more than you think!!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  130. What a great story, I love it. Wonderful. Have a nice week.

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  131. You treasured your Pa just as I did. We did not have indoor plumbing until I was a Jr. in High School. I understand the use of the little treasure chair. Again, I love your spin on words when telling a story. Peace

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  132. Thanks for sharing your story,Thanks for following my post.I went to school at S.E.M.O and lived in Cape Girardeau,Mo for a while. Grow up in Southern Il.I am newest follower please come and follow me back Joann

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  133. You have some very nice memories to live by. It's a grand thing to have had a Pa who who gives sweet memories to a child. And, how nice your grandpa had the chance to know you, even for a little while. The potty is pretty and cute, too.

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  134. What a touching tribute to your Pa and wonderful memories you have to share.

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  135. This was a nice post and fun to read. I just popped over from Hilary's and I'm glad I met you.I never had the opportunity to wrap my grandpa's around my little finger. They were both gone by the time I made an entrance. That is something I always wished as a child..to have a grandpa. Love the potty. Hugs, Deb Ontario, Canada

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  136. What a great post!

    That potty chair is too cute.

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  137. What a wonderful family story and history!!! I love your old potty-chair, rust and all! Hugs and have a terrific day!

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  138. What a beautiful tribute to your grandad. He's smiling right now I'm sure of it.

    Cheers!
    Julie
    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

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  139. An ode to the commode and your grandad. Obviously your Pa an imprint on you regardless of how brief the moments be got to hold you were. Beautiful writing Nezzy and that commode has character.

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  140. What a wonderful tribute to your granddad! :)

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  141. What a wonderful story of your "Pa". He really does sound like the best!

    Love that potty chair as well...just priceless!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi, I appreciate it.

    ouroldhomestead.blogspot.com

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  142. Oh my gosh Nezzy, I love the story about your dad. He sounds like a wonderful man. I got to thinking about my dad and grandad just reading it. Also wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving the nice comment. I loved hearing from you!!! Hope to talk to you soon!!
    Hugs,
    Julie

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  143. What a blessing to drop in and be able to meet your Pa. His story is a heart warmer for the day.

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  144. Hi Nezzy!
    Thanks for visiting me! I am so happy you got the package!!!
    I was riveted through your whole story!! The privy is fabulous!
    xxDaniella

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  145. Awesome memories!!! Everyone should have a pooh potty chair!
    Thank you for stopping by Queenie's wee blog and your wonderful comment.
    Have a great day,
    Always, Queenie

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  146. That potty chair has history for sure. Your Grandpa was a GREAT guy. I'm sorry you couldn't have known him later in life. But the memories you do have are priceless. This was a WONDERFUL tribute to the man.

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  147. Oh my gosh, my eyes started watering when I read that he's your grandfather! I miss my grandparents so much... God bless yours & mine, both! =)

    Thank you very much for visiting & the absolutely wonderful comment. Thank you even more for the prayers for my lil nephew! He IS a hoot in that monkey hat! LoL! =)

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  148. Oh gosh, a woman after my own heart, ADORE the old photos and stories :} You had me at the possum... I have had a thing about them since I stopped for one in the road and he tried to eat my tire. I know, huh? I had to do the right thing, probably sick.......

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  149. You truly were blessed to have had that man be a part of your life. While your time on this earth was short with him, it is clear that you did know him -- a man of integrity and determination. Sounds a lot like my favorite lady of the Ozarks if you ask me.
    And BTW, I love the poo potty.
    :-)
    Traci

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  150. What a sweet and touching story, Nezzy! I love your writing. Beautiful!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  151. How sweet. I'm sorry you didn't get to know him like you wanted...but just from reading your article and seeing the love for you in his eyes there is and always be a special bond between the two of you. Thank you for sharing him with us. And yes, that little potty is adorable. I love the fact you still have the locket he gave you. Can you wear it or is is child-size?

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  152. What wonderful memories you have attached to that family heirloom. It would bring your "Pa's" heart pure joy to know his craftsman ship was used so well. Loved this post!

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  153. A lovely tribute to your Grandfather. The history of the Pooh potty chair is charming. Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs and Happy Weekend Wishes. P.S.Happy Saint Patty's Day too

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  154. What a great post! Both of my grandfathers died before I was five, so my memories are faint. Pa sounds like a truly great guy -- which is no surprise! Lots of hugs and happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  155. What a beautiful post full of love; I never knew my grandparents; I arrived late in my parent's life; mom was 46.
    Rita

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  156. what a wonderful story and wonderful photos!just precious! thanks for visiting my blog. i am not the michele who sent goodies to angel -- i wish i could say i was but that was another sweetie. find her and thank her please! i prayed for dear angel but never got around to sending anything, life has been hectic. i'm sending virtual love across the miles though... xoxo

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  157. Nezzy - a great story from the past. Your Pa knew the way to a gal's heart - gold and a throne!

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  158. what a great story, so beautifully written. you are very lucky to have those memories and treasures!!

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  159. I love, love, loved hearing about your Pa. You are a natural born story teller.

    I've never seen such a pretty Pooh for poo. :)

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  160. My Blue Heaven. Thats for sure my moms favorite song to play on the piano. I even got to sing along...:)

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  161. Oh what a man!! What a handsome man!!

    Oh and what a potty! What a gorgeous commode! It's a brilliant family heirloom and long may it remain with your family! Yay!

    Winnie the Pooh would be so proud!! :-)

    Take care
    x

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  162. Indeed the Best! There's nothing more heart-warming than remembering a loved one. I am lucky to have had a doting grandmother and I think of her with a huge grin on my face, that, at some point ends with a trembling lower lip and controlled tears. The same with my Mom, who passed on a couple of years ago.

    I could tangibly feel the love as I read this post, Nezzy, and you sure have a way with your words. Now i know that THIS is where I should come when I want to feel good.

    Hugs - and you have a wonderful week ahead.

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful connection.

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  163. He was obviously a very special man to make such an impact on you when you were only a toddler. After all these years you are writing about him! You were truly blessed to have him in your life, even if it was only for such a short time.

    The potty chair is beautiful!

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  164. Thanks for stopping by and leaving encouraging words, Nezzy.

    I only knew one of my 4 grandparents. . . there was a whole lot of lovin' & learnin' I missed out on. . . but God's ways are always best.

    Love you blog . . . I'll be coming back!

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  165. What a sweet post...and such a special dad..what a blessing!
    Just wanted to give you a great big bluebird hug..you are so sweet..thank you for lovely dear comment you left me on my blog the other day! You are my blessing.

    Happy week...hope it is filled with JOY. xoxoxo

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  166. Thank you for visiting us on "Les Fous du Cap" and to have left those pretty words. Cordially.
    Céline & Philippe

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  167. What a wonderful post about your grandpa! My Grandpa McMillion (his birthday would have been yesterday 3/18)died 6 months before I was born. I sure wish I would have known him, everyone says he was the sweetest, kindest person there was (just like your grandpa!)

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  168. I think they had it right - you did grow up to be a genius! Love that little potty chair and the love that went into makinhg it for you. You're a girl after my heart. I love that you fixed it all up for generations of your family to use and that you've kept it all these years. Pooh for the incoming! You're so much fun! laurie

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  169. Nezzy, thank you for sharing your story about your grandfather. The potty chair is adorable!

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  170. Hi Nezzy, Sorry you didn't have your Grandfather longer than you did --but he did leave you with some great memories... I love that Winnie the Pooh Potty Chair... How special is that!!!!!

    All of my grandparents were dead when I was born.. SO--I missed out on that experience. Sigh!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  171. What a truly wonderful tribute to your Grandfather. I loved it and the photos too.

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  172. Wonderful tribute to yr Granddad - and the chair is exquisite! Such wonderful memories for you!

    Have a lovely week!

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  173. What a great post! I love reading these stories from your past. Boy! did men work hard in those days!!! and I just LOVE your potty chair. I love that you still have it and your gold locket. You know my father has been dead for 2.5 years now and all I have of him are pictures. My mother gave most of his belongings to my brothers. I do have memories though. . .lots and lots of memories. I saw him everyday until he died. Even though my brothers live close they didn't come around much. ~ To busy they would say ~ In reality, I would rather have the memories then the stuff. :) My brothers are still having a terrible time dealing with his lose. Even though I miss him and think of him everyday ~ I thank God I was there. . . and that gives me piece and the stuff doesn't mean as much to me.

    Wonderful post Nezzy!!!!! I'm so glad you had a wonderful Grandfather who loved you so much.

    lisa

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  174. A delightful post!

    «Louis» thanks you for visiting San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

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  175. Well, I am thoroughly ashamed of myself. For I was just reminded (again) of not being a follower here yet, and this is one of the most delightful piece's I have read in quite some time! Please forgive me. Oh, and I will most definitely be back.

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  176. Sweetness and love are oozing from my computer screen. This was such a warmhearted post, Nezzy. I'm touched and appreciative of your story.

    Love from the West Coast.
    xoRobyn

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  177. I love this story. The potty chair is so wonderful, I would frame it if I could!! What a sweet Pa. He sure loved you.

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  178. Be sure to preserve this story along with that special chair. They belong together.

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  179. Hi Nezzy, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your nice comments. Here I am visiting your corner of the world. I enjoyed reading this post. And such an adorable potty chair, and with Winnie the Pooh on it..so sweet! It's nice to have these memories.
    Enjoy the rest of your day! Eva

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  180. Awwww! What wonderful history and a great heirloom (of sorts...)!

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  181. Hi Nezzy, What a wonderful story of family and love. Your Pa was very special and what great memories you have to cherish. Love the vintage potty chair. Too cute and your pics are wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing such m&m's (memory makers)

    Happy Spring,
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  182. Oh those photos are precious. The love that man had for his family just shines right through.

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  183. How sad you never got to know him! I had one grandfather I cherished who died pretty young, and one I was afraid of who lived a long time. I'll bet a whole nother generation uses and loves that potty chair!

    xxoo,

    RMW

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  184. Those pictures and the potty are a treasure.

    One of my grandpas died when my mother was a little girl. She didn't know her father and I didn't know my grandfather. Perhaps God has it worked out that we can meet these people again in a perfect world. That would be nice.

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  186. Wow! You've got more comments than the Queen of England does on her blog! (Okay, I don't think she has a blog, but you're better than I am at similes; give me credit for originality, at least. :)

    Your grandpa looks like a really sweetheart. I'm glad you have a treasure from him.

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  188. Holy cow, you get a lot of comments, don't you! I adore your potty chair. Never thought I'd say that to anyone, but it is really adorable!

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