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It’s the middle of a simmering Sandwich Generation summer and I just want to crow,
When I first heard about Barb’s Second Annual “Show Us Your Roosters” Blog Party at Bella Vista, I thought, “How intriguing!” My second thought was, “If I have any roosters, they are packed away in storage while God has me happy and busy caring for elderly parents and grandkids as we trek around the U.S. ala Abraham. 🙂
Then I remembered a fun time when one grandchild was in kindergarten and they had to go on a hunt for the Gingerbread Man. Anywhere we found a Gingerbread Man, we took a picture and brought it to school. It was so much fun I decided to give it a try with roosters and get friends and family involved once again. So, taking a short break from our family fun with Bible Memory verses activities for grandparents and their grandchildren (which will return next week 🙂 ), off we go!
I started with my senior mom, as I had vague family memories of country rooster kitchen and living room decor adorning my grandparents’ house. She and I had such a nice chat about them. One I remembered, in particular, was a giant (or so it seemed to a second grader) glass ceramic rooster like this wooden one:
I then sat down and thought through when I was a young mom – how did I decorate my house? I remembered that the “in” style for the 80s (a fond memory for the never-aging baby boomers generation) was of cute country geese. Geese on curtains, geese on towels. I even added geese to my stationery on my brand new Mac 512k.
Geese have faded though, and when I talked to one of my daughters, I knew my grandmother would have been thrilled to discover roosters are back again in a big way. Or, as my daughter explained, French Country Rooster Decor is BIG!
“I LOVE rooster kitchen and house decor,” she exclaimed. And very sweetly sent me some photos. Isn’t this a lovely Country Red Rooster trivet!
And look at this sweet and sunny Sunflower and Rooster Dinnerware plate?
The Rooster gravy boat is cute too!
Last week, as I was driving home from a luncheon, I spotted a favorite antique store my senior parents and I liked to visit when running errands. It had been over ten years since we’d been there, so, of course, I had to stop.
While browsing through and enjoying more delightful memories of my dear dad, not to mention plenty of cute goodies from my Baby Boomer youth, I was also delighted to spot a delightful Country Rooster dinnerware set – plates, cups, gravy boat, and other accessories:
Here is the Rooster of a pair of salt and pepper shakers which one of my daughters fell in love with and has since adopted. 🙂
Look at this cute ceramic rooster cookie jar.
My memories were certainly right! Roosters WERE big in my grandparents era! Seems like, “the more things change, the more they stay the same!”
Next it was time for fun rooster activities for grandparents and their grandchildren. One grandchild went digging through all their toys, just to find this tiny toy rooster and chicken for her grandma! 🙂
And check out this adorable rooster – fun for farm activities for grandparents and grandchildren, for sure!
Even my grandkids’ school got in on the fun. This was the first week back to homework for them. As we were cuddling together and reading some of their literature textbooks before nap, I was delighted to find one of the selections was from the Real Mother Goose:
A Cock and Bull Story
The cock’s on the housetop blowing his horn;
The Bull’s in the barn a-threshing of corn;
The maids in the meadows are making of hay;
The ducks in the river are swimming away.
Naturally, I had to check on my favorite clip art site, Trina & friends, which has several adorable choices of Rooster clipart including:
So perfect for craft projects with the grandkids and cute notes to friends and senior relatives!
After all the rooster excitement, sharing, and photos of the past couple of weeks, I even got to add to my own mini collection. Two things that I love to collect, which are small enough and practical enough to travel with me, are:
Rooster Kitchen Potholders which are perfect with my home decor!
a brand new Christmas Tree Ornament.
What a fun “Show Us Your Roosters” Blog Party this has been. Lots of delightful memories for this member of the baby boomers generation, interesting new activity ideas for all of us granny nannies and pappies and your grandchildren, and even sweet conversations full of family memories for all the multi-generational ages of the Sandwich Generation!
How about YOU? I’d love to hear about your own Rooster family memories and visit your blog post. Just leave a comment below and I’ll be crowing loud, then flying off to visit you as soon as I can. And don’t forget to visit Barb at Bella Vista for more fun Rooster stories, pictures, gorgeous Country Rooster kitchen and home decor, and so much more! It’s definitely a Rooster eggs-travaganza the Sandwich Generation can all enjoy.
P.S. Want some cute country kitchen roosters for your own home decor?
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This is such a fun post! What a wonderful variety of roosters you have. Each one makes me grin from ear to ear.
Thank you for joining and sharing with us. Have fun today!!
Hugs, Barb ♥
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Hi Barb, thank you so much. I really appreciate that sweet encouragement 🙂 And thanks for all your hard work in putting together this very fun Rooster Blog Party! 🙂
So glad your grandchild dug out those tiny hen and rooster toys! How precious was THAT?
Hi Keetha, It was AWESOME! They are all such sweeties. 🙂 And thanks for coming to visit. 🙂
You have so many cuties. I reallly like your pot holders.
Hi Ro, Thank you 🙂 And thanks for popping by – I really enjoyed all your lovely rooster collectibles – especially the gorgeous dinnerware dishes 😉
This is a grand celebration of roosters! So different and colorful and fun! I love the big wooden one! Your collection is something to crow about!
Hi Yvonne, Thank you! I shall definitely crow away 😉
I loved your roosters. I collected those white geese back in the day… I am definitely a boomer and caring for my Mom in her home… I loved all your wit and funny wisdom. Made me think of my gramma’s poem that hung on her kitchen wall.
“Said the little red rooster to the little red hen, ‘You haven’t laid an egg in who knows when.’ === Said the little red hen to the little red rooster, ‘You haven’t come around as often as you use-ter.'”
Take care.Thanks for visiting Oatmeal and Whimsy.
Hi Gayla, Thank you for popping by. 😉
Great post. I liked the grandkids toys too. And the vintage S&P found at the antique shop.
Hi Ruby, Thank you. I have to admit – the grandkid toys are always favorites of mine as well. We are having a lot of fun with Webkinz activities for grandparents and their grandchildren around here! 🙂
Hi Linda, Sounds like some very delightful country rooster collectibles. I bet you’ll find the hen eventually and what a fun rooster/hen treasure hunt for you. 🙂 If you haven’t already done so, you might check out the list at Barb’s Bella Vista Rooster blog party site. There are so many cute rooster collectibles you might spot what you are looking for and, hopefully, the owner will know where to get more. 🙂
I have a handsome tin rooster that often sits on our fireplace mantle. In the spring he’s joined by two tin chicks I found and purchased later. My frustration is that I cannot find a tin hen to complete this little family!
You have some cute roosters, the trivet is my favorite. But that running rooster on the plate is a hoot 🙂
I look forward to getting to know you better.
Hi Kim, He is a cutie, isn’t he? Do love those rooster dishes! I’ll have to watch for them closer to home. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂
What a cute rooster post! So neat that you included your family in on the fun! Love the rooster from the toy box!!
Hi Katherine, Thank you 🙂 And thanks for popping by! 🙂
I thoroughly enjoyed your whole post, and recognized a lot of roosters from my past too! What a lot of good ideas too, and we Grandmas can always use creative ideas for spending time with our grandchildren, thanks~
Hi Kathy, Thank you! I’m headed off with grand-twins and grand-big-bro today and planning on using one or two myself today 🙂 Have a lovely week.
Great roosters! That first wooden one is awesome. We are having a rooster art exhibition so I was researching roosters and found your site- nice work! Here’s the link if you want to check out our roosters http://queengallery.ca/2010/06/el-gallo-chantecler-kamyl-bullaudy-rodriguez
Thank you. Your exhibit looks quite interesting 🙂 🙂 🙂
Kaye, WOW! You really do have a lot of Roosters. What an awesome post. I have a few.
Thank you so much for stopping by and for your encouraging comments; I am so happy that you enjoyed your time at Oregon Gifts.