Where was ‘Leave it to Beaver’s’ hometown?

Do you remember Leave it to Beaver? The old classic television show featuring Theodore “the Beaver” Cleaver and his apparently perfect family?

The show took place in Mayfield, though it was never revealed which state.

In fact, there are at least 27 towns named ‘Mayfield’ across the U.S.

But Jerry Mathers, the actor who played the Beav, explained as an adult that they never specified a state because Mayfield was meant to be a symbol for anywhere and everywhere, so that every viewer could feel like this idyllic hometown life was right in their own backyard.

I like that idea. That there’s an idyllic hometown for everyone.

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The Color Blue — Who Knew?

An enormous portion of the world we see is blue, between the sky above us and the oceans and lakes that cover the earth. It’s no wonder that most people love blue.

But the thing about the ocean and sky is that the color can’t be bottled up—unlike flowers, rocks, and all the other things people historically used to make dye. The color blue is all around us, but for so long it was out of our reach.

Today, thanks to the modern science of dying things, we can all dress like queens and emperors every time we throw on a blue t-shirt!

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Flower Petals

Lovers scatter them and flower girls line wedding aisles with them, but beware, a stray flower petal could get you in big trouble.

One flower shop in England found themselves in court after a passerby slipped on a single fallen flower petal and sued for 1.5 million pounds!

Maybe you should think twice before scattering petals across the path of your beloved, you wouldn’t want to end up with a lawsuit!

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Creative People

When you hear someone say “it’s the closest thing to paradise,” they’re usually talking about a tropical island.

I get it. Who wouldn’t want to lounge on a white sand beach with warm turquoise water?

But creative people are not great at doing nothing all day long, so although it might sound tempting, I have a feeling you’d start to get bored if all you did was relax on the beach.

That’s why for creative types, paradise is more than just comfortable lounging; paradise for us has more to do with inspiration, time to create, and surrounding yourself with beautiful things

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Lazy People Invent Things Because …

Lech Walesa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, once said: “I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.” 

Call it laziness, creativity, or genius, whatever it is, I love finding tools that help me get things done in a smarter way. Such smart and lazy people have given the world inventions like a baby romper that dusts the floor while they crawl, glasses with mirrors arranged so that you can read a book in your lap even when you lie down flat, and suitcases that your kids can ride on through the airport like a scooter.

Most of the people I know, including me, can be classified as lazy and we all not only invent things to make life easier (if we are the inventive type), we appreciate anything someone else has already invented for us.

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Following Rules — Or Not

Following Rules — Or Not.When I was a little girl I was a serious rule-follower. Something as small as a disappointed glance from an authority figure was enough to make my stomach churn. So when my first grade teacher got tired of wasted art supplies and made a rule that the kids needed to stop breaking crayons just for fun, you’d think I would easily fall in line.

But something got into me that day, and when I picked up my perfect red crayon to draw I suddenly had an urge I just couldn’t resist. When Mrs. Robbins wasn’t looking, I held my crayon in two hands and broke it easily with a satisfying snap.

Later that night, my mom just couldn’t understand why I was too sick to eat dinner and went to bed with a tummy ache.

I finally confessed, but the tummy ache lasted into the weekend, until my dad ran into Mrs. Robbins at the grocery store, told my story, and she said all was forgiven.

As an adult I looked back and realized the grocery store meeting was very likely a merciful fantasy fabricated by my dad just to make me feel better. But it worked!

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Heritage Quilts

The United States has a beautiful history of quilting, influenced by all of the different ethnic groups that settled here over the years, as well as the necessity of ingenuity and hard work to survive the early days. One tradition was for a young girl to make thirteen quilts before she was married, twelve for everyday use in her future home, and a wedding quilt, her masterpiece which she would begin work on once she was engaged. Friends and family would gather to help her quilt this final quilt. A form of this tradition continues today, every time we make a quilt for a special couple tying the knot. Quilting is our heritage Thanks, Missouriquiltco.com

Every child should have wonderful memories of long ago days

One of the most important things about childhood is that you should always know someone who lets you play in their jewelry box. My favorite aunt let my sisters and try on all her jewelry, which we often took advantage of on a slow Sunday afternoon.

She had a mesmerizing pink pearl ring, lots of very long necklaces, and even a ring with a special, tiny storage compartment you could pop open. (We used that one to pretend to be a very elegant spy who put sleeping powder into villains’ drinks!)

And then there was her butterfly ring. It was a very delicate, thin metal band topped with one tiny butterfly done in metal and red stone.

I loved it. My aunt must have known, because many years later she gave me her butterfly ring for my birthday, and wearing it brings me back to my days as a little girl playing pretend.

So what memories of childhood do you cherish?

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Still More Facts About Cats

* The oldest known cat was Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years old.

* Here’s another reason to spay/neuter: it increases life expectancy! Neutered male cats live twice as long, and spayed females live 62% longer than their intact peers.

* Studies show that ethologically, pet owners may serve as a sort of surrogate for a cat’s mother – yes, you literally are a cat mom/dad!

* The first cat video on YouTube was uploaded in 2005 but cats have starred in films as early as the 1800s! A 1901 film, The Sick Kitten, features two children pretending to be doctors who are nursing a kitten back to health (the kitten wasn’t actually sick and they were just giving it milk).

* Unlike horses, cows, dogs and other domestic animals, cats were never domesticated. They chose to live with us. Imagine! If they had it to do over again, think they’d make the same decision?