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1947 Columbia Military Bicycle - A "Tribute" to the Mighty Generation!
How I came up with the Oomph Redesigns’ Business Name -

. . .continued from “About the Oomph Inspiration” page:


“Let’s give it a little Oomph!” Mom would say as she would  embellish an outfit. The “Oomph” word comes out of the 1930’s, from the  beginning of a mighty generation of substance.

Until recently, I missed or bypassed all the calling  signs to start this business venture for whatever reasons: socio economic  environment, culture and timing, self-confidence, life in general.   For a couple of years I have been on a search with a desire to create,  but create what? Tired of feeling stagnant, I pledged to make a change in 2012. Laugh if you like, but in January 2012, my daughter turned me on to Pinterest .  I was bitten  hard; sucked in.  The, “I can do it,” creative juices started flowing with my pinner and blogger discoveries;  such talent out there and an inspiration to push me.  “Thank you,”Pinners and Bloggers!

 My love of decorating, re-arranging furniture (thank you, dear husband), looking at something and turning it into something else decorative and/or useful (current day word: REPURPOSED) goes way back to my childhood.  I recently reflected to my days of “playing house.”   A neighbor had an old, large shed/play house that was probably not a safe place to play.  Now picture this: I was the mother, the neighbor boy was the Dad and his sisters were the children.  As the Mom, I would send  the children off to school and the Dad off to work, while I swept, and re-arranged crates/ furniture to my heart’s content (and sending them away when they returned too soon).  I’m not  sure what they did in their imaginary role, but I had fun!

 . . . to be continued in next blog post, when the fascination of
Antiques began.

 My favorite childhood, imaginary role play was teacher/school, house and dress-up.  When some boys were involved, it was usually Cowboys, Zorro or Army, and yes, with swords and guns!  We had fun and no one turned into violent criminals, as adults.  I’m curious, what was your favorite  childhood pastime, imaginary or otherwise?
 


 


09/25/2012 5:09am

Piano on the Porch. Best. Blog. Name. EVER. I am so excited to read more!

As for a favorite childhood memory- playing baseball in my neighbor's backyard. We used t shirts for bases and all I wanted to do was slide into home, which I did every chance I got. I also got a fat lip as a result more than once. Can you tell I was a serious tom-boy?

I guess I liked to add a little "oomph" to play time!

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09/26/2012 4:34am

Sarah, T-shirts for bases, Love it! Creativity and determination at an early age. That serious tom-boy has transformed into an industrious, beautiful young woman who puts Oomph into her delectible dishes - Forever Feasting!

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Doris Legere Kennedy
09/25/2012 6:10am

Love this....and love your lovely old porch. Your home is filled with so many of our shared family memories. Love what you are doing. This is the most appropriate use of your talents, of which, may I say, you have plenty dear cousin. I, like you, are very creative and love to comb establishments such as yours, for new Olde things for my home. Remember one of our marathon gab sessions, you mentioned that you "dreamed in color" and I said , "so do I" So it must be a Legere thing, don't you think?

Favorite childhood memories? Berlin, NH the first two weeks of July, every year for so long, and staying with you and your family. And I do remember the old shed next door on Sixth Ave. The Saucier's, right? Also loved playing in and around my nieghborhood with all the nieghborhood kids. We were quite a gang. Never spent days indoors, always roaming around the nieghborhood and downtown Bristol was our playground. Parents today....get those kids of yours outdoors and in the fresh air and playing imaginery games like we did growing up. Let them feed their imagination instead of excersising thier fingers on video controllers.

Good luck with the "Piano on the Porch" it's a great idea and I will visit it often.

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09/26/2012 4:43am

Doris, thanks for your sharing. Those childhood July visits were happy, happy times. The Lemieux shed up the hill near the spring. Lol, I guess there were several play sheds in the neighborhood. I hope to post a blog weekly...inspiraton and time permitting....

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Doris
10/02/2012 4:49am

Yes, the Lemieux's. The big rock on top of the hill. So many quiet getaways on Sixth Ave. Many fond memories. Sad to hear that Memere Landry's house has been demolished. Well, you always have vivid memories of what once stood there. As do I. As you sound very busy these days, give me a call when you have some free time. Would love to chat.

Doris Legere Kennedy
10/02/2012 4:49am

Yes, the Lemieux's. The big rock on top of the hill. So many quiet getaways on Sixth Ave. Many fond memories. Sad to hear that Memere Landry's house has been demolished. Well, you always have vivid memories of what once stood there. As do I. As you sound very busy these days, give me a call when you have some free time. Would love to chat.

Doris Legere Kennedy
10/02/2012 4:49am

Yes, the Lemieux's. The big rock on top of the hill. So many quiet getaways on Sixth Ave. Many fond memories. Sad to hear that Memere Landry's house has been demolished. Well, you always have vivid memories of what once stood there. As do I. As you sound very busy these days, give me a call when you have some free time. Would love to chat.

Doris Legere Kennedy
10/02/2012 4:50am

Yes, the Lemieux's. The big rock on top of the hill. So many quiet getaways on Sixth Ave. Many fond memories. Sad to hear that Memere Landry's house has been demolished. Well, you always have vivid memories of what once stood there. As do I. As you sound very busy these days, give me a call when you have some free time. Would love to chat.

Doris Legere Kennedy
10/02/2012 4:50am

Yes, the Lemieux's. The big rock on top of the hill. So many quiet getaways on Sixth Ave. Many fond memories. Sad to hear that Memere Landry's house has been demolished. Well, you always have vivid memories of what once stood there. As do I. As you sound very busy these days, give me a call when you have some free time. Would love to chat.

Doris Legere Kennedy
10/02/2012 4:52am

Yes, the Lemieux's. The big rock on top of the hill. So many quiet getaways on Sixth Ave. Many fond memories. Sad to hear that Memere Landry's house has been demolished. Well, you always have vivid memories of what once stood there. As do I. As you sound very busy these days, give me a call when you have some free time. Would love to chat. Many prayers your way for the sucess of your endeavors

Doris Legere Kennedy
10/02/2012 4:52am

Yes, the Lemieux's. The big rock on top of the hill. So many quiet getaways on Sixth Ave. Many fond memories. Sad to hear that Memere Landry's house has been demolished. Well, you always have vivid memories of what once stood there. As do I. As you sound very busy these days, give me a call when you have some free time. Would love to chat. Many prayers your way for the sucess of your endeavors

Joanne
10/01/2012 6:36pm

I, unlike my deeply creative and talented sister, have very few childhood memories. I do not recall doing any role playing, but we did lots of playing in the neighborhood (baseball, tag, hide-go-seek, climbing trees to our tree houses, sledding...). I did play piano, but it was not on a porch it was actually in the neighbors living room. We had no piano. Hey Sis, where did you get that piano? Also why do you have it as to my knowledge no one in your family plays the piano? Love what you are doing with your creative juices.

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Paulette
10/01/2012 8:11pm

Thanks Joanne! When we bought this house the piano was on the porch and there it has stayed for 27 years. She still sounds good, at least I think so. Michael & Matthew play piano by ear. I'm always amazed at what they can do with musical instruments. Bethany can play a few also by ear and I make an attempt with a couple of tunes.

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