Great Talk! 2-21-24

What a great discussion, chat, conversation about those wonderful old spring horses! Sometimes when I mention something I see, it just sets off a wealth of memories from my readers and that’s what the spring horse did. It was in the window of the thrift store and since it’s now vintage I think the price was $175. Can that be? I must have that wrong. Hmmm.

Beamer’s Mom will remember this scene at the old Memorial Building in Garner about 40 years ago. Once a month or so Stromer’s would have an auction in the basement – it took all day on Saturday and I can see several things right now in my sewing room that I got at the auction. I wanted this horse so bad that I asked one of the auctioneers if he would auction it before I had to leave and he did. I think I paid $35 for it which was quite a lot of money for me.

Here is Danny’s first birthday.

I loved the story about the little girl who tied her imaginary horse to the bumper of the car when her family went somewhere, always looking out the back window to make sure the horse was still there.

And when I saw this……

the memories of the Wonder Horse surfaced and I had to post the picture. I love it when a simple photo sparks such great conversation. These photos from a reader are too sweet for words!

I put my new $2 casserole to use tonight – chicken with stove top stuffing – delicious. Blog acting up – will finish in post #2.

41 thoughts on “Great Talk! 2-21-24

  1. Kathy in western NY

    The casserole dish has nice handles to grab so very useful. I made your sausage soup for our dinner with Rueben sandwiches and it is a really good soup! Will get made here alot. I used canned great northern beans as I had no time to soak them and cook them first but I imagine that and home canned tomatoes would make it even better.

    I imagine the horse is vintage priced so is probably right. Love the pictures.

  2. Jackie in NY

    Hi Mary – we were lucky to find one of those horses for FREE by the side of the road after it hadn’t sold in a yard sale. My granddaughter and my sisters grandchildren have all enjoyed riding it!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jackie – yes, you were indeed lucky! Can you imagine what those people think today?

  3. Rita in Iowa

    My husband had one of the riding horses and we had it in our home for a time. We passed it on to one of his bothers who later gave it to Goodwill. I’m sure someone had some fun with it.
    When outside for 1 1/2 and cut down the grasses in the flower beds. It wasn’t even muddy. Cleaned up a little of the fence line. Anything I can get done now means I won’t have to do it later.
    Finished unpacking from our trip to Panama City Beach in Florida. My sister rents a Condo for 2 months so we spent a 10 days with them. Will have to send you pictures of the sand art we enjoyed every day.

    1. Beamer's Mom

      Rita where do you go in Panama City Beach? We have been going to Destin for the past 5 years, just for a few weeks but the prices are doubling next year at the condo where we’ve been staying. So looking at other options.

      1. Rita in Iowa

        We stayed at Emerald Isle Beach Resort, at the end of Cobb Street off of 98. We had heard many of the properties were raising their prices because of taxes on improvements that were made. So you’re not alone. Good luck on finding a new place.

  4. Lorraine Hess

    My kids had that exact wonder horse. They loved it! Such great memories. They are now 56, 54, and 52 years old. Hard to imagine. Where do the years go.

  5. Beamer's Mom

    I most certainly do remember the Stromer auctions. I worked at them for many years.

    I’m surprised I let you buy that spring horse since Brandon would have been a baby. But then, $35 was ALOT of money and we definitely didn’t have. Can’t imagine that anyone would have loved that pony more than Danny did. And the pony we have in our basement looks just like Danny’s. All meant to be.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Beamer’s mom – it was Velere who put it ahead in the auction – I was elated! And I really didn’t have $35 extra dollars but I really wanted that horse. It was 40 years ago this spring because Danny turned one on July 1. I don’t think Brandon was born yet. ???

  6. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    That casserole looks yummy!! I love the photos of the kids on the horses.
    Went up north to visit my mom today so I stopped by our place near there and brought home my utility trailer from storage. This weather is so confusing. Warm enough to start thinking about gardening and hauling dirt and wood chips, but deep down I know our winter isn’t over so hate to do too much outside yet.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower – okay, stop! You’re right, winter cannot possibly be over and we all know it. If it is we’re probably in for a severe drought. I hope not!! Hope you found your mom happy and agreeable. Give Biscuit a hug!

  7. Susan K in Texas

    My cousins had one of the Wonder horses. We didn’t and we were so jealous. We all took turns riding it when we would visit. That horse went through my six cousins and all of us cousins visiting too.
    When my boys came along, my in laws got one. All three boys rode that thing when they visited. I think they wore it out. I had no idea that the springs could be replaced.
    I can still hear those springs squeaking.

  8. San

    Just for grins, I went looking on E-bay. There are a host of wonder horses to choose from at some rather inflated prices. Of course, nobody who owns a tiny house will have room for one so that cuts down on the competition. LOL

    San / Murphy, NC / Warming up and sunny today.

  9. Kathy L

    The wonder horse, or one like it, my favorite, I wore it out. the closest I got to having a real horse, sad.

  10. Mary Hehlke

    Your casserole looks so delicious. Can you share the recipe with us? We love casseroles. And loved the horse with the little ones riding. Those were sure some fun times for the little ones, and us older ones too. I so enjoy reading all that goes on at your home on the farm. You are a very special lady and a friend to many of us, even though we have never met. Have a wonderful day. God Bless.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary – so stop and reread your comment – “all that goes on at your home on the farm” – all of this fun conversation had nothing to do with the farm but actually on memories we all have of spring horses from years ago. And that is why I want to encourage conversation among the readers. I can’t be the one who does all the talking – way too boring. But this – this fun chatting among friends is my goal!! Thank you for your comment – yes, I’ll post the recipe.

  11. myrna (groesbeck) eisenlauer

    I LOVED the Stromer auctions at the Memorial Building. I loved them as a child, and loved spending Saturdays at the auctions and still have a few items that i bought there. That’s where my love for treeasure hunting began!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Myrna – wasn’t it great? Inside. Chairs. Food. Friends – I just loved it!!

      1. Kathy in western NY

        Myrna and Mary, we too had such fun Sat night going to barn auctions near us. Oh those rickety wooden folding chairs! The barn would be filled with boxes of treasures to bid on and behind a wall pieces of furniture, boxes of household goods, tools and toys would be carried out to the “stage”. We’d sit there with our cups of whatever and wave our paddle to bid on something. What a wonderful trip down memory lane as I later learned this young man who did the auctions with his family (knew them as a 4-H family first before learning his family did these auctions) that he went out to follow Country Living fairs as a vendor and did very well for himself. A family friend saw him at Stone Gap in GA I believe and now he supplements with locally made soaps and items like that people tend to want now. We like to see our memories at these sales like the horse but I hope the younger shops for some of them now too going to sales as we have no auctions except livestock or for cars around here anymore.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Kathy – so why did the auctions disappear, I wonder? Such treasures to be found!

          1. Kathy in NY

            Boy that’s a good question Mary. I know you’re in the game so you can read this later. Do you think estate sales are the way families unload parents houses they inherit? I too wonder if eBay or sites where vintage items are sold made it easier for people to browse at home versus the fun of mingling we had at auctions.
            Life is so different now. It seems estate sales are every weekend around here with a sign stuck in an intersection announcing where it is. The other auctions here are for storage units. Do you have them? There are huge long buildings here in vacant lands filled with storage units people rent to put items in and if they don’t pay monthly rent, contents can be auctioned off. Do you think it’s a sign people have too much stuff ?

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Kathy – there are some storage units around here and I’ve watched Storage Wars but I would never rent one. And yes, I think estate sales are how kids deal with parents’ stuff – or else it ends up in the landfill.

  12. Cindy K

    My kids had a spring horse, They had a lot of fun with it. I sold it on a garage sale many years ago. We had our sale at the local armory and the guy that gave us the key to use for our sale bought the horse for his grandkids before the sale ever started.

  13. Jo in Wyoming

    Becky’s kids look just like her. Cuties.
    Remember the horses outside the door at the grocery stores? I always offered to pay if my sisters would ride. After 30 years, they turned me down!
    Remember the weight and fortune machines? They were fun too.

  14. Carolyn Rector of Ohio

    Thinking about the warmer weather we’ve been having. Our city decided to teat up half of Main St as soon as we had our January thaw. Crazy, huh?
    I should dig out the picture of my grandkid on their horse. The older boy had on a cowboy hat, so the one year old sister had an ice cream bucket on her head. Now this old lady has to dig out photographs. I’m surprised that you could find yours so fast, Mary.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – I didn’t find the photos – Becky did and I was in the middle of writing the post so I gave her an hour to find them. Took her about 10 min – maybe not even 10!

  15. Sharon G.

    There was a spring horse in my family but I’m not sure which one of my 16 nieces and nephews had it.
    Love the conversations and especially love the blog. That casserole dish is fantastic. I think I’ll walk downtown to the thrift store and antique store tomorrow after the two windows are installed.

    I’m getting all the repairs done to my house. The new kitchen floor looks great. Wish my husband was here to enjoy all of it. He would be proud of me for taking the initiative and getting it done. I hope to get it listed and sold so I can move on. It’s too big for me and too many stairs.
    Take care everyone!

    1. Janet S

      Sharon G,
      That’s a big move and a hard decision. Here’s hoping it will all turn out for the better.

  16. Alice in SW Ohio

    Oh my, I had totally forgotten about the bouncing spring horse! My kids had one & my daughter who was hyper fell off of it more than once!! Just bouncing too high! At 53 she’s still a person who never stops! It’s a family trait! This crazy weather! I have tulips & daffodils coming up! Today I sprinkled Irish Spring soap chips around them as the deer will eat them as soon as they produce buds if I don’t put the soap around them. They also eat my roses. I have to use hanging baskets to have summer flowers. So far the deer haven’t figured a way to get to those!

  17. Bonnie McKee

    I’m late to the game but have to jump in and say that the Wonder Horse was a huge hit with my 4 daughters….they would get that horse bouncing so hard it would carry them across the room! Such fun memories. I have pictures somewhere.
    Thanks Mary for a blog about memories ❤️
    Bonnie in Oregon

  18. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas

    In 1988 fisher price had a rocking horse that made a clip clop sound when riding. My toddler put many miles on her 🥰. We got up to 79 yesterday! Too warm too fast. Penny and Lucy are one year old now 😻

  19. Donna A

    We never had a wonder horse but the kids liked to ride at a friends house. My son had a pretend horse that he took everywhere. He named it Ponico Yoyo….where he got the name for it I’ll never know. He used to tie it up to the fence at grandma’s or the porch at home. We all had to be careful not to run over it because you just never knew where he had tied it up. The only time you knew where it was for sure was when he was galloping around the yard. Aaawww, the memories…..

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna A – and there’s another great childrens book story! So sweet and I do love the horse’s name!!

  20. Debby Krzyston

    On a farm not far from me there’s about 5 of these toy riding horses next to their family garden. Looks like they’re all in a corral. I had a red wooden horse that my grandfather built for my brothers and me when we were very young.
    Debby from Wisconsin

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Debby – maybe while Mom works in the garden, the horses keep the kids occupied?

  21. Sue in Marion, IN

    We had a spring horse! I think it was my sister Julie’s , or maybe Kathie’s. Born 1957 and 1960. I know it wasn’t mine. I bought a wooden glider horse for my daughter when she was born. Son played on it too, and it’s in the attic, waiting for grandkids. We were older parent (I just turned 70, DH will be 77 in March) and our kids are 29 and 33. Katie and Abe want to have kids but it’ll be another year or two as he’s working on a master’s degree in geology. Evan isn’t married yet and is in his first year of medical residency so it will be awhile. The horse will still be here!

  22. LaNan

    I didn’t have a wonder horse but my dad made me a wooden one that our grandchildren have enjoyed. Still has the original painting my mom did!!

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