It occurred to me the other day that I should start a new post series similar to my “Craigslist Furniture Score” and “Garden Update” series to let you guys in on all the cool retro stuff I get from my parents, thus the title “Cool Retro Stuff From Mom: Aztec Calendar.” I should also note that the lamp and hanging light fixtures from my post Chrome Again are also “Cool Retro Stuff from Mom and Dad.”

Now that we have that all cleared up, let’s get to the meat of the post:

While hanging out with my Mom in the Tiki Lounge during Christmas in July, Mom asked if I would like her Aztec Calendar. She got it during a trip to Acapulco in 1971. I barely remembered it since it had been hanging in a dark corner of the basement back home. Mom thought it would be great for the Tiki Lounge (Though it isn’t Tiki, it does give off a Tiki-vibe) so I said sure I’ll take it.

When the Aztec Calendar arrived at the Retro Ranch however, I realized it was a) the perfect size to fit on the narrow bit of wall at the end of the planter and .b) the Malachite complimented the slate floor tiles extremely well.  So surprise Mom, I put it in the entry way!

Leo was not sure what to make of it at first:

Well Leo, this is the ancient device that we use to determine the exact day the earth’s supply of dog treats will be exhausted…

Yes Leo, I am kidding! I knew I couldn’t pull one over on a Border Collie mix.

Thanks for sending me some Cool Retro Stuff Mom!



  1. You are so funny – I love your posts! And I also am loving your planter box! You did such a good job, you are one talented Chicky-pooh! And I really mean that!

  2. You have no idea what happiness you bring when I start my work day with opening your blog posts. Thank you for your candid humor and innovative design ideas.

  3. Hey … what a surprise! But it looks perfect there by your planter box … and then you won’t have to wonder what to do with it when the Tiki Lounge closes for the WI winter. Leo is so funny … and so are you. 🙂 I’m pleased that you like some of our retro choices from way last century. LOL

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