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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....
 
We all live in different locations and countries and some of us are going into winter soon and some in summer. At this time, after a very hot summer I feel that I would rather bundle up with layers and layers of warm clothes than to try and get cool when it is triple digits and high humidity. I am so happy that I could wear a sweater and coat the last several days. It is once again fall cleaning time at our house and this has kept us very busy. Each season is a good opportunity to give the house that extra special clean up. We remove our window screens and wash our windows at least spring and fall. I have posted several times about cleaning windows since this blog ......
I posted a question from T about mold. Here was her question,This is from T that lives in a corner of Michigan that gets lots of lake effect rain. Question; I was hoping you or your readers might have some tips on dealing with indoor humidity, without running an air conditioner or electric dehumidifier. The dehumidifier is my biggest user of electricity and I would really like toeliminate it, but don't want to risk the resulting mold problems.Things like moisture absorption packets don't really seem like awhole-house solution, considering the dehumidifier is removing aboutsix gallons of water a day.Opening windows for ventilation is rarely helpful where I live because the air outside is ......
I wanted so badly to be able to put the quilt on the bed once again. This was the long hot summer that would not end. Finally we have reached a temperature that I can ease the quilt over the bed. The Chrysanthemums knew it was fall but the thermometer did not agree. But they held true and bloomed anyway.I had pampered them and a few times put them in intensive care with the drought and heat. They needed IV fluids a few times as I thought they were not going to make it. I believe that we would have lost every one of them had they not had special care due to the drought.We have a hawk that has been hanging around for a few months now. I respect our birds of prey an ......
Sometimes it seems that everyone is tense or bothered by something but actually it is not true that everyone is like this. There is happiness, maybe we do not see it at the moment because of turmoil in our lives. Life keeps going all around us no matter what we are doing. Each one of us on a different journey and we often worry about things that never happen. It makes more sense to put our efforts into preparing for the things that could happen and then go on with life.Elizabeth is our, let us say, delicate child. She startles easily and absolutely does not like baths. But, she has a special sensitive side and is empathetic and always knows if we do not feel well or if something i ......
To live a vintage life today we have to make it happen. What is vintage anyway? Vintage has many descriptions. It can be considered something having quality. A fine wine sometimes is a vintage wine, sometimes vintage is something of importance. Some may think of it as being old but some think of it as being classic.I feel it is the best parts of the past.This is Muriah, she reads and follows my blog and sent me this picture of her beautiful vintage treadle sewing machine. Muriah enjoys living a more simple vintage life. She is a beautiful young lady and this picture makes my heart happy. I asked her permission if I could share this with all of you and she said yes ......
The long Hot Summer... It started before Spring this year, it was hot early. Everything came early so I thought fall would come early and then winter and set things straight.But that did not happen. So many things just burned up and I decided to take what I could and concentrate them in small beds. My big plans of the container garden did not work out. I learn my biggest lessons from things that did not work out so this year I had big lessons.It caused me to do more research and I discovered that lavender does not like it wet. So I started over once again. To me life has a lot of starting over, isn't that we are suppose to do? We cannot just go within and just give up. I have tried tha ......
No, that is not a glass of wine on top of that stove. This post is to answer the cloth question from Julia. We are trying to find a better way to stop having so many wash cloths, dish cloths and drying towels that we accumulate each day. As I said in the previous post I had to ask myself the same question as it seemed I had done better in the past because I cannot remember using a lot of cloths in a days time. We have some very good responses.*********************************************************************Hi Donna,This is for Julia's email question. My kitchen is not as vintage as gDonna's, but what I normally use is one dish cloth a day. At the end of the day I wil ......
Charles and I have been on an adventure into the past for several years now. We have been going by memory of what we considered better times then going back further than what we had any memory of by history projects, much research and by doing.We started many years ago going to the library and reading books and looking through microfilms. Then we dove in further and started reading journals and real diaries and invested in purchasing some of them. We have read old newspapers and trying to find what was happening in the home, the home front. We were most interested in the home, not as much about the wars or the great depression because we have read about these all along. We ......
Here is the situation of why I have not posted in two weeks. This picture above is the first picture I have been able to save because I had to get a new computer this summer that I cannot seem to get used to. I have been using my old computer to resize my pictures and file them on a removable thingy because my new computer did not have a picture program that I needed. But, my old computer that was barely hanging on stopped working, ending my photo solution. So I bought a photo program to put on my new computer and it has been a nightmare for me to understand. Just today I have finally figured out how to resize a photo and save it and then find it (after ultra multiple tr ......
Moving Forward, by going Back to Basics.Life can change course on us at any time. How can we take care of ourselves and especially our children if we do not know basic skills when a financial difficulty strikes. This can be a job loss, injury, health decline or disaster.Basic skills for keeper of the home. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, mending and sewing, repairing, first aid, gardening, preserving food, meal planning and keeping a budget are a few of the things. Do we have the skills to do these things to keep our boat afloat so to speak? My Grandfather the lumberjack on left. My grandmothers brother on right. They worked hard, and lived without electricity and running water because it w ......
Our lives are delicate. Much more delicate than many people realize. When we are traveling from here to eternity there are a lot of changes.For the last several months I have had this feeling to get things in order, I am not about to tell you I am sick or leaving the blog or anything, I just feel the sensible thing is I need to do better at having the laundry done, folded, ironed and put away. I don't need to wait to finish a project, just finish it.I feel like we should always be ready for change as it does constantly happen. We watch our children grow, our grandchildren grow faster than weeds in our garden.Just looking back on my blog or my picture file I see how many changes w ......
The Sensible Refuge - The HomeWe have been canning vegetables, fruits, meats and getting the pantry re stocked. Fall is coming. I could say this again before winter and I could say this again before spring or summerI like to keep the pantry rotated and topped off. In the past there were no grocery stores. There were mercantile's or general stores and eventually grocery stores and supermarkets came about as roads were built and cars were sold but many people did not have them.Sometimes we hear about when cars were made or televisions were made but many people did not own them. When the televisions were starting to be sold there was no use to own one because many areas had no reception. Here i ......
This is not a post on Sarah's diary but a discussion of how Sarah's diary is affecting many of us that are reading the diary posts. We find that Sarah makes a white cake most every week along with several pies. I have received emails from those of you that find peace in Sarah's Diary. Some find inspiration and that they are finding more joy in keeping home.In Sarah's lifetime, it was common to bake bread, cake and pies as they did not have the processed junk food that we have today. Many years ago I also made white cake and pies.Charles has been helping me with the last several diary posts by reading the diary to me as I type and I could see the longing for the white cake as well ......
I hope I can type out the right words in this post that are coming from my heart. I feel that when I was a child I had one foot in the old times and one in the more modern times. After world war 2 was over life started changing quickly as the modern things of the 1950's were coming on fast and furious. Food was becoming more processed. It actually changed quite a bit during the war due to shortages. Then it was all about easier but it was not coming from the homemaker it was coming from advertising and door to door salesman. This was during the time that most any type of new appliance was being sold door to door. Insurance men came to the house to sell insurance and to ......
I apologize about being so slow getting the diary posts out. I am running on slow lately but still ticking along. I want to mention that I have two links at the bottom of this post that I want to share with you. I will get to the diary here now.Diary of Sarah 1932Sunday, May 1st, 1932 May 1st and it takes a fire and stove to make one comfortable. Has its usual morning task and then work for quite a while with the chickens. Made preparations and attended the church and Sunday school services. Home and prepare dinner. Harry, Jennie, and family here for dinner and the afternoon. Usual evening class to see to. Tired and sleepy.Monday, May 2nd, 1932 A fine Bright D ......
Sometimes life changes unexpectedly. It can be most anything. A job loss, a fractured ankle, a death of a loved one, a robbery, storm damage. Sometimes it is a good change, a new baby, a pay raise, a unexpected gift. Every day is going to be different and what we do with that day is a choice. Many of us live with some kind of pain, physical or emotional. Sometimes we can push through and sometimes we cannot. Most important is we try. As many of you know I have had some health setbacks this summer and I finally had to give in and rest my body and I also had to make a change. I had to heed the warnings my body was telling me and rest. It is important to underst ......
To me life had become just filler food. Before we changed to living a more simple old fashioned life I felt that I was going through life on just filler food. Spending on unnecessary things, shopping without making sure it was exactly what we needed. Often things ended up in the donate box or trash with very little use.It was like going to a buffet bar restaurant and eating a mixture of things that were not that healthy but something to fill us up.Many people today just buy to fill up that emptiness. Constantly looking for entertainment but never seem to get enough. All the while the credit card bill grows larger and most of the items charged are no longer even being u ......
We are continuing Sarah's diary. You can go back to read the previous months if you have missed them. Friday, April 1, 1932Cold and cloudy the early part of the day. Bright this P.M. but still quite cold. Hat the usual morning tasks to see to. Made preparations and went with Fredrick, Papa and Char to Franklin, took in the eggs and did my trading there. We then went on to Middletown where we bought some Hardware cloth and called on Media, Clenon, Eva and Roy and Phllis. Home by 1 o'clock. Late dinner, Gave the kids room an extra clean up. Sleepy.Saturday April 2 Quite warm all the day and evening - cloudy with a good breeze astir this A.M.but blowing a perfect gale this P.M. Had the usu ......
This is the place I have spent a lot of time lately. If the pillows are at the head of the bed I can look into the kitchen. If they are at the foot of the bed I can see out the windows.I have been quite ill for the last several weeks. I have mentioned before that I have Meniere's disease, tinnitus and Hyperacusis.. It all has to do with the ears. Balance, nausea, vertigo, ringing, roaring, whishing noises and then if that is not bad enough add a megaphone in your ears making All sounds too loud. And to make it sound crazy but everything is too loud and yet I have hearing loss. Everything from water running in the sink to someone talking, setting a tea cup into a sau ......
We are continuing with the diary of Sarah. If you have not read January or February they are linked here. Part 1 https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/starting-to-make-sense/Part 2 https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/diary-of-sarah-february/Now on to part three.Tuesday March 1, 1932March came in like a lamb - Cloudy early this a.m. but, the clouds since lifted and we had a lovely day of fine bright sunshine. Saw to the early morning tasks. Sat down and finished copying the news items for the paper. Prepared dinner for the tobacco steamers, fathers and Joseph. Served a little after 12 - the convenient time for the men to come. Felt so tired s ......
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