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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 ....
 
I reckon around about tomorrow the old cast iron pipe might be fixed.There has been an unseen problem under these drains. Seem like the old drain pipe rusted out and the sink water has been going under the house.So while the water is being removed and dried and the pipe being fixed, knowing the old ways of doing things has come in handy.I told Charles there would be no hurry as far as I was concerned because I knew the work would be hard to do. This was about the time last year the washing machine took medical leave and all these things that happen just give me more practice time for our history research projects.Katherine says she is so lucky that this is where she came to live when she was ......
There is much to do most all year around here at our small place but spring is especially busy. Since our 2019 history project is to study the years 1900 to 1939 concentrating on the great depression, we have had much reading to do. It has been more difficult to live in today's technology world and study and try to resemble the 1930's than it was the 1940's. I am not sure why other than this study is so much deeper. We are trying to live as an adult in 1930's so we had to study much further back to understand the things an adult has gone through to get to the 1930s. This years study has far exceeded what we thought we could learn. I am hoping when we get to the end of the year we can s ......
Spring is such a beautiful time. We are enjoying our yard and frequent visitors and residents. After being indoors during winter we just want to hang outdoors all the time.I mentioned one time before that a man in our town was torn with grief after the loss of his wife. He then started growing Camellias for therapy and found beauty and interest in the Camellias. He began grafting and expanding his garden and it became a good kind of addiction. Distraction can be a very good thing for us and in today's world especially. These are not Camellias, they are Coneflowers, one of my favorite flowers/herbs.We have many interest, it takes us away from the things in life that make us tense and dr ......
We continue the diary of Phoebe, April 1939Phoebe and William live in a three story adjoining home with the Griffiths living next door. Their story is told in the January diary.Saturday April 1Thero 30 Cloudy. Baked and took lunches up not much else doing. Ed Jackson buried today it rained. Ruth up a little while, Ruth at movies, home early.Sunday April 2 Thero 30 clear, Palm Sunday, went to S.S. 394 out it as cold for spring clothing. Harry here. No one else. Aunt Ruth stayed all night.Monday April 3Thero 26 clear. Washed and all dry by noon. I did not do any thing after I had them dry. Ruth out with Joyce. Ruth over at Helen. Edna came over with her I was to aid meeting.Tuesday A ......
We now continue the diary of Theodore and Nellie. Theodore is the writer of this dairy and we started in January and have read January, February and March, 1905. Now we continue with April.You can find the January, February and March in the diary section on my blog in the upper right side that say's Donna's Diary Posts. Saturday April 1, 1905We gathered and boiled this P.M. Sap runs good today.Sunday April 2It was a fine day. Allie stayed here last night. We all went to S.S. Bro Miller preached. We met at Mr Sanford and talked about paying the ministers Deaded to give Mr. M. $50. and Mr Carm and Williams $2.00 a trip. Miller 17 times Carm 9 Williams 3.00Monday April 3We gathered a ......
We continue the Journal of Albert and Gladys, the year 1932. We have been following the monthly expenses and budget for this young couple with a new baby during the great depression. Albert has remained employed at this time.You may find the other Journals (Jan thru March) in the upper right hand column called Donna's Diary posts. Or you can find them by scrolling down under Living like the past.This is the journal entries for the month of April 1932April 2, 1932Ice .35, Citizen for one year 3.00, Baby cap .50, Grocery 4.98, Mr. Simmons for lawn mower. 65, Pictures .60, Ice Cream .10April 4,Dr. Shultz 6.00, Gasoline 1.00.April 5 Grocery .65, Hair Cut .25, Rubber pants .25,&n ......
This post was done on August of 1915 about laundry, blueing and ironing like the past. I am bringing it forward to answer some questions and also since we are living like the 1930's, this is an appropriate post. This is part one and I will post the other two post connected to this one. I have many many older post you can review by clicking on living like the past, scroll to the bottom of the page and go back. When you advance to 12 click the arrow and give it a little time and it will reload further back.In this article I will be discussing laundry the old fashioned way and there will be three web pages, see this article then Starching Laundry the old fashioned way part two, then Ironing the ......
Page two laundry the old fashioned way, see page one first, it is called Laundry the old fashioned way part one.You start with clean, wet and unfolded items to be starched. If the clean item is dry then place it in a pan or sink and wet the garment. Or remove it directly from the wash to the starch. Wet, wring it out and loosen it and set it aside.This starch will be a boiled starch. First 1/2 cup powdered starch to one cup of water. Whisk it around in a bowl or directly into a dutch oven (very large pot).Add the mixture to the pot then add 2 quarts of water and mix well with whisk. At first I was going to make half a batch but decided to make the full batch for this article.So I moved it th ......
Laundry the old fashioned way has three parts, this is part three and to see the first part go to Laundry the old fashioned way part one.Ironing the Old Fashioned Way part three.... First sprinkling the clothes.Place a towel on the counter, table or ironing board and sprinkle the towel until it is damp.We are now sprinkling items that have been previously starched and dried items. We must get them damp for ironing.Sprinkle and fold, sprinkle and fold then roll...When I was a child my mother taught me to sprinkle and roll the clothes to be ironed at a very young age. We used small coke bottle with the sprinkler on top.Place it to the side or in a pan...And do each item....We are going to let ......
A home does not just happen by itself, it takes planning and work and the people that reside in the home need to take care of the home. To make a comfortable home is how each of us use our own skills and thoughts of what a home should look like, we are all different. Everything needs care and tending, our bodies, our children, our pets and our home so we have to settle our mind and know that certain things need to be done daily, weekly, monthly and there is no sense in dreading or putting it off. We might as well make our home interesting while we are at it.Our home and yard did not look as it did today, it was practically a clean slate. We have worked our way to having a home that prov ......
It has been a very busy time here at our home. We have been working more outside due to the warm up.Most days lately I don't come back in until the sun starts setting.But there is still much to do inside such as laundry, cooking and keeping things clean.I added a curtain over the yarn shelves to keep dust from settling on the yarn and thread.I still move things around a bit as this is home, it is our space to make interesting or more manageable.I have been cooking easy meals since I have been spending so much time outside. A quick peach cobbler is a very easy dessert/snack food to have around.The center of this peach cobbler has some extra special buttery peaches.The mornings hav ......
There has been a lot of concern for Charles and I after yesterday's deadly tornadoes in Southeast Alabama. Charles and I have no damage here. There were tornadoes all around and the city tornado siren's went off several times and it was most concerning knowing several tornadoes were near.It is a very sad situation with so many fatalities and still missing family members in the large tornado that went through Lee county. There is not a lot being mentioned of the other tornadoes that hit small towns and communities around us so we need to keep those people in our prayers as well.I am so thankful that we did not get a direct hit here and each time we have these situations it r ......
We return to the diary of Lena a school teacher that writes mostly about her activities after school and some about her school activities. Lena has a very busy life. You can go back to the Diary of Lena, a school teacher January through March to find more about Lena or to catch up if you have not read that post. I try my best to understand what Lena is writing but it is difficult so I am sure there are some mistakes. If you find something that needs changing please send me an email. She abbreviates quite a bit due to lack of space in her diary.It is amazing to me to read such a busy diary from the year of 1927. This was the last page we read in the last posting of Lena so this page is a ......
This is the Continued diary of Edith a newly widow in the year of 1924. Edith's husband was Fred and they lived on a dairy farm. They lived in Jefferson county New York. Homer and Ida live next door to Edith and are mentioned often in her posts.Here is the Diary entries for January and February in case you need to catch up or read more about the people mentioned in her diary. https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/january-an...Saturday March 1, 1924Snowed in the forenoon. Cleared off in the afternoon. Bradley and Dora went to Dr. Babcock to Homer Hunts Silver Wedding. Gordon stayed here all night. Sunday March 2Cloudy and snowed a little. Gordon went home this morning.Monday ......
We continue the diary of Theodore and Nellie, son Gene and daughter Eva. Gene is married and lives close by in another house. The family information is in the January post. I will link it here. There is a short post above the diary for January.January https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/how-do-we...February https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/new-diary/Theodore is writing this diaryFebruary 28th Aunt Jane was 85 years old Feb 5th. Gene drew stone today. I did chores, split wood and Nell and I went up to Dan's. Aunt Jane is sick, don't believe she will get up. J D Lewis was here and I ordered 10# Wellington late potatoes and 5 bushels T.C. oats H E recommends sowing n ......
It does not look like winter where I live but I know our family to the North have been having extreme weather. Either flooding or blizzards depending which states while we reached 86 degrees this past week, a beautiful weekend and then back to the 40s this morning. It is all over the place. The trees are leafing out, the flowers are blooming, the birds are nesting and it is difficult to tell the season.Now I am concerned because our local weather is talking about possible very cold weather for March.We have seasons in the home no matter what is going on outside. In the winter we are eating root crops and and those canned goods we put up last year. Or at least this is the way it wa ......
We have seen the Expense journal of Albert and Gladys for January and February. Now we will move on to March since we will be in the Month of March in just a few days. A reminder that Albert and Gladys are a young couple with a baby living in 1932. Albert is still employed.March 1,1932 Montgomery Ward 2.48. Dr. Shultz 7.00March 2, Grocery .95, Gas and Oil 1.30March 3, Grocery .25 March 4, Sunset Dairy 6.67, Pastry and Bread .25March 5, Magnesea .25, Grocery 3.76, Key .10March 6, Rent 18.00, Cash received $57.78March 8, Gasoline 1.00, Grocery 1.34, Misc. .40March 9, Films .35, Tooth paste (.19), N Bottle (.05) = .22, ......
There are other things going on around the house other than scanning and typing out diaries and journals and organizing research information. We don't know if the groundhog was right and there is an early spring here for us but the birds and frogs, weeds and trees are saying there is going to be an early spring. The Tuesday tank that is growing turnips has done well all winter.This turnip will be added to some soup this week.The mulberry tree is putting out leaves and so pretty at this time.We lost one of our peach trees so we went to the nursery to purchase another since the peach tree needs a mate. We picked out a Georgia peach known to grow well in our area. The trees do not have t ......
Getting started on so many diaries may seem confusing but as we start learning who they are and their routines we will be learning history in a different way. These are real diaries, very old and rare. Theodore our farmer, rock hauler, wood hauler married to Nellie living in 1905. They live in Potsdam New York. They travel by horse and wagon and buggy.Albert and Gladys the couple that writes down all their expenses in a journal during the great depression. The year 1932. They live in ArizonaPhoebe that keeps a diary and lives in a larger duplex type house in the city in 1939 in Pennsylvania. The Griffiths are her neighbors in the adjoining house. Edith that lives in a small town as ......
So far we have started reading the Journal of Albert and Gladys, the Diary of Theodore, the diary of Edith and the diary of Phoebe.This post, we continue the diary of Phoebe, here is a link to January if you did not read it or need a refresher.https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/phoebe/William and Phoebe married in 1900 and never had children. They have had boarders off and on renting rooms through the last 10 or so years but not at the beginning of 1939 diary.The Griffith's live next door of the adjoining house above. William has a brother named Harry and a sister named Frances and two other brothers, John and James. Their niece Ruth age 17 lives with them and is a very social teenager. ......
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