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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 ....
 
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 ......
Just a very short post to let you know I am not posting this week to take a needed rest. The heat really does me in this time of year so I am trying to take care of myself. I will be back at it next week hopefully.We also have a Great Grand baby due to be born next month. We are excited about that and I am putting together a new baby package to send with my daughter-in-law when she goes for her next visit. I have been taking this time to do some sorting of sewing items and a few drawers. I am thinking about the fall garden since we have so much damage to the spring garden due to the heat and drought. We finally got some rain this past week but not enough an ......
There have been many questions asked since starting the posting of the diaries. Edith's and Sarah's diaries especially.I too have questions and it makes me research further. When I first started this history project this year I really did not expect to find much new information about the home life in the past but to our surprise we have found much more information than we expected.We have to consider the time and what they did and did not have compared to our way of living today.For instance refrigeration. In the 1930s there was early refrigeration but many people did not have it. Many people still did not have electricity. It all depended on where one lived. As we read Sarah's diary she men ......
The food forest has been doing good until the drought started getting worse. We have watered every day and this is difficult for us because we try to conserve water and the plants do not like city water.We started harvesting something each day that will make a meal.It is such a good feeling to eat what we grow but it really is not easy for us produce enough in a small back yard to grow enough to be able to preserve much of the harvest. This year has been an all in effort and I have learned a lot such as I will give each plant more space so the bees can get to it and so it has a better chance to fight off disease. To grow only what we enjoy eating.But then there are the butternut squash ......
I am continuing the diary of Sarah. This is the most special diary that I have. A true treasure. It takes me quite a bit of time to type so it is coming slow but I will post it each time I get a month typed out. Sarah's diary is a bit larger page so she writes quite a bit on each page. The first post is here https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/starting-to-make-sense/ If you have not read the month of January. Monday, February 1, 1932Clear, crisp and cold. real winter. Had the usual early morning tasks to see to. Made preparation and did the weeks washing for the two families. Hung part of mine out and put part on the clothes rack. Dinner. Emptied and rin ......
Can we really go back to a better place, a better time? We cannot go back in time but we can change our life to resemble the past. We do not have to live like others, we choose to live like others. If we want a more simple life, we start right where we are, right now, and we remove the clutter and the things that are standing in our way that drain our energy, rob us of precious time. We do not have to change an era to live a more simple life, we just live a more simple life.Today's world is complicated, irritable and fast and looking into how things were for our generations before us gives us some surprising answers. We found that we just wanted to live more like they live ......
I am back to posting on Albert and Gladys, the 1932 journal of their expenditures during this year of the great depression. If you have not read their journal up to this point you can go to this link to get back to the beginning post for the month of Januaryhttp://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/beginning-study/As we move through their journal we see that they are not going to the store as often since we see postings for ice which means they now have an ice box for refrigeration. It may have looked something like this above. Albert is still employed and Gladys is home taking care of their home and small baby.I have been typing out the journal but I have increased the size of the pictures so ......
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