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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 hitched a ride with Charles this week and it was good for me to get out. We all need a break from normal routines every so often. This particular early morning it was foggy. We left the city and I thought you might like to ride along again. Last time was out to the dairy. This time we are heading west from our town of Dothan Alabama and so you can see what rural Southeast Alabama looks like.When I was a child I grew up in the city of Memphis Tennessee. When I was a young teenager we moved from Memphis Tennessee to River Falls Alabama. I am very familiar with these roads in Southeast Alabama.When we head west towards River Falls I feel like I am goi ......
I love cotton and lace. I have not always been this way about lace because I never liked foofy things. My mother loved lace and had lace curtains and lace tablecloths and such. Over time I started changing and looked at lace differently, I like simple lace with a casual and pretty touch. There is a difference. I started understanding my mothers appreciation for lace.I have always been fond of cotton. It just feels right on my body and I like cotton curtains, sheets and tablecloths. Maybe this comes from living in the deep south.I did not always know what I liked, I just accepted things, did not pay attention as much as I have since I got older ......
Cool weather is moving in starting today. I walked around the garden yesterday to enjoy the flowers before they are all gone. I enjoyed watching the bumble bees around the daisy chrysanthemums.I received an email from my blog friend Gail and she shared with me some memories of the past and when I read her story about Mr. Kempton's store it took me to my past when we owned a small grocery store. I asked Gail if I could post this to share on my blog and she said, I would be happy for you to include my memories of Mr Kemptons store.Gail's Story....I remember my grandmother would make a list of the grocery things she needed each week and I would walk to the corner shop, the o ......
I love screen doors because they normally led to those I loved. The squeak or creaky noise they made. Many times once you opened and walked through that screen door there were smells of cornbread and biscuits, peas and fat meat, turnips greens or Collards. A pie if fruits or pecans were in season and even if they were not there just might be a buttermilk or egg custard pie. In my family we had a lot of laughter. Our family, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, Cousins and extended family did not quarrel. I see families today quarrel a lot and I am not used to that.I don't have a lot of pictures of screen doors from my past they are mostly in my memory. It ......
I love this time of year when the Heirloom Chrysanthemums bloom. This is a very old variety that have somehow managed to not die off. They have a long history as they came from the home of an elderly postmistress. They were given to my mother and we dug them up several times and transplanted them as my mothers health was failing and first we moved her close to us then here to our home.In the past there were roles and an order of which things were done.It seems to me that we have gone too far from our roots. I feel people were grounded more in the past and I am very concerned that basic skills have been lost. Generations before us would pass down knowledge and te ......
They all understood it, so why don't we.Especially them, they understood it.Papa certainly had it. I had enough exposure to it that I know the difference in how it was and how it is now.So what did they have? PatienceWe are given this one life, we are not born perfect and what we do with our life is up to us.I found myself this past week frustrated. I was letting things bother me that are out of my control. It was the news on the radio, a simple trip to the grocery store was unnerving because people were so impatient and some were dressed inappropriate to be in a store. Some were downright scary. Traffic was bad and people were honking and gesturing and it ......
We are doing fine here after hurricane Nate. The feeder bands were kind to us only bringing breezy winds and rain. No damage here, cannot say the same for those west of us. I hope everyone in the path of what is left of hurricane Nate tonight fair well as it travels up to the northeast US.I spent my time mending Charles work clothes and planned some sewing projects. We have also been working on our camper called the Shabby Cabby. This past year the camper developed some leaks and it has caused damage to the floor. We have completely emptied the shabby cabby and are ripping out the floor which will take us quite some time since two old people crawling aro ......
Here we are first week of October has ended. This is the time of year our lemongrass is ready to harvest. I will be cutting, peeling and freezing the stalks and the leaves.But one thing stopping me from doing this and it is called Hurricane Nate. Yet another Hurricane, Sigh......The sunlight is fading from cloud cover now. I do get anxious from hurricanes because I am afraid of tornadoes they spawn. The hurricane will be coming in on the west side of Alabama and we are on the southeast side but the feeder bands that pull through can spawn tornadoes here and my main concern is our daughter and her family that live in Northwest Florida in Pensacola. Pl ......
The roses will be gone soon since it is fall now so I am sharing a beautiful rose in full bloom from our yard. This post is about lessons we have learned over the years and making our change to live more like the past. We do not have it all figured out because there are a lot of decisions to make along the way. We are aiming to live more like the past somewhere between 1900 and late 1940s. We are somewhat in this time period but still too modern. We are just working our way little by little and replacing things that have no real purpose with things that do.Above is a vintage slip. I love this old slip laying on the bed in the morning sun. I love the feeling of t ......
I like to be comfortable and also to make others comfortable. My nature is caregiver and I want to think that I have learned a few things during my life.I know that I have posted quite a bit about living prepared but due to so many disasters lately and what I have read in the news and looked at the pictures of so much devastation and suffering that I feel I should do more.Recently during hurricane Irma I heard on the news that they were telling people not to flush toilets due to flooding and sewers overflowing. But what I did not hear is anyone telling people what they could do.Actually there are many things people can do but there is little information about what or how to ......
This weekend Charles and I took an early drive to the dairy to buy some milk, cheese etc. From where we live it only takes us a few minutes to go from city to rural and then a pleasant drive about a half hour away to the dairy. I will take you along and share the drive.When we go to the dairy It always makes me remember my younger years and I think about how rural life is a better fit for me than living in the city but the city is where we live so for now I will enjoy the drive.When I was young I lived in the city but my grandparents and aunts and uncles lived rural. When my children were young we bought 10 acres of land in the country. Our house was a simple old farm house ......
The hurricane threw me off my routine. Actually I haven't had much of a routine lately but needing one. Our little hummingbird which I named Madeline is still with us. She stayed on our porch through the entire tropical storm. I have nicknamed her Maddie. She has two friends around as well.When I started cleaning up limbs that had fallen during the storm I thought about securing one of the limbs to our back porch for Maddie. Each time we go out the back porch Maddie would fly off the clothesline. The first day she was not interested in the tree branch but then she decided she liked it and this is where she has been resting ever since.The hummers batt ......
I want to let everyone know we are doing OK here at our house. I want to get this up pretty quick because I don't know if our power will go off. We have been hearing electrical transformers explode quite often due to the high winds here with Hurricane Irma.Our internet has gone out a few times so I am trying to get up a post quickly. I feel the worse of the weather is over but we are expecting high winds until midnight tonight and there is more to come for some of you as Irma travels through our country. We live inland about 84 miles from the gulf of mexico, 14 miles from the Florida state line. When Hurricanes move in people focus on the coastlines and the eye itself but hurrica ......
There are many ways to hand wash clothes and around the world people hand wash their clothing differently.I have always been fascinated with the cement wash areas in communities in different parts of the world and how some put in a flat stone that they use to wash the clothing.But many use buckets and tubs and pans.I have used many methods always trying to improve on this method because I want the laundry to be very clean. The one that works well for me the best and getting the laundry the most clean is using a narrow tall 15 gallon barrel. I don't put 15 gallons of water in it, I normally put 7 gallons of water. I use more water to rinse. I use the stick plunger thing to agitate ......
I was emailing with a blog friend and was informed that flu has been pretty bad this year in parts of Australia. They are in winter when we are in summer so our flu season will be starting up soon.I was talking about what I do in our house with the flu and that I have a flu box and she asked me if I would do a post.In the past people were very cautious and more serious about sickness. Many of my older family members would make poultices and such to go on the chest and people were isolated. It seems more care was taken.Just look at the way nurses and dental hygienist dressed in the past and were expected to be crisp and clean. They took great care to not spread germs.& ......
There has been great interest in our solar light bulbs. We just love these bulbs and gradually we have been building up our stock of these bulbs that come with the charger and a hook. Since we have another hurricane looming I wanted to get this post out quickly.They have this hook so you can hang your bulb.It has a on and off button and a charging port where you plug the end of your solar panel. The whole thing goes out in the sun to charge. So far we have not had any problems with our bulbs but you do need sunshine to charge these and why we keep extras charged up. When one starts going dim we get another one out and so on. Here is information on these bul ......
This post is to answer a few questions. This one is about oil lamps. I do have a post on oil lamps somewhere on my blog but I will do a refresher here.I was asked if I like the new oil lamps or the old ones. We have both.This is a newer old oil lamp. You can tell by the screw on cap. It screws on the outside.This is a very old oil lamp and it screws on to the inside. In other words the screw part is on the inside of the glass. Go back up and look at the photo above this one and you will see the difference.Often the quality is better on the older ones but that depends on the condition.I use smokeless oil. It is normally clear oil. He ......
With all the shifting back in time that we have done the house was getting out of order and I had to find a way to live more like the past in today's time. Some of you have emailed me wanting to know what I have been up to so this post is to share what I have been doing.We are not going to live off the grid but we want choices how to live with using minimal grid as well as living prepared so should we lose electricity and water we can hopefully remain comfortable. I figure if we live the old way as much as possible then if the new way goes out we won't notice it as much.We have had many reasons to show us that we need to live a more prepared life. I wanted to find a wa ......
I just want everyone to know that I am taking a short break due to some projects that are taking me longer to do than expected.As many of you know we have been doing studies and experimenting with living more like the early 1940s and studying about other years earlier than that. We are currently setting our home to live more old fashioned with minimal grid and not waste water and each time we choose a new old way it calls for making room for the new old item which causes a shift in our home or removing something modern. We had some older items that had been stored for years and some that we purchased as we have been slowly moving back in time. But now we want to make ......
What is that under my bed besides dust? It is a Chamber pot. This is what people used in the past when they had to get up in the middle of the night to relieve themselves.They kept the chamber pots under their beds so they did not have to go far. In the past, when there was no running water or bathrooms or when people had large families these chamber pots were put to use.There were different types of chamber pots. Some were very simple, some very elegant and some were set inside a wooden chair.This type was common and slid under the bed, pulled out and used during the night. In the morning it was emptied and cleaned.Some of you reading this post may remember usin ......
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