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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 ....
 
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. ......
A snapdragon from the greenhouse makes the house feel like spring. I am happy to have them growing throughout the winter but I know they will be happy as I when we can be outside more.My mind has been wandering despite my efforts to focus more. The diaries have me thinking about how is it that our ancestors had more time for visiting one another when so many of the stories are about how hard this time was. Some things are making sense that there are seasons of more visiting and seasons of more work.This is only some of the diaries I have, some are over by the scanner and two on my nightstand.These diaries are full of history and told in a simple way. I have only begun ......
This post is going to be long because this is two months entries of a diary since I did not get this out in January. This is a Diary of Edith and Fred, The year 1924 Jefferson County New York.Edith has been a widow for only two months when this Diary starts. Her husband Fred died in October. Edith is 61 years. Some of the Family and friends that are mentioned is Bradley, Dora, Gordon, Doris, Margie, Homer, Ida, Rob, Bertha ,William, Janie, Minnie, Aunt Mat. and more. Edith and Fred did not have children. Edith and Fred have farmed and had a dairy farm for many years. In 1920 Bradley, Dora and Gordon are living in another house on this farm. Gordon is in the Dairy b ......
The Camellias are beautiful this time of year, one of our winter blooming shrubs.We got the clothesline moved just in time so the sunshine could dry this weeks Monday wash. As I am posting this it is Tuesday and I did ironing today, among many other things.I have been studying the planting guide for this year and working out the dates on the calendar. The Azaleas are starting to bloom. This is a time they call a fools spring, we still have more winter and cold weather to come so I hope the many buds will wait a little longer.We have been being very careful with our grocery purchases and it is saving us a good bit of money. We have been living frugal but this year we are very ......
I am hoping this will be easier to read the way I have done the diary this time. This is the diary of Theodore and Nellie 1905 that we read last month, the month of January. If you missed January it is at the bottom of this post linked here. http://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/how-do-we-f...Now to Theodore, February 1, 1905Family, Theodore (writing diary) wife Nellie, daughter Eva, son Gene and his wife Lila and baby Lucille. They drive horses and wagon also have buggy. When Theodore says they drew stone, it is my understanding that he is meaning drove or carried. Imagine hitching the team of horses and wagon loaded with stone or wood and drew (drove/ car ......
I have done a lot of thinking lately about the things we have learned researching back in time. I keep wondering about if things were as difficult as people have said they were long ago, then why are so many of us drawn to the past? We romanticize the past, is it the pretty clothes? Is it the slower pace and how people seem to be more attentive? Work was hard back then and many modern items has made chores less difficult today. But there is something they had that we are missing today and I feel why some of us have this pull to the past.I feel it is the sensibility and I still hold to that.I feel the strength, the sensibility, the determination, the common sense and t ......
Here we are back to visiting the budget and spending journal of Albert and Gladys. This is for the month of February, the year is 1932. Albert is working and they have a small baby. We saw last month that Albert and Gladys purchased a radio but we learn this month that they did not have a connection for the radio and we still do not know if they have a refrigerator ice box. Ice boxes were called refrigerators until refrigerators came along and then the original refrigerator that held ice to make it cold became the ice box instead of the refrigerator. The radio purchase last month was a big expense for Albert and Gladys. As we remember the time of 1932, the great depress ......
The Diary of Phoebe.The year of 1939 William and Phoebe lived in the home above on the right side. This is two adjoining homes. If you notice there are two gates and a fence in between. The Griffiths live on the left. William is age 65 and owns a cigar shop. William was working as a wood worker before this time and considering the great depression I am not sure when he went from woodworking to owning a cigar shop. Phoebe is 62 and a housewife. The Great Depression is coming to an ......
I have taken a few days to work through new information from all the research work. This years study is so very different and I will see if I can find a way to tell about the feelings I have about this study.I literally feel a connection as I travel back in time by way of the small bits of history left behind for us to read about. We can see things only in pictures or antique shops, old microfilms and books and those fortunate to remember the stories told to us by our Grands and Great Grands of how it was.What we have learned so far about the great depression, as far as it affected the home?I have had to dig deep to figure out why in the microfilms reading during the times of the gre ......
The oldest journal we have I started wrapping it in flannel to keep it protected. The research is going good but it is taking me awhile to get it to you as we are trying to work on our new things of trying out 1932. We still have damage from hurricane Michael that we are cleaning up.It is a tangled mess in some areas. Charles worked on another corner of the yard this past weekend. We find comfort in our simple meals. Chicken, potatoes and carrots is always good and a dish of stewed apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and a pat of butter is a good side dish.It has been cold here in the deep south. Not as cold as the northern and central part of the U.S. but quite chi ......
So how are we meshing with Now and the Past? The more I research the more I try to resemble how they did things but it is difficult when today looks different.We are a blend of today and yesteryear but I am taking the important things that will help the budget, our health and the things that make more sense to make changes to our home.We have eliminated processed snacks and make homemade but that started when we started the 1940's study. We are human and get off track occasionally but now we are more focused and diligent in what and how we do things.In the 1940's study we made big changes and honestly we started wondering if we would find anything else in ways of saving and l ......
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