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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 ....
 
Thanksgiving has come and gone. We had a nice visit with family and friends. Thank you Sue for the beautiful flowers.Just before Thanksgiving we got a call from a family member that my husbands grandfathers desk was needing a home. It had been donated years ago to a church and they were buying a new desk for the pastor. We were asked if we wanted his desk and being that it once belonged to my husbands Grandfather we said yes, we would like to have it. Many many years past he was a sheriff of a small town in Mississippi. The desk came with much history.It caused a shifting of furniture and chairs throughout the house. So we have made changes once again.&nbs ......
Yesterday we harvested our lemons and satsumas. These came from two small trees that we nearly gave up on several times.Our little lemon tree struggled to grow and for three years we could see little improvement. We thought it was dead once and considered digging it up and starting over but we left it due to other things that needed to be done.Two years later it started growing and produced long wild limbs and took on an odd shape. Then this year to our surprise it produced Lemons that you see here. The satsumas are basically the same story. We just need to be patient because some things just need time.This started me thinking...Many people today want instant gratific ......
Last week was a blurrrrr... I am glad it is over. I must admit I was exhausted after the election. I needed time to absorb all that happened. I needed time to talk things over with God and to settle myself. I needed to do what I said and that is to do the things that I can control. Remind you I was hoping for a President that was intelligent, sensible, had lived a good life, carried no old baggage, was respectful of others and had the ability to make good choices and decisions. I would have felt this same grief whoever won but the exhaustion was much worse than I expected and for my husband as well. I felt like each day we have been going to a h ......
Well, we finally made it to the most difficult election day that I have ever known. I just do not understand how we got to this point. I have been feeling sad and for the first time in many years I have considered not voting but my husband and I dragged ourselves to the polls.We prayed and made a final decision which I will not post, just know that we did not like our choices and I hope whoever wins will step up and be more than we expect them to be at this time.So how can I turn this around and make something positive about it? Well we have decided that the only thing we can do is do the best we can at the things we can control. We cannot worry about what others are doing ......
The last article I wrote was to address some questions of how I go about doing what I do during the day. I do not work all day because I know that my body needs rest but while I am on my feet I try to keep going and get all I can done that needs to be done.Do we have our priorities in order?People are very busy these days and there are a lot of things that are causing stress so what I am going to post about is a first priority.If we set our day with the first priority being that all the family members get adequate rest then our day could start off much better.There is always something to do and if we have the rest we need then our body would be stronger to do the things that need to be done. ......
A popular question some of my blog visitors ask is could I post my daily schedule. I don't have one so this week I paid attention to my routine and did my best to take pictures when I could. I do certain things on certain days but often I change that for various reasons.I paid attention for several mornings and found that I do many of the same things each morning. But each morning is different.I took pictures of my stove clock so I could keep up with what I had done by a certain time.The morning I took the photo above of the clock that says 5:24 AM I had been up since 4:00 AM, my husband had already left for work when I took this picture. Part of my early rise time is get ......
When I was a child I loved to lay my head on my grandmother's chest. I would put my ear on her chest and listen to her talk. I could hear what her voice sounded like from the inside.I didn't want to move as she talked, it was a different sound hearing her voice from inside her chest. It often would lull me to sleep.It was comforting...Life was so very different during the time I was growing up. I started out in a time that was more simple then it seems everything took off in a rush.World war two was over and we were moving into a time of new innovations. We went through the age of poodle skirts, then bell bottoms, leisure suits, long hair then short pin curled hair, then lo ......
Our Grand dogs Rosie and Riley are ready for Halloween. For them it is not mean or cruel to dress them up because they like it :) They think they are children anyway so they want to take part in anything that is fun. I thought this would brighten your day.When I posted about our outdoor bath and laundry area little did I know that we were on our way to a drought. We have been trying to reduce and reuse our grey water even before we started going into a drought. When we garden we become more aware of the needs of the small plot of earth that we reside. We understand the importance of water, too little or too much and how we can deplete or enrich the soil.&nb ......
We have been growing ginger in a pot in the backyard. I love fresh ginger. This is our 4th year of growing ginger and it started from a piece of grocery store ginger. I had to keep waiting to get a good piece for planting from the store, I think you might be able to purchase some for planting online. I had to find a piece that had nubs that were trying to sprout and I finally did one day and planted it.So I took what I needed which was not a big piece. If I had dug around more I probably would have found some more plump.I cleaned it up at the compost pile so I could put all the stalks and things I was cleaning off into the compost.I chopped up the stalks so ......
It will soon be the end of October and we are in a severe drought. Most everything is dry and brittle and we need rain. We are using our laundry water and dish rinse water to water our plants.We are concentrating on keeping water to our citrus by using any leftover water from most anything. We have water restrictions as well.There is a burn ban in our state and the our city officials are telling us there will be no fires of any kind at this time.This was our first year to grow lemongrass and I have learned much this season. First is we should not plant so much into one pot. This does not allow the lemongrass to grow nice and plump at the base.This is what happened to our le ......
Long ago people traveled by wagon and they had to carry their goods with them. Most important was water and food and some type of shelter. Our Pioneers had to plan and think things through before they left. How would they cook and wash? How would they make their supplies last? What would they do if they got sick or injured? How would they feed and water their animals? How would they have enough water for themselves?We would be in a world of hurt if we tried this today because they hunted for food, washed in streams and had skills that are mostly lost today.That was a long time ago and there are still people interested in this form of travel, they have form ......
I wish that I had asked more questions because when our generations before us leave they take knowledge and skills with them.I am hanging onto the skills I know from when I was younger and the experience I have gained from living life. If we simply live a life of consumerism giving no thought where our food comes from and endless spending then the only knowledge we gain is how quickly debt can accumulate and ignorance of things that can affect our health.Due to growing older and lack of garden space we have been slowly moving to the direction of permaculture. Growing food is important so if we cannot physically maintain a garden there is permaculture. This past weekend my hu ......
Just a reminder, occasionally I cannot send an email reply due to an error in typing the email address into the contact form.Other times I just do not know why it will kick back to me.Bessie, you sent me an email that I would love to respond to but my responding email is coming back to me. Please check to see if all the dots . and @ are correct or too many letters or too little. Something is wrong with the email address in the contact form. Please send another email with your correct email typed in the email. To all others, if you have not received a response email within a reasonable time please jog my memory or send me another on but do check your email address.I am ......
First of all I want to say that I am praying for all of you that are in the path of Hurricane Matthew. For all my blog peeps that are in the area of the hurricane please send me an email when you can to let me know you are ok.We are ok here and far enough away to only have a breeze and right at the edge of the cloud cover, nothing expected here at least at this time. We are hoping that Matthew will go out to sea.Now about the laundry soap.Some of you have asked me how I make my laundry soap.Since I first started making it I purchased a scale and it really does make a better laundry mix.I put a lightweight container on the scale and zero it out.Grate the soap you are going t ......
I have been busy hand washing laundry and sewing.I moved the large barrels indoors to the bathtub. These are queen size sheets that I have been washing with the new laundry plunger.The other laundry plunger works loose from the pole and gets annoying, this new plunger I got on Amazon and I like it very much. It is very solid.This is what the bottom looks like.My husband bought us an electric clothes spinner. This is a Panda Stainless steel spinner. It does a very good job and spins more water out of the clothes than a washing machine does and it does not take the clothes long to dry after they are put in this spinner. I like the hand crank wringer for outsi ......
This bread is ready to put in the oven. It has risen for the second time.This is wheat bread made with fresh ground wheat berries that we keep air sealed in the pantry. I use the same bread recipe that I use to make white bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls etc. My recipe for a single loaf of white bread calls for two cups of flour and this wheat bread I use 1 and 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour and 3/4 cup of white flour . When we put 3/4 cup of wheat berries into our grinder we get one and a quarter cups of wheat flour. So I simply top off the 2 cup measuring cup with white flour. I could make 100 percent whole wheat but for sandwiches this makes a lovely soft loaf. ......
Today is the First Day of Fall and I am ready for cooler weather. It has been a long hot summer. There is one problem, we are still in the 90's. I am determined to wear my favorite vest very soon so yesterday I freshened it up and it is ready to wear as I am anticipating cool weather will be here soon.I like first day's of things. The first of year, the first day of the month, the first day of Spring and so on. I like the first part of the day or the first part of the evening when it is finally time to sit down for knitting.The first time to learn to embroidery or crochet. When we are born we are an open slate ready to learn. Some have a rocky start i ......
When I was doing the posts windows around the world, Ali from Essex England sent this photo and some outdoor photos. Her kitchen window is charming.I look out her window and wonder what her climate is like. I know my Australia blog visitors are going into spring when we are going into fall. They are wondering if it is ever going to get warm and I am wondering if it will ever cool down.Ali's frog seems to be happy what ever the weather is this day.I do like yard art and this is a vintage art with a sign that was very familiar during ww2 on the home front. People were encouraged to grow all the food they could no matter how little space they had and victory gardens started po ......
I do like to get change back and I am sure you do too. But I like to change things as well.My husband recently made a wider shelf above the sink for the small items that I keep up there for convenience. The small creamer to the left holds garlic bulbs. The creamer to the right is use for pouring water into the vintage steamer for one of the irons.Another change is going back to hand washing our laundry. I can physically make it more clean. There is no artificial fragrance, just the clean smell of hand washed and sun dried laundry.I just grate 1/2 cup real soap, add 1/2 cup washing soda, 1/2 cup borax and put it into a bowl and put a small scoop that holds a tabl ......
Recently we did a study about hand washing clothes verses machine washing and I posted the results in the post called, machine wash verses hand washing.Since we did the washing study I have tried to hand wash more of the clothes because it saves water and electricity. My husband and I discussed how much money we actually can save by reducing our water and electricity by washing clothes by hand. Not figuring in the electricity, just the water and sewer alone. At a per year figure, dividing, subtracting and figuring based on our utility bills and our water study that we did we found that we could save enough to pay for 4 and 1/2 months of internet or 5 months of our hous ......
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