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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 ....
 
(She donned her apron in the early morning hours just before dawn....)Sounds like the beginning of a book? How about a living book? What if we simply decided to live life with purpose, intention and happiness. To make a change in our household, to bring a fresh change, something simple, peaceful and interesting. We do have that control since it is our domain.(It was time to fill the vessels with water before she started her morning routine...)It is our home that we live, we can set the mood for the entire household.( Sarah loves her little cottage on the hill, there is much to do today, gather eggs from the hen house, stew will be for dinner, harvest herbs for tea, clean the floors.)The ......
This is part three and the last of our visit to the Naval Museum WW2 1940s town. We are strolling down our small town. The Barber shop.It is interesting to look at items from the 1940s.Oh Glenn Miller and his Orchestra :) at the movies.Couldn't stop in this place but I can remember sitting at the counter in a place like this and getting a Milk Shake.This is the Doctors office...The Pensacola Naval Museum is very large and a lot of walking. Inside these buildings are full size airplanes and they are everywhere! It is so big I could not get a good picture to give you an idea how large this place is. This is only one section.These are real size retired planes.My favorite ......
We are leaving our 1940s house and going for a stroll into town.......Here we are at the grocery store... We are in the 1940s and we are at war. It is WW2.A look inside the grocery/general store. Notice the mail area in back left. The cold box. We are not going to find a large choice, remember there is food rationing and we need our stamps. It does not matter that we have the money to purchase the food, without the stamps we will not be allowed to purchase the food.We would have been issued stamps to use and the stamps changed many times over the years of rationing.More types of stamps...Every family member received stamps and they had to abide by the law and present the required ......
I have a surprise for you. My husband and I took a trip to a special place that I have been intending to go to for quite sometime. I had been there several years ago but I wanted to go again to take pictures and share with all of you. I think this will make many of you happy :)We went to the Pensacola Naval Museum to their 1940s museum ww2 house.The Living room...More living room....Other side of living room...Ok now, calm down, catch your breath. I had too :)Soak it in..... :)I want that sink! I had one just like that a long time ago....Isn't it wonderful?...:)...Globe Top Refrigerator.....Some pictures are a little blurry but I didn't want to leave anything ou ......
Many of us spend a ridiculous amount of money on household utilities.Where we live it is mandatory to live with electricity and running water but we do have control on what we use. We can pay the minimum charge and go on about our business if that is what we want to do.So comes the choice. Use minimal grid and flow? We can use non electric items to slow the electric flow and we can do many things to slow the water flow.When I was first married we had two wind up clocks and a wrist watch. We did not have any electric clocks. The electric clocks came later. The clock in the photo above is a wind up alarm clock.I did not have an electric mixer, this is what I had, a ......
I recently moved my Granny's 1800s trunk to a place where I could stack our quilts instead of folding them tightly in a closet. They seem to feel better now :)I have mentioned in other posts that we have slowly replaced some modern items with older items and recently I was asked in an email could I show you some of the items.As we have been traveling our journey to a more simple life we have been getting rid of some of our modern things and replacing the items with functional vintage items. We had some of the old items packed away but many things we got rid and donated years ago. Just like many of us did, we replaced things to stay current. We were encouraged with adv ......
This is part two of items in our home that are vintage and also have a good purpose. Go to part one first if you have not already :)I had one of these cake carriers a long time ago and found one at a yard sale for .50 cents. I was so happy to get another.....Got rid of the plastic canisters and went back to tin/metal. These have no damage to the inside. I have a love/hate relationship with plastic. It is lightweight but I am not sure that it is good for us.My husband went back to using handkerchiefs and so did I. It just feels right again.We changed our drinking glasses. I had to look for some old ones that I had liked in the past. These wheat desig ......
Why do so many marriages fail? What is true love? It is being with your best friend, that person that you never run out of things to talk about. It is being with someone that actually hears what you say and engages in conversation and you in return hear what they say. It is being with someone that you love more every day and they feel the very same way, neither would ever physically harm the other and if you did have a disagreement you work things out by the end of the day.Years ago while I was at work (in the medical field) I looked out the window into the parking lot and I saw an older man get out of his van, get out a wheelchair and set it on the passenger side of the car ......
Water and food are the most important life sustaining needs we have yet it seems to me by my observation that many people give those needs the least attention as far as home management goes. Many seem to have no food plan and rely on fast food, processed, and often purchase ready to eat at the drive through or go inside and eat something fast and easy not considering what was is in that food and what we put into our stomach. In many homes it takes a holiday with platters and bowls of food that have taken days to prepare to get people to gather at the table. In the past it was simply normal to cook meals at home.For some, grocery shopping is a mundane chore and I see people reach fo ......
We decided to build an outdoor bath. We tucked it away between the back of the carport and my husbands small work shop.We had several reasons to make an outdoor bath. We are trying to conserve water and bathing outdoor we can capture the water to use for plants instead of letting it go down the drain. If we have rain we do not capture the water and let it soak into the ground so the trees can take up the water, if it does not rain we can stand in a washtub and save the water for the plants. We use good non toxic soap. It also gives us an extra bath when we have company and for when we get dirty working out in the yard and very good if the power is out.We built this out of us ......
Nostalgia - A wishing for something that happened long ago or is now far away.We are living in a troubled time right now as I am writing this article. People have emailed and told me they are very tired of all of the madness out there. They have found their way to my website trying to find something that makes them feel better. Some say they find peace reading my website and I am happy that it can bring some comfort. We knew when we started living a more old fashioned simple life we needed to rid the home of televisions. We left one for the purpose of watching an occasional movie. The way things are now watching television can possibly make us depressed. I can tell you that ......

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We continue our journey to live more like our generations before us lived. My husband recently kissed me and said, you make life so much fun! He truly loves living more like the past than people do today. This could have something to do with the outdoor bath house he is building. I am getting excited to show you but it is not quite finished. I can say he has not bathed in the house in over a week now. I am waiting until it is completely finished because I don't want to fall over any boards and things.We are constantly coming up with ways to do things the old way or better. The good part of living today is knowing how to change the bad part of the old way.Not everythin ......
I hear many people talking about how bad things are these days, if I ask the question do you remember a good time in your life what would you say? Many people enjoy talking about the good old days, some lived in a time when life was hard work or they were poor but often they find good times in those hard times. In the south you hear people talking about family living close by, shelling peas and butter beans, children playing outside. About two years ago during a thanksgiving meal the main conversation was about Corn dodgers and the eldest family members started talking about how they were made. Each having their own memories of how their mother made them. You could see in their ey ......
We all live in different types of dwellings, some modest and some fancy. Some of us stay home and some are hardly ever home. No matter where we live, there is a flow that is going on every day. A money flow, an electricity flow, a water flow, a food flow and more. Things are flowing in and out and some people never stop to think about how much they are in control of the outcome of that flow which affects our budget.We run to the grocer store to pick up items we need or we decide to go get fast food. If we break down this simple grocery run we find that there are many things to consider. Do we meal plan and shop with a list so that trip to the store will last and we don't have t ......
Should we worry about how unsettled things are in our world? If we listen to enough of the news it could make us sick with worry. How do we cope with this unsettled time? We start at home taking care of our family or ourselves if we live alone. The year before last we had a very bad storm. It knocked down trees, power lines, phone lines, destroyed houses, roofs and we had a lot of destruction in our community. We were plunged into darkness. In a matter of hours people started coming to help. They had chain saws and combined muscles to pull debris away so some could get out of their houses. Even the grocery stores were out of power and had their own problems. A local chu ......
We feel it has been a very good thing to return to a vintage life. It has made us focus on what is important. We have gone back to basics and have so much more purpose in what we do.White cotton fabric is something I keep on hand so I can make my own table runners, curtains, napkins and gifts.In the past people did things that was more casual and did not cost anything.This is where we would go swimming in the summer.We went fishing often and ate what we caught instead of fishing just for sport. I am actually over on the side here with a fishing pole trying to catch the fish they missed.These are some beans we picked yesterday. We live in the city on a small lot and yet we find pl ......
It has been very hot this week, the upper 90's. We have added fans to each room to boost the air flow so we can bump up the temperature so the air conditioner will not run as much.Did I tell you we are growing lemongrass in large pots this year? We have two of these and I really like the smell of lemongrass. I picked some blueberries to make some muffins.I like to have something sweet made in case someone stops by.In the past it was common to have a cake, pie or cookies around but now in this time it seems people don't visit as much.This was dinner two days ago. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, yellow squash and butter beans.We have the three large pots of okra......And they are s ......
It all started with a bar of real soap.Several years ago when our health came to a tipping point I panicked. I realized that we had been traveling down the same road with everyone else. It was like we were going the same direction but did anyone in the front even know where they were going or why?I did not know that the soap we were putting on our skin was not real soap. It was called soap but it was synthetic soap. What goes on our skin goes into our body. My husband had developed psoriasis. He never had it before, why did he have it now. So we got off the road everyone else was on.It took a lot of searching and research to find real soap and once I did and sme ......
The weather is much warmer now and some days it is hot. We opened up the shabby cabby in the backyard to let the air run through. We do that often on nice days to keep it fresh inside.Remember the recent picture of the cardinal eggs?We have babies this morning. They just hatched and they are just skin and fuzz. We have not seen the daddy at all since the eggs were laid and he is suppose to take over feeding. He should have been around to feed his mate but no sign of him and we are concerned he has been killed. She is doing a good job so far by herself. I hope she is not a single Mom. After they hatch she is suppose to leave, daddy is suppose to feed them and mom is su ......
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