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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 ....

Fall projects

October 4, 2016

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 outside but when I am inside this does help a lot wringing the clothes.  It has a spout on the bottom where the water comes out when it spins the laundry.

I am getting into a better routine now, if it is too hot I bring the barrels into the bathroom and if it is nice weather I wash outside.  Why am I doing this?  It is saving water and electricity.

We celebrated the first of October with a German dish called Rahmschnitzel.  It is pork, potatoes, onions and gravy.

 I have been doing a lot of thinking about our windows since we did the around the world posts.  

My husband and I want to remove our blinds but need the privacy so I decided to sew different type of sheers.  I have been saving some very pretty cotton lace for a special project so I decided to use some of it for one of the sheers.  I pieced lace and white cotton fabric.

I pinned them together into rows alternating the solid cotton squares and lace squares as if I was making a quilt.

I wanted a finished back so I did a french hem I guess you would call it.

This is the finished front.

I sewed three alternating squares per row.  I made four of them then sewed those strips together.

Like this....

Just a little tip if you should try this, I put a safety pin at the top of each square as I cut out the squares so the grain and pattern would be the same.

This is the sheer panel that will go behind the curtain.

This is the sheer that I made for the laundry area window.  I can peek outside if I hear a noise. At night I simply close the flowered curtain.

Well I will go for now.  I have been having issues with our internet cable and the workmen will not be out for two more days.  I am rushing to get this post up before it goes out again.  

Grandma Donna

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