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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 ....
 

Starting Over

January 19, 2016

As we go through life it seems we keep starting over.  From the time we are babies and we start taking our first steps we fall down then get up, balance ourselves and start over.

That is the good part of life, we can simply start over. Sometimes it takes us a long time to get motivated but when we do it can be very rewarding.

Starting over to me can be giving the house a good cleaning, moving things around and making a change. Sometimes we need a change.

Starting over can mean starting a budget and put our finances in order. It does not matter if it is the first of the year or the middle of the year, it means today. Why not start today? Today is always a good day to start over.

I started over by organizing my house. I straightened out all my linens and of course re-arranged my house.

This will be the year for me to mend and repair things that I have been putting off until another day. This is Patches, I made him for my Grandson Michael and Patches has a broken leg that needs mending. Michael was a bit reluctant to let me bring him home but since he knows this Grandma made Patches he was willing to let me take him home for a little while.

Starting over includes starting new projects too. This is a 1940s crochet head scarf that has just been started. My friend Catherine sent me her directions.  The plan is to make homemade gifts for the family this year and since it is early in the year this is a good time to start.

On my to do list is cleaning this chandelier. I have the first section washed now I only have six more to go.

I always want to learn new things. I learned to make Cordial. This is a Raspberry Cordial.

Start with fresh raspberries...

Cooked it up in a pot, lemons, Raspberries, sugar and water.

With a little mashing, cooking, letting it sit, straining I ended up with this delightful Raspberry Cordial.  I saw this on a website from Australia and it got me searching the internet for cordials.  Rhonda Hetzel has a lovely website full of great information and she also has written a few books. I found out about her after I noticed an increase in some visitors from Australia. She had posted a link on her website to my website. If she had not I may have never found her website and it is a wonderful website so now I will happily post a link to her website for my visitors.  Here is the link to her website so you can enjoy visiting her place too. I will send you to her Cordial post and then you could go to her home page if you like and find your way around.  Cheers!  

http://www.down---to---earth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/0...

Knowledge is power, learn all you can.... Grandma Donna

 
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