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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 ....
 
We all go through times when we get off track and this has been that bump in the road for me. Charles and I have had many changes recently, nothing serious but accumulated changes that throws us off.The older I get the harder it is to change. First our dentist retired and we had to find another dentist. Then our Doctor passed away suddenly from a blood clot which was very upsetting to us and we had to find a new doctor which was not easy and I still am having trouble remembering my new doctors name. Charles uses a barber and his barber became ill and closed his shop so we had to find a new barber and then my beautician went to another location and I had to find a new ......
Recently I did the post on the big clean, the hand washing verses the HE washer and water study etc. I decided to do another experiment. I like to know about things, most anything when it comes to the reason for it or how something works. My husband is steady and I am like the bunny hopping around. I don't know if I will every outgrow this, I guess when my body gives out.My experiment this time is dust. I have mentioned (complained) to my husband, my daughter and my friend Catherine multiple times that it seems more dusty. I have to clean the fans more often and there is always something to dust and when I am not looking dust balls form and float unde ......
This time of year I want to do hand work such as sewing, knitting and making gifts. So I decided it was time for the big clean up to get that out of the way. There are things that should be done once or twice a year so grease and dirt does not build up in hard to get places.The kitchen was a good place to start since dust fuzzies like to collect anywhere we cannot reach very well. With a bar of lye soap a scrub pad, old cloths, water and a ladder my husband helped me to wash all the top and bottom kitchen cabinets. Then we pulled out the stove and washed everything behind and under the stove.I moved on to washing curtains, cleaning the inside of the windows, changed ou ......
We have this one life we live here on earth as we are traveling from here to eternity and if we take care of ourselves, our bodies, our children and our homes then our lives would be more in balance. We would be examples to our children and they would learn from us. We are not perfect people and we make mistakes but the good news is today is a new day.For those that may have noticed, I did move the Martha Washington sewing cabinet to the bedroom. I put socks in the drawers, and each side holds our pajamas that we wore only one time and have them stored here for the next night.Taking care of our home takes effort and for an example If we do not hang our clothing or put it in a drye ......
Many years ago my husband and I started reverting back to a more simple way of life. To us our world seemed to have reached a tipping point and we decided to go back to basics and set our home back to a time in which we feel the most comfortable.We simply want to live a life that makes more sense. We started removing our more modern things that were cheaply made and pulled out older items that had been stored and some of the things we felt we did need but had already been discarded, we searched thrift shops to find.I had this romantic notion that if I did things the old way our life would somehow change and our home would be more organized and romantic. I would start with a homemade ho ......
This page in my blog called A comfortable home was posted January 2015 and brought the most emails of the year. I am bumping it back up for those that may have not seen this page since it has moved so far down in my blog. I feel there is a stirring in many people to get back to basics and to make their nest so to speak. I want to remind my visitors that this website has many older pages such as this one to read during the time I am not posting. If you look at the categories and click on the home page or main page there are sections, living like the past, cooking from scratch, pets and more. At the bottom of the main page of those sections are page numbers that will advance you to the ol ......
Some of you have noticed I have not been posting as much and part of that is due to my health. I had a light stroke in September but don't worry I am doing better.It made me want to be more organized because we never know what the future holds. My husband and I are still doing our 1943 one year project. It did throw us off track for a little while but we have managed to stay with the project.I have been reading a lot and most of the books are organizing books. I have been disappointed with many of the books because I could not find anything to tell me what I wanted to know.I did pick up some good information about folding clothes. This information came from the book called, The Life Changing ......
If we think of the different areas of our home as nourishing factors we could possibly truly organize our homes so that these areas will benefit our needs more wisely.At times we should look at home with a different perspective. Are we using each room for the intended purpose? Do we have clutter? Are we comfortable or are we exhausted due to clutter? Is our home a place of nourishment and contentment?I have had my share of clutter in my lifetime and it drained my energy then and it drains my energy now. We all go through changes in our lifetime and that brings on new interest and then those interest may fade away and something else takes its place. This may leave us with clutter and ev ......
Most every morning and again in the early evening a dove will perch in a particular place on one of the many lines that run across the front of our yard.It will watch and turn its head and has a very good view of many things where it is perched.I am in awe of how very intelligent birds truly are. How does a bird migrate from my house and fly thousands of miles away to a far off place and come back to our house the next spring?How does a hummingbird remember where an old feeder was placed last year and no longer there?How does a mother bird become a pharmacist and collect certain berries and things that only she knows and places them in a small shallow bowl that she has made in a branch and t ......
Our bathroom floor has tile from 1960 and I truly like this tile but the grout will not turn white no matter how much I clean it. So instead of busting it out we refreshed the grout. My daughter told me about a product that she used so we went out to the store to see what we could find.This is what our local lumber store carried. I am not connected with this product, I am just showing you what we used.It said to use an old toothbrush and put the white solution in the grout and it give you a certain amount of time to wait etc and then rub off the access. Our issue was that our tile is very small so we could not do as suggested. I will show you what we did but war ......
The Winter Season can be a very good time to sort, clean out files, shred, repair, mend, read and learn new things. Every season has it's purpose. If we live as those did before us we would be more aware of the seasons. During the month of November I watched this little chipmunk scurrying around our backyard gathering nuts. The little chipmunk( in the center back of this photo) had it's little cheeks full of nuts. It would pack it's cheeks so full that her cheeks would look like someone had taken a tire pump and puffed her out. For weeks she was busy running around the yard then disappearing to her little home. Nature is amazing and if onl ......
We like to open our windows and let fresh air into the house. However, with that fresh air comes pollen and pollution. The window ledges collect a good bit of pollen so I try and keep this washed off the best I can. With only a little water and some diluted pepperment soap an old cloth to scrub rinse with clear water with a dry cloth, pat dry and pop the screen back in place. Looks like my screen could use a good scrubbing too....... Winter is over so I am cleaning the area rugs With my husbands help, we clamp the rug to a rafter under the carport. This is not the traditional way to clean a rug but once a year I li ......
I reminisce often of the past Seems like our generations before us may have been the fortunate ones... Now we are living during an economic crisis and many people have lost their homes due to foreclosure. Many have lost their jobs and are living on the edge of financial disaster. Some are living in their cars but only to find that there are laws that make it illegal to live in a car or on the street. Where is one to go if there is no place that will allow you to set up a small tent or park your car? Some are having their power cut off, not by choice. This is a situation where I hope that they had prepared survival equipment and were ready fo ......
Get Real with Cleaning our houses like they did in the past but now in the present I could write all kinds of organizing suggestions but you have two choices. Hire someone or do it yourself. When our generations before us cleaned their homes there were no fancy appliances as we have today but they did not shy from housework. If we cannot keep a clean house today with all the helpful appliances then it comes down to a health problem or being lazy. A health problem is understandable and if you cannot afford help or if your family is not willing to help then you may have to live in a dirty house. I have no answers for this. But if yo ......
Are Toxic Chemicals in your Home? I am not a Doctor or health care provider, I am a Grandmother that is very concerned with the growing numbers of young people dying from cancer and other diseases. Something is not right and you do not need to wait for the experts to decide what is wrong. When a baby is born in the USA the baby must be put into a car seat for it’s trip home from the hospital. At the time I am writing this article, the typical car seat is made from some type of plastic and has cloth padded inserts that possibly contain toxic chemicals. This car seat is secured into a possibly toxic car due to things inside a average car emit toxins.  ......
Back to Basics, home products This entire page is dedicated to finding products that our Great Grandparents and Grandparents used. I will discuss how I went back to basics and back to using products that our generations before us lived. Take your time and read through this and I will help you sort out how to get back to basics. Our reason to find better products. A few years ago my husband started developing several skin disorders. He first started with an unknown rash on his back. Then he developed psoriasis, then eczema. Many trips to Doctors, prescribed medications, lotions and soaps. His conditions continued to worsen a ......
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