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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 ....
 

Taking care of home

June 6, 2016

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 dryer shortly after it has been washed then it will sour and possibly mildew. It requires our attention as many things do. 

If we embrace the things we do instead of dreading the chore we can learn to live in harmony. It is all in how we look at things. I choose to romanticize those things that need my attention. 

I do this in different ways and one is by using things that I feel are pretty or vintage such as real soap instead of synthetics and enamelware because it is what I remember as a child. 

Old fashioned drying towels and knitted dishcloths. Why not make it pretty if it makes us happy when we use it. 

I try to take care of our bed because it is a place that we spend 8 to 9 hours restoring our body and resting our mind. It is important to have clean linens and blankets. I wash the sheets once a week and I air the bed each day by opening the windows, shaking out the blankets, smoothing out the sheets and no matter what the weather I still open the windows.

It is very dark and rainy today. This is what I see when I open our bedroom window. The walking paths wind around the backyard.  Our corn patch in front of the camper (Shabby Cabby) you can see just a bit of it.

Even on a day like today I still open the windows even if only for a few minutes to let the bedroom breathe. 

I am just like everyone else, I mess up the kitchen then have plenty of dirty dishes.  I do not always wash them right away, I am not perfect.  I have even left them overnight for reasons eating too late or I am simply too tired.  We are all human.

Then we rest and start over and clean up our mess and put things back in order.

I like our home, it is far from a mansion or even close to the newer houses today but that does not matter to me.  

I think it may be more difficult to keep a smaller home from being cluttered so I had to get a different perspective and came to the conclusion that we must fit into our space and loosely. When I did that I have been able to work my way to letting go of things.  

I am "still" working on this and what is important is that I do continue to work on clutter and not stack it somewhere and get sedentary. 

When it is a dark and rainy day as it is today I try and not let me get grumpy, I may put on some music, 

and turn up the lights which always makes the doggies happy because I normally dance around a bit with them.

I will make something special for this evening.  Here is one of our very old parfait glasses, unlike the modern ones of today which are quite a bit larger.  This is the serving size they would have had back in the 1940s and 1950s. We have some blueberries ready to pick so I will go out with my umbrella and pick some to go in the parfait.

I have found that a good routine is helpful so we can do the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly household cleaning and maintenance needs. I am far from being perfect with cleaning our home. We get clutter, dust and dirt just like anyone else. I like to think old fashioned because it helps me to feel more settled, closer to my generations before me and helps me to do things with more purpose.

I hope no matter how old I get that I will keep my creative side to keep life as interesting as possible.  

I hope that somehow this helps to brighten your day. 

By the way,

I am having problems with my computer and it is taking me longer to put up a new post so they are not coming as often. I may have to look into getting a new one but for now I am trying to get as much juice out of this one as I can.  For now I will try to be patient on the days that I am posting. Grandma Donna

 
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