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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 ....
 
How Far Back?
I put the lightweight Chenille spread back on the bed because it is still too warm for the blue blanket spread.I have been doing my best to remember my past and what we did when money was tight. With the increasing prices of most everything it is concerning how difficult this could get.I think about how far back we need to go to survive a possible economic crisis? If we live like we did when we first started off keeping house then we will be okay. Today many people do not know what this means. I have told the story about packing up our 1955 Ford with the little we had and driving off to Oklahoma to live near an air base that we were stationed.&nbs ......
Diary Readings August 13 - 19, 1943
We continue this weeks reading of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard. If you missed last weeks readings, I accidentally left it in my draft and did not publish it to my blog. So there are two readings this week, just look back two posts and you will find it there.The diary of Lil and Bob Friday, August 13, 1943. Cool wind - done the 2 weeks washing - Bob home 1:15 kid gang in front yard all day. Saturday, August 14. Somewhat cloudy & a cold wind - Up town to shop & to Sonoma as Bob left his purse thing in overall pocket. Sunday, August 15. Cool day, very busy Pruned Monteray Pine, then to white creamery for dinner then Bob cut lawns.Monday, ......
The Painted Sky
So many things to do, the fall garden needs to be planted or at least prepare to plant. Just enough time to plant some late summer veggies, maybe.Charles is cleaning out and organizing his small work shop. The house reorganizing is slow and the more I pull out, the more decisions to make. It is the little stuff that is all over the place. Have you ever noticed that when your house is messy, it is not the big stuff, it is the little stuff.I have been painting again, above is a shelf cabinet Charles pulled out of his little shop, he is organizing too and when he decides to discard then he asks me if I want it. Of course I want it!Ground sausage with cabbage and ri ......
Diary Readings August 6 - 12, 1943
I just realized that last weeks diary readings were still sitting in my draft and did not publish. No one mentioned or asked about this and I did not notice. I just sat down to type this weeks reading and here this was sitting in draft. So there will be two readings this week, this one and the one I am getting ready to type. So I better get to work. We continue the 1943 diary reading of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard. To read all the diary readings from the beginning look under Living like the past in my Menu and go back to January 1, 2022 and that will be where the first diary post is located.Now we pick up with this weeks reading of Lil and Bob. ......
Going Home
Our simple life journey has given us a different perspective on so many things that I do not even know where to start but I do know where it has taken us.A casserole that we made that could be put into a lunch thermos for Charles lunch. I recently watched a British documentary from my computer about loneliness and how it is increasing worldwide. People that live alone, mothers with small children, people that have lost their spouse from death or divorce and young people.Our history studies and simple life has made it to where we can understand some of the problems that we see in our society.I thought about my collection of old diaries and one thing I have learned reading my many d ......
Diary Readings July 30 - August 5, 1943
We continue the diary readings of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard in the year of 1943. To read from the beginning look back on my blog under living like the past and go back to January 1st, 2022 to read the 1943 diaries. We continue with the reading of Lil's diary.Friday, July 30, 1943. Nice & cool - Done the ironing - made apple sauce - watered front lawn.Saturday, July 31. Nice cool day - cleaned up house made jello - Bob home early & done the shoppping - (ice)Sunday, Aug 1. Cool wind - Slept till 8 o-clock - Bob up for a Chronicle - cut front lawn. B.M. here in evening.Monday, Aug 2. Hot day 90 degrees 88 degrees watered back lawn all a.m. Nothi ......
Dreaming of winter....
We have been having our typical summer thunderstorms and hot and humid days. Even on the days that the temperatures have dropped the humidity makes it difficult to do much of anything that requires exerting. I am dreaming of cool weather and the need for a sweater, warm socks and blankets and snuggly pajamas and night gowns. I don't want to rush time because I am thankful for each day that I am still here but daydreaming of winter brings me happiness during this hot and humid time of year. It seems to me that we have been skipping spring and fall here in this part of the U.S. and have gone to two seasons, winter and summer. I fina ......
Diary Readings July 23 - 29, 1943
We continue with our diary readings of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard. To read all of the diary readings for this year, go back to January 1, 2022 on this blog. This is the diary of Lil and BobFriday, July 23, 1943. Cold wind & Sunshine Baked apple pies - Bob says they are the best ever -Saturday, July 24. Sunshine but cold wind - walked up 3rd st. Stores. Cleaned up house a bit.Sunday, July 25. Fine day - Slept late- Bob up town for Chronicle cut front lawns.Monday, July 26. Warm day 96 degrees out on porch 88 degrees in house - Baked cookies - B.M. called in a.m.Tuesday, July 27. Another warm day 96 degrees & 88 degrees - ......
Mid July
Hamburger patty, homemade gravy and onions, fresh picked tomatoes, brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes. Charles and I eat one main meal per day. Normally we eat a light breakfast unless it is a weekend and we know we will be busy and we will then have a heavier breakfast. In the evening we eat very light, sometimes just a bowl of popcorn. I say evening but we try to not eat after 6:30 or 7:00. So our main meal which is noonish we eat a more hearty meal. We did some pressure canning this week. Ground beef and onions is what we canned and froze as well. We do not have much freezer space so we canned seven pints and froze three pint and half co ......
Diary Readings July 16 - 22
We continue our 1943 diary readings of the diaries of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard. To read the diaries from the beginning just look on my menu bar living like the past and look back to January 1, 2022. I type the diaries as they are written including spelling. We now continue the diary of Lil and Bob.Friday, July 16, 1943. Cloudy till noon. Done the ironing - Bob late - Had home grown sweet corn & chicken- yum yumSaturday July 17. Cloudy till noon - cleaned up house & baked cake & fried chicken - Bob up town to shop -Sunday July 18. Cool wind- Bob up town for chronicle - Ralph & Betty here in P.M. with their new baby girl by adoption.& ......
The things I learned
I have not taken many pictures the last two weeks because I had a doozy of an illness but I am finally feeling better. I was tested for covid, flu and strep, all negative. Second trip in to see the doctor and he did chest xrays and blood work. Eight days of fever, chills and sweats and pain all over, that was a long time for fever and it had the doctor and myself concerned. To me it felt like a relentless flu. Other than a lingering cough and fatigue I am on my feet and slowly getting back to doing things so no worrying about me, I am better. The above photo is our first and only apple on our young apple tree that was planted as part of our permacu ......
Diary Readings July 9 - 15 1943
We continue the 1943 diary readings of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard. To read the diaries from the beginning look on my blog for the date January 1, 2022 for the first reading of these 1943 diaries. We will continue now with the reading of Lil and Bob. Friday, July 9, 1943. Warm, 91 on B Porch - 86 degrees in house - Baked apple pies & fried chicken - Out in grove in P.M. to get cool-Saturday, July 10. Hot day - 90 degrees - Cleaned house & V BLinds - Up town with Bob to shop.Sunday, July 11. Hot 95 degrees - Bob up for a Chronicle - No lawn cutting - Too hot.Monday, July 12. Nice cool day - Bob took dressed poultry to frozen food locker for ......
Slow and Easy
I am finally getting on the other side of clutter. It is not finished to the point that I vision it will be, but now I can walk through and see that the things I have decided to keep have purpose. I am at the point that if it does not have purpose then we do not need it or it will just collect dust. We can never truly finish putting a house in order because it is a daily clean up but we can put it in a better order and then go on with the things we want to do.I found that I have a habit of making life difficult for myself because I want to do so many things. I just want to learn everything I can and right now. As old as I am and I still want to learn but this is m ......
Diary Readings July 2 - 8 1943
We continue the 1943 diary readings of Lil and Bob and Lena and Richard. We start with Lil's diary and if you would like to start at the beginning look for the diary reading of January 1, 2022 on my Blog. Friday July 2, 1943. Fog & cold wind Baked Nut bread - Bob home 1:15.Saturday July 3. Fog & Cloudy till noon - wiped up floors, made Jello, worked Nuco - Bob up Town to shop -Emma rode home with him. Sunday July 4. Independance Day & still at war - Done some work in backyard. Bob burned the garbage & wrote to Kate. Monday July 5. Fine Holiday at home. Done some watering. Took a hair shampoo - Bob home all day washed car & cut lawn-Tue ......
Triple Digits and Food Prices
This new day brings another day of triple digits. The weather has been very hot and uncomfortable this week and we just made it to the first day of summer. Many people are feeling the financial squeeze due to price hikes and I think about all the people that cannot afford to pay their Utillity bills and do not know what to do. I think about Lil and Bob in the diary readings and it was 99 degrees in the house and it was rare during this time (1943) for someone to have any kind of air conditioning. People felt the heat but were knowledgable how to cool themselves.I can share what we do here in our home to keep our bills down in hopes that it will help others to manag ......
Diary Readings June 25 - July 1, 1943
We continue the 1943 diaries of Lil and Bob and the diary of Lena and Richard.We start with the Lil's diary, Lil and her husband Bob are in their seventies and Bob works lawns and does war duty by watching for air planes on top of a hotel. The year is 1943.Friday, June 25 1943. Fine day- Done the ironing- Bob fixed front door lock. Workds better - Ruby Armbruster in for short call.Saturday, June 26. Nice Day - house cleaning Vac'd rugs - Richard and marion in for a few minutes.Sunday, June 27. Warm 90 degrees in back porch 99 degrees in side. Cooler this eve- Bob walked up for Chronicle mowed lawns.Monday, June 28. Fine. Watered lawns all fo ......
Here at Home
This week has gone by very fast, I have continued with the organizing and putting the house back to a more romantic feel. For me, it is the linens that make the home feel homey.The smells of dinner cooking and the sounds of setting the table are part of what makes us feel like, this is home.Through all the sorting and moving things about I ran out of space because I was trying to make all the items have free space so it is easy to clean. The snack/tea trays and cups had no place to go but I do not want to give them up.So I decided I would leave them on top of the buffet and just cover them with one of our beaded milk jug covers.There is much history behind these beaded lace cove ......
Diary Readings June 18 - 24, 1943
We continue the diary readings of Lil and Bob and Lena and Richard. First we continue with Lil's Diary readings.Friday, June 18, 1943. Very cool today - Down too Larkspur a few minutes. Called at Deaks on way home.Saturday, June 19. Cool fierce wind - usual Sat Cleaning - prepared a chicken - Bob done the shopping.Sunday, June 20. Bob walked up for a Chronicle - cut lawns - spent rest of day reading, Chicken & dumplings for dinner.Monday, June 21. The longest day of the year - Done the washing B.M. called - Bob had car serviced & up town to shop. $1.00 ice. Tuesday, June 22. Nice& cool but High wind. Worked all forenoon in yard trimmi ......
I liked it better the other way
This old waterfall chest of drawers was in Charles wood shop holding tools and he is reorganizing and asked me if I wanted this in the house. Of course I did!For those of you that read my blog regularly, you know that I have been organizing in the house, gardening outside and also Charles and I have been working on converting an old wood shop into a tiny house about an hour away on some land by a lake. We are doing that to be able to stay over night or a few days at a time to help out a family member that is older than us. Also for a place to go when we want to get out of the city. When we are home we are living like the year 1943 and studying this time in history to f ......
Diary readings June 10 - 17, 1943
We continue our diary readings of Lil and Lena, both written in 1943. The readings for these two diaries started January 1 of this year of 2022. So to start from the beginning just find that post done on January 1 to start the beginning of these diaries. I type the diaries as they are written, little punctuation and mispelling. Lil and Bob are in their 70s and Lil is a housewife and Bob does odd jobs and lawn work and he does war duty by going to the top of a local hotel to watch for war planes.Thursday June 10, 1943. Nice day - Up Town to shop - Bob fixed the vac-cleanerFriday June 11, Fine day - out watering and digging weeds in a.m. over at Frahms to keep Jack ......
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