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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 ....
 
Two weeks of Diary readings May 17 - May 30 and a message
First I want to let you know that I will be taking two weeks off from posting. I need extra time to take care of some projects here at home. There are many years of blog posts here on my blog. You can click on the menu and click living like the past and then scroll down to the bottom of the page until you get to the numbers and that will take you to years in the past. Number 15 is in the year 2017 and number 13 is 2018 etc. So I am doing two weeks of diary entries in this post. I type out the diaries as they are written mistakes, mispelling and all because this gives us a more accurate picture of the person writing the diary.I will now ......
The moment we make a decision...
Each one of us live in a different way, we enjoy different food, we have different styles and our home reflects something about us in different ways. Each day is full of decisions, what we are going to eat, what we are going to wear, what we are going to try to do today. But many people waste hours scrolling an electronic and procrastinating. This did not happen in the past because there were no such items. I have fallen into this trap a few times and I am fortunate to be able to take myself back to a time before we had these distractions and pull myself out of it. We have to make a decision, am I going to waste my day or do things that make a diff ......
Diary readings May 10 - 16 1943
We pick up from last week with the two diaries of Lil and Lena. Our first diary is about Lil and Bob. This week Lil is feeling very poorly so there are few entries.Monday, May 10, 1943. Too sick to writeTuesday, May 11, 1943 Same in bed most of the day.Wednesday, May 12, 1943 Up and down all day, Mostly down.Thursday, May 13, 1943 Worse today.Friday, May 14, 1943 Bob had Emma Call Doctor.Saturday, May 15, In bedSunday, May 16, Still in bed. We leave Lil's diary now, but do not worry, Lil does get better.Now we continue with Lena's Diary.Monday, May 10, 1943, 42 degrees. My washer was out so I washed by hand in the little tub and went and got my ......
Slow and Steady
Today is Tuesday and it is ironing day (among other things), I try to do certain chores on certain days but not always. If I skip ironing on Tuesday, it seems that everything else has priority and the next thing, it is the next Tuesday and there is double ironing so it is best to make Tuesday ironing happen. Charles and I moved May from the small laundry / bath house, to under the carport. It is cooler under this area and normally at least a small breeze. Doing the laundry in this fully shaded area will be much better. Since we bought our old washer several years ago now, we have found that these motors are tough and nothing like what is made ......
Diary readings May 3 - May 9
We continue the 1943 Diary Readings of Lil and Lena. To Read from the beginning go back through the menu bar and click Living like the past and that will take you back to the first reading starting January 1. We start with Lil and Bob's diary.Monday, May 3, 1943. Nice day - Worked Nuco sprinkled clothes for iroining Bob home late - Richard Sick with asthma.Tuesday, May 4. Fine. Done the ironing - Set 3 box woods in front from Frahms - Bob late. left car at s. oil S. Station. Wednesday, May 5. Nice day - Done some sewing, baked a pud - Bob home 1-50 Richard some better.Thursday, May 6. Fine - Cut & watered back lawn - Bob home at 1-30. Up ......
Update on History Study
We continue to study the homefront during ww2 and this year we are studying 1943. We are following along day by day reading the microfilms in the newspaper. We were using our public library research room but when we found we could join newspapers.com for a small monthly fee I started researching from home. I am not affiliated with this service other than a customer but this is a very good way to research history. We have other resources, history books and diaries. The diaries are a wonderful way to get a glimpse inside the home and Charles and I are very interested in learning about the keeping of the home and meals and the social life of the family lo ......
The diary readings april 26 - May 2
Today we continue the diaries of Lil and Lena. Our first diary is of Lil and Bob. This is during ww2 and the year is 1943. Lil and Bob are in their seventies and Bob does war duty by going to the top of a local hotel to watch for war planes. Lil is a homemaker and the writer of the diary.Monday April 26. Fine day, watered front lawn - Bob M. called in a.m. - Bob home late 1:45 Easter Card from Ada McK.Tuesday April 27 Rain all day & still at it. Worked nuco & made jello - Bob home at 1:30.Wednesday April 28 Rain this a.m. clear in P.M. up town to shop - over to call on Emma in Early Eve.Thursday April 29. Nice day - Done the washing Bob home late, Bob  ......
The Diary readings April 19-25 ,1943
We are continuing the 1943 diary's of Lil and Lena. our first diary is Lil and Bob. This is during world war II , Bob and Lil are in their mid- 70's and Bob does war duty by going to the top of the towns hotel to watch for war planes. Lil is a homemaker.Monday April 19 , 1943. cold wind-not doing much-Bob cut lawn in backyard-R&M over in eve-Tuesday April 20. still windy-Bob home at 1-15- uptown to shop- Bob got a new sweater-Wednesday April 21. nice day- cleaned & demothed the couch- Bob resting- Ralph & Koky came up Ralph being transferred to coast artillery-Thursday April 22. warm day- watered lawns in forenoon- Bob cut front lawns & trimmed edges-Friday April 23. good Friday. light rain ......
The Beauty in Living Simple
Charles and I are trying to take our simple life to another level. We are trying to live in a way that there is very minimal cost in the things we do as it was in the past. We are living like the past but our real expenses are from today and there is a big difference. As time moved on, many things that did not cost anything now have attached fees. We disconnected, got rid of, or put away many modern items we once used. We do not have a television in our house anymore, we did keep a very small one to get news and weather but we found that with internet that we did not need a television anymore. Internet is not something we need, but useful ......
The Diary readings April 12 - 18
We continue reading the diaries of Lil and Lena. To find the Diary readings Starting January 1943 look for the red and black diaries. We continue with Lil's diary. Lil and her husband Bob are living in 1943, world war 2 is going on. They are both in their 70's and Bob does war duty by going to the top of a local hotel for war plane watch. Lil is the writer of the diary.Monday, April 12, 1943. Fine & Mild. Worked Nuco & worked couple hours in yard - Bob home late 2: P.M Moved tree for Ruth. Tuesday, April 13. Nice day. Bob home at 1:15. Up town to shop. Ruth & Judy along. Wednesday April 14. Cloudy bu ......
When you think you are doing well
I started this post early this morning and then my server crashed and then there is the weather. But I am back hoping it will stay up. (There is wax paper under the ground beef and bacon.) I am writing a recipe below to go with a dish that we make. With our ww2 history study we have meat rations now. So this dish helps to stretch meat.One strip of bacon and 2 ounces of ground beef, small amount of asparagus or zucchini, one medium onion cut into wedges, one spring onion chopped, 2 cloves of garlic, Tablespoon oil. Cooked rice, for the two of us we cook 3/4 cup of measured dry rice. In a skillet, cook diced bacon, remove the bacon, put onions ......
My post has been delayed due to weather
Todays post will be up tomorrow or the next day. We are getting weather warnings already this morning for severe weather, straight line winds, possible tornadoes, hail, flooding, lightening and the works. I was trying to get todays post up quickly before the storms get here and about 3/4 through with the post my site went down. Not due to weather but server issues. I lost part of the post that I will have to redo. So instead of taking a chance, I will wait it out and do some housework and sewing. :) See you back in awhile. Grandma Donna
Diary Readings April 5 - 11, 1943
We continue with our diary readings from 1943. We pick up on the diary of Bob and Lil. Lil is the writer of the diary. Bob and Lil are in their mid 70s and Bob is doing war duty by going to the top of the town Hotel to watch for war planes. Bob also works in the community cutting lawns and odd jobs. Monday April 5, 1943. Showers and Sunshine. Done the washing & got it dry. Bob home 1:20 - up town & done shopping & paid bill. Tuesday April 6. Fine day. usual house work & worked Nuco. Bob cut lawns. Wednesday April 7 Fierce cold wind. Done the ironing. Helen, Elizabeth & baby here from 11 - 4. Nice visit - all had ......
The Observation Bench
Spring arrived this month and has put out some brilliant colors after a grayish winter. I will enjoy this moment in time of these beautiful colors and warm and coolish days before the heat will once again put me into inside hibernation. I feel a sense of urgency to get as much done as I can to beat the heat.We started pruning the herbs and cleaned out many of the beds but still more to go.We have had some good rain to help the spring flowers.Then we get too much at times. This is over 4 inches of rain this day.There is something about our soil where we live. We can get torrential rains and then our soil is completely dry three days later. I must study about this ......
Diary Readings March 29 - April 5, 1943
Continuing the diary of Lil and Bob. They are in their seventies, this is during world war 2, Bob works odd jobs and does war duty by going to the watch tower to watch for war planes. The tower is up on top of a tall hotel. Lil has few words in her diary but still important bits of the war and rationing.Monday, March 29, 1943. Rain most all day. Nothing doing. over at Ruth's in a.m. Bob home at 1:40Tuesday, March 30. Nice & Sunny. Planted some carrot & lettuce seed. Bob cut lawns. wrote Helen. Wednesday, March 31. Fine day. Made Nuco butter. Called on R. Ambruster. Bob home at 1:15 Up t ......
This costs nothing
The History Studies that Charles and I have done have taught us many things and I want to share this very important part of what we have learned and what we are trying to do now to put us in a better position to be able to live more like the past. To live like the past we have to undo many things. It is not easy to live more like the past coming from a excessive modern time that we live. It costs nothing to sit on that bench shown above and enjoy a beautiful day and watch and study nature. That bench was a iron frame that someone threw out to the curb for the trash truck to pick up. It did not have a seat so Charles picked it up and put a seat in this lovely ......
Diary Readings March 22 - 28
We continue the reading of our diary from Lil and Bob. I type out the diaries as was written by the writers.Monday, March 22 1943. Fine day - Took a home hair shampoo. Bob late home, stoped to shop on way home. Tuesday March 23. Fine day. Done the family wash. Bob home at 1:30 cut the lawns.Wednesday March 24. Fine day. Made butter or mixed butter and Nuco - done some out door work - Bob cut Frahms croquet lawn.Thursday March 25. Nice day. Ruth & Judy in part of forenoon waiting for Bob to come home for a chance to go up Town. Nothing done. Friday March 26. Light shower in a.m. Fair in P.M. Ruth & Judy over. Letter from ca ......
1940s life then and now, the missing closets.
I have started using a file box for our garden seeds. Since starting the study of 1943 I keep trying to remember my childhood living in our house that was built in the year 1940. Our house that we are living in now is very similar to my childhood home built in 1940. That home had better storage space and since I have been trying to make things fit into our home and it just will not organize as it was long ago I finally figured out what the problem was. Storage space.I found a publication that I want to share with you and I cannot take pictures of this because I do not know if it is for me to share but I did find this publication from 1940 of closet spaces. ......
One foot in 1943 and one foot in 2022
We can tell the month of the year by where the sun comes into our home. The dining room window faces east and the sun has moved over enough now to reach the stove. I love how the sun affects our home all through the year as it rises and sets at different points each day. Many people never pay attention to this but it is part of God's perfect plan and there are so many things for us to notice if we just would take the time to do so. This sunlight will only be in this area for a short time, each morning it will move to a new location ever so slowly throughout the house.We should adjust our life to where we do not miss the important things and we should teach ou ......
Diary readings March 15 - 21
We will continue with our diary reading for Lil's diary. Bob and Lil are in their 70s and this diary is written in the year 1943. Bob does war duty by going to the top of a hotel to watch for war planes. Lil writes the diary.Monday March 15, 1943. Frost Sun out all day. Bob had car serviced at Murphy's this a.m. - home at 1:30 P.M.Tuesday March 16. Cloudy day. Worked butter. Made Jello & done a bit out doors. Bob home earlier. cut Frahm's Lawn. Wednesday March 17. Rain all forenoon. - Bob home at 1:30 P.m. no outdoor work today. Thursday March 18. Light frost. Fine day. Bob home at 1:30 had lunch. Uptown to shop. Frida ......
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