About gDonna
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 ....
 

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We are in this together
We are in this together... if you want it to be and if not that is okay too.Some have been asking and some of you long timers here reading along are most likely wondering, what is our next history study going to be? It will be January 1 soon and for many years now we start a new history study.Other questions are will I continue the diaries? Many look forward to reading them and some do not care for them at all and why I make sure to do a diary post and then a regular post. We are all different and that is the way it is suppose to be and we should not try and change another.I don't usually announce the new study this early, but this years study more people were interested in actually li ......
Post running late due to Thanksgiving Holiday
We had a little too much fun today and messed up the house. The blog post is going to be late.So we are all going to bed early and the post will be after we get things put back in order. Bernadette, Elizabeth, Katherine, Belle, Grandpa Charles and Grandma DonnaHappy Thanksgiving.... See you soon....
Diary readings November 26 - December 2, 1943
We continue the Diary readings of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard. These diaries were written during world war 2 in the year of 1943.This weeks reading of Lil and Bob. Friday November 26, 1943. Fog all a.m. -Done the ironing - Home pulling weeds out working lawn. Eating turkey today.Saturday, November 27. Nice day, cleaned up the house - Roy to M.L. & Helen here all evening with us nice visit.Sunday, November 28. Nice day - up at 8;30 - Bob up for a chronicle & raked leaves & cut grass at Frahms.Monday, November 29. Cloudy, a little misty - rain - Bob M - in with letter from Ollie. Over at Emmas - Bob to C.H.Tuesday, November 30. Nice i ......
Let's Talk
I just posted yesterday the regular blog post but I want to add this extra post today to ask you all for your help with ideas for staying warm in winter. So if you have not read yesterdays post it is called, Learning about the past and.... I have several posts that I have written talking about what people did long ago to stay warm, such as soapstones and bed warmers and such as that. Charles and I turn on a electric blanket and get the bed warm when it is really cold and then turn it off and we normally stay warm all night. Our fur babies sleep in the bottom of our closet that has a rug and warm doggie beds and piles of blankets. Our cockatiel Belle has a small he ......
Learning about the past and....
The title of this post, Learning from the past and changing to what makes more sense. Many of you have read my blog for years and some of you are new and so I am going to explain just a little here that my husband Charles, and I, love studying history. We live somewhat the era we study, not by clothing but by skills and things that make sense to us. There have been some clothing changes that I have made to what I feel more comfortable wearing. Some of the clothing from the past is very pretty. We have grown to love the old ways and old furnishings. We are middle class American, I am retired, Charles is still working but will soon retire and that will put us ......
Diary readings November 19 -25, 1943
We continue the reading of the 1943 diaries. First diary is Lil and Bob and the Second Diary is Lena and her son Richard. This is during world war 2 and I type the diaries as they are written mistakes and all.This is Lil and Bob. Friday, November 19, 1943. Rain all a.m. Ruth & Judy over with a bass - Bob home at 1-o-clock -Saturday, November 20. Some rain today, but clear this Eve - cleaned venetian Blinds & rugs - Bob home early no shopping to do today.Sunday, November 21. Light frost - Fine, clear day - Slept late - Bob up for chronicle & raked leaves.Monday, November 22. Frost & fog till noon - Up Town to shop & bring home Ruth's groceries. Tu ......
Diary Readings November 12-18, 1943
I type the diaries as they are written including mispelling.We continue our 1943 diary readings of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard.. We continue the diary of Lil.Friday, November 12, 1943. Another nice day - Done the washing - Emma over to call in a.m.Saturday, November 13. Heavy fog in forenoon - Done the ironing - made Jello, fried chicken for dinner - Sunday, November 14. Heavy fog - Bob up for a Chronicle - been busy day raking & burning leaves -Monday, November 15. Light frost, fine day - Baked ginger bread - Bob home late. Shopped on way home.Tuesday, November 16. Cloudy & a misty rain this eve - usual routine of house work.W ......
Down the Road
This past January we started off the year with a new history study of living like 1943. Now it is already November, we have kept up with the two 1943 diaries and we are doing our best to continue to study and live a similar life to 1943 in our home.This time of year is when we start thinking what will our next history project be and we are in the very early stages of this now. First a little bit about home. As many of you know we have been busy up at Myrtles, our old shed/workshop now itty bitty house. We have taken a break to catch up here at home. Since we took a bed up to Myrtle and we did not have the time to shop for a mattress that we took the ma ......
Diary Readings November 5 - 11, 1943
We continue the two 1943 Diary readings of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard. During this year, world war 2 is going on and rationing of food and goods are everyday. We peek inside their lives and find that they continue on as usual and adjust to the changes. I type out the diaries as they are written misspelling as well. We start with Lil's diary. Friday, November 5, 1943. Fine day - washed kitchen curtains - called on Emma a few minutes.Saturday, November 6. Fine day - Frost in a.m. & cooler this Eve- Bob done the shopping - Lena & Nancy in with letter from Babs -Sunday, November 7. Fine day - Slept late - Bob up for Chronicle, over to stay with Emm ......
Why are we waiting?
Certain people in our world that have power and wealth have caused much turmoil and uncertainty for the majority of people. It has spilled over into politics and religion and really most everything. When we study history we find that it has always been this way. It makes me realize that it is time to stop waiting for things to change. When I did history studies about home life long ago I could see how people concentrated on their family and home, they made sensible choices and did the work that was needed to care and maintain their home and they seemed to have had a better chance to make it through difficult times than most people would today. I was very fortuna ......
Diary Readings October 29 - November 4, 1943
We continue the 1943 Diary Readings of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard.We start with Lil and Bob.Friday, October 29, 1943. Nice Day - Done the ironing and mending - Called on Emma - Bob burned garbage over - Storm Sewer-Saturday, October 30. Fine day - All Halloween Made a pudding cleaned living room dressed 2 roosters- Bobs up town to shop - Took Marjorie & Jackie to party.Sunday, October 31. Nice day - Bob walked up for a Chronicle - Cut the lawns Had Chicken for dinner - Ruth brought us a live bass.Monday, November 1. Frost last night Nice day - Bob home late for dinner stoped up Town to shop for Richard.Tuesday, November 2. Hard frost - fine day u ......
Diary Reading October 22 - 28, 1943
We continue our 1943 Diary Readings from two diaries, Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard.To read starting January 1st look in the menu Living Like the Past and scroll down to January 1st 2022 and you will find the beginning of this years diary readings.We are starting with Lil and Bob's Diary.Friday October 22, 1943. Fine day - Cleaned our sleeping room bath & hall worked Nuco - Bob had Car Serviced - Mrs. Pettygrew in P.M.Saturday October 23, 1943. Nice day, Baked Cookies & usual Saturday. housework - Bob home at 1-15.Sunday, October 24. Cloudy but no rain Bob up for the Chronicle. Mowed all lawns - the Marshalls all here all P.M.Monday, October 25. ......
Diary Reading October 15 - 22, 1943
We continue the diary readings of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard. To read the diary readings from the beginning look back at the post from January 1, 2022. I type out the diary readings weekly and type them the way they are written, misspelling and all. We start with the diary of Lil and BobFriday, October 15, 1943 Fine day - Done the ironing & mending - Emma had operation at P. Hospital this a.m.Saturday, October 16. Fine day, but cool - Baked apple pies - Bob done the shopping Letter from Ada McKinneSunday, October 17. Light Shower last night - Bob up for Chronicle, got 50 lbs of ice - cut all lawns in P.M.Monday, October 18. Fierce w ......
This week, in a picture diary.
Charles and I have been on the road quite a bit recently trying to get our Tiny house, Myrtle to where we can sleep over so it is not so hard on us and so much spending on gasoline.I do love the drive to Madge and Myrtle's. It is calming..As we turn on Roaming Horse Road we are going down towards the lake.We turn and twist different roads. This road we are about to turn on is Flying geese road.Flying geese bridge.And then we go up to higher ground above the lake.On Crepe Lane that leads to Myrtle. We have arrived at Myrtle, our little tiny house we are working on and looking out the door to a taunting task that I have this day. I am making steps into the hill so ......
Diary Reading October 8 - 14, 1943
We continue with the weekly diary readings of Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard. Friday, October 8, 1943. Clouds & Sunshine- Bob home early - Up Town for bread.Saturday, October 9. Fog in a.m. - Bob home early - Lena & Nancy Armbruster came in afternoon.Sunday, October 10, Fairly nice - Bob & the s. watering very busy in front yard also cut lawns.Monday October 11, Fine - Done the watering this week - Bob M- called - Bob cut & watered Emma's lawn also Clisbus. Tuesday October 12. Columbus Day - Fine- Wayne pruned berry bush - Bob home early - To Town to Shop - Ruby A called to A. to wish Bob goodbye.Wednesday October 13, Fine summer day- Do ......
Last day of September 2022
Our house is over sixty years old and a good solid house but the doors in the house were not good quality. So Charles has been replacing the doors one by one and has been building some of our doors such as this linen closet door. He works on them as he has the time. I really like how he makes them.After I saw this picture that I took, I had second thoughts about posting it because I thought maybe I should organize the inside of the closet first but this is real life here and what this closet looks like at this time. It is actually stuffed because of organizing. I went around and collected all of the linens and put them in this closet so I could go back later ......
Diary Readings October 1 - 7
We continue to our two diaries. Lil and Bob and Lena and her son Richard.I type the diaries what they write including spelling....To read from the beginning go in the Menu and Click on Living like the past and find January 1, 2022 and that will be the beginning of the 1943 diaries.We start with Lil's diary.Friday, October 1, 1943. Fog till noon - Feeling Funk - Sore throat and cold.Saturday, October 2. Sick, Bob home all day with me- Richard & M- over in afternoon-Sunday, October 3. Fine day feeling some better.Monday, October 4. Fine day - some better but still very weak - Bob Marshall called - Bob cut Emm's lawn She is ill.Tuesday, October 5. Fine and warm - out door ......
Diary readings September 24 - 30, 1943
First I would like to say that last week's diary readings were a mess and all jumbled up. Over 200 people had already read it that way before I realized there was a problem. We had been to the tiny house to do some work and I took a break and typed up the diary readings on my computer in notepad and saved it since I did not have internet. Well, it seems that when I copied and pasted it from note pad onto my blog admin after I got home, it ran it all together. I had never typed it in notepad and transferred it to the admin before. It was spaced and looked okay in my program but then obviously it was not. So I just learned something new. :)&nb ......
Back to the Diary readings :)
We had a break from posting with the diaries because one of our diary writers, Lena, was in the hospital, now we will be picking up from where we left off with both diaries. To read these diaries from the beginning of the diary, look on my blog in the menu, Living like the Past and search for January 1, 2022 post. I hope someday to get all of my diary posts listed on the sidebar. I do have some of the diaries in there now but I need to work on that quite a bit more. So now we pick up from where we left off with Lil and Bob's 1943 diary.Friday, September 17, 1943. SUnshine but cool - Done the ironing & mending- Bob home early.Saturday, September 18, Fine day - Bob home ......
Seems like a good time
It is not time to put the quilt on the bed but it will be soon. I have noticed while looking at this picture, that there needs to be a repair. At the top of the photo is a seam issue. I did not know this and now that will be on the front burner for mending day. I don't want anything to happen to my favorite quilt. Just a reminder that there are no diary posts until later in September. The season of summer has not changed here yet but it does seem like a good time to make some changes in preparing for fall. The summer has been too hot to work on the old woodworking shop and now seems like a good time to start working on it again. For those new he ......
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