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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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Diary Readings November 12-18, 1943

November 10, 2022

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.

Wednesday, November 17.  Light shower early a.m.  to stay with Nancy - Bob up town to do the shopping -

Thursday, November 18.  Cloudy in a.m. To Larkspur  Left home at 1-50 home at 5 o'clock - Rain all the way home.

End of this weeks reading of Lil's diary. Now on to see what Lena is doing this week.

Now we continue with the diary of Lena and Richard.

Friday, November 12, 1943.  I went over town with Mrs Denison and she went up to Mrs. Clark then go to Lebanon on the 2 o'clock bus.  Came home and washed Richards clothes and did the work up got dinner and colored some Good Luck Marginn.  Didn't do much this P.M. seem to have a little cold coming as Richard has. 

Saturday, November 13. Nice day no snow yet just a few spits last Thursday.  Went to Public Market and got hamburg and a little liver intended going over street this P.M. but felt too tired altho I only kept going this forenoon and got the house cleaned up.  Had to lie down and rest.  Guess we will get along til Monday. 

Sunday, November 14.  Didn't go out today.  Layed down after dinner but got up and wrote 2 letters.  Nothing to write.

Monday, November 15.  Cold day but did my washing even if I did oversleep.  Richard dicovered some cheese spread in 3 lb boxes so I hiked over before I did anything and got one   I hope it helps him as he dos seem to depend so on his cheese   Must try and go again tomorrow and get quite a load as there are oranges and plenty grape fruit.  Spit some snow and tonight is cold and can see a little snow on the ground  B Cheese 1.50 15 points Some price!

Tuesday, November 16.  Didn't seem to feel fit this morning anyway it has been a damp dull day and some snow on the ground, but I worked after dinner then went over street about 4 and got oranges & grape fruit  The oranges are small and not very good but will improve.

Wednesday, November 17.  Finished ironing but didn't go out, shall have to get used to cold and if the Sun shines twill be easier.

Thursday, November 18.  Sun shine today and I took my "Jeep" and went shopping at the A&P.  but didn't get my 2nd allowance of sugar nor the grape fruit.  They were especialy nice and must try some more.  Went to Public this aft. and got bread & Potatos Did me an under petticote to wear extra when it is colder.  A knit goods  I had with crochet on the bottom but put an elastic in the back.  Baked beans. 

*I have a little surprise for you today, Lena had two clippings here in her diary and I will share them with you.

End of this weeks Diary readings. Grandma Donna


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Comments (4)

Grandma Donna

November 11, 2022 6:14 AM
Laura, I agree sometimes it is puzzling, these diaries give us a rare and personal glimpse into their homes and neighborhoods. I feel that the diary of Sarah gives us the best look into the past so far and I plan to continue this diary starting January. :)

Mrs. Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage

November 10, 2022 11:02 PM
The things that the ladies include in their diaries sometimes puzzle me a bit, but I love the hominess of it, the calmness of their routines. I do wish I could find some good routines that work for me.
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Grandma Donna

November 10, 2022 3:05 PM
Hi C.N., I enjoy Lena's diary too and I am happy that you are enjoying them. I do "not" have another diary of Lena's but I will post some facts that I have from some research of Lena's life and share an ending of some kind. I have decided that I will most likely start posting a new diary starting the new year so we can continue taking a peek into the past through our diaries. I hope that will keep your Thursdays happy. :)

C. N.

November 10, 2022 2:57 PM
Seeing a post from you makes my Thursdays. I especially love reading the Lena's diary entries--I really enjoy all the details she puts in. I'll sure miss reading her entries next year.

Thank you for all the effort you put into transcribing them. I also appreciate seeing newspaper articles from the era.
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