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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 19 -25, 1943

November 17, 2022

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. 

Tuesday, November 23.  Cloudy most of day - Done the washing worked Nuco - Bob very late - cut lawn. 

Wednesday, November 24. Frost - Baked a couple mince pies- wrote Babs A - To town with Bob for a Thanksgiven Turk - Got one -yes.

Thursday, November 25. Thanksgiving Fog in a.m. - Fine Turkey dinner with all the extras Just our two selves -

End of Lil's diary for this week.. Now on to read Lena's diary.  

This is Lena's diary reading Friday, November 19 - Thursday November 25 1943.

Friday, November 19.   Warmer today.  Washed a little and slicked up some should do it everyday.   Didn't go out started a cushion for Richards chair  twice  I did as it is in rags  found some green clothe & will make 2 cushions covers and line them also took off the dirty cover on the oregonal cushion.  Pearl came or Id got it all done.  Richard has trouble in his eyes and infection I think so he is using Dr. Barltons Prescription. 

Saturday, November 20.  Did quite a lot today.  Went to Pub Market this morning got 1 lb liver 1 pt and salt pork 1 lb 2 pts   After dinner got a few pork chops for tomorrow  not much meat took my Jeep and went on over street and got sugar  my last til Jan 15 and I have 10 lbs and a little in my can but have use what I want for canning but must get applesauce make jelly soon. 

Sunday, November 21,  Sun shines but a very heavy white frost this morning.  Richard tells me Ive been "dumpish"  ever since I came home   At present I seem to have a cold but cant have the house very warm or we will be out of coal.  Perhaps its just as well as I can put on more clothes when it gets colder.  This P.M. is cloudy snow is all gone we only had the ground covered and no sun to melt it.  

Monday, November 22.   Snowed all day but no foundation and it is all mixed in with mud.  Did my washing and put it on the piazza so its out of the way.  Cut out fine small aprons this aft. and finished one.  I was all out except some large ones had given me.   Think these will do and easier to wash & iron.  I hope Ill keep on sewing as I have two dresses cut out and cloth for me more and must fix my summer dresses and put them away.

Tuesday, November 23.  Snow again today this morning quite a deep lot come in the night and kept up most of the time all day.  Finished another apron but didn't seem to feel fit and had to lie down after dinner and rest but went down to Public Market and got a roast pork 20 pts  for Thanksgiving and some apples.  Shall have apple pie and make cherry too as Richard likes it.  Could have mince pie but guess it will be enough.  

Wednesday, November 24.  This is a day with some sunshine but rather chill Made 3 pies apple mock - cherry and small minie as I had enough crust.  First time I have made a pie for a long time since I came home as I haven't felt hungry for pie.   Stuffed the roast of pork already to cook.  Havn't done the ironing but will try tomorrow.  Pearl came and she went to sleep over the furnace and I got changed and we went over street  I posted letters and did a little shopping.

Thursday, November 25.  The snow is still with us but we had some Sun today.  Did the ironing this forenoon and this P.M. I did a little sewing made Richard and apron to put on taking out ashes. and a little mending hope tomorrow can make the rest of my little apron started on them today.  Had a card from Eunice she is in Georgia and says it is cold but I expect it will warm up.  

I was asked if I knew what type of victory wagon that Lena purchased.  Lena calls her "Jeep".  So I went to the microfilms and found advertising for a victory cart, wagon, shopping cart and this is what was being advertised at the time that Lena found advertising or her rolling cart. 

End of this weeks diary readings. See you next week.  Grandma Donna


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Comments (6)

Grandma Donna

November 18, 2022 4:31 PM
Susan, thank you for your comment. It sounds like you ladies have a really good time, you are making fun memories. :)

Susan Setzer from Garner, NC

November 18, 2022 4:16 PM
Hi Gdonna! Btw, love that you have added comment section to your blog. I love reading your readers comments as much as your posts. I like learning this tidbit about victory carts. I never knew that was a thing for the past. Every year around verteran's weekend about 7-10 of us women in our extended family get together and rent a townhouse at Myrtle Beach, SC. We spend the weekend having a grand time with just us women (no men or kids allowed) while Christmas shopping for 3 whole days! We hit a lot of outlet malls and we all own a modern version of this victory cart! They are great for the outlets since there are no grocery carts there, this way we don't make multiple trips to the cars. The link below is similar to the one I own. It's well used :-) also it's great for going to the library and getting lots of books! :-)

Grandma Donna

November 17, 2022 10:48 AM
Andrea, I will address this question about the pies in tomorrows post. :)


November 17, 2022 8:52 AM
My great grandmother had a white metal one she used to store in the back of her Ford Pinto and one day she phoned us when I was about 9 or 10 and she was stuck at the grocery store because her Pinto had caught on fire. I never saw the basket after that so I always assumed it burned in the car fire. Here recently they have taken away all the plastic bags at the checkout which I'm thankful for, but they have started charging us quite a bit for paper bags. The produce is still in plastic bags, but they are extremely flimsy and constantly bust. This winter I have decided to make shopping easier I will make my own produce bags due to the frustration I continue to have with the produce bags. If I was close enough to a grocery store I would gladly have a rolling basket and walk to and from. I think I would actually enjoy it except in stormy weather. :) I was also wondering about the pies. It seems to me that many people made a lot of pies at once, but how did 2 people eat so many pies? Maybe there was company or they took some to others?

Grandma Donna

November 17, 2022 6:47 AM
Thank you Pam for your comment. I have an old metal basket rolling cart. I hang on to it just in case there is a need to walk to the store. We do have a smaller grocery store that would be in walking distance, a bit of a hike but could be done. :)


November 17, 2022 2:43 AM
How interesting about the victory wagon! I love those carts, though I live too far from the shops to use one. My Father's cousin made a wooden one for his mother in the 60's.
I love how the diaries are focused on the home, people and small mundane tasks. These days people seem to feel the need to stress how little time they actually spend at home. It's sad I think.
Just had our first snow this morning. Almost time to make our yearly Christmas fruit cake.
Blessings, to you both, from Pam in Norway
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