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 ....

Donna's Diary Posts

My Favorite Blog and Books
Recent Posts

Diary Readings November 5 - 11, 1943

November 3, 2022

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 Emma till noon.  Bob's friend Wayne Whatley here all P.M. took him out to dinner. 

Monday, November 8. Fine & quite warm - Baked ginger bread - Marshalls here short call - Bob cut Frahms lawn & watered part.

Tuesday, November 9.  Fine day watered & worked in yard all a.m. - Bob raked & burned leaves & Letter from Helen.

Wednesday, November 10.  Fine day - Cared for Nancy worked nuco -    up town with Bob to shop - Bob watered Frahms lawn.

Thursday, November 11.  Fine & warm - Armistice day - 25 years & at it yet - Richard & Marion over in evening.

End of Lil's diary for this week, now on to Lena's diary.

1943 Diary of Lena and her son Richard.  Lena is a widow and her adult son works downtown and is in janitorial services for we know he does floors and is on his feet a lot.

Friday, November 5, 1943.  Did a little washing as usual and cleaned the rugs and dry moped down stairs.  Didn't go out today  Pearl came in this aft. and we just visited.  I wish Richard had a better appetite.  I must get him something he can eat.  If I can get steak for 12 points it will help him.  I got 2. 

Saturday, November 6.  Went over street and Mailed a P.O. Order to Jordan Marsh for a pair of gloves for me and slippers for Richard couldnt get grape fruit or oranges shall make pineapple juice instead.  Went to Public Market got 2 P. Chops and the rest of my 12 pts in steak  Had to go in the forenoon as the P.O. chores afternoon.  Got home in time to wash and wax the linoleum.  Then got dinner.  Vinton surprised me in a short call. 

Sunday, November 7.  This is a nice day and made chocolate ice cream and after dinner listened to Charles Thomas etc  Then wrote 2 letters all the letter paper I had or rather envelopes.  This is Georges Birthday He would be 86.   Am having a touch of the prevailing distemper but keep going just a little under the weather I call it.  Clifford has had his appendix removed so Vinton told me and I wrote to Barbara. 

Monday, November 8.  This is a real rainy day.  Didnt feel very well but did my small washing and hung it on the piazza excepting some starched things over the furnace.  Think Ill try the laundry when it gets cold unless I feel a lot better as I can find time to do a lot of extra things. (This is how it was written seems a little confused)

Tuesday, November 9.  Another rainy forenoon but cleared off about 11 O clock and I went to Pub. Market and got liver and oranges  Floridas are in but are kind of hard and white looking but they will do til the Cal. come in.  Had a letter from Geneva she sent me 16 points again.  I wish I might do something in return   Eunice has joined the Wacs and hope she will make good.  She didn't come up to weight for W.A.V.E.S was too light.  Bill joined the Marines goes to school 1st of the year. 

Wednesday, November 10. Did my Ironing this P.M. as I slicked up a little and had to shop a little this a.m. got hamburg and a cold ham and a couple of frankforts for Richards supper finished ironing then went to the A & P and got 3 big grape fruit  19 cents and bread & tea   Tomorrow is a holiday and Mrs. D- is spending the day we may go to pictures if we feel like it.  Colder. 

Thursday, November 11.  Very quiet today but the Public Market kept open all day.  Mrs. Denison came and spent the day is staying all night.  We didnt go out but I just shopped a little at Public Market.  Had a call from Clemllyn Tonight and Seth seemed good to see them Seths Unkle John Hale was to be burried this P.M. (a reminder that during this time when someone came for a visit they would say they had a call, meaning a in person visit.)

End of this weeks diary reading.  It seems to me that we are nearing the end of this year very quickly and soon these two diaries will come to an end.  

There is an extra post this week.  Another post is following this post today in the cooking from scratch section.  It will be at the top of the main page.  The regular post will be the next day on Friday under living like the past and also on the main page as well. 

Grandma Donna


Leave A Comment

Fill out the form above to leave a comment.Your email address will not be posted and is never shared!
If you can read this, don't fill out the following 3 fields.

Email Address
4 + 3 =
Thank you for leaving a comment! Your comment has been posted.
Thank you for leaving your comment. Your comment is currently awaiting approval from the administrator.
There was an error with adding your comment

Comments (5)

Grandma Donna

November 6, 2022 5:37 AM
Hi Jackie,
Sadly this is the way it is for so many people today. It does concern me how so many people never see or talk to anyone for days at a time or even longer. Long ago people would visit with each other very often and if someone lived alone the neighbors and people of the community would stop in and visit them sometimes daily. This is something very common to read in my many diaries, the older diaries especially. In our neighborhood people move away or pass away and new people move in but Charles and I always introduce ourselves and leave our number. It is not like it was long ago but now we have nice flow with communication through texting or short phone calls for important things and everyone feels comfortable to ask for something if they need help and we look out for one another. I hope we can keep it this way.


November 6, 2022 1:43 AM
I enjoy these diaries and seeing how interconnected the people were. I remember that from my childhood in the '50's and'60's. It seems to me that a lot of the problem is that people move much more often than they used to. I've lived in 4 different states in my life and some people have moved a lot more. I have 4 children - 1 in California, 1 in Colorado, 1 in Nebraska and 1 in China. Needless to say I don't get to see them very often. Since Covid, I'm not traveling and neither are they. My parents are both gone and my siblings live in Colorado, California and Ireland. Again we only see each other every few years. I live on a short, dead-end road. There are 6 houses on this road; I'm the first house as you turn up this way. I don't know my neighbors at all. We don't socialize and I've lived here almost 10 years! I long for the days when families lived close together and could help each other often.


November 4, 2022 3:05 AM
Hello Donna. I love these diary entries. When I was a child neither our grandparents or ourselves had a phone. I'm almost 50 now. We would take a half an hour drive to their place and if they weren't home we would wait an hour or so. If they still hadn't come home we would write them a note and turn around and go home again. Can you imagine people having the time and patience for that now? I can't. Thank you for sharing these old diaries.

Grandma Donna

November 3, 2022 8:42 AM
Darlene, if people could just pop in and visit the past for a day and experience the way people related to one another, the visiting with one another, the feel, the sounds and the smells they would understand why we need to resemble the past today.

Darlene from Ohio

November 3, 2022 7:43 AM

Like you, Donna, I notice how much they visit each other. It might be just a short visit, but they stop in and see each other often. We could use a lot more of that today. How much more personal a visit is than a phone call...or text, nowadays.
Sign up for email promotions.
Your information is safe with us and won't be shared.
Thank you for signing up!
Loading More Photos
Scroll To Top
Close Window