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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 October 1 - 7

September 29, 2022

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 doors a bit- Bob home at 1 0clock - Up Town to shop and pay bills.

Wednesday October 6. Cloudy all day but no rain - Done a little housework - Bob went over to Emma's for tomatoes.

Thursday, October 7. Cloudy most of day - cooked up lot of tomatoes - Emma sent over a frozen chicken.

End of Lil's simple diary. Next Lena

Diary of Lena and her son Richard.

Friday, Oct 1, 1943. Well here is Oct. Seems the Summer has gone fast for Ive been out of circulation for 4 or 6 weeks  Think Im feeling as my piles seem to be going away.  Guess now Ill get better.  Cut a little of my cast down by only toes and think it helps gives more room to expand my foot.  Rained fast and Richards got a good soaking.

Saturday, Oct 2.  Didn't do much around the house but got down and cleaned the kitchen linoleum thoroly and after dinner waxed it.  That was my stunt and think Im doing pretty well.  I have cut the bandage on my foot back almost to the bend in the instep. It was so tight it hurt and extended to the base of my toes and pushed the flesh forward so this gives it room to expand.  

Sunday, Oct 3.  Nothing especial today  Had the rest of the chicken cooked last Sunday.  

Monday, Oct 4.  Did 4 sheets and 2 dresses and some other things and washed the clothes line but didnt have soap powder enough to do it all.  Went over street and paid taxes and water rent for 2 quarters this last quarter it run over between 7 and 800 cu ft. 

Tuesday, Oct 5.  Did another washing today making in all a big wash.  My cast is so tight.  Pearly came over as I was sitting resting Seems as if I put in quite a lot of time resting.  Made a bread pudding first for a long time. Started a coal fire.

Wednesday, Oct 6.  Did most of the ironing and went over street   Sent a P.O. order to the Hospital $63.00 and did a little shopping. Richard is better I think but is cross  Has had the intestinal Flu and got medicine from Dr Garritay and think it helped him. 

Thursday, Oct 7, 1943.  Washed Richards clothes and a few others have cut the bandage up the front and a great relief but y foot still swells.  Spent the rest of my points for hamburg put in and order Monday Brushed up around down stairs. 

End of this weeks readings.  Does anyone besides me wonder if Lena will have any cast left when she goes back to the doctor.  Any ideas why her cast keeps getting tight?  Hummm... 

We will continue next weeks with the diaries... Grandma Donna


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Comments (6)

Grandma Donna

September 30, 2022 10:36 PM
From Donna

Hilo, I have written everything word for word in both diaries up until now. There was a part with a very vivid description that I could not bring myself to type out so I decided to spare everyone and I wish I had not read it. Ha! I took one for the team. Yes it is grim.

Hilogene in Az

September 30, 2022 9:51 PM
I was wondering about her swelling and the tight cast…now I have to look up piles in the dictionary. Sounds grim ;(

Grandma Donna

September 30, 2022 3:40 PM
From Grandma Donna

I am enjoying your comments about Lena's diary. I have had the same thoughts as each of you. :)

Jennifer C-L

September 30, 2022 1:55 PM
Oh that Lena! Likely she was told to keep her foot elevated to keep the swelling down. Not unusual even after a cast is off for a limb to swell.

Deb from TN

September 30, 2022 10:16 AM
I’m wondering if Richards intestinal flu is a result of eating the chicken that was a week old?!

I’m glad I discovered your blog, I love the diaries. Thank you for posting them.

Darlene from Ohio

September 30, 2022 7:59 AM
I have to chuckle at Lena. I do wonder how she will explain it to the doctor. ;-) I hope she does heal, in spite of her own interference. But I have been stupid stubborn in my life, so I get it.

I look forward to these each week, wondering what will come up in their lives.
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