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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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May 25, 2023

I have been enjoying my time off from blogging, getting my home ready before my surgery and resting my brain from electronics.  

I knew that I was feeling pressures from electronics but did not realize how consuming electronics have become and how they have slowed down getting things done in my home and robbed me of mental clarity.

I feel that the internet has cause many of us to be addicted and that is what the electronic industry wants us to be.  We need to relearn how to be present. 

When we do find something of interest on the internet, read it like a book when there is time "after" chores and meals are done.  

Stepping away from the computer and phone is like getting off of a drug and then it feels like going back home to a much better time.

Making a batter feels right and purposeful.  It is doing instead of learning to do and the best way to learn is by doing.

Zucchini in a pot with petunias growing up and through the plant, helping to support the stems.

I went this week to the hospital to have another reading of my pacemaker and have now met the criteria for the end of this pacemaker that sits in my chest and my surgery is scheduled for mid June which is not far away now. 

The doctor has a plan about what to do about the leads, the doctor also had the representative of the pacemaker company there in the office as well to test my pacemaker and for my medical privacy and home safety I will not post the details or exact date of surgery. 

I have been given my instructions pre surgery preparations and after surgery papers for wound care and restrictions. This will be my fourth pacemaker and I have done well with the three I have had, this recovery time will be longer than the first three according to my instructions.  Six to eight weeks and all I could think about is "But our garden!"  But then I though, ohhhh, it will be time to plant the fall garden seeds in mid August, just about the time I can start using my upper body more.  :)  

We harvested the last of the carrots so I could use the raised planter for onions.

The flowers and vegetable companion planting is going well this year.  Due to to the fact I am getting older and slowing down I will be planting more perennial herbs and flowers for next year and save certain areas for vegetables.

We will start harvesting beans next week, we are already eating and sharing zucchini.  

The cucumber arbor is ready for the cucumbers to grow up and over.  Charles will tend to things as he has time and it is okay if we have to let some things go.

Don't wait to learn it all before starting whatever that is that you are wanting to do because the best way to learn is by practical experience.  Try to be present in all that you do and do not rush the day that you have right now.  Take the time to make better eye contact with your family, pets and friends, listen to the sound of your home as if it were 1940 without all the modern things of today.

There are plenty of articles to read on my blog.  Just go to the menu and find a topic such as Living like the past, click on that and scroll down to the bottom and there are numbers that will take you back as far as you want to go. If you use the computer to visit my blog there is a search area on the side bar. 

Charles or my son Tim will be giving a quick update after surgery.  Love to all of you, Grandma Donna

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