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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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September 2, 2022

It is not time to put the quilt on the bed but it will be soon.  

I have noticed while looking at this picture, that there needs to be a repair. At the top of the photo is a seam issue. I did not know this and now that will be on the front burner for mending day. I don't want anything to happen to my favorite quilt. 

Just a reminder that there are no diary posts until later in September. 

The season of summer has not changed here yet but it does seem like a good time to make some changes in preparing for fall. 

The summer has been too hot to work on the old woodworking shop and now seems like a good time to start working on it again.  For those new here, we are converting a small woodworking workshop into a very tiny house we have named Our Tiny Home.  We are calling it that because we are making it a homey place to stay.

Our family member, Madge, needs a bit more help now and we need a place to stay close by when we go up and work. Charles and I are slowing down now and cannot get as much done in a day so we knew we needed to do something before we get even older.  

The vintage bed frame that has been stored in the blue guest room waiting to be taken to the tiny home. I cannot wait to be at the point of sleeping in it. 

Our three "girls" (doggies) Katherine (dachshund), Elizabeth (Dachshund/Cocker spaniel mix known as a Docker), Bernadette (Pekingese), and Belle (our Cockatiel Bird) go with us and when we finish our tiny home we will all have a comfy place for all of us to stay if we need to stay overnight to do extra work the next day.  We normally drive back and forth but with the price of gasoline, this will be better.  

A few months ago we replaced some rotted deck boards at her house and I planted spring plants for her in pots earlier in the year.  We have just pulled most of those and planted fall plants.

When the tiny home is finished Charles can leave me up there if Madge needs extra help and I will be close by and stay as long as necessary so the Tiny Home will be very useful and comfortable.  

I will be sharing how we live with the very basics and this will be much more basic there.  I come from a time when people still toted water to the house.

I enjoy saving resources and money so this new adventure is exciting to me because there is always more to learn.

 I am going to start a new Title here on my blog called Going back to the Well.  I will be putting posts of stories of my memories as well as taking you along with us each time we stay at the tiny home.  I hope you will follow along.

I am starting to feel more like myself after a slump and so I hope my posts will be interesting and helpful because I still have a lot to share about living like the past. 

Our way of living a simple life without running water will be part of our life in the tiny home (200 square feet).  We have used this method off and on here at the big house.  It will be good for us so we will be more aware of waste when we come back to the big home (1100 square feet). 

A link below to one of my posts in May of this year where I showed a few pictures of the inside of the tiny house after we finished the difficult work of cleaning out this space and started insulating the walls. 


See you soon, Grandma Donna


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Comments (8)

Lady Locust (JL ????)

September 9, 2022 7:40 PM
We can comment here now - yay! I can't wait to read your stories and look forward to seeing your "new" place. Glad you are feeling better. Stresses can sure be wearing.
Have a beautiful weekend.


September 8, 2022 8:11 PM
I look forward to your memories of "Going back to the well". Each time I get on my computer, I check to see if you have new posts and I am always happy to see them. Thank you so very much for sharing! Sending peace and love, Dianna

Stephenie S Lawton

September 7, 2022 2:35 PM
That's wonderful. I love that bowl. I have been saving my bath water to stay cool in the heat. I transfer into a watering can and lug that up the driveway to water my flowers. It really makes a difference in the garden. We are on a two day a week watering schedule in CA. I bring my dog with me, and she likes to help.


September 5, 2022 4:31 AM
I love your posts. I find them so inspiring and absolutely fascinating. Please keep them coming!
Glad to see that we can now comment on your posts.

Sallie Borrink

September 4, 2022 7:51 PM
You have comments now! I'm so glad. There have been many posts I've wanted to respond to but couldn't. I enjoy reading about your plans and choices. I find them inspiring.



September 4, 2022 11:31 AM
I look forward to posts from your tiny house. How nice it will be for you all to have a change of pace and location and help your older relative at the same time.

That quilt is beautiful-----the colors are so bright and colorful. I don't think I have ever seen that pattern before. I have three quilts that my grandmothers pieced for me. I am pretty sure that they didn't' do the quilting, certainly not the grandmother who lived closest to us. They are all pretty but I like the one that was done with scrap pieces best since I can see a few bits that were from my own clothes.

My Tireless Retirement

September 3, 2022 7:27 PM
I really enjoy your blog and get a lot of inspiration from your posts. Love the quilts and vintage linens. Your home is so sweet and peaceful.


September 3, 2022 11:36 AM
I enjoy your writing!
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