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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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The Beauty in Living Simple

April 12, 2022

Charles and I are trying to take our simple life to another level.  

We are trying to live in a way that there is very minimal cost in the things we do as it was in the past.  We are living like the past but our real expenses are from today and there is a big difference. 

As time moved on, many things that did not cost anything now have attached fees. 

We disconnected, got rid of, or put away many modern items we once used.  We do not have a television in our house anymore, we did keep a very small one to get news and weather but we found that with internet that we did not need a television anymore.  Internet is not something we need, but useful so I can do this blog so we have internet. 

We got rid of many things that pull electricity.  We got rid of the microwave, the electric drip coffee maker, the dishwasher, we do have a radio so for local bad weather or an emergency situation we can listen to that.  I simply cannot remember all the things we got rid of because now we are used to not having them.

My little hub next to the stove where I keep frequently used items for cooking. Olive oil, salt, cream of wheat, white sugar for the hummingbird feeders, Earl Gray tea in the white Bowl with lid, rice in the canister, popcorn.  

We cook from home instead of going out because eating out is very expensive. 

We make sandwiches when we go somewhere so we don't have to purchase food.

When life gets complicated, clean it up and go back to simple.

I find beauty in flowers, our first blackeyed susan has opened.  Now that is exciting!

I find happiness and comfort in growing vegetables.  Zucchini and pepper plants.  They will not grow if we do not plant them.  

Time will pass by no matter what, plant something such as blueberries and let them grow and then one day you can harvest your own blueberries.

Give a bird a house and it will come and make a nest.

This is one of the mulberry trees that took over our laundry area.  

Satsuma bush that continues to grow and furnish us with delicious satsumas, they are close to a tangerine but much larger.  It was just a small bush when we planted it and now each fall we harvest from this bush.

It is spring so there are no satsumas at this time but the blooms are just finishing and there are little baby satusmas that will grow through the summer into fall. 

This is an onion that is getting ready to bloom.  I will let it bloom because they are beautiful.

I am starting to find comfort in having a simple home by doing the same things over and over until I know exactly how to do something.  This can be making coconut milk, canning chicken or beef, canning peach butter, baking bread, knitting dishcloths.

Eating the same meals each week.

And getting to a point to where I do not have to move furniture anymore.  

I have really struggled to get our home back to this point.  Somehow life got complicated this past year and now I am getting it back to becoming familiar again.  

If you find this has happened to you then push your way through it, you can do this if I can do this and I have had to do this.  Grandma Donna

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