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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 ....
 
When we think of Homesteading we think Rural Homesteading but we do not have to live rural to homestead. This picture above is a picture I took of a local rural homestead outside our city.We are far removed from the old homesteading ways. I have noticed that there is a lot of interest in homesteading today but many people have ideas that homesteading will make them completely independent. Long ago homesteaders still needed dry goods and supplies and today that is the same. Charles and I are homesteading in the city. We are doing things the old way and growing part of our food in the small space that we have.Homesteading can be done on a farm, in a wooded area, just outside of tow ......
One thing in life we can be sure of and that is change. All through our lives, each day, things change. The weather, the time, the sun moves constantly into different positions.We age, we change sizes. Things that are new wear out, something we clean today is dirty tomorrow. This is life.We always have something to do. There is cooking and laundry, cleaning and maintaining the things we have. This is no matter where we live because we have to eat and wash our clothes.If we have pets then there is extra cleaning, we need to wash cages, pet bowls, change their water regularly and make sure they have fresh air, sunshine and are kept cool and warm.But what abo ......
We can look like the present and live like the past. Living like the past is simply living more simple. We can live more simple and still have modern things. I prefer the old things to the new things but there are modern items that can help us to live like the past. It may look different but does the same thing. For instance a modern stove. In the past people cooked over campfire, fireplaces, wood stoves, coal, fuel and such. Along came electricity and the electric range was made. They all serve the same purpose. Cooking homemade meals.We can string a clothesline or use a modern rack to dry clothes.They achieve the same thing, to dry ......
My mothers friend Fanny Bell was a soft spoken lady. I loved her small home and simple life. Fanny Bell was especially good at one thing, making egg custard pie.I have mentioned Fanny Bell in several posts but I wanted to bring up this subject again. Sometime we need a reminder to help us get balance back in our lives, I know I do.We live in a very competitive world now, I see it everywhere in many different ways. Personally I don't like it and feel it may be part of the evil in our world. The reason I feel this way is because it seems that we have been over the tipping point several times now. Everywhere people are trying to top the next person and I don't understand why. This photo ab ......
Do you see it? I did and we had to turn around and stop and walk to the gate.For just a little while it felt like going home. When my children were young we had a small mini farm. This gate looked like the one we had and it just drew me in. We had two horses some pigs and chickens, a catfish pond and 10 acres. That does not sound like many acres to some but 10 acres was plenty for us. Many of my family members lived on farms and I have a lot of good memories.It seems the older I get the more I think about the simple times but I have a feeling that the hectic world we live in causes some of this. As a child I was a city girl mostly but much ......
Charles and I have been two busy bees lately. We have been trying to finish up some projects and repairs. We will always have something to fix or something to do but we wanted to remove some work projects that have been on our list of things to do.One of these projects required us to take a nice short drive just outside the main circle of our town. We live in Dothan Alabama and there is a large circle that goes around our town called the Ross Clark Circle. So when someone asks the location of a place they may ask if it is inside or outside the circle.So our short trip was outside the circle.Under the recent Lavabo post I showed you how we changed an antique wash ......
There has been much to do around the house because it is spring but each season brings on new things and as seasons change so do the things we do.When we live an old fashioned life many of the things we do requires more time, more planning and more muscle. I have said before that modern easy comes with a cost literally.Above I am making the laundry soap powder I use.I grate soap and weigh what I grated and then I weigh the same amount of washing soda and add that. I also make a batch with equal weights of grated bar soap, this batch I am using kirks castile unscented, washing soda and borax. I also add some essential oil and shake it up. So I make two batches, one wit ......
This is the early morning view from our kitchen sink window. I like to watch the birds taking baths and getting a drink of water in the birdbath that is seen top right in the picture.I try to do my best to not discuss news or politics on my blog posts because we all get enough of it and it is terribly distressing. Sometimes I want to go on a rant just like everyone else. I feel that we are watching a sink hole that has no ending to how far it spreads and it just seems no end to the shocking things people do or say. I am actually scared at times at where this all is taking us. I am not scared for me but for the young people. This is all that I want to say about this be ......
As I am doing this post it is the last day of March (1944). We are still tweaking things in the house and moving a few things around but that will most likely be something that will continue for quite awhile. I went through and cut up some of the most worn kitchen towels to use as paper towel replacements.As many of you know I normally change out the tablecloth each month. I started to put my Easter cloth on but the family is scattered this year so I put one of my most vintage cloths because I like it.The weather has been warm and breezy so I have been able to keep the windows open longer at a time. The only problem with opening the windows this time of year is the po ......
First I want to share this beautiful flower that we have growing in our yard. We have several different kinds of mums and I do not know all the official names but this one is larger and beautiful. These three photos are stages of the blooms I took.Starting to open...I hope this brightens your day, it does mine. I have been thinking about how much tending it takes to run a household and keep a yard and garden tidy.If we want to harvest the garden.... We have to prepare the soil, plant it and tend it.We tend to our laundry. Some of our work in the home has priority. Laundry is on that priority list.Sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, dusting.... important to tend to to ......
The hummers are back! We spotted our first hummingbird a little over a week ago. They leave just before winter and we are always excited to see them when they come back.This morning I spotted this one on a branch at our back porch. Last year during a hurricane I ran out and grabbed branches and zip ties and tied the branches to the ironwork on the porch because a hummingbird was trying to stay safe on our porch but there was hardly any safe area for her to perch. She stayed on the branch throughout the hurricane into the next day when it was safe to leave. I did not remove the branches from the porch and this morning I see this young hummingbird perched on ......
Have you ever had a light bulb moment? How about many of them at the same time?The kind of light bulb moment I am talking about is when something suddenly makes sense. That is what I felt when we started living more like the past. For me it was the thought why did we ever stop living this way? Long ago we reached the tipping point but people kept going because that is what people do.A few months ago there was a car accident in front of our house. The police had to block the road. Cars could see ahead of them that they needed to take another street or turn around but most of them didn't. They looked confused, like what am I going to do? My ......
As many of you know we started off March painting the kitchen. After that I needed to slow down and give my body a rest before going on to another big project.Today I am posting about our simple life as we live like our generations did in the past. If I sit down to peel potatoes or carrots and such I will use my enamel pan in my lap and a peeler and paring knife for slicing but if I stand at the counter I use our flannel cloths that I made for kitchen use. I picked plaid so if the stains get bad it will not matter. We need old cloths in our home that are allowed to get stained. We have an old enamel pot that is filled with scrap cloth that has been cut into ......
A lot has been going on outside while I have been stuck inside for the last 9 days painting and organizing our kitchen.Everything is getting so pretty outdoors, blooms and buds...Including the blueberries BUT... Now they are saying expect a frost :( and there is no way I can cover all these beautiful blooms. I can only hope for the best.Elizabeth is saying come this way.... So I have spent the last week on ladders, removing cabinet doors, putting on cabinet doors, removing cabinet doors, putting on cabinet doors. Yes there was a problem! I painted the kitchen 4 different colors of yellow before I got it right. The first yellow looked anemic, the second looked li ......
What is going on with our weather? It is suppose to be winter and here we are mid February in the 80's. Looks like spring, this pear tree is blooming....The azaleas are blooming... I apologize for this longer post but I wanted to blend the reason for gardening and the budget together.So I thought about it.... Maybe my garden shoes will make it one more season LoLWhat do you do when it is still winter and it is 80 degrees? You start grey gardening.I call it grey gardening because much of everything is still grey because it is actually winter but the weather is warming. I started doing what I could in the yard last week and Charles and I worked out in the yard all weeke ......
Some people that visit my blog reminisce about the old days, some say it is like visiting a neighbor or a grandmother long ago. Some talk about the memories it has brought up. Then there are the younger ones that feel like they were born in the wrong generation or the young ones that don't feel comfortable with the way the world is and want something more but are too young to have memories of long ago as we older folks have.Some feel homesick and just like how I felt before I figured out what was bothering me.Many of us have memories of home, wherever that might have been. Some have good memories and some not so good but what I want to talk about is how to fill that void and find that place ......
I took a look at what I was doing this time of year last year and I was mending and patching tablecloths....This is the one that I patched and added flour sack cloth to the sides to make it fit the table.I did an article about switchel...I was also planning for the spring garden...What was going on at this time of year in 1944 was people were being urged to step up on their victory gardens. This article above is a very interesting article for me to share with you for our history project living like 1944.The community of Harrisburg Pennsylvania was one of the many communities around the united states that helped to grow food during the war by encouraging their citizens to grow victory g ......
One thing that was the same in the past and now is there was laundry to wash and dry.There were different ways to wash laundry, today we have these HE machines that are suppose to save water and do a good job of cleaning the laundry but it does not. When I first married I did not have a washer and hand washed the laundry then a few years later we moved to a house that had a round wringer washer. I just loved that washer! It reminded me of my Grandmother's washer and I was happy.Soap was different in the past. Today much of our soap is synthetic and I do not care for the scents that are put in the laundry soap today.In the past the soap was mostly lye and ca ......
We have arrived to a new month and was time to change the tablecloth and accessories this morning. I chose the white crochet tablecloth and embroidered runner in the middle of the table.I like to add a touch of romance to our home. Romance does not have to be about dating or marriage, it can be dressing pretty or the way we style our hair. It can be about adding romantic touches to our home or making a nice blend of essential oils. Yesterday I made a pan cover and added weighted beads to hold the cover in place. I used some vintage flour sack cloth that I found last year at the thrift store. I like the pretty beads around the cloth cover and they are very useful ......
I read through many old articles about how to wash dishes. It turns out that in the past everyone had their own opinion how to wash dishes. People were very particular the order in which things were done.One thing that seemed to be important is to organize the dishes to be washed. They would have gasped if they walked into a kitchen and saw this pictured above.Most people believed in separating the items to be washed.As you can see we did not use our fancies this day, just a normal breakfast that morning, for lunch a day of warming up leftovers. If we cook we are going to mess up pots and pans and dishes, there is no way around it. This article, October 1935 reads ......
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