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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 ....
 
To me life had become just filler food. Before we changed to living a more simple old fashioned life I felt that I was going through life on just filler food. Spending on unnecessary things, shopping without making sure it was exactly what we needed. Often things ended up in the donate box or trash with very little use.It was like going to a buffet bar restaurant and eating a mixture of things that were not that healthy but something to fill us up.Many people today just buy to fill up that emptiness. Constantly looking for entertainment but never seem to get enough. All the while the credit card bill grows larger and most of the items charged are no longer even being u ......
We are continuing Sarah's diary. You can go back to read the previous months if you have missed them. Friday, April 1, 1932Cold and cloudy the early part of the day. Bright this P.M. but still quite cold. Hat the usual morning tasks to see to. Made preparations and went with Fredrick, Papa and Char to Franklin, took in the eggs and did my trading there. We then went on to Middletown where we bought some Hardware cloth and called on Media, Clenon, Eva and Roy and Phllis. Home by 1 o'clock. Late dinner, Gave the kids room an extra clean up. Sleepy.Saturday April 2 Quite warm all the day and evening - cloudy with a good breeze astir this A.M.but blowing a perfect gale this P.M. Had the usu ......
This is the place I have spent a lot of time lately. If the pillows are at the head of the bed I can look into the kitchen. If they are at the foot of the bed I can see out the windows.I have been quite ill for the last several weeks. I have mentioned before that I have Meniere's disease, tinnitus and Hyperacusis.. It all has to do with the ears. Balance, nausea, vertigo, ringing, roaring, whishing noises and then if that is not bad enough add a megaphone in your ears making All sounds too loud. And to make it sound crazy but everything is too loud and yet I have hearing loss. Everything from water running in the sink to someone talking, setting a tea cup into a sau ......
We are continuing with the diary of Sarah. If you have not read January or February they are linked here. Part 1 https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/starting-to-make-sense/Part 2 https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/diary-of-sarah-february/Now on to part three.Tuesday March 1, 1932March came in like a lamb - Cloudy early this a.m. but, the clouds since lifted and we had a lovely day of fine bright sunshine. Saw to the early morning tasks. Sat down and finished copying the news items for the paper. Prepared dinner for the tobacco steamers, fathers and Joseph. Served a little after 12 - the convenient time for the men to come. Felt so tired s ......
Just a very short post to let you know I am not posting this week to take a needed rest. The heat really does me in this time of year so I am trying to take care of myself. I will be back at it next week hopefully.We also have a Great Grand baby due to be born next month. We are excited about that and I am putting together a new baby package to send with my daughter-in-law when she goes for her next visit. I have been taking this time to do some sorting of sewing items and a few drawers. I am thinking about the fall garden since we have so much damage to the spring garden due to the heat and drought. We finally got some rain this past week but not enough an ......
There have been many questions asked since starting the posting of the diaries. Edith's and Sarah's diaries especially.I too have questions and it makes me research further. When I first started this history project this year I really did not expect to find much new information about the home life in the past but to our surprise we have found much more information than we expected.We have to consider the time and what they did and did not have compared to our way of living today.For instance refrigeration. In the 1930s there was early refrigeration but many people did not have it. Many people still did not have electricity. It all depended on where one lived. As we read Sarah's diary she men ......
The food forest has been doing good until the drought started getting worse. We have watered every day and this is difficult for us because we try to conserve water and the plants do not like city water.We started harvesting something each day that will make a meal.It is such a good feeling to eat what we grow but it really is not easy for us produce enough in a small back yard to grow enough to be able to preserve much of the harvest. This year has been an all in effort and I have learned a lot such as I will give each plant more space so the bees can get to it and so it has a better chance to fight off disease. To grow only what we enjoy eating.But then there are the butternut squash ......
I am continuing the diary of Sarah. This is the most special diary that I have. A true treasure. It takes me quite a bit of time to type so it is coming slow but I will post it each time I get a month typed out. Sarah's diary is a bit larger page so she writes quite a bit on each page. The first post is here https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/starting-to-make-sense/ If you have not read the month of January. Monday, February 1, 1932Clear, crisp and cold. real winter. Had the usual early morning tasks to see to. Made preparation and did the weeks washing for the two families. Hung part of mine out and put part on the clothes rack. Dinner. Emptied and rin ......
Can we really go back to a better place, a better time? We cannot go back in time but we can change our life to resemble the past. We do not have to live like others, we choose to live like others. If we want a more simple life, we start right where we are, right now, and we remove the clutter and the things that are standing in our way that drain our energy, rob us of precious time. We do not have to change an era to live a more simple life, we just live a more simple life.Today's world is complicated, irritable and fast and looking into how things were for our generations before us gives us some surprising answers. We found that we just wanted to live more like they live ......
I am back to posting on Albert and Gladys, the 1932 journal of their expenditures during this year of the great depression. If you have not read their journal up to this point you can go to this link to get back to the beginning post for the month of Januaryhttp://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/beginning-study/As we move through their journal we see that they are not going to the store as often since we see postings for ice which means they now have an ice box for refrigeration. It may have looked something like this above. Albert is still employed and Gladys is home taking care of their home and small baby.I have been typing out the journal but I have increased the size of the pictures so ......
We have been in the 90 degree temperatures and this is only May. Also it is very dry here which is requiring us to hand water our vegetables.We finally finished harvesting the cattle trough that held the garlic. I planted them last fall around October. Some of them split so we probably should have pulled them up several weeks earlier but they are still good. The bulbs we grow are smaller than the garlic grown in the north.But it is still garlic. :)We finally have bees coming to pollinate. We are so happy about this. It was such a worry to not have bees and it took a bit of thinking to get the bees to come to our garden and I don't know where they came from but I am so happy they ......
I realize that I am not on the exact track of posting as I am suppose to be as far as this study is going but this is a research project and as I discover new information I am trying to relay it on to you. Many of the diaries are behind because I keep finding more relevant information. The whole purpose of this years study is understanding how our ancestors lived. We have been getting close with Leona and Edith but there has still been missing important information on what they cooked and how long it took them to do the things they did. We have learned that they work very hard but it seems to be a much more meaningful work. It is not just me but some of you ......
I took a chance and got a very early start with planting this year. There was a lot of covering and uncovering but worth it because I just do not do well with the heat and I wanted to get the planting and heavy work done before it became too hot.Just today we reached 90 degrees and it is spring so we may be in for a very hot summer.We put in several cattle panel trellises this spring. To me the trellis is land since we are short on that. If we cannot spread out we can try growing up.This is cantaloupe that I am training to grow up.A basil has planted itself in a begonia. Baby cucumber.Our first zucchini and it was very good. The over crowded herb, pepper, cilantro tank.The be ......
Last posting on Edith's diary, we left off at the end of April. This is the link to the first posting if you need a refresher or have not read any of her diary. https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/january-and-february-edith/Edith is a widow and lives in a community where people help one another and many have been long time friends. I enjoy the diaries more as the weather warms because it gives us a clearer image of how the household works.Thursday May 1 1924Raining hard this morning cleared off in the afternoon. Gordon was here in the afternoon. Study club repeated Little Miss Jack to a good house dance afterwords. Friday May 2 Cold and Cloudy this morning. cle ......
Here we are at part three of Leona's Diary. I have done two posts before this one, the first is January, February and March. The second post is April, May and June.I made a decision to summarize the last six months of Leona's diary because I have so much to type out with the other diaries and it is a very busy time here with the garden work.I did not mention that Leona is spinster being age 46 when writing this diary. After we left off with the last post it was the end of June. Leona left home and drove 78 miles away to attend summer school. She roomed somewhere nearby and took classes to continue her education as well as required credits. Leona is a very busy woman and every ......
If we are tired of the way things are, we can find a better way, a more purposeful life. I have found what I was looking for by living like the past. I was not sure though as to where I would be comfortable. I can now say, the 1930's is what I want to resemble. Not the awful stories and pictures that we have seen but what I am finding in the diaries of the real lives of those that made it through, overcame and maybe some of these people had been living sensible lives before the great depression and were in better shape going into and through the great depression. Reading the diary of Elizabeth, she does worry about paying taxes but she is managing and her family is managing by w ......
Part two, if you did not read Jan, Feb and March of Leona's diary, go back here to read that first. https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/keeping-home-the-old-way/I will jump right in and continue the diary.Thursday April 1, 1937We went over to see Lord and Taylor 10 o'clock bus over and 5:22 from there home. Had a nice time. Gathered sap. Watched 350 baby chicks for a long time.Friday April 2Spent most of the middle of the day down town. Did ever so many errands but couldn't find a dress as I had hoped. Rain before I got home. Mother down to see about chair and bookcase I had looked at. Bought both. Mrs. Kanter over for more than 2 hours.Saturday April 3Mother made a pie and some raised d ......
This above is the real home of Leona, this is what it looks like now but imagine what it looked like in 1937.I am going to be late with the first of the Month diary entries that I have been posting for the last 4 months. I have had much to do with gardening so I chose to post 3 months of a very special diary that I hope you enjoy. I have acquired several diaries to help with our research projects and mostly because of my intense desire to know all I can about what life was like before the 1940's. My own memories take me to a time where life was so much calmer, housework was more routine and the house was most always ready for visitors, doing laundry because it was laundry day ......
The Walking Iris is blooming. Tomorrow this bloom should be fully open. I love to watch the different stages of the flowers.It has been mostly dry recently with a few rains here and there but under what we normally get this time of year.With all the gardening everything needs water. We have tried many different ways of watering our garden over the years. For many years we just used the water hose with a sprayer attachment, we tried drip irrigation which actually used more water than we expected. We have collected rain water whenever we can but we need rain to have rainwater and we fill watering cans and use those but it takes a good while to fill the cans. When it is so very hot outsid ......
I reckon around about tomorrow the old cast iron pipe might be fixed.There has been an unseen problem under these drains. Seem like the old drain pipe rusted out and the sink water has been going under the house.So while the water is being removed and dried and the pipe being fixed, knowing the old ways of doing things has come in handy.I told Charles there would be no hurry as far as I was concerned because I knew the work would be hard to do. This was about the time last year the washing machine took medical leave and all these things that happen just give me more practice time for our history research projects.Katherine says she is so lucky that this is where she came to live when she was ......
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