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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 ....
 
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 ......
There is much to do most all year around here at our small place but spring is especially busy. Since our 2019 history project is to study the years 1900 to 1939 concentrating on the great depression, we have had much reading to do. It has been more difficult to live in today's technology world and study and try to resemble the 1930's than it was the 1940's. I am not sure why other than this study is so much deeper. We are trying to live as an adult in 1930's so we had to study much further back to understand the things an adult has gone through to get to the 1930s. This years study has far exceeded what we thought we could learn. I am hoping when we get to the end of the year we can s ......
Spring is such a beautiful time. We are enjoying our yard and frequent visitors and residents. After being indoors during winter we just want to hang outdoors all the time.I mentioned one time before that a man in our town was torn with grief after the loss of his wife. He then started growing Camellias for therapy and found beauty and interest in the Camellias. He began grafting and expanding his garden and it became a good kind of addiction. Distraction can be a very good thing for us and in today's world especially. These are not Camellias, they are Coneflowers, one of my favorite flowers/herbs.We have many interest, it takes us away from the things in life that make us tense and dr ......
We continue the diary of Phoebe, April 1939Phoebe and William live in a three story adjoining home with the Griffiths living next door. Their story is told in the January diary.Saturday April 1Thero 30 Cloudy. Baked and took lunches up not much else doing. Ed Jackson buried today it rained. Ruth up a little while, Ruth at movies, home early.Sunday April 2 Thero 30 clear, Palm Sunday, went to S.S. 394 out it as cold for spring clothing. Harry here. No one else. Aunt Ruth stayed all night.Monday April 3Thero 26 clear. Washed and all dry by noon. I did not do any thing after I had them dry. Ruth out with Joyce. Ruth over at Helen. Edna came over with her I was to aid meeting.Tuesday A ......
We now continue the diary of Theodore and Nellie. Theodore is the writer of this dairy and we started in January and have read January, February and March, 1905. Now we continue with April.You can find the January, February and March in the diary section on my blog in the upper right side that say's Donna's Diary Posts. Saturday April 1, 1905We gathered and boiled this P.M. Sap runs good today.Sunday April 2It was a fine day. Allie stayed here last night. We all went to S.S. Bro Miller preached. We met at Mr Sanford and talked about paying the ministers Deaded to give Mr. M. $50. and Mr Carm and Williams $2.00 a trip. Miller 17 times Carm 9 Williams 3.00Monday April 3We gathered a ......
We continue the Journal of Albert and Gladys, the year 1932. We have been following the monthly expenses and budget for this young couple with a new baby during the great depression. Albert has remained employed at this time.You may find the other Journals (Jan thru March) in the upper right hand column called Donna's Diary posts. Or you can find them by scrolling down under Living like the past.This is the journal entries for the month of April 1932April 2, 1932Ice .35, Citizen for one year 3.00, Baby cap .50, Grocery 4.98, Mr. Simmons for lawn mower. 65, Pictures .60, Ice Cream .10April 4,Dr. Shultz 6.00, Gasoline 1.00.April 5 Grocery .65, Hair Cut .25, Rubber pants .25,&n ......
This post was done on August of 1915 about laundry, blueing and ironing like the past. I am bringing it forward to answer some questions and also since we are living like the 1930's, this is an appropriate post. This is part one and I will post the other two post connected to this one. I have many many older post you can review by clicking on living like the past, scroll to the bottom of the page and go back. When you advance to 12 click the arrow and give it a little time and it will reload further back.In this article I will be discussing laundry the old fashioned way and there will be three web pages, see this article then Starching Laundry the old fashioned way part two, then Ironing the ......
Page two laundry the old fashioned way, see page one first, it is called Laundry the old fashioned way part one.You start with clean, wet and unfolded items to be starched. If the clean item is dry then place it in a pan or sink and wet the garment. Or remove it directly from the wash to the starch. Wet, wring it out and loosen it and set it aside.This starch will be a boiled starch. First 1/2 cup powdered starch to one cup of water. Whisk it around in a bowl or directly into a dutch oven (very large pot).Add the mixture to the pot then add 2 quarts of water and mix well with whisk. At first I was going to make half a batch but decided to make the full batch for this article.So I moved it th ......
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