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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 16, 2022

We had a break from posting with the diaries because one of our diary writers, Lena, was in the hospital, now we will be picking up from where we left off with both diaries. 

To read these diaries from the beginning of the diary, look on my blog in the menu, "Living like the Past" and search for January 1, 2022 post.  I hope someday to get all of my diary posts listed on the sidebar. I do have some of the diaries in there now but I need to work on that quite a bit more. 

So now we pick up from where we left off with Lil and Bob's 1943 diary.

Friday, September 17, 1943.  SUnshine but cool - Done the ironing & mending- Bob home early.

Saturday, September 18, Fine day - Bob home early - Up town to shop - Bob Ambuster called in the eveing. 

Sunday, September 19, Hot Day - 95 degrees - Slept late - Bob up for Chronicle - cut lawns & washed car.

Monday, September 20. Hot day. 103 degrees on porch & 90 degrees in house - Bob Up Town to exhange batting for Richards old car.

Tuesday, September 21.  Another hot day - 104 degrees - To Larkspur was it hot?  Home after Sundown - Jack Frahm's Birth day.

Wednesday, September 22.  Another hot day 104 but cloudy & cooler this Eve.  Bob walked from S. Station left car returned for it 5:05

Thursday, September 23.  Cooler today - watered all yards in a.m. worked Nuco - Bob home ten to one - up Town to do shopping. 

Now on to see how Lena and her son Richard are doing. 

We are continuing the diary of Lena and her son Richard.  We left off where Lena had a bad foot/leg ulcer or something like that and was suddenly sent to the hospital. 

Friday September 17, 1943.  Came home from the Hospital today.  Richard got Mrs. Lang to come up. Seems good to be back and will have to get adjusted as I've been away 3 weeks.  Cat was pretty glad to see me as he wants to stay in my lap but they don't think I aught to have him.  Have 3 weeks or more blank.  In the hospital 3 weeks and practical nurse over a week.  Such a waste of time.

Saturday, September 18.  Not much to write about Haven't done much around but will soon be able to get around I hope as I hate to have Richard paying $2.00 a day for help and thinks a nice day.  I changed the water in the fish and tried to find some chick weed but there isn't any but a lot of sorrel.  Went down in the garden and got my white stockings all black and found some corn and tomatoes and got some carrots.

Sunday, September 19, Richard lighted the oil stove also made a fire in the furnace and I took my starch bath over the oil stove and got up I do not know the time but fairly early and had breakfast then later wrote letters.  Richard went down and built a fire in the furnace wood and put in a chunk but it was so hot I had to open the doors and window and go out of the kitchen where I am now.  I think he is a little too jealous keeping the house so hot.

Monday, September 20. Mrs. Lefoe did the washing this morning and I didn't help any but called the oil man and wrote a card of thanks to the Landmark and to the Rebekahs etc.  Had pearl go over street and quite a lot of errands Bot 3 boxes of chocolates for my 3 favorite nurses who did the most for me and got some cards for some of the patience must do some more tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 21.  Walked over street this morning and got some cards to send to the girls  I sent the candy too.  The Ben Franklin Store had just what I wanted.

Wednesday, September 22. I took over this afternoon and Mrs. Lefoe  went home  Think she had a bad cold and better go.  I was very glad to and think I'll get along alright. 

Thursday, September 23.  Went to west Lebanon and got a haddock and fried it for dinner leaving enough for a chowder.  Got pretty tired but it didn't hurt me any.

End of this week's diary readings, that Lena, she sure is something isn't she?  I wish I had known her.  Grandma Donna 


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Comments (10)


November 15, 2022 3:58 PM
I remember a Ben Franklin's store! I completely forgot about those until this post. Nice little memory :)

Lady Locust (JL ????)

September 27, 2022 5:11 PM
I remember the Ben Franklin. Knew it had been around for years, but didn't realize it was around in the 40's so fun to hear of it. Last I remember is it went out of business in the 90's sometime.
I like the diaries so am glad to see them back.

Grandma Donna

September 21, 2022 8:15 PM
From Grandma Donna

Sarah, you are close, Lena is from White River Junction just across the river in Vermont. :)


September 21, 2022 7:02 PM
Hi! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful entries. I'm assuming Lena is from NH? I only ask because I live not to far from West Lebanon and their weather is very similar to ours. My husband started the woodstove a few days ago and we had to open the doors and windows it got so hot!


September 19, 2022 11:37 PM
Very interesting! Thank you so much!!!

Grandma Donna

September 19, 2022 10:23 PM
Reply from Grandma Donna

Penny, I am happy that you enjoy the diary readings. Nuco was a butter substitute and during the war butter was rationed so people were using this butter substitute. I believe that it was white and they colored it to make it look like butter and they would say worked Nuco. I was something I frequently see in these older diaries. Thank you for your question. Donna


September 19, 2022 10:10 PM
Love reading about Lil and Bob and Lena! Thank you for your wonderful blog - I look forward to it every week! I’ve been wondering - what does “worked Nuco” mean in the Lil and Bob diary?

Grandma Donna

September 17, 2022 10:12 PM
From Grandma Donna
I want to apologize for the jumbled diary readings, I have gone back and corrected the problem. I was away from home and so I typed the diary readings in notepad so I could post them online when I got home. I had separations between the diary entries but for some reason, it posted them with all the words running together. I think I have corrected the problem.
I thank you for your wonderful comments. Darlene, I wondered if there were any more Ben Franklin stores around. :) Grandma Donna

Karla Howard

September 17, 2022 9:02 PM
I absolutely love your blog Grandma Donna. Have been following it for some time now, and would love to read and enjoy every single post you have. Little by little I am getting them read. I know how busy you are, living the simple life is hard work, and definitely time consuming. I can totally relate to much of the things you write about, and how you are living like the past. You wisdom and experience is both an inspiration and a treasure to so many people. Thank you and God Bless you and Charles for sharing your lives with us, I truly appreciate it. Sending a hug across the miles, Karla

Darlene Roudebush

September 17, 2022 8:03 PM
I agree, I wish I had know them both. Imagine all they could teach us. We still have a Ben Franklin store 12 miles from us. It smells old and the floors are original wood and creak. But they have anything you could want!

Darlene from Ohio
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