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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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May 6, 2024

When I was a child I was drawn to my most interesting relatives. The ones that were just themselves and with no pretence and were perfect as they were.  

Each one had something interesting about them, the way they dressed or fixed their hair. Sometimes it was what their interests were such as always finding them out in the garden or inside with fabric and buttons and sewing notions all about.  

Vivian had a costume shop, Grandmother crochet doll dresses, Aunt Nina enjoyed antiques, Uncle Less had a country store with penny candy and soda pop on ice.

I remember a interesting metal gate and the sound that it made, wood floors that creaked, I can remember wood planks to walk over muddy areas to get to the other side.  Most important is that I was comfortable where I was.

The other day as I passed by our linen closet I noticed the handle and thought about a glass knob on a door at one of my aunts house.  I always admired that glass doorknob. 

I have talked about my Aunt Ruth's button box here on my blog and I feel that it is important that the very small things are so very important and especially if they are associated with love.

I had left my bowl of seeds next to my knitting chair. I was going to remove it but I had the thought that this would be really fun if someone visits with a child because they could sit with the magnifying glass and look at the seeds.

I enjoy bunnies and so we have them here and there in and outside our home.  This bunny came from Madge's house along with another that had a broken ear.  We fixed her ear and now she feels better.  We named this bunny Carley because she reminds us of a real bunny that we had in the past that we called Carley. 

This is Ellie that had the broken ear that is now mended.  She has decided that she wants to be in the kitchen for awhile.  They do move around the house as they wish.

Do you have a children's drawer or cabinet in your house?

We have one and is always ready for those that visit only they usually just enjoy our home.

I keep books to read should there be someone to come for a longer stay.  

We all are part of forming a child's mental wellness so let us make it the best we can.  Never let a child hear arguing, bad language, gossip. 

I did some more sewing last week, I finished the living room curtains.  I sewed them using Clara, our treadle sewing machine.  It was quite enjoyable to slow down and taking my time designing and sewing these curtains, even if the garden needs me.

As I was sewing I actually had a thought that a child would think these pretty. Then I wonder do children think as we did when we were children? Do they have too much now to even notice the simple things as we did long ago? 

I had some lace that had been packed away for years and decided to attach the curtain fabric to the lace so the top of the window would let more light into the living room. 

Elizabeth is enjoying the new look.  She will share her space with us so that is good. 

I love how the early morning sun comes in on our bed. I am still working on our bedroom with the blue and yellow theme. 

Our favorite sheets are these turtle sheets.  I like them because they make us happy just to look at them and then to think we are sleeping among the turtles, should we tell them goodnight as we do everything else in our house?

This is a new lace valance from the thrift store for $3.00 and it softened the window area just right. 

This is our Katherine, she cannot hear anymore and her crinkled forehead is because she couldn't find me.  She cries when she is separated from me.  Her walking is declining and we have to support her when she eats her meals or her feet slide away.  We have rugs down in all the rooms now so she can stand. I took the picture because she looked so well at this moment. 

We show a lot of love to all our pets but we are spending as much quality time with our girl Katherine and giving her extra tucks and kisses in bed each night. 

Do you see what is not suppose to be in the picture above?  

A baby chickadee that fledged a bit too early.  This baby is not from our front porch nest, those are wren's.  We kept a eye on this baby to make sure mom and dad were feeding her and they were flying down to the ground to feed her. They managed to get her to a small brushy area of the yard and we left them to tend to the baby.  These things happen in the wild and it is best to let the parents take care if possible.

My new adventure is all about lavender and onions.  I am planting new varieties anywhere I can find a place to plant a seed or seedling.  These were early to pull but handy to be able to go out and pull some early to use for a meal. 

Last year I planted Torch blue and Origano lavender and decided to plant more this year because I have mixed up the names of the lavender and I need to mark them better this time.

Charles and I have gone back to eliminating inflammatory food in our diet and eating whole food.  This was yesterday, chicken green beans, sweet potatoes.  We will eat like this for at least a month. 

I have written out a meal plan and our vegetables this week are green beans, cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, collards, zucchini, brussels sprouts, english peas, mushrooms and onions, lettuce. 

Each day we have different vegetables unless we want the same thing often, two days will be meatless.  We are avoiding nightshade vegetables and other food that seems to cause us inflammation such gluten and sugar. Also very limited dairy.  This is what we did several years ago and it helped us so we are at it again.  

I am outside and Bernadette is inside the house in her lookout window.  Can you tell she is not happy about this? 

How would a child feel if they came for a visit to your house? What would they see, smell, hear?  Hopefully they will smell something simmering on the stove, hear only greetings, laughter, happy sounds because all electronics are turned off. The most important is do they feel love? 

What are your fond memories of family members and places in your past?

Take a walk around your home to get a perspective of a child seeing your home from their level. Make your home a place to make fond memories for everyone, I believe that is what Tasha Tudor did.  Grandma Donna

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