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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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Crossing the line
Many post back I have spoken about stepping over an imaginary line. It is a powerful thing to do.With all that has gone on in this world and to me it seems to get crazier each day, many people become overwhelmed for many reasons. Some of us are walking around with fatigue, brain fog, disorganized homes, cranky children, cranky adults. Prices are going out of control and for many debt is rising. I am most concerned about the general behavior of people, never seen anything like it. I am happy for the people that are not having problems or discomfort but there just seems that more are than not.It comes down to we all have to deal with our i ......
The Shift of August
Where we live here in the United States, it is still very hot during the month of August but by the middle of August there are some notable changes, the summer vegetables are at harvest or have already harvested. There is heavy foliage on the trees, the weeds have taken over because it has been too hot to go out and there is the feeling that a change will be coming.For me it is more in the mind, it is like a battle is ending, the battle of surviving the summer heat. My brain has shifted and given me a dose of energy to plant those late summer and early fall seeds. This time when they get close to harvest the cooling is beginning if not already begun. So plant ......
How Far Back?
I put the lightweight Chenille spread back on the bed because it is still too warm for the blue blanket spread.I have been doing my best to remember my past and what we did when money was tight. With the increasing prices of most everything it is concerning how difficult this could get.I think about how far back we need to go to survive a possible economic crisis? If we live like we did when we first started off keeping house then we will be okay. Today many people do not know what this means. I have told the story about packing up our 1955 Ford with the little we had and driving off to Oklahoma to live near an air base that we were stationed.&nbs ......
The Painted Sky
So many things to do, the fall garden needs to be planted or at least prepare to plant. Just enough time to plant some late summer veggies, maybe.Charles is cleaning out and organizing his small work shop. The house reorganizing is slow and the more I pull out, the more decisions to make. It is the little stuff that is all over the place. Have you ever noticed that when your house is messy, it is not the big stuff, it is the little stuff.I have been painting again, above is a shelf cabinet Charles pulled out of his little shop, he is organizing too and when he decides to discard then he asks me if I want it. Of course I want it!Ground sausage with cabbage and ri ......
Going Home
Our simple life journey has given us a different perspective on so many things that I do not even know where to start but I do know where it has taken us.A casserole that we made that could be put into a lunch thermos for Charles lunch. I recently watched a British documentary from my computer about loneliness and how it is increasing worldwide. People that live alone, mothers with small children, people that have lost their spouse from death or divorce and young people.Our history studies and simple life has made it to where we can understand some of the problems that we see in our society.I thought about my collection of old diaries and one thing I have learned reading my many d ......
Dreaming of winter....
We have been having our typical summer thunderstorms and hot and humid days. Even on the days that the temperatures have dropped the humidity makes it difficult to do much of anything that requires exerting. I am dreaming of cool weather and the need for a sweater, warm socks and blankets and snuggly pajamas and night gowns. I don't want to rush time because I am thankful for each day that I am still here but daydreaming of winter brings me happiness during this hot and humid time of year. It seems to me that we have been skipping spring and fall here in this part of the U.S. and have gone to two seasons, winter and summer. I fina ......
Wherever home is be You
I did not show you the inside of the pie from the last weeks post. The Pie was delicious and I wish I could have shared it with you. I found myself overwhelmed this past week with learning new things with the internal upgrade to my website, two computers crashed after that, it had nothing to do with the upgrade, some issues I had before the upgrade. Now I am making this post and a video on a completely new computer so I am still learning my way through all of this but I continue to make progress and I feel good about that. I would like to mention that we have some tropical storms (potential Hurricanes) brewing in the Atlantic and look ......
The Thyme we are given
When I was a child and visited my Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles I would tag along as my family would walk along the gardens and talk with one another and admire the blooms of all the plants. There was a special fondness of flowers and I could sense their knowledge of many things that I did not understand.In the past there seemed to be more thought and appreciation for flowers and trees than there are today. When we traveled anywhere, a short distance or a long distance, my mother would name the trees, bushes, flowers and the birds. She came from that impressive generation that seemed so sensible to me.My mother would s ......
But That Was Home
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 ......
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