Thursday, December 18, 2008


May this Christmas flood you with
the joy of the spirit of Christmas
that you felt as a child,
With the light of the world that the Savior brought with resurrection and forgiveness,
as reflected in the Christmas lights,

And the warmth of the fire
in your loved ones' hearts,
viewed in the flame of a candle or fireplace.
-Sheila Wall Wahab


These vintage postcards can be bought from a site on ebay. Some are at and some are at

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The prettiest homemaking magazine there is!

My favorite magazine in the whole world. A bit pricey, so I buy the back issues from used bookstores or on eBay or even from online bookstores that sell used copies. Each issue is a feast for the eyes. I keep them on my coffee table for others to enjoy. Some of it can be seen online as well. If I remember right, I first wrote to them and asked them for a sample of the magazine and enclosed a check for $5 for the magazine and shipping, and they sent me one so I could see if I liked it enough to subscribe.

War Wives-Then and Now are WOW!

In World War I and II they were called Woman Ordinance Workers,
they did the men's tough labor jobs...and today, WOW means Women of War.

WWII Posters by Everett Johnson
WWII Posters
This can be bought at
which is where most of the pictures on this blog come from.

Monday, December 1, 2008



I just found a beautiful, inspiring website! . Now I have a whole new wish list of the beautiful books offered on that site, but even if you don't look at the books they offer, it's a beautiful site! It includes areas for beautiful girlhood, homemaking and other areas as well.


Friday, October 10, 2008


I AM SO VERY THANKFUL FOR MY COMPUTER AND MY INTERNET FRIENDS AND MY INTERNET WORLD and for all the many blessings and miracles I've had in my real life this year...and my real life full of little joys and luxuries, despite the pain and disability.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Old sayings...

I apologize for the awkward spacing in this post. I tried to reset it 9 times, but I just got the format you see below, or at least 2 inches between each line, and couldn't fix it no matter what I tried.

How many of these do you remember hearing your parents or grandparents saying????

"With the passing of time, many old phrases become obsolete or even disappear.This is unfortunate because some of them are very appropriate and humorous. Here is a list that I came up with that I remember my parents and grandparents using that we don't hear much anymore. Perhaps you have some memorable old phrases of your own that you could add to the list by leaving a comment:

"I'll just give this a lick and a promise", (wipe it up now with promise to clean it up better later).

A Bone to Pick (someone who wants to discuss a disagreement)

An Axe to Grind (Someone who has a hidden motive.This phrase is said to have originated from Benjamin Franklin who told a story about a devious man who asked how a grinding wheel worked. He ended up walking away with his axe sharpened free of charge)

A bad apple spoils the whole barrel (one corrupt person can cause all the others to go bad if you don't remove the bad one)

At sea (lost or not understanding something)

Bad Egg (Someone who was not a good person)

Barking at a knot (meaning that your efforts were as useless as a dog barking at a knot.)

Bee in your bonnet (To have an idea that won't let loose)

Been through the mill (had a rough time of it)

Between hay and grass (Not a child or an adult)

Blinky (Between sweet and sour as in milk)

Calaboose (a jail)

Cattywampus (Something that sits crooked such as a piece of furniture sitting at an angle)

Dicker (To barter or trade)

Feather In Your Cap (to accomplish a goal. This came from years ago in wartime when warriors might receive a feather they would put in their cap for defeating an enemy)

Hold your horses (Be patient!)

He's In Hot Water Now! (In trouble)

I reckon (I suppose)

Jawing (Talking or arguing)

Kit and caboodle (The whole thing)

Madder than an old wet hen (really angry)

Needs taken down a notch or two (like notches in a belt usually a young person who thinks too highly of himself and needs a lesson)

No Spring Chicken (Not young anymore)

Persnickety (overly particular or snobbish)

Pert-near (short for pretty near)

Pretty is as pretty does (your actions are more important than your looks)

Salawag (a rascal or unprincipled person)

Scarce as hen's teeth (something difficult to obtain)

Skedaddle (Get out of!)

Sparking (courting/dating)

Straight From the Horse's Mouth (privileged information from the one concerned)

Stringing around, gallivanting around, or piddling (Not doing anything of value)

Sunday go to meetin' dress (The best dress you had)

We clean up real fine (is another goodie....)

Tie the Knot (to get married)

Too many irons in the fire (to be involved in too many things)

Tuckered out (tired and all worn out)

Under the weather (not feeling well this term came from going below deck on ships due to sea sickness thus you go below or under the weather)

Wearing your "best bib and tucker" (Being all dressed up)

You ain't the only duck in the pond (It's not all about you)

Well, if you hold your horses, I reckon I'll get this whole kit and caboodle done and sent off to you. Please don't be too persnickety and get a bee in your bonnet because I've been pretty tuckered out and at sea lately because I'm no spring chicken.I haven't been just stringin' around and I know I'm not the only duck in the pond, but I do have too many irons in the fire. I might just be barking at a knot, but I have tried to give this article more than just a lick and a promise."

-Unknown, but I thank them for this trip down memory lane.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

BLOGGER QUESTION-Help if you can please

Hi. I have looked through the help section of blogspot/ and can't find anything about this. You know how some pictures are animated and have the ending of .gif, like I have an angel picture of an angel pouring blessings from the sky, and the title is angel.gif . When I insert the picture into my blog, no animations show up. Why, and is there any way to make it so the animation DOES show up? Thanks

Friday, August 22, 2008


North Americans will probably be the only ones to smile at these old prices on the menu. They are at least 10 times as much now.
If you can't see the picture well, click on it, and it will open in a new window. If that's still not large enough, "snag" (copy) it and enlarge it. Remember, snagging" is the
highest modern form of compliment.
Remember Woolworths? The place where a kid's allowance could actually buy something useful! A treasure store. The first version of the dollar store, but back then we called them 5 and 10 cent stores. You know the "cent" symbol is not even on our computer keyboards anymore? I MISS IT!
For you youngsters, it looks like this:
{ ¢ }

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Comments Made in the Year 1955 !!

sorry about this big empty space, I tried for days to delete it with no luck.

That was only 53 years ago!

'I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy

a week's groceries for $20.00.'

'Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $2,000 will only buy a used one.'

'If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.

'Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?'

'If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.'

'When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.'

'Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls.'

'I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in "GONE WITH THE WIND", it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.'

'I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.'

'Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President.'

'I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.'

'It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.'

'It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.'

'Marriage doesn't mean a thing any more, those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat.'

'I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.'

'Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to congress.'

'The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.'

'There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel.'

'No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $35.00 a day in the hospital it's too rich for my blood.'

'If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it!'

Monday, July 28, 2008


What will they think of next?
I wish it really worked!
Now...who can I use it to control? HAHA
In case you can't see what the buttons are, they are:
top left: OFF the COUCH NOW!
top right: SET the TABLE
Dinner~Dessert~Take Me Out
Wash~Dry~Put away
THERMOSTAT (up arrow)
TOILET SEAT (down arrow)
ROMANCE (up arrow)
SEX (down arrow)
START compliments
PAUSE to apologize
STOP complaining

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The History Of Aprons

Remember when a woman wouldn't dare cook without an apron? An apron is the symbol now of retro/vintage women. Modern retro women often collect aprons, and give them as gifts. I saw a mom's get-together where the theme was retro, and the hostess passed out an apron to each guest to wear throughout the party and to take home.

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

If family came to dinner, there were other aprons in the kitchen for the other 'women-folk' to help out with preparations.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Compared to today... Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don't think I ever caught anything from an Apron. (Of course they were washed more often than the clothes underneath.)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Work Of The Day

Remember when
each day was assigned a job, and we saw it
embroidered on dishtowels, also called "tea towels" for some reason?

Days of The Week-
For Homemaking

Monday Wash Day

Tuesday Ironing Day

Wednesday Mending Day

Thursday Cleaning Day

Friday Shopping Day

Saturday Cooking Day

Sunday The Lord's Day

Tuesday, July 1, 2008




Made by Lena