Tuesday, May 29, 2012

29 May 1956 “Living My Life and Father Knows Best: Don’t Wear Your Pants So Low”

I have no real reason for my long 13 day absence from my blog. I have to admit to not even using the computer for the past few days. At my last check in I saw that our good follower/friend Sanne noted that we are having Spam on our new Forum. As I am paying monthly to have that forum so as NOT to have spam you can see that is rather frustrating. It was sort of another ‘straw breaking camel’s back’ for me.

I have been, then, simply living my life. Each day has not been any particular year but my own now certain form of timeless living. I still watch no modern media and only read vintage magazines, but most of the day is filled with gardening, planning out a new project for my barn/studio and biking and walking.

Where I live is certainly a Summer Season destination, so you can imagine this time of year it is lovely. The days are warmer but still with a hint of cool sea air. The wooded path where we walk and bike down to the sea is alive with blooming wild jasmine and roses right now. I feel rather transported back in time when wheeling down that lane, my skirts flying and the fragrance of the wild flowers begin to mingle with sharp notes of the sea.

Have I seen to the problem with the forum? No. Have I bothered to research a particular moment and compare and contrast with today? No. I have simply and happily swirled through these days with mornings punctuated by my old percolator popping as I stand on the terrace of the kitchen and dream up my next garden. Or laugh with friends on the rolling lawn of our local tea house, watching the birds play on the waters of the old Mill Pond downtown. An afternoon spent poking around the antique shop, trying on Victorian rings and helping friends try on 1800’s silk bonnets.

I seem to be coming to a point in which I have begun to see the world as it truly is. I can see the funny old professor behind the curtain pulling the strings that manipulate the great and powerful OZ that is our modern world and while it first scared me, it has now brought me to a place of complete neutrality. I feel I have no real power to change the vastness of our world. I, much like many of the masses during the hard times of the past, simply must wait to be swept up into whatever the puppet master chooses to be our next production. In the meantime I want to live.

And the things I am doing and have been learning since 1955 seem to be quite helpful in the changing times. Gardening, cooking, mending, de-cluttering. Even things as simple as selling and donating things once bought at big box stores for the look of it with China stamped on the bottom for one small item that is truly old and has true value. It needn’t be expensive, but whole shelves of cheap knock offs can be worth nothing and can quickly be yard-saled and one nice piece of sterling silver, a pair of sugar tongs say, can replace them. They take up less space. They hold a store of value (as they are sterling and mostly silver) and are also useful. And what fun to polish them and be proud when serving guests tea and asking “One lump or Two” to which the little clawed pincers goes into the sugar bowl and presents the cleverest little claw of sugar.

Yesterday, Hubby had the day off and we worked in the yard. We trimmed out some more trees, though it is rather late to do it, but we have fun. And I finally decided the old lilac, which has been rather sick and gets worse for the wear every year, should go. Its sacrifce gave me not only a flood of light in my little kitchen but literally another sunny area to expand my vegetable/fruit garden. I was excited at the prospect.

“Aren’t you moving?” you might ask, Well we do have our house on the market. But, I am also realizing that we are no where near the bottom of the housing market, despite what is said in the press. (again the professor happily presses the button and the Great Oz Speaks!) and see that what we would want for our home means it might sit here for some time. And that realization also makes me wonder if my future plans should not involve keeping our lovely old home after all. Again, acceptance, realization, prepare, then move on to living and enjoying each day.

I have decided this summer to do some fun art courses. I am going to learn some wheel throwing in ceramic/pottery. This week I will also be going to learn more about encaustic, a very ancient art form where one paints with layers of wax and colors. Again, living my life today as well as appreciating the past.

I am not sure how my posts will change. I do know that I shall be trying to ease back into more daily posting, but I need to emerge from this cocoon of strict past rules and spread my wings of joy and living.

I will close now with this link. I was unable to find a YouTube version but was able to find it on Hulu. It is free, but you will need to watch commercials. I luckily have these shows and many others on old dvds my hubby made for me back in 1955 to ‘watch tv’ as it were then without any modern things breaking in. This episode I found funny and topical as in the late 50’s the fashion of teen boys (not girls though) wearing their dungarees or (Levi’s as they say here, branding) was becoming popular. As was a more casual look for girls when not in school. This episode compares the parents 1920’s youth to the current 1957. It is a good episode and I hope you enjoy it. HERE is the link.

Have a lovely day all and Happy Homemaking.


  1. I ran across an amazing wealth of vintage homemaking books available from Cornell university. I thought it might be of interest to some that read here. Warning, the amount of material is overwhelming...but, for those wanting a truly vintage college education on Home Economics, this is for them.


  2. We made the hard choice to sell our home last year at a loss. (We moved due to health issues.) We knew it was sell or be there probably forever. We're much happier where we are now even though financially it wasn't an ideal move. We also very much wanted to be out of the big city and in a smaller community.

    I agree that we are in for very tumultuous times ahead. If you like your home and community, I encourage you to consider staying there. There is much to be said for already being a part of a community. If hard times do come, I would think the benefits of being rooted would be substantial.

  3. Donna, there is a WWII book free on Kindle till Friday by daughter of decorated WWIi war hero, Dutch Schultz. Go to Amazon and under books type in "Carol Schultz Vento." The book is entitled something like The Hidden Legacy of WWII. Make sure it is still free in Kindle. Very very interesting, and I think you will like it. Post WWII true story.

  4. I really enjoyed this post.....I enjoy all that you share on your blog, but my favorite kind of posts are where you share the little, daily, mundane details of what you're doing. I like hearing about you using your percolator etc.....

    And I think that by simply sharing snippets of your life, you will still be able to impart the things you have learned without having to do all the work and research that you were doing before. :o)

  5. Nice to read what you've been up to. I don't know if you posted why you were looking to move, but your area as you describe it sounds nice.

    We started a garden, but I think the seeds actually rotted in all the rain we've had! The curse of clay soil! No matter how much I amend it, the drainage is poor. Ah, but hope springs eternal...I think I will put some things in pots for a mini-garden that is container based.


  6. I'm glad to hear that you are well and no longer feeling quite so mentally agitated. I had to completely leave the internet for a while because of the amount of tension I felt after reading all the news, blog posts, etc.

    I came to the conclusion that it was easier to keep my little corner clean rather than worry about the whole world. Some may call this defeat or hiding one's head in the sand, but really, as a wife and mother, I have a sphere of influence right where I am, and I take my duties very seriously. I refuse to let the crippling effects of anxiety and bitterness take over my peaceful world. I realized that I had seen and read enough. Slowly, the anxiety and bitterness turned into energy (rather than paralysis). The energy is transforming my life, one simple day at a time.

    Best wishes to you.

    Lady of the House

  7. I just finished watching the Father Knows Best episode and you're right it was cute. I have to say though that I had NO IDEA that it was fashionable for boys to wear their jeans so low in those days. I guess fashion does really just cycle through, doesn't it?

  8. Hi 50sgal,

    I forgot how much I missed posts like these until reading this one. You sound at peace, and it was enjoyable to read this post with that emotion coming through the written words. Although your posts are always interesting, I miss this aspect of who you are, and seeing the ins and outs of daily homemaking through your eyes. You bring freshness and a sense of pleasure to homemaking that I rarely experience in the world around me.

    I have had to take a break from the internet as well, for a much longer time, but your blog is the one I miss the most and pop in from time to time just to see how things are going in your corner of the world. This post has made me feel like participating more with just your blog. I don't want to add any others because I don't want to get sucked into time wasting aspect of the internet again, but I've been feeling the need to connect with like-minded homemakers again. I have visited the forum a little, but there doesn't seem to be much activity there right now. I have missed you.

  9. I am glad to know you have been living your life and finding joy in the blessings of each day! I have enjoyed your blog, all the forms of it, and especially appreciate that no matter what has been going on in the world, you still improved your own corner of it. There are so many things we can't change, and we as a nation do not seem to be so quick to learn from our past mistakes. Regardless, I think we can each do our part for our own families and neighborhoods, and your blog has always inspired me to do that. Thank you!
    Barb from CNY

  10. I, too, enjoy just reading about your daily life and how you incorporate your lessons from the past into it. All of the research and study you've done the past 3 years is simply amazing, and, I can imagine, exhausting. I do hope you will always leave your past posts archived so that others who stumble upon your site here can learn what we have all learned through you. Whether everyone who reads your blog comments or not, believe me....you have affected a LOT of people with your wisdom. Thank you for that. :)

    I understand about wanting to take a break from things and just LIVE. It's overwhelming to me sometimes to learn the truths about our modern world and it started really affecting me in negative ways. I have to focus on keeping my sanity in my own little corner and not worry about the entire world's problems.

  11. Just a line to say again how much I have enjoyed this blog and appreciate all the research and time you put into it. Good health to you and every good wish from Valerie in New Zealand.

  12. I keep trying to persuade my girls (both grown) to consider each purchase carefully- do you truly need it?- do you already have it?- does it sustain our way of life, North American jobs, a green planet?
    And they still return to the dollar store, bringing home sacks of things they forget about in a month.


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