Wednesday

The Daily Pattern

Absolutely adorable.  I love the scalloped edge and I love house dresses.  I don't go very many places so it seems much more fitting to stock up on around the house things.

Tuesday

July 23, 1950

Today is a catch up day.  Since I lost my mind yesterday I have plenty to catch up on.  I have to do all the laundry, dusting, vacuuming and mopping that should have been done over a yesterday and today and get it all done today.  This is also my bathroom scrub down day where I have that to do as well.
Thankfully I don't have to make 2 dinners tonight seeing as tomorrow is our anniversary and we will be going out for all three meals and I don't have work.  Also the meat for tonight is already cooked and cold and served cold.  Lunch is soup a bun and a raisin filled apple, it seems as though it will be reasonably yummy.
I would like to add that the anniversary card that I got my hubby is authentically 1950's and quite adorable I might add.  Now it's on to the next project.  Now I'm figuring out today's to-do list.

Andrea

The Daily Pattern

 This is the Sunday paper so there are no real patterns, but I thought that this was a very unique dress and I thought that it would work in place of the pattern of the day.


Monday

July 22, 1950

I have to admit it, I slipped today.  I got caught up in all of the hoopla with the new little prince being born.  I was glued to the computer and had a thoroughly modern day much to my disappointment in myself.  I even gave in and watched Dr. Who for several hours but tomorrow is a new day and I will return with my time machine (my very own tardis) back to good old 1950 where I belong.

The Daily Pattern

I absolutely LOVE the pockets, however I can only imagine that they would rip from time to time unless you really re-enforced the bananas out of them.

Sunday

The Daily Pattern

Since I read the old Reading newspaper nearly every morning and everyday they have a pattern that I would love to share I thought that I would start doing it.  So I'm going to start doing "The Daily Pattern"  where I will share the pattern picture from that particular day.




Friday

My New Schedule

I thought you might like a sneak peak at the bare bones of my weekly schedule.  Here it is:

MONDAY
Vaccum
Laundry
Dust

10AM  Beauty Salon
2PM Ladies Club


TUESDAY
Bathroom
Finish Laundry if Ness.
Sewing
Mop

1PM  Movies on the 1st & 3rd Tues of the month


WEDNESDAY
I work


THURSDAY
Planning Day
        Entertainment
        Meals
        Grocery List
Vaccum
Dust
Laundry

11AM  Bridge Club


FRIDAY
I work


SATURDAY
Home improvement projects
Laundry


SUNDAY
Large Dinner
Possible Day Out
Cards and Games

This is the way that I divvy up the work.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays I make two dinners at once and put one into the fridge to just throw into the oven for the next day's dinner.  I work two days a week at a somewhat local high-end grocer for 10 hour shifts and we don't get home until seven on those days so to get dinner on the table in under an hour is my goal.  Doing things this way, makes me not feel quite as overwhelmed when it comes time to get things done because you have to remember that I also need to make three meals every day.

Wednesday

July 24 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Just stopping by to say hello and let you all know that today is a special day for me.  Today is my husbands and my second wedding anniversary and seventh anniversary as a couple.  So much has changed in our lives over the past seven years.  I simply couldn't imagine my live being nearly as wonderful as it is without my dear husband.


Tuesday

July 16, 1950

   Today starts the new food portion of the project.  My husband is right in saying that is we eat a balanced breakfat and a small light lunch, dinner can be nearly anything that we want.
   That being said I have a brilliant idea.  It is something that I have thought of doing many times however never really dug my feel into ding.  Not long before she passed away my husband's grandmother gave me the cookbook that she received from his grandfather as a wedding gift.  It is the Good Housekeeping Cookbook and was published originally in 1942, however my copy is the fifth printing from 1949 which is perfect for my purposes.
   My objective for this portion is to try every single recipe in it's pages.  I have made several before and they have always been a hit.  Now it is time to get down and dirty and live as they lived gastronomics and all.  Tonight we will be having stuffed pork chops, mashed potatoes and beets, with a salad to start.
   Only the pork chops are in the book, but the menus will grow starting next week or I should say Sat. when I go grocery shopping.

Andrea

Monday

July 15, 1950

   I woke up with such a spark of energy this morning.  I woke up and made breakfast right away.  Before 7:30am I had finished the breakfast dishes, made the bed, did the ironing and made sure the hubby had his lunch.  I'm hoping this energy comes from proper sleep and proper food portions.
   At 10 this morning I have an appointment at the 'salon' to make certain that my golden locks stay golden if you know what I mean.  At this point in my life most people know my hair isn't natural however, it looks natural so lets not mess with success.
   Tonight's dinner is going to be broiled beef patties on lettuce, tater tots and a veggie, preferably something fresh, however banning that we will have beets or carrots.  Maybe even a salad.
   I am sitting here listening to Sunday Kind Of Love and couldn't feel more in touch with my "real" self.  I will have to get up in a few minutes and make the hubby's coffee for work and send him off with a smile on his face.  Hopefully, he will come home to a house that is a showplace.  I know that is what women strove for.  Tomorrow, by the way, in the afternoon I will be 'going to the movies' I think I am seeing The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Andrea

Sunday

July 14, 1950

   This is the first day of my self imposed computer restrictions and my thorough cleaning and maintenance schedule of our home as well as the preparation of our food entirely from original fifties cookbooks (up to this point I allowed for some pizza nights and modern magazine recipes once in a while when they were given to me by co-workers). 
   I can say that the days that I am home alone are very easy, however the days that I have to join the real world are much more difficult.  My husband is very supportive where he feels like he is comfortable in so far as it doesn't effect his life or his way of thinking.  He just doesn't understand yet fully how he will benefit from my living history.  The better housekeeping, the good more wholesome food, the larger amounts of attention and gratitude that will be lavished upon him.
   I thought that the afternoon would be a good time for reading and correspondence.  That being said I would also like to continue to read something before bed.  I heard a suggestion in a film this year that it is a good idea to read something somewhat boring before bed.  It should make you fall asleep faster.  I shall put this to the test.  Now until the dryer is done /i will be continuing to read The Boy From Maine.

Andrea

Saturday

Trying Something New, and A Cute New Pattern

As I have learned that one of my biggest problems with this project is that I spend far too much time on the computer because of course as you know one thing undoubtedly leads to another on this contraption I could spend hours and hours reading things, so I have decided to start keeping a hand written journal that I will post the contents of every saturday and schedule them to space out the week so it will look as though they are back dated as they are.
Another thing that I wanted to show you is this cute little number.

I love house dresses because honestly, I'm in the house far more than I am out on the town and finding ones with a bit of flare like this one is even better. LOVE IT!!!

Till Later
Andrea

Sunday

July 7, 1950 - Hometown Farmers Market

Good Morning Readers,

   This is one of our local farmers markets and is it huge.  As promised I took plenty of pictures and here are some of them.


























After we left the market we went to dinner at the diner that is only about 1/2 a mile away known as the Beacon Diner.  It opened in the early 40's and I have to admit that their choice of decor (which is boats) I find a little funny seeing as we live in the mountains of Pennsylvania, a far cry from the ocean.









As you can see the inside is pretty much the same as it ever was with the chrome bar stools and the silver trays.  They even still use their old milkshake machine.















To the left is my dinner chicken with lettuce and hot bacon dressing and pierogies with butter and onions.
On the right is my peanut butter pie which was out of this world.
All in all it was a wonderful day out as a couple which is always fun. 
By the way I was able to purchase during this trip a robins egg blue and white serving lazy susan that got used during the Bar-B-Que a few days later.  I also got a few other items that perhaps I will go over in a future letter.

Till Later!
Andrea

Thursday

July 4, 1950 - Happy 4th of July




Happy 4th of July to all of my fellow Americans!

Monday

July 1, 1950 - Yes, It's Still Open

Good Morning Readers,

Sorry that it took me so long to make another post up but as you know things get a little hectic sometimes specially when you are planning a birthday bar-b-que.
I had to show off this little gem that isn't to very far from my home.  Yes this is a furniture store that is still open to this day and although I have never gone in, it looks like they may still have some of the original furniture from the opening in the fifties.  The building is an octagon with windows all around it.