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Love Is In Da Blog 2020 – Love for Family

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Love Is In Da Blog 2020 – Love for Family

 

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Love Is In Da Blog 2020 Day 10: A Love Song for your Family in General & Prompt for Day 11

 

 

Love Is In Da Blog 2020 ~ “A Music Festival” is back!

Bee, of The Bee Writes, has a fun month of prompts for February! It’s all about love & music. Sounds fun…thanks, Bee!

To find the posting rules and details, just click the above links.

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Today’s prompt was suggested by Paula of “Light Motifs II” and is “A love song for your family in general”. Thanks so much for your suggestion, Paula.

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I was looking back at this challenge last year, and I’d posted this song on the 15th of February. It’s still a great song (with a different video this time), about starting a family with the birth of a darling little baby.

This song is one of Creed’s that I really like. I like a lot of their songs, too. Here we have Scott Stapp writing and singing about the time he found out he was to become a father. He is awestruck by the fact, and that his life is about to change…he’ll have new responsibilities to his child, showing him everything good the world has to offer, including love.

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“With Arms Wide Open”, by Creed, was released in 2000 from their album, “Human Clay”. It was written by Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti, and is on the Wind-up label.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Dear Diary – May 20 – 31 , 1961

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Dear Diary – May20 – 31, 1961

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For those who haven’t seen my Dear Diary posts before, a little explanation. This is my actual diary I wrote in for a full year, when I was 10 years old. I wrote every day, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes funny, sometimes boring, but it was all recorded. Names of relatives are only first initials with relationship in parentheses. I’ve typed the entries just as I wrote them, misspellings and all, but corrected in parentheses. More posts of Dear Diary can be found by using categories, or search box. Hope you enjoy reading my childhood diary! 🙂

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Dear Diary,

5/20/61 – J (cousin) and I played. We went to the air show (put on by the Air Force). When we came home we played. Grand ma came over and N (aunt) came over. We asked if we could spend the night over there. The men went fishing. N spent the night over Grand ma’s. We did too. I slept on the coucth (couch)

5/21/61 – I played all day. We went to the store. When we came back we played. Then we went home and played. then we went to see how much money it would cost to go to Idho (Idaho). When we came home Grand-pa came over and ate super with us.

5/22/61 – I went to school. When I came home I played.

5/23/61 – I went to school. when I came home I played. Then we went to the store. Then went to Grand-mas. Aunt D came over. When we came home I played.

5/24/61 – I went to school. When I came home I played. At night Grand pa came over. B, H, V, D, and J (aunt, uncle & cousins) came over.We played a long time.

5/25/61 – I went to school. J (cousin) came over to play. When she went home we went to the golf range.

5/26/61 – I went to school and I played.

5/27/61 – I played all day. C and E (great aunt and uncle) came over Grand mas.

5/28/61 – I played. We went to Church – When we got home I played with J (aunt)

5/29/61 – I went to school. When I came home I played. Grand pa came over.

5/30/61 – I played with J (aunt) She and V (cousin) spent the night.

5/31/61 – I went to  school. It was the last day. When I came home we went to the store. Then to the dime store.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Grand-ma’s Christmas Kitchen

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Grand-ma’s Christmas Kitchen Click to view

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Never had a Christmas Day come that we weren’t at Grand-ma’s house for dinner. Along with the boxes of presents and excited, yelling kids, the ladies would bring along lots of holiday food.

Inside the shiny aluminum foil was turkey and dressing smelling of sage and cornbread. Pies had thick, gooey meringue  with tiny drops of golden liquid beading it’s surface You never knew which flavor pie you’d get – creamy chocolate, tangy pineapple, or toasted coconut – until it was cut open, revealing the thick, sweet-smelling pudding inside.

All the children would sneak into the kitchen to see if dinner was ready. The tantalizing smells of the baking turkey, and rows of brown ‘n serve rolls lined up waiting their turn in the oven were just to tempting for us to resist. We hung around underfoot, hoping for a tid-bit to hold us until dinner was ready.

The kitchen walls were painted a light blue, and a large piece of clear plastic was thumb-tacked behind the stove. A door leading to the service porch was always left open on this day to let in a cool breeze.

On the south side of the kitchen, an unusual indoor window was divided into sized cubbyholes. If you looked through it, you would see a bedroom. It was a big day when one of the kids could look through without being held up in someone’s arms. On the shelves in this window sat my Grand-ma’s little glass figurines. We kids always had to examine each and every one. I remember a large, funny coffee cup. It had two separate compartments, each with a flat side. When put together, it would make one large cup. Words printed on it said it was a “Texas sized” cup of coffee, and wouldn’t you rather have half a cup.

As the dinner preparations were coming to an end, my cousins, sister, and I would argue over whose turn it was to sit on the tall wooden stool. It’s rounded seat, painted sky blue, was the favorite perch of every child. We took turns and usually drew straws to see who sat on the favored ‘throne’. When sitting so high, you’d feel like royalty.

Finally, everyone would crowd around the kitchen table and my uncle would say a special prayer. It was always the same one, and gave everyone a good feeling that our family was gathered at Christmas again.

My Grand-pa usually sat at the table with the ladies and kids. With a twinkle in his blue eyes, he’d do his magic tricks for us. These were just simple things, like pulling a quarter magically from a child’s ear, or switching our iced tea glass with his, and doing little puzzles with matchsticks, but to us it was real magic.

As night came on, everyone would pack up some food for taking home. Bidding everyone a good night, the children would be rounded up and a tired but happy family would make their way home on a cold Christmas night.

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I wrote this story way back in 1984.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Christmas Memory # 17 – More Bits & Pieces

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hristmas Memory # 17– More Bits & Pieces Click to view

For the days up until Christmas I’ll be sharing some short memories of Christmases past that I remember.

Just a few more short memories combined today, as I think of them. Then, since time is short coming up on Christmas Day, there will be one longer story, probably on Monday, and then a poem on Christmas Eve.

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Most years on Christmas Eve night, we’d go to my Granny & Grand-dad’s house. There we’d get together with relatives that we didn’t get to see all that often, from Oklahoma, and New Mexico. We’d have a nice home-made supper, and then open gifts. Later all the cousins would play cards at the kitchen table, while the grown-ups talked and played dominoes (42) on card tables in the living room. That was always fun.

Christmas morning, we’d be at home and get up really early to see what Santa had brought, then open our gifts from under the tree. Later, for lunch, we’d go to my Grand-ma & Grand-pa’s house to meet with other relatives, and have more gifts to unwrap, and then eat a big Christmas lunch. (my story on Monday will be about this)

One year right before Christmas a friend of my husband and myself came over with a gift. That was unusual as we never did the gift exchange with him. So, I opened the box. It was an outfit of black stretchy pants & top that has tiny silver threads running through it. It of course didn’t fit. So I gave it back. Now this is the bad part … much later we found out that the gift was from a bunch of presents he’d stolen from under someone’s tree that year.

For a long time one of my favorite traditions was to make cut out Christmas cookies. I have cookie cutters in all kinds of Christmas, and other shapes. The recipe made several dozens of cookies, and it took most all of the day to get them baked, and then decorated. I haven’t done this in quite awhile, though. Some years I did it all by myself, and other years my girls would help with the decorating.

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I think this will be all of these for now, but Monday will be the story I wrote about Grandma’s Christmas Kitchen.

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coloring book page of black & white kitty with red bow – green letters saying Meow-ee Christmas

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Christmas Memory # 7 – Whirlwind Eve

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For the days up until Christmas I’ll be sharing some short memories of Christmases past that I remember.

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I’ll call this one Whirlwind Eve. That’s because it was Christmas Eve, and I was in a whirlwind of activity.

When you’re still just kind of starting out, trying to make everything festive at Christmas is sometimes not all that easy. We didn’t have much money back then, but still wanted to get gifts for everyone in the family, and some for our friends.

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The mister only got paid at his job on Christmas Eve, so after he came home, we’d have to go do all our shopping then. It was always a race to get it all done before the stores closed for the evening. There weren’t any 24 hours open stores back then. They might have stayed open until six or eight o’clock; I’m not sure.

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Let’s see – back then everyone bought everyone in the family something, and also for any friends. I’m pretty sure there were 20 in all. We had to budget only $100 for it all, including wrapping paper and things like tape and tags and bows. Our gifts had to be $5 or less. All had to be done within an hour or so.

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Then we had to go home, wrap it all up, and get ready to go to our friend’s family gathering, of which we were always a part of. It was fun, though, and we’d make it in time. We wouldn’t get back home until midnight or later, then get up early on Christmas morning to go to my family’s houses (Mom’s for gifts and Grandma’s for lunch and more gifts)

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These kind of whirlwind Christmas Eve & Christmas mornings were the usual, even up to when we had our own girls. But then we moved far away, and we’d have our own little celebrations for the holidays with the four of us. It was quite a bit different, but wonderful anyway. We did miss the earlier kind of days, and now remember them fondly.

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little pictures from Free Clip Art

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Dear Diary – May 13 – 19 , 1961

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Dear Diary – May 13 –  19, 1961

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For those who haven’t seen my Dear Diary posts before, a little explanation. This is my actual diary I wrote in for a full year, when I was 10 years old. I wrote every day, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes funny, sometimes boring, but it was all recorded. Names of relatives are only first initials with relationship in parentheses. I’ve typed the entries just as I wrote them, misspellings and all, but corrected in parentheses. More posts of Dear Diary can be found by using categories, or search box. Hope you enjoy reading my childhood diary! 🙂

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Dear Diary,

5/13/61 – We played all day. When I came home we went to the dime store. I bought P (sister) a birthday present. At night M & O & S (parent’s friends and son) came over. We went to Underwoods (a favorite BBQ restaurant) and ate supper. Then we went to the park and rode the rides (amusement park). Then we saw the ballgame . When we went home we watched the fims (films – home movies).

5/14/61 – It was P’s (sister) birthday. We went to church. After we got home J (cousin) and I played. Grampa made some stilts for us. J broke all of them except mine and D’s (cousin). P got a music box, tow (two) pair of hair clamps, 3 coloring books, a box of colors, a tiger, some Crazy Putty, some perfume and podeur (powder), forr (four) cars, purse, shorts, ring, braclet (bracelet) and necklace, paper.

It was Mother’s day. She got a pillow, a hot pan holder, a tea strainer, a basket, a ? (can’t make out the last word).

5/15/61 – I went to the dinest (dentist). After dinner I went to school. When I came home I played.

5/16/61 -I went to school. B (aunt) had her wisdom teeth pulled. When I came home I played.

5/17/61 – I went to school. When I came home I played. Then we went to Grandmas. P (sister) rode the bike. Then we went home.

5/18/61 – I went to school. When I came home I played outside. At night it rained.

5/19/61 – I went to school. After school Mother went to docter (doctor) to see about her ears. Then we went to the dime store. Then we went to B’s (aunt) to see if J (cousin) could spend the night. She could. We went home and played. At night we looked for frogs. We stayed up untill (until) 1:00 oclock.

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~Also linked with Fandango’s One Word Challenge

FOWC with Fandango — Diary

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Dear Diary – April 23 – 30, 1961

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Dear Diary – April 23 – 30, 1961

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Dear Diary – April 13 – April 22, 1961

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For those who haven’t seen my Dear Diary posts before, a little explanation. This is my actual diary I wrote in for a full year, when I was 10 years old. I wrote every day, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes funny, sometimes boring, but it was all recorded. Names of relatives are only first initials with relationship in parentheses. I’ve typed the entries just as I wrote them, misspellings and all, but corrected in parentheses. More posts of Dear Diary can be found by using categories, or search box. Hope you enjoy reading my childhood diary! 🙂

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Dear Diary,

4/23/61 – I went to church. When we came home I played. After dinner we went to Buffalo lake. I caught some snails. When I came home I played. Then I went to bed.

4/24/61 – I went to school. I made a string picture. When I came home J (cousin) came home with me. We played. When she went home P (sister) and I played. The I read to P. Then I went to bed.

4/25/61 – I went to school. When I came home I played. Then I made a cake and biskets (biscuits). Then I read. Then I went to bed.

4/26/61 – I went to school. When I came home we went to B’s (aunt). When I came home I played. Then we went to Granny’s. When I came home I went to bed.

4/27/61 – I went to school When I came home, I played. At night everybody came over. It was Daddy’s birthday. He got two pair of pants, Two shirts, handkerchiefs, and a hat. We played all night. When they went home I went to bed.

4/28/61 – I went to school. When I came home I played with P (sister). At night N (aunt) came over. We saw fims (films – home movies). N got a permenint (hair permanent) When she went home I asked mama If P could sleep with me. Mama said she could. Then we went to bed.

4/29/61 – I played all day. J (cousin) came over to play. When she went home I planted my garden. Then we went to town. We went to the pet store. Then we went to get daddy some golf clubs. Then we went and got P (sister) some training wheels. Then went over to grand-ma’s. P rode the bike. When we came home we watched tv. Then went to bed.

4/30/61 – I played all day. We went to church. When we came home Granny was over. After dinner we played. Then went to Grand-ma’s. J (cousin) and I played. Then we went to N’s (aunt). Then we went up the trails. Then we went home. Then we went to the store. When we came home we painted my placks (plaster of Paris molded plaques). Then we went to bed.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Weekly Prompt – Hearty Meals

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Weekly Prompt – Hearty Meals

Word Prompt Hearty Meals

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For this week’s prompt we were asked to share a time we enjoyed a hearty meal. This could be at home, or out at a restaurant, and with family.

If you’d like to join in the challenge, just click the above link for details.

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Mine will be a meal we had at a restaurant just last Wednesday.

We got together with family – seven of us all together, and went to a new to us BBQ restaurant called “Evie Mae’s”. It was in a little suburb town right to the west of us here, and is a BBQ place that is fairly new.

We didn’t know what to expect, since none of had ever been there before, but we figured it’s BBQ, so were sure there would be plenty of good food to choose from.

The list of what was on their menu was printed in big letters on brown paper up above the cafeteria style line. There was even a little chalk board that said ‘Free Beer – 21 and Up’.

As I was standing in line I was taking photos of all kinds of things, including the swinging doors the led off into the kitchen part of the restaurant. The doors had small windows, and advertising stickers pasted all around.

After getting through the line with our trays of yummy looking BBQ, we found a seat. There were lots of wooden picnic tables inside for seating. There were also picnic tables outside.

Here’s what I had to eat. Smoked sausage, sliced brisket, coleslaw, pickles & onions, bread & butter. It was very good.

After eating and having fun talking with my family, my grand-daughter wanted to go exploring, so off we went walking all over the restaurant. She was having a great time, and I was taking more photos.

The photos above show a large black smoker/cooker with some pictures above, and the name of the place. A large oil painting of a steer, a ‘caution-watch your step’ yellow sign (because there was a step down there, some tall stools to sit on around a wooden bar area, and off a side area was an old fashioned box Coca-Cola cooler. Another part of the place had a meat market where you could choose something to take home & cook later.

While some of us had desert of chocolate pie and chocolate cake, I went outside for a little bit. I found this huge pile of chopped wood that I suppose they use for smoking all their meats for the BBQ.

Anyway, that was our fun day out with the family at the BBQ restaurant. I’d go back again some day. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Dear Diary – March 23 – April 1, 1961

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Dear Diary – March 23 – April 1, 1961

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For those who haven’t seen my Dear Diary posts before, a little explanation. This is my actual diary I wrote in for a full year, when I was 10 years old. I wrote every day, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes funny, sometimes boring, but it was all recorded. Names of relatives are only first initials with relationship in parentheses. I’ve typed the entries just as I wrote them, misspellings and all, but corrected in parentheses. More posts of Dear Diary can be found by using categories, or search box. Hope you enjoy reading my childhood diary! 🙂

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Dear Diary,

3/23/61 – I went to school. We made clay. When I came home V (cousin) was over. We went to the dime store. When I got home I mad (e) some clay. Then I played. Then I watched tv. Then I went to bed.

3/24/61 – I went to school. Some mothers came to visit. When I went home I played. Then I painted. Then I watched tv. then I went to bed.

3/25/61 – I did not go to school. We was going to the library. J (cousin) came over. She went to thelibrary with us. When I got home J came over. We went to her house. It was V’s (cousin) birthday. She got two dollars, dresses, whistle, umbrella, sun glasses, make up, lepard (leopard). Then we went home and went to bed.

3/26/61 – I did not go to school. I played outside. Granny came over. She stayed to eat dinner. When we took her home we looked in her garage. I found books. I got some funny books, and what-nots. When we came home we got a bunch of books. When I got home I watched tv. Then I went to bed.

3/27/61 – I went to school. I painted a tree. I got paint all over my dress. I had a headack (headache). When I got home I went over to grand mas house. She came over and I went with her. I played all day. When I came home I got my lessons. Then I watched tv. Then I went to bed.

3/28/61 – I went to school. I painted a picture. When I got home I played. Then I got my byc bicycle tire pumped up. Then I rode it. A cold front came. I went in the house. I played. Then I went to bed.

3/29/61 – I went to school. I made a picture of a chicken. When I went home I played. Grand ma came over. She gave me a package. It was clothes. Ther (e) were sweaters, skirts, blouses, dresses, shorts, and a bathing suit. I put them on. Then I played. Then I went to bed.

3/30/61 – I went to school. I played. After lunch a little while we had ice-cream. When I wnt home I played. Then I read. I went in the bed with mother. Then I went to bed. It was the last day of school. It is Easter holidays.

3/31/61 – I did not go to school. I played. Then I went over to J’s (cousin) house. They were molding. They were molding horses, lambs, fish, fruit, and roosters. When I went home I played. Then I watched tv. Then I went to bed.

4/1/61 – I was April fools day. I did not go to school. I played all day. B (aunt) came over. N (aunt) and V (cousin) did to. P (sister) and I colored Easter Eggs. When they went home we played. Then I went over to N’s (aunt). When I went home I went to bed.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Dear Diary – March 3 – 12, 1961

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Dear Diary – March 3 -12, 1961

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For those who haven’t seen my Dear Diary posts before, a little explanation. This is my actual diary I wrote in for a full year, when I was 10 years old. I wrote every day, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes funny, sometimes boring, but it was all recorded. Names of relatives are only first initials with relationship in parentheses. I’ve typed the entries just as I wrote them, misspellings and all, but corrected in parentheses. More posts of Dear Diary can be found by using categories, or search box. Hope you enjoy reading my childhood diary! 🙂

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Dear Diary,

3/3/61 – I did not got to school. I played with J (cousin). Then I played out side. When I came home I watched tv. Then I went to bed.

3/4/61 – I played. I watched tv at morning then I went outside. Then I went over to granny’s and played with S (cousin) and B (cousin). Then we ate supper. We played outside. When we went home I went to bed.

3/5/61 – I played. It was windy. I went over to J’s (cousin) and played. Then I went home. I played some more. We went over to J’s house. It was her brithday (birthday). She got hair clamps, an Ester hat and purce (purse), a dollar in change, two skirts, a dress. We ate cake. Then we went home. Then I went to bed.  and a slip.

3/6/61 – I went to school. we brock (broke) the penyahta (pinata). we ate the candy. When I came home I played with clay. Then I watched tv. Then I went to bed. I had a headace (headache). It was when the Alamo fell.

3/7/61 – I went to school. I played. When I came home I went over to J’s (cousin) house. When I came Home I played. then I watched tv some. Daddy made some popcorn. Then I went to bed.

3/8/61 – I went to school. When I came home I played. J (cousin) came over to play. Then I watched tv. Then I went to bed. M and O (parent’s friends) came over.

3/9/61 – I went to school. I made a puppet. When I came home Granny was over. P (sister) and I played. Then We went to the library. When I came home I went to bed.

3/10/61 – I went to school. I finished my puppet. When I came home I played. Then I went utside. Then I came in and went to bed. I went over to J’s (cousin) house and played

3/11/61 – I played. P (sister) was sick. Then We went to the Stamp Center. When We came home I went over to J’s house. I spent the niht. We played all day.

3/12/61 – I played with J. I stayed until 3:00 oclock. When I came home I played. Then we went over to Grandma’s house. It was N’s (aunt) birthday. When we came home I went to bed.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS