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Throwback Thursday – Birthdays

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Throwback Thursday – Birthdays

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This week Lauren asks us about our birthday celebrations over the years. Thanks, Lauren!

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/05/26/throwback-thursday-40-birthday-blasts/

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I don’t remember it, but I was actually born on Thanksgiving day that year! Every so often it falls again on the holiday! yay! 🙂

What’s your earliest birthday memory?

When I turned 9, I think

2) What was your favorite birthday and why?

The same, my 9th. It was a total surprise to me with the party.

3) What’s the best birthday present you have ever received?

Hard to remember a favorite gift, though I know I appreciate and liked them all.

4) Did you ever get money as a birthday gift?

Yes, most of the time I’d get money as a gift, along with gifts.

5) What did you like to do on your birthday as a kid? What do you like to do now?

We always had a cake with candles, and we’d play some kid’s games. Now, we don’t do anything, unless my daughter takes us out for dinner sometimes.

6) Did you have birthday parties with friends or family parties?

Every year our family would get together for everyone’s birthday, including mine. There was always cake. Sometimes I’d have a kid’s party on one day, and then the family get together on the weekend.

7) Did you get to pick the food for your birthday? Did you prefer to eat a home cooked meal or to eat out at a restaurant on your birthday?

I don’t remember any special home food for birthdays, except cake. Later on we’d go out for dinner when we were grown ups.

8) Did your family have any fun birthday traditions? Did you continue those traditions with your own kids?

Just the usual family get together for each person’s birthday … and cake! With my kids we’d have the just us cake & presents, then they’d get to invite friends over for the kid’s party, or we’d go to a place like miniature golf, or some other event place.

9) Did you ever get to take the day off school on your birthday? As an adult did/do you take the day off?

No, I don’t think we’d get to take the day off school or work.

10) Have you ever had a surprise birthday party? Was it a real surprise, or did you know it was coming?

Yes, that one when I was 9. There’s even a home movie of the fun. What happened was my grandma took me to her house for lunch, then when she took me home, all my friends were there shouting Surprise! I was actually surprised. We had fun playing games, and I won the prize for blowing the biggest bubble gum bubble contest.

Bonus Question:
If you had a million dollars to spend only on your next birthday, what would you do?

I’d go crazy on a spending spree first. Then, I’d give my daughters some, then pay off bills, and then save some for later.

***Here’s a fun remembrance of a birthday party not that many years ago. Just our family around the kitchen table. My daughter stacked up chocolate glazed donuts into a tall cake like tower, with candles. I leaned forward to blow them out and my long hair caught fire! I heard sizzling and people were yelling, then I realized what was happening. We got the fire put out, and it wasn’t all that bad, just a few singed pieces. haha 🙂

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Throwback Thursday – Reading

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Throwback Thursday – Reading

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This week Maggie asks us some questions about our reading experiences. Thanks, Maggie!

https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2022/05/19/throwback-thursday-39-reading-culture-and-books/

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The questions:

  1. Who were the readers in your family?
  2. Were there some people who did not like to read or could not read?
  3. Did your family subscribe to the newspaper?
  4. If you did get the paper, was your Sunday newspaper considered special? What part did you enjoy?
  5. Did your home have books strewn around? Hardbacks or paperbacks?
  6. Did you frequent the library at school?
  7. How about the local community library? Did you have a library card?
  8. What was the first book you remember reading?
  9. Did you have a collection of books (Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Happy Hollisters, etc?)
  10. Did you read comic books? If so, what titles?
  11. Did you end up a bookworm, a casual reader, or someone who read only when required?
  12. Is there a book from your childhood you would like to read again? If so, what book?
  13. What book or books have been extremely meaningful or influential in your life?
  14. BONUS QUESTION: What book(s) do you frequently gift to others? Why?

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My answers:

1. In our family everyone was always reading something.

2. I never heard of anyone in our family that couldn’t read.

3. Yes, we had the local newspaper delivered every day.

4. The Sunday paper was bigger, and had the comics. I always liked those, and I probably read the headlines of the front page, and looked at some of the lifestyle section.

5. We did have books in the house, both hardback and paperback ones. We had an encyclopedia set, and a children’s set, too.

6. I always went to the school’s library in all grades. In Jr. High, I did work in the library, classifying, shelving, checking out books to people, putting dust covers on books, etc. Then in high school I did the same thing, and even held an office in the library club.

7. I had a children’s library card and couldn’t wait until I got the adult library card. I’ve always had one in every city we moved to, even overseas.

8. The first book I remember reading is “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”. I actually still have it.

9. I had a lot of books, maybe not a collection, but a lot. I would get the Trixie Beldon books. Earlier on we got a whole box of little Golden Books as a gift from a neighbor.

10. I read quite a few comic books. Not superheroes. Mostly Archie, Caspar the Friendly Ghost, Donald Duck, and those kinds.

11. I was a bookworm from the get go, and I still am.

12. Oh, I don’t know, maybe the Black Stallion series (I was obsessed with horses at the time)

13. I just read for pleasure, no great insights. I read all kinds, from non-fiction, fiction, horror, and everything in between. Some make me laugh, some make me cry, and some are just interesting.

14. I don’t gift books to other people. I might say to them what book I liked, then they can get it or not. People’s taste in books are so different, I couldn’t begin to know what they’d like. I have given gift cards though, so they can pick out what book they’d want.

This is my Three Billy Goats Gruff book I’ve had forever, and the first one I could read by myself. Then I passed it on to my cousin when he was little, then it was back to me so my girls could read it, too.

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Throwback Thursday – Doctor/Dentist

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Throwback Thursday – Doctor/Dentist

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This week Lauren asks us some questions about our early doctor/dentist experiences. Thanks, Lauren

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/05/12/throwback-thursday-38-visits-to-doctors-and-or-dentists/

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1) Where doctor/dentist appointments a regular part of your childhood? …

Yes, I was in and out of the doctor and dentist offices all the time.

2) Did you go for well-checks or just when you were ill or in pain? …

Both when I needed to go, and also for regular checkups, and emergencies.

3) Were you frightened by the medical professionals? If so, were there specific reasons?

No, I don’t remember being scared to go see either doctors or dentists.

4) Were your parents afraid of medical professionals? …

Not that I know of.

5) Was waiting in the exam room stressful to you? …

No, not that I remember.

6) Did your early visits result in your being afraid of needles? …

No, I never was afraid of needles, and am not now, either.

7) Does the sight of your own blood bother you? …

No, seeing my blood doesn’t bother me. I guess it would if it was a whole lot at a time.

8) Did you ever have the need to go to an emergency room? …

Yes, many times.

9) Did your early experiences impact your current attitudes about medical care? …

No, I’ll go now if I need to.

Now, for the nitty gritty. I’ve told some of these stories before.

I was very little when I fell and cut a big slash right by my right eye. Had to have a lot of stitches. A few days later (while on a trip out of town) I fell again in a parking lot, and had to find emergency care for a re-do of all the stitches which had broken apart.

A little older I had an operation to get tonsils out. Age 5 I think.

Later on I was outside crawling around in the dirt chasing our ducks in the back yard. My foot scraped on a piece of broken glass, which cut my artery. Blood was spurting out with each heartbeat. Was rushed to ER, got more stitches.

In between all these, I had sore throats, bladder infections, and other ailments which had me in the doctor’s office all the time. Plus the childhood diseases before there were vaccinations for them, like mumps, measles, and chicken pox.

I did get a small pox vaccination shot, and later on the polio vaccine (in a sugar cube).

I also had to go to the podiatrist for foot problems. Every so often I had my feet x-rayed and had to have special clunky shoes to wear. I hated them.

For the dentist visits, I fell and broke a permanent tooth and had to get a silver cap on it (right in front) I had that on for many years. Also had my two front teeth knocked out while playing.

Lots more stuff after I was grown up, but won’t go any farther than this above part.

Yep, I was a mess! haha 🙂

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Throwback Thursday – Movie Memories

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Throwback Thursday – Movie Memories

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This week Lauren asks us some questions about going to the movies. Thanks, Lauren

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/04/07/throwback-thursday-april-7-33-going-to-the-movies/

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We as a family went to the movies quite often when I was a kid. There were several drive-in movie places, and a lot of indoor theaters, too.

One of my first memories was being surprised at the last minute of going to the drive-in to see the original run of ‘101 Dalmations’. I’d been wanting to see it, and on the way my parents told me and my sister that we were going to see it. I was bouncing up and down in the back seat of the car I was so excited.

Other times our family and my aunt, uncle and cousins would all go in separate cars to a drive in to see the double feature. Before the show started all us kids would head for the little playground way up front under the screen. I remember seeing Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in ‘The Long Long Trailer’.

We’d also go to indoor theaters a lot. I remember seeing ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ one time, and also some horror shows other times.

Going to the movie without a parent came along later as a young teen. My first horror show (without parents) was when my older teen cousin took me and his sister (my age) to see ‘Gorgo’.

My best girlfriend and I had a deal where every single Christmas afternoon we’d dress in our new clothes and go to an afternoon movie. We did this for years. One year we both got white go-go boots and we wore those with our new fuzzy sweaters, and carried our new purses. haha!

Then came the dating years of going to the movies, either indoor or drive-in, with a boyfriend. My first date with my now husband was to a drive-in.. It was either this time or another time that his car broke down at the drive-in and we had to call my dad to come get us. Embarrassing!

One time we smuggled in a bottle of wine at an indoor theater, and watched ‘Planet of the Apes’. Interesting how that one turned out!

When we had kids, we’d take them to the movies a lot, too. When we were stationed on Army bases we’d get to go to the theaters on base. It was fairly cheap for tickets. What was different was before each showing of a movie, everyone in the theater was required to stand and sing the Star Spangled Banner.

We’ve been to movies off and on throughout the years, but not in a long time. I can’t eat popcorn any more, so it’s just not as fun to go.’

Oh, another little tidbit is that while taking driver’s education in school, we’d go to a drive-in movie lot to practice our driving. 🙂

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Throwback Thursday – Report Cards

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Throwback Thursday – Report Cards

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This week Maggie asks us some questions about the report cards or progress reports we had in school. Thanks, Maggie!

https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2022/03/31/throwback-thursday-32-report-cards-and-progress-reports/

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The questions:

  1. Looking back now, would you say you were a good, fair, or struggling student?
  2. How often were your school efforts reported to your parents?
  3. Did you receive letter grades, i.e. A, B, C, etc?
  4. Was your behavior reported on your progress reports or report cards?
  5. In what subjects did you excel and which subjects were a challenge?
  6. Did you ever try to change your grade? Turning a C into a B for example?
  7. Did you keep any of your report cards?
  8. Did you get rewarded for good grades? Punished for ‘bad’ grades?
  9. Did the subjects you excelled in prove to be where you excelled in life?
  10. What was your biggest detraction from your school work?

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My answers:

1. I’d say I was mostly a good student.

2. We got report cards at regular intervals, maybe every six weeks? They had to be signed by parents and returned to the teacher.

3. Yes, we had letter grades.

4. We sometimes got a short comments. I think most of the ones I got were good.

5. My best subjects were English and spelling. I was okay in history and science. I was horrible at math and physical education, making Ds and Fs a lot of times in both.

6. No, I never even thought about changing a grade.

7. Yes, I’m pretty sure I have all my report cards, from elementary all the way through high school and business college. They are somewhere here stored away. I run across them once in awhile while looking for other stuff, and it’s fun to see them.

8. My sister and I probably were told to do better on the subjects we were not so good in, and were given a dollar for each A grade.

9. Yes, I’ve continued to use my favorite subjects – English and spelling, by writing all sorts of things throughout the years, even writing short stories, fan fiction, diaries, plays, poems since I was at least 9 years old. I’ve even had a couple of poems published in magazines.

10. I liked school, and kept up with my studies, so didn’t get too distracted by goofing off much.

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Throwback Thursday – Technology

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Throwback Thursday – Technology

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This week Maggie asks us some questions about the kinds of technology we had in the past. Thanks, Maggie! 🙂

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https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2022/03/24/throwback-thursday-31-technology-influences/

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  1. What kind of technology existed around your house as a child? … We had a radio, a record player,  a rotary dial black telephone, and a small black & white TV.
  2. What technology do you remember coming into your home for the first time? I seem to remember when we got a color TV. I think I was a teenager then.
  3. What kind of televisions or radios did you have – post pictures if you can find them. … We just had the B & W TV and then the color TV, and neither one had a remote control. We only had 3 channels to watch and they all went off by midnight. I do remember it was a big deal when my dad got a clock/radio for Christmas.
  4. How did music technology change in your lifetime? When was the last time you purchased music? In what form was the music? … First was just listening to the radio or playing records on the record player. I don’t remember anything else until we had an 8-Track player in the car, which was just an added deal, not built in, and the 80s when the Walkman cassette player came out. Next we had other tape players, until we finally got a CD player. That’s the last kind of music we’ve ever bought, and it was a long time ago.
  5. Did you have a home computer? If so, what was it? Did you have a webcam? Did you stream content with it? … We had an early Apple computer with the floppy discs for a little while. I don’t know what ever happened to it. Then somewhere in the very late 90s we got our PC desk computer. Don’t remember what kind. No webcams, and no streaming even now.
  6. What kind of phone did you have? Do you have a landline today? … First we had the common black phone with rotary dial, and were on a party line, where several customers shared. That seems so weird now. When I was a teen I got a princess phone. After marriage and kids, we had a wall phone with push buttons. Now I have a cell phone/smart phone or whatever it’s called, and a regular land line phone, and my husband refuses to get a cell phone.
  7. Did you have toys with integrated technology, robots, automation, etc? … No
  8. What technology ‘blew your mind’? … The computer and the cell phone, and FaceTime so we can see people we are talking to.
  9. When did you get your first cell phone? What brand and model was it? Did you carry a pager? … It was sometime in the early 2000s when I got one of those trac phones where you buy minutes.
  10. Is there any current technology you refuse to own or have in your home? ,,, I don’t want one of those web cam camera things. We used to have one, but got rid of it. I don’t know much about any other technology except what I’ve heard, so don’t know if I’d refuse it or not at this time.

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Throwback Thursday – Chores

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Throwback Thursday – Chores

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/87279163/posts/3795565859

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This week Maggie poses some questions about chores and allowances when we were a kid, and even later on. Thanks, Maggie! 🙂

Here are a few things to remember back on:

Did you have chores you were responsible for? At what age did that begin?

Were you required to make your bed and keep your room tidy? Did you have the responsibility for those chores for siblings or others in the house? Were chores evenly distributed?

Were you asked to take out the trash, mow the lawn, or do the dishes? How about cooking?

Were you given an allowance? If so, at what age and how much?

Were there repercussions if you did not do your chores?

How did you establish chores once you had a home of your own?

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I don’t know what age I was able to do any chores, but I do remember getting to wash the dishes. I really liked doing that. I still like doing that – by hand. We’ve had a dishwasher before, but not in quite a few years, and we didn’t have one when I was growing up. I would even volunteer to do dishes at my grandma’s and granny’s house if we’d had a meal over there. It’s fun to do someone else’s dishes because they were different from ours.

My sister and I would help with the kitchen floor. Not a totally every time deal, but quite often. The floor was linoleum, and mom wanted it waxed. The Johnson’s paste wax smelled good. We’d get rags and smear it all over the floor, then other rags and buff it off. Later on we had an electric waxing/buffing machine to use. That was fun, too.  Now however, I hate doing floors of any kind.

My sister and I never got an allowance as such. We were lucky to have plenty of what we needed, and would get treats from time to time. We did get a dollar for every A on our report cards though.

Early on my cousin and I would make crafty things to sell. We’d go to grandma’s and all the neighbors with our stuff and they’d buy from us. We’d make braided yarn with little pouches for cinnamon spice and cinnamon sticks tied on with ribbon. We’d also make soap decorated with ribbon and little artificial flowers to hang in the bathroom. We did quite well with both of these. I think we charged 75 cents for both of these.

A little later on I would take in ironing to do for others. I loved to iron! I had quite a few customers who’d bring their clothes to me by the dozen. I was still in elementary school when I did this. I also continued to do this for many years, up until only a few years ago here.

I think we probably did whatever we wanted to with our own bedrooms. We didn’t get nagged much to keep it tidy. But later on as a teen I kept it fairly neat.

We basically kept on this same way when our girls were growing up.

That’s about all I can think on it for now. 🙂

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Throwback Thursday – Cooking

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Throwback Thursday – Cooking

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/01/20/throwback-thursday-22-cooking-skills/

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This week Lauren asks us about our cooking skills, and how we learned to cook, and what all we’ve cooked. Also if we’ve had any cooking disasters. Thanks so much, Lauren! 🙂

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One of the best memories I have of learning to cook was when I made a cake. Here’s what I wrote in my diary when I was 10 years old, and my notes about it which I’ve blogged about before.

1/6/61 – I went to school and when I got hom (home) after a while we went bowlling (bowling). I baked my first cake and made a tea party with P (sister)

Now that is an interesting fact/co-incident. I remember baking that cake, a very simple one from a kid’s cook-book. It turned out really good. Then, many years later my own daughter was born… on a January 6th. So…for many years I baked a cake for her birthday…each January 6th!

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After that I probably made that cake other times along with other recipes in that little book.

In Jr. High school I took Home Economics where we did cooking and sewing. That was fun.

Before I got married, I didn’t really know much about cooking, so I made a point to watch how my mom cooked things so I could do it too. I still cook food the same way as back then. Why change it if it works, right!

I’m not really an experimental kind of cook. I know how to do all these I learned so I don’t need a recipe for any of them. If I do try something new, I will follow a set recipe. I do follow the recipes when I made cookies, though. Cookies are a favorite of mine to make, especially at Christmas, with the cut out and decorated ones.

My worst disaster in the kitchen was the exploding enchiladas incident. A huge mess! The whole glass dish full of home made enchiladas exploded, throwing hot food and glass everywhere! I wrote a blog post about it here

A few years ago I wanted to learn how to make decorated cakes, so took a class at the craft store. That was fun, and I learned a lot. Even if we messed up, we got to eat our mistakes! haha . I made a lot of the cakes using all the piping tips. It was just for fun, and we enjoyed them.

Here’s a few photos of some of the cakes I made:

  • Hello Kitty cake
  • Happy Cat Day cake
  • Election Day 2000 cake
  • Amazing Race cake
  • Clown cake
  • Pink roses on the cake (sorry – blurry)

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Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style Pt. 2

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Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style Pt. 2

https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2022/01/13/throwback-thursday-21-jusjojan-sense-of-style/

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Maggie at the above link has asked us about our fashion styles over the years. Thanks , Maggie! 🙂

Here are some questions to think about:

At what age did you become concerned about the clothes you wore? Did you get hand-me-downs or new clothes? Were any of your clothes made by hand? If so, by whom? Were you allowed to select your own clothes and assemble your own ensembles? At what age did you start buying your own wardrobe?

What fashion fads did you adopt? Did you have certain colors you loved to wear? Were you of the hippie generation of perhaps a child of the 1980s? What was the wildest or craziest outfit you ever wore?

What about jewelry? Did you have piercings? Were they done by you or by others? What jewelry fads so you remember?

Now think about your hairstyles. What cuts did you sport? Did you ever color your hair? Did you try to alter your hair in any other way (cutting, ironing, shaving, curling)?

How has your taste changed over the years?

Feel free to share photos if it helps illustrate your look. Have fun!

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More of my thoughts on my style:

For awhile my mom made my sister and I lots of clothes, which were nice. Later, when I learned to sew, I made a lot for myself, too. I’d make hip-hugger, bell-bottom pants, all kinds of tops, and dresses. I liked combining at least two different paper patterns to create something completely different to suit myself. That was fun. I don’t remember anything wild or crazy clothes I wore, just the trends of the 60s & 70s, like bell bottom jeans, which I’d fringe the bottom hem, and do embroidery all over plus fun patches. I’d make long strings of tiny bead necklaces, too. Just for school and work I’d have to wear a dress or skirt and be okay for office work. My favorite colors have always been black and brown, with an occasional turquoise, dark green or purple.

I did make lots of those bead necklaces, and I got my ears pierced while in jr. high. My friend and I went to a lady we knew at her beauty shop and she did it for us. No automatic piercing gun back then, just an ice cube to numb the earlobe and a sharp needle. Many years later I got a second piercing at a store in the mall. I also made a lot of my own earrings.

For awhile there teens, including me, were all into the ‘mod’ look. Short haircut, geometric prints, go go boots, mini skirts, and white lipstick. That was fun, but didn’t last long. I did start using eyeliner and the lipstick when I was quite young – when I was in 6th grade at school.

That’s all for now. I’ll continue with a part 3 soon! Mostly it will be about hair styles! 🙂

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Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style?

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Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style? 

https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2022/01/13/throwback-thursday-21-jusjojan-sense-of-style/

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Maggie at the above link has asked us about our fashion styles over the years. Thanks , Maggie! 🙂

Here are some questions to think about:

At what age did you become concerned about the clothes you wore? Did you get hand-me-downs or new clothes? Were any of your clothes made by hand? If so, by whom? Were you allowed to select your own clothes and assemble your own ensembles? At what age did you start buying your own wardrobe?

What fashion fads did you adopt? Did you have certain colors you loved to wear? Were you of the hippie generation of perhaps a child of the 1980s? What was the wildest or craziest outfit you ever wore?

What about jewelry? Did you have piercings? Were they done by you or by others? What jewelry fads so you remember?

Now think about your hairstyles. What cuts did you sport? Did you ever color your hair? Did you try to alter your hair in any other way (cutting, ironing, shaving, curling)?

How has your taste changed over the years?

Feel free to share photos if it helps illustrate your look. Have fun!

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Here are some of my thoughts:

I was still in elementary school when I noticed how I dressed and either liked it or hated it. There were several dresses I had that I couldn’t stand. I’m sure when my mom bought them for me she thought they were cute, though. One had these big shoulder pad things and I thought it made me look like a football player. The other had an attached tie I thought made me look like a boy with a tie. I took it upon myself to cut holes or rip places in those so I wouldn’t have to wear them again.

My shoes were awful. I had to wear ugly clunky brown oxfords with steel arch supports because of weak ankles. All my friends had cute sandals, or mary janes, or whatever. I hated my shoes … and socks. I still don’t like socks.

By 6th grade I’d managed to talk my way into better/cuter outfits. We girls would co-ordinate our outfits to wear the same thing on a certain day – black skirt and turquoise colored blouse.

Later on in junior high I can’t really remember what we wore to school, except every so often we’d have what was called ‘dress up day’. We could wear fancy clothes, stockings, and short high heels. Now this was before panty hose came along, so yeah … stockings held up by a garter belt. Not easy, especially when we’d get ready at home, then would have PE first period of the day and have to put on our horrible gym clothes. That was not fun.

We girls were not allowed during all my school years to wear jeans or slacks. It was skirts or dresses only and had to be at least knee length. The year after I graduated girls were allowed to wear jeans or slacks.

Well, this is getting long, and I want to continue with the fashion remembering, so I’ll close for now and continue in the next few days. 🙂

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Here’s me wearing the ugly shoes!

🙂 🙂

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