Sunday Share: 500 Cats and Crumpled Paper Cranes

One of the first blogs I followed when I started this journey was Crumpled Paper Cranes.  I was pleased when I finally took the time to scroll through my “Reader” feed and a post from this blog popped up.  With everything going on I have had barely enough time to post, let alone read other…

Blessed Life! But What Comes Next?

I often wonder if Babu realized how privileged and blessed she was.  Her teenage life is one of constant dances, experiences, friends, clothes, and comfort.  I know, she’s lonely and insecure.  She doesn’t understand why she faces constant rejection, but still!  I look at her life and feel pretty jealous.  This is THE GREAT DEPRESSION…

101 Things to do in 1001 Days One Month Recap

I can’t believe that it has been one month since I made these goals.  1001 days are going to go by fast.  This list has been an inspiration for me since, in writing it, I sought to challenge myself and encourage self care and relaxation in balance.  By reviewing this on a regular basis, I…

July, 1937

There is much to celebrate in the heat of July.  Babu says that she will “melt like a piece of wax one of these days,” yet things move along swimmingly.  (Kind of.) All About Benny: The month begins with the sentence: I guess I needn’t have worried about Benny. She didn’t know if he would…

Sharing with Babu, Less is More

Taking care of someone who is nearly 99 takes constant readjustment.  What she can do, what is good for her and in what amounts, differ even during the same day.  I shared some passages with Babu again, and this time kept it shorter, telling her that’s all I had for today rather than asking her…

Dull Days

Some days she has no events, no near tragedies, no brushes with moments of history.  Some days she stays around the house and she will confess that those days are “dull days.”  Yet sometimes, her dull days entertain me very much! Sunday, June 6th, 1937 Went to high mass.  Zosh has Andy’s watch and says…

The Case of the Peanuts

Thursday, June 10th, 1937 We went to the circus (Cole Brother’s) tonight, Benny, I and Ernie and Charles, Lincoln, and Budson.  Oh!  It was wonderful.  We had three pounds of peanuts, but we got there late to feed the elephants, so we fed ourselves. After the show we went to “Dutchland” for ice-cream, and thence…

Sunday Share: Free

Why The Traveling Pumpkin? I haven’t figured it out yet. But I stumbled upon this blog and my need to escape was triggered. A girl can dream, right? Here is a post I thought was right on point and well said: 7 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once

Pretty in Pink (Babu Style)

Wednesday, June 16th, 1937 It seems almost incredible.  I thought about it before but only as an impossibility.  Going home after school Benny stopped me and asked if I wanted to go to the dance to Meriden Saturday.  Said he would come for me and bring me back or I could stay over.  Mother said…

June, 1937

I am reading and typing along and suddenly it makes sense why she is doing things like playing tennis and sunbathing.  It’s June!  I had lost all track of time.  As I go through the month I keep wondering if she is approaching graduation.  Classes continue into July so before the end of this month…

Excerpts: May, 1937 “It was almost the end.”

Almost a tragic end: Thursday, May 13th, 1937 Such a night.  I was reading under the parlor lamp and the doorbell rings.  Mother comes in with a young man.  She flops on the sofa and just sits there.  Finally, we find out she was struck or grazed by this young man’s car.  Thank heavens!  It’s…

May, 1937

I’m going to get this disappointment out of the way because I know it’s been on my mind.  I’m sure it’s been on yours, too.  Hasn’t it? On May 6th, 1937, the Hindenburg explodes. Here was Babu’s journal entry on that day: Thursday, May 6th, 1937 Thank you for a lovely evening!  It was lovely. …