Valentine’s Day, 1941

Friday, February 14th, 1941 Right after work we decorated the ballroom and it looked beautiful.  Jakey came for me and gave me a corsage when we got home. He also sent me a lovely valentine.  We got to the Sheraton a little after nine. We had such a crowd and a grand one. My gown…

The Beginning of February, 1941

When I was working on the April A-Z challenge things got a bit out of order so I began a bit of this month already.  Check it out here: April A-Z: A Month of Many Tears During this month things heated up quite a bit between our two lovers and mixed feelings about it ensued. …

The End of January, 1941

Sunday, January 19th, 1941 We spent a lazy day.  Then Jake came about 2:30.  We did crossword puzzles and then fell asleep.  Went to his house about six and were given supper.  Nellie and Caz and Jake and I walked down street and Jake and I went to see “Little Nellie Kelly” and “A Fugitive…

Mid January, 1941

Saturday, January 11th, 1941 We worked all day today.  The bosses were out so Ruth, Emmy, and I ate lunch together.  Even had wine with our dinner. We were silly and had fun all afternoon (we worked too).  Jakey came up to the office about 4:45 and we had supper together and went to see…

The Beginning of January, 1941

I love reading Babu’s sweet passages, and even better her witty ones, but this next passage was not one of either of them.  Passages like these remind me that this is more than just a hobby of mine, and it’s more than about just Babu’s life.  This is a real retelling of her life and…

Happy New Year!

This day is about firsts, so here is the first day of 1941: Wednesday, January 1st, 1941 Woke at 10 and was late for high mass again.  Balanced my book at noon and then settled down for a nap.  Jake came and joined me. Edmund stepped in for a while and then we dozed off…

New Year’s Reflection

Do you know the feeling when you are lost but you are just now getting the feeling like the area around you is beginning to look right and you think you know how to get unlost?  I have been having this feeling this holiday while reading these powerful passages from Babu.  It is such a…

Ugly Wrapping

I ugly wrapped this year.  On purpose.  My grandmother would be mortified.  But I did it for Babu, who would be pleased, I think, and also maybe a bit mortified.  Here is the result: Yes, I wrapped Christmas presents in Birthday, Anniversary, any other holiday paper.  I was delighted to wrap a present for my…

Vintage Christmas Photos

Merry Christmas!  Happy holidays to everyone who does not celebrate this particular holiday and Happy Winter! for people who do not have a holiday this time of year.  I think, whatever your beliefs are, that many of you will appreciate these adorable photos.  They are from the archives, although a full decade ahead.  I just…

The Holidays, 1940

Wednesday, December 25th, 1940 Had to go to High Mass and Eddie and Zosh came home with me.  The Nat came.  We exchanged gifts and Stretch and Jake came.  We had a drink and went to Stretch’s, drank there, went to Eddie’s, drank and ate supper there, came to Jake’s had two or 3 drinks,…

December, 1940

Sunday, December 15th, 1940 This afternoon Jake and I went skating and met Nat and her brother, Billy, Frank, Etc.  It was warm and even the ice was good.  Ate supper, which I prepared, and Peach washed the dishes.  Eddie, Zosh, and we saw “Trial of the Vigilantes” and “She Couldn’t Say No”.  Had ice…

Tobogganing, December, 1940

You cannot go wrong with a few passages celebrating winter sports, and the reality that when tobogganing, someone is always going to get hurt. Thursday, December 5th, 1940 The city hall crowd, Jake, Fila, and I went tobogganing at the Spfld. Country Club.  We got there early and went down twice by the way of…