Fortune Telling and Spinning Planes

May 15, 1941, Ruth, Emmy, and I made plans to go to a fortune teller tonight.  Emmy took me home to supper with her.  We skipped over to see Vi and then went to know our future.  She told me about mother’s throat.  It was alright for me to take a trip.  She could see…

Convicts in the Barracks, May 10, 1941

May 10, 1941, Saw Ernie off on the train and felt lonesome.  Came home and started cleaning my drawers.  Jake sent me another letter and some pictures.  He looks so thin and his hair is clipped short.  Edmund, Johnny Lech, and Eddie came up early and left soon. J.L. came back about 8 and we…

Writing Letters and Waiting for Letters, May, 1941

Monday, May 5, 1941 Took my piano lessons and “Prof” at the city hall.  I wanted to get home and then dreaded it if I didn’t have a letter.  I had two when I got home.  Both from Jakey.  Gosh he wrote the same day he got there and another a few days later.  Said…

January 26th, 1941

Hold the presses.  I found pictures I didn’t know I had!  They are of the snowy, cold, January kind, but even though it is March 1st, they seem appropriate.  It is still so very cold!  I cannot wait for spring.  My garden is calling me.  But until then, here is January 26th, 1941: Sunday, January…

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…

Sept 22, 1940

Sunday, September 22nd, 1940 Didn’t fall asleep till one last night.  Nellie, Caz, Jake and I played tennis and then had a picnic at Mt. Tom.  Jake knew I was peeved but he offered no explanation. He tried all the time to be pleasant but I treated him politely and that’s all.  I know he…

Redo! March 3, 1940

I just updated a post from a while ago with more pictures that I put together with the date.  Here they are again: Sunday, March 3rd, 1940 We slept till nine this morning. Had breakfast and Ernie, Jakey, and I went skiing.  The hill was quite steep.  I swore I wouldn’t go down it but…

Mohawk Trail

While combing through literally thousands of pictures and decades of written records, I found some images from October 1940.  They are beautiful, even if problematic, but they also don’t fit.  I read through Babu’s journals for the month many times, and even looked to see if I transcribed for the wrong year.  No.  It seems…

Thankful to Be Back, and for Other Things

Hello.  I have been away for so long.  An explanation, really just a list of excuses, is forthcoming.  The important part:  I want back in!  Of course, I don’t know if I can keep my word and keep posting on a regular basis.  But I want back in!!! I decided to post a quick piece…

April A-Z: Franklin D.

Wednesday, October 30th, 1940 The president of the U.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Springfield today and we all saw him.  We were hanging out of our office windows as he went by and he looked up at us, smiled and waved.  It was a thrill and I waved and shouted with the rest.  Jake and…

April A-Z: The Blow Up, September, 1940

I would bet some of you will be able to relate.  I currently have 19 posts in various forms of no where near publish-ready hanging out at the top of my screen.  What a great mine for posts when looking for gold during the April A-Z Challenge.  This is a post I began a while…

September, 1940: Nat and Stretch

It occurs to me that there are some characters in these pages I know better than others.  Zosh, Jake, and Ernie are the mainstays that I’ve read plenty about and heard plenty of stories about in “modern times.”  Well, Nat was also an important third to the Zosh and Emily, (that’s Babu!), show.  It’s a…