The notes from 1967 continued, on a strip of paper that once had been a mimeographed letter home from school (“Dear Parents, On May 5, 6, and 7, from 9:15 – 10:15 am…” – but that’s all that’s left of that memo, so we’ll never know what event took place on those days.) Aside: for… Continue reading 1967: A St. Patrick’s Day menu for the Supper Club
My parents were part of a “supper club” with three other couples. They were all long-time friends, and they’d take turns hosting dinner at their houses for the group. I was fascinated by the whole thing. When my parents hosted, of course we four kids were sent to bed early, but I would hide out… Continue reading 1966: Supper Club and childhood memories
For 1973, Mom had just four menu entries listed – all holidays. No supper club, no backyard entertaining, no other celebrations. I’m guessing it had a lot to do with her mother’s decline from Alzheimer’s. It’s very hard to do anything extra when you are caring for a parent in that situation. So: New Year’s… Continue reading 1973: A quiet year
This was an interesting year in history, for many reasons. It was, of course, the year that Richard Nixon famously won re-election in a landslide – but within two short years would be driven out of office, the first US President to resign. Things were interesting for Mom and Dad, too. Their oldest (me) graduated… Continue reading 1972: What a year
In the midwest, spring is always a big deal. Even when it’s cold, snowy, or blustery – it’s still spring and we know that eventually warm weather will arrive. But it hadn’t yet arrived on April 3, 1971: it was only about 20° that day. So, pretty chilly – but since there was no snow… Continue reading 1971: Spring !
This seems to have been a busy year for my folks, in terms of dinner parties. Let’s get started. Jan. 5 – Bob’s [family] and Grandma – hot ham on buns, etc. Not sure how many of Bob & Mary Ann’s family came for dinner, but they had all 10 kids at this point, with… Continue reading 1969: A busy year
By 1968, with her oldest age 10 and the youngest age 4, Mom was in the thick of things. Entertaining in 1968 was sparse, if we can rely on the notes. Easter dinner was at my maternal Grandma’s house, and Mom took lime & cheese jello. This concoction doesn’t sound very appetizing, but it must… Continue reading 1968
In early 1967, Mom had four children, ages 9, 7-1/2, 5-1/2, and 2-1/2. So, in addition to the dinner parties and holiday meals, she also had four kids’ birthdays plus her husband’s on December 23. (There’s a story that goes with that, but I’m not posting it here – so kids, if you read this… Continue reading 1967: Easter dinner and a casual summer party