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 !
Starting off the New Year with guests: Jan. 2 – Anna & Mart (Dad’s relatives) and Mother (if “Grandma” was my paternal grandmother, then I’m sure “Mother” meant my mom’s mom) – Morrell canned ham, mashed potatoes, cauliflower & peas & carrots, rolls, relishes, custard, frozen raspberries, cookies Now – the custard. There is such… Continue reading 1971: January entertaining
Yes, it was awful. This awful. And this awful. But life went on in spite of the awfulness. I graduated from grade school, my youngest brother turned six, my Dad switched from being a door-to-door Fuller Brush salesman to being an industrial rep for the company. As I recall, the move was necessitated by the… Continue reading 1970: the start of the Awful Decade
July – Bob’s family – 20th Anniversary picnic No details on this one, at all. But I did have a photo – not sure where it went – of a family gathering when I was about 11 years old, in our backyard, with all of the cousins and aunts and uncles. I’m betting now that… Continue reading 1969: The second half
Spring brought several dinner parties. Easter – April 6 Mother & Cor, John & “Teddy” (Mary Dolores), Mrs. Klieforth (Teddy’s mother), Sr. Clement (my Mother’s aunt) – Burgundy wine – ham, pineapple garnish – green bean casserole – glazed sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes – rolls – fruit salad, Teddy – cake, Mother Sounds delicious! I’m… Continue reading 1969, continued
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