Mara Hruby – Alright
Something fresh for y’all…!
What’s on your mind tonite…?
Aloha, y’all…! Is This Love…
Hey, CT….. everyone getting ready for Christmas? I’m mailing off gifts for grandkids and grandnieces tomorrow. Thinking about Christmas cards…. so many people have given up sending them over the past several years.
Aloha, Dearie…! It’s so much more economical to use Social Media…! ;-)
In the day of facebook & email, Xmas cards seem irrelevant.
Lets Talk About Love…
Aloha, eCAHN…! What a delite to see ya at lln…! How’s the Hudson doing tonite…?
But I love getting the personal messages and the pix of family…. stuff folks might throw up on FB or such. And I actually enjoy reading the yearly letters of activities. I guess I’m just old enough, as it were.
aloha tut — nice tune…
hey ecahn — i was worried about you being away for so long. hope all is well with you
I’ve been spending the last week getting rid of paper from my attic. About 400 pounds and counting. So I’ve given a lot of thought to Xmas letters & photos. I look at them, and say: What could I have been thinking to save them. Had 68 years of personal paper up there. What a waste.
I have saved my parents letters to each other. Married in 1932, but geographically separated for 4 years after they met and became a thing, but before they married, the almost daily letters comprise something like 10 volumes. Boring to tears. The first thing someone will do after I die is take them to the dump.
Fine with me.
How’s your recovery? Must be complete by now. And grandchild?
Aloha, Suz…! Mara is a Bay Area songstress…! ;-)
had a hiccup — waiting until february to see if the bone is alive or dead where they glued it back together. odds are not good but i’m trying to be optimistic and have been keeping myself distracted by doing the first christmas tree i’ve done in 9 or 10 years.
its looking quite nice i must say :)
But I do have ONE truly astonishing piece of paper. The hospital bill from my birth in 1944. My mother spent 10 days in the hospital, full anesthesia. Gonna wait until someone guesses how much the bill was. (Didn’t include doc.)
I get that. I’m still struggling to throw out paper. Don’t know what it is that makes me hang onto stuff. Gotta get ruthless. Our neighborhood had a special clean up event last year that included a shredding truck. Yay! I think I took over a hundred pounds of ‘special stuff’ to be shredded…. and for free. I felt great!
ecahn — re julsie — she’s a real character and very polite
So sorry to hear that & will keep fingers crossed for the best outcome.
After my backward 360 down 14 steps in 1/11, followed by some mysterious knee ding this past spring, my knees have recovered completely with no doc intervention. I have arthritis and they click going downstairs, but otherwise just fine. Whew.
*heh* A couple hundred bucks, eCAHN…? ;-)
When going through papers after my mother died, I found the bill of sale for the brand new 1966 Ford Mustang (yellow with black interior) that my mom and dad bought for me….. $2,300.00.
It’s Alright (Adam Faith)
thanks and yay!!!
What an adorable sweetie.
the almost daily letters comprise something like 10 volumes. Boring to tears
Are you sure there’s not a book in it? If not for publication, for up-and-coming generations in your family?
Suzanne & Dearie,
Drat. You cheat, somehow. $83.25.
Sweet, bw…! ;-) How’s SoCal doing tonite…?
To be clear, the expectation was that I would pay them back once I graduated and got a job, and I did. We were very middle class. My dad was a VP for a Fortune 500 company, but in those days that was wonderfully middle class. My, my, how times have changed, dontcha know.
That must have included the phone bill!
*heh* I was totally outta the ballpark…! ;-)
thanks – i think she’s pretty special too :)
i was even worse with my $5.00 guess
It was a different time, CT.
Back in 1974, as a young at home mother I took care of other people’s kids (mostly teachers) and got paid $1.00 per hour!…. imagine.
My daughter now pays $15.00 or more per hour for a babysitter. She and her husband don’t go out much.
OK….Saw Spielberg’s “Lincoln” this evening. Thought it was pretty good. Didn’t glamorize the Civil War.
*heh* You were still closer, M’dear…! ;-)
LOL. How many times can you read “I’m sorry I didn’t answer your letter sooner” when they wrote nearly every day. How many times do you want to hear about my father changing the oil in the Model T?
I showed a sample to some friends whose parents are exactly my age. The one who was scanning the volume, eyes rolling, put it down after 30 seconds.
I took the letters out of their envelops & put them in plastic sleeves in 3-ring binders a decade ago so at least they were easily accessible for reading. I got a good sample of the contents by doing that. Nothing that would interest anyone, including myself. But they are old, so I’ll leave it up to others to take them to the dump.
None of the descendants have room to keep them, and it is unlikely that anyone of the next generation who might (dubious) be interested will have any grandchildren. So the lack of interest stops with me and a couple of nieces.
Just cuz… Homeless…
Hi CTuttle. Nice tune! Hey everyone. Keep thinking about onion soup! Gotta make some tomorrow.
Phone???? In 1944!!! I also have a list of visitors, though, and a list of monetary gifts (by now you can assess my mother’s personality). Total of monetary gifts = $66. My parents didn’t quite break even.
Ain’t nothing glamorous about War, bw…! 8-(
Aloha, Loo Hoo, I hope all is well…! *g*
It’s still a possibly important historical record. Can you scan them and give them to a local historical society? Or if they were separated because of WWII, a military museum? It’s important to preserve stuff — you don’t know what some future writer might find interesting.
Also, if you were going to edit them for family, you could take out some of the “Why haven’t you written?”‘s and oil changes and stuff.
Hruby sounds a bit like Phoebe Snow, the “Poetry Man” lady.
what a wonderful record of the times tho…. almost enough to cover the cost of the birth (not counting the doc).
I can see a similarity, bw…! ;-) Poetry Man…
Have also given a lot of thought to historic records. I made a mistake in one of my comments, which I have corrected. My parents were married in 1932, I have 2 older brothers, and I was born in 1944 (mistakenly typed 1932, now corrected to 1944).
They were separated for mundane reasons. Met in one place, dad got a job in another city, finally got to the point, after 4 years, when they decided to marry. Nothing of historic consequence there.
Besides the hospital bill, I also have their expense books. They both came from very poor families, married in 1932, you can imagine they were penny pinchers. Kept track of every cent they spent.
Those books might be of historic significance bc of their detail. I did entertain notions, given my field, of analyzing them myself. The decision boiled down to: working on boring inflation exercise or reading a good book on something I don’t already know.
Duly noted :)
Sometimes letters are just letters, I guess.
Guys, it’s a work night for me and I’m on the A.M. shift, so gotta bail. Buenas noches, and keep the conviviality flowing.
I still think Paul Simon’s best work followed the split… Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes/Bridge Over Troubled Water…
Pleasant dreams, bw…!
I won’t throw the expense books away either. I’ll make a note that they might be useful for some economist somewhere who might want to do a case study in comparing REAL cost of living with govt stats, or some such project. Might make a good master’s thesis.
Thinking of it, I have a connection with a local college. Don’t know if they offer a MA in econ, but will inquire…
Great idea. My mother was also keeper of the books….. wrote down every expense. I find it fascinating information in comparison with what things cost now. Wish that I knew inflation rates so that I could actually compare what income was in those days and what expenses were compared to today. Would make interesting reading.
evening, CT … FDL’ers
Aloha, PPD…! I Can’t Stand The Rain…
How’s everything out west tonight — We’ve been making the best of your pineapple express’o
I have the books with the data, also in my attic. Some goes back to revolution, but prolly highly unreliable. I did a quick giggle and didn’t recognize anything online that looks like the right thing.
Emailed a contact at the college to see if she can put me in touch with someone who might be interested.
Fascinating that budget keeping involved discipline of writing down expenses. Not just my parents, but yours too, and I have heard of others. Might be revived in our shitty economy.
With that I must part with a fond adieu.
Oh, I can’t leave without this 9/11 link. As I was logging off, I discovered I had the window open from an earlier use. It’s only 5 minutes so have fun.
Sweet dreams, eCAHN…!
Pleasant dreams, eCAHN.
The Blues Are Brewin’…
Well, folks, my head cold meds have kicked in, I hope to have it contained by tuesday, when I head back up top MK…! Mahalo, and I hope to see y’all for tomorrow nite’s lln…!
Aloha Oe…! *g*
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