Summing it Up...

Now, that I'm way on the wrong side of sixty, I feel that being true to self is important. "I yam, what I yam." Kindness and smiles are to be given away. Women are strong. Men are more vulnerable than we believe. Husbands may come and go...but one thing I know for sure is that I will NEVAH live without a corgi or coffee in my life if I can prevent it. Come piles of dog fur or hot water!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday is here again!



Hello, and welcome once again to Vintage Thingie Thursday sponsored by Coloradolady. Click on her name to visit many other sites with vintage entries. Remember that old song, "Back in Fifties with You?" That tune has been running in my head since the new year, so, that's what I'm writing about today.

The family kitchen in a 50's house was the hub, and haven of the home. Mom's domain, so to speak. This is where the kids did homework, and family concerns were discussed. Soup based casseroles baked in now vintage pyrex dishes, stuffed peppers, and stew with home made biscuits were served.


The entire family would gather around a black and white television set; it didn't matter what was on. Everyone watched, and it was usually what Dad selected. Kids didn't have much of voice back then. Luckily, most things on in those days was family friendly, and we, weren't so picky, and spoiled by cable.


Remember Tapioca? It was a monthly treat at our house; discovered as we came home from school, cooling in melamine bowls, on the Formica counter, covered with wax paper. I remember the circles of condensation dotting the wax paper, and the smell of vanilla in the kitchen. Tapioca had such an odd consistency, but was tasty!



Mil not...by the name, I'm guessing it wasn't milk. So, what was it? Mom used to whip it up, and put it in her Easter "glorified rice" dish. It just grew and grew it seemed. Ugh. (That's a recipe, I've never made!)

In our childhood home, supper was at 6 pm, sharp! No matter where we were, we had better be sitting at the table, hands washed, as the courthouse counted out the hour; six gongs.My brother would tear home on his Schwinn, skidding on the gravel, and tear through the house to the bathroom to wash up, as my silent Dad would gaze up at the clock. Families ate the main meal together in those days, it was a ritual in 99% of households, I believe.


See this 1950 Ford? I learned to drive in a car like this, in the summer of '66. I loved this car, and always delight when we find one on the road today! On back, country, gravel roads, my very first boyfriend, allowed me to experiment at the wheel.He was patient and kind; two traits needed, believe me! Heck, we didn't park to neck...we just changed drivers!
Life was so simple, so clean, at least it seemed so. The fifties have always intrigued me; maybe because my memories are so happy of that decade.

21 comments:

Joanne Kennedy said...

Since I was born in 1958 I don't really remember much about the 50's but I sure do love that time period! I love the music, the clothes, the food, the way everyone acted.

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char72 said...

I loved the 50s. I graduated from high school in 1954. Your post brought back memories. There weren't very many channels on those old black and white TVs back then. I do like the great advancement there, but times were so much better then in many many ways.
Charlotte

Coloradolady said...

I love lots of vintage things from the 50's. Love your post, such fun things to be reminded of.

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Elizabeth said...

I love the pictures that illustrate your great story about growing up in the 50s. My mom still makes tapioca for my dad; he LOVES it!

Dawn said...

Thanks for the blast from the past!

CC said...

I loved your memories and your posts..and we had our dinner nightly at 6 o'clock also. Without fail..:). Wonderful memories..

marian said...

Wow that was a Fantastic drive down memory lane, with background music to match..LOVE IT :)

Tanya said...

What a GREAT post! You know how I love vintage and simpler times. The 50's sound wonderful....:)

Chatty Crone said...

I loved your Blog about the Vintage 'memories'. Some things I remember and some I don't. Seems like you have many, many good memories there.

Chatty Crone said...

PS After seeing how long the title of my Blog was - on your Blog - I shortened it! Thanks.

Susan said...

Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee, my sister looked like Sandra Dee, I kid you not and about the same age. A Summer Place is a favorite "blast from the past" movie of mine.

Smilingsal said...

lol I took my first driving lessons in a 1948 Ford! Thanks for the memories.

My Metabolic Rate is Stuck said...

THANK YOU!! That was a wonderful step back in time and I LOVED every second! I especially remember the Tapioca...it was always a special treat at my Grandmothers and I luv it to this day! I LOVE anything to do with the 50's (born in 1951) so THANKS for a GREAT post today!!!

Carrie said...

It's nice to read your reminiscences of your childhood and family life.

meggie said...

Hi, I came here from Chatty Crone, & I have so enjoyed my visit! I grew up in the 50s -& really grew up in the 60s!I see you love dogs... so do we.
Do come to visit some time.

mannequin said...

What a nice visit this was, thank you!
Although I didn't grow up then, I do remember our family dinners and not tapioca, but rice pudding. Everything she did was with love..
Thank you so much. It was a wonderful post.

Miss Janice said...

Thanks for the memories! We didn't know then how good we had life did we? About the crumpets...you can sometimes find them at your grocers or at a gourmet store--I just love them!

Your blog is sooooo cute!

Happy To Be said...

Amen to this girl..I grew up in the fifies so I do remember every thing you spoke of here..I remember being able to stay outside until the strret lights came on and that was my clue that it was dinner time..Times were so simple then and watching a test pattern on tv..and just waiting for something to come on and after awhile watching the pattern you could just see it move and would get all excited..thanks for the memory lane trip today...hugs and smiles Gloria

Kelly said...

The 60s was my decade, but much of my childhood mirrors yours except the car I learned to drive. You reminded me of dinner time. We ate at 5 each night. The news was on the little black and white television and we sat at a metal table with a faux marble top. I have continued the dinner tradition (except there is no television) and have worked it out so that I am home from work when children come home from school. Thank you for allowing me to remember. ~Kelly

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Buttercream Cottage said...

I love the 50's. I have tons of 50's stuff. Great post and blog.

Angie said...

What awesome memories. I would've loved the '50s. I was born in '79 so my memories are all from the 80s and 90s :)

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