Monday, October 22, 2018

Infant Dress from 1917

This dress was given to me by my birth grandmother. I met her late in her life and she gave me several things that had belonged to my birth mother. Both her daughter and my real mother had passed away and through a happenstance, the birth grandmother and I crossed paths. We met and had several visits. She outlived two of her children and died at age 97.

At first I thought this dress was hand embroidered There is no label at the neckline and no sign of there ever being one. The more I look at it, I believe it may have been embroidered by machine. Did they even have machines to do that in 1917?

Later: After Googling the embroidery machine, it was invented very early in the 1880's and finally became perfected about 1846. Who knew?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

More Needlework

This is a knit top that I had as a kid. I do believe that Violet Hampton Dewey made this one. I don't remember specifically wearing this but I do remember that anything knit made my neck itch.

I wonder why I kept these things?

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Another Old Child's Dress

This crocheted dress was one of my possessions! I don't remember wearing it. The size seems to be for a three or four year old. The sad thing is that I don't know for sure who made it. My dad's cousin, Violet Hampton Dewey, was a knitter but I don't know if she crocheted. Whoever made it, did a very nice job.

More old clothes tomorrow. (Can you tell there is not much happening around here?)

Friday, October 19, 2018

Dress from the '30's

This was my best dress from the 1930's. It looks as though it might fit a two year old.  I don't know why the camera took it sideways. The color is between a pink and an orange. I believe it was originally pink.

With the flash, it looks more like I think it probably looked when new! I do not remember wearing this but my mom kept it and I am keeping it too. There is a tiny little snap up on the shoulder where the ribbons are attached.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Loser

Yesterday we decided to get carry out for lunch. We had seen some advertising on tv for a nationally known restaurant which offered three "new" pasta dishes.  The stuffed rigatoni looked really good.

We ordered, were given a time and were there one minute late. We waited. And waited. Seven minutes later the employee brought the item to the car. We paid and drove home which is about half a mile.  The car was warm since we had the colder temperatures yesterday. We were using the heater!

I opened the container and was disappointed. The pasta looked sad and rubbery. There was very little sauce. I dished it up. It was not warm through. After a trip to the microwave we had lunch.

That was the worst thing I have had at that particular café. So I filled out a review form.

Today I got a phone call from the company. She wanted to give us a coupon for a free meal after she had me describe the meal. I told her no. I didn't do it for that reason. This was the first time I had had such a bad deal from them and I thought they should know.  She then casually mentioned that they have had mixed reviews on the rigatoni! After more refusals from me for a free meal, she said the next time I go, tell them and they will give me a free dessert "or something."

Not likely.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


We have a traditional phone, also called a land line, and two cell phones.

Every time it rains, the house phone loses its dial tone, has static and a pathetic little beeping noise as if it's in pain.

So then we use the cells. Many years ago we checked on getting out of the "bundle" for tv, internet and phone service. The price would go up because we would not get the special deal.

So today I called my service provider. We have had seven inches of rain in the last two weeks and intermittent phone service.

Wow! Now our bill will not go up. Instead of paying $35.00 for the phone as listed on the statement, we would have a total bill minus $2.20 cents.

This would mean we would have to get a different modem that is only for internet and change out the old one.

I guess we'll leave it that way it is. What a deal!

Monday, October 15, 2018


We didn't leave the house today! We had a new record low of 27 degrees. There was enough snow to stay on the grass and leaves.

Tonight there is still snow on the railing on the back porch! I thought it would melt.

I managed to nap after lunch and this evening we popped popcorn and watched most of the game between Green Bay and San Francisco. Luckily I watched the last few minutes. What a performance by Rodgers and the team. Win!