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Title: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on February 25, 2020, 12:58:03 PM
Hi - I am a baby boomer, born in the late 1950's.  (Wow, just typing that sounds soooo long ago!)

Growing up I had always heard my grandma and my parents talk about all the changes that had happened in their lifetime.  As they got older themselves, technology kept bringing new and different things into their lives.  As a baby boomer in my early 60's, I have seen technology keep bringing new and different things to my life - as it did to my grandma and my parents.  Our son, a Generation Z - even he has commented how much things have changed in the world in his lifetime even in his mid 20's.

For myself, I have to admit that sometimes I feel like I have been left behind in this technology boom.  When people start talking computer lingo and all the features of their computer, laptop, tablet, or the capabilities of their phones, etc., I'm lost.  Our cell phones are just the basics, not all the bells and whistles (which I'm fine with).

Remember a house phone (or landline as they're called)?  Yup, I still have one at my home.  (Although, we should consider getting rid of it as the only ones who usually call are telemarketers  ::). )  I don't like being tied to my cell phone all the time.  People go into panic mode when they forget their cell at home, or their battery is low, or they don't get a response right away from a text message.  It's a two edged sword - you can be in contact with people hundreds and thousands of miles away in a nano second, it's convenient to use a cell from your vehicle while you travel (versus looking for a pay phone like years ago), but, you can also spend waaaay too much time sending texts, photos, doing face time, not to mention using all the apps people use.

Very seldom can you go somewhere where you don't see a cell phone sitting out on the table, or being held in a person's hand, or shoved into their back pocket.  It's the way of life in the year 2020.

There have been times where I just want to turn my phone off, and leave it off.  I don't want to be tied to my phone 24/7.  It used to be an unwritten rule that most people didn't call before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.  Now, you can get phone calls or texts any time of the day or night.  I've been woke up many times from family that live in other time zones sending texts early in the morning or late at night.

Ahhh, technology.

This thread is going to be about the changes in a Baby Boomer's life.  I've got a whole bunch of things to discuss.  If you're a boomer too, please join in the conversation.

Until next time,
Bucky
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Scottietottie on February 25, 2020, 04:42:20 PM
Count me in Bucky! I'm a boomer too. Wow! The changes in our life time .... the changes within my kids' lifetimes!

My grandparents and my parents were both 'old parents' and my grandparents were born in the 1870s. How things have changed since then!!

Thankfully my grandmother embraced the technology of her time and was an avid photographer. She developed her own pictures.

I'll look forward to keeping an eye on this thread.

Take care - Scottie  :)
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: sixty on February 25, 2020, 07:41:05 PM
How easy it is now to find anything out.  You can ask any question on line and get an answer right away.  You can learn how to do just about anything.  I remember using the encyclopedia to learn about the world, as it was state of the art in the 50's and 60's.  I love the internet part of progress.  I love having my curiosity quenched immediately.
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Cricket on February 29, 2020, 05:36:22 PM
I am also a baby boomer.  We were just talking about how ars have changed.   The crank windows, seat belts, most guys could change their own oil and due a tune up.  We had maps no GPS.  And we all managed to get where we were going.

We still have a land line phone, as we only have 1 cell phone so if my husband is gone he’s got it.  I hate using that cell phone!  How about telephone booths  I made my kids put a quarter in their shoes in case of emergency.

I must admit I sure do miss those days!
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Liz D. on March 01, 2020, 05:12:31 AM
One thing I don’t miss about the early days is having to get off the couch to change the channel on the tv....by turning that clunky dial! Of course, it’s probably added to the obesity issue that we have today.

I still wish that life was simpler like those days.
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: irish on March 14, 2020, 11:16:00 AM
My head isn't awake to be able to post on this thread yet, but....some time ago I was ust cursing the web as they say and I ran across a place where they had listed all the inventions, etc for each year plus the events that happened. I had copied down the year I was married but do't know where I put it. You might be able to do a search to find this article. Man it was interesting.

The thing I do remember about 1964 was there was no microwave and portable radios were a big deal. Color TV was just coming in to people who could afford it. My kids and grandkids can't believe how depraved we were back then. When I tell them you could buy a used car that ran and looked fairly good for 60 bucks they are astounded. Such interesting stuff. Irish
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on March 19, 2020, 11:40:45 AM
Well, boomers, what a drastic change in all of our day-to-day life that has transpired since my first post on this thread!!!  Wow!! :o :o

I know in my last post I mentioned about how modern technology has just taken over our lives and how I didn't like some of the changes.  Well, thankfully due to modern technology, people are able to remotely work from home to "social distance" themselves from others right now.  Years ago, this would not have been possible.

I can just imagine the stories my parents and mother-in-law would share today of yesteryear if they were still living as this pandemic has hit.  In the past, I've heard the stories of how hard times were for them growing up when the depression hit.  They survived and learned to stretch food and resources to meet their needs. We've been spoiled by all the modern conveniences and will have to adjust our lifestyles.  We'll survive this too.

Getting back to some of your comments on this thread:

How easy it is now to find anything out.  I love the internet part of progress.  I love having my curiosity quenched immediately.
  Sixty - I do too!  If you want to know something right away, just check on-line and you can have it answered.

most guys could change their own oil and due a tune up.  We had maps no GPS.  And we all managed to get where we were going.

How about telephone booths  I made my kids put a quarter in their shoes in case of emergency.
  It was the "norm" to see my dad and uncles all gathered around a vehicle with the hood up as they changed the oil, spark plugs, or tinkered under the hood or underneath the vehicle.  Today with all the electronic gear on vehicles you can't fix it yourself, it has to go to the dealership and be hooked up to diagnostic equipment ($$$).

I still order and use paper maps when traveling - there have been many times when we had no reception where we were at and a GPS would be useless. 

Here in our local community someone has one of those old fashioned phone booths outside their home.  I wonder if the phone inside actually works??

One thing I don’t miss about the early days is having to get off the couch to change the channel on the tv....by turning that clunky dial!
  Oh yeah - child labor when we had to change the channel for mom and dad.   ;D  Ha, THEY controlled the tV and everyone didn't have their own in the house like they do now.  How about the garage door openers?  Again, child labor in the rain, snow, whatever the weather was.  When I was growing up, most homes only had a one-car garage - today, there are multi-car garages on homes.  There's a house I pass in the area that has a 4-car garage!!  (of course, probably one of those garage doors has all the riding mowers, weed eaters, snowblowers, gardening tools, bikes, snowmobile, ski-doo, boats, kids toys, etc.).  Growing up my car sat outside and I would have to scrape off the ice/snow and run out there in the pouring rain, etc.

I ran across a place where they had listed all the inventions, etc for each year plus the events that happened. Man it was interesting.The thing I do remember about 1964 was there was no microwave and portable radios were a big deal. Color TV was just coming in to people who could afford it. My kids and grandkids can't believe how depraved we were back then. When I tell them you could buy a used car that ran and looked fairly good for 60 bucks they are astounded.


Irish, if you find the name of that place, let me know, I'd like to look at it.  I found online years ago something similar to that if you put in the year.  In fact, I made a booklet for this man from church for his 90th birthday that showed him all the events of his life through the years - he really enjoyed it.

I miss my little transistor radio I use to have.  Back then, no music devices like they have now!

We tell our son about "used vehicles" back in our day and how you could buy a really nice one for less than $500 bucks.  Today $500 bucks for a used vehicle would probably buy you a steering wheel.   ;)

Well, this post is waaay too long for today - so I'll end here.  But we'll continue this thread and share our experiences along the way.

Take care and do what you can to protect yourself from illness as we deal with the COVID-19.
Bucky
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Joe S. on March 25, 2020, 08:12:48 PM
Okay, I am a boomer. I have camped in a ten covered in snow. I have built outhouses and hand drilled wells. I have used a wood cook stove that I chopped wood for. I have hand pumped and hauled water by hand.

I have collected old BW TV's from the curb and repaired them to sell or give away. I have cut and constructed my own TV antennas to watch stations 500miles away. I have designed, built, and programmed computers.

I saw Lee Oswald shot live. I enlisted to avoid the draft rather than going to Canada to live with my blood brothers family. I used to climb small cliffs (50-75 foot) on motor cycle to see how far I could jump at full throttle.  I have scuba dived.

I have two daughters and five grandsons. My wife and I own our own home and car. We are living on our pesions.

Sjogren's is just a challenging blip in a full life.
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on July 08, 2020, 01:45:50 PM
I don't know if I am a baby boomer or not, but I just took one of those tests on phone and it said my mental sage is 35-37. Now I am 77 so that made be feel good.lol  Actually, I would have rather had a 37 year olds body and a 77 yr old mind.   Such is life!!   8)

meirish
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on August 25, 2020, 02:44:53 PM
Hello - it's been many months since this thread started . . . WOW, what changes we've all gone through in the past six months!!  I never dreamed we'd ever experience all the things we have this year . . . definitely not how I imaged 2020 would be!

What seemed to throw everything off was the "shut down" was talked about being temporary - two weeks . . . which has now rolled into six months with no end in the immediate future.  Everything is definitely not "normal" like it was back in January or February.

For myself, I was out of work from mid March until June.  The company I work for has been hit hard by the closure and so many restrictions now that we're open.  As a restaurant and wedding/event venue so many of our weddings, receptions, parties, reunions, etc., have been either cancelled or postponed until 2021.  This time of year we should be hustling with multiple events each weekend and busy with outings during the week.  Not this year!  I'm not sure they can keep operating if we are only allowed so many people per event.  I've worked there going on 10 years in November - I would hate to lose this job, as I like my job.  I know I am fortunate to be back at work, I'm sorry for those who are still without jobs or have had to deal with closing of businesses.

Like many of you, my family has had to cancel plans and reservations we've had made since the beginning of the year.  Events we were really looking forward to this year - which are not happening this year.   :(

This whole year has stressed so many people out.  I don't think our bodies and minds are designed to handle such long term stress.  Under "normal" circumstances, stress can last for a short period of time - a couple days, or weeks, or a few months . . . not month after month after month like we've been experiencing.  Having Sjogren's on top of it, can only add to more stress.  I hope everyone is taking care of themselves physically and emotionally allowing some time to focus on yourselves and not everything that is happening around us that we have no control over (I know, easier said than done . . . but, if we don't take care of ourselves, we are no good to anyone else.) I'm talking about a mere 10 minutes for YOU . . . time to do nothing, listen to your favorite music, go for a walk, take a long shower/bath, meditate, pray, journal, or whatever it is that brings you happiness.

As the school year is just starting many families are having to juggle many things - jobs, kids learning remote some days / in-person school other days, daycare, etc.  I don't have any young kids any more - I can't imagine what all you parents/grandparents are going through trying to navigate it all.  Hang in there - lean on friends/family to help if they can.

For this thread, I don't want to focus on this pandemic (or upcoming election - which is a hot topic, and not allowed on our forum) - it consumes so much of our day-to-day life right now as it is.  I want to think of something else besides all that is currently going on.  I do want to get back to talking about us Baby Boomers and the changes (good or bad) that we've observed in our lifetime.

Our internet at home was down for three weeks - ugh, I felt so cut off from everybody and everything.  Now, we're back up and running and hopefully, I can get on here more often.

I'll be back soon . . . take care and stay healthy.

Bucky
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on September 06, 2020, 01:46:15 PM
Hi - I hope this finds you well and coping with the ever changing life that has been a part of 2020 for the past six months.

Today's topic is going to be:  Things that use to be the rage, which aren't any more.

Glassware - by that I mean relish trays that you would put pickles, olives, etc. on; cute little trays that you would put cheese & crackers on; sugar and creamer containers; glass platters that you would put meat and cheeses on, etc.  Many times when my grandmother or mother was having a party, out came the glassware with all the food on them set on the table. 

I have several of these little glassware pieces that I use on occasion (not very often) - it reminds me of my grandmother and mother.

I mentioned this on another older post from a couple years ago, that on my 60th birthday I was visiting my home state and some relatives had a surprise birthday party for me while I was in town.  A gift I got from my aunt was a large glass platter that was the platter that my parents wedding cake was on when they got married in 1950.  I didn't even know about this platter, so I was thrilled it was gifted to me.  (I wish she would have given it to me years before for MY wedding cake.)  This platter is big and heavy - I have used it a couple of times since it was given to me, but most of the time it sits in the pantry.  However, I wouldn't get rid of it - some things are just like that, you hang on to them for the memories.

Punch bowls - again, any party I went to growing up, there on the table was a punch bowl.  I have one in a box in the basement - last used?, I have no idea.  Most punch bowls also had the glass cups to go with them. 

Cedar chests - use to be where the keepsakes were kept to be handed down to the generations.  Some girls were given a cedar chest by their parents and would place items in there for their future marriage (hope chest).

Lace tablecloths - from any event I can ever remember at my grandmothers house, she always had a lace tablecloth on the table.  Some were handmade, and others store bought.  I use to have a lace tablecloth on my dining room table, but I no longer have it on there.

China cabinets and buffets -  again, some of these were handed down generation from generation and housed special dinnerware and specialty pieces to be used for parties and get-togethers.

I see a lot of these china cabinets & buffets on the sale pages now.  The rage now is to paint these pieces.  Some of the repurposed pieces are pretty, but I don't think I could paint them when they are heirlooms or antiques.  Some buffets they take out the drawers and just leave them as open space.

Well, this is a good place to stop for today - I've got more things to post about soon. 

What do you think about the above items?  Do you have any of them?  Do you still use them?

Stay well,
Bucky
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on September 10, 2020, 02:29:10 AM
My gosh, Bucky, you sure went through a good list of old things to remember. I had my 6 hour infusion today and had the 500 mgm of IV steroids and that plus the infusion keeps me up really late on these nights. I am too pooped to think a whole lot but...speaking of radios, I have not found a good radio since the portable I had for many years died. It was so easy to operate and was user friendly.

I have one now for many years that is oval shaped with a disc player and many other features and I still can't operate it. I keep there instruction book in my dresser so I can see what is did wrong. My dad gave me one of the first transistor radios for graduation back in 1964. It was brown leather and had a carry strap. I loved that radio. All the simple things are so much nicer. Or so we old timers think.

How many items have you gone to purchase and want one like you had earlier. The big thing is.....washing machines!!! My sears lasted about 30+ years as hubby could change the water pump and controls, and the one I bought next fell apart in 3 years. So I went to Maytags. That one lasted around 15 years and when it died guess what? the "he" was coming into its own. I had to buy the newer kind. It was terrible. I had it about 3 years and gave it to one of the boys when I moved to town. By then they decided maybe these machines weren't so hot. I have a Maytag that is more user friendly but I always say that it takes water to wash clothes. Plus, the government doesn't need to fix machines so they only use so much water as I am smart enough to make that decision myself. I'll get off my soapbox now.

Also, anyone remember those little wind alarm clocks that were made in gold and si think blue and pink and were a clear hard thick plastic. I got a gold one for Christmas when I was 10 years old and had it many years. It broke and I threw it out only to see it oh so many times in thrift shops over the years. So many things we all had years ago that have been put in thrift shops when people died or downsized. The coffee pots...the croning 6 cup white with blue flowers for stove top. Now I wish I still had mine. The electric frying pans that were one of the first electric kitchen appliances. Every bride got one for a gift for years. How about the deep fryers that first came out. I had one but it was too much work, I just did the french fries on top of the stove in oil I just reused for several more times.

Last one..how about the little wing windows in the front doors of the old cars. The need to put those back in cars, they were so great to keep open when it got cold to keep the windows defrosted. If you had a bad heater you could still drive without having to open your big front window. So many good new things but so many of them are all over with in a few years and there they sit wasting away in our homes. Be anxious to hear more from others. So many memories of those by gone years. meirish
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: sixty on September 10, 2020, 04:38:36 PM
I grew up in houses with milk chutes.  Little doors in the wall the milkman would put our gallon of milk and we could access it from inside the kitchen.  They were so cute and I wish I had one now just for fun.  I remember Golden Guernsey chocolate milk was so delicious!  It came in the glass bottles.
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on September 11, 2020, 12:39:41 AM
Oh, I had to stop and think what a ilk chute was. Now I remember. Such a great idea. I also remember back in the 40's and early 50's having my mother save the thinner cardboard cover on the glass bottles. I think I had to take them to Sunday school or school for something. Saving labels sure started years ago.

Just a side remark. I keep reading that the powers that be have been thinking about making milk in glass bottles. At least some types of milk. The cardboard cartons are piling up with the disposable diapers. Also, the grocery prices have gone up big time in just the last week all over my grocery store. I sure wish we could get bread for 4 loaves for a dollar like we did 50 years ago. Take care meirish
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Linda196 on September 11, 2020, 03:22:48 AM
I remember milk in a glass bottle on the doorstep in February with frozen cream pushing up from the top curling over. You put out as many  empty (washed) bottles as you wanted bottles delivered, with prepurchased tickets, or you could put the change out on the doorstep, it stayed there until the milkman picked it up. Some of the bottles were beautifully embossed with the dairy name, and are quite collectible now. Our milk man originally had a closed cart pulled by a horse, and we would follow him up the block with a nickle or an empty pint bottle, to get a pint of chocolate milk! For some reason it wasn't as much fun when he bought a motorized van LOL

I also remember the ice wagon at our summer place, delivering huge blocks for the iceboxes. The iceman could chip out a square just about the right size as the box, and pick it up with big curved tongs, and hand out the smaller chunks to the kids as a treat.

And the old wringer washers! There was a talent to wringing the clothes, feeding just the right piece in at just the right time to have a continuous sheet of tightly compressed clothing come out the other side in a seemingly solid piece, then pulling it apart and shaking it hard to get it ready for the line. And there was a science to the clothes line as well, whites first and all together according to size, longest first tapering to short then coloured clothes next, starting with short and tapering up to long, to have the shortest pieces hanging in the middle of the line where it swooped down lowest(of course you would have a forked pole to prop it up) And "unmentionables" hung between sheets or pillowcases to preserve modesty!

Old phone numbers with a letter exchange and 4 digits, on a party line so if you couldn't remember who you called, your neighbours could! One place my dad worked had a switchboard operator, named Mrs Lawlor, who let me "work" with her. Luckily her husband, the boss, liked me, because i "pulled the plug" on his calls, more than once!

And of course, my childhood aspiration- elevator operator! The really good ones made those cages glide, and stopped exactly level to the floor with no jerks! The one I admired most had such a graceful way of reaching out tot he accordion door and sliding it back to let people in or out.
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on September 11, 2020, 02:40:00 PM
Oh. Linda, you reminded me of the elevator operators...wow, and the telephones that were about 12 -14 inches tall with the "ear phone"part hanging on the side. Back in the late 40's and early 50's. When I got married and lived out on the farm a few years we had an 8 party phone line. Somebody was always listening it seemed.

In the 40's my dad had bought an "ironer" for some reason. Must have bought it used from a hotel or something. It was about 40 inches wide and a cover folded up and you would iron sheets towels, underwear, dishtowels...everything, even the shirts. It was to take the place of the old irons. Like who irons half that stuff now. It would soften the sheets and towel up when they hung to dry in the basement.

Remember the Jewel T man that came every month or so to buy mops, spices, cam mixes, jello, etc from. That was such a big deal back then. There was also the Stanley sale man that came to the house every so often with many things to sell. When I was first married my MIL would talk about the "sheeney" man and I finally asked who that was. During the early years of the 40's and during the war there was a guy who came around with a panel truck loaded to the gills with every type of thing you could think of. Toasters, food items, everything (probably lots of black market things) and this was the way he supported his family. He was very important at this time when they couldn't always find things in the shelves at the store.

Capitalism is a wonderful thing...so many ways to earn money and start a business especially when jobs are scarce. Lots of initiative back in the those days. What is so interesting is that we all have so many memories of the same things but yet every state and area in this great world had different things or ways to do things. Amazing.  It is like a piano, only so many white keys and black keys and the millions of musical pieces that have been written. meirish
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Linda196 on September 12, 2020, 05:13:02 AM
This thread is so much fun! It's also a great reminder that sometimes changes doesn't necessarily mean improvement, it was a much more personal time back then, wasn't it? Of course I can do without the ironing! I have one, but i refer to it as a crafting tool LOL

I think the Canadian equivalent to the Jewel T man would have been the Watkin's man, and many Watkin's products are still available here, through select commercial distributors or mail order, no more door to door.

I don't remember having peddlars coming around, but I did hear that my grandfather did that during the 30's when he could get merchandise. I do remember my grandmother waiting for "sharp" day, when a gentleman who's name may or may not have been "Mr Sharp" arrived on the block to sharpen knives and scissors, and each of the housewifes would bring him out a bit of a snack and a cold drink or a big mug of steaming hot coffee or tea, depending on the time of year. The snacks would be wrapped in wax paper, so he could take them with him, but the drinks were always in mugs or glasses, no disposables then, and he'd drink them down while doing his tasks.

We got our first television when I was about 5, and I remember the installer arriving, and spending what seemed like the whole afternoon getting it set up, adjusting rabbit ears, running out and giving direction to his assistant on the roof about the antenna (not sure why we need both), and dealing with the endless questions (from me of course). The first image that we saw was "The Lone Ranger"!
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on September 15, 2020, 01:02:45 AM
Eureka, I found the papers that I copied from internet....interesting facts....things that came about, invented or occurred around the time we got married in 1964. Odds and ends of info.

Panti hose appeared in the early 1960's...II know I wore a girdle and nylons when first working as a nurse, That with those darn all polyester uniforms was a killer AND there was no air in many hospitals at that time.

Typewriter standardization came in 1910 anfdd the IBM electric came in 1961. They were  great!!It seems early 60's or so Hashbro launched GI Joe

BASIC easy  high level intro pogromming language. Didn't give exact date.
Sony into first VCR
Bubble wrap and computer mourse invented.

The 1960's had the most significant changes in history.

Man on the moon.
St, Paul minnesoota got first MacDonalds...burger 15 cents.

Food stamp program was created
Royal Crown Cola made first 12 oz al. can pop and Coke came 3 years later.
Plastic milk carton introduced
Pepsi made diet pepsi
Into of Buffalo wings
First Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer aired on NBC
Acrylic paint invented
Permanent press clothes invented (and the world quit ironing lol)
Halogen lamps invented 1960
Valium in vented in 1961...I was in nurses training at Mayos and www gave valium to multiple sclerosis patients for muscle spasms. And then the world discovered that you could get stoned on it.
Non daily creamer invented 1961

Top inventions past 50 years

1955  remote control
1955  microwave
1957  birth control pills
1958 Boeing 707 first successful commercial jet
1961 cordless tools
1961  industrial robots
1962  comercial satellite
1962  LED
1955 polio vaccine
1964  music synthesizer
1969 smoke detector
1970 digital music
1971  waffle running shoes
1969  automated teller machines
1973  cell phone
1979  song walkman
1955 velcro
1972  electric ignition
1973  MRI
1978 GPS
1984  DNA finger printing
1960 first pacemaker implanted
1960  first Etch a sketch...they have been around forever
1960  the laser
1987  Prozac antidepressant invented
1960  halogen lamps
1961  Cochlear implants
1962  audio cassettes
1962 silicone breast implants
1962  fiber tipped pens
1963  touch tone phones
1963  zip codes
1963  pull tabs
1963  easy bake oven
1964  wonder bra
1964  smiley face
1964  picture phones
1965  astroturf
1965  asparatame..artificial sweetener
1966 hand calculator
1868  first 911 call made
1968  first supersonic airliner
1968 first manned lunar orbit
1969  ARPA NET precursor to internet
1969  Unix Op Sy from Bell Labs Single chip micro processor

I thought I had found more...maybe there is more in all my papers. It must have really been interesting with all these inventions but darned if it made an impact on me and I was born in 1943. When we are busy with life...life just goes on. I think that the birth control pills probably really made an impact on many people and the microwave was a big deal.


Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on October 16, 2020, 01:28:38 PM
Hi everyone - once again, time has gone by so fast - I can't keep the days/months straight.

I hope everyone is doing well (as well as can be under the circumstances with a pandemic going on).

I just found out yesterday that as of Oct. 31st., I will be laid-off again - this time, until Spring - people are not wanting to dine inside or hold small events, so it's not feasible for our restaurant/banquet facility to stay open. Not the way I envisioned the start of my 10th year working there.   :'(  It is what it is, there's nothing we can do about it.  Thankfully, my family is well, so we will count our blessings and roll with the punches.

Sixty - we didn't have milk chutes, but we did have an insulated box on the front porch that the milk man would put our glass milk bottles in (and we would leave the empty ones for him to take back to re-use).

Linda - ahh, yes - the phone party line.  The neighbor girl and I got in trouble several times for picking up the phone and listening in (while giggling in the background).  I am certainly glad we don't have those today!!

Irish - were we lived in Ohio, we didn't have a Jewel T man, but we did have the Fuller Brush Man (in fact, I'm told my grandfather was one). The company is still in business today.

Irish, that's an interesting fact list you posted.

Back "in the day", things like restaurants, gas stations, stores, etc., were not open on Sundays.  In fact, up until Walmart founder, Sam Walton passed away, Walmart's were NOT open on Sundays.  That all changed once Mr. Walton passed away.  Today, there are still some restaurants and businesses that choose to remain closed on Sundays so their employees can go to church.

A topic that came up this week was how much wedding receptions have changed through the years.  In years past, the couple would be married at church and then have a small reception in the social hall there at the church with punch, cake and possibly finger foods to eat.  No big elaborate sit-down dinner, bands, dancing, etc.  Because I work at a company that holds wedding receptions, I see how much people spend for their receptions.  i think the most expensive reception I've seen is $35,000!  Wow, what I could do with $35,000!!  Just the decorating of the reception room is expensive if you have custom seating, elaborate table setting and flowers, etc.  The bar tab for many weddings can really rack up the cost of the reception.  I've been to a wedding reception where at the end of the evening they had fireworks - and those are not cheap!! 

For my wedding, I only had two bridesmaids - my gt. nieces wedding, she had 12!!!  Wow!!  Today, most brides and bridesmaids go get their hair, makeup, and nails done - $$$.  Many brides-to-be have catered bridal showers, etc.  My showers ( I had two) were at someones home with finger foods to eat - which was perfect.

I can't even remember the last wedding I've been to where the bride & grooms car was decorated with streamers, a Just Married Sign, or tin cans streaming behind the car.  LOL

Well, I better stop here for today.

Let us know what you think about your "Baby Boomer Life".

Stay well,
Bucky
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on November 16, 2020, 09:17:58 AM
Hello everyone - here we are in another new month - the months are flying by.  It's hard to believe here in the U.S.A. that next week is our Thanksgiving holiday.  I have a feeling this holiday will be very different from holidays in years past.  With the increasing numbers of Covid rising many families are opting for just immediate family gatherings and not going all out inviting the "whole" family for the holidays.  I'm not sure what my family is doing at this point.

That brings up an interesting topic - holiday celebrations in our baby boomer life.  For Thanksgiving, we always had my grandmother, a friend of the family who was single, and my dads boss and his wife (who never had children of their own) over to the house.  That was always our Thanksgiving day from as far back as I can remember.  For Christmas we would again have my grandmother to the house and just our family.  Back in the day, families would visit each other during the holidays - the women would sit down with some coffee and homemade cookies, the men would be in the living room watching some sporting show or outside tinkering under the hood of a vehicle, the kids would either be outside playing or playing board games in the house.  Good times!   :)

Since I've been married, holidays are very different from when I grew up.  First off, all my family live 500 miles away.  Since my family lives in the snowbelt of N.E. Ohio, I don't travel East in the winter months - too much changing weather from IL to OH.  I really miss that for our son (only child) as he doesn't get to visit with his cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.  My husbands family lives nearby here, and we do get together with them - but, it's just not the same for me.  I miss my family and friends I grew up with.

Is there some sort of "traditional" food you make for the holidays each year?  My thing is deviled eggs.  Funny thing is, I don't eat them, I just make them!  I guess I get that tradition from my late mother - every holiday she would make deviled eggs.  I like eggs - I just don't like them as deviled eggs - I guess it's a texture kind of thing.  LOL

My mother always made a lot of holiday cookies.  She would start early and have tins and tins and Tupperware containers full of Toll house cookies, press cookies, etc.  A couple years back I got a Wilton Cookie Press Set on clearance after the holidays for a $1.  I've found a recipe for the class spritz cookies so I'm going to try and make some this year.  I've always liked baking, however, my husband is diabetic and if I make "normal" cookies, he would sit down and eat every last one of them - which he shouldn't be doing.  So, I don't make any.   :(  If anybody has some really good cookie recipes for a diabetic, please share.

Just curious - does anybody have their Christmas tree up yet?  I know several people who do (not me).

I'd love to hear some of your family traditions or things you do for the holidays.  Since this year has been such a difficult, challenging year for everyone - whenever you have the opportunity to spread some joy and encouragement to someone else, please take the opportunity.  A little kindness goes a long way.

Wishing you many blessings this week.

Bucky
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on December 29, 2020, 02:27:09 PM
Hi - once again, time has slipped by and here we are approaching the last few days of December and 2020!  Whew . . . . what a year it has been!!

How was everyone's Thanksgiving holiday?  Our extended family all opted for everyone having their own Thanksgiving and not a "group" gathering.  So, it was just the three of us.

You know what I miss the most?  Hugging someone!  This whole year with all the social distancing has been odd . . . there are some people in the grocery store who practically run if you get too close to them.  I'll be glad when all the distancing is over.

Now that Christmas is over, when do you take down your tree?  I'm trying to remember what my family did growing up, and I have no idea.  We always had a real tree, so I'm sure my mom wanted it out of the house not long after Christmas.  This year, I put up my retro silver pom pom tree along with my color wheel.  I love this tree!  It reminds me of my grandmother - as she had a large silver pom pom tree (mine is a 4 ft. one).  I remember all us grandkids would line up from shortest to tallest for a group picture each year.  I think the tree will come down some time this week.

As Baby Boomers did your family or you have any New Year traditions?  I know some people eat black eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread - or some, cabbage on New Years Day.  I don't have any traditions for New Year's Day.

I have some topics written down of things I wanted to post about for this thread . . . now, if I could only find it!!   ;)  Well, I take that back about a tradition, every year I tell myself that this is going to be the year I get my house all organized and in order.  Um, it's a work in progress is all I can say!  Maybe THIS will be the year it happens!!  :D

Wishing each of you a healthy, Happy New Year!! 

Bucky   

Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on January 06, 2021, 08:32:45 AM
Happy Wednesday!  Boy, a person needs a calendar to look at every day to know what day it is - they all seem to run together!

Yesterday, I took the Christmas tree down.  I didn't really put up very many Christmas decorations in the house, so it was pretty quick to put that all away. I miss the festive look of the house when you pack everything away.

This year for Christmas, I went through some totes in the basement of items I've kept for our son (only child), a lot of his toys from when he was a toddler, etc.  So I picked out six items and wrapped them and put them under the tree (I did this a few years back for him too).  Quite a few of them he didn't remember - of course not, he was a toddler!  He loved those toys and would play with them all the time as a toddler.  Some day I hope he marries and has children of his own and then he will get all the old toys of his for his children.  I kept the boxes for a lot of them - so they are like brand new.  I think the "memories" are more special to ME, than to him as a 25 yr. old.

While I was taking the tree down, I thought about my grandma (she had a silver pom pom tree too when I was growing up).  Thinking of grandma - I remember the smell of her perfume she wore.  I have no idea what it was, but it was something that a lot of the older ladies wore in the 50's, 60's, and 70's era.  Even at the place where I work (when we aren't closed temporarily because of restrictions) every now and again a group of older ladies will stop in to eat and if you walk past their table you can smell that smell again.  Do you know what I mean?  Something you smell that takes you back in time.  My Dad would wear Old Spice - again, a smell that takes you back to when I was a kid.

Are there other scents you remember that remind you of days gone by?

Bucky
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on January 06, 2021, 11:55:53 PM
Hi Bucky, My hubby wore Old Spice and whenever I smell it I think of him...

Speaking of grandmothers reminds me of my Mother-in-law. When Christmas came she started baking. She made the best Christmas cut out cookies that had such a soft texture and she cut them out thick and put frosting on them. She put them in the 5 gt ice cream pails and each family would get a pail to take home. We often brought the pail back for refills. Her cookie recipe had lots of butter and eggs and almond flavoring and the dough was almost the consistency of a pie crust dough. I made them a lot many years ago but never turned out like MILs. I also ate a about of ton raw dough back then also!!!

She also had many types of bars and other cookies she made plus some types of breads. I remember coming for Christmas dinner and besides the huge amount of food she made for the meal she would have the kitchen table full of plates of bars and cookies for dessert. People don't bake like this anymore. I used to try and make about 10 types of cookies and candies and take plates to the neighbors. That used to be so much fun. Christmas was the only time I made divinity and my hubby just loved it.

I miss baking the big meals for my family. It got so hard for me the last few years that I did it. I did it in 2014 for the last time. That was the first Christmas after hubby passed away. My grandsons still ask me to bake pies for them like we had at Christmas. I would bake about 7 pies cause always gave a custard pie to each of my sons cause they loved them so much. The little boys liked the apple and peach pies I would bake in a jelly roll pan. Such big pies that they would last much longer. I always sent different kinds of pie pieces and turkey home with the kids to lunch on.

There are so many things like that that I miss. The decorating the house at Christmas and eating Christmas eve buffets by lantern light at the dining room table with the big Christmas table cloth. The boys enjoyed that when they were young. We did that with the boys and their families a few times and the grandkids enjoyed that also. We need to slow down and take the time to do those "family" things again. Some families are still doing this, but so many with decreased income have had to cut corners in how they cook and celebrate these days.

By the way, did anyone used to make fruit cake?? I had a recipe that used graham cracker crumbs and evaporated milk plus dried fruit and raisins that was so good. You could keep it in the freezer and cut off a piece when you wanted...I ate a lot of fruit cake all by myself cause my family all turned up their nose at it. A good fruit cake that is full of big pieces of chopped nuts is so good.

Also, I love mince meat pie and I made that a couple of times also. My folks had a restaurant and my dad made the best mince meat pie. He always put pieces of beef roast in it and that made it even better. I usually had to eat all the mice meat pie at my house cause hubby and kids didn't eat it. Dreams are fun but now I wish I had some of these goodies to eat. Take care and stay well. meirish
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on January 09, 2021, 02:46:50 PM
Merish - back in the day, I think it was the "norm" for families to make big meals for the holidays. Back then, most families lived close by - now, they are spread out all over the country in other states, etc.  Today, it seems both parents are working and they just don't have the time to make such big meals, it's easier to eat out or pick it up at a restaurant or store already made.  There are exceptions, and I do know of a few who still love to bake and prepare big meals for the holidays.  For myself, when we have a "family" get together, it's more a potluck type of thing, which I like.  I don't mind the cooking part, I hate the cleanup!!

In years past (definitely NOT in 2020), the place were I work they would have buffets for Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Thanksgiving.  We were packed!  Families would spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a prepared meal where they didn't have to cook it, set it up, or clean up.  We also use to have the Sunday Brunch - again, we were always packed.  Many families would be there week after week.

I remember my mom baking a lot of cookies at Christmas time - pressed cookies, Toll House cookies, bars, fudge, etc.  I felt bad for my dad one time when mom had a fit he had gotten into the cookies that she was saving for "company".  He didn't have very many and he was dunking them in his coffee.   :D  There were many times us kids would pick out the chocolate chips from the bowl as mom made Toll House cookies (long before all the warnings about not eating raw cookie dough).  We survived!!  LOL

Mom would send a container or plate full of cookies home with those who lived by themselves or didn't haven family nearby.

As I have mentioned before, after I got married I really wanted to bake cookies at the holidays- but with hubby having diabetes, I don't, or he would eat every last one of them!  I need some sugar-free recipes.  A friend and I had talked about making press cookies this holiday, but it never happened.   :(

Bucky
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on January 09, 2021, 06:31:54 PM
I just was thinking about the days that I would bake a lot of goodies hide them in the freezer only to find that the boys got into them when they got home from school. I was still at work then so they had free range,. I bet a lot of parents can relate to that.

Bucky, I feel bad that you didn't get to bake much because of your hubbies diabetes. I had a similar problem as my hubby had Celiac Sprue and couldn't eat flour (gluten) so that really made a difference. There was hardly any gluten free flours or other ingredients or specific items in those days so I would make things from scratch like fudge, divinity and have to read every label on any ingredient even to make a bar with chocolate chips. Made things very challenging. We always knew when he ate some hidden gluten cause he would get very sick and it would spoil a lot of days or evenings for him.

I am trying to think of something that you could make for your hubby. If I do think of something I will PM the recipe to you. Take care. meirish

Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Linda196 on January 10, 2021, 07:26:13 AM
I really missed baking this year, too. Same basic reason, Diabetic hubby, but previously I had still baked, and gave it to friends, neighbours and soup kitchens and pantries.. Covid made that a less acceptable option. even the soup kitchen prefers packaged commercial treats right now. Somehow, donating a bunch of packaged school ready lunch box treats just isn't the same  :(
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on January 10, 2021, 06:59:29 PM
Life has sure changed and it is no wonder people have trouble keeping themselves in good spirits. Takes work to keep our minds positive when our lives are so changed. meirish
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on January 13, 2021, 10:57:30 PM
A typical Baby Boomer Life - when we had babies being a sleep deprived parent up with a baby all night long, then it progressed years later to waiting up all night for your teenager to come home.  Well, tonight, I am pulling an all nighter as our son is traveling 950'ish miles overnight from IL to Denver, CO (after he worked a full day, packed up the car and took off to head West).  Thankfully, he has a rider with him, but I still worry about the driver falling asleep while the passenger is sleeping too.  I guess that stems from an experience I had as a teenager many, many, many years ago.  There was a group of four of us traveling together from a week at church camp.  I was in the back seat and I noticed that the driver nodded off and I yelled, "Rodger!".  To this day, I never, never, never sleep in a car when traveling.  That's also the reason I always do the driving wherever we go on family trips.

It is so stressful when your children (in my case, our only child) travels these long miles driving straight through, especially in the winter months when the weather can change in a heartbeat at any point in their journey. 

He's checked in once so far - I sit at the kitchen table with my paper map and follow along with his journey.  There is one particular spot in his trip where the phone service is pretty much none existent for a couple hours as it is a pretty barren, remote area that really stresses me when he's driving through there in the wee morning hours and there is no traffic at all (or few and far between) should he break down. 

So tonight I'm keeping the caffeine flowing, surfing the web, and praying for our sons safety in his travels.  That folks, is my Baby Boomer Life tonight!  I'll take a nap later once I know he is there safe and sound.

Bucky
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on January 13, 2021, 11:27:27 PM
A mothers work is never done. And then the grandchildren come and we worry then too. I am thinking of my 21 year old granddaughter who went to Charleston South Carolina for a weirdly timed break. She went with 2 other gals and stayed at a friends parents condo close to the ocean. Should be driving home in a day or two.

Her college has had so many strange ways of educating and doing breaks this year and they gave a longer Christmas break and then added  a couple more weeks for the breaks they missed in the fall. These colleges are going to be in trouble. I just read that there are not even the usual number of teenagers applying for grants and scholarships as they don't plan to go to college when the Covid is still around. The whole world has a new norm that is for sure.

It was interesting reading about your wedding and comparing it to the weddings of today.  I got married 3 weeks before I graduated from nurses training. A bunch of gals did that so we could have our nursing friends work or be in our weddings. It was a really crazy thing to do that is for sure. I took 5 finals and then came home to get married. I was pooped.

I had one sister and hubby had one brother and they were our attendants. And back then we had the obligatory ham sandwich on buns with the great home made dill pickles, mints, nuts and cake. Things were really simple back then. I had my wedding dress made by a lady in town and it cost 50$. It was very simple but it did the job. I think my wedding cost me 500$. Cant believe the money spent on weddings in this day and age. I would feel so guilty spending that kind of money on a wedding knowing that there is going to be bills the rest of ones life. WOW

Also, i noticed something in Walmart this winter that really surprised me...but shouldn't have. I was checking out puzzles as people at my coop do puzzles a lot. Normally there are just a few puzzles on the shelves but this year there was about 3 shelves of puzzles of all kinds. Then it hit me that Covid and the lockdowns have reduced the world to sitting at home and doing puzzles and playing cards. Time has a way of repeating doesn't it. That is what people did when I was growing up. Take care. meirish
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on January 16, 2021, 03:19:01 PM
Happy Saturday!   :)

I'm thankful my son had a safe trip to CO - tomorrow, the reverse process starts all over . . . . hopefully, they will get an early start to head home and should be home by midnight at the latest (I hope).  He did mention that about half-way into their trip that the winds picked up and he was driving with 45-65 mph winds.  The winds continued for the remainder of the trip through Nebraska and Colorado.  I know from experience driving in high winds how stressful it is on your body - especially your hands and arms as you hang on to the steering wheel tighter.

Baby Boomers - just wondering if any of you use a glass punch bowl any more?  Growing up, that was the norm for bridal or baby showers and various parties - the punch bowl with matching glass cups and usually served with little finger foods.  I have a punch bowl w/cups down in the basement.  I can't remember the last time I used it.

I also have several sets of snack sets from the 1950's - they were small glass plates with matching glass cups.  I have my mom's two sets that were a wedding gift when they married in 1950.  An aunt of mine gave me two sets of the white milk glass snack sets.  I probably have eight sets total - not all matching ones, but that doesn't matter - it adds to the festivity when they are used.  Again, I haven't used them in a very long time.  I'm saving them hoping that some day our son will be engaged and we can use them for a bridal shower.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Bucky
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on January 16, 2021, 04:12:50 PM
Bucky, If we keep on with our remembrances we might hit all the good things that we did or had back in those days. Ahhh, ye olde punch bowl. I used mine so much. I always used it for the holidays and put it at the from entrance when people came one. The kids really enjoyed that when they were little.

I just figured that I didn't entertain that much and it was fun to use it. I sure got my moneys worth out of that. I think I gave one or two of my DILs a punch bowl for some event. Everybody needed one in those days. I did have the small glass plates and matching cups but I think I sold them at a garage sale. Seems like we have used styrofoam cups so much over the years now.

I have the sugar and creamer and vinegar cruet in nice glass ware that my neighbor gave me for wedding and bridal shower. The times have changed so much and never use them at all any more. I do't know what to do with them cause none of the DILs are going to want them. Such a shame that we have become so much less formal. It is fun to have a formal table setting instead of a buffet like is the usual nowadays.

Just think of all the beautiful table cloths, the napkin holders, silverware and glass ware, not to mention the fine china that sits in china closets. I see them at sales and auctions and they are so hard to sell when years ago every girl had a set given or inherited the fine china from family.

Then there are all the beautiful vegetable and sale, relish bowls that don't match any set but are used every holiday over the years. I had one for stuffing, one for vegetables, one for salads, several different relish trays and big platters for meat. Wow. makes me sad to think of those days gone by.

Then there are all the pie pans, cake pans and roasters plus other fancy pans. People get taker out chicken, pizza, stir fry, etc for so many big holiday meals now and people aren't cooking like they used to. That used to be some of the fun. I tried to bake turkey meal as long as I could cause my boys always loved the mashed potatoes and gravy and that is not eaten as much as french fries now. Well, I bet there are a lot of other things people can come up with that were such a big deal back in the day. Can't wait to hear what others say. meirish
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: sixty on January 17, 2021, 08:21:21 AM
I inherited my mothers sterling silverware and it's just beautiful.  She would be heartbroken though to know how little value it has these days.  I've tried to sell it and the most they will give me for it is around $1,500, which would be a huge insult to her.  I would keep it, but I have a son that doesn't have any interest in it, so I want to take care of finding it a new home before I go.  I guess it's good she doesn't have to witness what's happening to those very pretty things that used to be so appreciated and valued.  Crystal's another thing that's lost a ton of value.  Was your punch bowl crystal Irish?  I have some water goblets that were my grandmas just sitting in my cupboard and I fear what might happen to them also.

Maybe it's a good thing we are getting away from pride in those possessions so that we can concentrate on more simple things, and try to solve all the problems of the world.  Who knows?  It still makes me sad though.
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on January 17, 2021, 09:16:05 PM
My punch bowl was about 8$ I think. I was being facetious when I said I got my moneys with out of it. I don't have many expensive things. I do have a few things from both Mother and MIL that are very nice but I doubt that my DILS will even want them. Those nice things aren't used these days and everyone has so many things that they don't need another dish, plate, bowl, etc. I feel badly that my big pressure canner will probably never be used again. I also have a rather new 4 qt pressure cooker that I loved and used a lot. Both my DILs are scared to use a pressure cooker.

The thrift shops are filling up with all the dished, linens and furniture of the retiring and elderly population. When I was in my younger days the auctions were just packed with people paying good prices for these items and now can hardly tie them away. Times do change. Take care. meirish
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Linda196 on January 18, 2021, 05:33:09 AM
Sadly, we seem to live in a disposable culture. Nothing is made to last very long to start with, and no one repairs things anymore either.

I have a couple of Irish linen table cloths that were my grandmothers, and one had a tiny, very delicately and precisely darned patch on it, you have to really look to find it, but it showed how much she valued it.

I also have a few of her silver vases, apparently single flower vases were a thing in the 20's and she would set a cluster of them with one single stem from her garden in each one. as a center piece,(sometimes with her string of pearls wound around the bases when she felt "really fancy").

Luckily, my daughter says she was born in the wrong century, and values all things vintage, so they will have a good home for at least another generation!

My other grandmother, Bless her, had very few "valuables" other than the Crystal Rosary her groom gave her on her wedding day. They were bringing up 9 children during the depression, so my most valuable reminder of her is her amazing "make do" attitude, and picture of her in a plain  apron, made from a flour sack, with tiny pink embroidered flowers on the pocket, that I remember always having a cookie in it!

I had the punch bowl, too, and still do actually, used these days on very rare occasions as a loaner to wedding receptions for flower arrangements or ice bowls for chilled appetizers.
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: meirish on January 18, 2021, 12:53:17 PM
Such good memories of your grandmother, Linda.

The one thing that is hard to explain to "children" even mine in their late 40's and 50's is that I was raised by parents who were born in 1906 and lived through the first bad flu in 1918, WWI and WWII, the drouth and dust bowl plus the depression. My parents worked so hard and bought so little but yet we had a good life.

People were all poor together back then and everyone respected the that fact. These people lived through the rationing of WWII when hardly any sugar, flour, eggs, at times hardly any meat. Just worked at a day by day existence at times and made do with very little.

I have tried to explain all this to my children and explain that my frugal ways come very naturally. When I have a nice dish, tablecloth, whatever and place importance on it I feel badly when no one thinks it is worthy. I think of how little my hubby and I had when we were married and how we struggled to put food on the table and buy baby food for our first child. The younger generations are more interested in things than we were it seems...probably because there are more things out there to purchase.  So many of us cherished so much of what we had because we had to work so darn hard to attain it.

 Sooo, when I look at the small amount of china I have and wonder where it will go I just shake myhead at what the world has come to. Im sure many of you have some stories to tell also. Thanks for putting up with this old ladies ramblings.. I hit 78 years yesterday and I and my kids are surprised I am still around to antagonize them. Have a good day. meirish
Title: Re: A Baby Boomer Life
Post by: Bucky on February 20, 2021, 02:15:27 PM
Hello everyone - love reading and reminiscing with you of days gone by.  (I remember my Grandma talking about things from years ago . . . now, how did I become the generation to do that too?  I can't be THAT old already!!  hehe)

This baby boomer has been on a "decluttering" journey the last year with so much time at home, being temporarily (I hope) unemployed. 

As I look through items in our house that have belonged to family members who are now gone and know that our son (our only child) will not want these items that I have treasured and taken care of all these years.  Like you mentioned, Irish, so many items like these end up in the thrift shops as the younger generation doesn't want them.   :'(

I agree with Linda that we have become a more disposable society versus taking the time and effort to reuse glass, china, silver items and washing and storing these items.

I might have mentioned this before, but many years ago I found a 4-pc. primary colors Pyrex bowl mixing set at a garage sale for $1 for the set!   :o  Today, these are collectibles by some people selling anywhere from $75-$100 or more.  My mother had a set of these same bowls when I was growing up.  To me, these bowls are sentimental as something from my childhood.  Do I use them?  No.  They sit in my china cabinet for me to "look" at.  I have some other stainless steel mixing bowls that I use all the time.  I have decided to sell these bowls and replace the spot in the china cabinet with something that was my mother's that has been boxed away since she passed in 2005. 

We get to a point in our lives that we have to let go of some things - we can't keep it all.  I've made several trips to the resale shop the last few weeks to drop off donations of clothes that haven't been worn, shoes, nightgowns, robes, decorations, some glassware that is surplus, etc.  I'm being more selective on what I do bring home these days.  I have enough, I don't "need" any more stuff.

Hope you are all doing well . . . take care.

Irish - a belated Happy Birthday to you!  May your new year bring you many blessings!

Bucky