09 December, 2012

Clippings from the 60s (Weekend Reads)

Well, it's been a bit of a rough week. That's why you haven't seen me here.

Our basement is all but done. Doors need to be hung and a last coat of paint to touch up. Our ensuite still needs its vanity and closets, but that's it. That WAS it, until we had a sewage back-up this week. Now we are back to no bathrooms at all, chipped up tiles, and a few more months before the repairs covered by insurance get done. Le sigh.

Needless to say that tackling the mess and hassle - all while Hubby was off driving fast cars on a boys trip to Alabama - was enough to keep me from much in the way of creativity. And because of the added mess downstairs I decided I needed to tackle some of the disorder upstairs and completely reorganize the living room. That necessitated emptying our entertainment unit, thus finding these papers tucked away.

It was months, if not more than a year ago, that I grabbed this bundle of newspaper clippings from my Mom's place. Recipes, short stories, and little ideas that she'd clipped from a Saskatchewan newspaper in the first years of her marriage in the early 60s. Taking a break from cleaning yesterday I sipped my tea, admired her very careful trimming of the articles, and flipped through the paper.

Did you know that they used canned pineapple A LOT back then? Or that you could make frankfurter tetrazzini as a great fast supper when you've got curling to get to? And that there is something in the world called sweet pickled bacon?!?!

I kept a few of the clippings, like the Christmas baking one or some that just seemed too weird that they begged for recipe testing. Then there was the one advertising a house just like mine, for a mortgage of $50 a month! Bet they didn't have sewage problems in 1963.


Esch House Quilts said...

Oh no! This is awful - you were so close! And while hubby was away too... Sometimes renting sounds really nice.

You can tell I'm not Canadian - I thought the recipe about a woman who curls had to do with hair :) (Low moisture recipes ?)

Hang in there!

Beth said...

It took me a second to realze that the curl was not about hair. LOL.
So sorry that you are having those plumbing issues. Been there.
I hope you are able to get all that sorted and fixed soon.

Suzanne said...

I love the vintage perspective. I'm so sorry about the setback in the house.

Sowing Stitches said...

One of my favorite pastimes is reading old books, magazines, newspapers and the best of all cook-books. Sorry to hear about the sewage...stuff like that never happens at a 'good' time. :(

Live a Colorful Life said...

Oh so sorry about the backup.

What a great find with the clippings, though.

P.S. RIPE just came in the mail. What a gorgeous book!

mo said...

Oh my goodness Cheryl that sounds awful!!! I hope it gets resolved soon!

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Josie McRazie said...

Ah I used to envy my parents paying 28,000 for their first home ... but I do jot at all envy the 24% interest they paid on mortgages then! I will keep my 4.5% thank you very much!

Natasha said...

Well, you can tell I am married to a curler (and used to curl) as I thought at first GREAT! I could use that ...then I thought maybe they are not talking about the sport.

Hope this week was better.

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