Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thrifty Vintage Thingies - Calendar History
It's THAT time again!!!! Vintage Thingies Thursday over at Coloradolady and Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville.
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As usual my post is much more vintage than it is thrifty - - - but folks, I will TIE the thrifty part right in, just watch and see if I don't!!!
Everything I'm showing today came to me at my dad's family reunion which we just attended this past weekend.
First these year books:
Dad was one of thirteen children. Yes, I said THIRTEEN. They were raised right through the great depression, which required A LOT OF THRIFT, and that could yield all kinds of stories in and of itself - - - perhaps I will go there in a different post.
Anyway, it appeared to me that in order to be THRIFTY, each child got a year book or two, but that none of them got a year book for each of the four years they were in school, and no two got one in the same year. Seems that they had to "take turns" getting their books.
The first two "Cacti" are dad's high school year books from the High School in Marion, Indiana.
Will someone PLEASE tell my why a high school in north central Indiana, where cacti don't even grow, has a year book named Cactus?????
The Marionette is dad's college year book - - - from his SECOND senior year. (I guess he went back after he graduated to take more classes.) That was from Marion College which is now Indiana Wesleyan University.
My Aunt Lois brought me this calendar. Can you see what YEAR it is from???? Here, let me help you:
Aunt Lois is the QUEEN of THRIFT. She was "green" back when we thought that just meant inexperienced. This is the HONEST TRUTH - - - when she celebrated her 35th wedding anniversary, she was still on ONLY HER THIRD roll of aluminum foil. YES I SAID 3rd!!!!! (Wash and reuse, that's how) She doesn't throw ANYTHING away - - - she reuses EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING.
Well, this calendar is one that USED to hang in her lake cabin in the northwoods of Wisconsin when they rented that cabin out.
She would print the names of the renters across their week. Each renting family could write little vacation tid-bits in their boxes. Oh, we did do some TINY writing to squeeze in all that fun info!!!
Notice, the bottom week says B - r - o - y - l - e - s. Yep, that would be us. We took our children there for a vacation in 1992.
Our week lapsed over from the last few days of June into the first few days of July.
We ALL remember that vacation WELL - - - for on Tuesday it began to rain and never stopped raining for more than a few minutes until Saturday morning when we were packing up to leave!!!! To make matters worse, even though it WAS July, the temperatures plunged and we nearly froze. It was the vacation that keeps on giving - - - - giving moments of reminiscing and laughing until the tears run down our faces.
Here are just a few of the "lines" I wrote on the calendar:
"Kelly thinks this is the best vacation ever." (Sunday before it got cold)
"Kelly finally slowed down enough to catch a fish" (Monday)
"Korie caught her first fish" (Tuesday)
"Pretty cold - Kyle wants it to snow" (Tuesday)
"Kids are catching fish using hot dog hunks as bait" (Tuesday)
"Tried to take scenic Highway 13 tour (of Lake Superior shoreline) in the pouring rain, much of it closed for road work, ended up on a muddy ATV trail." (In our CHEVY VAN!!) (Wednesday)
"1:00 - Rain let up enough for Greg, Keri, and Kelly to go fishing. Back by 1:40 - soaked!" (Thursday)
"Greg wants to buy a Christmas Tree to go with the weather" (Thursday)
"Greg went out at 6:30 AM, wearing my pink long johns. He caught 3 bass, it was the touch of estrogen that did it!!" (Friday)
Please click on this picture strip - - - and then ask me WHY I wrote that!!!
Oh - - - this calendar is a veritable treasure of fun memories.
Even though it was FREE to me - - - it is absolutely PRICELESS, and that's pretty stinkin' thrifty, don't'cha think???