I Learned to Sew in the ‘60s with Simplicity Patterns

Saw this Simplicity Patterns display at the local JoAnn store.

Immediate recognition of “the look” and then some nostalgia surfaces.

I took Home Economics at Morris Plains Borough School in the mid 60’s.

Mrs. Phelan was our teacher.
I remember one project being given a B instead of an A because I didn’t take care of all the loose ends of thread inside my blue and red polka dot dress.

Mortifying. I think of her when I weave in loose ends of yarn or tie knots in threads and trim them oh, so neatly.

We made an apron, a skirt, a blouse, shorts, a dress and the other half year we cooked and baked. I graduated to Vogue Patterns eventually but I think all of my early basic efforts were Simplicity.

We Give It a Thumbs Down

We bought Dos by Mattel because we enjoy playing UNO. We watched a YouTube video and spoke with the other grandma, Marlene who knows how to play. We shuffled, dealt and gave it our best shot. Ugh.

One of the comments on the video was how do I get the cards back into the box?

My thoughts exactly.

Back to our tried and true UNO.

A Teacher Plants Too Many Seeds to Count

Q: How many seeds does a teacher plant in a lifetime?

A: Too many to count.

That lone seed looks like it is floating to me!

There are lots of teacher gifts with apples and seeds and sweet sayings but I was thinking about how often a teacher sees the fruit of one’s labors from the years of teaching in the classroom.

 

 

Planted in 1963, Our Family Christmas Tree

A friend drove over from Morristown to Morris Plains (New Jersey) today. It’s where I spent a decade of my growing up.

Photographed this evergreen for me. Sent me the photo. Between 40 and 50 feet tall now. Wow!

I was wondering if it was still there after all these years.

We had a live tree with the roots encased in a burlap sack just that single year. I remember how we watered it and of course it was really heavy to get out of the living room.

Usually we’d get a cut tree, close to Christmas Eve. You know the ones- sometimes hard to get level in the metal stand or the base of the trunk is too thick so you get a metal bucket and some rocks, the fresh trees that drop needles before Epiphany, or you grab the trunk and are dripping with sappy gum. These real trees evoke Christmas of yesteryear with the pine fragrance. Not a candle or soap or air freshener. True woodsy clean fresh pine along with a tangerine peel says Christmas to me.

This Christmas tree was planted behind St.Paul’s Church in Morris Plains where our dad was the rector. We lived in the Rectory across the street.

The photographer prefers anonymity to a photo credit but I’m grateful for the effort and can’t wait until my brother and sister see this magnificent tree. Thank you.

Happy memories.

The Hendricks Family Christmas (1963) Tree today. 2-10-19

Pepper, Penny and Charlie at the Farm on a Snowy Sunday

Saturday night after the anniversary party, we spent the night at the farm in Crestline. There was blowing snow, drifting across the roads. The roads too bad to drive back to the city in the dark.

Sunday morning we had a nice breakfast and watched Chuck blow and plow the quarter mile drive to the main road. Charlie has fun watching and the dogs were in and out.

Then Charlie bundled up and went outside-tried his hand at shoveling-  but not for long.

It was too cold.

 My camera lens fogged up with condensation from the temperature change, outdoors to indoors. 

From the archives- Walking in the Apple Orchard

Today’s post is from nine years ago-

“Photo from the archives. V suggested posting an occasional favorite photograph  from before I started the blog.  She requested this one.”

Anna, Erika and Michael walking in the apple orchard. Jack was home napping with Mark. Maura was born Nov 2008 the month after this photo was taken

Same Shirt, Same Couch- 38+ years Difference

My son Mark, (uncle to Charlie) on the left holding his brother Matthew, Philadelphia Christmas 1980.

My grandson Charlie on the right, holding “Henny” Pittsburgh, January 2019.

(Yes, the couch used to be jewel red)

The brand of shirt was Health-Tex and I’d say it held up quite well. Who knows why I saved it.