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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

50 Years Ago

I was discussing with a friend how spoiled we are now a days.  Thanksgiving fifty years ago was so different.  EVERYTHING was  cooked on the stove or in the oven.  We didn't have microwaves.  Later we heated our leftovers by putting everything back into kettles and making more dirty dishes.  We certainly didn't have dishwashers.  We used meat grinders, not food processors.  Coffee came out of a percolator.  Mom did laundry in a wringer washer and hung it on a line outdoors no matter how cold out it was.

We didn't go Christmas shopping online, or have stores open at midnight for Black Friday.  The bell ringers were downtown (no malls).  We shopped from store to store.  We visited Santa and put money in the kettles.  Christmas music was in the air, but not in November.  We didn't use credit cards, but Thank God for Lay-away!

What are your memories of this time of year?


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

We celebrate just as I did as a child...I cook the full meal (the old fashioned way)! The only thing the microwave does is heat up the leftovers the next day. We watch the same football games I did as a child...always Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns! I an thankful my kids have learned to love Thanksgiving as I did...no changes yet!! Hope you have a great week ahead of you!!

Linda said...

We didn't get (or want) so many toys.