Checking in on Grandma Manning

For those of you who read my blog on a regular, semi-regular or even occasional basis you may have stumbled upon posts about my Grandma Manning as there have been a few ever since my mom shared her journal with me.

What was she up to on September 12th? Well, lets just see.

September 12, 1937

Went to mass this morning. Feeling better. Clear and hot. DeLange children over for the afternoon.

September 12, 1938

Clear and hot. Big washing. Roy works all day getting car apart. Drive shaft broken. To town for new one. Bring home peaches, prunes and pears. New boiler. Boys so hot take off shirts.

September 12, 1939

Cool and cloudy. Roy at shop in afternoon. Brings old engine home to saw wood. Erol and grandpa come down. Unable to get engine started. Carol Ann sick with stomach flu. Rosemary so enthused over school.

September 12, 1940

Clear and hot. Children hurry home from school. Jeanne finishes hat. Rita her thrift problem. Frances cutting, Roy stooking on far quarter.

September 12, 1941

Cloudy and misty. Bake cake for lunch but too wet to continue. Start again in afternoon. Men for lunch and supper. Girls put Dennis' quilt together to his immense pride. Erol in town. Gets out crate prunes and pears. $1.35 pears. Box crabs $1.00

June 8th, 1938 - 1942

I can only describe the last 10 days as crazy busy. Between commercial kitchen days, farmer's markets, days spent weeding in the garden and just simply catching up on paperwork I am not sure which way is up. That is why I chose to ground myself with a ponder through my gran's journal. No matter how busy I feel I am, her journal always makes me feel somewhat lazy and appreciate how great I have it.

June 8, 1938

Clear and bright in morning Cloudy, windy and dust storm in the afternoon. Children play ball regardless. Win against Battle Ridge. Drive to Grandmas. Bleeding heart broken by wind.

June 8, 1939

Cloudy this morning, still cold but no frost. Search everywhere for purse containing money for order. Afraid Dennis (NOTE THAT DENNIS IS MY DAD ;)) must have carried it about. Heavy downpour in afternoon. Roy and children soaked. Phone, tomorrow sports off. Mr Stocks borrows horse to ride to C. Manning. Charlie to Delane for horse in evening.

June 8, 1940

Raining, but steady and warm. Make dress for Rosemary and Carol. Fix Jeanne's coat. Plans for picnic off. Roy fixes brakes in car. Plans to attend Czar track meet are off

June 8, 1941

Sun. Mice day. Roy and children off to mass. I stay with the little ones, get dinner. Plan for camp 7th. Rita, Jeanne and Kenny bring in crow feet. Young crows leaving nest. Cloudy at night. Hope for rain.

June 8, 1942

First exam. Health. Not too bad. Mrs Abrassart died at noon. Donations toward wreath. Canned 6 qts rhubarb. Ike brought oats.

Her last entry made me smile about the rhubarb. Today at the farmer's market I sold out of my Rhubarb Vanilla Jam and the Rhubarb Brandy Vanilla Jam. Perhaps I was channeling her today;)