Monthly Archives: February 2010

Public Apologies

Thomas Sowell has an excellent piece posted on National Review Online today.

The subject is public apologies which is something I’m very aware of because I follow politics so closely.

This trend has bothered me, and I appreciate his article because he eloquently stated what I believe about it, too. Much better than I could’ve done.

Here it is.

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Such is Life

From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:

Main Entry: vi·cis·si·tude
Pronunciation: \və-ˈsi-sə-ˌtüd, vī-, -ˌtyüd\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle French, from Latin vicissitudo, from vicissim in turn, from vicis change, alternation — more at week
Date: circa 1576

1 a : the quality or state of being changeable : mutability b : natural change or mutation visible in nature or in human affairs
2 a : a favorable or unfavorable event or situation that occurs by chance : a fluctuation of state or condition b : a difficulty or hardship attendant on a way of life, a career, or a course of action and usually beyond one’s control c : alternating change : succession

(emphasis mine)

Several weeks ago, I posted that I had pneumonia, “or something”. Apparently it isn’t pneumonia.

The chest x-ray looked bad. The chest ct scan showed a mass. The bronchoscopy was futile and the biopsy inconclusive.

Thursday I have surgery. There are probabilities with all kinds of caveats, but no diagnosis until afterwards. The surgeon said to expect to be in the hospital about a week.

There are several risk factors for lung tumors, of which I have none. That’s a good thing. Never smoked, never worked around chemicals, etc.

My husband has a couple of weeks of vacation saved up, which is wonderful. And his company will allow him to work from home when he needs to.

I guess we’re kind of a couple of funny ducks. He wants to be alone during the surgery; and I want us to be alone when I come home.

After both of our sons were born, I wanted it to be just him and me and our sons in the house. I was afraid it would hurt my mother’s feelings (it didn’t). I’ve always been very private about pain and modesty and things. Since I was a very little girl.

It would actually be distressing for me to not be alone with Joe. So, I’ve asked family and friends to please be understanding. I can recuperate more quickly if I can limit interaction.

Wi-fi is available in the hospital, but I doubt very much that I’ll be using it for a few days. I’m trying to get a few posts into my draft folder. Most of them won’t be serious things, just some fun stuff.

I could use a little fun and I think most of us could.

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More 1932 Fashions

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1932 February Menu


(Click on image to enlarge to a legible size, and click again, if necessary.)

Needlecraft Magazine printed menu suggestions each month. It’s helpful to bear in mind that 1932 was deep depression. Around that time, my great-uncle sold his 3 story Victorian home in Kentucky for $500.

Average Cost of new house $6,510.00
Average wages per year $1,650.00 (if you even had a job)
Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents
Average Cost for house rent $18.00 per month
A loaf of Bread 7 cents
A LB of Hamburger Meat 10 cents
New Car Average Price $610.00
Average House Price 540

Go here for more information about 1932.

This post linked to Food on Friday @ annkroeker.com

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Early 1930s Hats


“Typically French”, 1930 McCall’s Quarterly


“A New Slant on Hats”, Harper’s Bazaar, December 1931

Vogue, March 1932


* “Artist Dynevor Rhys’ version of the quintessential 1930s slouch hat decorates this magazine cover. The ‘slouch’, was created by milliner John Frederics, working with famed Hollywood designer Gilbert Adrian, to design Greta Garbo’s ensembles for “A Woman of Affairs”. The slouch hat was pictured in countless ’30s movies, and copies were worn by stylish women everywhere. The 1934 Sears catalog’s version was only 88 cents! Sears proclaimed their price ‘…leaves not excuse for wearing last year’s style’. ”

*All photos and caption information from this post are taken from the book “Vintage Hats and Bonnets 1770 – 1970” by Susan Langley (1998)

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1932 Fashions

Pattern Number 3334

Patterns one could order from the 1932 Needlecraft magazine, February issue.

All patterns were 15 cents.

The Latest Fashion Book could be ordered for 10 cents, postpaid.

I’m not an accomplished seamstress (to say the least) but to me, these don’t look easy to sew.

My mother was not only accomplished at sewing, she learned the hard way.

She was 18 years old in 1932 and her parents bought her 2 new dresses each year. She sewed the rest of her wardrobe and told me that she also sewed her mother’s dresses.

This was done on a treadle sewing machine since she never lived in a house with electricity (or running water) until she moved away from home in 1937. In fact, all those clothes were scrubbed on a washboard with water drawn from the cistern, then heated (usually in an iron pot over an outdoor fire). The clothes were then hung out to dry and pressed with an iron which had been heated on the wood stove.

A far cry from our modern wash and wear cheap clothes. Clothing was a real investment in time and effort. The fabric was thicker and substantially made. It wore well and long.

Some of the clothing above in the pictures from the magazine remind me of the suit that Claudette Colbert wore on her journey with Clark Gable in “It Happened One Night”. Very nice outfit. Tasteful and practical for traveling.

(In fact, up until about 1970, there were clothes that were designed especially for traveling.)

I heartily encourage you to watch Frank Capra’s “It Happened One Night”, (1934).

It won 5 Oscars:

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Writing, Adaptation

It is an absolute joy to watch.

Highly recommended.

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Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr: Lovely, talented and versatile.

She was born Deborah Kerr-Trimmer in Scotland in 1921 and educated in Bristol.

Her first credited role was in Major Barbara (1941).

Part I, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943). Description on imdb: “Portrays in warm-hearted detail the life and loves of one extraordinary man.”

From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity (1953) won Best Picture. She was so beautiful in this film and wore the Edith Head costumes with real flair.

The King and I
The King and I (1953), nominated for Best Picture. Oh, that dress!

Heaven Knows Mr. Allison

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) is the story of 2 people stranded on a South Pacific island during World War II. He’s committed to the U.S. Marines, she’s committed to the Lord. It has long been one of my favorite movies. Not only is she very good, the scenery (which includes Robert Mitchum) is gorgeous. If you watch it, try to get it in widescreen – it’s definitely worth it. Should’ve been nominated for Best Picture.

An Affair to Remember
1957 was quite a year for her (and us). She starred with Cary Grant in her next film, An Affair to Remember. Very glamorous. Again, beautiful costumes.

Here’s a clip. Make sure you have a handkerchief ready.

Separate Tables
Then, in 1958 she played the painfully emotionally stunted daughter of Gladys Cooper in Separate Tables. Co-starring Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, David Niven and Wendy Hiller. Nominated for Best Picture.

The Sundowners
The Sundowners In 1960, she again teamed up with Robert Mitchum in a completely different type of role. She plays his wife, Ida Carmody and they are traveling Australian sheepherders. A great supporting cast includes Peter Ustinov, Glynnis Johns, Chips Rafferty and Michael Anderson, Jr. The Sundowners was nominated for Best Picture.

In The Chalk Garden (1964), she played a governess (with her own mysterious past) trying to help a very disturbed girl, played by Hayley Mills.

My almost contact with Deborah Kerr: several days ago a cousin and I were discussing a trip that Joe and I made to see her and her family in California in 1976. We had dinner at her in-laws in Pacific Palisades, a very nice neighborhood. Walter Matthau and Elliot Gould lived close by. What I didn’t know until recently was that Deborah Kerr lived right across the street from where we had Easter dinner! It seems a shame I didn’t know it at the time, but I probably would’ve made an idiot of myself standing in front of the window trying to get a glimpse. Doris also told me that her husband used to feed Kerr’s Scottie dogs when she was traveling. What a job for a kid. Getting to feed a movie star’s dogs. That’s a lot more glitzy than just mowing the lawn.

*This post was updated on April 18, 2011 to remove the youtube links which were no longer available.

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