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A Few Errands on a Rainy Day

March 25th, 2017 at 02:33 pm

I stopped at Walgreen's after going to the gym this morning. I had a $5 reward to use, and I bought a big round brush. It was a two-for-one deal, so I picked one out for C to add to her gift bag. Out of pocket cost was $8.

Then I went to Jewel to get the free MyMixx deals. They were especially good this week. I got a 22 oz. package of frozen fried rice ("Ling Ling") and a 16 oz. bottle of Sunny D. The total value was $8.99.

I also found two pennies in the very wet parking lot. It's a cold, rainy, dreary day. I'm just kicking back. I did some more work on Mom's diary. Sometimes her writing is very hard to read. Even though it looks fine, when you try to decipher the words, it sometimes doesn't make sense. I struggle with it. It doesn't help that she wrote in pencil and those pencil marks are now almost eighty years old!

Anyway, here is how she described a date with my dad in 1940: "G & I went to the city, mailed a card, chased around looking for mints, came home and looked at a magazine." Another time she went to his folks' house, where they had a "waffle supper, Chinese Checkers & Hearts." They clearly enjoyed the simple pleasures, though they certainly did their share of going to concerts and movies and restaurants, too. Oh, and she also said that when they went to see Garbo in "Ninotchka," G "almost had hysterics." I cannot picture that at all! My dad was always a chuckler. I'm not sure I ever saw him laugh out loud.

3 Responses to “A Few Errands on a Rainy Day”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That sounds like my kind of date - waffles, checkers and cards. Smile

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Waffles, checkers, and cards over mailing a card and looking for mints and looking at a magazine! I guess after the depression everything seemed like fun? My dissertation involved transcribing 80-year old handwriting. It's sort of like a jigsaw puzzles, isn't it?

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Downstate our city hasn't received much rain. I'd like to see a little more because the high winds of this week really dried stuff out.

    Do you think that perhaps people enjoyed the simpler things because they didn't know any better? I look at some of the things my friends do with their grandchildren all the time and I think they never just spend time with them and visit with them. They take them to the children's museum, they take them out to eat, or they take them shopping. I could see if they didn't see the kids very often, but they see them 2-3 times a week. If they do stay home, they give them their phones and tablets to amuse themselves. Then they complain how expensive it is to see their grandchildren. I don't think when my grandmother picked me up for a visit, we ever went out to eat. We ran her errands, went back to her house and ate something, and we did things together and she talked to me. I didn't see her every week either. Looking back on it, I'm glad I got to spend the time with her at her house instead of shopping and eating out.

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