Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Amazing Middle Child

I promised myself I would write in this forgotten blog more this year. As it ends up,  really don't have much time to be writing and journaling, so I am just going back to see what unfinished drafts I have in the archives. Here is one from years ago that I wrote. These few lines are the entirety of the post.

Roxanne - masters degree age 23! even took one semester off after bachelors.
Bachelor's degree 3 1/2 years.
Been in school steady and strong 1997 - 2015

I'm not sure why I didn't hit the 'publish' button. Those facts sum up a great accomplishment. This amazing girl not only whizzed through her education, but she is now married, has a wonderful husband, has a solid career, is a homeowner, and is now carrying a teensy tiny baby inside her!

So since there is not much else to say, I'm just going to throw a few of my favorite pictures of her over the years. . . . in no particular order.



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Back in time with Delos

I recently ran across this unfinished draft. I think I had jotted down a few notes when Delos stayed with us the last time 2 or 3 years ago, he was in his early 90s at the time. He was born in 1922, so his reminiscing is from the depression era up until and through WWII in 1945. We were talking about how different life was when he was young and when he remembered things changing over the years. Some things check out, others might seem like the times are off, but probably because he was living in small town Idaho where some modern conveniences were slower to enter the scene perhaps.
Here is a list of some of the things he told me, as well as some added notes.

There were no bathrooms in the house.
Shredded wheat was basically the only commercial cereal available, followed later by Wheaties.
Milk was delivered to your door, there was no milk sold in stores.

Indoor plumbing introduced in 1940. (in their house in Idaho)
Car tires needed to be replaced after 5000 miles.
Soles wore out easily and often on shoes.
There were no electric shavers or electric clippers.
Four LDS temples in the world.
There were actually 5 operating temples the year Delos was born, 7 temples by the time he was age five and through his youth when he would have been learning about temples. The 8th temple was dedicated just months prior to Delos and Betty being married, They were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple during its first operating year. 
Common mode of long distance travel was trains.

No passenger planes until WWII.
No TV.
Slower paced life.
Catalog shopping - Sears Roebuck

No toilet paper.
Bottle of ink, dip in pen.
Pocket pens, age 9 or 10 (leaked in your pocket)
Ball point pens sold during WWII time.
Farm boys deferred from the war at first.
Young age for marriage was common.
Canning your own food from the garden was common and expected.

Times definitely have changed. Although there clearly are changes in my lifetime, I don't think there has ever been a time of more change than the 1900s, from horseback to space travel in one lifetime.