I can assure you that if my Mom had a blog in the 1970’s it would definitely be different than the blogs of today. Here is what I imagine it would look like!
Finally…my day off. Well I guess I should say that I didn’t have to go to work at the dry cleaners today. Six days of 12 hour shifts are about killing me. I wish I had the day off. Today consisted of going to PayLess to get the groceries, then I had to run to Kmart to pick up a few things. Hubby is playing golf…again….so it is up to me to get this stuff done. I took the girls with me and that always turns into a fiasco. My two girls always have to have the two neighbor girls come with us. I swear they are inseparable! They are together all day long, every day all summer long. You would think that they could be apart long enough to get our errands run but no….they can’t stand it. Sometimes it is just easier to let them come to avoid the pouting and foot dragging that I have to endure during the shopping if they don’t come. The only thing worse than the foot dragging is the fussing and jumping around in the back seat on the way there and back. I swear…one of these days one of them are going to go flying right out the window. It won’t surprise me a bit. As always…they talked me into buying all four of them paddle ball’s at Kmart and within 10 minutes of getting home two of the four had already broken the rubberband that holds the ball to the paddle. There is no fixing it. Now it will just be a good paddle for their behinds! That was a wasted dollar. I did find a good buy on the Banquet Boil-n-bag meats that we like to make our Manhattans. PayLess had them on sale 5/1.00 so I got 10! That will make for a good dinner tonight. Hubby just loves the Salsbury Steak but the girls like the turkey the best. Not a bad price so Hubby can have 2 bags…he will be happy about that!
I went down to the basement to start some laundry after we got home from shopping and you guessed it….the stupid Sump Pump wasn’t working again and there was water a foot deep when I got down there! I had to wait until Hubby got home from playing golf to fix it. I swear I don’t know how long my washer and dryer is going to last down there! How many times can they be in that much water before they just rust completely away? I just hope nobody gets electrocuted stepping out of the steps and into the basement! Taking that last step is always a bit scary! Maybe I can get him to build me a wooden platform like the neighbor has so that way they would be up out of the water a little more. Or maybe we could get a sump pump that actually works when it should…that would be great! After dealing with the mess of the flooded basement and trying to get laundry started I realized I didn’t have time to cook the boil-n-bags tonight and make the Manhattans so I just sent the girls to the store to get some Ham Salad, Pepsi and cigarettes. Maybe I can cook another day this week.
Another 12 hour day today. This 6am to 6 pm is killing me. I have been doing it so long I wouldn’t know what to do with a regular 8 hour day. My boss started another sale on dry cleaning today…10 cents for shirts and 15 cents for pants. We were busier than we have been for a while. The summer is a slower time so he always runs these specials. They bring in the business but with no air in there it really takes a toll on you. We even had both double doors all the way up today and with both fans going we couldn’t get a good air circulation going. I know I will regret saying this later..but I am ready for winter!
Got home from work and of course the girls were at the park. They only halfway did their chores today and when their Dad got home he found a dirty fork in the silverware drawer. He swears that the next time he finds a dirty dish they are going to have to wash every dish in the house. And drink the water! I believe he will do it. I had to call them in for dinner at 7 o’clock after I got the Manhattans made. Hubby was happy that he got to have two! The girls did the dishes and then wanted to go right back outside..because…”everybody else is outside…why do we have to come in so early?” Well if everybody else jumped off a bridge would they do it too? Probably.
Well…it is going to be a long summer. I called the girls today at Noon just like I always do to make sure they are inside doing their chores and not outside at the hottest part of the day and they didn’t answer. They know they have to be in the house from Noon to Two. I don’t want them having a heat stroke. I called again and still no answer. So I called the girls next door. All four of them were there. Having lunch and helping with their chores. When I asked if they had THEIR chores done at home they said NO that they were helping them first and then all four were going to our house to do their chores there. How hard is it to just do your own chores and be at your house when you know I am going to call to check? I told them if it happened again they would be grounded for two weeks. They better be there when I call tomorrow. And they better have their chores done tomorrow when I get home because I am having some friends and neighbors over for a Home Interiors Party. I will have to stop and get some snacks on my way home so I won’t have time to tidy up before the party. Hubby has his Union Meetings on Wednesday so that is the best night for me. I am hoping to sell enough to earn those white wicker sconces that I have had my eyes on for a while. Maybe even the gold candle cups to go with them!
I am so excited to announce that I had such a good Home Interior Party that I was able to get the Sconces, the gold candle cups AND the white wicker butterflies too! We had such a good time. All of the snacks I got were a hit too. We had those little fancy cookies from PayLess, I made a platter of cheese, bologna and braunschwaiger with crackers. Assorted chips and of course Tab and Fresca to drink. The only thing that didn’t go so well was that one of the party goers, I’m not totally positive of who…but I think I know who, forgot about her cigarette in the ashtray and it burnt a place on my coffee table!!! The party didn’t get over until almost 9 and Hubby was late coming in from his Union meeting so it was Ham Salad sandwiched for supper…again.
I called the girls at lunch and surprise surprise…they were actually home doing their chores! They better be glad because they sure don’t want to miss out on their park time any time soon. They brought a new load of sand for the sandbox today and every kid in the neighborhood is over there just having a blast! I bet you money if I look in my kitchen right now I have a few missing bowls and spoons and I am sure that they are right over there in that sandbox!!! If it isn’t my spoons and bowls it’s the roll of wax paper to use on the slide. They get that thing so slick that someone is going to get hurt flying off the end of it.
Oh my word! As I was writing my post I looked out the window into the park to check on the girls and you will not believe what they were doing! They had the trash barrel turned on it’s side and they were standing on it and walking it around the park! ALL 4 OF THEM!!! Lord have mercy I don’t know how they stay alive! Last week they had the picnic table pulled up to the swing set and were standing on it while on the swing and swinging off! I don’t know where they get these ideas! They are all little dare devils. Well…it’s 10:30 and Frazier’s closes at 11 and I really need a Chocolate Pecan sundae…I think I’m gonna send the girls up there to get me one….they have plenty of time to make it up there on their bikes it’s only about 10 blocks away.
This post is going to be short because it is late and I am tired. On a bright note…I don’t have to work tomorrow!!! But I do have to get up and make cookies or brownies or something for the Ice Cream Social for the girls school tomorrow. I might make a cake for the cake walk…I haven’t decided yet. I went and played bingo after work tonight. I did pretty good…I won a few dollars and a black and white tv!!!! We already have one in the bedroom so I think I am going to surprise the girls tomorrow and let them put it in their bedroom! They will be so happy! I’m not really sure how big it is…maybe a 12 inch not sure but it will be better than nothing! I stopped at McDonald’s after bingo and got the girls and hubby some supper. They were sound asleep when I got home at midnight but they all woke up long enough to eat and went right back to sleep.
I got up this morning and started some laundry. Then I had to run to PayLess and get the stuff to make for the Ice Cream Social. I decided to make cookies and a cake for the cake walk. I got the stuff to make a roast and potatoes for dinner so I got that on the stove and going before we went to the school. It was SO HOT out there on that playground. There were lots of people there and I think all of the girls had a good time. Me and the girls Mom sat together and chatted and smoked while the girls played tether ball and chinese jump rope. They love to play Red Rover but one of them ALWAYS ends up crying about something that happened during the game. Nobody got hurt playing dodgeball this time…miracles never cease!!! The roast turned out really good and the girls won a cake at the cake walk and we had that for desert. The girls are camping out in the backyard tonight. They love to do that. All four of them take their sleeping bags, zip them together, and hang them over the clothesline in the neighbors back yard. They took snacks and drinks, they have their records and record player. They ran an extension cord out of their bedroom window and they even took their TV out there! I’m sure all of the neighborhood kids are out there right now! I will have to run them off before long. It’s almost midnight and I am ready to hit the hay.
Well I had a pretty relaxing day today. The kids played outside all day and hubby was playing golf so I pretty much had the house to myself. I finished the laundry, did some cleaning and cooked some supper. The only excitement of the day was when two of the girls got in a fight while they were down the street roller skating. I don’t know how may times they have been told not to skate on that driveway but all of the kids just gather there when the people that live there leave. They say it’s because it is the smoothest flattest place on the circle to skate! It seems like I am always playing referee. For four girls that are inseparable they sure do squabble! It is never anything major…just little spats that need an adult to help work them out. They were fussing one minute and the next minute they were wanting to walk to the store. I let them go because I needed some Tab and cigarettes and it got them out of my hair for a while! I know they are going to come home with a mouthful of Bub’s Daddy Bubble gum…which wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t that all four of them will have a different flavor! Sour Apple, Grape, Watermelon and Bubble Gum. When you mix it all together it is more than I can stand. They will have to stay outside until the flavor wears off! It has been a pretty typical week here in the circle…it will all start over again in the morning!! Happy Sunday!
Here are a few pics of “The Girls” and “The Neighborhood Kids” referred to in the post. These are remakes of pictures from “back in the day”.