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1950's Textbook Lessons on Preparing Girls for Married Life

Monday, Jan, 4 2016

The following is from a 1950's Home Economics textbook intended for high school girls, teaching how to prepare for married life.

Have dinner ready
Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal - on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.

Prepare yourself
Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with alot of work-weary people. Be a little happier and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.

Clear away the clutter
Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too.

Prepare the children
Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces if they are small, comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

Minimize the noise
At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.

Some Don'ts
Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day.

Make him comfortable
Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.

Listen to him
You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

Make the evening his
Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment; instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.

The goal
Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can relax

posted by: Kathy Keene 1 month ago Comment On This Post

Review Points for Canon SX60HS by John Ross

Tuesday, Oct, 20 2015

Review Points for Canon SX60HS

• $549.00  MSRP – seen at $459 online

• 65:1 Optical Zoom
(21mm - 1365mm)
• 16.1MP
• Digic 6 Processor
• Useful in low light
• Wi-Fi
• Mobile Device Connect Button

• Face Detection – Tracking in AF
• Auto Zoom while shooting
• Zoom Frame Assist

4 different movie modes
• Standard
• Manual – Speed, Aperture, ISO(light)
• iFrame movie – apple
• Super Slow Motion

• External Mike allowed to plug in

• Ability to print a frame from a movie clip
• Ability to work with Photo Books

Shoot in three  formats:


• Blink Detection
• Face ID – Register up to 12 people
• Electronic Level

• Auto ISO 400-3200

• When using RAW – must use free downloadable “Digital Photo Professional” software to convert to useable format (JPEG or TIFF)
• Camera control from smart phone when using Canon Connect App

posted by: Kathy Keene 3 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Swiss Steak

Tuesday, Oct, 20 2015

3-4 T. flour
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1-1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1-1/2 to 2 lbs. round steak, cut into serving pieces
1 cup sliced onions
1 lb. carrots, diced
2 (14.5 oz.) cans whole tomatoes
1-1/2 T. brown sugar
1-1/2 T. Worcestershire sauce

Combine flour, salt, pepper and dry mustard.  Dredge meat in flour mixture and brown on both sides in oil in skillet.  Transfer to slow cooker.  Add onions and carrots.  Combine tomatoes, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce; pour into slow cooker.  Cover and cook on Low heat setting 8 to 10  hours or on High 3 to 5 hours.

posted by: Kathy Keene 3 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Cabbage Patch Soup

Monday, Oct, 19 2015

1 pound ground beef
Chopped onions - 2 or 3 onions
5 stalks celery, sliced
5 large carrots, sliced
4 cups water
2 cans (16 oz.) kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 large can stewed tomatoes
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 medium sized head of cabbage, shredded

Brown ground beef; drain.  Add onion and celery; cook under tender.  Add water, beans, tomatoes, carrots, chili powder, salt and cabbage.  Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat. At this point, add more water or tomato juice if necessary.  Cover and simmer for 30  minutes until cabbage is tender.

(Delicious when reheated the next day.  Can add a mixture of water and tomato juice when reheating.)

posted by: Kathy Keene 3 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

What do you buy when you go to the dollar store?

Tuesday, Aug, 25 2015

According to, there are five categories to get the most of your dollar:

1. Cleaning supplies
2. Gift wrap
3. Snacks
4. Shampoos
5. Kitchen accessories

posted by: Kathy Keene 5 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

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