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Category Archives: 50’s



My grandkids think this is a great treat and so simple to do.

I just freeze some Kool- Aid  pouches. When they’re frozen you  let them sit out for a while so that they can soften just a bit, enough to be eaten with a spoon, just like a snow cone.

The kids eat the frozen treat right out of the pouch, I ate it from a fancy cup.♥




Growing up in the 50’s and being very poor, Kool- Aid was the drink of choice. We loved all the colors (flavors). Yes, it is nothing but colored sugar water, but hey, we grew up ok, so please don’t  judge.

My brother and I had to work in the fields in the summer to earn enough  money for our school clothes. Our mom always made our lunch and always put Kool- Aid in for us.

Mom would get a pail and line it with newspapers and put some ice in, then more newspapers and more ice along with a glass jar full of our favorite flavor, covered with more newspapers.

We didn’t have an ice chest or a thermos, so this was our way of getting a cold drink.

At lunch time my brother and I would sit down under the grapevines to have our taquitos (burritos) and ice cold Kool- Aid.  We were in heaven at lunch time, but then, back to reality, to work in the hot, dry Fresno heat until our Dad picked us up at 4:30.

When we arrived back home, our Mom had dinner and more Kool-Aid waiting for us.  It was so good to be home, after being in the sun all day long.



My mission for today is simple; I just want to make you smile. So please enjoy my pictures of my little pets.

My little spaghetti poodles have been with me for a while, but I no longer display them because I don’t have room for them.

These were popular in the 50’s and they come in different colors, pink, blue, white, and even black.

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The next one is blue, but my picture did not capture the color.



My last one, I caught outside enjoying the sun with her little puppies.


Enjoy your cup of love and share with those that you can’t be without! ♥♥♥


Before I get to Back to the Past, I want to mention that the San Joaquin Valley of California finally had some wonderful rain. And we’re expecting more tonight.

I love the old blue mason jars.  They’re good to store buttons, or anything that you want to keep in order.  These were invented and patented in 1858 by a John Landis Mason. You can always find these at flea markets or antique shops.


Does anybody remember reading the Mary Engelbreit’s magazine, Home Companion? This was one of my favorites and I especially enjoyed looking at the paper dolls they published in the magazine, but unfortunately they stopped publication in 2009, when the economy started to effect all of us.  The pages were full of colorful design ideas and great ideas for decorating.

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And who doesn’t remember Annette Funicello, of the Mickey Mouse Club of the 50’s?  I’m really dating myself with this one, but those were sweet innocent times. It’s my opinion that the 50’s was one of the greatest decades ever!

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“I like vintage a lot.”–Kesha♥♥♥♥

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