March 7, 1957

Roger took me to the hair dressers at 10:30 a.m.  Got a close cut and permanent.  Roger brot me home after supper.  Had a good visit with the children.  Boy, the wind when we came in. (I am not sure, but I vaguely recall that some sometimes came and went from her house via a ferry when going to Uncle Roger’s).


March 8, Friday:

Worked around. In the evening watched Purcell’s television.

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March 6, 1957

From my great-grandmother’s journal:


Winnie left at 9:30 for home. It was cool, had on a spring (?wrap makes sense but it looks like vab or wot or wab?)  Hope she doesn’t get sick.

Roger picking me up, will get a permanent tomorrow.  Mary says we are to have birthday cake tonight.

Got 300 gallons of oil today. Did not fill my tank.  Roger picked me up after his 4 o’clock shift.


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Leftover Chicken or Turkey Broccoli Casserole

4 cups diced cooked chicken or leftover turkey
1 cup chopped broccoli (you can use frozen)
1 cup spinach, drained, chopped (use frozen)
1 tablespoon garlic
1-2 tablespoons dill weed
1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese- just scoop it loosely. Don’t pack it in like brown sugar
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Mayonnaise- amount depends on how dry your poultry is.  You want it to be the consistency of a slightly dry chicken salad.

Mustard, a spoonful or so (optional)
salt & pepper to taste.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, adding the mayonnaise last.  Spoon into a greased casserole dish, or a pie crust (or crescent roll pockets), topping with another pie crust.
Bake at 350 until cheese is melted, or until the crust is done if you used a crust- 10-20 minutes.

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March 5, 1957

My great-grandmother’s diary:

She received 30 dollars rent.

“Winnie came in at Supper time- we had scallops= there so good, and we cleaned the platter.  Roger came over, took us over, had a good visit with the children and them.”


Winnie was a daughter in law, I think.  Roger her youngest son, father of three children.  He was the youngest by quite a lot, and he also had his youngest child after a fairly wide gap.  Roger served in Europe in WW2 and was extremely popular with his nieces and nephews.  They were a bit resentful when he finally got married, because as the young bachelor uncle he had been quite the playmate.  But his new bride was a keeper.  I am told she had parties and games on for the nieces and nephews when they came to visit, so rather than halving their share of their fun uncle, the new aunt doubled it.

When I was a child I loved visiting their family as well.  Their youngest child was my mother’s cousin, but he was only a few years older than me.  The other children were, like their parents and grandparents, very science minded, especially the life sciences.  My grandmother, Great Uncle Roger’s big sister, had gone to college in the 20s and got her degree in botany.  I have mentioned this quite often, and I will be mentioning it again, because my grandmother was a remarkable, lovely, dear woman and I am very proud of her. Uncle Roger’s daughter was and is a science teacher, I believe.

There were habitats on the lawn made of children’s wading pools, full of freshwater plants and turtles and other living things, even though they lived in the middle of the city, even though they lived in town.  One of my adult kids has a huge fish tank in her living room, and the primary occupant is a turtle named Lily.  Although of my children, never met their great grandmother and only the eldest and she only as a baby met my great-uncle Roger and his wife, I like to think that their love for nature and and making sure their kids are exposed to it are part of that family legacy.

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Three Links to make you think

Fascinating theater project- the debates between Trump and Hillary re-enacted, only the genders are  reversed:

It’s not the entire debates, just some sample pieces.  The results were fascinating, and not what those involved expected at all.

Planned Parenthood has been lying and claiming abortion is only 3% of the services they provide. So Trump offered to find a way to let them keep federal funding if they’d stop performing abortions.  They refused. Cecile Richards now says abortion services PP is  ‘proud’ to provide are as important as cancer screenings.  Most of us know that she really means ‘more important than.’


I keep seeing The Shack at Amazon, and I keep passing it by.  Some of the reasons I am not interested happen to be explained here.



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