March 10, 1957

From my grandmother’s journal:

Cold & windy- Listened to Doc Holland’s sermon.  Mrs. Purcell invited me to her place for a (?? dark times?  that’s not it, and but I don’t know what it actually says).  It was so good.

In the evening went to Fish’s for a short time. Then watched Purcell’s television.


What was so good?  Drunk limes?  Dark Crimes?  My great-grandmother was God and garden loving, solid member of the community, so we must set aside dark crime and drunk limes.  What’s your guess?

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What’s For Breakfast, And How Hard Did You Work For It?

This is an interesting article to discuss over your breakfast table:

The Bloomberg index calculates the average cost and affordability of a typical breakfast — one cup of whole milk, one egg, two slices of toast and a piece of fruit — for 129 global and regional financial centers. Rankings are based on market prices for the last 12-18 months from, an online database of user-contributed city and country statistics.

The index reveals wide affordability gaps between the top and bottom cities in some economic regions. Breakfast costs just over 1 percent of a day’s pay for people in Switzerland’s Zurich and Geneva, while Ukrainians in Kiev must shell out about 6 percent. In Asia, the cost is less than 1 percent in Osaka, compared with 12 percent in Hanoi, Vietnam. The disparity is widest in Latin America: from 2.4 percent in Monterrey, Mexico, to 111 percent in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.

There’s more in the article, like why they chose eggs, milk, toast and fruit, and a little throw away sentence about what people really eat for breakfast, but still, it was an interesting exercise.  I’d be curious about the results of a comparison of what people typically eat for breakfast in each country and how much of a day’s wage that is.

Rice is a more common breakfast food than wheat products in most Asian countries, and fish is often the protein of choice in many places.  Here it’s fish or a pork sausage, highly seasoned (and sugary, all the sausage is very sweet).




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March 9, 1957

From my great-grandmother’s journal:


Worked around.  Mrs. Fish did some shopping for me.  Watched Purcell’s television.

Finished (?) my square that I’ve worked on for 2 years.


Here’s the missing word:



Any guesses?

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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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