So there are a couple of eras I want to pinch things from to help make up my life. There is the 1950s, as I have mentioned, but I am also quite fond of some of the aspects of the 1940s. Love the clothes they wore, it's a style I have discovered that suits me as I bought a new dress that arrived yesterday and it's the first dress that actually looks good on me. Remarkable. Also, can't get enough of the music. I was born in the wrong decade. Anyway... the war was definitely a downside, but even so, there were some good things that came out of the war, particularly for women....who were needed to be employed in positions that were once almost 'men only' jobs.
I guess this is the bonus of living in the world that we do today, and something I discussed with the woman I interviewed the other day. We are lucky that we can take the best from any time we want and mix it together with what we have today to create something perfect for ourselves. For example, if you want to grow all your own vegetables you can. If you want the convenience of buying everything from a big supermarket then it's all right there. See? Pick and choose.
So what is it I want to mix in my concoction of life? Here goes...
From the 1940s....
I'm afraid I haven't even tried any of these yet. Somehow I just don't have the co-ordination, and frankly, I'm only JUST trying wearing my hair in other configurations that aren't a high ponytail. Points to me for actually wearing it down, although I have been scooping up some of the front and creating some sort of rolly bit at the front. I'll figure it out one day...perhaps if I suddenly grow an extra pair of hands, or if my husband by some strange chance just happens to decide that he wants to learn to do my hair (!) although this is doubtful.
The music! Love the music from the 1940s. I grew up listening to Glenn Miller Big Band stuff, as my Dad had a record (yes...I said record!), and I thought the Andrew Sisters were pretty cool too since I used to sing at school in choirs and loved doing harmonies and that sort of thing. I actually found a lovely blog following the life of The Boyer Sisters who love vintage fashion and sewing and they have a singing group that is just like the Andrew Sisters. You can buy their music here, which I did, and I have basically been listening to it and driving my kids crazy.
here. So far I have stuck to my guns and this week I have made pasta from scratch (without a pasta machine....that was fun!), ice cream and had a go at my grandmother's recipe for cordial...which was successful! All of these were easy and tasted great and didn't really take that much effort at all.
No technology. Ok, when I say that I mean less technology because today it's all around us but you can be strict with yourself and get in to the habit of using less technology. Yes, I use the internet to write my blog, and there are a few blogs I like to read, and you can't go past shopping online when you're living in a regional town because it gives you access to so much more, however I'm not on Facebook much or any other social media very much any more, and it's a nice habit to get in to. I have the television off a lot now, listen to music most of the time and limit how much technology the kids are exposed to. I rarely watch the news now, (I know...I'm out of touch with the world) but it's all bad news generally and I'm just not interested in being depressed.
I think this is where this post crosses over and blends with the best bits of the 1950s. Family was important then and you get the impression that the family home was a real nest, somewhere for everyone to come back to and feel completely secure. It was the job then of the wife and mother to make it feel like this safe nest, and even though this today is an outdated idea, I really like it. It shouldn't be an outdated idea because families are the most important thing, and caring properly for your kids sits well above that, it's just today's society that makes a woman feel bad about herself if she doesn't have a high paying career. I do have a freelance job that takes up a little bit of my time, but mostly I am a housewife. And now I think like one I am starting to enjoy it.
My car, unfortunate, but yes. I'm 'Mum's Taxi Service' most of the time so our family just couldn't do without it.
My phone. I do have a smart phone and probably could go back to just a 'normal' phone. Actually I did once last year for a good while when I broke my last one while bumping up and down on my saddle. I grew up during a time when mobiles weren't invented yet (say what?!) and we all survived ok. When I was at school if you needed to ring your Mum you used the pay phone! Crazy! However now I don't have a landline and it is handy to have it on me. It is also handy when you try and pay for groceries and discover that you forgot to transfer money from one account to another (this has happened to me)...so you can do it right there on your phone.
The internet. As mentioned I use it to blog, there are a few blogs I read like I would a magazine and I need email for work. And yes, I like having the access to clothing stores that are all around the world! ModCloth anyone?!
Medicine. You can't go past the fact that we are well looked after nowadays by our doctors and the ever increasing advances in medical discoveries are most amazing. I take medication daily for epilepsy and without it I'd be in trouble.
Modern conveniences in our homes. Yep...these are handy, you can't deny it. I'm not going to stop using my washing machine ( I don't have a dryer...so I stick to the age old tradition of hanging the washing on the line outside), I use the microwave occasionally and like to watch the odd movie on the television. It is a good idea to think about how much you use your appliances and try and limit things, just from an environmentally happy viewpoint.
What are your favourite things from which eras that you would combine to create a perfect life?