Monday, February 25, 2013

What's Missing?

I saw three posts in a relatively short amount of time that reminded me of things we used to have or do when we were children (for me that was a looong time ago, for some of you, I know it really wasn't).

Lizbeth, at Just Dip it in Chocolate mentioned an old toaster, just like one my mom used to have in the house.  No we weren't so old that they were actually in style, but she had one and used it as a novelty once so we could see how it had been done.

Kenya from Here's the Thing was talking about the freedom she had growing up as a child; something we just cannot give our children today.

And Theresa from Theresa's Mixed Nuts left a comment on my post from yesterday about doggie bags (not the kind you take home from the restaurant).


That got me to thinking how we took our dogs out for walks, because they loved it, when I was a kid.  And we never took a bag.  I distinctly remember being embarrassed if the pups had to make a stop, and I also remember that even when people saw it happening, and they did many times (boy did they, that was a nightmare of embarassment for a kid to endure), no one said a word.  Today's way is better, but it's just not something we did when I was a kid.

Then I started thinking of other things too.  For example, we had tablecloths when I was a kid.  In fact, rarely was a table set pretty without a nice tablecloth on top of it.  My grandmother had a drawer full of them (neatly folded next to the aprons).

A biscuit cutter was a staple in our kitchens.  The big silver kind with a wooden handle.  And everyone cooked their food from scratch, even their biscuits.

My mom had a hamburger press, and forming meat in it was fun (gross, I know, but at the time I thought it was a great thing to do, and it got me invovled in the kitchen work).

Wallpaper.  Everyone had wallpaper.  Even worse, some people had contact paper, the stick on wallpaper you could purchase as a cheap substitute to wallpaper. My mom had both, the latter of which she tried to repurpose a beautiful wood desk with...ohhh my.  I got my lack of craftiness from her, I'm sure of it, LOL! Though I never go for tacky... and that was very tacky.  I can say that, she's my mom, and she does a lot of other things right (decorating is not one of them).

Every house had a huge stereo system, and every stereo had a record player and dual cassette deck.

Water beds were a must if you were cool.


Black light posters were a had-to-have if you were a teen (I wasn't allowed to have one, phft).  Banana seat bikes were a must if you were a kid, and if you were a girl, it had to have a basket on it.

A lot of the popular furniture was ugly, of course back then they thought it was pretty... anyone remember that orange/brown wagon-wheel or windmill print (something like that) on a wood frame?

Classic wood rockers were in most every home, and I liked those.  I like them way better than today's glider, probably because my grandmother was so fond of hers, and I was fond of my Gram. :)

Everyone who had plants used a hanging macrame plant holder (and a lot of times that plant holder had a big overgrown fern in it).

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Bathrooms had cushy seats, and carpeted floors.  Little sections of mirror were put together to make a design on the wall (we had the long vertical strips in some geometric shape).

Linoleum was not uncommon.

Maybe this was unique to my family, but everyone seemed to have a grandfather clock (I still like those, though we don't have one) or a thick wood clock in the shape of something, with gold numbers on it.

And of course the clothes, cars, toys, etc. all had their unique place too.

There are so many other things I can think of, with hardly even putting any thought into it.  What comes to mind for you, for things that used to be common in a home, but you just don't see anymore?

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  1. I take a stick and flick the poo into a ditch haha but if there is no ditch or no stick I pick it up. A lot has changed just from mine too, way less freedom for kids today and small towns are going the way of the dodo.

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    1. I don't even think about not sending my kids out and about, but once the topic comes up it makes me miss (for them) that they can't do that sort of thing.

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  2. You know now that you mention it I never see table cloths anymore!! Ever. Or wallpaper for that matter :)

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    1. I see wallpaper sometimes, but it's usually pretty outdated.

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  3. My mother is VERY old fashioned still. Not only does she still use her hamburger press, she ALWAYS has a tablecloth on her dining room table and her house is ALL wallpaper LOL. Some things just don't change.

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    1. I guess it's nice then, and feels like home. :)

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  4. Well, Rosie, that was a walk down memory lane. I don't like 80's stuff. I tend to skip over it. Perhaps it is because of connection to the ex-guy that was in my life from 76-86. (see "about my life" for more details)

    I lovelovelove the 2000 era, cuz I have been with my current since then.

    Funny how time plays tricks on your head, huh?

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    1. Your "about my life" reminded me of a Ferry we used to ride when I was a kid. :)

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  5. I remember plenty of the macrame plant holders. My aunt had a lot of them. She would make them.

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    1. I had a book of how to macrame and one of my friends and I wrote down all of the things from it that we were going to make. Unfortunately, neither one of us knew a thing about macrame, lolol. Nothing got made. ;)

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  6. We have a big chunky wood clock in our dining room. My husband made it in shop class when he was in junior high, so about 15ish years ago.

    People around here still don't usually pick up after their dogs. Or maybe it's just all over my front yard because there are so many dogs that run free in my neighborhood. We don't really mind it, but I imagine it makes certain people in our neighborhood pretty mad. I think my family, and one neighbor are the only ones that even try to keep the dogs in a fenced in area when they are unsupervised. Luckily the dogs are all nice!

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    1. If hubby made it, I'd keep it up too, that's neat that you have it. :)

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  7. Haha! I love this! I completely forgot about the black light posters!

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    1. Lava lamps, lol, those were a 'thing' back then that everyone had too. They kind of made a comeback, but I never had one of those either. :)

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  8. I think you covered all my flashback items. Those cushy toilet seats- I swear I was just thinking about them the other day. My grandma had that ugly print couch! And updated wallpaper can be pretty, but my daughter has a friend. They have a beautiful home. Probably close to 1/2 a million dollar home. I walked in one day and ugh! It was papered in the ugliest wallpaper from the 80's. I had the urge to rip it all down lol.

    What a fun trip down memory lane!

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    1. Hello, I love your house (and I want to rip down your ugly wallpaper). hahahahaha

      Wallpaper's a bear to take down too.

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  9. Oh my gosh, this brings back so many memories! Things change so much over the years. What I love the most is how my grandma always sets up her table so nice when she has us over for a meal. Everything is in its own pretty bowl and we all have towels for our napkins resting on our plates. She goes all out, even for "normal" everyday occasions. I just love it!

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    1. My grandma did that too, every single meal. :)

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  10. Doilies on every surface that would hold them. Not the paper kind either.

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    1. We had the BEST doilies in the house that were handmade. My personal favorite was a white one w/big purple flowers on it, lol. Wish I knew what happened to those doilies.

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  11. I have one for you, how about the old telephones and cords. I remember stretching that thing to the max. as I tried to get away from my siblings when I was on the phone. My mother used to make macrame stuff a lot. I remember as a seven year old, I used to go down my street to my friends house alone! It was at least a 1/2 mile away - houses weren't that close together. No one ever bothered me either! Would I let my boys do that? No! lol

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    1. I used to stretch those phone cords to capacity too. I remember the firm, 'Stop stretching the phone cord,' I'd get for doing it too. ;)

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  12. My Dear Rosey...You know for a fact I'm stuck in the 80's! you just have to grab my iPod to figure it out..the only thing I don't miss much about back then was the chrome furniture and accents. I don't know if you guys here in the States had that "fashion statement" but purses and bags for school, we used to attach key chains...the more the coolest you were...of course, that one side of the bag was so heavy and noisy...but it was a cool thing...maybe I'll bring that back! Thanks for the mention and for Emphasizing the fact, that It Wasn't In Style when we were growing up!!!! LOL very important my friend! Big Big Hug! Lizy

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    1. You're right that is a very important thing, lol. And you made me laugh.

      We didn't do key chains on the purses, but I can see how it would have been trendy.

      My daughter went through a bracelet phase where I couldn't see a quarter of her arm. Took her longer to take them off and put them back on in the morning than it did for her shower and get ready, lol.

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  13. Well that was a blast from the past!! I still use a table cloth on my dining room table when we eat at it. I like them.

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    1. I remember tablecloths being a big deal. And they were pretty. I don't use them because I know I'd end up watching each one after every single meal (5-yr old in the house ;) ).

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  14. I love these type of throwback posts. I remember quite a bit of this. It's amazing how rare a lot of it is these days!

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    1. Walking around yesterday things kept popping into my head from the era, lol. Funny how much we forget!

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  15. I had to comment on the blogs you referenced. So very true about the freedoms we had as children that we cannot afford to give to our kids now. So sad.

    For some reason I still desire beautiful table cloths so much even though I've never had a table and the ones at the orphanage were never covered.

    Um we still have a double deck stereo player. It's OLD lol

    Gosh how much I despise old linoleum! My mom still has them :)

    There are so many memories and they are fun! Sigh. Oh how things have changed eh.

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    1. I wonder what our kids are going to look at from our time right now and reminisce over. Probably iPads, iPods, DVDS, etc. because I'm sure drastic changes will come along for all of the above.

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  16. okay... tablecloths... totally made me go back to the old days...
    but here is one that is old for me:
    the toilet seat cover and the matching rug thingy.. not sure what it is called...

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    1. LOL, the carpet covered toilet seats? Even the tanks were covered. I remember those. :)

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  17. This is a great post! Waterbeds were so strange. It's funny how things become popular. And our memories of them too!

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    1. And they all leaked at one time or another...which made the ones w/drawers underneath them even more ridiculous. ;)

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  18. Hehe...I'm totally aging myself here, but you remember those pogo balls? When I was in third grade, they were SO popular! Meat grinder? My mom used one! You know those desks that "rolled" up and down to cover them up? My dad still has his. Umm...I can't think of any more off the top of my head but what a fun post! :)

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    1. We had a roll top desk in the house too. It was the focal piece of the living room. :)

      We had a meat grinder too. I used to like to twist the handle on it...eesh, the things kids find to be fun, lol.

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  19. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I remember records,
    REAL records and harvest gold and olive green appliances.
    Wow!
    Hugs,
    Patti


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    1. I remember those appliances too...refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves...oh and bathroom sinks were even in those colors, lol.

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  20. Waterbeds - what a blast from the past. I always had trouble getting out of them!

    My mother's house had Egyptian patterned wallpaper and the dining room had velour wavy striped curtains in fetching shades of brown, orange and gold! My eyes are watering just thinking about it.

    Have a good week.

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    1. hahahaha
      My best friend's brother had a bead curtain that went to his room, and we thought that was sooo cool, lol

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  21. Actually, we still have one of those macrame planters hanging in the kitchen. My parents home had a lot of yellow and green, so 70s. Also, every house in our neighborhood had a mailbox that was actually attached to the house. The mailman had to walk up the steps and put mail right outside our doors.

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    1. I remember mail slots in the doors, my grandparents had one but I don't think it ever got used. I don't remember the ones attached to the house, but I bet my hubby (a mailman) has seen them.

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  22. Such a good list. How about avocado appliances, and these aren't in the home, but do remember the craze of Cabbage Patch Kids?

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    1. I do remember that craze. I never had one but I know a lot of kids that did.

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  23. Very interesting! I still use a tablecloth for special dinners such as at Christmas when I drag out the good china. I remember oilcloth being used for tablecloths. Now that was a very long time ago!

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    1. Oh...I remember oil lamps. Everyone had one back in the day! Probably not a bad idea today, but I haven't seen one in ages!

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  24. Hmm I'm trying to think I think you've covered everything, I think bean bags were huge but I haven't seen one for ages

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    1. We have two in the house (hanging head low), lol.

      Remember the velvet covered ones? Or the velvet love seats, lol. My friend's family had pink ones, ick. Bright pink.

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  25. It's fun to read through your list. I can remember using my mixer every day. Some things are better left in the good old days! Not my mixer though! heehee!

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    1. We used the mixer all of the time too. I still use mine sometimes. :)

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  26. It's really true about the dog poo. I know I stepped in it SO many times as a kid and that is not easy to clean out of a shoe!

    We had a grandfather clock too!

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    1. Eew, ugh, yuk...you're right...the shoes. That was a nightmare. Thanks for the vivid. -_0

      lol

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  27. You have just described my childhood! I have such a hard time explaining all of these things to my kids, they just don't get it! I wish I could go back and take a peek at our old house with all of our cool stuff (that includes the HUGE record player, the wooden furniture with the brown/tan wagon wheels, the apple/pear kitchen wallpaper, the green fuzzy toilet seat covers and my strawberry shortcake canopy bed!)

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    1. Ohh, you were lucky to have had the Strawberry Shortcake canopy bed. :)

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  28. Same thing here in France for doggy bags !! In many towns now we have doggy bags distributor (often empty) to remind us to clean behind our doggy.
    xoxo from Paris

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