Do you know what these are?  They are wringer washing machines.  Can you imagine having to use one of these to wash your clothes?  We used to have an old wringer washer.  I don’t know what happened to it.  I think it would be neat to use it as a planter either inside or out.

These things were dangerous.  You had to be careful that you didn’t get your hand caught in the wringer.  It could tear your hand up for sure.  These were definitely a step up from washing your clothes in the river on rocks.  I am certainly glad that I don’t have to deal with this kind of machine.

I was quite surprised to see that there are many of these old washers for sale.  Just what we need right?  So, the next time it’s laundry day just remember that our life is full of modern conveniences and don’t complain.  🙂

I hope you have a great day.

Categories TBT


  This is me in August 1958 just getting ready to turn 7 in another month.  We were in Seattle, Washington on my Uncle Francis’ house boat.  It was so cool.  You could fish right off the back porch and that is where I caught my first fish!  I guess that ‘s where I got my love for fishing.

  My family and I drove out to Washington state for my Uncle’s wedding.  We had a 1957 Cadillac which was so big.  My dad put a piece of covered plywood on the back seat that reached the back of the front seats so that we could sleep and have room to play on it.  My grandmother came along with us and she sat in the back with us.  Like I said, the car was BIG!

  Of course we hadn’t even gotten out of Pennsylvania when one of my doll hats flew out the window. It was one of the straw hats that matched Ginger’s outfit.  I still have that doll, but I have no idea what happened to all of her clothes.   I remember crying because my dad  wouldn’t stop and go back and get it.  What a great start to our vacation.  🙂

  We were fortunate enough to be able to take our time and sight see.  We stayed at the neatest places on our way out.  I can remember riding through Yellowstone National Park and being so amazed with the bears.  I had my window down in the back of the car.  My grandmother was in the back next to me.  A cub came up to my widow and stood up.  I actually got to pet him.  My grandmother screamed, and the cub made a noise.  Before I knew it the mamma bear was headed toward the car. We got the window up just in time, but she gave the side of the car a good swat.  I thought the whole thing was great.  However, my parents were furious with me.

  Later that day, my dad decided to get out of the car and take pictures of the bears.  He was stooping down by the back tire of the car to get the shot he wanted.  All of a sudden he slipped in the gravel on the side of the road and he was chased back into the car.  Of course my brother and I being little and not understanding the danger of these animals, we thought the whole episode was hilarious.

  I witnessed an American Indian ceremony dance and even got the chief’s autograph.  That was so cool to see.  I was fascinated with the geysers we saw too.  My father planned a different route for the ride home which was nice.  We saw different things on the way home.   Such good memories were made during that trip.  🙂


  If you are not sure what these letters stand for don’t feel bad.  I saw them on facebook all the time and it took me forever to figure it out.  🙂  Throw Back Thursday!  Most people post a picture of their past under this heading.  So, it got me to thinking, why not incorporate this idea into my blog.  So, for here on out Thursdays will now be referred to TBT.

  Now this doesn’t mean I will only post pictures on Thursdays, but it might be a sewing pattern that is old, or a recipe from back in the day or maybe just an old fashioned idea.  See where I am going with this?  So without further ado here’s my first TBT.

The Nurses Cap
  These caps came in all shapes and sizes with emblems, or stripes or ribbons on them.  They were the reward nursing students received when they completed their programs of study.  Caps were presented at a capping ceremony attended by family and friends and were seen as an honor.  They have been around since the 1800’s and although nurses don’t wear caps anymore, many schools continue to have these capping ceremonies.  Each cap is specific to the school of nursing you attend.
  Originally, wearing a cap or small veil was done to prevent hair from getting in the way while working.  Of course I think that also had something to do with the idea that women should have their heads covered and also the fact that it was a part of a uniform or habit so to speak.  
  When I first graduated from nursing school caps were required to be warn at work.  Now, let me tell you that wearing this little nugget of pride did nothing to aid in my duties.  As a matter of fact, I constantly got it tangled with the privacy curtains in patient rooms causing it to land on my patient.   Had kids pulling it off of my head, and it was an endless chore to keep it clean.  Not to mention the headache I would get from having it pinned to my head all day.  The only thing I hated more than wearing my cap was the white uniform we had to wear.  YUK!!!  To this day I don’t wear white.  
  Anyway, the voice of reason beheld the nursing profession and caps were finally abandoned.  You can believe I didn’t shed a tear.  I am a traditionalist.  I loved the idea of being capped.  But I love the idea of not being required to wear it more.