#19 Cleaning House
Old Fashioned Chores
My house was a mess today, so I had no time for silly celebrations of the fifties. I did however, take just a moment to ponder how I could make my toilet and floor cleaning chores more enjoyable.
I thought about how happy June Clever looked when she dusted in her pearls, but I'm a tad more practical than June. I just threw on a kerchief and some lipstick. Oh, and I did wear rubber gloves while I cleaned for a while. That felt very fifties to me.
It wasn't my best celebration of the fifties so far, but sometimes you have to embrace the simple things...like the fact I have a home to clean!
#18 Retro Train Travel
Last weekend Don and I packed up some old suitcases and headed for the Kingsland, TX. We didn't actually "travel" on the train at all, but spent the night in a Little Red Caboose, which is set up for overnight accommodations.
We brought along some curious old train books, some games and food. We had drinks sitting up in the observation cupola and talked about all the interesting travels you can take by train.
I wish I could go back to the fifties and travel those stylish trains again!
#17 Music of the Fifites
Shopping for Tunes
Don and I recently had a little fun shopping for vinyl at The Goodwill Store. I was pretty excited to find 2 Harry Belafonte albums, which are both from the 1950's.
We grabbed up some bonus albums with campfire music and jazz. The Lawrence Welk album title "Galveston", was purchased in honor of my grandma. She was was a big fan.
We had a hoot of a good time playing our tunes on the turntable!
#16 Stay in a 1951 Trailer
This 27 foot long Kozy Coach trailer was our home for one night. It wasn't quite as luxurious or long as the "Long, Long Trailer" in the Lucy and Desi movie, but it was just as silly.
I made sure to pack an apron and pearls to help me feel at home. We listened to the radio and lounged on our porch and even took showers in the outdoor shower that reminded me of another fifties movie, "South Pacific". Yay for trailers!
#15 TV Dinner & Lucy
A Lame Attempt
This was as good as I could do. I searched the frozen food aisle for something that resembled Swanson's first TV dinner, served in the little aluminum tray in 1953. Hungry-Man brand was the only thing that came close, so I picked a Salisbury steak meal and a fried chicken meal. I am so lucky that I have a husband who humors me the way Ricky humored Lucy. Don was a good sport with my idea of an entertaining, nostalgic dinner.
We waited patiently for our feast to cook in the REAL oven and then set our steaming meals down on makeshift TV trays to watch an episode of I Love Lucy. We had a few chuckles as we swallowed bites of whippy potatoes and rubbery meats. It helped to have the distraction of the TV screen!
#14 Sci-Fi Time
Space Age Restaurant
I feel like I should celebrate the theme of SPACE since I was born in 1957, the year of Sputnik. I could take a trip to Houston's Space Center, but I've done that.
Instead, I enjoyed a cup of coffee in my current favorite mug purchased from an oddball diner in Arizona. Then I watched a Sci-Fi movie from the decade when space themed movies ruled. The 1956 film, World Without End is a doozie. In this goofy low-budget film, Astronauts return from a voyage to Mars and get caught in a time warp where they end up in a post-Apocalyptic Earth, populated by mutants! Good times!
57 Celebrations of the Fifties!
April 9, 2014
I don't remember the 1950's, since they ended when I was 2. But since I turned 57 today and this is my BYB (Birth Year Birthday) I'm going to just appreciate the flavor of 1957! My goal is to celebrate in at least 57 simple ways throughout the year! I will dabble in the fashion, the foods, the music and the culture of those times...just for the fun of it!