The Social Experiment

This blog is about understanding and exploring what my Grandmothers experienced by living on the home front during World War II. I am going to be living, as best as I can, to the US rationing standards of 1945. This is a social experiment, not only to connect to my families past, but to explore new way to live environmentally and socially responsible. I hope to show, that by living as our grandparents did, we can reduce the amount of waste that our society throws out and live healthier and more simple lives.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

SHOES – Oh How I Miss You!

I did it.  I broke down and bought a pair of shoes this week.  I have waited and waited to purchase a pair because in rationing – you are only allowed to buy one pair of shoes for the year.  One Pair.  That’s it.  Only one pair – even if it is a buy one pair – get one pair half off.  Nope – even if you have the money to buy more than one pair… you only get one ration stamp. 

See those wonderful red shoes shining in the window…???  Do you hear them calling your name?  Oh, wouldn’t they look great on the dance floor?  Oh and look at those lime green shoes…. Oh and those beautiful brown ones – they would be great for work….  Hummm , my dress shoes has a heel that is starting to come loose… Maybe this would be a great use of my ONE ration stamp for shoes.

One Stamp, One pair of shoes, One… that is it…

Ha Ha- are you starting to feel my pain?  I walk slowly by the shoe store on my way home from work.  All those beautiful shoes are calling out my name.  They are shiny, they are new.  Oh they look – and FEEL- great.  Better than my old, smelly work shoes I have now, that have lost their shine and the heel on the left foot is loose.  I only get to buy one pair of shoes.
And because of that – they have to be functional  and be what I need.  Not what I want.
Those shiny red shoes are beautiful… but they will not match all my outfits that I wear – and …. They … are… not… functional….! Gerrrr!

So today I bought a pair of shoes.

A pair of functional shoes.

Shoes that I needed – not shoes that I wanted.

I did not pick them by their color.

I did not pick them by their price.

I picked them for what they could do for me.

These are the shoes I need for every day-

For walking to work (not driving my car)

For biking to the store (saving gas)

Today – I bought a pair of functional shoes

I was rational – not fashionable

Functional – not fun

Today I bought shoes





Eating Victoriously!!!

It is in!  My victory garden has produce!  I am so excited.

This week I realized that I needed to start harvesting my garden if I wanted to get a few crops out of it.  Being that the garden has been growing in indoor flower boxes – I put on a movie and sat watching while picking lettuce, spinach, and some weird broccoli thing.  I picked enough for a huge salad  (which I ate for supper) and had fresh lettuce, spinach salads for lunch all week.

Who knew that freshly picked spinach is sweet.  I sat eating it while finishing my movie. UMMM – I am very proud that it grew.  I grew my own food.
One thing I would do differently is …. Mark what I planted where.  I have no idea what some of the plants are.  I think one is a beet plant – I have started pollinating the flowers so that it will grow something (hummm … maybe it is cucumbers…????).  It has yellow leaves like a pumpkin plant.  I also have heritage tomatoes that need to go outside soon … I am checking to see if there is a balcony that I could use.
I now understand the excitement that would come with that first harvest of a victory garden.