Saturday Evening Post which she read cover to cover every week when it arrived. The Post introduced me to the art of Norman Rockwell, who drew the most covers.
Farmers Almanac in which the calendar must be followed! Know when the last frost will occur. Forecast published in August, 2013, has been remarkably accurate for the 2013-2014 winter!
Coats and Clark thread. There was always sewing to be done, whether it was mending, crocheting, or a bobbin to be wound. Four doors away on the corner of my block in Durham, NC was a neighborhood grocery store. Right at the front next to the cash register was a glass display of threads. I was usually sent with a color thread to match up. The thread was wound on wooden spools, which never could be thrown away, because they would be repurposed as pot lid handles! In the 1940s, feed sacks were indispensable for material for making some clothes, particularly pajamas. Yes she made my pajamas. Rosa had an authentic Singer foot paddled sewing machine, which she famously carried out of the burning log cabin home. My mother had one also in our dining room next to two bright sunny windows. Grandmama crocheted beautiful colorful edges onto pillow cases and towels for gifts. She could also make lace – the doilies for the table tops.
Gifts for her grandchildren on special occasions. When I graduated from high school, she said that she wanted to give me a gift that I could use in college. So, I chose Merrian-Webster’s Collegiate Edition Dictionary.
Shoes which she bought at Roscoe Griffin in Durham. She only had one style, which was black leather ankle high lace up. She never ever wore anything else on her feet.