I have made some string progress. I decided to empty my plaid basket, and use every string I would find, making a string quilt. I love playing with the little pieces, so, so much! Lots of ideas are running around in my little brain...makes me dizzy. Haha! Stay tuned, is all I can say. I have three quilts in the works right now, working steadily along on them; this one, Bonnie's mystery, and the Forgotten quilt!
I have been greatly enjoying my study and reading, in the evenings, about the history of the 1930's. This was more than an American phenomenon, but encompassed (to some degree), the entire world.
In the 1920's, greed was king. There was so much easy money and personal debt out there, and little worry about it...until! The stock market fell, losing 30 billion of wealth in 4 days. In addition to poor governmental policy, and massive debt, there was an awful drought, that truly wiped out so many farmers. I mean to the point the farmers just packed up their pickup trucks and left farms, that had been in the family for generations. It seems to be the perfect storm for a massive economic depression.
Apples were sold by former executives and workers on the street corners for 5 cents, and no one could buy them...no one had 5 cents to spend.
Farm land was rented for 8 dollars an acre, for an entire year. Can you even imagine those prices? Working men were willing and looking for work, for fifty cents per day.
As Wall street fell, the banks fell, and then the businesses, and then people...and so went the entire country. Many folks in the country had an easier time than city people; at least in the country, food could be grown. Not so in the cities...soup kitchens sprang up, from religious institutions, and also the Red Cross.
Many people thought that they were self made men, and would not accept any governmental help...not that there was a lot to be had, at first. It was really hard-scrabble times. Piggy banks were taken from children and the coins used to buy food. Many men blamed themselves, full of shame, for they could not provide for their families. Charity meant failure to many. As unemployment grew, there was less consumer demand and purchasing of consumer goods, and so the economy spun down.
An angry mob stormed the US Capitol, demanding their military pensions from WW1 be given to them early. (The Bonus Expeditionary Force). I found it interesting that the capitol was stormed quite recently, as well.
For lack of buyers, entire crops were plowed under. Cattle were killed, too, as people went hungry. A mass migration started...the dust bowl days were upon the Midwest and west, and people started migrating to California and other places. On foot, or with cars that were salvaged, loaded down with household goods. By railcar, too; the hobo transport. These hobos were former workers, farmers, family men, fallen on hard times. They were looking for a way to work, a way to make the next meal. They would beg at houses for food, until the housewives would put out signs, "no food here, even for ourselves...please do not knock."
The Red Cross came to the forefront, helping feed people, and help with rudimentary health care.
Franklin D. Roosevelt came to the presidency...and with him, brought reforms, meant to help. He had fireside chats (Is there anyone who reads this blog that listened to one, in real time???) The USA formed work groups, with many civic projects, such as parks, roadside stops, road and bridge projects...anything to provide a working man a wage.
Part of the reforms, of which there were many, included:
The establishment of a minimum wage
Wall Street was regulated
Booze was legalized (ending prohibition)
Bank deposits were insured by the US government
Many jobless people were employed, as above, with public works.
The citizenry gradually redeposited their hoarded cash, solidifying the banks again.
The economy did not really recover until the advent of World War 2. Of interest, a young German named Adolf Hitler came on the scene in 1934.
All this history brings me to what I really want to dig into: The food, clothing, making do, savings habits, quilts, of course, and work habits of those people that went through the Great depression, and the sequelae for future generations from their experiences.
So more on that next time!!!!!!!! Thanks for indulging me in my exploration of this portion of history.
So far we have been:
1. strengthening those abs, to support our backs!
2. Drinking our water.
3. Taking our vitamins
4. Adding a walk to our days
5. Some simple exercises, every day!
How about adding some good eating habits? Now this is really the elephant in the room for a lot of us, right? It is so easy to grab something quick, snacky, with lots of fat and sugar and salt, and not much nutrition. I challenge each of you, (and mostly myself!) to take a few moments to make a meal to take to work, out of healthy stuff...not such junk as a lot of us get going on!! Plan your meals...make them in advance...clean some carrots and cauliflower and celery and put them in baggies, ready to pop in your bag, so when that 3 PM "I gotta have a candy bar" craving hits...at least you have something to put in your mouth!!
Have a great day, everyone!