Thursday, October 25, 2012

May 8, 1953 The Mothers' Day Watercolors, The Talk, Scared to Pieces, Chicken Palao and Carrot Pudding

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"Maybe I'll be a little more on time this week.  I had hoped to get your package off early enough so you'd be sure and have it before Sunday but didn't get it mailed until this morning.  Will you see that B's mother gets hers?  They were so hard to wrap so the corners wouldn't get hurt that I just put them together.  Maybe you have a frame that will fit the pictures.  If you have, paint it with a flat green to match the dark green in the picture but if you don't have a frame we'll see if we can't get one made at Thompson's when we come home in June.  I hope you like the picture.  I got world's of pleasure in doing it.  I hope you and Daddy both have a lovely Mothers' Day.

Edna is giving a talk on Pakistan at a banquet tonight so I am going to project her colored slides for her.  We are both dressing in a Pakistani costume.  It should be fun.

B's mother has called off the reunion and I'm so glad.  It would have been too much for her and I was dreading it.  We'll plan to come in June anyway and will stay out there since we stayed with you Christmas.  Save your dresses and I'll help you with them.  Time goes so fast when we are home but maybe I could do the hard part.

I'm still cleaning and scrubbing but don't get much done at a time and would just give up if I thought I could get by.

Bob fell down the steps this morning and almost scared me to pieces but it all right--just blacked an eye.  He really tumbled.

I finally spent my birthday money--got some salt shakers like my crystal.

I keep having to stop so I guess I've told everything anyway."

                       Lots of love,


NOTE:  The slide of Bonnie isn't dated, so I'm uncertain as to whether this was taken on the night of the banquet or not.  She and Edna participated in a variety of internationally-themed programs for many years.


  1. I can't decide which I like more, B's wonderful Indian sari or the delicious sounding recipe for carrot budding (chalk it up to the sliver of British DNA in my veins, but I've always adored boiled and cooked puddings). I've always wanted to wear an sari, too - not sure when that's going to happen, but I love that I can make this tasty pudding anytime now (thank you for the recipe, dear Ann).

    ♥ Jessica

  2. To the best of my knowledge, only Bonnie got to model the sari, not B:-)

  3. Ann do you still have Bonnie's charming still life watercolours?
    My first husband was of Anglo-Indian parentage and while Indian foods are now fairly commonplace I'll bet they were quite the sensation in the 50's.

  4. Yes, unless otherwise noted, we still have all of the keepsakes which we have photographed for the blog. I'm anxious to try these recipes.


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