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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cookbook Wednesday | My 1941 Calendar Cookbook

Happy New Year! Have I got a surprise for you!!! Actually, I have a couple of surprises:) Surprise #1, how do you like my new fonts, lol…I’m still working on them but at least I finally figured out how to change them. No easy task for this “I know nothing about blog decorating” kinda gal:) As for surprise #2, we’ll get to that in a minute.

1941 Calendar Cookbook

Yes, indeed, Cookbook Wednesday is back for the month of January. I know I keep repeating myself but you never know when there might be new guests visiting so once again, the rules. If you are one of those new visitors, welcome:) As for the Cookbook Wednesday “rules”, there aren’t any. Share a cookbook on your blog (you can share cooking magazines too if your like:) and link it up below. That’s it! Simple right? Some of you have asked if it’s okay to link up cookbooks you’ve done a review on. The answer is yes as long as it is a recent post (any day between the start and end date of that week’s Cookbook Wednesday) we don’t mind. It give us another way to discover “new” cookbooks. Of course, vintage, retro and even well loved cookbooks are always invited. That’s it! If you do have any questions, you can always leave it in the comment section.

Before we swoop inside to see My 1941 Calendar Cookbook, I would like to share the cover of the book that “provoked” Months of Edible Celebrations.

Betty Crocker Cooking Calendar

That’s right two calendar cookbooks in today’s Cookbook Wednesday post. Hey we’re starting a new year which means, we’ll be digging out all those calendars we’ve been getting the past couple of months. I once questioned whether people even use calendars anymore but if I look at my stack of freebies, I’m guessing some people do. They may all be Marion’s age but, some people do, lol…

As you can see, this 1962 edition of Betty Crocker’s Cooking Calendar cookbook has seen better days. However, it is still my very best favorite Betty Crocker cookbook and I have quite a few:) If you’ve been a regular to Cookbook Wednesday, you might remember when Poppy from Grannie Pantries shared her copy of this book. She, however, went many steps farther. She explored each month on her blog for the entire year! You can see a rundown of her posts at her very first entry at her Cooking Calendar for Cookbook Wednesday post. It’s a very cooool book and Poppy shares what I might call some interesting aspects of the book. When you get a chance, pop on over. Here are two pages I’ve scanned for the month of January:

January Red Letter Days

Now, let’s see what My 1941 Calendar Cookbook has to offer. Each month has a menu of suggested meals.

January 1941 Menu

Here’s a close-up for January 3, 1941. While I was at it, I found you a couple of figures to chomp on while you wonder how you are going to “cook up” those sardines:)

How Much things cost in 1941: Average Cost of new house $4,075.00 Average wages per year $1,750.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 12 cents Average Cost for house rent $32.00 per month Beautyrest mattress $39.50 Average Price for a new car $850.00 (thepeoplehistory.com)

And then of course there are the recipes. Did you notice that most of the recipes include some sort of dairy product? I’m guessing it’s because this year’s calendar was distributed by a local dairy. Gee, I wonder if it was for free?

Graham Pudding

Now, for surprise #2. It’s clickable too!!!

January 2015 Food Calendar

It has always been a goal of mine to create a "clickable" calendar for Months of Edible Celebrations. I finally put my mind to it and with a lot of patience, because as I've said before, my graphic skills are nil, I managed to put this one together for 2015. Some of the individual dates will take you to another blog or website where you can read more about that particular celebration. The calendar is called an image map. It took some doing and more than a few late nights but, it's almost what I wanted.

I'll be leaving it on this post until I can figure out how to put it on its very own page. (I'm almost there:) I may even put a smaller version of it on the sidebar so we can all know what tasty day is coming up next. We'll see. I'm open for suggestions:)

I want to take this moment to thank you all for being such loyal and encouraging visitors. It has been another wonderful year getting to make new friends and keep the "old". Marion and I both wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year with all the tasty trimmings. We're having company for the New Year weekend so I'm not sure I'll be back on Sunday but I will be back to regular posting beginning with next week's Cookbook Wednesday. Which reminds me, don't forget to Add Your Link and while you're at it, Wiggle those Toes! Louise:)

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73 comments:

  1. Love both the Betty Crocker book and your fab new clicksble calendar. Happy New Year Louise!

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    1. Thanks Gaye. I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Happy New Year!

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  2. Hi Louise,
    Oh I see some nice surprises from you ^-^!
    I used calendar. .. but it's the small type / desktop table.
    Yr 2014 had been a very fulfilling year for me as I got to know many blogger pals. Glad to know you in my 'baking journey' :D
    Wishing you and Marion a Blessed and Happy New Year. Cheers!

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    1. Delighted to "meet" you too, Karen. It's going to be another delicious year for us food bloggers. It is already, lol...Thank you for your well wishes. I will pass them along to Marion:)

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  3. I love the calendar! I hope you do find a way to include it as a sidebar so it will always be there to peruse.

    Thank you for featuring my Grannie Pantries post. It's so cool that we both love the Cooking Calendar book (although my favorite Betty Crocker will probably always be the 1970s Big Red since it was the one that taught me how to cook). :-)

    Have a happy new year, and thank you so much for sharing in this past year!

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    1. Hi Poppy!
      I'm so glad you like the calendar. For now I have provided a link to a separate page where the calendar stands alone. I'm still working out how to include it more prominently:)

      The Big Red and the Picture Book are favorites of mine too:) Happy New Year to You too, Poppy. And, thank YOU!!!

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  4. Your calendar is great!! And never say your graphic skills are nill. You are very creative and I think this is really cool.
    Dear Louise I wish you a fantastic 2015. May all your dreams come true..yes to a great year ahead!
    I have enjoyed following your blog too and I have learnt many new things and facts. Brava!

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    1. Thanks Alida. I'm so glad you like it. There is much room for improvement, lol...It has been wonderful getting to know you and your deleicious blog, Alida. You are one talented and creative cook. I am so looking forward to this year's yumminess!!!

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  5. Dear Louise,
    Wow, this is a great post! Love the new fonts and you are doing a wonderful job. I also plan on fixing things up in 2015 and creating a nicer blog for my readers as well, but I am still doing research on that. Which brings me to tell you that I LOVE the calendar idea! What a useful tool and so colorful. Plus you can click on it! Definitely would be a great added addition on your blog. You really are so creative. Now getting back to Cookbook Wednesday, your cookbook called "My 1941 Calendar Cookbook" looks like a fun book to read and use. I can see where this book started you on your road of blogging. Lots of fun and good recipes. I especially like the difference in prices! Wow, that is insane...can you believe how much the world has changed. A new car for $850 crazy! Terrific post full of goodies. Thanks for sharing...I hope that you and Marion have a very Happy New Year filled with all good days in the year ahead. It has been a pleasure to meet you in the "Foodie World" I look forward to more goodies in 2015!
    Love and Hugs x Dottie :)

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    1. Thanks Dottie. I'm delighted you enjoyed this post. It was such fun to prepare (and quite a challenge too, lol)

      Those prices are mind boggling aren't they Dottie? I guess it's all relative:) I too look forward to another tasty year. Pretty soon we'll be preparing for the Picnic Game!!!

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  6. What a nifty surprise! First, the clickable calendar is really neat. Also, your last post said no Cookbook Weds. until next week. So I didn't do a cookbook for today.... but I have an idea for a post, so I guess I have until midnight to get it in place.

    Above all -- have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a fabulous, healthy 2015!

    mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Sorry about the mix-up Mae. Great recovery though. Thanks!!!

      Thank you so much for your well wishes, Mae. It's going to be a GREAT year! I can "feel" it in my bones, lol...

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  7. Hi Louise! Just stopped by to wish you a Happy New Year, good heath and happiness in 2015! And there I am on the clickable calender with Paul Newman and Fannie Farmer! All the best to you and Marion in the coming year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, T.W! I just couldn't forget your birthday, now could I:) I LOVE the new font too, it was a loooooong time coming, lol...

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  8. Season Greeting my dear friend , I love your new Fonts and your new look , I also need to spruce up for the coming year (giggling) that's another story all by itself . I love the clickable calendar , you my dear is so full of surprises . I want to thank you for your help and guidance through the years and your continued support . I am so very glad you are continuing Cookbook Wednesdays , it's a joy to follow you and learn new things . Through you I have met and made so many friends along the way .

    So dear friend to you Marion and your families A very Happy and Prosperous New Year ~Nee~ ;-D .
    I am wiggling those toes Hahahaha!

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    1. You are soooo sweet, Nee:) I'm so glad you enjoyed the new look and the calendar. It was most definitely a labor of love, lol...Cookbook Wednesday is back by popular demand. I LOVE seeing everyone's books too. It is going to be a wonderful blogging year, nee. I just know it. Together we all will do lots of exploring, learning and oh yes, cooking and eating too:)

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  9. Your calendar is so clever! Thank you so much for having me in your thoughts this morning, you are such a blessing. I wish you all the world of happiness in 2015. Happy new year, Louise!!!

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    1. Thanks Angela. That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy:)

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  10. You rock, Louise. I need to carve out time to explore other options for my blog. It just takes up so much time and I don't have the patience. I adore the illustrations in those on BC cookbooks and congrats on all you accomplishments! Here's to 2015!

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    1. Awe gee, thanks, Debra. It sure takes time to figure this "decorating" stuff out. And as for patience, that too, lol...I'll be happy to lend you a hand when you're ready:)

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  11. Happy New Year Louise. Thanks for your wishes! Love your cookbook calendars. We don't have that here.. well, at least not to my knowledge. I might just link one of my fav cookbook in your blog .. let me find some time to do that. Lol. I can sense a great 2015 with more exciting and good things coming your way and Marion's too.

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    1. Thank you Jenn. It would be fantabulous if you could find some time to link one of your favorite cookbooks. I'm so curious to know which one it would be, lol...It is going to be an exciting 2015 Jenn. I can sense it too. Cheers to a New Year!!!

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  12. I love that 1941 Cookbook Calendar, Louise! Your posts are always so much fun.
    Happy New Year to you and Marion!

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  13. What an eye-opening post, Louise! I've never known that's a thing called the calendar cookbook! Probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Happy 2015 to you & may you have a wonderful new year, dear! Well, I'm back in action & resuming my blog hopping now. So glad to be back blogging ^_^

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    1. Welcome back Shirley! Calendar cookbooks aren't easy to find. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this post.

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  14. A VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR LOUISE!!!
    Thanks for inspiring every time with such beautiful posts and recipes which make us hungry....we had never thought about a grape juice sponge before but now....think it is going to taste so good especially with some white chocolate in it....amazing post as always,thanks so much :-)

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    1. Thank you Kumar! A very Happy New Year to you also:) It has been wonderful getting to know you and your amazing blog this past year. I look forward to another tasty year!!!

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  15. My dear Louise, I simply love your calendar idea!! You are really creative and your posts are always sooo interesting!! My very best wishes to you for a healthy, joyful, positive 2015, filled with hope and promise!! Hugs, Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary:) I'm so glad you enjoyed the calendar and this post. We are going to have a fantabulous new year!

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  16. Fun stuff! This will be a fun year. Happy New Year!

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    1. I just know it's going to be a GREAT year, John!!! Did you check out the surprise link under January 3rd???

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  17. Happiest 2015 to you and Marion.....
    So glad to have met you.....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)
    ps.....good luck with your plan.....

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  18. Dear Happy New year to you and Marion!
    Love your Calendar.Well you know Ilove all your stuff lol
    Love this post!!

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    1. Thanks Gloria:) You are soooooo sweet:)

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  19. Hi Louise, I wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year. I hope 2015 brings you all that you hope for. Your calendar is wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Dawn. I've been trying to visit you to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year but you're in the midst of designing a new blog. Happy New Year to You and Yours. Can't wait to see your new blog!!!

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  20. Happy New Year my friend! This vintage calendar is super awesome by the way :D
    Hope 2015 brings you all you want and more!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thanks Uru! So glad you liked it! Happy New Year!

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  21. Sausage corn pudding? I bet the Knight would love it. Two of his favorite things in one dish?!

    The blog looks lovely, and I'll be back to cookbook Wednesday next week.

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    1. Perhaps you should surprise him with some Sausage Corn Pudding Channon!!!

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  22. Happy New Year, Louise!! This is such a fun post! I love your cookbook Wednesdays! You always come up with obscure, fun books to showcase! I was totally amazed at the cost of living back in 1941…funny thing is…the rent was about 20 percent of the monthly income…pretty much like today!! Hope your holidays were merry and Santa was good to you!

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    1. Happy New Year, Kathy! I'm delighted you enjoyed this first post of the new year:) Are those numbers amazing!!!

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  23. great idea! for the record, sardines give me the heebie-jeebies, no matter how cost-effective they are! :)

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    1. I think you have mentioned that once or twice, Grace, lol...

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  24. Love the font, love the calendar! I'm going to have to go to you for techy blog advice! I usually only get around to reviewing a cookbook about once a month (so many books, so little time), so I hope you keep going and going and going - and I'll participate when I can!

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    1. Hi Pam!
      Thanks Pam. The font choices were huge. It was so difficult to choose. I'm not a pro but I would most definitely help techi wise whenever you like:) Cookbook Wednesday will continue until the end of January. whenever you're ready, just link to the latest one:)

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  25. Wishing you and Marion a very Happy New Year. I live your clickable calendar. Thanks for all of the hard work.

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    1. Thanks Geraldine:) So glad you enjoyed it!

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  26. Well, I didn't get to Cookbook Wednesday during the holiday weeks, and I know you don't wonder why! Your calendar cookbooks are great, and I like your clickable calendar, too! Happy New Year, Louise and Marion!

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    1. I definitely understand Marjie:) So glad you liked the calendar cookbooks. Happy New Year!

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  27. Love your clickable calendar Louise, you are very talented! Happy New Year to you and Marion!

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    1. Delighted you enjoyed it Cheri...Happy New Year!

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  28. Happy New Year to you and Marion!!
    Such a wonderful post! Interesting calender cookbook!
    And your clickable calender is great, thumbs up to you! You are getting better with the linking and the whole thing!
    I'm back but have not yet made anything from any of my cookbooks yet, still a little lazy from by break! I'm posting from my saved drafted posts saved in my folder at the moment!
    Here's wishing you a wonderful year and keep healthy and safe!

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    1. Thanks Joyce! I keep trying to learn more and more about this blogging stuff. Maybe I should do a bit more baking, lol...like you! You are not lazy!

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  29. I think the image map calendar is a great idea and the new fonts look great too. I hope you had a lovely holiday & new year celebration.

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    1. Thanks Pam. I'm already working on February's:)

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  30. Happy New Year to you and Miss Marion !!!! Love your another informative and interesting post :D Re sardines , maybe serve it as is ( with rice ) which most folks I know usually do or add it to pasta ?! But then it was way back then , so maybe folks in your side of the world before just served it as is :D I'm pretty impressed with your clickable calendar , for somebody who thinks she has no graphic skills , you've done well !

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    1. Thanks Anne and thank you for that sardine tip. I know many people don't like sardines but I think if they are served with something like rice, it makes them taste delectable! I'm glad you like the calendar. It was fun to make!

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  31. I sooo wanted to add a cookie from an old electric company cookie book for the holidays, but alas my organizational skills failed me. So if you keep this going all year, that would be fine with me! Happy New Year!

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    1. I don't know about all year Inger but it will continue for the rest of the month:) Hope to "see" you:)

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  32. Hi Louise, Happy New Year to you and Marion. Wow... that's a very interesting and classic calender cookbook. My first time seeing this kind of cookbook, thank you so much for sharing. You're so sweet.

    Your clickable calender recipe is superb, 2 thumbs up for you. Lovely recipes.
    Your new font look very nice. You got a very nice and interesting blog. keep up the good job.

    Wishing you all the best in 2015 and God bless you with abundance of love and happiness.
    Amelia

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    1. Thank you Amelia. Happy New Year to You too! I'm so glad you liked the calendar and the new fonts. I've been so scared to change anything but thank goodness it worked out okay:)

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  33. Hi Louise,

    Happy 2015! Hope that you had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends!!!

    Can't have a calendar like this... otherwise, I will be marking all dates with the recipes that I want to cook and will be cooking like mad :p To avoid be obsessive, I have to pretend that I don't know that it is cream, fruitcake, bean day or etc etc... Geez!!! I reckon knowing the dates through your blog is good enough :p

    Zoe

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    1. It was a wonderful holiday season Zoe, thank you:) I guess you don't want to know that tomorrow is Apricot Day, lol...Not to worry, Zoe. Take one day at a time:)

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  34. Dear Louise, I hope your Christmas Holidays were beautiful and wishing you a very Happy and very Blessed New Year to both you and Marion.
    Your site looks great. I give you credit for learning how to do all of this new things to your site. I get lost very easily at figuring out these things so I ask Tammy or Michael for help.
    The calendar is great.
    xoxo Catherine

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    1. Thank you, Catherine. The credit should really go to all the wonderful people online who are so willing to share their knowledge. Next time I go on the hunt for blogging tips, I am going to make note of their blogs and sites and share. You are fortunate to have such wonderful children to help:)

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  35. Happy New Year my dear...and yes, I did notice the font, and I must admit that I like it!
    I love all the cookbooks and the calendar is just so much fun...thank you so much for sharing this amazing post.
    Have a wonderful week ahead Louise :)

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    1. Happy New Year, Juliana!
      I'm so glad you like the font. It was a tough choice:)
      You have a wonderful week also Juliana...

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  36. oh dear I am late to send you a happy new year comment here - read the article a while back and forgot to comment - but wanted to say I love your clickable calander and it looks great on the side bar - great work - obviously inspired by those lovely cookbook calendars - I'd love a cookbook to tell me what to eat every day but I would probably ignore it (I do have one that tells you how to eat by the zodiac which I love and ignore)

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  37. You are so funny, Johanna...thanks for visiting:)

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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