December 22, 2013

Meals on Wheels...

 Denise G. and I have known each other for thirteen years...and we've become
good friends without ever having been in the same room together. The 
Internet is a wonderful thing, indeed. We have always exchanged gifts for 
special occasions, but we often trade with each other for no particular reason at all.

Denise is much more organized than I am this year, so her gifts arrived way
ahead of her receiving mine this Christmas. She always includes goodies from
 Vermont, but there is always something completely, uniquely, perfect for me.
 This year, tucked in among the maple candies, home-grown holly and special
syrups, I found a new book entitled, "Meals on Wheels". She found a book
written specifically for trailer campers in her friend's antique shop! WOW!
 Although it looks nearly new, this little gem was written in 1937.
I couldn't help but smile when I looked at the illustrations.
I might just have to transfer these to fabric, stitch one or two and
make pillows for the Flying Cloud (and Denise) when they're done!
 I've already read the book cover-to-cover and loved every bit of it. There's 
information ranging from "Housekeeping" to recipes, but one of the chapters 
that was most fun for me was the chapter on "Cooking Equipment".
 Handsome and I are always aware of the amount of weight we add to our
tow package, so you can just imagine how I giggled reading this list. It's 
actually much, much more than I would ever pack onboard for traveling. 
When I turned the page, there were more items that they considered
"optional", like a waffle maker, pressure cooker, or roaster. That's crazy!

I showed the list to Handsome, suggesting that I tend toward 'underpacked'.
He laughed. I don't blame him, either. While the book is loaded with useful
information, they definitely are willing to add more frivolous weight than we are.

Denise suggested that this might be a good addition to our travel library. You are 
so right, my friend! Thank you for everything you carefully chose for us this year. 
I'm looking forward to "tucking in" to all our goodies. Your package will be
 on its way this week. I hope you and Neil enjoy what I've chosen for you, too!
Merry Christmas hugs across the miles.


  1. oh, how fun is that! It's a special thing when others know you so well.

  2. Hello Donna,
    Isn't it wonderful to have a friend that knows you so well. I love that little book and it's so perfect for you and Handsome.

    I'm stopping by to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May it be blessed with kindness and goodness now and throughout the year ahead.


  3. You are most welcome. I certainly had fun "picking & packing". I thought that book was a hoot. I also read that same list and laughed so hard! ( considering the campers of that era were much smaller than today's standards) enJOY! :)

  4. Merry Christmas Donna,Handsome and Tag. I bet that book is a hoot with just the pages that you showed. It is always fun to see the vintage books. Hope you are progressing and getting stronger every day. We will have a white Christmas. Have a wonderful day and take care, Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

  5. what a fun gift! I love old books and reading that list had me giggling. When we were kids we camped in tents. My Mom completely loaded a VW Micro Bus - we used to kid that she tipped the house and everything slid into the van. She'd have loved that list!

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  6. What a *great* book! That would make fun reading indeed.


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