18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, February 24, 1914: Ditto
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This is the second day in a row that Grandma didn’t write much. The previous day she wrote, “Nothing hardly worthwhile.”
The party that she plans to attend on Friday (and mentioned on the 22nd)—apparently didn’t merit a second mention when she wrote this entry.
What did Grandma do on quiet winter days? Did she ever bake or make candies using Karo corn syrup?
We worry so much about the health effects of corn syrup today. Who would have guessed that corn syrup has been around for least a hundred years? . . . (though I think that the recipe for Karo has changed over the years—and that back then it was just corn syrup, not high fructose corn syrup like it is now.)
Correction: After I published this post, I discovered that I’d made an error–and that Karo does not contain high fructose corn syrup. According to a FAQ sheet on the Karo website, Karo is made of regular corn syrup (glucose only). See comments below for more details.