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PART FOUR OF A LITTLE OF MY LIFE

Friday, June 25, 2010

They call them the good old days and in some ways they were. Life was simple and cheaper. Food was healthier and simple. Exercise did not cost a bundle and was simple but oh, so much fun. We didn't have to just tolerate going out to exercise, we called it I'm going to play and play we did.
Today I was thinking of air conditioning. What was air conditioning like back then?
Especially for you young ones who might not know.
Well When you had a free time especially on Sunday as you could do no work or much of anything else as dad called embroidery work and you didn't dare wash your hair, you sat down under the big shade tree with it's shade covering you and the limbs with their leaves fanning you. I loved going to my grandmother's as she had the biggest tree ever. No one thought of trimming them back to nubbins.
If you were blessed with a car the air conditioning was to roll the windows down and not worry about wind blown hair as every one had it.
At night as many of the kids as could slept on the floor in front of the door (yes, the door was open as no one lived in fear back then) and a little breeze might come in the door from time to time.
Good old days? Yes and no but I am still alive and as you all know my mom lived to be 99 1/2 maybe because of all the exercise she got on the washing machine, working in the garden, cooking, baking, bearing children and numerous other things. Then she always saw her children were fed first.
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SLURAAS 7/10/2010 8:09PM

    I use the old days type of air conditioning today. On some hot nights, I'll sleep in our enclosed back porch. But now I do lock the back door. Most of the time I drive with 1 or 2 two windows opened. I just hold my hair with one hand while I'm driving, since I have really frizzy hair!

I do use air conditioning on extremely hot days or during heat waves, like the one that just ended today. I try to avoid it as much as I can. First of all, I'm cheap. emoticon And second of all, air conditioning makes me feel like I'm in a refrigerator.

Keep these stories coming! God's grace and peace be multiplied.

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DEPAULGIRL09 7/2/2010 10:47AM

    I love hearing about your memories...thanks for sharing.

Lisa

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DIDMIS 7/2/2010 10:16AM

    How neat village205

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VILLAGE205 7/2/2010 4:02AM

  When my brother and I were kids, we looked forward to visiting our Aunt Dot who lived across the street in Lincoln, Nebraska from the university campus. The house would be so hot and about 1 in the morning, Aunt Dot would come in and say, "Grab your pillow and your sheet and come with me." And we would follow her across the street and sleep on the grass of the campus. Can you imagine doing that nowadays? We would gaze at the Milky Way and it was a lot cooler and soon we fell asleep. We kids thought that sleeping on the campus at Aunt Dot's was the neatest thing.

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CAROLYN0107 6/26/2010 8:15AM

    Irene... I just read all four parts of your life story blog entries. Thanks for sharing. I did experience much of what you shared. It was fun thinking about it.

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GLORYB2014 6/26/2010 7:52AM

    Ohhh, I love these trips down memory lane Irene!
They bring back the good and the bad but mostly good because everything was so simply and innocent in a child's eyes!
We about roasted in the evenings in our house, no sleeping out of our bedrooms and tiny windows with the house next door so close, no chance of a breeze getting in!

And such a safe era we lived in! Mom put out money in a note to pay the milkman! And we didn't lock our door, ever!
Couldn't do those things now!

Thanks again Irene, I look forward to more trips down memory lane with you!
Thanks for the memories!
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DIDMIS 6/26/2010 12:28AM

    Lavender Lily I remember those things LOL. We did have a Jersey cow though which I mentioned in one of the blogs but when we did need milk the milk man came. You could leave a note in the empty bottles of what you wanted and he would leave it on the porch.
Yes I remember the ice and the ice boxes. Now we complain if the fridge doesn't make ice and spurt water out of the outside of it. Mine doesn't.
Some of the other things I already bogged about
The grocery store is a different thing. We had two small ones in our little town finally one went out of business. We had a charge account and once a month when dad got paid he would go in and pay the bill and the grocery man would give him a bag of candy for us. That was one of our highlights. Remember those orange slices and the chocolate ones. I liked the chocolate ones.
No I don't think most of us would like to go back but we can see how it made us what we are today. We didn't have to smoke pot to get high or sneak out as we knew our bottoms would burn for a few days. LOL
Irene

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LAVENDERLILY 6/26/2010 12:19AM

    Thanks, Irene, for the trip down memory lane. Remember when there were no super markets! We had trucks that came down the street selling fresh produce, and there was a big old truck full of blocks of ice. The Iceman was so skilled he could take an icepick and cut off a block just the size you needed to fit your icebox, usually 25 pounds. The Helms bakery truck would stop when you put the sign in the window and how good the fresh baked rolls, cakes, and bread smelled. (We lived in the big city) The milkman came to the door and delivered milk, eggs, cottage cheese and butter. The milk came in glass bottles with a round section on the top where the cream would separate out and was so thick you could whip it. If you needed the doctor, he made house calls. Everyone hung their wash outside on the wash lines. If you were lucky enough to have a washing machine instead of a tub and washboard, you had to wash the clothes in the soapy water, run them through the wringer into a rinse and then back through the wringer to get them ready for the line. That's assuming you didn't need to boil the whites to get them bright enough. Heaven forbid that a rainstorm comes in while the clothes are on the line! You cleaned your carpets with a broom and sprinkled them with a little water to keep the dust down.
The younger folks have it easier in some ways, but I don't remember ever hearing anyone complain about stress, or diets, or treadmills. I wouldn't want to go back to those times, but I remember them with affection.



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DIDMIS 6/25/2010 11:57PM

    Well, in some parts of the states we sure couldn't do without a/c. My bill went up this past month and they say summer just started?
We didn't even have a car for a long time when I was a kid then got one of those old time chevy's. I think it was chevy as dad didn't like Fords
Irene

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MONTY68 6/25/2010 11:54PM

    I don't think for a long time I had ever heard of A/C's, Never remember early in life of being that hot, maybe that's why we got the hose out and my sister and I would squirt each other. I really don't remember fans, must have had some. But in the house I bought, we didn't have A/C until the early 80's. NOW, here in Florida can't be without it.
OH anybody remember when you got A?C in the car?

Monty

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HAPPYMOM8 6/25/2010 10:26PM

    Fond memories kindled again! Thanks, Irene!

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/25/2010 8:59PM

    I remember sleeping on a sheet on the floor in our house. I also remember the fan at our house at times too,, the box one that went into the window. We still have a few here in our home in Fl. We use one on the screen porch. Thanks for the continued walk down memory lane.

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MELLIL 6/25/2010 7:40PM

    Well, for ME, air conditioning was a big box fan in front of the open window (or door). But I remember my mother telling about the "Ice Man" coming! The man who brought a BIG OLD BLOCK of ice to put in the "freezer" - which wasn't one of THEM either! But that was how they kept the food cold -- and occasionally it was how they cooled off too, I guess. You do have some great memories Irene! emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 6/25/2010 7:33PM

    All that brings back memories. would you believe I only started locking my doors about 6 years ago. I too remember sitting under really big trees.fond memories.

carolyn

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HIDDEN SODIUM AND HOW TO GET RID OF IT

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A place I eat has tomato basil soup I like and clam chowder I love. I don't get the clam chowder since I figured it had a lot more calories.
Let me tell you a story.
The tomato basil has 669 calories 1023mg(is that mg or grams. I always get mixed up on them) of sodium and 36 grams of saturated fat.
The clam chowder has 545 calories (much less than the tomato bisque) 2563 mg or grams whichever of sodium (can you believe it) and 15 gr of saturated fat. I don't know what they put in the tomato basil
Then the Minestrone (I didn't write it down) although I thought it would be better has over 2,000 gr or mgr of sodium also
So I brought my tomato basil home along with half of my salad and thought. I will swell again.
Well I had just walked in the door and the doorbell rang. A man stood there saying his sister had died. I have heard that story many times, sometimes it is mother, father, child, etc. I said no when he asked for help
Then he said he was hungry and wanted something to buy lunch with. Well, I went in and got the tomato soup and voila it was gone just like that.
In one of my blogs I am writing on my life I mentioned the days during the depression when the bums or tramps as we called them came begging for food. They really did want food. I told how I would always tell my mom "Company is coming" and although she wasn't too happy with me she would find maybe a piece of home made bread and some left over gravy or beans and they went happily on their way.
Anyway I got rid of all of that sodium and made someone happy. He sat outside my door and ate it all. I was glad my housekeeper I have twice a month was coming as he made a mess.


  
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DIDMIS 6/24/2010 9:24PM

    I just answered HENNINGERF2 on her spark mail but decided to answer here also. I have known people low on sodium. If you are low on sodium or high on sodium it can affect your heart. I have to watch it as I retain fluid.


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HENNINGERF2 6/24/2010 9:17PM

  I don't know the explanation for it but my sister-in-law was hospitalized last month with what seemed like it could be a heart attack. The blood test showed that she was LOW in sodium!!!

Weird

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FAYE000 6/24/2010 9:07PM

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God sent that man to the right place.
He helped you and the hungry man. PTL

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DIDMIS 6/24/2010 8:00PM

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I lost 1/4 pound this week. Hoped it would be more but at least I didn't gain.
God bless all of you my friends

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GLORYB2014 6/24/2010 7:06PM

    Irene, you are so kindhearted! I'm with the many who said to please be careful when opening your door to strangers ~ no, I'll say DON'T open your door to strangers! You never know when one may be an evil person!

Yes, the sodium is mg and I know that canned goods are loaded with it so I try to eat fresh. But if/when I really want something like a can of green beans, I rinse them with water before heating them, it at least gets rid of most of the sodium. I do believe it is sodium that can do us in!! Really bad stuff if you go over your daily limit.

Bless you for the kindhearted person you are Irene!
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MONTY68 6/24/2010 6:33PM

    Hi Irene
First, congratulations on being aware of what might be lurking in our food. One of the hardest things to control in anything is sodium, If I take a can, there are 2 portions which in self can be lowed calories and I like the whole can , will blow the sodium for the day.
It was nice that you were able to give it to someone and knowing you, that you are a trusting person and I am sure you feel safe.
Once in downtown Pittsburgh there was a man begging for $ to buy something to eat, I suggested to him that we could go to McDonalds. He wanted the money and I couldn't so it, it would have purchased wine.
So you were careful not to get the high sodium and felt safe with the homeless person and you are to be congratulated for that.

Monty

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JODIRICHARDS 6/24/2010 5:52PM

    I just love how God solves our problems and even uses it to solve someone else problems at the same time. emoticon I need to keep praying for those opportunities so I don't feel bad giving up unneeded food.

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SUNNYWBL 6/24/2010 4:30PM

    When you give to the least of these..............

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CARDIFF1066 6/24/2010 12:27PM

    Irene,
It is MG of sodium. Tomato basil soup is made with heavy whipping cream and so all the calories! Maybe the calories and sodium was put to good use in the man you gave it to! Please be careful in answering your door to strangers. This world can be a dangerous place, I am sorry to say.

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LAVENDERLILY 6/24/2010 11:37AM

    Giving away the goodies we shouldn't eat is a good way to get rid of the temptation. And I know that God is looking over you, but please be careful. When someone comes to the door of a lady living alone, they may not have good intentions.
It reminds me of my husband. Whenever he was approached by someone asking for money because he was hungry, my husband would take his hand and offer to go into the nearest diner and buy him a meal. He would never give money and never refuse to give food. Sometimes the person would accept and wolf down a meal. Other times, it was rudely turned down with "forget it". Just keep being your kind self, trusting in God, and being aware that everyone is not necessarily a good person.

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MNNSAIDE 6/24/2010 10:53AM

    Irene on a serious note: Please be careful there have been stories on the news with people asking for something like that and when they go get it whether money, water or the phone then they force themselves in. I just want you to be careful -specially living by yourself. Never leave the door open when you go fetch what they need and lock it afterwards - also pretend that you are calling your husband.

Wow my computer froze for 5 minutes after I wrote that!
I too help others in need but we need to be very careful, specially since they have not found these group of people yet.





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PLAYBLUES22 6/24/2010 10:38AM

    Sweetie that act of kindness will always is seen in the eyes of God.

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HAPPYMOM8 6/24/2010 10:31AM

    I too liked the way you helped the fellow. That is better than what we did last. Gave money to a panhandler while we were delivering meals on wheels. The problem with that is the money may not have gone to to a very good use.
You sure did cut your sodium intake too!

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DEPAULGIRL09 6/24/2010 10:14AM

    Love the way you got rid of the sodium. I can't believe how much sodium is in certain foods. It definitely pays to look up the nutrition info.

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MELLIL 6/24/2010 9:57AM

    Well I think that was a GRAND way to get rid of your unwanted sodium! I'll tell ya... I have a hard time saying NO to beggars. I DO know that they are not always "telling the truth"... and I have heard the stories of SOME who make quite a decent living panhandling! But I feel like mOst of them really are down on their luck and need a little help. And if one happens to "take me" for a couple of bucks -- God knows! But if they really are hungry... He knows that too. Jesus tells us to FEED His lambs! emoticon

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PART 3 OF A LITTLE OF MY LIFE

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Someone mentioned a four room house. All of us kids had to sleep in one bed room and the girls kept their eyes closed while the boys got ready for bed and vice a versa. Even grandma when she came to visit had to sleep in the bedroom with us kids and I remember how she always knelt down beside her bed (the boys bed actually) and prayed. I am sure she was praying for us.
Sometimes we would holler Mom Henry or Parks or Bob are looking. They threatened to come in and give us a whipping if we didn't stop. Even my sis and I fought over who had to turn out the light. The last one in bed had to do it. LOL. All we had to do was pull a string over the bed.
My folks entertainment was to listen to some of the funny old time radio programs or some country music. Only for a little while of course as they had to get up early to face another hectic day.
I forgot about the party line. Everyone had a ring so you knew who was getting a call so everyone just listened in and the the gossip spread. Not much juicy gossip, just canning, sewing, and other work but what fun it was to listen in.
The first TV I saw was after I left home I think and bought one. But it was always snowing. My, my people wouldn't put up with that kind of TV now and Black and white no less.

God bless and always give thanks for what you have and know that what you want and don't have probably isn't necessary.
Now a days every kid has to have a room and a car when he gets to be old enough. Back then if you had one car you were doing good. We didn't have enough money for bikes so I never learned but walked everywhere.
You guys keep me thinking about those good (?) old days.
I am blogging for myself as much as for anyone else.

  
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YJNANA 6/23/2010 9:55PM

    It is fun to remember when..... :)
I remember walking home from Kindergarten and hearing (what I thought was a radio) a woman singing, WHEN THE MOON COMES OVER THE MOUNTAIN
Kate Smith
- written by Howard E. Johnson and Harry M. Woods
- #1 hit for Kate Smith in 1931
- lyrics as recorded by Kate Smith

When the moon comes over the mountain
Every beam brings a dream, dear, of you
Once again we'll stroll 'neath the mountain
Through that rose-covered valley we knew

Each day is grey and dreary
But the night is bright and cheery
When the moon comes over the mountain
I'll be alone with my memories of you
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I was awestruck :)
I can still remember the scene, of a Blk and white TV

Thanks for the Memories Irene :)

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HAPPYBASKET 6/23/2010 12:06PM

    I LOVE" Memory Lane". I have many of those same memories. There were 4 of us girls & we slept in 2 twin beds. Even as a young bride while my husband was overseas. After the youngest was out of the crib( also in this room) the girls were shifted & the baby was put with me because Mom worked until 1 A.M. so she didn't want to be woke up by the baby & Dad was of the Times when the men didn't take care of a child except to play with them.. I am going to write a blog about this I think. It is good for us to have our memories jogged & for the younger ones to know what life was like for their grandparents & past.

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DIDMIS 6/23/2010 10:16AM

    Oh MELLIL I had forgotten about the party line. Everyone had a ring so you knew who was getting a call so everyone just listened in the the gossip spread. Not much juicy gossip, just canning, sewing, and other work but what fun it was to listen in.
The first TV I saw was after I left home I think and bought one. But it was always snowing. My my people wouldn't put up with that kind of TV now and Black and white no lesss. I am going to add this to my blog. Thanks

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MELLIL 6/23/2010 10:02AM

    LOL! Blogging should really always be for yourself (or your family) first -- you are writing the memories that might otherwise be forgotten! And your family will treasure them one day! I do not share the radio memories, as television had just come to our house when I was old enough to remember! And we had 3 bedrooms - so my parents had one, the two boys had a closet sized one - with bunk beds -- and we girls shared the BIG bedroom. (there were 5 of us girls) I went back to visit our old home a few years ago -- and the people who own it now were very generous to let me come in. I was sO amazed to see how TINY that house is. It is just a teeny tiny row house -- and it held NINE of us! With ONE bathroom! And ONE telephone. Everyone could listen to your conversations... including the party line!!!
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DIDMIS 6/23/2010 3:50AM

    Pat to your questions. I think the answer is no to all of them.

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HAPPYMOM8 6/22/2010 11:08PM

    Ok you did it again! Did you listen to "Uncle Neal" on the radio. Did you do the "getting dressed "contest?. Did your radio come to a point shape at the top? Did your dad listen to the Tiger Ball games and the Joe Louis fights? and your mother the religious stations?
Just wondering. Pat

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CAROLYNVIL 6/22/2010 9:58PM

    really enjoyed your blog,it takes me down memory lane.

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/22/2010 9:44PM

    Irene, I'm really enjoying your trip down memory lane. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.,

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DIDMIS 6/22/2010 9:17PM

    Gloria I don't remember bikes with baloon tires. We didn't have a bike at all.
Mom and I would listen to the spooky radio programs in the afternoon. That is when they came on. We had to go to bed at 8:00. OOPS it is 15 minutes after my bedtime now. emoticon

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GLORYB2014 6/22/2010 6:26PM

    Hi Irene,
We didn't have a car either when growing up and we walked everywhere! All my friends had bikes when I was a youngster and I remember I saved all my money one summer when working on my sister's tobacco farm and bought a balloon tire bike, do you remember those? I was only 11 years old at the time and already working, weekends and holidays and all summer.

And I do remember us kids gathering around the radio at night to listen to the 'spooky' stories, with the lights out except for the kitchen light. And one of my brothers would always hollar "boo" when we got wrapped up in the program and scare us, lol. We also listened to all those good comical programs!

Thanks for sharing some of your life with us, I enjoyed your blogs thoroughly and they brought back memories to me. I say "the good old days" for they were to us kids I guess but really hard on parents at that time!
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MONTY68 6/22/2010 5:50PM

    Irene
Thank you for sharing a little of your life. You write a very descriptive history of your early life. It really would make one want to be part of your family, I can feel the love and sharing that your family had and that is special. I am sure your love and compassion for people came directly from your young life and how you grew up. Although, I do not have those kind of memories and had resentment as such to my parents, I had the opportunity in the last months and years of my parents lives to learn and understand where they came from and how they did the best job they knew how in raising us. It certainly put a different perspective on my early life.
But you have given a clear picture of what family is really about and the benefits that as adults you bring forward. I have been blessed meeting you and have you as a friend.

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JODIRICHARDS 6/22/2010 5:38PM

    What an interesting glimpse, reminds me of talking with my late grandma, she was a mountain women and passed away a few years ago at the age of 97. Every generation has blessings and curses, I think this generations biggest curse is getting further from the Lord, I pray I can have an impact.

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NELLIEC 6/22/2010 3:21PM

    In the case of my family of my grandmother, mother, and an older lady that my grandmother took in, we didn't have a car at all for quite a few years. We used the bus system and to go to church, another church member came to take us.

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PLAYBLUES22 6/22/2010 2:27PM

    Still with you on your blog down memory lane emoticonand we had to wear our Sisters and Brothers clothes as they out grew them

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REVELATIONGIRL 6/22/2010 11:53AM

    I'm following your blog, Irene, and I love it! Keep it coming, dear Spark Friend!

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DIDMIS 6/22/2010 11:14AM

    Hi Friends. Thanks for the comments. I now have posted 3 parts of this, this being the third, Did both of you read 1 and 2.
Irene

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SONGOFJOY27 6/22/2010 11:07AM

    Thanks for sharing your memories. I was small in the 50's-60's. We weren't on a farm, but we grew up learning how to cook, bake bread, iron clothes, etc. I guess we were poor, but never really realized it. I'm thankful now for what I learned way back then.


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THEEXERCISER 6/22/2010 10:54AM

    You are absolutely right, we all should be thankful for what we have. I learned that at a very early age. With my disability people used to (and still do) act like I should feel sorry for myself. But I just tell them that I am thankful for what I have. Some people look at me strange and some seem like they understand.

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PART TWO OF A LITTLE OF MY LIFE

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

We had a Jersey cow that did her best to keep us in milk, cream, cottage cheese, butter and I learned to make all of these from the milk. Mom did the milking. Oh and that real whipped cream yummy on chocolate pie double yummy..
We didn't have chickens but bought them live and they were so much better than what we eat now. I learned to kill them, wrung their necks poor critters, then dipped them in hot water so the feathers would come off. One day I got a tough old rooster I guess and he refused to release his head so I finally had to go get mom to finish him off.
When we spoke of gardens we didn't speak of flowers either. Mom did have a green thumb though and had a rose bush and some lilac bushes and iris. Inside she had pots of Begonias and other plants.
The only thing I could ever grow was a plant that was given to me and I was so proud of it as it grew and grew and grew. Then I married Charles and he decided to give it a haircut, lol and cut most of it away and the poor thing just kicked up its feet and died.
One thing we didn't have to worry about eating too much or not getting our exercise.
Now we spend many dollars to help us lose the weight we put on spending dollars. We also spend dollars for exercise equipment and gyms. I don't think they had such a thing back then. They didn't need it.
We went to doctor's for emergencies only and never to a dentist.
I'm sure many of you could add to this your own stories.
Irene

  
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NOTSPEEDY 6/22/2010 9:26PM

    I remember having real whipped cream on waffles for dinner on Saturday nights. Didn't realize that it was an economical dinner. Us kids just thought it was a real treat.

Mom had a garden that was about 20x80. She also had about a 10x10 flower garden. She loved working in her garden. She misses not being able to work in a garden now.

I just love these walks down memory lane.

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REDBUD1 6/22/2010 8:17PM

    Thank you all for these memories. Irene your stories are so special. All this brought back memories from long ago. I remember my grandmother killing the chicken for dinner; always made me feel kind of funny. We enjoyed the chicken as well as the eggs. Seems like such a long time ago, but those were special times. emoticon

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GLORYB2014 6/22/2010 6:19PM

    Irene, I'm enjoying these blogs of yours!
My sister had a tobacco farm and lots of barn animals and I can remember her husband killing the chickens for supper! Can't get any fresher than that. And fresh milk daily, eggs too!
I remember my Mom cooking on a wood/coal stove, heating her water on there for dishes, laundry, bathing. Our Moms didn't have it easy, that's for sure and mine passed away at the young age of 60, no wonder - after such a hard life.
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JODIRICHARDS 6/22/2010 5:43PM

    I do not have a green thumb either, I am trying to get some herbs going. I can get them started and then loose steam to prune and such. One of my fondest memories was making homemade grape jelly with my grandma. We'd find someone with grapes that needed to be picked then washed and mixed them up. It was the best jelly I have ever tasted, sure miss it but mostly Grandma!

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DADDYS_GIRL6 6/22/2010 3:52PM

    Thank you Irene for sharing your history with us! Families were so close then. I loved listening to my parents, Aunts and Uncles all tell stories. Even DFil and my dear parents, all lived with us for a time and loved to hear them tell stories about their younger days.

A good book (series actually) is by Arleta Richardson, called Grandma's Attic. We read it when the Dear Parents were with us and reminded them of even more stories!! I'm sure you'd enjoy the books too!

Thanks again for sharing!!
Daddy'sGirl

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DIDMIS 6/22/2010 10:15AM

    Ha ha revelation girl. The four room house. All of us kids had to sleep in one bed room and the girls kept their eyes closed while the boys got ready for bed and vice a versa. Sometimes we would holler Mom Henry or Parks or Bob are looking. The threatened to come in and give us a whipping if we didn't stop. Their entertainment was to listen to some of the funny old time radio programs or some country music.
Now a days every kid has to have a room and a car when he gets to be old enough. Back then if you had one car you were doing good. We didn't have enough money for bikes so I never learned but walked everywhere.
You guys keep me thinking about those good (?) old days. This is going to be part 3 I think.
I am blogging for myself as much as for anyone else.
Irene

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MELLIL 6/22/2010 9:50AM

    You have that absolutely RIGHT ON! I can only IMAGINE what my parents and grandparents would think about spending HARD EARNED money to go to a gym to get EXERCISE! They would surely think we were CRAZY! They'd hand us an axe and tell us to chop some firewood, or a hoe and tell us to get to the garden! Carrying wet laundry was an upper body workout, and hanging it on the line was calisthenics! What HAS our world come to??? I love these posts of yours Irene!
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BPULLOS 6/22/2010 8:19AM

    Irene,
Your family provided everything you needed then...food, wise budgeting and exercise...all while keeping the home going. I wish I could have some of that...I'll pass on the chicken thing but would love to have a garden....it just doesn't work where I live...so I do go and support our local farmers on Saturday mornings. Thanks for the stories....they bring back grandma memories for me...rest their souls :)

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REVELATIONGIRL 6/22/2010 2:33AM

    emoticon I loved hearing my grandparents talk about simpler times (?simpler? = harder?) lol She said the chickens were completely different than now too. They were farmers, small farmers, but everything they ate practically came from the ground and their own animals. They canned for winter. They had the outhouse and the wood stove. There wasn't much room in the little 4-room house with 6 people in it, but they kept close, kept warm and grew up well.

Thanks for sharing!

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BE FAITHFUL TO YOUR FAMILY (A LITTLE OFMY LIFE)

Monday, June 21, 2010

I was one of seven children and we all had our duties to fulfill and did them. Sometimes complained but I was always taught if you don't work you don't eat. Our mom and dad had to raise us during the great depression, with dad working two jobs at times and mom doing laundry on a washboard then later on a hand wringer then hanging them out on the line. Of course the iron was heated on the stove and everything had to be starched. Mom made her own quilts, embroidered made her own bread, pies, cakes and the yummiest cinnamin roles. It makes me tired to think about it now. You might think she burned out young. No way! She lived to be 99 1/2.
Our running water was you ran to the well and drew the water up in a bucket and ran back in with it. Our bathroom was the kind that took you to the great outdoors to breathe fresh air.
Saturday night was bathe night. A big round tub was by the fire. One side of you froze while the other side cooked.
Our recreation was to go outside after supper and play baseball or other games usually with our dad participating.
What we called bums or tramps in those days came to our door begging food. We did not have much but when I saw them coming I would run and tell mom "We have company". She didn't appreciate it much but if it was a little of her home bread and some gravy left over from dinner she would give it to them. I always had compassion for people.
We had a wonderful garden which didn't just appear but came by the sweat of the brow of our father, mother and us kids. We canned hundreds of jars of food and had some to give away.
Our food was very simple but we did not go hungry. We walked to school and back two times a day to get in our exercise. We were thin but not too skinny.
Our dad was strict and our mother knew how to switch.
BUT WE WERE ALWAYS FAITHFUL TO OUR FAMILY AND DID OUR SHARE OF THE WORK.
We might of complained some but we did not run to the neighbors to complain and we sure didn't go there to eat and sleep. We did not change families and go running off to another family. We stayed where God had put us.
WE NEED TO LEARN THAT LESSON AGAIN. STAY IN THE FAMILY GOD HAS PLACED YOU IN. Give account to your pastor. Don't start groupie meetings without his blessing. He is not a dictator but a man of God that has been placed in your church to guide you, pray for you and who knows what 24/7. He has to give account to God for what you do or at least for how he handled the situation.
As I see churches split and people spatting over insignificant issues it breaks my heart and this morning just felt inspired to write this.
God bless each of you as you follow Him.
Irene


  
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BORN2BE 6/22/2010 6:28PM

    Great blog. I wish we could go back to easier times. I try to keep things easy, but the kids live in techy world. My grandparents lived through the depression. My grandmother used to tell us stories. I have no doubt families would be better with less in today's world. Having grown up on a farm, I have those same values and have tried to teach them. Sometimes its like swimming up stream in today's world. I loved the story and am always thankful for you sharing them.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 6/22/2010 4:13PM

    Dear Irene,
What wonderful days and times! We often forget the Lord set us in this life in the day and time He did for a purpose. We need to do what He wants us to do and stick with it and not give up! We should remember the past and not toss the baby out with the bathwater.

I have a friend who says, "if we don't learn history, we are doomed to repeat it." We need to keep the good and learn from the bad so we don't make the same mistakes!!

Thanks Irene for sharing special memories!!
Daddy'sGirl

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DIDMIS 6/22/2010 12:46AM

    Thank you so much everyone. emoticonPat we had a Jersey cow that did her best to keep us in milk, cream, cottage cheese, butter and I learned to make all of these from the milk. Mom did the milking.
We didn't have chickens but bought them live and they were so much better than what we eat now. I learned to kill them, wrung their necks poor critters, then dipped them in hot water so the feathers would come off. One day I got a tough old rooster I guess and he refused to release his head so I finally had to go get mom to finish him off.
When we spoke of gardens we didn't speak of flowers either. Mom did have a green thumb though and had a rose bush and some lilac bushes and iris. Inside she had pots of Begonias and other plants.
The only thing I could ever grow was a plant that was given to me and I was so proud of it as it grew and grew and grew. Then I married Charles and he decided to give it a haircut, lol and cut most of it away and the poor thing just kicked up its feet and died.
One thing we didn't have to worry about eating too much or not getting our exercise.
Now we spend many dollars to help us lose the weight we put on spending dollars. We also spend dollars for exercise equipment and gyms. I don't think they had such a thing back then. They didn't need it.
Well, look I just wrote part two of the blog didn't I?

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HAPPYMOM8 6/21/2010 11:30PM

    A great blog, Irene! Our lives were very similar as a children.i would add that during the depression we had a cow for the milk and chickens for both the eggs and meat plus the garden which we all worked at. And lots of bean soup! (which I love to this day) We too fed the hobo's that came by and one time our dad brought home a homeless family that lived with us for a spell. Hard times -the depression -but very fond memories of a wonderful family life just the same! Oh and my mom didn't have the luxary that I have of growing flowers for pleasure but I do remember the beautiful hollyhocks around the chicken coup!
Thanks for the memories, Irene!

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TRATLIFF15 6/21/2010 11:09PM

    WOW. You are truly blessed. Very few people in this world will know the love and devotion you knew growing up. i came from a similar family, in that we didnt have a lot of money and there were a lot of us. AND to this day we all get together at least twice a month. I have 3 sisters and 1 brother. We are all married and very close to each other.. None of us have divorced. Our parents taught us if there is a problem... dont give up... just fix it. once upon a time I thought our family was 'normal' but i now know we (as you) are the exception. You come from an exceptional family and are truly blessed... Thanks for reminding me of what I have...

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BPULLOS 6/21/2010 11:04PM

    Irene,

Great blog....I grew up with Grandparents that lived through the great depression and they impressed that upon my parents. Therefore there wasn't a whole lotta messing around in our household either. Everybody pitched in and if you didn't do it right you would continue until you figured it out. Thanks for the reminders of what was....we've lost a lot in todays society.



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STARDUST_361 6/21/2010 8:43PM

    Thanks for the wonderful blog. It was nice to read and makes me want something simpler in life.

I go to a very small church. We have maybe 25 - 30 parishners. He is always saddened whenever someone leaves the fold to go to a "bigger" church. People say our church is too "hard" to attend because we're too strict. Too strict?! We just follow the bible. God's word, plain and simple. How is that too hard and strict?

We need more church involvement in our communities...

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JODIRICHARDS 6/21/2010 7:29PM

    Thanks for the glimpse and reminder. We are a sad witness today when our lives are no different than the people around us, may the church be revived to live for HIM!

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SALSMITH 6/21/2010 7:19PM

    Irene - What a great Post! Yes we need to get back to the way things were in "the good old days" God blesses the family...... He always sees to our NEEDS not our wants... He knows what is good for us. Thanks you so much for sharing some of your childhood. You are such a blessing to me and to our team. Hugs and Blessings

Sallie

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MELLIL 6/21/2010 4:50PM

    What a great post Irene! You grew up a bit ahead of me -- and I grew up in Washington, DC -- no back yard garden for me! But we lived by the same values... and you are right! We need to get back to that!
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LAVENDERLILY 6/21/2010 1:59PM

    Thanks, Irene for sharing. Our lives have many similarities. The strength of the women during those times boggles the mind. They seemed to know how to make just a little go a long way. Ten, twelve, or more children was not unusual and they were all loved, cared for, and given a set of values and a love of God. I wouldn't want to see those times return, but I wish that more of their strengths, moral values and wisdom were visible in today's families.

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SONGOFJOY27 6/21/2010 12:39PM

    Thanks for the good reminder. There were tangible benefits to the "good old days"!
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PLAYBLUES22 6/21/2010 11:55AM

    Sweetie reading your blog is like a page out of my life.
We both had the very same lifestyle and was raised basically the same.

Sundays were in church all day and the Pastor was the communities responsibility to take care of as far as, income, food, clothing, for his family etc.

The only issues was love thy neighbor as you love yourself.

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