It's 95° here- I think of my Grandpa- he didn't have electricity, running water, etc.
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June 26th, 2012 06:46 AM
Thanks Tangle, great read. Reflection of years gone by can really warm the heart. Being a child of foster care, I envy you and your memories my friend. Your grandparents sound like they were wonderful, and hard working folks. Just a thought though; I'd have made sure my jacket and clothes hung somewhere else besides that one closet where the toilet found its home.
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June 26th, 2012 06:57 AM
I can see you missed the part about the bucket of water in the outhouse. That was to SOAK the corn cobs, makes then soft! Now how "city slickers" used their corn cobs is up to them, but a soaked cob was sure softer than a glossy page of the sears catalog.
Originally Posted by tclance
EOD - Initial success or total failure
June 26th, 2012 08:55 AM
My Grandma (Bubbie) had a biceps that would make most state champion arm wrestlers to shame. The lady would scrub pots and pans until here was a mirror like shine.
She had better hand motor skills than a plastic surgeon she would mend clothes like nobody business.
You do not know, what you do not know, until you realize that you do not know it
June 26th, 2012 09:13 AM
I have my dads original SET! I loved reading them. I reminded me of all the conversations with my grandparents and the great grandparents when I was a kid. The horror stories of sitting in the outhouse and finding out the hard way that the hornets had made a nest under the "seat"... YEEEOUCH. Or my great grandfathers wiskey running days(those were great stories minus the getting busted by the revenuers parts )...
Originally Posted by Caertaker
I do remember my grandmother cooking on a wood stove though. Although at the time they did have electricity, but they seemed to avoid using it quite a bit.
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June 26th, 2012 10:42 AM
I do remember when growing up in SE Georgia that every now and then, I would have to go stay with my aunt and uncle. They didn't have much either but they did have electricity. Water was a pump on the porch. Did have a gas stove but unless baking, meals were generally cooked on a cast iron stove. I don't remember them having a fan but I do remember I had to sleep in the "backroom" in the winter. Quilts piled 6 inches high. Snug as a bug with only the nose showing. Chamber pots and outhouse. Did have a fridge though so had ice. They were pretty religious, I don't remember a radio but I was too young to care. I would have to go to church with them on Sunday and there was always the covered lunch, man, that was some good eating back then. The uncle did farming for another uncle and the aunt would do the egg collecting from the 100 or so chickens they had. Two or three times a week, they would run the "egg route" selling eggs and some veggies if they had it. It was really a simple time for me but they really had to bust their tails to make ends meet.
Thanks for the memories Tangle
Richard, SFC US Army (Ret)
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June 26th, 2012 02:15 PM