Saturday, March 30, 2013

NOSTALGIA: Were The "Old" Days Good?

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NOTHING IS MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS
THAN A BAD MEMORY - Franklin P. Adams

EVERY DAY ABOVE THE EARTH IS A GOOD DAY - Ernest Hemmingway

Oh, for the good old days when you could buy a beautiful sweater for $0.94 or a little girl's dress for $0.49.


WARD'S AND SEARS CATALOGS

In 1871 Aaron Montgomery Ward used all his savings to start a mail order business for farmers.  His initial product list had 163 items.  An immediate success, by 1875 he mailed a thick catalog with 3,899 items.

Richard Sears elaborated on Ward's idea and, with his flare for sales promotion, built an even more successful catalog business.

In 1893, Alvah Curtis Roebuck, a watch maker, became Sears' partner and the catalog's name was changed to Sears, Roebuck and Company.

NOSTALGIA IS LIKE A GRAMMAR LESSON:  YOU FIND THE PRESENT. TENSE,
AND THE PAST TENSE PERFECT - Owens Lee Pomeroy


Talk about today's buyer's market with home prices so low, how about a brand, spanking new home for just over a thousand dollars?  Sounds pretty good, huh?

Think this is cheap?  Short on the folding stuff?  Not to sweat!  You can buy a home, just a bit smaller for well under a thousand.   No, it didn't have a bath room, not even a single bath like this beauty, but indoor plumbing wasn't every thing when you got right down to it in 1934.

Whatever you wanted in life you could find in those wonderful precursor to today's malls at greatly reduced prices.  Anything from plow shares to the very latest in butter churns.

Baby chicks?  Yep!  How about $1.24 a hundred?

OH FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS WHEN PEOPLE STOPPED SHOPPING
WHEN THEY RAN OUT OF MONEY 

They do seem better, don't they?  Let's look a bit further, however.

We are alarmed, and rightly so, at today's 8% unemployment rate.  In 1934 the national unemployment rate was 21.7%, and that was a greatly fudged number.  People who worked one day a week or one week a month were employed.  The average annual income was $1,509.  Bread was $0.11 a loaf, gasoline was $0.19 and first class postage was 3 cents.

YOU CAN'T RETURN TO A PLACE THAT NO LONGER EXISTS, LUV
Samatha Sotto

In 1934, Hitler became der Fuhrer, and appointed Heinrich Himiller
the head of the Concentration camps.

Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by police in Louisiana

Henry Ford, produced 563,921 cars and paid $5.00 a day wages

If a catalog order was a $100 or more 
both husband and wife had to sign the order


If you're yearning for the good old days, turn off the air conditioner in the summer time and chop wood every day in the winter time.  Enjoy a diet consisting of frequent servings of beans and potatoes.  

It's not like I'm into nostalgia or history, it's just that at times I can't stand today with all the much-to-do about such unimportant things.


Things were not better in 1934!

Our home, built in 1904, was built without central heat and with an outhouse.  We have totally rebuilt it and had it professionally decorated but it is still like the houses built in 1934 - small and crowded.





MAY GOD BLESS
YOU AND YOUR'S

GOD BLESS THE USA   


(Thanks, Dottie, for a great blog idea)

GREASY SPOON, HOLE-IN-THE-WALLS: I Love Them!

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JEJUNUS RARO STOMACHU VULGARIA TERMIT
(A stomach that is seldom empty despises common food)

IF WE ARE WHAT WE EAT, THEN I AM FAST, CHEAP AND EASY


Loquacious food people like Julia Child will never understand this blog.  Although the thought, "the three R's" go back to 401 AD and St. Augustine, the 3 R's I'm referring to will be familiar to the thousands who came from West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee in the 1930's and 40' looking for employment in the jobs-rich rubber industry of Akron, Ohio.

The 3 R's to these folks was Reading, wRiting and Route 21.  You could forget about aRithmetic, you didn't need that to run a banbury mixing machine.  You just needed to know Route 21.

IF YOU WISH TO GROW THINNER, DIMINISH YOUR DINNER  

TWIGY'S DINER, BARBERTON, OHIO
Scattered along the entire length of U.S. Route 21, from Cleveland, Ohio to South Carolina were small restaurants known affectionately as "Holes in the wall" or as "Greasy Spoons".  Mostly replaced by today's MacDonald's, a few still exist, Twigy's Diner on what used to be Rt. 21 through Barberton, Ohio is one.  Over the years this diner has had many names, "Rita's" or "Virginia's".  For the last 12 years now it has been "Twigy's".  The food has remained  quick, tasty, inexpensive and, most importantly, with friendly service.

FRIENDS, LIKE WINE, GET BETTER WITH AGE

Twigy
As there was a "Rita" and a "Virginia", I knew them both, so is there a "Twigy".  During each of their ownerships, the restaurant took on the owner's personality.  Twigy, wearing a constantly changing outlandish hat, has a personality that says "Let the good times roll", a favorite saying of mine.

Twigy's is small and during the rush hours of 8AM until Noon, the little restaurant will be crowded with what hillbilly heaven must look like.  We see a lot of friends.  Un Huh!  You will also see well-worn hanging tapestry, clever signs and funny sayings. 


THEY SAY FINGERS WERE MADE BEFORE FORKS AND HANDS BEFORE
KNIVES - At Twigy's you will find this to be true.

A CONTENTED JULIE
Along with Lucy and Ethel
My wife, Julie, and I have eaten at Twigy's twice in the last week.  We get there shortly after they open at 6AM and before the crowds.  Julie is a western omelet person.  She likes the piquant taste of their home-made sauce over the freshly made omelet.  

Me?  I'm strictly a meat and potato guy.  This morning I was really hungry and ordered 3 eggs over easy, home fries with freshly cut onions, bacon, sausage gravy over the potatoes, and biscuits. 

Twigy has a great assortment of homemade jams, jellies and apple butter.

CLEAN ENUFF TO BE HEALTHY, DIRTY ENOUGH TO BE HAPPY - That's Twigy's

The one thing you will dependably find in a "Greasy Spoon" restaurant is friendly, efficient service.  I say "dependably" because, otherwise, they'd be out of business.

People may tolerate high prices but they will eat only once where the service is bad.



CLICK ON PICTURES FOR AN ENLARGED VIEW OF TWIGY'S

Not-to-worry!  The pretty waitress, Tina, could not have been more attentive, friendly and efficient.  The order, my wife is always complicated, was easy, the food quick, the coffee hot and always full.  Tipping was a pleasure.

BON APPE'TITE

And......

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S

and....

GOD BLESS THE USA

                                    Amen




Friday, March 29, 2013

AIN'T OVER 'TIL THE FAT LADIES SINGS: The Ohio State Buckeyes Basketball

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IT IS IN THE COMPELLING ZEST OF HIGH ADVENTURE AND VICTORY,
AND CREATIVE ACTION, THAT MAN FINDS HIS SUPREME JOYS.
Antoin de Saint-Exupery

IF YOU CAN ACCEPT LOSING, YOU CAN'T WIN - Vince Lombardi

OSU VS ARIZONA - WINNING SHOT
Arizona rallied just as Iowa State had.  The Buckeyes lost a 13-point second half lead on Sunday.  On Thursday the Bucks saw Arizona come back from being down 10 in the 2nd half, then tie the score up at 70 all.

Both games saw the Buckeyes make 3-pointers in the final seconds to break the tie.



OSU WINNING SECRET?
Pretty Cheerleaders like Britanny
IF YOU THINK YOU CAN WIN, YOU CAN.  FAITH IS NECESSARY TO VICTORY
William Hazlitt

RILEY JAMES PIERCE BOGGS
In Florida with his family this week on his school's spring break, my youngest grandson Riley can be depended upon to be where the sports action is.

This picture of Riley made the front page of the Naples News.  The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles basket ball team were leaving for the next round of the playoffs.  The "Cinderella Team", they had unexpectedly beat San Diego State State 81-71 in the 3rd round of the playoffs then simply stunned Georgetown 78-68.  The Eagles just didn't accept that they were supposed to lose, and didn't.  Riley is here to wish them luck!

Riley, at age 14, has about 5 years of football and 3 years of basketball experience.  Not tall enough to play basketball, he was the "shooting Guard".  Certainly not big enough to play football, he was repeatedly voted the MVP.  Riley is big "Inside" where it counts!

IF IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO WINS AND WHO LOSES WHY DO THEY KEEP SCORE
Vince Lombardi

MARK AND MARY KAY PIERCE
My oldest son, Mark, is shown here with the biggest trophy of his life, the hand of Mary Kay Hawk in marriage.  Mark has always been a winner, he still is.

Like Riley, Mark just wasn't big enough to play football.  He made the 8th grade team because when he didn't make the team cut,  he ran laps around the field instead of fooling around like the other passed up boys.  The coaches saw promise in Mark and changed their minds.



Although he "chomped" protein pills by the bottle while he was in high school, he never gained weight, in fact, he lost more weight every game.  He was the  all league middle guard as a junior and was team captain as a junior and senior and led his team to league championships both years.

Thankfully, after he graduated from high school he made the decision that he had played enough football and was ready to get on with life.  Although he was recruited by two colleges to play football, he decided to give his full attention to college, taking "honors classes".  He was a perfect 4.0 in his freshman year.   Today he rides his recumbent bike and runs marathons.  He is still a perfect 4.0!

VICTORY IS NOT MADE IN MILES BUT IN INCHES.
WIN A LITTLE NOW, HOLD YOUR GROUND AND LATER,
WIN A LITTLE MORE - Louis L'Amour

Now, I don't know from where the kids got their winning attitude.  Obviously, not from me.  This picture on the left is of the 1947 Point Pleasant Big Blacks allowing a touchdown up the middle.  That big guy on the extreme left, who was certainly big enough to play football, number 59, that's me. Hey, I know but it's rough down in that pile.  Well, that's one way of looking at it.

Standing next to me is Bob Webb.  I was the  defensive left end.   Bob was the left  linebacker.  I think the  play went up the center because they feared left end.  

THAT'S MY STORY AND I'M STICKING TO IT!

OSU FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE THIS WEEK - YEAH!



GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S


GOD BLESS THE USA

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME: My First Birthday Card!

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THE SECRET OF STAYING YOUNG IS TO LIVE HONESTLY,
EAT SLOWLY, AND LIE ABOUT YOUR AGE - Lucille Ball

THERE IS NO CURE FOR THE COMMON BIRTHDAY - John Glenn

Walsine Hudson Pierce
(WALT)
was born on March 31, 1931

MY DAY IS COMING!

YESTERDAY I GOT MY FIRST CARD

Happy Birthday, Dad!

82 !!!!!

A BIRTHDAY IS JUST THE FIRST DAY OF ANOTHER 365 DAYS AROUND THE SUN.
ENJOY THE TRIP



This card from my youngest son, Todd, and his lovely wife, Amy, is my first of the year.  Over the years, my first card normally was from my brother Henry, who passed away in 2005--I miss more than his card.

My second card was always from a dear friend of many years standing, Barb Musgrave.  It hasn't come yet.

This picture of two fishermen, and a chunk bit out of the dock where the third fisherman had been fishing, asks:

"You didn't notice what that guy was using for bait, did you"?

Sounds like the right question for Todd or I who would expect to pull in that whopper.  If we didn't catch the whopper, we'd tell a whopper about it.  Un Huh!  We'll never let the truth get in the way of a good story, huh, Todd?

BIRTHDAYS ARE GOOD FOR YOU!  STATISTICS SHOW THAT THE PEOPLE
WHO HAVE THE MOST LIVE THE LONGEST - Larry Lorenzoni

I ride a recumbent trike which Todd maintains for me.  I hope to ride it down in his neck-of-the-woods this year on the Little Miami River Scenic Bike Trail, which is nearby Todd and Amy's home.

Always thinking of their Dad's welfare, knowing that I am getting a bit "Long in the Tooth", they discovered this new version of a recumbent trike.

It was my birthday card last year.  I've seen the time when I could have used this contraption.  Yeah!



Todd and Amy ride their recumbent bikes thousands of miles each year.  They have rode from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, across the state of Ohio.
They ride year around.

JUST REMEMBER, WHEN YOU ARE OVER THE HILL YOU PICK UP SPEED
Charles Schultz

My treasure in life is neither in the bank nor under my mattress.  My three children are my greatest joy and treasure.  Shown here on my 80th birthday is Todd, Walt, Amy and my daughter Kimberly.  Kimberly is taking me to dinner on my birthday, Easter Sunday, and I know that, without fail,  I'll hear from Mark and Mary Kay.

GROWING OLD IS MANDATORY, GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL - Chili Davis


MAY GOD BLESS
YOU AND YOURS

WITH HEALTH, HAPPINESS
AND LONG LIFE

I AM SO THANKFUL
FOR THAT BLESSING

GOD BLESS THE U SA

GENERAL GEORGE SMITH PATTON: Old Blood And Guts!

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TODAY, WATCHING TV OFTEN MEANS FIGHTING, VIOLENCE AND FOUL LANGUAGE
AND THATS JUST TO DECIDE WHO GETS THE REMOTE CONTOL
Donna Gephart

ALL TELEVISION IS EDUCATIONAL,  THE QUESION IS
WHAT IS IT TEACHING?  -  Nicholas Johnson


We received our first HD wide screen TV for Christmas.  It was a very tight fit into our entertainment center, designed for a 17" TV.  The  picture is almost a natural three dimensional wonder.  The sound is more than adequate, even for me.  The problem?  It takes three remote controls to operate it.



  I refuse to learn to use anything more than one remote with on-off, volume and channel.  Julie, who loves to tinker, runs the TV for me.  I love that.

I FIND TV TO BE VERY EDUCATIONAL.  EVERY TIME SOMEBODY TURNS IT ON
I GO IN THE OTHER ROOM AND READ - Groucho Marx

It is not that I cannot learn to operate the remotes, it is that I do not want to operate the remotes.  I graduated from a Navy Class A Radio School.  This was before the days of Electronic Techs.  We had to learn the whole "nine yards".  This radio transmitter, pictured right, was the TBL Transmitter I used as the Radioman aboard the USS Yuma ATF94.  About the size of our fridge, it had all the bells and whistles.  It was as familiar as the toaster in my kitchen today.  With that huge monster I could, and did, communicate around the world in morse code.  There is no Radioman's rating in the Navy today, just a Communication Specialist.  A long message is sent in a brief "blurp" from a transmitter not much bigger than fore said toaster.

TELEVISION HAS PROVED THAT PEOPLE WILL LOOK AT ANYTHING
RATHER THAN LOOK AT EACH OTHER - Ann Landers

I have been watching a bit of the movie "Patton" each night.  Julie starts it when she goes to bed and when I have seen enough, I turn it off and read.  I have seen this movie so many times that I can quote the important lines.  As portrayed in this movie, Patton was a true genius when it came to obtaining an objective, against great opposition, using men and machines.  

I use the lives of those in the past to inspire and guide me in my daily life.  As Manager of Tire Production in a Firestone plant, I had the challenge of  high production of quality tires at low cost.  I was as ruthless as Patton.

TELEVISION IS CALLED A MEDIUM BECAUSE IT IS NEITHER RARE NOR WELL DONE
Ernie Kovacs

Born into a wealthy family in San Gabriel, California in 1885, as a small boy George set his sights on becoming a war hero like his father and grandfather.  He entered the Virginia Military Institute in 1908 and graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1912.  A fencing master,  he taught Swordsmanship until he went to serve under General Pershing in the war with Mexico.  He was the first officer assigned to command the U. S. Tank Corps in World War I.  He is best known for leading the Third Army in a successful sweep across France in 1944 in brilliant tank warfare.  This was after he shoved General Rommel out of Africa and led the Allies into victory in Italy.

My wife's grandfather, John Strader, served under Patton in France.  He had the highest regard for the general, referring to him as "Old Blood and Guts" with affection.

                 TV HAS CHANGED A CHILD FROM AN IRRESISTABLE FORCE             
TO AN IMMOVABLE OBJECT 


After World War II, General Patton was the Governor of the U. S. Occupation Forces in Germany.  He was viewed by his opponents, of which there were many, as arrogant, publicity-seeking and personally flawed.  The truth be told, while he was in deed a dashing, courageous leader, he was famous for his repeated political mistakes.

He died in a questionable automobile accident on 21 December 1945 and, at his request, was buried with his troops in Luxembourg, Belgium .

ON MY LIFE LIST OF THINGS TO DO IS TO VISIT THE GENERAL PATTON
MEMORIAL MUSEUM IN INDIO, CALIFORNIA



REST IN PEACE, OLD BLOOD AND GUTS, WE REMEMBER




GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S

     GOD BLESS THE USA
    

Monday, March 25, 2013

SERENDIPITY: Today Your Day?

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RISK TAKING, TRUST AND SERENDIPITY ARE KEY INGREDIENTS OF JOY,
WITHOUT TRUST FEAR CREEPS IN,
WITHOUT SERENDIPITY THERE ARE NO SURPRISES - Rita Gelman

SERENDIPITY IS LOOKING FOR A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK
AND FINDING A FARMER'S DAUGHTER - Julius Comroe, Jr.


SHALLOW MEN BELIEVE IN LUCK OR IN CIRCUMSTANCES.
STRONG MEN BELIEVE IN CAUSE AND EFFECT - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adventure Cycling mentioned "Serendipity" in their current newsletter.  It is a word I have always liked.  The word means "the gift of being able to make delightful discoveries by pure accident".  I thought that would make a good blog and started to list my serendipitous experiences.  I came up with a whole sheet of such moments in a couple minutes.  I have been so blessed.

 I thought about being the 7th tallest man in my company when I went to Navy boot camp.  The tallest man was made Recruit Company Commander, the next 6 tallest were made Recruit Petty Officers.  My 6' 2" made me the 7th tallest man,  I was Squad Leader of the 6th Squad, 2nd Platoon, in charge of 16 men.  Serendipity!

LAUNDRY DAY
That little "Crow with a single chevron" meant I didn't have to do a lot of miserable work the sixteen men in my squad had to undergo.  I didn't do any kitchen duty, stand watch over garbage cans or even undergo fire fighting.   I still have that little arm patch.  Serendipity!  Uh, Yes!  We all did our own laundry and "tied" it to the clothes line with a square knot with no bitter ends.  It was the Navy and it was boot camp!  GO NAVY!

ONE ASPECT OF SERENDIPITY IS YOU MUST BE LOOKING
FOR SOMETHING IN ORDER TO FIND IT - Lawrence Block


I recalled my first trip to Japan aboard the USS Yuma ATF94.  In Sasebo, across the strait from Korea, we had just  entered the Korean War. As ship's radioman, I couldn't go ashore the first night.  The guys coming back from liberty told huge whoppers about there being dozen's of the  most beautiful women in the world waiting at the gate, all shouting, "Joe, take me".


  When I went ashore the next night it was just as they had said.  The money exchange was 360 yen to the dollar and regardless of what you bought, you couldn't spend more than three dollars.  Truly, a serendipitous moment!

Thankfully, things have gotten much better now-a-days for 
my Japanese friends  who have read 64 of my blogs so far this month.
(Doumo arigatou gozimasu)

YOU CAN'T FEEL WARMTH UNLESS YOU CREATE IT, YOU CAN'T FEEL 
DELIGHT UNLESS YOU PLAY, CAN'T KNOW SERENDIPITY UNLESS YOU RISK
Joan Erikson

Six years ago I had gone down to southern Ohio to pick up something my nephew, Jim, had purchased for me.  In a pen, at his house was a beautiful, black Giant Schnauzer.  My great Airedale, Jake, had just died and I told Jim that I had decided to get a Giant Schnauzer, a more aggressive guard dog.  Jim said "Take that one, I'll give him to you".  He had paid $800 for him as a pup.  I brought him home, obedience trained him, renamed him Gunner and he is just the best guard dog.  Serendipity!

IN HIS HEART MAN PLANS HIS COURSE, BUT THE LORD DETERMINES HIS STEPS
Proverbs 16:9

AN ODAY MARINER UNDER SAIL 
I had appointments at the same time in two different places.  In a hurry to get to the second appointment, a birthday party, I took an unfamiliar shortcut.  On the shortcut I saw what I thought was the most beautiful little sailboat for sale.  Boat, motor, sails and trailer for $1,500.  Two  bunks and a porta-potty in a snug cabin, I fell in love with her instantly.  Serendipity!

  I've upgraded to a tandem wheel trailer with surge brakes and have plans to replace the little 3HP motor with a 4 cycle, 8HP motor with a generator.  I  love my s/v Christy Anne and plan to sail her on the Ohio River several weeks this year..

YOU CAN SPEND THE MONEY BUT YOU CAN'T SPEND THE MEMORIES
Ken Venturn

The kitchen in our, now 109-year-old, rental property my wife and I had decided to move into ourselves, had a drop ceiling.  My oldest son, Mark, and his wife, Mary Kay, had asked if I'd come to Mansfield to look at some homes they were considering buying.  Of course, I did, and saw a kitchen in a model home with the most beautifully beamed kitchen.  I came home, removed the dropped ceiling and built the same beams in my kitchen.  Everyone comments on their beauty.  Serendipity!

Fishing over the years in Knox Lake in central Ohio, I got to the lake just as the corner lake front lot went up for sale.  I  bought it and made it into a family retreat.  Serendipity.  Traveling to the American Revolutionary War battle sites one summer, my wife and I discovered the world's best lobster shack at the Port Elizabeth Light House in Maine.  Serendipity!  Writing this blog, I made the acquaintances of  a dear cousin, Cheryl, and authors Marie Sutton and Myrna Rae.  Serendipity

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE LOOKING FOR SERENDIPTY
YOU DO HAVE TO BE LOOKING
Walt Pierce 

Mrs. Sutton  was a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp.   Her book, "The Night Sky:  A Journey From Dachau to Denver and Back"  was so interesting.  She came to this country as a child, had absolutely nothing, didn't speak the language and lived in a shack in the Colorado mountains.  She obtained a good education and had an important U. S. Government position.  We have exchanged emails.    I have visited the  Dachau Concentration Camp.  Serendipity!







GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S

GOD BLESS THE USA

Saturday, March 23, 2013

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES: The 1930s

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MEMORIES LAST FOREVER, NEVER DO THEY DIE
TRUE FRIENDS STAY TOGETHER AND NEVER SAY GOODBYE

YOU CAN CLOSE YOUR EYES TO REALITY BUT NOT TO MEMORIES
Stanislaw Lec

I have a lot of good memories, but I can' t imagine anything more exciting than the life I have now.  Life is so good even at the old age of 82, in 8 more days, March 31st. 

That being said, it is interesting how young people today cannot fully understand what life was like when I was a child, great depression or no.

A mechanic, working on my car, asked "When you were a youngster, did your family make ice cream at home a lot?"  ICE CREAM?  There was no ice!  We did not have electricity and there were no refrigerators.  For people who had money, blocks of ice was delivered to homes.

As kids we'd run along behind the ice truck and beg for slivers of ice.  What a treat on a hot summers day.

NOTHING IS REALLY LOST TO US AS LONG AS WE REMEMBER IT
L. M. Montgomery

DIRT ROADS - This picture could easily be the street upon which I lived as a child.  The road was dirt.  All the roads, almost, were dirt.  In town there was brick paving and on a few roads there was gravel.  The roads were mostly dirt.  

We did not walk the dirt roads.  In the winter the roads were mud above the ankles, in the summer inches of dust.  Everyone walked the railroad tracks, even children.

MEMORIES ARE THE KEYS NOT TO THE PAST BUT TO THE FUTURE
Carrie Ten Boom

THE OUTHOUSE - There was no indoor plumbing, water either came from a cistern or well.  We had a hand dug cistern.  No bath, just a path!  Over the hill to the old two hole stink house!

You could always find three things in the outhouse, spiders, flies and the Monkey Ward catalog.  Flies were of course everywhere.  Spiders, I was always afraid of spiders.  The catalog?  Why, you tore off half a page, wadded it up several times to soften it, and you had the "charm'n" of the day.  Un Huh!  Not to worry, new catalog come spring.

THOSE WHO LIVE IN MEMORIES ARE NEVER REALLY OLD - Sharon Repp


SHOES - Kids did not have shoes in warm weather, most times their Mom's went barefoot also, saving their shoes for "good".

Even dressed up for their school picture, at least 3 of the girls and 4 of the boys in this picture were barefooted.  (click on picture to enlarge).  Notice how dirty the kids feet were.  At least 7 pairs of bib overalls in this  picture.  As a matter of pride, we never wore bib overalls, always a belt.  Bought my youngest grandson, Riley, a belt while he was still in diapers.

MEMORIES ARE THE STARS THAT BRIGHTEN OUR DREAMS
Sharon Repp

STRAW TICS - There were no mattresses.  Instead there were straw tics, which were stuffed full when the wheat was threshed and got thinner month-by-month until the next threshing time.  When the tics were full, the straw would stick you all over.  When the straw broke up in the winter time, it was cold.


THOSE WHO LIVE ON IN MEMORIES ARE NEVER REALLY DEAD - Kate Morton

CANNING - Nearly everyone had a garden.  Canning food was a way of life.  The summer time abundance ended with the first frost.  In addition to fruits and vegetables, there were nuts and berries.  Picking berries brings back fond memories.  Up before day light for a biscuit and gravy breakfast and off to the berry fields.  Pick two 3 gallon buckets of berries plus a half gallon picking bucket full and carry them home.  Mom would can the berries and we kids would head for the river to wash off the sweat and the chiggers.   If there was sugar, berry cobbler for dinner. 

THE WORLD IS SHAPED BY TWO THINGS, STORIES TOLD 
AND THE MEMORIES THEY LEAVE BEHIND.  Vera Nazarian

GAMES - Cards, dominoes, and checkers, no radio, tv or phones
TRAINS - Different names and always hobos, trainmen always waved
CHOPPING WOOD - A never ending chore, cut it up, carry it in, chop more
LYE SOAP - Made outside in a big, black kettle, stuff would take the skin off
CLOTHES - Always hand-me-down and worn out
CARS - Few and far between, lots of horses
NO LAWN - when company came we'd "sweep" the yard, had class!

WORRY - This is the true face of the great depression, worry!  (You must click on this picture to enlarge to get the full impact.) No thought of the good times we just take for granted today.  Americans really did starve to death.  My mother was a real provider for us and for others.  Fishing was a way of life, fished every day almost from early spring until late fall, running trot lines.  The Ohio River was such a blessing for so many things.  Mom also ran a "trot line" for quail, corn on fish hooks.  Rabbit box traps were a steady source of meat.

Worry about my Dad, always.  He was  typical Irish, truly ready to fuss, fight or run a foot race.  Well, never knew Dad to fuss much!  What he said was law.  He made and sold moonshine and sampled his brew a lot, was never a big contributor.    

WITH ALL OF TODAY'S CHALLENGES, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS




GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

GOD BLESS THE USA