Friday, May 4, 2012

Weather Memories

**Editor's Note: The mobile version of yesterday's blog had formatting problems when it was sent through Feedburner;Therefore for those mobile readers, we are repeating just the first inspiration today...the rest of today's blog is new.**

" The Apron"
I don't think our kids know what an apron is. Women, Moms and Grandmas did.The principal use of an apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. 

But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.You just never knew what would come out of those pockets.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..
And when the weather was cold Grandma or Mom wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow of Grandma's, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.When the street lights came on, you had better be home to meet Mom in her apron, setting the table.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.




The weather reminds me a lot of when I was younger and went to summer school; for most people, that meant making up classes, but for the Catholic school kids, it meant you got to take fun classes that Catholic school didn't offer, like sewing, art or typing. You would be puzzled on how to dress, as classes started early and you froze with regular summer clothing then when lunchtime came, you burned up wearing winter clothes; so you learned to wear shorts and a sweater. Exactly like the weather recently where you start out thinking it is going to be a gray day and it ends up being 80F.

All the topsy turvey tomatoes got an extra helping of manure tea today to give them a good start. Planted my bamboo. Today we had the very first sweet pea!! Sooo exciting after that long wait and worrying whether the snow would kill the little seedlings, even though we covered them.

We miss our bees but there are some left in the old hive. They must be be furiously working on making some new baby bees!

Got a big load of firewood today, about a cord and a half, which, when added to the 3/4 cord we had left from this past season, will mean all we will have to do for winterizing will be kindling and firestarters. It's good to be an ant not a grasshopper <grin>.



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