Friday, August 14, 2020

Warsh Day

We are spoiled by technology and inventions that gradually led us to today.

My grandfather worked for the mines on the railroad.  My grandmother washed all of his clothes in her Maytag wringer washer.  It had a rinse bin too.  We'd use a stick to lift the clothes up out of the washer and feed through the roller to get the water out.  It was my job to catch the clothes that were rinsed to put in the basket.  Then we'd hang them on the line outside to dry.
Modern day washer!
My mother taught me how to use this when I was 10 years old. Darn hard work, too. The woman above seems really happy.

Step up to modern washer

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1949 Whirlpool
But how did this all get a good start? This is how washing was done in my grandmother's era.

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Grandma's instructions on how to wash clothes:

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"Warshing Clothes Recipe" - imagine having a recipe for this ! ! !
Years ago a Texas grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe:
This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook, spelling errors and all.
Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.
Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.
Sort things, make 3 piles
1 pile white,
1 pile colored,
1 pile work britches and rags.
To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.
Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.
Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.
Hang old rags on fence.
Spread tea towels on grass.
Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
Turn tubs upside down.
Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.
(a requested re-post Aug. 2019 - CR)
 Photo credit: Mrs. Bostain washing clothes, vicinity of Penland, N.C. ca. 1930. Bayard Morgan Wootten Photographic Collection, University of North Carolina.

"Warshing"--growing up in the Midwest? That's how it was said.

Never ever complain about laundry now.

Monday, August 10, 2020

2015 A-to-Z Bloghop

Z is for Zimbalist, as in Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.  He was the good guy, always on the side of law, suave yet manly.  “Dapper, leading man” was the way Hollywood described him.

He was best known for his role in “The F.B.I.” series.  He inspired so many kids that they pursued a career in the F.B.I.  In 2009 the FBI director Robert Mueller presented an honorary Special Agent badge to Zimbalist.

He was a private celebrity who valued his family and living his life as a devout Christian. He died in May of 2014 at the age of 95.

b. 1918-- d. 2014
BUT think about it for a moment: he was an actor who was always working, never took roles below his quality requirements: he represented someone that kids admired; he placed family above everything; he lived a Christian life in the atmosphere of a rough Hollywood; his children succeeded in life, and they loved him.

How many men can claim that?

The A-to-Z Challenge began a decade or so ago. Since then the number of participants has exploded.  There were several organizers, but I remember Arlee Jackson and Alex Cavanaugh being active in its infancy. This was the last post, last letter. April 30, 2015. Good times, good writing, good memories.

Friday, August 7, 2020

With words alone

r/Kanye - I found the sheet music to JESUS IS KING
sheet music "Jesus is King"

The first musical instrument was the voice. In these vocals below, voices rule. Each are performing songs I really enjoy: Radioactive by Imagine Dragons (and sung by Pentatonix), You Raise Me Up performed by BYU Vocal Point, and Amazing Grace performed by Peter Hollens.  Each is about 4 minutes.

Radioactive performed by Pentatonix, (Imagine Dragons)

BYU Vocal Point, You Raise Me Up, 

Peter Hollens Acappella Amazing Grace 

Singing and songs fill the spirit with a deep emotion. I need music like this. We all need music that lifts our spirits.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Lark in the Morning

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Meadowlark by James Audobon

Dear thoughts are in my mind
And my soul soars enchanted,
As I hear the sweet lark sing
In the clear air of the day.

For a tender beaming smile
To my hope has been granted,
and tomorrow she shall hear
all my fond heart would say
I shall tell her all my love,
All my soul's adoration;
And I think she will hear me
And will not say me nay.

It is this that fills my soul with its joyous elation,
As I hear the sweet lark sing
In the clear air of the day.

Sir Samuel Ferguson, Born 10 March 1810, Died 9 August 1886
Sir Samuel Ferguson, "Perhaps the most Irish Poet 
in the 19th century, because of his interest in Irish mythology
and early Irish history, he can be seen as a forerunner of 
William Butler Yeats and the other poets
of the Irish Literary Revival."

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.

Victor Hugo

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Missing photos from And the Rolls Keep Coming In.

Since yesterday's photos really didn't transfer, here maybe will be replacements:

These are the missing photos. Dang. How I hate messing with the computer when my head won't cooperate. Fill in the blanks.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

And the rolls keep coming in

Life is hard when you're lazy.
Today I have watched Mythbusters, followed by Bourne: Supremacy. Currently, I am following Jurassic Park, which we have seen at least four times over the past four months. We have been watching Anime' Hunter X Hunter, we are now on episode 28.  By golly, I hope that Gon and Kurapika defeat Hisoka soon. I hate him so much.

Shortly after the toilet paper ravaging, someone mentioned that TP could be ordered online. So I did some researching and came up with some orders. What I ordered in March arrived in July.  The quality is quite different from Charmin's. 

#1 from China, #2 Korea, #3 Charmin
Charmin, 2 ply
64 rolls, 3 ply
3 ply, Korean

Okay, the size differences we have clearly displayed. But, the important question is: which one is most absorbent, stronger?

The comparable sizes: #1 and #2 are the same size.  #3 Charmin is smaller. 

The least absorbent is #3 Charmin. #1 also low absorbency.  #2 was excellent.

Good well-made product, Korea

Given my rigorous research, I guessing that we are set for four or more months. By then, who knows what product will find itself flying off the shelves.

This is such an odd choice of a post. But, the brain said "Why not? Why the heck not?" So, who knows what else will fly off my fingers.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Never ending. Will this ever end?.

'NeverEnding Story' Returns To Movie Theaters For Limited Run: Find Screening Locations
The Neverending Story

Over decades, we have surely discovered events or moments in our life experiences that will never ever end. 

These events and moments are the ghosts of “never ending” appear to nag and torment. In the theme of “unending” lies a list, an “never ending” list about those ghosts:

Being in labor hour after hour definitely makes the list. (45 hours?). Followed by C-Section.) After ten hours, just when you beg for an epidural, an army nurse briskly tells you that it is too late to give one.

All the while, husband is waiting, being supportive. Around hour 35, husband pops out for some diet coke, comes back at hour 40. He will pay for this later on.  

Flights to the other side of the world.  Australia?  South Africa? Switzerland? You find yourself in cheap seats, middle seat packed in, between two large people.

Or maybe you will find yourself next to a 5 year old who not received an hour of strong parenting in all those 5 years.  Oh, what hell.

Picking strawberries day after day after day. No joy after the fifth day. Mid-May arrives with garden full of red berries peeking from green leaves.  First day is like discovering rubies, sweet rubies. 

Leads onto the second day, third day, fourth day, fifth day.... This will not ever end. You will soon find yourself picking green beans. Then you will work in a steamy hot kitchen canning those said beans. Lord have mercy.

Waiting in an emergency room, filled with sneezing and coughing. You have a brain-splitting migraine and your blood pressure is 177/91.  

With your head dropping to your knees and a throw-up bowl beneath, you watch as a child with sinusitis(#45) is called in.  You are #62.  

You won't live to see the end of this day. 

Driving through Death Valley in summer. (Been there, done that) Long straight road over flat desolate land, you see in distance, heat waves fooling you to think it is water.  It is 121 degrees and you watch your car's gas light like a hawk.

Who planned this route?  Not me.

Standing in the line at DMV, until legs are shaking, growing light-headed. Husband is home, too sick to go into the line from hell to transfer registration.  

You are three months pregnant, and hours pass.  At the third hour, you tell the kind lady behind you that you are pregnant and wonder if...then you open your eyes as you lie on the floor.  Registration was expedited. 

Your husband will pay for that one, too. He was sitting at home, sick with a runny nose, and watching TV. 

Sitting in rush hour traffic on the Friday of a four-day weekend. A black juiced up muscle car is shaking with the bass turned up high.  You have windows rolled up, and yet you are vibrating as well. Is the world filled with idiots who have lost their hearing?

Most or all of this involve unending waiting…and more waiting…It will be unending. Always makes me crabby.

Please forgive the frequent references to my husband. Write about what you know.

oh so true
 What about you?  Can you add to this list your own unending events?

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Herman Neville: In the Heart of the Sea

The killing in the 1830s of Mocha Dick, a giant sperm whale said to attack whaling ships with premeditated ferocity. Mocha Dick was an inspiration for Melville’s “Moby-Dick.”

Movie reviews are supposed to help moviegoers decide what to see.  Most of those who write these reviews seem to have forgotten why people go to see movies.

We went to escape.  To enjoy.  To be part of something bigger than ourselves.

We do not go to examine the plot line, seek to deride director errors, editing decisions, actor choices or screenwriter inadequacies.

Some years “In the Heart of the Sea” which is story about a story.  Herman Melville, author of “Moby Dick”, sought out the one of the survivors, Tom Holland who had been the youngest of the crew on the whaler ship, Essex.  It was a bloody, horrible story, and this survivor needed to wrench the images of memories from his tortured mind.

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Nathaniel Philbrook
Author Nathaniel Philbrick researched Melville, the painful consequences of the Essex and the greed of the company who owned the ship. With this incredible history, Philbrook wrote "In the Heart of the Sea".

Interview and relating the story was therapeutic for both the storyteller (Tom Holland) and the writer, Melville.  Seeing how the Essex started with such anticipation, not knowing what awaited them made me cringe. Even so, film reviewers turned their noses, criticizing it for lacking “stuff”.  At This Site  every amateur critic had not read "Moby Dick".  One such critic said this: 

"Nobody gives a crap about Moby Dick.  Just THINKING about the idea of a movie about the friggin' story that inspired the story of Moby Dick puts you to sleep.  How did he (Chris Hemsworth) get paid $80 million to make that?!"  

For us, the movie was riveting.  The actors were strong and skillful.  The director was Ron Howard.  The setting was true to the times.  The interaction between Melville and the survivor was emotional and bonding. Knowing the story of the Essex and its demise hung over the audience, hoping “No, not that!”

Engrossing, hope, loss and gain, greed, a dirty industry, eminent death, and finally redemption—all make for a movie that rises above ones which never seek much at all.

Please see what the whaling industry became before its demise.  

Excellent writing is timeless.

 We'll be finding this soon on limitless NetFlix and Amazon Videos.

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

Art Linkletter - Kid's Say The Darndest Things
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The TV shows in the 50s and 60s were a world apart from today's shows. Back then, Red Skelton was enjoyed by the whole family. Gunsmoke was watched almost without fail. Candid Camera made us all laugh.

Today's selections are different.

The one show from that time period listed above was truly funny, hosted by Art Linkletter. Those kids did say some stuff that still makes me smile.

How are you going to be a better boy during the next year?
Obey everyone in my family, except my Aunt Freda.
Why not her?
'Cause she just causes trouble and starts fights.
How old is she?

So, your dad is a minister. So was mine. Is he a good minister?
He must be a pretty smooth talker.
Because on Sundays almost everyone falls asleep, but me and Mom.
Doesn't that make him angry?
Not nearly as much as the collections. He gets two offerings and the trouble is the congregation is cheap and most of them put in pennies.
What did your Dad do then?
Well, he had me collect the money and not leave until a person gave some money. He said not to smile or say anything.  So, I did anyway. (Big smile)

What does your mom do?
She's a Sunday School teacher.
What does she do for fun?
She plays poker and drinks beer.

Okay, maybe those aren't the funniest of all time. But the children were any age from four to six. A newer version of the show was hosted by Bill Cosby.

Think back to those years, back when our lives were viewed through a screen of humor and a degree of naivete. What shows did you most enjoy?

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Hope in Times of Need

Apartheid in South Africa - History, Important Facts, and Summary
Hope in times of need

The Lord is good, 

a strong refuge in times of trouble.

He cares for those who hope in him.

From Nahum 1:7

O Lord, open my eyes
that I may see the need of others,
open my ears that I may hear their cries,
open my heart so that they need not be without succour.

Let me not be afraid to defend the weak
because of the anger of the strong,
nor afraid to defend the poor
because of the anger of the rich.

Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,
and use me to bring them to these places.
Open my eyes and ears that I may, this coming day,

be able to do some work of peace for thee.
©Alan Paton

Alan Paton probably is unknown to many of my generation, but we all should read and appreciate his work. 

"Perhaps the more known is Cry, My beloved Country, which has been recognized as "...American publisher Bennett Cerf remarked at that year's meeting of the American Booksellers Association that there had been "only three novels published since the first of the year that were worth reading… Cry, The Beloved Country, The Ides of March, and The Naked and the Dead."[2] "

Paton was from South Africa and fought apartheid in ways that are impossible to put here in words. But, this quote from Cry, My Beloved Country, might say more:

Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.

A brave man in a country that feared him, he carried a banner of hope for the people who desperately needed hope.

This version of Cry Freedom was mid-1980s, with Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline. It is an excellent movie. If possible, watch it. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

My Life Is an Open Book..

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All like to believe that privacy is in their hands, and theirs alone. How old we are, where we live, our phone numbers---those are our property.

Even though that is our hope, it is false.

Twenty years ago, I had a student who disturbed me. Of all my 600 students, this boy still stuck in my mind and I wondered what he did with his life. He worried me, scared me. Serial killer, torturer, terrorist? So out of curiosity, I typed in his name and where he lived then. 

My mouth dropped when Spokeo, BeenVerified, PeopleLooker, and other sites opened up much of his life.  I stopped. Nothing I really wanted to know, but if I wanted more, I could have.

Then I typed my own name, and all these sites knew my life.  Facebook? Blogger? History of addresses and phone numbers? What my general income might be? If someone who was searching for me, someone I really did not want to find me, what would I do?

This is the state of your privacy and personal information. Do not think for one moment that this can be changed. All that info started to accumulate with your birth certificate. 

It might be nice to look at your own name and find out what the world knows about your life. 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Take me to the fair!

It starts here.
When summer  came around, it was a joyous time for all youth in the county. Rides and crazy food were a big part of that .  It didn't matter what  it was, just as long it wasn't what Mom fixed.

Being 4-H country kids, we manned the homemade lemonade stand, and it was good. We were covered with lemon juice and sugar.  Then we ran around looking for food.

Never had seen such in our whole young lives! 

These foods go beyond unhealthy or indecently pleasurable. These deep-fat fried and non-deep-fried foods venture into a realm of absolutely unique. You may not ever see these treasures anywhere else. What might on the list of food items at different fairs?

Deep Fried Cereal
Deep fried cereal
Fried mac and cheese; cheese on a burger with cheese, on a Krispy Crème Donut, topped with chocolate covered bacon---it is all there. Give it a go.

Grill and eat  Rattlesnake
Deep fried butter
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<p>Along with deep-fried crickets, the Arizona Exposition & State Fair's Chef du' Jour booth sells caramel apples dipped in mealworms.</p>
Mealworm covered caramel apples  Mealworms are not alive anymore.
They are fried and dried. Really tasty, seriously.
Adventurous food vendors spend years on experimenting with new ideas.  Who knows what will seen at the next fair? And absolutely have to be tried?

What would you seek in this world of heart attack foods?

Just to share this gem:  Catch and Cook Baby Pythons.  Video is about 11 min. but skip around and you will be absolutely amazed.

This video shows the complete process, from catching and cooking.  This is primarily a Florida treat, as there are many pet pythons released by their owners when they grow too large to handle.  Pets go missing regularly. Young children have to be watched at all times. Python-hunting is ongoing. They have disturbed the ecosystem, esp. in the Everglades.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Cows are wells of wisdom.

Swiss cows grazing just outside town

On a farm, cows are not pets in any way shape or form. Oh sure, when they are calves, they are sweet, fun to stroke. But just you wait, things change.

This poem is from "On the Bright Side" Bright side, good thoughts.

All I ever needed to know I learned from a cow.

If it’s good, milk it for all its worth
Sucessful people are moo-vers and shakers
Don’t just be one of the herd.
The cream always rises to the top
Don’t stoop to a barnyard mentality
Don’t be bossy
It’s better to have milked and churned than to have never milked at all.
If you need to get somewhere, hoof it.
Some days can e udder frustration
If you’re feeling low, moo yourself a little song
Chew your food 50 times before swallowing.
Don’t let others corral you.
Munch hay while the sun shines.
He who lives with the herd learns to watch his step
Following your heart will always steer you in the right direction.
Party till the cows come home!
Live for-heifer young
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere is moo moo

Author Unknown