Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever
My grandmother's life evolved around God and her family. If we would slow down a little, we just might find out that we have passed happiness by and, in waiting a moment, we give it a chance to catch up with us
For people born years ago, things didn’t come as easy as they do today. Electricity wasn’t even present until around the early to mid nineteen hundreds.
Clothes were washed by hand. They would use a scrub board or a hand machine to clean and wash the clothes. The clothes were put through two parallel rollers called a wringer to get all the excess water out of the clothes.
They would then dry the clothes outside on the clothesline. Even in the winter they were hung outside and would freeze solid and were then brought in to thaw out and dry
Many years ago a Kentucky grandmother gave a new bride the following recipe for washing clothes....
Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is blowing. Shave one whole cake of lye soap in boiling 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 then boil. Rub colored, don't boil, just rinse and starch. Take things out of kettle with broomstick handle, then rinse, and starch. Hang old rags on fence. Spread tea towels on grass. Pour rinse 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.
Hang this above your Automatic Washing Machine, and when things look bleak, read it again and count YOUR blessings!
I remember visiting her. I remember feeling her love for me. She always made me feel accepted for who I was and made me feel welcome and wanted in her home.She hummed softly as she went about her work.
Her vegetable garden was a produce market, and her flowers were the stuff that magazine photos are made of
She made biscuits in the kitchen at 5:00 a.m. every day or earlier
She was a mom of 10 and also a school teacher. She has always been my hero .