Winter in early 1950. [stories] sorry it's long!greenspun.com : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread
You come into the old farm house via the back door. Entering into the back porch, now closed in, where you stomp off the snow from those old, cold gum boots. Next, pull'm off on the boot jack, homemade from an oak board and a chunk of same, before goin on in. Take off all those "strong weather" jacks,coats and wraps then enter into the big farm kitchen. It's warm as toast in there with the old Home Comfort wood cookstove workin overtime puttin out the heat! A large wooden table sets in the center of that big kitchen, loaded down with hot, homemade, homegrown food. Mashed taters, green beans, corn, creamed peas [all grown in the big truck patch and canned right here] and lets not forget the roasted hog in the oven! Pork steaks as big as my big old hand, browned to perfection in a large castiron skillet. Hot homemade light bread still warm from the oven-sett'n on the counter coolin. That wonderful smell now filterin throughout the house and mak'n you just that more hungry. It feels so good to be inside from the snow and below zero temps outside. We've been out feedin at noontime and puttin more straw down for the livestock to burrow, laydown and stay warm in. The winds are out of the North and blowin a gale. Supposed to be even colder tonight than last nite. Weatherman says it will dip to almost -25 below zero tonight. Firewood is stacked quite high on the front porch within easy reach of the front door. We already have bunches stacked inside the back porch just incase the snow gets to blowin and covers the stack on the front porch. Water has not frozen--the back porch now encloses the well with it's old pump that still works well after 40 years of unintruppted service. REA has been off for about a week but that doesn't matter. The old Arkla Servel kerosene refrigerator works just fine yet. Battery powered radio still functions as does the numerous kerosene lamps--including the Alladin. No t.v., puters or internet. The phone has been out for about 2 weeks but thats ok too. Lines "died" at the first hint of ice and snow. The team of horses are doin just fine--so who cares if the old Chevy wont start or move. Life in the very early stages of 1950 ain't too bad. All the family is home yet and in good health, happy and contented. Much has changed since those long ago days with Pap and three brothers now gone to their reward. The old house is gone too. Happiness in the Gibson family is still within reach because of the blessings we enjoy each and every day. How could we improve upon that life nowadays! All of Gods blessings to each and every household represented here on the forum whether by posters or lurkers! Matt. 24:44
-- hoot (email@example.com), January 01, 2001
As you said in yor title, Long..... but good. Thanks. Stay warm. Happy New Year!
-- Jay Blair in N. AL (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 01, 2001.
Thanks Hoot, God Bless you. Life was and can still be good if we stay simple and rest in HIM.
-- diane (email@example.com), January 01, 2001.
Hoot, do you remember the "great snowstorm of Thanksgiving 1950"? It hit our area of the country really hard, two feet or more of wind drifting snow overnight, and snowdrifts over 6 feet tall here in the mountains of SE OH. Harmony and enlightenment always.
-- Annie Miller in SE OH (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 03, 2001.