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Tee shirt It's amazing what people will display on their chests. Things they would probably never say out loud; things they should NOT say out loud.

Lots of them are very funny though and also clean. So let's read today's chest.
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Our Whole Family

Our whole family

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Brody the Headless Dog, Sandy, Jan, Justin, Quinn, Lyle, Jean, Scott. In front: Mackenzie, Taylor, Allie
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As I was saying on page one, in 1948 we left the bright lights of Spokane and moved to a farm in northern Minnesota. It was quite a shock to two city kids. We had no electricity nor inside plumbing, but we did have an almost new Sears & Roebuck house. Yes, you actually ordered these houses from the Sears catalog and they shipped you all the pieces complete and ready to put together. A nice house, however, was easily forgotten when you were hauling pails of water to the house or dropping your pajamas in the freezing cold to use the outhouse.

By far the biggest change for us was the country school we attended. Our bus was a hearse driven by Mr. Carlson. He got it used and we all sat in the back. We thought it was very fancy because the inside was all purple velour, although it scratched your legs when you crawled across it. You could hang onto the rails on the floor (the ones for sliding in the caskets) when it was spring and the roads were terrible. In fact, we usually had a week or two off in the spring and it was called "Mud Vacation." No one could get through the roads except with horses.

A Country School Room
Our school had an entry where we could hang our coats, two outhouses in back of the school, and a large room for grades 1-6. In the northeast corner was a huge stove with a metal shield wrapped around it. When the stove was in use there was a canning pot of water on top of it. We could bring food in Mason jars and put them in the water. By noon they would be warm and ready for lunch.

Our Amusements Back Then
Recess activities changed with the season. In the fall we played kitten ball (now called softball) and would swing on the swings. If a boy asked you if he could pump you at recess, it wasn't anything nasty. It meant you would sit on the swing while he stood up and pumped his legs so the swing would go high…high enough so we girls could squeal.

Kids Playing Marbles Winter brought snow and we built snow houses and had snowball fights and lots of the time we stayed inside. Spring was the best time though. The marbles came out at the first sign of snow melting. I never see kids play with marbles these days. We had big bags or jars of marbles and the competition was fierce. We had shooters, steelies and aggies. Here are lots of marbles to jar your memory. The girls played hopscotch in the mud. We had no concrete on the place. And we played jump rope. Remember all the rhymes we said in cadence as we jumped?

Girl Jumping Rope Miss Lucy had a baby
And she named him Tiny Tim.
She put him in the bathtub
To see if he could swim.
He ate up all the soap.
He tried to eat the bathtub
But it wouldn't go down his throat.
Miss Lucy called the doctor.
Miss Lucycalled the nurse.
Miss Lucy called the lady with the alligator purse.


Mabel, Mabel, set the table,
And don't forget the


We may not have been able to text our friends, send them selfies, or call from anywhere in the world, but we did get to actually talk to our friends face-to-face, play with them, and sometimes even fight with them. In Spokane there was a garden and raspberry patch between our house and the next one, the one where my friend Dixie lived. When we got mad at each other, we'd stomp home and pout and then in a few minutes we'd meet by the raspberries and make up. Our friends weren't faces on cell phones. Our friends could play marbles with us, jump rope with us, hold hands, and hug. It's a shame that if you hug or hold hands with a same-sex friend today you're immediately labeled as a homosexual. Friendship doesn't seem the same without the "touch" element.

Ah, the good old days when life was so much simpler.

Sign with a crow sitting on it

Becaws we want to know.

So, what's trending? Heard last night that bar soap is on its way out. Know why? Because people don't want to handle a bar of soap after other people have used it. Why? Because of all the germs on it. Germs? I thought that is what soap did…kill the germs. Those people are lucky they didn't have to use homemade soap with lye.

Reminded me of a song from the 50s called It's in the Book. They played it every day on KDMA. The station had just come on the air and Jim Wood was the announcer. If you go to the link above, you'll have to listen to "Little Bo Peep" first, because our song is on side 2 of the record. (It's a 45.) One of the verses went like this. I can still remember it.

Mrs. O'Malley
Out in the valley
Suffered from ulcers
I understand.
She swallowed a cake
Of grandma's lye soap
And now she's got the
Cleanest ulcers in the land!

They don't write songs like that anymore and I miss them. Would you believe I still have the sheet music somewhere?

At our house we use the bar soaps that our families used years ago. And maybe more years than that. Lyle likes Palmolive, the green bar soap. I like Lifebuoy, the orange-red soap with "100% better germ protection." Our bathroom sink looks almost like Christmas.

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