Friday, June 20, 2014

Dime (King Size) Cokes at the "Dime Store"

Sandwich Menu
from Woolworths....

If anyone doubts what we paid for a coke and a sandwich at Woolworths in the 1950s,
here's proof of the era we lived in.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Memory Lane

I'll begin with some of the things that I remember, and you can add to the list: (Because of spam, your comments go to a moderator who approves and posts them later.)  There is no need to send them twice.
  • Outhouses
  • 2-holer
  • Mule teams
  • Cream separators
  • Butter churns
  • Flat irons; heated on wood stove
  • Wood cook stove
  • Clothes line
  • 1-room school
  • Sleeping on the hay rack (hay wagon) because it was too hot inside the house
  • Chicken house
  • Nation-wide broadcast at 8 PM on Sunday evenings (do you know who?)
  • Lone Ranger on TV
  • Horse-drawn plow
  • Party-line crank phones & the operator
  • Rationing (of almost everything) - ration stamp books
  • Manure spreaders
  • "Cake" - for feeding cows in winter
  • Sewing bee
  • Large holiday dinners with the whole family
  • Shipping cattle by train
  • A nice little town with 3 filling stations, 2 new car dealers, 3 implement dealers, 2 drug stores, 5 grocery stores,  a grade school, a high school, a hospital, 2 hardware stores, a dry-goods store, a weekly newspaper, a weekly livestock auction, a blacksmith shop, a 'sleepy' city marshal, a one-room jail, a volunteer fire department with a truck, and  numerous other businesses
  • Saturday night dances
  • High school plays
  • Rodeos
  • Local baseball
  • Swimming in the river
  • Hunting in the woods
  • Fishing in the river
  • Exploring on Lookout Mountain and many other places
  • Turkey shoots (without the turkey!)
  • Labor Day parades
  • Alumni Banquet
  • Sidewalk roller skating (and in the Hewins Park Pavilion)
  • 5 cent Cokes, in glass bottles
  • Penny candy
  • 20 cent hamburgers and 15 cent hot dogs
  • 19 cent per gallon gas
  •  Saddle horses and real cowboys
  • Farm "hands" -- workers who were very patient with curious little boys
  • Dads who could make or fix anything -- because they had to
  • Milking the cow(s) by hand
  • Being happy to see deep snow
  • Waiting for the rural mail carrier to bring the mail
  • Picking walnuts and pecans off of the ground in the woods
  • Getting news of relatives who were away at war

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I'm Growing Bananas

I've just eaten the first banana from one of the trees in my own yard.  It was small to middle sized, sweet and delicious.  I live on the side of Volcan Baru, the tallest mountain in Panama.  I'm at 4,700 ft. ASL and the top of the mountain is 11,400 ft.

It is really too high and cool to grow bananas at my place.  However, a part-time worker transplanted five banana trees 3 or 4 years ago.  The first tree to produce was blown down by a gust from a freak wind storm before the fruit could mature.  The second bunch has been hanging on another tree for several months.  It takes a long time for them to mature, especially at higher altitudes.

Two and one-half weeks ago a local friend pronounced this bunch ready and cut it off of the tree.  I hung the stalk on the back porch.  They were very green and I thought that they would never ripen. However, today I noticed that many are showing some yellow.  There are over 40 bananas on the stalk.  The question now is; what do I do with so many?  Anyone want to come down and make a banana creme pie?  Fried bananas?  Banana pudding?  A banana and peanut butter sandwich?  A banana split?  Ideas ??

I don't think that my 4 dogs will be able to help, so come on down. I'll even meet you at the airport in David, Panama; 45 miles from here.