In Response to Sleepy Grandma:
I don't remember ever seeing my Grandmother sleep. She was up before the sun, and had breakfast on the table by the tim Grandpa and everyone else was up. She had also fed the chickens, and gathered the eggs for breakfast. As soon asbreakfast was over, and the dishes were washed,dried,and put away,she was out in the garden collecting things for dinner.(what today we call lunch LOL) Then she was cleaning vegetables and getting everything else ready to start dinner. Oh, and between all that she was slopping the hogs with the leftover scraps from breakfast,and the scraps from the veggies she had just picked and cleaned.Now it was time to startcooking.Of course that meant she also had to make freash home made bisquits. We had them with every meal.When dinner was on the table, she out and call Grandpa in from the farm/fields to eat.No sooner than dinner was done and it was time to start preparing supper.It was the same prep as for dinner, except that she would go out and pick up a nive fatr hen and ring its neck before cleaning it so she could cook it for supper.Now in between all of this, she was out in her garden gthering things to can. If she was not canningshe was making home made jelly from the fruit trees at the side of their yard. She might be harvesting corn and freezing it for the winter She also would pick potatoes,and onions to be stored in the barn, again laying by for winter..She also did laundry,which had to be hung out to dry,not to mention the old ringer washer she used to do the laundry in.Of course everything had to be iron, no perma press back in the 60's.Even if there was,hanging them out to dry did not get the wrinkles out. Just dried them in. There are so many other things she had to do, she didn't have time for sleep. She did however have time for hus,or the corner of her apron for drying tears. She also had the most beautiful flowers. She had a huge rose garden, trhat always seemed to be in bloom, and a miriade of other flowers all over their yard.Of course there were also the pecan trees and the black walnut tree by the drive. In the summer we always had homemade butter pecan Ice cream, or black walnut ice cream.You would think there was never a time to just sit, but she found time. That is when she would tat new doilies, or embroider to quilt squares for whatever quilt she was making. I think I could go on forev about the amazin thins my Grandma could do. I am so glad she passed a few of them on to me.gger
Posted by Jayne M
These experiences you described were exactly what we had growing up, only it was my Mom, as well as Grandma, doing these chores. I think that's why my parents had 6 kids, to help out!!! lol Oh, and we also made our own butter and cottage cheese. My classmates in school could never quite figure out why I was happy the summer "vacation" was over and I could get back to school and have a break from this work.