Archive for Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

March 3, 2004

Many of our fine young men remember so well the adults in their lives as they grew up. I'm sure Wilbur Henson is one of those well-remembered men. His ingenuity, that old make-do-or-do without trait, his wit and his humor, on a camp out, in very cold weather would treat his Boy Scout troop to a German chocolate cake, then a hot yummy cornbread (to go with that big pot of beans), all baked in his special oven.

This part of his story is so like one of Paul Harvey's "Rest of the Story" stories. His oven was made of a simple cardboard box fitted with two regular oven racks heated with charcoal. The firebox, also very unique, was made of two aluminum pie tins fitted together -- charcoal embers in the top tin, the bottom tin became the legs of the firebox.

Hats off to all of our Boy and Girl Scout leaders. You gave and continue to give much more than you realize to our youth. You may never really know how your patience, your love and understanding has molded and trained those young minds.

Wilbur's boys always left a clean campsite, one of his rules was never take to camp anything you can't burn or tote back home. Thanks Wilbur for sharing. I'd like to add that Wilbur is still giving as one of our many fine volunteers.

That new sweater you just bought for spring, before you begin wearing it you may need to attach twill tape to its shoulder seams to keep it from stretching and widening, hanging off your shoulder and on down your arm. Many of those shoulder seams are not stabilized, as they should be even in the less expensive garment.

It's been said, "Always be a good listener, you can learn a lot just by listening." This is so very true. It's one of those things I keep telling myself I need to work harder on.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086-0265.

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