Archive for Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

November 30, 2005

Thanksgiving has come and gone. No way could I (most of us) even begin to list and count the many things we have to be thankful for.

Christmas is just days away now, and I'm getting my calendars ready for next year. I like those with space to write birthdays and anniversaries, reminding me to send gifts or cards.

I continue to hear from readers about more safe places -- where families stored valuables in their homes. One young man told me that his family still using "grandpa's bottom step."

The bottom step was lined with galvanized metal that was heavy enough to be fireproof -- or nearly so-- and has a hidden trigger that opens it.

Mary Patty writes from the Ozarks about fence posts. "Those post hole banks were used also in Prohibition days to hide the booze," she said in her e-mail. She added that down in the weeds at the base of a fence post was (and maybe still is) a good place to hide the bottle, and it came in handy during breaks at old barn dances.

From one of Mary Marroco's writings who tells us, "Posted on my wall yet today are Laura Ingalls Wilder's words: 'Before you speak, think. Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?'" Certainly good words to live by.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; auntnorie@bdc.net.

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