Friday, July 2, 2010

Make Do

'Make do', a phrase used throughout my life. We had to make do with what we had be it clothing, shoes, food, odds and ends. We 'made do'.

Who would guess that a wash board could be used to shell corn. Dad had this gizmo where you put the ear of corn into the shaft then cranked the crank on the side turning the ear of corn through teeth that removed the corn. Evidently, this came into being after hours of pushing that darn ear of corn over the wash board.

A table leaf becomes a sick room bedside table. We didn't have a lock on our screen door. We never locked the house! In fact, I don't know of anyone on Neff Road who did.

Please enjoy this part of the manual. We will cover more of it just because I'm having fun. Remember to click on the picture to enlarge it.

In reading this manual, I find myself trying to envision some of the suggestions. The piece of green cedar residing next to the iron makes me laugh. Mom made me iron for hours on end, probably to keep me from getting bored. I ironed clothing, sheets and towels. Do you know how hard it is to iron a terry cloth towel? Maybe I needed a piece of cedar.

Evidently, old feed and flour sacks were used for everything from a mat at the door to dresses for my sisters. Nothing was wasted.

As I read through the different suggestions, I find that many 'solutions' were used. Kerosene, tractor oil, ammonia were just part of the farm. Dad's work bench had a little of this and that. In fact, the little was in reality a lot of this and that. If we were hurt, a little bit of liniment could be used on the horses as well as the kids.

I love the table lamp idea. It doesn't take a genius to figure that one out, but I'm glad that they created what we now collect. I have two handmade bookcases and a plant stand. Their creative ideas and the products of those ideas do not go unnoticed today. In fact, I am one of those who prize their work.

I hope you have a great weekend. Thank you for joining me back on the farm. Today and always I will be the girl who lived back the lane on Neff Road. Just maybe you were, too.

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