It is going here....Mother was a Keeper! She kept things like this Almanac because she valued it for it's content without a thought to it's collectability. I know this how?
Mom was an Iowa Farm Girl raised in the 1930's when saving time, worrying, work and money were on the top of every households list of making it through the day, week, month and year. Throughout her life she adhered to, valued, and passed on her Almanac Philosophies, not through a lot of talk, but through 'Spatter Free Bacon' and 'Homemade Biscuits'. More about that in a minute along with how I know my Dad made use of this Almanac, too.
How comforting it is to reminisce about my parents kitchen table. It is easy to picture Mother sitting there with her cup of Golden Coffee...my grandmothers term for coffee with cream. Like my Mother and Grandmother Minnie, my coffee is Golden and the 'Super Sewing Solutions' is an Almanac favorite.
Mending KNITS...lol....keep in mind this is the 80's when Polyester Knit was Queen for the Decade and a seamstress' dream material. Yep, cut it out, sew it up, wear it and wash it...guess that's when 'Wash and Wear' became a Household name. But you know, I never knew that a bristle brush was an essential notion to have in your sewing box....until now! I will put one in my Sewing Box....you never know when 'Polyester Double Knit' will come back in style....yikes!
I will share some more of this Almanac's Sewing Hints with you another time. For now, I want to tell you about my Mother's famous...among her children, anyway...homemade biscuits. If you measured the success of biscuits by fluffy, Pillsbury Grands, melt in your mouth standards, my Mother's biscuits were a miserable failure. Have you ever tried to fail at making biscuits? I have, and I tell you it is not easy.
If you ran out of clay pigeons at a Shoot Off, mother's biscuits would be a good substitute. They would make a perfect 'Pitchin' Puck' at the Carnivals 'Break the Plate' booth, and as for a 'Puck', well, you get the picture.
But....let me tell you, those rollin' pin and wax paper, flour dusted glass cut outs, bacon drippin' greased, burnt bottom, gravy covered biscuits made the best breakfast I have ever, ever eaten...to this day! My siblings will tell you the same thing.
My Dad was a Doodler! He doodled on whatever was handy while sitting at the kitchen table drinking his TwoTeaspoon Sugared coffee. The Household Hints Almanac must have been handy on the morning he was subtracting 100 whatevers from 54362 whatevers. I love it that there are no decimals, commas, or dollar signs to indicate what the numbers stood for.
And that is how I know my Dad was a Household Hints Almanac kinda guy! Thank-you Mother for being a Keeper and a Puck Perfect Biscuit maker. We would not have had them any other way.
What was a good Hint 26 years ago, is still a good Hint today.
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