Thursday, January 8, 2015

the 40s

I grew up in the 40s too, well, started in 41. Yeah, outhouses til i was probably 10 or so. Icebox too. Seems i crawled up the front and turned one over, one time. The door falling open saved me. We didn't have a car either, til i was about the same age. Before we moved here, Dad would use a horse and wagon to drive me to school sometimes. Otherwise we walked and it WAS a long way. And YES, i remember seeing timber wolves running in the fields beside the road sometimes too. We heated the really small house with a wood heater. There are still those wolves there, at nite you can hear them. They used to eat my aunt's watermelons in her garden. My hubby didn't believe me, til we were up there and he heard them too.

I got to start school at a little country school up by Honey Grove Tx, but moved here to central Tx when i was 6, still in first grade. The teacher didn't tell, so i got to stay. I was the youngest in my class from then on.

We grew up on cornbread and beans, (always had beans), biscuits and gravy, eggs most of the time. Now, i know how healthy that was. Trying to remember if there were any fat kids, maybe 1 or 2. We raised 100 fryers every year, (maybe 50) put them in the freezer, so on Sundays, we had fried chicken. We kids had to help kill and clean those fryers too. Thank God mother hated skin so we got to skin them.

I got hungry for biscuits and gravy not long ago, and said that's what i was going to have for supper. My 6 yo niece said,,," i LOVEEEE biscuits and gravy". My bro had to make her some too. I can NOT make biscuits!! I do it just like mother did, using self rising flour, and they are heavy and NOT good. I've given up,, aaaa gain... lol.

I am still doing good, no oxygen, nebulizer, nose sprays, or inhalers. I do use spiriva, but have used that for years. Don't know what happened but if there is such a thing as a COPD flare up, then i did have it. Lasted about 2 months.

It was 23 when i got up about 8 today so must have been in the teens like they said it would. I had to order a new electric blanket, the old one barely heats enough to keep me warm all nite. Wow those things are HIGH. Had to get a full size, for my queen bed, to get a single control. Double controls just would not work, i sleep in the middle.

I know there was something else, but still can't remember what, so yall tc, and


OOO YEah,,, lol.. I live on SS only, too. Everything i have is paid for, so no bills except the monthly living expenses. I manage to pay the insurances with no problem, and usually even save some each month. I write a check each month to have money in my pocket, put gas for my car on a credit card, and pay each month. Also things i order goes on that card too, like that blanket. For larger expenses, like a set of tires, new window unit, and a few others, i have a card with no interest for over a year to use, can pay off as i want. Told my daughter one time, play their game. Watch for the end of the no interest time, switch cards. Always had offers by others.


  1. Now that is a fun post ya made there Trouble. Seems like all us older folk was brought up bout the same....think'n hard times from the war. Ain't no way in the world the youngsters of today would ever believe what we went through. But it was a good life as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't trade it for nuttin. Wonderful memories.

    So good to hear you are do'n much better. I worry bout ya ya know.

    1. Forgot about walking barefoot thru the snow,,, lmao,,joking. All the other is true and yeah, seems we are all about the same. We sure did have fun growing up, that's the part i remember most. We never knew we were poor, almost all were in the same position.
      I worry bout you too! Take care of yourself.

  2. I am glad you are feeling much better. Mom too lives off her Social Security and stretches it to the limit. I guess I learned from her since an early age how to manage my money and my credit.

    I want to buy my uncle an electric blanket because he is too cheap to buy one himself. I did not know they had gone up so much, will have to shop for an affordable one.

    Take care.

  3. I shopped,, and then shopped, there is NOOO good price for one. Had to order a full size for my queen, to get one control. Did NOT want 2.