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BLOG POST FOR MAMA'S FLOWER GARDEN
MARCH 5, 2018 MONDAY
MARCH FRAGMENTS OF MAMA'S DIARY AND POETRY BOOK
SOME OF MAMA'S DOLLS
APRIL 17, 2016
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARY HAZEL UPTON
These are just a few of Mama's dolls. She collected dolls of all kinds. I arranged the dolls in this photograph on one of the file cabinets in the Computer Room where Daddy always had his computer and where I now have my office. Mama also had several book cases in this room which I still have there with part of her many books. I have not read all of them yet, but she has many flower and garden reference books in these bookcases.
APRIL 5, 2014
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARY HAZEL UPTON
The dandelions are not yet blooming this year, although a few of them have small leaves now, so I used this photo taken back in 2014 for this month's blog post.
MARCH FRAGMENTS OF MAMA’S DIARY AND POETRY BOOK
HAZEL FERN HENSON
Mon. Mar. 1, 1968
How dark the night. Rain coming down in “sheets”. Bubbles are dancing in the streets. Our beautiful “tunnel of light” is strung with raindrop jewels. (“Tunnel of light” is the street light seen through the branches of the wild cherry tree by our house.)
Days are becoming warmer. Yesterday I surprised a fat little brown rabbit. He was sitting in the ivy that grows along the porch. When he saw me, he hopped across Mary’s tulip bed. He seem to be in no great hurry to leave. Come to look over the tulips, no doubt! He is very fond of our peacock tulips! Once he bit off a whole row of crocuses. I don’t have the heart to hurt him so I guess the flowers will have to take their chances.
Ah, would it were eternally spring
and I forever young!
Oh, splendid thought
But alas, only the wish of a dreamer
and can not be!
NOTE by typist, Mary Hazel Upton .These diary entries and the poem, “Eternal Spring” are typed up from the originals in Mama’s very old diary and her poetry book. The poem, “Eternal Spring” was untitled in her poetry book, but is otherwise just as she wrote it. These diary entries and poem were originally published on Writers-Network by me on March 23, 2016.
APRIL 5, 2014
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARY HAZEL UPTON
I have many other dandelion photos I have taken and will take more this year. From time to time I will post some of the better photos on this blog. I remember that Mama and I both the loved the dandelions, the golden heralds of Spring, and could not understand how anyone could not appreciate their beauty and call them weeds. For the brief time they lasted, our yard was always a mass of golden dandelion blossoms. Mama told me that they were "pirate's gold" and I always considered that they were more valuable than real gold.
MARY HAZEL'S DIARY
MARCH 5, 2018 MONDAY
MAMA ON STEPS OF OLD ODD FELLOWS HOME
PHOTOGRAPH BY CLAUDE B. HENSON
This photo is from one of Mama's very old photo albums. The old Odd Fellows Home no longer exists. It was torn down some time ago, but at one time was used as a nursing home. My grandmother, Bertha Henson, Daddy's mother, was a patient there for several years until she passed away. She was a Rebekah, which is for the women members of the Odd Fellows, and so was entitled to be there in the nursing home owned by the Odd Fellows. Greensburg is some distance from where Mama and Daddy lived, although they could go up there without staying overnight. Sometimes, when they had time, I think they did stay overnight in Greensburg. They visited Bertha about once a month, as often as they could. Mama has several books of those photos from their trips there. This photo was originally published by me on the back cover of one of my books, THE HOUSE OF THE LAUGHING GARGOYLES, published by Bookemon.
Here is the website of my "book store page" on Bookemon. This book and also the other book, THE SLEEPWALKER, that I also have published here now are both available to read free online. I will be publishing more books as I get time to type them up and they will all be free to read online also. I don't think you can download them, but I am checking into another publisher that will allow that and will post more about this when I have time to find out more.
And here is the page for just THE HOUSE OF THE LAUGHING GARGOYLES. If you want to read it online, just choose "read" rather than ordering the hard copy.
And finally, here is the main Bookemon page. Check them out if you have books of your own you want to publish. It is free to publish books with them online. You only pay if you want to order hard copies of any of the books. You can order one copy or as many copies as you want to, and they will keep your files for you to order more anytime you want to. They are a good reliable company and create beautiful print on demand books. You do not need any special computer skills to easily create beautiful books of all kinds on their website. You can share your books, the complete book, or just sample chapters online. When you publish your book they will send you a PDF copy of the book for your own use or to share with family and friends.
It is only a little after one o'clock this cool cloudy afternoon as I try to get the March blog posted. I think I will have plenty of time to get it posted and also proofed this afternoon. We had a lot of hard rain for a number of days here in Clarksville and now that the rain has stopped, it has turned chilly. I think between the rain and the continuing cool weather, that the crocuses are about done. They were very pretty for just a little while until then, but now, although some of them are still blooming, they are not going to be as pretty or as many as last year. I still managed to get a number of photos of them and to enjoy them while they lasted.
The japonica bush and the forsythias are starting to bloom, but the cool weather has delayed them too, so maybe when they finally do bloom they will be pretty and have nice weather to last for awhile.
I have gotten a couple of days to work in the yard already this year, and have most of the dead flowers cleaned out. I don't cut them down until I'm sure they are dead and have reseeded for next year, and by then it is usually too cold to do much more in the yard. If it is warm enough tomorrow I may be able to finish cleaning up the yard for the new flowers I want to plant. It is still cloudy, but the clouds are breaking up now, so if it is sunny tomorrow, it will probably get warm enough to work outside for awhile.
I have two more flower beds made in the front yard, that I haven't decided what I will plant yet. The locations only get morning sun. A couple weeks ago I went to Home Depot to buy seeds. I will probably try to get at least the tomatoes, green peppers, and pink plants (Coleus) started to get plants to set out later. I won't start anymore than I have to in the house, though, because I don't have enough light for many indoor plants.
Here is the link to the main Home Depot page:
I have not had time to look over their website much lately, although I have used it before and know there are a lot of articles and other information on it, as well as the option to order online. I only check the website to see what is available and then go to the store and buy it, as I like to see what I'm buying whenever possible, and also because I like to shop in actual stores when I can. However, I am pretty sure that you can order anything on the website online. I saw an option to either pick it up at the store or have it delivered, so you could probably do either, and if you weren't sure, it would be easy enough to check with them online to find out. I did look up the flower and vegetable seeds before leaving their website today. They appeared to have everything on the website with prices that they had in the store. If you want to check it out, here is the link to that page also:
I am still hoping to get the Burgess catalog I sent for soon, in time to order some of the climbing tomatoes they have, but just in case I don't, I bought some seed at Home Depot. They probably have more of their garden things out by now, but they had a lot of their seed out when I was in buying seed from them.
Here is the link to the main Burgess website:
Here is the link to the page with the Climbing Trip-L-Crop tomato plants:
Here is the link to the page with the Climbing Trip-L-Crop tomato seeds:
Here is the link to order a paper catalog, as I did:
I have a few more photos to post and then will proof this entry and get it published.
DADDY AT MT. AIRY FOREST IN CINCINNATI, OHIO
PHOTOGRAPH BY HAZEL FERN HENSON
MAY 5, 1985
This photo was taken on one of Mama's and Daddy's vacation trips and is from one of her old books of photos. She has a number of other ones taken on this same vacation trip in the book, which I will publish more of later. I plan to publish another one of Mama and one of Daddy for their photos on the blog next month, both from this vacation trip.
I will also post this article for this month, which I wrote a long time ago, but never got published. I recently updated it with more research that I looked up on the Internet and shared the article and the research with Lee, Jamie's mother, in a letter I sent her. Here is the article and the research for a bit more content for this month's blog post for you. Hope somebody will find it useful. This system does work! When Gain was alive I always had plenty of homemade TV dinners, which he loved, of all his favorite foods, in the freezer. And now I keep homemade TV dinners in the freezer for myself so that I don't have to choose between eating store-bought convenience food, cooking everyday, or eating at McDonald's everyday! (Although, thinking about it, eating at McDonald's everyday doesn't sound so bad! It is my favorite restaurant!)
HOW TO COOK ONLY WHEN YOU WANT TO AND EAT BETTER THAN EVER
MARY HAZEL UPTON
Are you tired of the day in and day out hassle of planning and preparing meals? I only cook when I want to now, and we are eating better than ever. You can cook only when you want to, and still serve delicious home cooked meals. Just use my simple system.
The cornerstone of the system is cooking in quantity when you have time, or are in the mood to cook. Then freeze the surplus for future meals. A freezer is extremely helpful, but it is possible to get by with just the small freezer compartment of your refrigerator. You can freeze enough food for several meals, or up to a week, depending on the size of your family. Or you may can foods.
Equally important is taking advantage of all labor saving devices. A microwave, a Crock-Pot slow cooker, and a Seal-A-Meal are useful. A Seal-A-Meal, marketed under several brand names, is a heat sealing device that enables you to heat seal food in special microwavable or boil able plastic bags.
A handy little gadget that my husband and I discovered at Wal-Mart recently is called a Toastmaster Speed Grill. It is great for grilling hamburgers and steaks indoors. Frozen meat cooks in about 5 to 10 minutes on it. Microwave baked potatoes, salad, and fruit or dessert completes this quick meal.
Build your equipment slowly, buying only what you really need. Watch garage sales for good buys. I have 3 Crock-Pots. One I bought new. Two I bought at garage sales, one for 75 cents and the other for 50 cents. I can cook meat in one, potatoes in another, and a vegetable or fruit in a third. A make ahead salad or dessert completes the meal. This increases the variety of meals beyond the one dish meals possible with only one Crock-Pot. A Crock-Pot will also keep mashed potatoes hot a couple hours until meal time. Shortly before the potatoes are done, heat Crock-pot on high. Put mashed potatoes in, cover, and turn down to low. Canned convenience foods, such as chicken and dumplings or vegetables can also be heated and kept warm in a Crock-Pot. It takes an hour or two on high to heat them, a bit longer on low. If heating them on high, turn to low as soon as they are heated. Your food will keep warm until meal time.
Before you rush out to the kitchen and starting cooking, take time to set up the system. Give your kitchen a thorough cleaning and arrange it for maximum efficiency. Set aside as much room as you can spare for freezer containers and canning jars. You may want to buy some disposable cake and casserole pans and some microwave dishes. Put freezer labels, marking pens, bags, wraps, etc. in this area also.
A dish saver center is handy. Keep paper plates, plastic tableware, paper towels, etc. in a place together. Use them whenever you want to not only avoid cooking, but avoid washing dishes.
Most of your favorite recipes can be adapted to this system. Experiment until you learn which recipes work well. Begin collecting recipes that are especially written for cook ahead meals. These are frequently published in the women’s magazines. There are sometimes articles on various cook ahead systems as well. Begin clipping and saving these also. Woman’s Day and Family Circle magazines, sold at most supermarkets, are particularly good sources for this information. Look for cookbooks on this subject in your local book store and library. All this will help you eventually develop your own “cook now, eat later” system. You may not agree with all the methods, but you can get ideas and find recipes to put together a personal system of cooking. That is what I have done. I did not invent the “cook now, eat later” system, but I have developed my own personal version of it.
Make a trip to the supermarket to stock up on items you use often. I learned this from my mother. Instead of running to the grocery store every day, she makes a list and shops for what she needs once a week. She has her own personal “mini grocery store” at home. If she can’t get to the grocery story on Friday, there is still plenty to eat until she can make her regular shopping trip. She also watches for sales and stocks up on items that are on sale. She doesn’t like to bother with coupons and refunds, but I have found that you can save money by using them if you take the time to use them in an organized way.
Start making menus. Save those menus. You will be reusing them on a rotating basis. Eventually you will want to plan and save at least a month’s worth of menus to put variety into your meals. When you get to the supermarket, unless the store is having an unadvertised special that is too good to pass up, buy only what is on your list. This will save you money over the old “if it looks good, let’s throw it in the shopping cart” method. And when you get home, you will not have an assortment of goodies to have to figure out how to turn into meals. Your meals are already planned.
Once you have done your “homework” it is time to start getting some kitchen experience. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. That is only way to learn. Most mistakes are edible, even if not worth repeating.
I have used two different systems for my actual cooking. Both have advantages and disadvantages. You will need to experiment until you find what works for you.
The first method is to cook all day occasionally. Sometimes I even set aside a couple days just to cook. To make this work you need to use your menus. Make sure you have plenty of containers for your meals. Arrange your freezer so that you can move your completed meals to the freezer quickly and easily. Check your manual to see how much unfrozen food is recommended to add to your freezer at one time. Shop for groceries you will need the day before. Bring home fast food for supper the night before cooking day, eat out, or at least make sure to wash the supper dishes so your kitchen will be neat and clean. On cooking day reserve “samples” for that night’s supper.
On cooking day, begin cooking one dish at a time, cleaning up as you go along, and working on the next dish while the first one is cooking. Don’t try to do too much. Take breaks and treat yourself to a few “samples”. That is part of the fun, and this is supposed to be fun! You can get a surprising amount of food cooked in just one day, and if you have a weekend, or are lucky enough to have a helper, you might be able to completely fill your freezer.
The second more casual cooking system is good for working wives, mothers of small children, or single people. Cook extra food whenever you prepare a regular meal. Freeze the extra for a second meal. My widowed aunt always had home cooked meals in single serving containers in her freezer. You can also make one dish especially for the freezer whenever you feel like cooking. The freezer fills slowly, but steadily. Once you have been using the cook now, eat later system for a while, you may have to switch over to this method, especially if your family is small. I now actually have to limit my cooking because my husband and I can’t eat as much as I want to cook!
Start using the cook now, eat later system and you will soon have a “bank” full of home cooked meals for future use. No longer will you be a kitchen slave. You will cook only when you want to, and your family will eat better than ever.
WHAT TO FREEZE
These foods freeze well: Candy bars, Cakes, Fruit Pies, Cookies, Most Pasta Dishes, Soup Beans, Most Fruits and Berries, Some Casseroles, Meat, Most Cooked Vegetables, Some Sandwiches. Uncooked Corn On The Cob can be harvested from your garden, shucked, and packed directly into freezer bags for winter roasting ears. Don’t wash it first, as if will freeze ice crystals on the ears. Ignore the standard advice to blanch it first. My husband and I have been freezing roasting ears for years with good results using this method. Wrap frozen ears in Saran Wrap, or place in flat microwavable dish and cover with Saran Wrap. Microwave on high for 15 minutes for 2 ears of corn, turning once during microwaving. Experiment to learn what frozen foods your family likes.
Don’t freeze these foods: Cake Batters, Cream Fillings, Puddings And Custards, Mayonnaise, Milk, Potato Salad, Salad Greens, Cucumbers, Raw Ripe Tomatoes, Hard Cooked Egg Whites, and Potatoes. Mashed potatoes can be frozen in homemade TV dinners with some loss of quality. Experiment to learn what frozen foods your family won’t eat.
Recommended Storage Times For Frozen Foods: 1 to 2 Months (Bread, Broth/Gravy, Cake, Fish, Ground Meat, Ice Cream, Pie, Soup), 3 to 4 Months (Casserole, Chops, Cookies, Shellfish, Steak, TV Dinner), 5 to 7 Months (Butter, Citrus Fruit, Duck, Nuts, Roast, Turkey, Vegetables), 8 to 12 Months (Chicken, Game Bird, Juice Concentrate, Margarine, Non Citrus Fruit, Rabbit).
A COUPLE OF RECIPES THAT FREEZE VERY WELL
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
Harvest small green tomatoes just as for frying fresh. Slice and pack slices into freezer bags in meal sized portions. When ready to fry, thaw, dip in flour, and fry until brown, turning once. They are almost as good as fresh fried green tomatoes and provide a taste of summer during the winter. Don’t try to fry them first, and then freeze. They will be soggy.
GAIN’S FAVORITE PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
¼ cup (1/2 stick) Fleishman’s margarine
1 cup smooth Peter Pan Peanut Butter
¾ cup Karo dark Pancake and Waffle Syrup (Not the real dark kind. Use the kind that is a light brown)
1 pound box Domino powdered sugar
Cream margarine and peanut butter. Add syrup and salt. Mix well. Add sugar and mix. When mixed enough to handle turn out on waxed paper or smooth surface and knead few times until sugar is well mixed in and fudge is light colored and smooth. Press into 8 x 8 buttered pan. Chill. Cut into squares.
Note: This fudge is very easy to make, freezes well, and was Gain’s favorite candy. I used to make it for him. I also shared the recipe with many other people and also sent it to various magazines where it was published. I do not remember where I originally got the recipe, but I have never seen another one exactly like it, and have had it for a long time. I sometimes made pans of it in disposable aluminum pans to give as Christmas presents and everyone was very eager to get it! If you make it is very important to use these same ingredients and the exact same brands, or it will not taste the same. Since it uses so few ingredients and is not cooked, cheaper off brand ingredients will result in lower quality fudge without the same taste!
REFERENCE SOURCES FOR
HOW TO COOK ONLY WHEN YOU WANT TO AND EAT BETTER THAN EVER
1 Sticker included with my 1987 Kenmore Upright Freezer.
2 The Freezer Cookbook By Charlotte Erickson…Contemporary Books, Chicago Illinois…1981.
3 Confessions Of An Organized Housewife by Deniece Schofield... Writer’s Digest Books, Cincinnati, Ohio…1982.
4 “Heloise Household Hints Freezer Life Varies For Different Cuts Of Meat”…Logansport Pharos-Tribune…January 31, 1990.
5. “Speed Cooking Ways To Streamline Mealtime”…Family Circle.. March 13, 1990.
6. “How 5 Busy Families Cope With Weeknight” by Sally L. Steinberg…Woman’s Day…February 14, 1989.
7 “Escape From Your Kitchen” by Deniece Schofield…Woman’s Day…November 24, 1987.
8 “Winning The Race To Dinner With Time-Saving Tips”…Logansport Pharos-Tribune…February 10, 1988.
9 Saran Wrap & Microwaves The Inside Story…Dow Consumer Products…Form No. 206-766-825.
10 “Tips For Freezing With Reynolds Aluminum Foil…The Reynolds Wrap Company.
11 “Microwave Cooking” by Linda Attaway…Shopping Guide News…November 2, 1987.
12 “Cooking For Keeps”…Logansport Pharos-Tribune…August 23, 1989.
13 “Break The No-Breakfast Barrier”…Woman’s Day…October 3, 1989.
MAKE YOUR OWN MICROWAVABLE BREAKFASTS
Those frozen microwavable breakfasts are handy, but expensive. You can make your own, using homemade versions of the same types of foods as in the store bought kind, at much less cost. Scrambled eggs, hash browns, home fries, pancakes, waffles, muffins, bacon and sausage all freeze well. Under cook your eggs slightly. Make breakfasts “assembly line” using freezer to microwave to table dishes.
UPDATED RESEARCH NOTES FOR
HOW TO COOK ONLY WHEN YOU WANT TO AND EAT BETTER THAN EVER
1. Indoor Grills At Wal-Mart
The Wal-Mart website has numerous small indoor grills on their website priced from $9.96 to $79.97. I was unable to determine if the grills were available in the store, but there is a store finder feature on the website, so it would be easy to check the store near you and call them before making a trip to Wal-Mart. I did not see any of the Toastmaster Speed Grills like Gain and I had, but I guess they are still making them because I saw ads of other places selling them on the Internet. I only checked Wal-Mart for availability of grills, though.
Address of page on Wal-Mart website with various small indoor grills:
2. Crock-Pots At Wal-Mart
While I was on the Wal-Mart website I also checked the prices and availability of Crock-Pots. They had many kinds of Crock-pots and Slow Cookers priced from $7.26 to $114.09. Once again I was unable to determine if they were available in the store, but it would be easy to check the store finder on the main website, locate the address and phone number of the store you wanted to shop at, and call them to make sure the particular Crock-Pot you wanted was available at the store before making a trip to the store.
Address of page on Wal-Mart website with various Crock-Pots:
3. Seal-A-Meals At Wal-Mart
I was able to find the original Seal-A-Meal, like Gain had bought for me, on the Wal-Mart website priced at $35.22. It came with a few bags and Wal-Mart also had the refill bags. There were various other fancier more expensive food sealing systems listed also. It was probably the late 80’s when I had the Seal-A-Meal, which I used a lot. I am sure it was before I had a microwave because I boiled the frozen bags of food in a kettle of water on the stove to heat them. This was the original use of the Seal-A-Meal, which came out about the time that they were also selling prepackaged boil able bags of roast beef and gravy and turkey and gravy, new at the grocery store then. I bought them sometimes too, and the Seal-A-Meal came out shortly after those items came out in the grocery stores. Later, the Seal-A-Meals were no longer available, or at least hard to find, and I figured the company might even be out of business. Now they are readily available again, although I haven’t seen any of the store bought roast beef and turkey packages for sale in the grocery store anymore. I did see the Seal-A-Meal machines in the housewares section at the Clarksville Kroger store, though. I now have another Seal-A-Meal just like the original one I had. I bought it from a lady at the whole neighborhood yard sale at Beechwood Manor for $2.00 when they had their fall neighborhood sales. She said it worked, although I haven’t tried it yet.
Address of page on Wal-Mart website with the original Seal-A-Meal for $35. 22. The page also offers suggestions for more expensive food sealers, which you can get to the product pages from the Seal-A-Meal page:
4. This is the address of the main Wal-Mart website where you can sign up for a personalized account (free) if you want to actually order anything online, or you don’t have to if you just want to see what is available at Wal-Mart. The store finder is accessed from the main website and then you can get the address and phone number of any of their stores. They have a very nice website and it is nice to be able to look up various items I may want before making a trip to the store.
Address of main Wal-Mart website:
These are publications I mentioned as references in my original article. The articles I cited are long gone. When I moved, I also left the entire library I’d made. Gain remodeled an old chicken house we’d had when we kept chickens that he had originally built for me for my chickens. (When we started spending winters in Florida we could no longer have any pets, of course.) He remodeled the building later into a library just for me, and I used the old nest boxes we’d made as clipping files. I had many clippings, as well as books. I left all of them for Julie and her little girls. Later she moved without finishing paying off the contract and I sold the property to someone else. So I am sure all of the library is long gone now.
When I webbed up these publications for this update to my article, I could not find where the various publications had archived any of their old articles, so they are probably all completely gone now. However, all of the magazines and newspapers continue to publish the same kind of articles over and over. So I looked up the websites and included them here also. The website articles are probably even more ephemeral than the hard copy ones, though, so I’d advise you to print out anything you want to keep! Most websites let you do that, or at least download and then print your download. I didn’t go that far to actually check, though, or the research would have gone on forever! I have to draw the line somewhere, or I’d be researching forever, especially since I love to do research almost as much as I love to write! Anything you can’t print out, though, if you really want it, you could always sit at the computer and write it out by hand. I’ve done that before too!
5. Woman’s Day magazine has a very nice website with the same kind of articles as the print magazine. Everything appears to be free to read, although some of it appears to be unavailable to view unless you give them your e-mail. I didn’t bother to do that, as I didn’t know when I’d get time to get back and don’t really need any more junk e-mail right now. I bookmarked the site to go back to later.
Address of Woman’s Day magazine main website:
6. Family Circle also has a very nice website with the same kind of articles as the print magazine. Everything appears to be free to read and they don’t try to make you sign up with your e-mail to read it. I don’t know if either of the magazines let you print or download the articles. I didn’t check that far, but it would certainly be possible, especially for the recipes, just to copy anything you wanted to keep by hand.
Address of Family Circle magazine main website:
7. This is the local newspaper for Logansport, Indiana. Gain and I subscribed to the weekly Carroll County Comet, which was mailed to us and was the local paper for Carroll County where we lived. Occasionally when we were in town we’d also buy a Logansport or a Kokomo paper. After we read the papers, I clipped out any articles of interest for my clipping library. The Logansport Pharos-Tribune is now online. Some of the articles, which appear to be mostly local news, are free to read. I didn’t check to see if they could be printed or downloaded if you don’t subscribe, or how much you could actually read free without subscribing. Most newspapers only let you read a limited amount unless you subscribe. The Wednesday newspaper was the “food edition” back then, and probably still is. That’s when the grocery sale bills were in the newspaper and the cooking and recipe section was also in the newspaper then. I did not see where they had archived any of their old articles.
Address of Pharos-Tribune main website:
I was also able to web up the Shopping Guide News that I listed one article from in the reference section of my article. Unfortunately, although I knew that if you cut a clipping out of a magazine or newspaper and don’t bother to list the source and the date, then that clipping is useless for research. If you use somebody’s article as a reference you have to give the name of the publication, author, and the date it was published, to give them credit. I just listed “Shopping Guide News” and the date on the article I clipped out, figuring there was only one local Shopping Guide News. When I webbed up to check on this I found out there is one main Shopping Guide News company that, I guess, licenses the name and format to local publishers. So there are Shopping Guide News free ad papers all over the country. I can’t remember which town we got ours from, and since I figure the local Shopping Guide News would be even more unlikely to save the little fillers they published than the big newspapers, I didn’t pursue this any further. If you are interested in finding out more just search for Shopping Guide News.
The two books I used for reference and mentioned in my article are available on Amazon. Amazon is an amazing company and never lets me down when I look for books there! I have never looked for any book, no matter how old, or obscure, or long out of print that either they or one of their used book dealers have it ! Incidentally, to find copies of old books, all you really need are the title and the author’s name. The publisher and the date of publication aren’t important unless you are looking for a particular edition. Unless you are dealing in used books and need a particular edition, that isn’t important either, as most books are just updated a little with a few changes and usually a different cover so that they can continue to have the “new and improved version” for sale in their catalogs. Amazon keeps track of what you buy and what you look for also, but I still only trust hard copies. Computer Boy is amazing, a “magic typewriter and endless library”, but I still only trust hard copies. So I still, as I have been doing for many years, long before computers were invented, keep a small notebook to write down every book I read, title, author, and date completed. Even without this information, though, it might be possible to find a book you want but can’t remember the title or the author. I did this recently with a sewing book I’d once had, but didn’t include in my notebook of read books because I hadn’t read every word in the book.By doing about an hour’s searching on various sewing websites, I found reviews and pictures and a few pages of the old sewing book, and knew immediately I’d found it. I wrote down the title and author and went to Amazon, which had plenty of used copies of the book from one of their used book dealers. I ordered a copy of the original book plus another sewing book by the same author that I didn’t know about from that dealer and now have both books in my sewing library! (The account of this search and links to the books on Amazon and the websites that reviewed them are on my April 2017 blog on my website.)
Address of my website:
8. There are several versions of The Freezer Cookbook for sale on Amazon. I can’t remember which one I had, but undoubtedly one of the older ones, as I probably wrote this article in the early 90’s, as the newest clipping I used as reference is dated March 13, 1990 and the cookbook I had was copyright 1981.
Address of The Freezer Cookbook by Charlotte Erickson for sale on Amazon:
9. There are several versions of this book for sale on Amazon also. I can’t remember which one I had, but definitely one of the older versions. When I webbed up this book on Amazon I found out that not only did the author have several updates to her book, somewhere when she was updating, probably at the suggestion of her publisher, she changed the title from “Confessions Of An Organized Housewife” to “Confessions Of An Organized Homemaker”. When I saw that at first on my search, before seeing both versions on Amazon’s website, I assumed I’d made an error citing the reference, although I considered that unlikely since I proof everything several times before publishing it. I now have another version of this book that I got either at the flea market, a thrift shop, or a yard sale titled “Confessions Of An Organized Homemaker: The Secrets Of Uncluttering Your Home And Taking Control Of Your Life”. This may or may not be an entirely new book, or just an update of one of the old ones. Most writers specialize in a particular type of book, and once they find something that sells, they keep writing that type of book.
Address of Confessions Of An Organized Housewife by Deniece Shofield for sale on Amazon:
Address of Confessions Of An Organized Homemaker The Secrets Of Uncluttering Your Home And Taking Control Of Your Life by Deniece Schofield also on sale on Amazon:
10. This is the address of the main Amazon website:
11. This is the official consumer website for Reynolds Wrap. They appear to have a very nice website with cooking tips, recipes, etc. and, of course, everything is free since they want you to buy their product. I did not check whether or not anything could be downloaded or printed, but recipes would take very little effort to copy out by hand.
Address of Reynolds Kitchens website:
Saran Wrap website
GAIN UPTON WITH HIS NEW CONCRETE MIXER
PHOTOGRAPH BY HAZEL FERN HENSON
This photograph was taken just after Gain had bought his new concrete mixer. He had bought it especially for pouring the floor on the new barn that we were building on the old barn foundation on our property. The original barn had burned down before we bought the property, the neighbors told us. Before he bought this concrete mixer, we had just mixed concrete in a wheelbarrow for small projects, but the barn floor was too big a project for that. Later we used the concrete mixer for other projects, saving ourselves lots of work.
Mama had no date on this photograph, taken when they came up to help us with the barn rebuilding, but it had to have been taken sometime in the late '80's because that's when we rebuilt the barn. Some of the other relatives also helped us with this project at various times.
DOLLAR TREE EASTER BUNNIES WITH FORSYTHIA IN MY KITCHEN WINDOW
MARCH 22, 2015
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARY HAZEL UPTON
I bought these at the Dollar Tree a few years ago, but they are getting in new Easter things now, both in the store and online. Each year they have basically the same holiday items, but changed just a little to get people to buy the new ones. So you may not be able to get these exact bunnies, but they will have similar ones that are also cute. You can search for a local store on their website or order online. I am not sure if you can have items delivered or not, but if you order online you can get free postage if you pick up your order at a local store. So probably if you don't have a local store, you can just pay postage and order online and have the order sent to your home. Here is the link if you want to check. I am sorry not to check this out more for you, but if I check everything I won't get the blog published today!
ONE OF MAMA'S SWANS WITH PART OF HER PAPERWEIGHT COLLECTION & ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS
LIVING ROOM WINDOW
JUNE 14, 2016
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARY HAZEL UPTON
Finally, a word about what is coming up next month before closing out this blog post for March. Next month Mama will still be the guest blogger with another one of her old diary entries, this one from Easter Sunday April 11, 1971. It is an account of a long ago picnic she and Daddy had that day. I will also be posting two more of her poems. This entry was originally published on May 10, 2016, by me, to Writers-Network. I will also be including some of her photos and some of mine on this post, as well as the research I have done on the rare endangered wildflowers called May-pops. I have found a place you can buy May-pop flowers on the Internet. I plan to order one of the purple ones, to add to the ones I already have and hope will come up again this year. I also plan to order one of the even rarer white ones, which I do not have and have never seen. I will include the address of the garden mail-order company that sells these flowers and many other rare and unusual flowers in my post next month. And in May, I hope to have the next chapter of NIGHTMARE HOUSE typed up and ready to publish for Mariette. For more about that, please check last month's blog post.
I have just finished the first proof of this post, but it will soon be 3 o'clock, time for me to feed the cats, have Storybook Hour, and fix my own supper, so I will just look up a couple more links in the 15 minutes or so I have to work yet, and then do the final proof of the published blog and check the links after supper. (I always proof the blogs and other writing once in manuscript form, and make corrections, and then proof one more time in published form just to make sure). So if any of the links don't work or you find mistakes, I am not finished with the post yet. I will, as always, include one last note when the post is considered finished and published, for your convenience.
It is just after three thirty now and definitely time to quit for awhile, but I wanted to look up all the links I planned to use this month, and, as always, everything takes longer than you think it will. I will have plenty of time to proof everything and get it published tonight, though. Sorry not to look up every detail, but did not have time this month, and I think I have given you enough information to do more research on the subjects if you are interested. You have to draw the line and stop researching if you ever want to get anything written and published!
It is a quarter after seven now as I finish up the March blog post. I have been working about an hour now after supper--a can of Chef BoyArDee macaroni and cheese that Hammerhead gave me that he bought on "Manager's Special" at Kroger's because he thought I would like to have it. Sweet Hammerhead was always giving me little presents. I hadn't gotten around to eating it yet, and then after he passed away, did not like to use it up. It was very good, though, and I did not want to keep it so long that it would not be good anymore and so waste his small gift to me. I also had canned pears, maraschino cherry, and cottage cheese salad and milk for a very good supper. Thank you, Angel Hammerhead.
I just finished proofing the blog for the final proof and checked the links. Everything worked fine except for the link to the Amazon page for The Freezer Cookbook by Charlotte Erickson. When I checked it the link went to a page with beauty products on it and said that there was no results for my search! I had originally, I thought, searched in books with the search terms The Freezer Cookbook by Charlotte Erickson, and thought I'd double checked the link and found it to work before I shared it with Lee. Maybe not, though. It could have been my mistake, Computer Boy's mistake, or Amazon's mistake! I doubt Lee noticed it because she only has a cell phone and doesn't use that for much except as a phone and occasional e-mail, so she is unlikely to have searched for the book. That's why I mailed her a hard copy of the article.
Anyway, I went back to Amazon and did the same search again and found numerous copies of the book for sale, but only by third party sellers, as it is now out of print. The new link that does work is different from the one I had before. The one leading to the beauty products had something about beauty products in the long link. So, as Gain and I used to say about things we couldn't explain and so would just stop puzzling over, "That's one of the things we'll never know."
I was going to sew for awhile tonight, but only have another half hour until eight o'clock and then it will be time for Cell Phone Storybook Hour. So will just play on the computer for another half hour instead and then call it a night.
Until next time. I hope you find something you enjoy reading here.
HAMMERHEAD ON OLD RAILROAD TRACK AREA BESIDE BELL AVENUE
MAY 16, 2017
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARY HAZEL UPTON