Random Thoughts

Random thoughts come to mind to pass the time in the wee hours of the morning.

Remembering the ring of the alarm clock and pushing the snooze button. Now, I could sleep in, but instead I am wide awake!

Is it just me, or is it the same for you?

Remember Penny Candy in a jar?

Standing with concentration and a penny clutched in your hand. What a treat!

What can a penny buy today?

Do they still make Cracker Jacks?

We loved them way back when. The surprises inside ranged from some type of trinket to money. I even got a dollar bill one time.

Mom would send me to the store with a nickel or dime for milk and bread.

How times have changed!

Speaking of milk, I remember when Jake Galford, of Marlinton, delivered milk house-to-house.

A story my mother-in-law told was about two of Herb’s cousins who were visiting from Charleston. They informed her that they only drank pasteurized milk. Her reply was that the milk was pasteurized. Herb, a youngster then, asked why she told them that. She said it was true, because the cow was out in the pasture.

Farm milk became butter made in a churn.

My favorite was homemade ice cream from the cream. It was made with eggs, sugar and vanilla in a hand-cranked wooden ice cream maker. The mixture was placed in a metal container packed with ice and salt. It was worth the effort and time.

If you need an explanation about how a churn or crank ice cream maker worked, ask your parents or grandparents – or “Google” it.

Sunday dinner was fried chicken – the old-fashioned way. It was not an easy task.

The chicken had to be killed – I hated that part.

Then it was dipped in boiling water and all the feathers plucked.

“Get every one of those feathers,” my mother used to say.

Once it was fried, it was worth the trouble – the taste and aroma were delicious.

You ladies may remember your Mom’s dishes that she got from boxes of laundry soap or oatmeal.

The dishes in the laundry detergent boxes had a wheat design and gold colored edges. Green glass mugs came with the oatmeal.

I remember my mother-in-law’s collection.

Back then, laundry soap was used for more than washing clothes.

The powdered detergent was used to wash dishes and mop the floors. There weren’t a lot of bottled cleaning products then, but the more laundry detergent you used, the more dishes you had.

Whatever happened to 50-cent pieces and silver dollars? I haven’t seen them in ages.

Let your thoughts slip back in time, and see what you can remember.