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07
Aug
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The Farm Wife

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Kitchen Know-How

The kitchen is probably the most used room in a home. In it, we spend time cooking, baking, overseeing homework at the table, or just sitting down with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake to visit with a friend. I spend most of my time in the kitchen not only preparing daily meals, but processing food for late use. It makes my heart sing when I run across a book that has all the things I love to do in one place. So, when I saw this book in the store, I knew it had to become part of my library.

Between the covers, Andrea Chapman covers all the skills you will need to know. She begins with Setting up the Homestead Kitchen (Chapter 1), and covers everything from handling, harvesting and cooking fresh vegetables to curing meats and making sausage. She not only tells you how to make cheese, maple syrup and how to harvest honey, but she also gives you tips on how to pair them.

Wed
07
Aug
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Did You Know?

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December 7, 1941 when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor is a day the many older Americans shall never forget. The day after the attack President Franklin D. Roosevelt strapped his steel braces onto this legs and walked into the U.S. House Chamber leaning on his son Jimmy’s arm. F.D.R. was seldom seen out of his wheel chair because of polio he was unable to walk or stand alone. However, on this momentous occasion he was assisted in walking to the podium to address the joint session of Congress and ask for a declaration of war against Japan. This is when he made the famous “A day which will live in infamy” speech.

Wed
31
Jul
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Pat’s Chat

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Alexa Arbuckle turned 15 o n Saturday the 27th. It’s hard for me to believe that she is this old.

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Wed
31
Jul
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Along the Way

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Self-checkouts are becoming more and more prevalent.

I don’t mind using them, but sometimes the ease and convenience can quickly turn into chaos and headache, especially when you have a large buggy of items.

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Wed
31
Jul
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Daily we handle one of our most important national emblems without paying any attention to it and that would be “The Great Seal of the United States”. It is on the back of the one dollar bill along with another most important emblem which is our National Motto “In God We Trust”. Most of us have seen the Great Seal on the front of the podium when the President of the U.S. speaks and other places but don’t understand its significance or its meaning. As you read this article take a dollar bill out and see if you can follow its true meaning.

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Wed
24
Jul
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The Farm Wife

“Handmade gifts always come with attachments – Love, Appreciation, Thoughts & Prayers” – The Farm Wife.

Handmade gifts are only limited by your ability. Your ability is only limited by your desire to learn. Learning a new craft, such as weaving, spinning, sewing, knitting, crocheting, or even woodworking or welding, is all a fundamental part of being self-sufficient.

The next time you have to give a gift, think in terms of the recipient and what you can make yourself that reflects your love for that person. Knit a scarf, and attach a note that reads, “When you wear this, consider yourself being hugged by me!”

 

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Wed
24
Jul
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History has been made by the citizens of yesteryear. It is the feeling of this writer that these people should be remembered and appreciated. The main character of this article is such a person and his name is Henry Adams who claimed DeSoto Parish as his home although he was born in Newton, Georgia of slave parents. They were sold to a DeSoto planter in 1850 when Henry was seven years old. As slaves were sold they usually took on the name of the new owners just as women usually take on the last name of the man they are marrying.

Henry grew to manhood on this plantation and was treated well by the owners. His aptitude for learning was evident and he was taught to read and write. In addition, he learned how to get along with both whites and blacks. He married a young lady named Malinda and they had four children – Lucy, Rena, Josephine and Henry, Jr. They acquired property, horses, a fine buggy and some money. It was evident that Henry had ambition as well as ability.

Wed
17
Jul
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Pat’s Chat

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Saturday night, they had a surprise 50th Anniversary party for Robert and Madelyn Springer at Zack’s Restaurant. Cammie Arbuckle’s family (the Cole bunch) celebrated Saturday at Lotice and Lynette Cole’s place.

Decker Arbuckle celebrated his second birthday party in Shreveport. Allison Arbuckle went with me and had a big time. Afterwards Rod, Carol, Jason and Jax, Velinda and I all went and ate pizza. Allison was also with us.

Friends of the Library met at Rosemary’s (formerly known as River’s Edge Restaurant) for lunch.

Milton Smith has nearly killed everybody with his purple hull peas. They have really made good this year. He has shared with a lot of people.

I went to see Miss B Saturday evening at Shiloh. She doesn’t get out much as her eyes are so bad. Also went by Dare Parker’s and got in on a fish fry. Keith, Becky, Chad and Barbara Parker, and Chad’s son Ricky were all together.

 

Wed
17
Jul
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Did You Know?

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In an overheard conversation the other day (not a participant), “Old Geezers” was being discussed. Not being familiar with the term, it interested me; therefore, I set out to find out more about what an Old Geezer was.

Most everyone is carrying a “chip on their shoulder” about nick names. This word sure sounded like one of those bad names. So this is what I found by asking people and doing some real “serious” research about “What’s an old Geezer”.

At a sporting event when the National Anthem is played an Old Geezer stands and holds his hat over his heart and believes every word in the song.

An Old Geezer might have been born in the Great Depression or his parents were and he knew what a penny was. Gosh – an Old Geezer might have gone bare footed in the summer to save his shoes to wear to Sunday School and Church.

 

Wed
10
Jul
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The Farm Wife

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Survival. Everywhere you look, you see advertisements for things you need in case ‘the Big One hits’. For many of us, the Big One is already here – through job loss, health issues, or economic strains. We don’t have to worry about a world-wide catastrophe; we are living it.How do you go into survival mode, when you know it is just a matter of time before the bill collectors are breathing down your neck, or already are? We would throw a pity party, but can’t afford the balloons, much less the cupcakes. So what do we do?1. Pray –the one thing that has the best chance of getting you through this is prayer.

 

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