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Skating Ponds of the Past


Now-a-days such a deal is raised over the quaintness of outdoor rinks. Where and when I came from, there wasn’t any choice in the matter. If you wanted to skate, it would be outdoors. A guy from the town came with a water hose and would keep putting on layers of water and freezing it again […]

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Stealing the Milk Money


Can you imagine not being able to pick up a jug of milk simply by stopping at the grocery store? When you lived in the 1960’s and earlier, milk came by way of the milkman. He brought it to town with him in glass bottles. After he left the full bottles and the owner had […]

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4 girls+(twinsX2)+1 boy=9 kids


I come from a good-sized family. I remember an unknown lady telling me one day, when my mom had a house full of kids, that someday I would understand what my mom was going through. “Maybe someday”, I’m now thinking, but not even yet! I was the eldest, followed by a few sisters of which […]

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All about a Dugout #3


Controlling  dugout contaminants: Dog – Get a dog that doesn’t want to go near the water. Good Luck. Deer and wild animals – fence them out. Right! It takes a major fence to keep Elk out. Imagine my consternation when the Deer started eating all our bales, hanging around nonchalantly in the bushes and drinking […]

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A Series on Log House Building, #6


 The basement had long since been made and covered, but the package was taking forever to arrive. Well, we tried to cover it, but there was always someplace wanting to leak. I had a bunch of canning and things stored in it, thinking that it wouldn’t be long before the house would be built on top. […]

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A Series on Log House Building, #5


While the logs were being crafted for our intended round log house, we got busy making  a basement for it. We had brought in a lot of dirt from the dugout when we made it so that we had created a knoll in the landscape. This is where, strangely enough, I intended to put the […]

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A Series on Log House Building, #4


I never had any intention to build my own log house. In the beginning we hired a guy to make a round log house package. We visited a site where he was making a gazebo. The walls were up and it was mostly done. It looked perfect.  He was available and he had enough logs to […]

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All about a Dugout #1


I’ve heard them called Dugouts, Scoop-outs, and Borrow-pits, but I like the sound of ‘Ponds’. Where I came from all water was taken from a river or an underground well. I never dreamt that my water supply for animals, house and drinking would all come from a hole in the ground some day. It initially blew […]

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