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I saw this funny fact in a recent email, “You can lead a cow upstairs, but you can’t lead her back down.” I know this is true from personal experience.

Back in the early 1950’s a group of high school boys decided to put a cow up in the bandstand in the center of the town square park as a Halloween prank. I don’t know who the cow belonged to, or how many boys were involved. They got her up the stairs with not too much trouble, even though they were quite steep.

Next morning she was discovered when store owners around the square started arriving for work. And nobody could coax her to come down those steps! They even  tried blindfolding her, but to no avail.  She was up there most of the day. Finally, a crane was moved in, a wide sling put aroung the cow’s belly and she was lifted out over the rail and lowered to the ground, in front of a large gathering of spectators. Some of  them may have been the culprits who put her up there, not realizing how difficult it would be to undo the prank.

There were consequences though. The upstairs in the bandstand had been a meeting place for teen-age girls who wanted a private place to discuss the latest fashions, make-up  (who was allowed to wear it and who was not) and of course boys. And other groups (boys) who wanted a place to meet without adult supervision, probably to talk about girls, and sneak a cigarette since in the 50’s that was the rebellion of choice.  As you can see from the photo, the steps are no longer there.

They were removed as a direct result of the cow incident.

okiewife, who remembers dating one of the culprits

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twitter education

I realize there are people who look down on twitter, who think it is a waste of time, but I have learned a lot from those I follow. And I have been angered at some of the insults, the remarks inspired by envy, and the political rants by those who have no tolerance for different views. I have also been amused by the one line jokes and quotes from the many ordinary citizens that I follow just because I like their attitudes.

What have I learned from twitter today? I am a blogcrastinator! I started blogging just to keep distant family up-to-date with the family events here is sw OK, but soon began spreading those posts farther apart. Another blog was just to keep an on-line diary of things that I like and that I find funny. And then this one–I don’t remember exactly what the purpose is, except it carries the same username as my twitter account, with more and different types of articles than are posted on blogspot.

So, what do I do about this blogcrastinating fault? First, go back to making notes to myself as the thoughts occur. As age increases memory shrinks. A thought while riding in the car will not be recalled when the trip is done, sorry to say. Those middle of the night bursts of inspiration will not last until daylight. So, a small notebook and pen in the pocket. Wonder what happened to that mini tape recorder I bought to keep track of where the car was parked at the supermarket; it would definitely help with note keeping.

Should I spend less time on twitter and facebook?

NOT ON YOUR LIFE!!!!

okiewife who is now patting herself on the back for posting a short blog. and smiling

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Mississippi Meeting

I received this photo in an email this week from a cousin who lives in Mississippi. The message included said it was believed these ladies were discussing the 2010 elections. No further comments are needed. Never underestimate the quiet dignity of a southern lady.

Submitted by okiewife, who believes it is not paranoia if they really are out to get you.

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Signs of Spring

One of the first signs of spring–the dandilions. They are every where, glowing like mini suns, attracting the honey bees who are busy with their  visits. Some folks think they are just weeds and do their best to eradicate them from their lawns, but they are one of the most useful weeds out there. Every part can be used. The blossoms are delicious dipped in egg batter, then flour, and fried in oil in the skillet. They can be made into jelly and wine. The leaves go great in salads, but you have to pick them early before they go to seed. You know big puff balls on a stem? When my siblings and I were children we certainly did our part in spreading those seeds. One big blow and they were on the way.

The root is useful for medicinal purposes. It is one of the best diuretics in the weed kingdom. It can also be ground up and dried, then used as a coffee substitute. I consider this as an emergency use since I am a coffee addict.

This forsythia bush is in the yard of an abandoned house nearby. It is one of the earliest shrubs to bloom and tells me spring is truly here.

Can the lilacs be far behind?

okiewife, who is more than ready for spring.

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storm clean-up

The clean-up from our recent ice storm is continuing. The guys are making progress, but there were lots of limbs down all over town. Crews are still replacing power lines. They are going to get everything ready for tornado season…

okiewife is ready to hunker down again

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Solar Drying

Ok, this isn’t solar drying, but it’s the next best thing. I use this when it’s raining or too cold to go outside. I doubt one of these as sturdy as this one is can even be purchased today. This one belonged to my grandmother, and she paid $3.78 for it way back in the 1930’s.

My dryer is not broken, but I still don’t use it very often.  This is much more environmentally friendly.

okiewife, who is doing her part to go green

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Empty Aisles

For the first time in my memory the aisles at WalMart were empty of merchandise last Tuesday. Every aisle was the same, lots of room for walking and avoiding other shoppers.

Just wondering if this is a sign of things to come…. fewer items for sale as the economy collapses. What if the trucks stop running?  The shelves would empty quickly.

Preparation for hard times came naturally to our parents and grandparents, and we need to take lessons from them while we can.

Self-reliance is a good feeling. okiewife is just sayin’

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