Return to a time when a boy could be a boy; when life was more clear from the top branch of a tree; when a kid could trade anger and disappointment for action and adventure; when the whole neighborhood was his playground; and the sloppy kiss from a dog could make everything right.
Monday, September 30, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
Our daughter, Donna and her husband Mark, were flooded out of their home in Katy, Texas by Hurricane Harvey. My husband, Bill, built this cabinet for them after everything on the first floor was destroyed by flood water.
After I designed it on paper, we searched an antique store to find the parts. The double bank of drawers on each side are parts of two different treadle sewing machines. Positioned on a platform with space for a "cubby" in the center, a wooden wall hanging was sized to fit as a door in the middle. Four legs from a home supple store were attached to the bottom platform board. Voila, a new piece of furniture. After we took it to Texas, Mark added more. He removed the legs and mounted the cabinet on their iron sewing machine base whose upper wooden part had been destroyed by all that water. Beautiful. Mark, if you're reading this, please post a picture of the cabinet with the authentic treadle base on my Facebook page.
If you need a new cabinet, desk, chest or other furniture, what might you use to create it? If you already have made one, please post it on my Facebook page. Or, make a mock-up and use it as a discussion at home or in class.
Monday, September 16, 2019
Monday, September 9, 2019
Throughout the lives of families, what we didn't have we found a way to create something. That's the story of this item. Backpacks came onto the market in 1938. But, that wasn't the first invention for carrying school books.
In the late 1890's, Grandpa fitted the straps to this "backpack" around his books, then wound the handle around, tightening and shortening the straps. Walking back and forth to school, he carried his books by the handle. It would have carried many McGuffey text books, from readers to Arithmetic.
Life is full of fun ways to see how inventive people were as they found ways to simplify their lives. If you lived long ago and didn't have a backpack but had a stack of books, how would you make your task lighter? Draw a picture of your solution and a paragraph about it. Have fun with it. There is no wrong answer, only your great, creative answer.
Thursday, September 5, 2019
An Indiana favorite from Gerschuh's Restaurant in Greenville, Ohio (now closed)
Monday, September 2, 2019
Hello, my friends. I'm sorry we have not met recently. As you know, I have just finished the third in my Tucker McBride trilogy, Tucker&...
Several people asked for the sugar cream pie recipe Gramma made in book 2 - Tucker McBride - His Many Lives (out in early 2020) . I made it ...
My husband, Bill, is the "prototype" for Tucker McBride. Yes, he did all that stuff in the book. Someone asked for a picture of...
Gramma and Grandpop enjoyed their cup of coffee every morning. They couldn't drive over to a Starbucks coffee shop, there wasn't an...