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Image Recollections of Pearl Harbor, 1981-84
By Sandi Schmidt on December 7, 2010

This is strictly off the cuff, probably rift with errors, but I was compelled to write it this morning....December 7th.... And although it only took an hour to write, it took two hours to find two photos to accompany it.

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ImageAudrey
Dec 8, 2010 1:24 PM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
Beautifully told! I remember Pearl Harbor, though I was just a little girl. When I started to school we reused the high school's typing paper to draw and color on. That was a very hard time. Sometimes we didn't have a battery for our radio, and it was hard to get news. I remember hearing FDR when we did have a battery.
Food was hard to get, too. We bought our flour in 50lb. bags, and cornmeal, too, when we could get it. We used the bags for clothes, and we got hog and horse feed in bags that my sister always argued over who got the prettiest one!
I remember the ration stmps, but you could barely find the things to use them for. We raised most of our food, but I remember the grocer saved daddy a can of peaches he'd got from the "black market" and we thought we were in heaven!
Yes, I agree, we should ALWAYS remember with respect those men and women who gave their lives for our freedom! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
Imagenap
Dec 8, 2010 1:42 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Fantastic memories, Audrey. Thank you for sharing them.
Bubbles
Dec 8, 2010 5:10 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Audrey, your recollections were 'beautifully written.' I read your post over and over. It's hard for me to wrap my head around the hardships you and your family...as well as others...went through back then. We have too much now, and it isn't enough for most. I've been out trying to do some Xmas shopping for my daughter. I came home empty handed because I couldn't find anything she didn't already have or want.
Thanks for sharing your memories.....Sandi
ImageAudrey
Dec 8, 2010 8:48 PM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
We never went on welfare, either! We had meats and vegies, and even had some fruit trees. We picked wild plums and blackberries. Mother made jams and jellies. She even tried to make peanut butter, but it was to dry. Anything you could think of that you could eat, we raised it! She canned sausage in it's on grease. Of course it got a little old tasting. but nobody else had any! Through all the hardships. Daddy had a fiddle and an old guitar. He taught me to play the guitar, and we would sing and make music. Daddy also shot wild game, and fished. We didn't want for food, just wanted something different, sometiomes!
Bubbles
Dec 8, 2010 10:13 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
I sure hope you've written down your memories of that time so your family can appreciate your experiences. You really have quite a story going. I find it so interesting.
ImageAudrey
Dec 9, 2010 9:05 AM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
I'm glad you enjoy it.
I remember Daddy going duck hunting and bringing home several ducks, I'm afraid he never paid attention to limits! My mother and grandmother would sit up picking the pin feathers off to save for another feather bed, or pillows. They cooked the ducks for dinner. I never liked duck meat as well as chicken, it's to dark.
We had all the game meat we could eat, along with pork and chicken. We never slaughtered beef. We kept a good milk cow, and had milk and butter, as well as sweet milk. Sometimes we'd eat milk and bread with our supper.
Seemed like all the relatives wanted to come to our house for holidays. My grandmother made THE best plum cobler you ever put in your mouth! The week before Christmas they would make 21 pies and 5 cakes. This should last till New Year's. Before we got electricity we put our perishables outside, or in a cold room that we wouldn't heat. In summer we had a "milk box" that we pumped cold water in to keep the milk longer. When it turned sour, we churned it and had fresh butter. Of course, it had to clabber, first!
I remember once someone gave us a big bunch of scrap fabric. I was fascinated! I watched them cut pieces and make quilts. The pattern I remember was diamonds One particular piece of fabric had tiny purple pears on it. Daddy had made them a frame that hung from the ceiling, and you wound the strings that held it back up when you finished for the night. I loved watching them draw "clamshell" curves to quilt by on the quilt.
I love telling about my childhood and the "hardships" we went through, though it didn't seem that hard to me at the time, we just didn't have much money. As long as someone reads it, I'll write it!
Bubbles
Dec 9, 2010 10:01 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Well I'm reading it! And I'm also reading it to my husband! And I'm sure there are others that are checking out your postings too.
ImageLindaTX8
Dec 9, 2010 12:47 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Thank you for writing about this! I'm afraid my family missed out on that more natural country style life! We didn't have a refrigerator for quite a while and used the old iceboxes...in Texas. And the war...freedom isn't free...our service people sure paid a high price then!
ImageAudrey
Dec 9, 2010 2:44 PM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
I've been asked to prepare an article about my "reflections", so I wont be writing anything more here till after that. I'mso glad you all liked it!
Bubbles
Dec 9, 2010 4:01 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
I'm so glad you'll be sharing your recollections!!! Way to go!!!!
ImageSharon
Dec 13, 2010 9:52 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Audrey, your memories are very much mine as well. The only difference is that Mom and I lived with my grandmother and there were no men around. My grandfather had been killed in a slate fall in a coal mine some years before, my dad was in the Philippines, and the only men in my life were two great uncles who lived nearby. It was my grandmother who killed the chickens we had to eat, and sometimes my great uncles shared a slab of bacon. Hog killing time was around Thanksgiving, so the bacon would be a Christmas gift.

And quilting, every scrap of outgrown or worn out clothes went into quilts. Most of my dresses were from feed sacks, and I thought they were the prettiest flowered designs. I still have about 50 of those quilts, some are around 100 years old. I have a glass fronted cabinet to protect them while also displaying them. I still use them, too.

And did you ever make a bolster? That was a pillow that was long enough to stretch all the way across the bed. I still have one, the feathers in it are flattened now, but it's still a treasure. I think it's the one I helped stuff, and if it is, it also has in it a few 'sweet weeds' so that it smelled good. I'll have to unwrap it someday to see. And the feathers of cardinals and blue birds. I was the designated feather gatherer, so along with all the chicken feathers my grandmother provided, I added the colorful ones I found.

It's good to remember, it's the strength of those memories that can keep us going when times get tough. So thanks for sharing, Audrey. Looking forward to your article.
ImageAudrey
Dec 13, 2010 11:34 AM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
Sharon, put the bolster in the dryer, no heat, for about 10 min.! Should perk it right up!
ImageSharon
Dec 13, 2010 11:35 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Will do.
Think I need to beat the dust out of it first.

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