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By Nancy Polanski on September 5, 2011

The person you're going to read about this week is bound to become an instant "old friend." We have crossed paths a few times here on Cubits, mostly in the Jigsaw Puzzle forum, and I always thought I'd like to get to know her better. I know you will like her to. She goes by the name Sashagirl.

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Sep 10, 2011 5:52 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
What a joy to read and I felt like I was right there with you growing up. You certainly can spin a tale and I will go back and read it again.
What a delight it was reading about your life. It is a pleasure knowing more about you!
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Sep 11, 2011 5:26 PM CST
Name: Deanna
Eastern Iowa
A good example is the best sermon.
Thanks Connie!

I'm hoping most folks "of a certain age" might find some little tidbit in it that will remind them of a happy memory from their own childhood.
Sep 13, 2011 8:03 AM CST
Name: Vicki
Morning Deanna!

Just found this and was just entranced reading it. I didn't grow up in the country but had friends and cousins that did.

Was at a friends farm and we were going to get the cows. Yes we did get chased by the bull. Just made it thru the fence and into the cornfield. Remember washing udders and walking around cowpies! Was a great experience for a town girl. remember being at another friends and for breakfast they served cow tongue. No I couldn't eat it as it really looked like a sliced cow tongue.

Then we would call our cousins and see if we could come out there on those hot summer days. We'd get on our bikes and ride the several miles there. I do remember pushing the bikes up the hill and the heat of the day. Also remember flying down that hill on the way home!

So many memories of being there. Picking strawberries to munch on. I don't think we were suppose to. They had an old house they stored the grain in and we played in it. Riding on the rock wagon with Uncle Helmer and my sister falling off and the wheel pinching the skin on her leg. She ended up being okay. My Aunt with a broken foot or leg where a cow either stepped or kicked.

The saddest part was my cousin Glen had leukemia and he was my brothers age. So they were very close. He didn't make it and after he died we didn't go out there much after that. I think having my brother there made my Aunt Ruth sad. My Brother has been dead for years and I can't ask him questions about it. Which is sad.

But the memoies are wonderful and thank you for bringing them up for me.

Sep 13, 2011 8:31 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Vicki, I loved YOUR memories of farm visits too. Isn't it odd how many people's best memories are of farm life?

My husband was a city boy with farming relatives too. He loves to tell me about those times, and a couple of times he had to drive me out there and show me the farm (from a distance because they don't own it anymore).

So thanks for sharing that~
Sep 13, 2011 8:38 AM CST
Name: Vicki
Nancy I think any city kid is fortunate if they can spend time on a farm. It is a totally different life and I would think and hope most of them take that with them.
Sep 13, 2011 10:24 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
When I was growing up, it was the suburbs. Far enough away, that the city people thought of us as "country." But far enough away from the country that the farmers thought of us as city. Lol!

Anyway, I used to go to the city where my aunt and uncle owned a tavern, and they lived upstairs. The sounds and smells coming up from the tavern/restaurant were so fascinating to me. The food, the cigar smoke, the laughter and talking. Sometimes we would have to go down into the dark, scarey cellar to bring up meat from the freezer, or fold napkins, or peel potatoes. Yup, we were little slaves when we heard that loud clanking on the pipes that meant my cousins had to go down to see what was needed.

My cousins used to like spending a week at our house too. They could run freely around our big yard and swim in our pool and listen to the crickets at night.

We all have memories of lifestyles that were different from our own, I guess.
Sep 13, 2011 10:37 AM CST
Name: Vicki
Nancy that was fascinating! I guess any lifestyle that is different from your own would hopefully be fascinating.

When my sister would come to visit there were always chores to do. I raised rabbits at the time. Can't remember if we had the few head of beef then. Any way she sent her daughters here to visit as the eldest was a problem so MEAN Aunt Vicki could straighten her out! Rolling on the floor laughing Didn't have any animals then! other than a dog and cats!
Sep 13, 2011 11:10 AM CST
Name: Deanna
Eastern Iowa
A good example is the best sermon.
Hi Vicki!!
I was hoping some of my friends from DG would show up!

I imagine many kids who lived on or visited farms have been chased by a bull at one time or another. Since we survived, it's a fun memory isn't it?

I'm so tickled my article brought back some of your precious memories of your childhood.

Another thing we have in common, I was MEAN Aunt Deanna. The orneriest of my nephews still talks about how I was the only one who loved him enough to make him behave. We are closer now than ever. He turned out to be a great guy, but oh my, was he a handful. Rolling on the floor laughing

Enjoy your day off, you sure deserve it!
Sep 13, 2011 11:22 AM CST
Name: Vicki
Have been waiting for you to show up! :lol:

Yes fun memories. We survived our childhoods just fine didn't we? Without all the taboos they have nowadays. Glad I grew up when I did!

A little hard work or spanking never hurt anyone!

My niece wasn't that bad. She actually behaved as she believed her mom was going to leave her here. She had reached that age where mom /daughter butt heads and my sister is not the most patient person. Rolling my eyes.

You should do a whatchamacallit for them to come and read your story. I don't think too many come here and I think Maria is just on FB now. That is the only place I see her.

Link is the word I was looking for. Rolling on the floor laughing My goodness can't even remember a 4 letter word. Bet there are others I can remember!
Sep 14, 2011 7:11 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Deanna your story is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. Group hug
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Sep 14, 2011 8:45 AM CST
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada
Thanks for sending us the link on "Coffee". Enjoyed the story.
Sep 14, 2011 9:20 AM CST
Name: Deanna
Eastern Iowa
A good example is the best sermon.
It's Nancy's (nap) fault, she made me do it!! Big Grin
Sep 14, 2011 11:41 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Oh yeah. Like I had to stand over her with a club until she agreed to do it.

(It worked though, didn't it???)
Sep 14, 2011 4:26 PM CST
Name: Joy
Finger Lakes, NY
Deanna, thanks for giving us the link, I am going to save it in a special file so I can find it again.

Many of my memories are from my uncle's farm. My grandparents came from Denmark and settled on that farm. I remember chasing the heifers when they got loose, touching the electric fence, OUCH, when told not to and every year my uncle would name the 2 pigs to be butchered Susan (his daughter) and Joyce. ha!!!

Also I am know as Mean aunt Joy!

thanks again,
Sep 14, 2011 8:43 PM CST
Hi Deanna ...
Such a wonderful story! I loved every word of it, and yes ... it brought back many a memory for me as wel. My Grandparents lived on a big farm, and I stillremember picking veggies, going to the auction barn with Granddaddy and the hams and sausage hanging in the smoke house. I even used an outhouse a couple of times ... but I'll admit I didn't have to do that often. You're right, even though those were hard times, they were good times. We were definitely closer back then.

Congrats on a wonderful story!
Sep 14, 2011 9:18 PM CST
Name: Deanna
Eastern Iowa
A good example is the best sermon.
Wow, I am just overwhelmed at all the responses here!

Talking about the electric fence reminded me of the time two of my brothers were goofing around,out by one of our e. fences, when they were pre-teens . I think one of them (probably the eldest) dared the other one to pee on it. Talk about a " shocker"! Rolling on the floor laughing

Hi Susan!
I'm so glad you had those special times out on the farm! I've never experienced a home smokehouse, but I bet it smelled heavenly in there, and I can only imagine how yummy those hams and sausages were!

We got to "experience" an outhouse, exclusively, until I was nearly high school age. Not one of my "precious" memories. Sticking tongue out ha.

I'm pleased that you both stopped by , to read and respond-makes me feel special. Group hug
Sep 16, 2011 9:05 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Deanna, it's been great to read this story, full of warmth, love, and a lifetime of adventures! I think that the memories of farm life have something to do with a tangible connection to the earth. City folks are so disconnected from the cycle of life, and from the source of their food, and working to obtain it, and the miracle of planting seeds and having them grow and make food for us. And of course, for city kids to spend time on a farm, well, it's a whole lot of new stuff to do, climbing trees in the orchard, playing in a hayloft, going barefoot and getting dirty, being squirted in the face with milk right out of the cow, and having a hen peck your hand when you reach under her to gather eggs, great fun even for those who live there!

Sharon, I included the chicken part just for you because I know how much you love those protective old hens!
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Sep 16, 2011 9:13 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Mary, I skipped that line!
You are such a sweetheart.
Sep 17, 2011 8:02 AM CST
Name: Vicki
Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing
Sep 17, 2011 9:58 AM CST
Name: Deanna
Eastern Iowa
A good example is the best sermon.
There you are!

I was so hoping you might find this. I thought you might enjoy it. Big Grin

The referance to being squirted right in the face with milk right out of the cow, brought a big grin to my face. It reminded me of the barn cats who loved getting their daily dose of fresh warm milk, just that way! They would line up to get their "squirts". They were so funny to watch as they vied for position.

Loved the side comment to our Sharon, too! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Lovey dubby

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