Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall no job too big or small and folks that was far from hanging out at the mall!
My sister and I often look back and marvel how we managed so well with so little to work with at our place. Dad and mom started planning for winter early on in the year.
As soon as the seed catalogs came in our dad was checking out his planting needs and extra seeds to add to saves from the previous seasons.
Five gardens would need numerous seeds and plants to insure a well- filled cellar for us and enough to share with others.
The gardens thrived at our place in that rich animal friendly soil, plus commercial supplements and sufficient water.
The orchard was small, cling peaches and cherries. Raspberries and blackberries and wild strawberries were picked in season, a family affair.
Dad went to other orchards to provide his family with bushel baskets of apples and more from Lynch Brothers Grocery where he worked, primarily as a meat cutter.
He butchered pigs, cows and goats at home, poultry and water fowl, too many to mention.
Then, there was the wild game that hunter brought home and boy was that a variety of meat to eat. We did not dress in fancy frills, but; when we were home more than often we were covered in feathers and fur.
We children helped with the canning and the preserving of all of the above mentioned and even came away unscathed with quite an education and survival skills.
If I could go back in time and put the workers back in place, if only for a little while; I’d roll up my sleeves and with a broad smile and a happy heart do it all over again!
Life is much different today. There is no roosters to crow a wake-up call at five in the morning.
We spend most of our days, just the two of us. The work is light and troubles and complaints are few.We believe in the power of positive thinking.
God is good!
I can be reached by phone at 317 - 286-7352 or drop me a line to 649 South Grant Street, Brownsburg, IN., 46112.