Memories of mom and floods #MFRWauthor #blogchallenge #memories

 

Welcome back to the 52 week blog hop challenge. This weeks topic is a Childhood Memory. Since this month was mothers day I wanted to share a memory of my mom. There are some many. She was the funniest, sweetest loving women. Everyone in town loved her. She had more shoe than anyone i know. She had to have a pair for every out fit or some just because she liked them. One day she comes in with a pair of bright red  sequined flats. She called them her ruby slippers and actually wore these to work. In her later years she worked days at the hospital and nights at Wal-Mart at the service desk. Every kid that come by she would take their hand and do the No Place like Home routine. It was so fun to see kids running up to her looking to see if she was wearing them.

We had this tree in our back yard that had lots of strong limbs, that we all called the Starship Enterprise. It was easy to climb and had many “seats.”  it was also called the pee tree in summer swim season(don’t ask) We had so much fun on this tree, but it was also a safe haven. One day we had gone to grandmas and I cant remember what my sister and I did but we were in trouble. We ran to the tree. I boosted my sister up and we went as high as we could. Mom came tearing after us smacking the tree with a switched hollering you have to come down sooner or later and I will be madder. I can’t remember if we got switched or to( probably not. She also liked playing jokes. Her favorite was to put us in the tub at night then go outside scratching on the bathroom window and laughing like a loon when two naked wet little girls come slip sliding out of there. I also remember the weekends we went on trips. We didn’t have much money so we camped. Mom would get up like four o clock and fry chicken. We would stop at a roadside park halfway to our destination or on our picnicking  if it was closer. Sunday we always had fried chicken beans and cornbread. I loved waking up to that smell and was more worried about when can we eat chicken than how much further till we get there. I always miss mom, but Mother’s day brings back so many memories.

One of the songs mom always listened to while cooking. Always makes me think of fried chicken!

Where I live near the river May also brings another issue and that is high waters. We get them every year but sometimes we actually had floods. This year was one of those years. That reminded me of a time when I was a teenager and had stay across town wit a friend. We had a bad flood and the roads were lie little rivers and unpassable by car. Our town had lots of drainage ditches back then that we played in like free pools. My friends dad took his canoe and rowed me home via the ditches. we now have drainage ducts and no more ditches. The river got high but didn’t flood the streets.

Sometimes I miss the simple life when kids longed for the rain to go outside and dance, for the ditches to fill so we could swim in them, for free campsites and tents, and mom and her ruby slippers.

What are some of your favorite childhood memories?

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This-n-That Thursday~#throwbackthursday~~#springcleaning

Hi, Y’all. Spring is finally in full bloom. We are still having a touch of cool weather and some rain here. Schools are getting out, and it’s time to start spring cleaning if you haven’t already.  What is Spring cleaning? It is when we are tired of being cooped up in the house. Tired of the clutter and time to put away the warmer stuff like blankets and heaters and pull out our summer clothes, mend what needs mending, have yard sales to get rid of some old our old stuff and get new if needed.

I remember when I  was younger and mom would gear up for spring cleaning. She would gather cleaning supplies like Murphy’s oil soap and pine sol. She would tackle one room at a time taking everything out; she started with the floor. We had the old hardwood ones you had to polish. She would do the stripping and rewax the floors, wash walls and base boards, dust for cobwebs; our furniture was the wooden stuff with big cushions so she would polish it and put it all back.  She would take all the plastic off the windows we used for winter and washed all the windows remove nails so she could open them to let in cool air( we didn’t have an air conditioner back then. I am not sure how we survived.  The house smelled like fresh air, rain, and pine.

Next, she tackled each bedroom doing the same cleaning floors changing the bedding to cooler lighter ones putting away the quilts and flannel sheets. She even washed our stuffed animals, had us go through all our toys any we out-grew, didn’t want or was broken got tossed, given to a cousin or put in the yard sale, the same with our old clothes.

She would scrub the bathroom like the living room washing baseboards, opening the window washing all the curtains. Last was the kitchen. She took everything out of the cupboards washed it all down, walls included and the bug man would come in and spray before she put everything back away.  She would gather all the stuff she had boxed from each room and dad would have done the shed by now, and Mom and her friend would have the rummage sale.  She would give my sister and me a dollar each for our donations and let us go to the neighborhood store around the corner. We would get a big bag of candy each since back then; they had penny nickel and dime selections. We would get soda for a quarter and a bottle as well, maybe chips for a ten cents. We were in heaven. It wasn’t like now when the grand-kids call up and ask “can I get a few 20’s to take on my field trip Monday?” (true story). “Or I beat my game can I get a new one?” Grandson asks.”How much?” I answer.   “Oh about $60.” He responds like that’s a drop in a bucket. You give them a dollar they are like “What am I supposed to do with this?”

Back to the spring cleaning. These days we may do it a bit different. At the time above my mom didn’t work. Once my brother was born, she did begin working out of the home, and here spring cleaning was spread out on the weekends not done in one week.  Nowadays most of us do work, so we have to find the time to fit in this task.  That is why I thought I would do series over a few posts on Spring Cleaning.

Next week I have a guest post that is sharing some tips and tricks and even has a few printables.  Then Next month I  plan to share some of my before and after pictures, some will be in the house, some will be gardening since I am cleaning my yard as well.

Do you do spring cleaning? Have a yard sale?  Do you have any memories of your mom and spring cleaning?

Remember~~If you can dream it~~You can do it!

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