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They All Wore An Apron

The principal use of everyone’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because they only had
a few. It was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and they used less material, but along with that, it served more purposes than any other piece of wearing apparel.

They were wonderful for use as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven, drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears or wiping a child’s runny nose. My mom had a few chickens out back in a coop and the apron was used for carrying in the eggs.   When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow.   Aprons with pockets were often filled with clothes pins, handkerchiefs, and a small toy, picked up off the floor. (Does anyone remember when we had to hang the wash on the clothes line?). From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables, and after the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. If we had unexpected company, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. I even noticed on New Years day my daughter was wearing one of my mom’s aprons while she cooked the holiday meal. Someone asked her about it and she said it kept her t-shirt clean while she cooked. I find that in the summer if I am lucky enough to have some tomatoes, I bring them in by putting them in my shirt and rolling it up to keep them from falling out. That comes from watching my mom and grandma putting things in their apron all those years. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron that served so many purposes. Maybe we need to bring Aprons back………

The Amazing Cucumber

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their “Spotlight on the Home” series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish
essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for better and safer ways to solve life’s everyday problems.



Blogger The Retired One said…

Wow…who knew????
January 30, 2010 9:10 PM

Blogger Joanna Jenkins said…

I was pretty surprised when I read this list. I had no idea! All I do is put them in salads and pitchers of ice water! I’m going to save the list for future reference.

January 31, 2010 11:19 PM

Blogger Mayet said…

really interesting esp. the last one–:) for a mother of toddler like me!
February 1, 2010 2:29 PM

Blogger joe said…

Glad you’re back up, Ann.
So have you tried any of these yet??
February 7, 2010 12:19 PM

Blogger Grannyann said…

No Joe don’t think I have. Sounds good tho, huh?
February 7, 2010 6:55 PM