Archive for August, 2010

Grandma’s Apron

Posted on August 30, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

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, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old time apron’ that served so many purposes.

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Elder Law Educational Resource Team of San Diego presentation at Magdalena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas, CA

Posted on August 17, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Staying safe? By guest columnist Linda

Posted on August 6, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |


My life is private, personal and safe. I have no name on my mailbox but I do have a key. I am unlisted in the telephone book. I have neighborhood watch, a shredder, a safe, alarm system, bolts on my doors, Norton on my computer, caller ID and right to bear arms.

It’s expensive to keep my identity private, personal, confidential and safe. Am I?

**Linda is a freelance writer from Puyallup, Washington. She is a multi-tasking, experienced, fun-loving grandmother of five. With 48 years of marriage under her belt & going strong, and raising 3 brilliant children….”this is her take”. Look for more to come from Linda.

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