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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, April 29, 2002

Last week we had our tornado drill here at the manor at 1:00 p.m. and by supper time we were all down on the first floor as they had sighted a tornado near or around Harmony. When the sighting was over we got an OK, and everybody was glad to go back to their apartments, but very surprised to see the ground white with hail. I wonder what our parents and grandparents did years ago. They had no warning about a storm coming, just the dark clouds approaching and a strong wind. I remember my grandpa telling me, when the leaves on the trees show their back sides it means a storm is coming, or when a cat eats grass or a dog runs and hides in a shed it all means a storm is coming. Thanks for our sirens and warning us all.
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At a rural art exhibit, a farmer walked up to an abstract painting and looked at it from all angles. Finally he told his wife he wanted to buy it. When she asked why, he said, Its the best darned picture of the farm situation Ive ever seen. No matter which way you look at it, it doesnt make sense.
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One day Ole went to work with one black shoe and one brown shoe on. His co-worker called his attention to it. Oh, yah, said Ole, I got anudder pair just like it at home.
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Patience is the ability to let your light shine after your fuse has blown.
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A hug is a great gift - one size fits all.
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In our health-conscious society - some families count more calories than blessings.
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Speak kindly today, when tomorrow comes, you will be in practice.
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Dont worry if your grades are low and your rewards are few. Remember that the mighty oak, was once a nut like you.
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Spicing up the Yard

Spices arent just for the kitchen! Use them as a repellent for your yard and garden. To repel ants, sprinkle garlic powder around the house and on the ant hill. Sprinkle powdered ginger around plants to repel snails and slugs. Ginger also stops cats from digging in the soil in your flower beds.
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Whatd it cost in 1941?
Pound of Hamburger - 20
Pint of Weston Oil - 23
Box of Super Suds - 18
Rayon Crepe Gown - $1.84
Four Boxes of Jell-O - 19
Pound of Maxwell House Coffee - 33
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1. Its easy to read a rain gauge if you put a few drops of food coloring in the tube. Even if the colored water dries up, there is enough residue to help read the next rainfall.
2. To get rid of musty or damp odors in your basement, put a layer of barbecue charcoal in the bottom of a flat cardboard box (like the ones soda cans come in). Sprinkle the charcoal with about a half gallon of epson salts. This should be effective for several months.
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~Until next week, Annabelle

Dandelion Jelly

In the early morning pick one quart of blossoms without any of the stems. Boil blossoms with 1 quart of water for 3 minutes. Drain off 3 cups of liquid, add 1 pkg. of pectin, 1 tsp. of lemon or orange extract and 4 1/2 cups sugar. Boil about 3 minutes. Its good.

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