Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Recipe to Wash



The Washer-Women

1889
Renoir
Quote:

Ye say, they all have passed away, That noble race and brave, That their light canoes have vanished From off the crested wave; That 'mid the forests where they roamed There rings no hunter's shout; But their name is on your waters, Ye may not wash it out.
-Sigourney, Lydia Howard ne¤ e Huntley


Washing Clothes Recipe


Never thought of a 'washer' in this light before..what a blessing! '


Washing Clothes Recipe' -- imagine having a recipe for this ! ! !


Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe: This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook - with spelling errors and all.


WASHING CLOTHES


Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water.


Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.


Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.


Sort things, make 3 piles 1 pile white, 1 pile colored, 1 pile work britches and rags.


To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.


Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.


Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.


Hang old rags on fence.

Spread tea towels on grass.

Pore wrench water in flower bed.

Scrub porch with hot soapy water.

Turn tubs upside down.


Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs.


Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.


Paste this over your washer and dryer Next time when you think things are bleak, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks. First thing each morning you should run and hug your washer and dryer, also your toilet---those two-holers used to get mighty cold! For you non-southerners -wrench means rinse. ;)
AND WE THNK WE HAVE IT ROUGH?


Wedding Humor

A young couple were married and then embarked on their honeymoon. When they returned, the bride ran to the phone and called her mother, who asked, "How was your honeymoon, dear?" "Oh, mama!" she replied, "The honeymoon was so wonderful and romantic..." But then, suddenly she burst out crying and said "but, mama, as soon as we returned home, he started using the most horrible language... things I'd never heard before! I mean, all these awful 4-letter words! You've got to come get me and take me home. Please mama!"

"Darling, darling," her mother said, "calm down and tell me, what words could be so awful?" And, the daughter cried "please don't make me tell you, mama! I'm so embarrassed - they're just too awful! Just come and get me, please!"

"Oh, darling, you must tell me what has you so upset... tell me these horrible 4-letter words!" Still sobbing, the bride said, "Oh, mama... words like DUST, WASH, IRON, COOK...!"

2 comments:

Thom said...

I couldn't imagine having to wash clothes like that :)

A Lady's Life said...

Thome when would a man ever wash clothes in those days? That's why Men invented washing machines.
I guess women forced them to wash clothes :)