Memories of Grandmothers and Aprons plus photos #TBT

Posted By on November 26, 2020

happythanksgiving_thumbSince I’m pre-writing this by a few days for Throwback Thursday #TBT, I realized just before post it that  it will also be Thanksgiving on Thursday. Our family won’t be getting together as usual (same for a lot of families for a COVID19 resurgence), but ours was planned that way since we rotate holidays; Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn and Ellerie will be with the Oostras this year.


Ok .. so I didn’t quickly find a photo of either of my grandmothers with an “apron,” but I can guarantee you that my Grandma Bluhm had it ‘on’ more than she had it ‘off’ … and I am almost positive the same could be said for Brenda’s Granny Howard. Nevertheless, I’ll archive a couple photos from DadC’s slides of me and my Grandma and Grandpa Bluhm before sharing the “Grandmothers and Aprons” story below (and all the grandkids above: Bob, Ron, Diane and me with glasses). 


GpaGmaBluhm_RichChrismas1961cNow for the story that was shared on a friend’s Facebook page, but almost everyone my age either remembers a grandmother, relative or family friend who resembles a grandmother wearing an apron.

If this doesn’t bring fond Throwback Thursday memories to you, then I feel sorry for you … you really missed out.

Grandmothers and Aprons

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principle 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. GrandmothersAndApronsIt 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 folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron – but love

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

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma’s aprons.

Ellerie’s Christmas project and decorating before Thanksgiving

Posted By on November 25, 2020

ThatCantBeRightChristmas is fast approaching and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet! Yikes. Brenda and our neighbor Pam are already putting up the decorations around our Evergreen Farm Estates neighborhood … something they have been doing for the last 20+ years. I think they enjoy doing it, RemovingTypeTraysideseven though it is time for someone else to join in. The festive look is nice and we certainly enjoy driving down the lane each year with the lights, ribbons, wreathes and greenery putting us in the holiday mood … even if I have to organize and store everything in the loft each year. WoodenTypeTrayLetterpress

For my Christmas spirit, I started on Ellerie’s first Christmas woodworking project this year (probably something smaller for Annalyn and maybe Brenda, Katelyn and Megan if I have time too?). My goal is to turn my old letterpress type trays into something useful. If you’ve been reading along, I took apart one of the old type galley tray cabinets that was used to store customer offset plates, negatives and stripped flats when I started CPP. My plan was to re-use the Maple material for woodworking projects … which was partially why I added a planer to my wood shop this year (and made a cover). PlanedPrtTrays201123


So this past weekend I took apart some of the trays, removed the screws and nails … then planed them to remove the years of abuse and ink. Part of me wanted to retain the “patina” of the old antique type trays, but the wood underneath was too nice (although I am trying to retain a few of the markings to record the materials history).


Remembering a couple 1970s TV shows and commercials

Posted By on November 24, 2020

BanacekSeasonOneA car enthusiast’s off-topic “Today’s Useless Tweet” got me thinking about old television shows that I enjoyed while growing up. I’m sure almost everyone my age flirts with nostalgia and can go on indefinitely with memories of their youth?

His Banacek share (good show) and the George Peppard memory, which for me will always be the A-Team and his character Col. John “Hannibal” Smith’s line,I love it when a plan comes together”, had me remembering a few other shows. One that came to mind was a favorite WWII Navy aviation-based show: Baa Baa Black Sheep. I need to see if that is streaming somewhere?


John Rowe also mentioned that he was streaming the old show on IMDB TV and that it has commercials and saying… “but for some reason they don’t bother me.” My thought was, it would be nice if they were “old commercials” since it would be interesting to remember them. His reply back was, “as long as they are car commercials”. HA … for sure … definely better than marketing cigarettes!

As the holidays approach, mini-dictators flex their power

Posted By on November 23, 2020

One of the more disturbing trends during the COVID19COVID19 pandemic has been the infringement on personal liberty by politicians in the country.Thankfully we are closing in on a vaccine, but the heavy-handed restrictions that may have been tolerated during the initial outbreak, aren’t being received well by those who are trying to keep food on the table and businesses alive.

The hypocrisy is likely the most offensive. From governors who dine with a loud dinner party … indoors without masks ... while telling the little people not to go out to eat, to legislators wanting a nation face mask order by the federal government while walking through an airport without one … or the House of Representative’s speaker getting her hair done despite orders to keep salons closed. It is challenging enough for Americans voluntarily to “do the right thing,” but perhaps the most frightening is to have governors like Oregon’s Kate Brown trying to prevent families from getting together for Thanksgiving. Instead of recommending smaller celebrations or even pointing out how to keep people safe … she instead goes beyond her authority and plans to enforce her orders … even to the point of “neighbors reporting neighbors” (jump to 2:45 for comment below).  It is frightening when this happens in America.

Ideas: medal holding chop saw fence and tapering rod stock

Posted By on November 22, 2020

Just adding a couple of idea photos for a future metalworking project, or adaptable to woodworking as well.


First, clamp a couple of scrap pieces of wood in a metal cutting chopsaw or miter saw to cut small sizes and keep in place (might rig something on my handheld bandsaw for better control and thinner kerfs). What is missing in the photo are blocks in front to hold the stock against the fence (a better addition might be a U-box).


Also, I liked the use of the belt sander AND ‘chucked’ solid rod stock spinning at the same time to taper a point on this copper rod hold-down component. (House of Chop was welding up a “third-hand” tool. I really also liked his air compressor and moisture control manifold system).


Creatively painting tools and testing a new relay for the Packard

Posted By on November 21, 2020

PaintedViceGripsPersonally I don’t want my tools looking like this, but I do admire the effort and creative talent it takes to do this. It does remind me of my grandfather who always painted the handles of his tools bright red .. I still have a couple of them.

Also the new relay arrived for the Packard Hawk and so instead of starting the project this past weekend) … I decided to just check to see if the relay was working correctly. All good!


It would be easy to get hooked on the EV classic MGB Restomod

Posted By on November 21, 2020

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