05.27.15 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

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IRONING CLOTHES

The older generation may watch in wonder when pre-teens download apps, install wireless printers, and edit videos on iMovie with a few clicks of the mouse. But there are loads of skills our parents and grandparents had decades ago that the younger generations don’t. We asked our Facebook fans about this, and received a massive response.

“My grandmother was a pro at sitting and sipping a cup of coffee and looking out the window at the garden without any distractions or boredom. A skill I could really use,” said Sharon Hodor Greenthal. “Great at money management. She saved up $300 for a down payment on a two-family house during the Depression. Then started a successful business with my mom,” said Cheryl De Primio. “Nannie could clean her entire house and look lovely by 9 a.m.,” said Denice Loritsch.

What women! So what other skills did they have? Here are seven your grandparents probably mastered that you haven’t.

Cooking from scratch
cooking from scratchMost likely your grandmother could whip up almost anything without benefit of a recipe card. They just knew when to add a pinch of this and a pinch of that to make a dish taste absolutely perfect. “My grandmother could empty the fridge of leftovers and it would taste great! There’s nothing she could not cook well!” said Alicia Floyd-Grimes.

Sewing (and crocheting and quilting and darning)
grandmother sewingThese days, if someone gets a hole in their socks or jeans, they generally buy a new pair. Your grandparents, on the other hand, darned old socks and everything else. Sure, a few folks still sew. But due to budget cuts and weak demand, many school systems have dropped sewing classes from the curriculum, meaning fewer young people have the opportunity to learn. Yet many of our readers cited sewing as a lost art they’d like to see revitalized.

Canning
canningAlthough rising food prices and the popularity of gardening have led more people to take up canning, it’s still not a skill most younger people have honed. But you can bet your grandparents sure did. For those of you who are interested, there apparently are two types of safe canning processes: boiling water canning and pressure canning. Find out more by going here.

Ironing (really well)
ironing clothesAlthough many of your grandmothers probably ironed just about everything — underwear, pillowcases, handkerchiefs — you’d be hard-pressed to find a 20-something who did so. In a world of polyester clothing, in which dryers boast wrinkle-free settings and stores sell de-wrinkle sprayers, ironing has become nothing but a, er, wrinkle in time.

Meeting people without benefit of the Internet
older people talking on park benchYour grandparents weren’t able to ask someone out via text message or to invite folks to a party via Evite. They had to actually talk to people. They got to know others over a backyard fence or at church or by joining a social club. In a digital age, people tend to talk at each other instead of with each other. In order to encourage real exchanges, many psychologists recommend banning phones and computers from “sacred spaces” such as the dinner table.

Haggling
haggling in a car lotSure, a few of you have haggled over prices in a car lot. But we bet your grandparents were even better at the art of negotiation. You wouldn’t argue with the manager at McDonald’s over the price of a Happy Meal. But in the days of ubiquitous mom-and-pop stores and tradespeople, folks did a lot of bargaining.

Writing beautiful letters
writing a letterYes, many of us still write letters — on paper. But we probably write them a lot less often than we used to. Your grandparents, on the other hand, didn’t have the luxury of email and so were forced to physically write down their thoughts and feelings — maybe even with a fountain pen — every time they wanted to communicate with someone far from home.

What do you think? Which of these skills would you like to learn

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Photograph by Christoph Jorda, National Geographic Your Shot

To get this shot, taken in Austria, Your Shot member Christoph Jorda set up two Profoto B1 flash systems: one on top of the ice cave and one inside. “We had to dig out the entrance of the cave because it was almost totally closed by the snow you see in the foreground,” Jorda writes. The problem? According to Jorda, the ice cave was at an altitude of nearly 9,800 feet, the temperature was at minus 4ºF, and the flash didn’t work properly. “So he [had] to jump a couple of times to get it right,” he says.

Picture of a snowboarder jumping over an ice cave, Austria

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05.20.15 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

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Shaved Alpacas are both hilarious and terrifying floral_divider_by_jassy2012-d8jgkdcwalking with grandmafloral_divider_by_jassy2012-d8jgkdcA woman awakes in the middle of the night to find her husband not in bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him.

She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of hot cocoa in front of him. He appears to be deep in thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes away a tear from his eye.

“What’s the matter dear?” she whispers as she steps into the room. “Why are you down here at this time of night!?”

The husband looks up from his drink, “It’s the 20th anniversary of the day we met.”

She can’t believe he has remembered. She starts to tear up.

The husband continues solemnly, “Do you remember 20 years ago when we started dating? I was 18 and you were only 15.”

Once again, the wife is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring and sensitive.

“Yes, I do,” she replies.

The husband pauses… the words were not coming easily.

“Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?”

“Yes, I remember,” said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.

The husband continued.

“Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, ‘Either you marry my daughter or I will make sure you spend the next 20 years in prison?'”

“I remember that too,” she replied softly…

He sighed as he wiped another tear away from his cheek and said, “I would have gotten out today.”floral_divider_by_jassy2012-d8jgkdc

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05.13.15 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

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“These fireflies are unique because their blink pattern is much longer than the common firefly and they hover about a foot off the ground,” says Black. “Witnessing them by the thousands, floating above the forest floor in complete darkness, is truly an incredible experience.” National Geographic’s Photo of the Day BLUE GHOST FIREFLIEScolored pencils divider clip art 10653530_959612400740167_5655004575737541031_n11149343_1428228744158686_499902929402316573_n

colored pencils divider clip artMy Aunt died this past January. CitiBank billed her for February and March for their monthly service charge on her credit card, and then added late fees and interest on the monthly charge…(the balance had been $0.00… now was somewhere around $60.00) I placed the following phone call to CitiBank: Me: “I am calling to tell you that she died in January.” CitiBank: “The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.” Me: “Maybe, you should turn it over to collections…” CitiBank: “Since it is 2 months past due, it already has been.” Me: “So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?” CitiBank: “Either report her account to the frauds division, or report her to the credit bureau…maybe both!” Me: “Do you think God will be mad at her?” CitiBank: “…excuse me …..?” Me: “Did you just get what I was telling you…. the part about her being dead?” CitiBank: “Sir, you’ll have to speak to my supervisor!” (Supervisor gets on the phone) Me: ”I’m calling to tell you, she died in January.” CitiBank: “The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.” Me: “You mean you want to collect from her estate?” CitiBank: “…..(stammer)” …. “Are you her lawyer?” Me: “No, I’m her great nephew.” (Lawyer info given… ) CitiBank: “Could you fax us a certificate of death?” Me: “Sure.” ( Fax number is given ) ( After they get the fax. ) CitiBank: “Our system just isn’t setup for death…” Me: “Oh…” CitiBank: “I don’t know what more I can do to help…” Me: “Well… if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her…I suppose…don’t really think she will care….” CitiBank: “Well…the late fees and charges do still apply.” Me: “‘Would you like her new billing address?” CitiBank: “That might help.” Me: ” (Odessa Memorial Cemetery #### Hwy 129 and plot number given.) CitiBank: “Sir, that’s a cemetery!” Me: “What do you do with dead people on your planet?!!

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Photograph by Kate Parker, National Geographic Photo of the Day “We all know that sound it makes when you yell into a fan,” writes Kate Parker, who shared this picture with our Your Shot community. Parker had volunteered to take a friend’s children outside after an early dinner out. “This was shot in July in Georgia,” she writes. “Lots of restaurants have these huge fans outside in case anyone is looking to sweat while they eat. [As] soon as the girls saw the fan, they were drawn right to it.” Parker recalled doing this herself as a child. “It is universal. I knew I wanted to capture that moment … yelling freely, with the wind blowing their hair, and just being kids.” colored pencils divider clip artPicture of girls standing in front of a fan in Roswell, Georgia

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05.06.15 Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays

Sorry folks for being late with today’s post. We just left our home in Louisiana headed north in our RV. All morning was devoted to getting ready to travel. I’ll sneak in a picture or two from time to time of our travels! If you’ve never seen our travel blog it’s at rosalynandroy.com. Check it out!

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One third-grade teacher saw the potential for her students to confide in her and decided to figure out a way to make them feel comfortable to do so. Kyle Schwartz, who lives in Denver, came up with the idea of getting the kids to submit something they wished she knew about their personal lives and gave them the option of doing it anonymously.

She told ABC News that 92% of the students she teaches qualify for the free and reduced lunch. And as a new teacher, it was difficult for her to fully understand the daily realities the kids face every single day in their situation.

This was her successful attempt at understanding:teacher asks 3 teacher asks 2 teacher asks

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500px-Pink_star_dividerTHE WHITE CLIFFS OF ITURUP

White rocks have stretched for miles alongside the shore of the Prostor Bay. They are formed of a very light and soft pumice as a result of the huge volcanic eruption. This pumice is being eroded by the storms of the Okhotsk Sea, by the rains and numerous small rivers that form the amazing shapes of the rocks. At the foot of these rocks lies an unusual black-and-white beach, consisting of chopped white pumice and black lava sand. And every morning that we camped there, fresh bear trails appeared on this sand. Iturup island.

CLIFFS

Large gatherings of butterflies are common alongside the Iguazu River on the Brazil-Argentina border. When the river flow gets lower, the rocky riverbanks become exposed, retaining water in small ponds very rich in salts. This attracts butterflies of several species, mainly of the Pieridae family. Butterflies absorb and concentrate the salts in their bodies, pumping out the excess water.

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