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The Granny Files: April 5, 1947
by Lisa A. Parnell   

Last edited: Wednesday, March 27, 2002
Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2002

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a letter from a grandmother's files

4-5-47

Dear Folks,

Thanks so much for the Easter card Ė itís the sweetest thing. And Iíve not done one thing for Easter. Guess Iíll just have to include a double order of love in this letter.

This morning at breakfast Happy said, ďGuess we wonít get out to Anson for Easter, will we?Ē I replied that, at this late date, I didnít suppose so. He said, ďWell, you must write and tell your mother that we canít get there. I told her weíd be out again at Easter.Ē So Ė just in case youíd been looking for us, let this be your notification. He then went on to make big plans about how weíd come out there some week-end after our garden starts bringing forth good things and surprise you by gifts of cabbage, corn, beans etc. He also insists that weíll bring you some fryers and all my protestations that youíll have fryers in the back yard make no difference. He says he wants you to have some of our fryers. Heís a nut.

Our fryers are day old chicks he brought home last night! He telephoned that he was going to bring some white Wyandot cockerels to raise for fryers but he got here with straight-run White Rocks Ė so Iíll have some pullets to save from this bunch. We still plan to get a few Austra-White pullets in addition. I worked all afternoon trying to get that big electric brooder adjusted to hold the right temperature and never did make it do right. Solomon never bothered about how hot or how cold it was Ė and over half of his chicks died. So we just fixed up a big cardboard box with a light bulb and a fruit jar and holes cut around the bottom for feed and water, spread sand on the bottom so they wouldnít peck in the droppings and theyíre as happy as if they were in a fancy brooder. Happy is going to call Mr. Darby today and find out how to make this brooder work right. Iím sure it can be done because the Darbys used it all the time and were in the chicken business in a big way. We got fifty for $3.50 and, of course, they put in a couple extra. Kyle and I are determined to raise every one of them. There isnít a puny looking one so far. I was thinking last night about that poor little chick you gave me when Kyle and I came out there last fall. I donít think it ever did stop cheeping and it didnít eat or grow Ė or sleep, it seemed.

Happy also got Kyleís long awaited BB gun yesterday and Kyle was out before breakfast gunning for crows. He came in a few minutes ago and said he was going fishing. If I can find a good excuse to stop work I may be right there beside him before long. But itís pretty chilly and windy this morning. Guess this is our Easter cold spell. Hope it gets no worse than this. A heavy frost would really ruin us. We didnít get our rain yesterday and Iím holding my breath in hope the water wonít run out before Monday. Of course, we can always carry water from the cistern at the barn, but I donít like to drink that Ė and itís a lot of bother.

I donít believe Iíve ever told you what Iím planning to do while Happy is planning on bringing you all this stuff from the garden. That is to do a bit of canning for you. I know youíll probably not be able to get much, if any, done this summer and I thought that itíd work out very nicely for me to do it along as I do mine. Of course, that is just more counting chickens before they hatch, but if the garden amounts to anything at all we should have plenty of vegetables to supply we three and you two adequately. You might be gathering jars together and Iíll bring back a bunch to fill for you the next time we come out. Right now it looks like there are enough jars around here to can enough stuff for an army Ė but I remember how quickly I ran out last summer Ė and didnít do any great lot of canning either. I have already gotten two gallons of white corn syrup to use for canning fruit, guess I really should get more than that. Then I can use what sugar we have for jellies and such that donít do so well with syrup. I do hope our strawberries do well so we can have strawberry jam Ė thatís the best stuff in the world. I must get a pressure canner. My little pressure pan will hold three pints but thatíll be very tedious for anything but small quantities from the garden each day.

I made that honey fudge cake that the Swans Down people are using in their contest and itís the worst thing I ever saw or tasted. I donít think Kyle will eat it and when a cake is that bad itís terrible. In the contest youíre supposed to complete the statement ďI like the honey fudge cake made by the Swans Down Mix-Easy Method because -- -- ď I think Iíll tell them I like it because when I make it I can be sure of always having cake on hand. It would also make nice bath sponges. But the icing is pretty good and takes no sugar.

Well, itís ten oíclock and as usual thereís plenty to do so Iíll get to it.

Much love,

Jeannette


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Reviewed by Florence Fry
Another good read. Pity about the honey fudge cake though. I would have asked for the recipe :)
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