Fall mornings and firewood. [Christian talk]

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The cool air of fall settlin in around the old homestead in the early evenings. Time to get the kindling up for tomorrow morning's jaunt into the kitchen and start the cookstove fire. Takin several corncobs and stick'm in a quart mater juice can with kerosene to soak. Split up several small branches of sassafrass for the quick start one likes to have on those cool fall mornings. Don't wanna mess around very long tho----! Strike the match and drop it into the firebox of the old wood cookstove. Open the damper to full open and lett'r rip! Pay close attention to the fire as the coffee pot is loaded and set on the still cold stovetop. In just a few minutes the corncobs will be burned up and the samll kindling will also be spent. Before this happens ---keep stuffin more wood into the infernal. Purty soon the old stove will be just about jumpin! The coffee pot will be steamin and the iron skillet will be almost warm enough for the hog sides to cook. After that is started then the eggs will be dumped into another iron skillet to be cooked in the "saved" bakon grease.

All the grub on the table, everybody is at that table planning about the days work ahead---while the grub quickly dissappears!

These old time days were really rough. What did ya'll have for breakfast this morning? Betcha it wasn't cooked on a wood cookstove-----! Well----if'n it was---was it fried hog, fried eggs? OK then---maybe the good old days ain't quite gone just yet. A bunch of young whippersnappers comin up that DO remember those good old days!

Be good to your lifes mate. Men--your wife is in your care! You are responsible for her well being legally on earth but also before Almighty God! Old hoot. Matt.24:44

-- old hoot gibson (hoot@pcinetwork.com), September 02, 2001


As always, I love your stories. We still heat with wood and for my money there's no more wonderful smell, except of course, bread baking. Never have cooked on a woodstove though and I think maybe I'm glad about that!

-- Deena in Ga (dsmj55@aol.com), September 02, 2001.

Don't fergit da footprints in da frost on da floor ona way to da bathroom!

-- woodsbilly (coleenl@penn.com), September 02, 2001.

Yep, Hoot, I remember that ol' wood cookstove of granny's, she shore could cook some fine vittles on it!!! It felt good in the winter, but it sure was hot in the summer, WHEW!! :) And you are sooo right about being good to our mates!! God has really blessed me with mine. When a man has a god fearing woman that loves him and believes in him like mine does, I'll tell you it will bring a tear to the eye. GOD IS GOOD!!!!

-- Uncle Jake (lulafred@cs.com), September 02, 2001.

Well granny didn't cook on a woodstove(it was electric). I've never been much of a morning person and to this day I normally don't eat breakfast. Every morning granny fixed us eggs, bacon and toast....occasionally we had oatmeal instead. If us young'uns didn't eat breakfast we stayed home from school....she said we must be sickly....had to stay in bed all day too. I tried it once to get to stay home....my idea was to get to play....sure did get boring sittin in bed with granny not lettin me get up except to go to the bathroom! She broke me of that real quick. If my granny was still livin she'd probably shake her head at me usin a wood cookstove. She sure was grateful for the modern conveniences she had and never could understand me wantin to do things the old fashioned way.

-- Amanda in MO (mrsgunsmyth@hotmail.com), September 03, 2001.

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