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This Show n Tell has been pre-scheduled during the week of Hurricane Ike. As the winds and rains will begin to pick up, Bud and I may have evacuated or our power has been lost. So, while I had a chance, on Wednesday, I took a couple of photos. One of which reminds me of the days of my youth. It's not really all that much, sorry.

You see when my mother passed away and then my father four years later, I was living in the same area...within blocks of my childhood home where my father still resided. So, as a 'convenience' to all my other siblings I took over going through the belongings and saving this and that for each one who told me what they wanted. Then, with the furniture and such, we donated. [No one wanted the furniture because we all had 'left the nest' for years already and had our own household. Except for one item ---my own bedroom set which I kept and had stored for years and years.] Things like fishing poles, clocks, antiques, dishes and such were the items we kids wanted.

Being into crafts most of my adult life, I kept my mother's old, OLD clothespins and have used them off and on. I still have a few remaining. And I've been working on a Halloween item [I blogged about this about a week ago] and there was a calling for four clothespins, and not the 'pinching' spring activated kind. Anyway, as I dumped the clothespins out in search for the kind needed, I found one that was different than all....I guess I kept this one because the fact it WAS different. It never got thrown away----



It doesn't have the 'rounded' finish at the top, nor has it been broken. It's square!

How many of you remember your mom hanging clothes on the line with these? Did your mother have the same ritual as mine? Go outdoors with the huge wicker basket loaded with clothes...have the iron "T" poles with four lines --- and a wet rag...always a wet rag for the first load, so she could wipe the lines clean before hanging anything. And on cold icy days, I remember the clothes steaming while she was hanging them. By the time she was done, her hands were red from the frosty air! [Even sometimes the clothes would come back indoors partially frozen!]

Ahhhhhh, the good ol' days.




The second photo is of four little miniature scarecrows [made of straw and resin]. I added a AA battery to show you ratio of just how tiny they are. I have two girls and two boys. Aren't they adorable? And they were an excellent price too. My kind of bargain...two for a dollar! At Walgreen's Drug Store.

So, I leave you with nothing much for a show n tell today. With the power sure to be off by some time Friday [the surge is to begin Friday through the weekend, ending] I wanted to do a bit of something and preschedule it in case we needed to evacuate. If anyone wants to volunteer to add my blog entry and url to Kelli's site...go right ahead! Your gesture is appreciated.

Once again...I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the prayers and wishes for our safety during the hurricane watch.

33 comments :

  1. Good Morning Anni,
    I have been having trouble with my computer again and I am now getting to where I can get to my blog again. I could check emails, but couldn't get to my blog. I do need a new computer. LOL. I have been thinking of you and your Family during this time. I have been watching The Weather Channel alot and keeping an eye on Hurricane Ike as well. It's not looking good for parts of Texas. We may even get some winds and rain from Ike Sunday and Monday. That's what our local weather guy said tonight. If you were ordered to evacuate, I hope you heeded the orders to do so. It's better to be safe than sorry. Just know you have lots of friends out here who will be keeping you and Bud in our thoughts and prayers during this time. May God Bless You and Yours.

    Love & Hugs,
    Karen H.

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  2. Loved this Show & Tell. Clothes pins always bring back fond memories for me. I love the tiny dolls. I added your name to Kelli's list. I'm not sure I did it right. Your blog works a little different than mine.
    Hope you're OK.

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  3. Not only do I remember Mom hanging up clothes with that type of pin, there were times when she insisted that I help! Do you remember curtain stretchers with all the little pins? Mom had those too. Mom still hung some things outside when she was in her seventies, though most were put in the dryer inside.

    I hope you and other Texans on the coast get through Ike okay. This one sounds like it may do to Galveston and Houston what Katrina did to New Orleans. My daughter is in San Antonio, so I'll be checking with her over the weekend.

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  4. Hope you are safe and well.

    Lovely to be able to use your mum's old clothes pegs - but no, I don't remember my mum using ones like these!

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  5. I do remember my mother following that same scenario you described as your mother's practice! I have some of my mother's and also my mother-in-law's clothes pins. I never hang clothes outside but I love the old pins and the memory. Your little scarecrows are adorable. Walgreen always has cute holiday and seasonal stuff and great prices too! I enjoyed your post, Anni. And many are praying for all of you coastal peaple during this hurricane season.
    Kathy

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  6. Hello Anni, I remember those clothes pins and my Mom hanging her clothes on the line.
    Sorry to hear the hurricane is headed your way, hope you and your family keep safe.
    Love, Ann

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  7. Your clothespin is very special!! The wooden ones with the round top are very expensive around here, as they are only available in "designer stores"! We have plastic clothespins as we mostly line-dry our clothes (I only use the dryer sometimes in the winter time).

    Your tiny scarecrows are adorable!
    Stay well and safe

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  8. that clothespin is an antique if i've even seen one!!! and those little scarecrows are so cute!!! my thoughts are with you the weekend. stay safe out there!!!!

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  9. Hi Anni, My mom used this kind of clothes pin..She would place them in an apron while hanging up her wash, and later on I remember a white cloth bag to hold the pins..My mom is 86 and hand washes all of her clothes , except for towels and sheets..she never wants a washer and dryer at home .. she says her clothes will last longer than mine,because of washing them her way..When I go to her house, something is always drip drying over her bathtub..such a strong headed woman...

    Our eyes are on the weather channel watching Ike...God bless you and Bud's safety.
    Hugs, Baba

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  10. That clothespin is a rare treasure sweetie. I love the miniature scarecrows, so cute. I am keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers. I love you.

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  11. A rare treasure indeed. I have seen the rounded clothespins but never one like this. The scarecrows are my kind of deal and oh sooo cute!! Praying for you and all other Texans as Ike approaches. Be safe. Big Hugs!

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  12. God be with you as Ike arrives in Texas...Take care...

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  13. That's really black humour ! you write : "her hands were red from the frosty air" ... and then call it "the good old times", lol ! Poor mom ! I don't want to go back to "good old times" were women spend most of their days with cooking and laundry ! your little scarecrows are so cute !!
    Heard today that Ike is approaching Houston. I am thinking of you !

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  14. Anni, Barb from BAba's blog and I were talking at Curves this morning just hoping and praying that you and Bud got out of there. We keep hearing that it is going to be a very bad storm so don't stay. We are all worried about you...Let us know how you are as soon as you can..Okay..sandy

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  15. I’m holding positive thoughts for you and everyone affected by Ike as I listen to weather reports this morning. As for the clothespins … yup … these are the kind Mom used … and we followed the same ‘rag’ ritual to clean the lines before hanging the clothes. Love your miniature scarecrows. They are tiny aren’t they! I’ve checked out the ‘follow’ widget thingy in Blogger and added it to Small Reflections then imported blogs to follow (including yourz naturally) from Google Reader into my Dashboard to see how it all works. So far … so good. Do take care. You’re in my prayers.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  16. I love these clothespins and they are almost impossible to find! My daughter loves to use them to make little clothespin dolls. Your memories of your mom hanging the clothes out on the clothesline took me right back to the same memory of my mom, right down to the rag to wipe off the clothesline!

    Praying that you and your family and home will be safe from Ike!

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  17. hey Anni! I'm thinking of you and praying for your safety during the next several days. Stay safe and leave if they tell you to!

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  18. Anni,

    Grandma had a few clothespins like this but mostly the rounded pegs and Mom had the rounded ones as well. I have hung many clothes with the rounded clothespegs, but not with the square ones.

    I have hung clothes on the clothesline in the winter and it's was no fun, but something that had to be done. And yes, brought them in when they were frozen stiff and had to be thawed and ironed while damp. Grandma had the old flat irons that were heated on the stove. We used hotpads to lift them because the handles got so hot.

    I am constantly thinking of you and Bud and wondering if you have evacuated or if you are sitting in the dark. My prayers are with you both. Be safe, my friend.
    Blessings,
    Mary

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  19. OOHh I so remeber those days !! My grandma hug out clothes all the time!! with those clos pins!!
    I hope you are okay!!

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  20. I do remember the round ones - and now hard it was to hang thick things with them! I love Walgreen's for seasonal stuff - they have such cute things. I especially like the shelf sitters and have gifted my work buddies with them - I need to take some more up to the old office!

    Best wishes as you ride out the storms! Kinda like life, huh??

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  21. I tried calling you last nite and no answer, I hope you two are gone and safe and sound. I try later next week if i can.

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  22. I do remember those pegs :)

    I hope you and the family are safe!

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  23. Seeing that clothes pin brought back memories! Of course, even seeing them as a kid they were already "old fashioned" but I haven't seen one in ages.

    I love your little scarecrows. I'm glad you put the battery there so we could see just how small they are. So cute!

    Check in with us when the storm is over. We're thinking of you!

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  24. My Mom did the very same thing as your Mom. The clothes basket stayed in family for years. My sister put her first baby in it to ride in the car before car seats were around.

    The little scarecrows are too cute.

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  25. I'm going to have to go look at your Halloween clothes pin project now:), thank you for sharing today, You guys take care!

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  26. I've never seen a clothespin like that, but I love it anyway :-)

    I do hope that you and your home will be safe and Ok after the storm. you're in our thoughts!

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  27. I was relieved to get your message. I'm glad the storm is mostly missing you. I know you must be very concerned about your son though. I know with me I would rather be in the path of the storm myself - much rather - than for one of my kids to be there.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  28. Dearest Anni,

    I'm praying and hoping that you are safe!! Mary did let me know she had heard from you so I'm hoping you continue to be safe.

    I don't recall my mom using those types of wooden clothespin but I do remember her hanging out the laundry on the clothesline outside even during the winter. I remember laughing so much at my dad's long johns which would dry frozen solid and flat as a pancake! hehe

    Love those miniature scarecrows, how precious they are!! xoxo

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  29. Anni,

    After Ike has passed and you are all settled in, please stop by my blog and pick up a little something I've left for you there. The post date is September 13th.

    Be safe, my friend.
    Blessings,
    Mary

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  30. Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and your family, and hope you are all safe.

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  31. Anni, Hope that you will be safe. you and your Family will be in my prayers.
    Congrats on the award the Mary gave you.(Marys writing nook.)

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  32. Anni, I've been watching the news tonight and remembered where you lived and just had to come by and check in on you. I hope you and your family have evacuated and are safe. Will say a prayer for you all tonight as Ike makes its way inland.

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