That’s how clothes were washed

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Frida White’s cousin, John Les Townley won the NASCAR truck race over the weekend. He was in Las Vegas. He is an Oconee County man. His helper is Jeff Hood. The Townley’s own Zaxby’s. Ron and Margie Denny live in South Carolina. They had trouble with water. The storm has gone, but they will have to get their property back in good shape again. Margie is the daughter of the Ronnie Smith and Edna Smith. There were three grandchildren with them during the storm.

We have several birthdays. Gwen Alliston has a birthday on October 10. Alisyn Bell has a birthday on October 15. Allison Chaffin had a birthday on October 5. I hope that each of you will have a wonderful birthday.

Someone told me that the high school rodeo association will have a rodeo on October 23 & 24 at the Athens Highway facility. McKayla and Garrett Alliston will be participating at some level. Linda and Bill Kincaid hosted a get together on Saturday at the Yesterday Cafe in Greensboro. There was Malcom Moore’s birthday on August 15. Betty and Marion were married 62 years on September 24. Betty’s birthday was September 25. The get together was to celebrate all the birthdays and the anniversary. There were 14 there to help celebrate the occasion.

Everyone seemed to have a very good time. Linda Kincaid brought two fresh strawberry cakes with whipped cream as icing. How delicious! There was also a fresh coconut pie! I don’t think anyone left with hunger.

With all of the rain that we have had, I thought back to something that someone did. There was two hundred pound fertilizer bags. Farmers had to get the bags. When they were empty Momma washed them using her homemade lye soap. When she washed them she put them in a black iron pot with a fire around it. that’s how clothes were washed back the to get them more clean with the hot water. Many people back then made soap with lye. It was for getting clothes clean, not for bathing.

With all the rain lately I thought back to Mama getting her washed bags to dye them. There was not money to buy dye so she went outside with a hoe to dig a hole in the red dirt. She put the bags into the hole where she poured water. She had her shoes off. It made a lot of red mud. She walked back and forth getting the mud as red as it could be. After a while, she turned the bags over and over. she walked and walked. When they seemed to be as dyed as she wanted them, she put them in some clean water in the tub to rinse out some of the loose dirt. They were put on the line to dry.

She used other bags to renew our quilts with a new cover. When there was so much family at home it took a lot of cover for the beds. She took the bags and tacked them to the quilts. She had a ball of thread that was more course than she used for sewing. She tacked it to the quilt and cut it loose, tying it. It was the easiest way to do that. She didn’t need to quilt it. She had the quilt laying on the front porch when it was more cool. Some people used the bags to make different items of clothes. Times were hard. Whenever there was cloth, some used it to make underclothes. I’m sure that many thanked God for even fertilizer bags. Another time I will tell you about Mama’s soap making with lye.

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