Hi sweeties! Br-r-r is the grumblings during this past few days. We sure have been spoiled the last couple of years and now we remember the way it used to be.
Several friends and family were talking about how the weather has changed since we were kids. Probably about the time the dinosaurs became extinct. Anyway, when we walked to school, us girls wore long pants under our dresses and when we got to school, off they would come, and we went to class in our dresses or jumpers.
Another fond memory was the snow during those years. It started to snow before Christmas and the ground was covered for most of the winter and that made for terrific sled riding, snowball fights and building snow forts that were very fancy.
We used to have enough snow that the village of Danville would practically be shut down. The grocery stores would run out of bread and milk because deliveries couldn’t be made. When that happened, we kids ruled the streets for sled riding.
Everything was used as a sled. Car hoods, inner tubes and we even tried an extension ladder one winter. About 10 of us would sit on the rungs and tear down the hill only to find out that the ladder did not bend with lay of the land and we flew everywhere!
One winter the neighbor kids decided to build an ice rink and used their parents garden plot for the arena. We took turns pulling an inverted toilet seat with someone riding on it to polish the snow. Before the winter was over, we had quite the ice rink, but we never did it again. Must have been too much work!
I spent a lot of time at my aunt and uncle’s farm out Drakes Valley way and there were terrific places to ride your sled. My dad and Uncle Rich took off down the road one winter and at that time, the bridge at the bottom of the road was a narrow wooden thing and you could hear them giggling all the way down as they pondered whether they would slide through the bridge or into it.
Uncle Rich had a dog named Rags that couldn’t stand to have anything go faster than he could run. Dad was riding on a sled when Rags took a chuck of Dad’s pants as he went whizzing by. What wonderful memories on a cold, cold day!
Birthdays to note this week include: Jan. 9 – Marti Brown; Jan. 10 – Jim Klingler, Jim Gebhart and Matt Quay; Jan. 11 – Frances "Pam" Hoff, Dave Edmondson, Mike Balder, Scott Baldner, Bill Gebhart, Charles Mutchler, John Cominsky and Cindy Dalton; Jan. 13 – Bev Bilger, Julia Brown, Lester Leckrone, Walt Burd, Ed Gillette and Rhonda Kick; Jan. 14 – Mary Lou Feightner; Jan. 15 – Sara Martin, Dave Mott and Harry Winters. Many happy returns of the day!
Speaking of birthdays - Lawrence Baldner, life-long resident of Loudonville, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Jan. 11, 2018. To recognize his special day, his family will be hosting an open house on Jan. 14 from 2-4 p.m. at the Lions Club building in Loudonville. Everyone is invited to join Lawrence as he celebrates his birthday. If you are unable to attend and wish to send a card, they may be sent to him at 434 E. Main St. Loudonville, Ohio.
Only two wedding anniversaries to celebrate this week: Dan and Bev Bilger on Jan. 9 and Jason and Rose VanSickle, Jan. 15.
A phone call from retired L-P school teacher Loleta Eberhart proved to be an investigative journey. Some of her former students have been looking for the recipe of peanut butter fudge made famous by music teacher Pauline Staton.
This sweet concoction was sold by the choir members as a fundraiser for many years and was a tradition at Christmas time. Your choice of peanut butter or chocolate, was packaged in aluminum pans complete with a plastic knife and sold to all of us.
Here is her recipe: 1-1/2 sticks of margarine; 3 cups sugar; ¾ cup evaporated milk; 1 tsp. vanilla; 1 pint marshmallow crème and 1-12 oz. package of semi-sweet chocolate chips or a regular sized container of peanut butter. Boil the first three ingredients for 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and mix in other ingredients and spread in pan. YUMMY!
Thanks to Brenda Spier for telling me where to find it and Margie Danner for having the recipe book!
Finally – "Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful." — John Wooden