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The rest of that title is:  “And the Least Done About”!  This was a winter to escape.  I found some notes I had made on this subject two or three years ago and they are still pertinent.  Here in Alabama, we have the often repeated saying:  “If you don’t like the weather, hang around and it will change.”

On a Saturday morning at the time I made the notes, we experienced clear skies, sun, rain, and then snow.

I have a little booklet, “Why I Live in Alabama”.  It expounds on these experiences.  One of the statements; “It only takes one snowflake to create a state wide holiday.”

morton salt

Well, this past winter, we got our fill of those snowflakes and plenty of state wide holidays.  Yes, there was a lot of talking about the weather for weeks afterward.  I thought with all the cold weather, we would have fewer ants and weeds.  It wasn’t successful; after a few days of sun, the ants and weeds returned immediately.  Now I am wondering if other pests will take up where they left off.

Every time I see a box of Morton Salt, I think of their ditty:  “When it rains it pours.”  The phrase actually originated with them in 1914.  We use these words as a statement of exasperation when the going gets tough; but we have had a lot of rain already this Spring.

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Of course, by mid-summer, we will be glad we had plenty of moisture earlier.  A few years ago, during a cruise, the Captain came on the intercom and warned that we were about to experience some weather.  My first thought was, “Don’t we always?”  We did have some weather for about 24 hours and it was more than just weather!  The turbulence turned a grand piano over in one of the theaters.  It caused a lot of sea sickness.  Fortunately I didn’t experience that; but I had to hold onto the walls as I walked from one area to another.

Another statement from my little book is that humidity eliminates the need for expensive home saunas.  With all the moisture we have had already this year, nature’s sauna should work really well this summer.  Do you ladies remember attempting to put on nylons when the humidity was at its balmiest?  I am so glad a good pedicure and open toed shoes are the answer to that problem!

open toe shoe 1950 Yes, we do have a variety of weather.  I suppose it is here to stay and we might as well enjoy it and laugh whenever possible.  We definitely can not do anything about it  Stay cool, y’all!

Vinegar of the Four Thieves was a recipe that was known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague.

Discover Thomas Jefferson’s recipe in  VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past


VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

Have you heard excessive brain labor causes baldness or the cure for wrinkles is a tepid bath in bran?

Do you want to know Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Vinegar of the Four Thieves or how to make Ox Tail Soup?

Have you ever had ‘blueberry pickles’, ‘batallia pie’ or ‘snow birds’? You will learn all this and more in “Vinegar of the Four Thieves.”

Our ancestors had to be resilient when they faced obstacles in daily life, from dealing with pests, medical emergencies, caring for clothing and cleaning shortcuts. Almost everything they used in daily life was homemade. Some ideas were great but some were very strange.

This book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured.

With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love

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About Inez McCollum

Inez McCollum grew up in Etowah County.  Married Mack McCollum, a BI-vocational minister.  Moved to Birmingham to work while he worked and went to Howard College/Samford University.  Inez and Mack had three sons, Jay, Joe and John.  They bought their first home in what is now Hoover.  Inez continues to be active in Shades Mountain Baptist Church and some of the civic organizations in Hoover.  Inez also enjoys reading, travel and spending time with friends.

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