Days Gone By - stories from the past

Patron+ GOOD OLE DAYS -Venetian Blinds – How did you clean them?

Venetian blinds became popular after WWII, but I remember they were a “bear” to clean. They became dusty very easily — especially in the summer since windows had to remain open in the South to catch a breeze during the long hot days. (continued below)

All Day Job

It was an all-day job to get them clean once they became very dirty.

My mother would pick a hot sunny day and take all the blinds down at the same time. Each set from a room would be doused in our bathtub which was filled with hot, soapy suds. Then she would have “us children” wipe down the particularly dirty parts. The blinds would soak awhile in the tub while the windows were all scrubbed.

Next, we would all take the heavy, soaking wet blinds outside and hang them on the clothesline to dry and she would move to the next room to take down the blinds and do the same.

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Day Well-Spent

We managed to have all the blinds hanging on the clothesline by noon.

They hung there the rest of the day or until they were dry, then rehung on the windows just before our evening meal.

I still remember the nice smell of a cool evening breeze flowing over the freshly washed blinds at night as I drifted off to sleep — a day well-spent.

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

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

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past (Kindle Edition)

By (author):  Causey, Donna R
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Mama washed hers in the bathtub.

  2. I used to make and install those in my Uncles shop,

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