"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

I'm as old as dirt...LOL

Ha!  This time it wasn't our solar panels which didn't provide enough power - Escom was down, which meant I've been without internet for the past 2 days. Very frustrating!!!!

But, on to happier things...

I received this email from my oldest friend the other day, and as it is so delightful, I couldn't resist sharing it :)  (I have added some personal comments - they are in blue)

Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?' 

'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'

'It was a place called 'at home,' I explained. ! 'Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

Here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country nor had a credit card.

My parents never drove me to school. I (at the age of 6 walked to the station 2.7 kms away to catch a train) had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). 

We didn't have a television in our house when I was a child.  (Springbok Radio provided our nighttime entertainment - with programmes such as "The Creaking Door", "No Place to Hide" with Mark Saxon, "The Men from the Ministry", "The Pip Freedman Show",  "Consider your verdict" , and "Springbok Radio Top 20.  They were actually excellent, and listening to them one was encouraged to use your imagination to visualize the scenes, instead of today where one is viewing what the film producers think you should see.)  Television was only available here in 1976, (but I only saw, and rented, my first one when I was 20). It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem (it only broadcast on one channel for 37.5 hours / week then, with the second channel hitting the airwaves in 1981!   LOL) 

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home.... But milk and orange juice was. 

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at 
6AM every morning.

Nobody had a gardener - the whole family climbed into the garden work together over the weekend. (I used to come home from school at the age of 8 and do the family's ironing.)

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing. 

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

I may be as old as dirt, but I'm not be as old
as these grinders though LOL

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards. (Y)
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner. (Y)
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals. (Y)

Older Than Dirt Quiz : 

Count all the ones that you remember - not the ones you were told about. The ratings are at the bottom.

1. Candy cigarettes
2. Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes 
3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4. Party lines on the telephone (Y)
5. Newsreels before the movie (Y - and hated them because, in my opinion, they wasted too much movie time LOL)
6. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate]) (Y)
7. Peashooters (Y)
8. Howdy Doody 
9. 45 RPM records (Y - and I've still got some :) )
10. Hi-fi's (Y)
11. Metal ice trays with lever (Y)
12. Blue flashbulb (Y)
13. Cork popguns (Y)
14. Studebakers (Y)
15. Wash tub wringers (Y)

If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older 
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered
 11-15 =You're older than dirt! 

My answers are in
blue - I scored 13 LOL  I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life


  1. Refreshing .....brought back some memories.

  2. Well, I'm right there with you in the old as dirt category. :) I remember everything on the list. I also have used the soda bottles with the sprinkler on top. There were nine families on our party line when I was a teenager. My mother would get so mad at me because whenever I answered the phone, I would say hello to whoever called, and then say "Hello, Mrs. _______, because we all knew that she was listening in! Oh, the memories.

    1. Vicki - LOL.

      I wonder what our children (and grandchildren) are going to "remember" when they are our age...?

  3. Oh wow....I hadn't thought of a lot of these things for years. Remember them all. Guess I am older than dirt, too. We are in good company.

    1. Tewshooz - I don't remember if you have commented here before, but, if not, Welcome, and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment :)

      We are in good company, aren't we?! Never thought I'd say "The good, old days" LOL - reckon I've become my parents...

  4. This was fun. I too haven't thought about many of them for years. It seems I'm getting older than dirt!

    1. Joyful - One needs a reminder every now and then - puts life more into perspective - no?

  5. I scored 10 - nearly as old as dirt!
    Love from Mum

    1. Mum - Welcome to the Old As Dirt Club :)

  6. Ha Ha I am not yet 40 but I remember 10? I had an old fashioned child hood with a very traditional family. maybe that is it?

    1. Sol - LOL - you're still a spring chicken :D

  7. I am 63. I remember all those things. thanks for bringing back some good memories!

  8. Sounds like life where you grew up was a lot like where I did. I'm not entirely sure w are better off today, even with all the technological marvels. There was a lot less to deal with back then and pace of life was so much slower.

    1. Harry - I couldn't agree with you more - life did seem to be a whole lot simpler "back then", didn't it. I, for one, wouldn't like to be born into the techno world that there is today - something precious has been lost in the transition...

  9. 15 out of 15. Yup, older than dirt here. In fact, I remember they day we discovered dirt! The news flash was on all the cave walls that day! *heh*

    1. Kris - LOL What we have is called life experience. Personally, I wouldn't live without it ;)

  10. I don't think of myself as old but I could relate to all that you were saying.

    When I was a child in the rural US, fast food did not exist. There were Ma and Pop restaurants and we didn't go to them unless we were away, like the time my Grandma was in the hospital. My mother cooked everything and we ate healthy food.
    I remember blue flashbulbs. We never ever had pizza delivery (It didn't exist where we lived.) We had one phone in our home the entire 20 years my family lived there. They were unusual in that they owned their home, and had paid it off. We bought a washer with a wringer at an auction because it worked better than the newer ones. My Dad drove both a Studebaker and a Willy's Jeep. We had the ice cube trays with the lever and I loved my 45 RPMs !
    When we stayed in England with my Nana, we had milk delivered and it had cream on top. They also ate out rarely, but when they did, it was a very nice restaurant.
    Many of the changes which came very quickly in my children's lifetimes have not been positive ones, and I don't think of many of the conveniences as healthy or as positive ! Great post.

    1. Jane - I enjoy being reminded of what our childhood entailed. A sure fire way of not taking life for granted :)

      I agree, I do not believe that children's lives are "better" with all the new-fangled technological gadgets which are keeping them firmly indoors on their posteriors, and not out in the fresh air and sunshine, working up a sweat and being forced to take great lungfuls of air - hopefully not too polluted air though. One wonders of the, as yet, unknown side effects of constantly being surrounded by all things electronic - even during their "play" time...?

  11. Guess I'm older than dirt as well, and frankly--I'm glad!
    Thanks for some neat memories. We really did have the best of times

    1. Sue - We sure did, didn't we :) I wouldn't change that experience for the world LOL

  12. Great post Dani!

    I definitely feel my age now after reading that, they were the good times though, it's a pity things have to change :)

    1. Tania - It's always worth being reminded of the "good old days" - even if it does make one feel older. S'funny, though - I still feel 32 (on a good day) and 45 on those others days... LOL


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