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TAG : Humor and Nostalgia

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Life Before Air Conditioning

I live in the Central Valley of California and it’s been over 100 degrees for days now. Yesterday the high was 106. I went outside at 9 a.m. and it was already 90 degrees so when I came back from my errand I went inside and stayed there until 8 p.m. that night. Sometimes I feel like I’m ...

My Beautiful Brownie Camera

When I was a little kid my mom gave me a Kodak Brownie camera all loaded up with a roll of film and ready to go. You can’t imagine (or maybe you can) the excitement in a young child’s heart to be given such a special gift but my mom was that kind of person and very interested in the ...

The Noodle Wagon

The last living memory I have of my mom was the day before my 18th birthday. For more than half of my young life, she had struggled with serious complications from diabetes and passed away at the age of 52. As a result, for the last 39 years, I have found myself meandering through life trying ...

Letters to the Editor from the Summer 2017 Issue

Memory LaneI enjoyed the photographs of the old woodstoves featured in Memory Lane in the Winter issue. I’m 73 and have fond memories of the Home Comfort woodstove my mother cooked on. I still remember the warmth it provided, and the amazing smells that came from that stove.I have the ...

History of the Old Outhouse

As people settled on the Great Plains, a need for sanitary facilities arose. In order to meet this need, outhouses were constructed using lumber or bricks. Outhouses were a type of “folk architecture” and soon became commonplace.Contrary to need, some people didn't like outhouses and ...

Heart of the Home: Planning a Garden

We asked readers to send in stories about how they plan their garden each spring, asking what kinds of vegetables, herbs, and flowers they plant, when they start planting, and if they incorporate any statues or other garden items into the mix. We received several stories. Here are a couple of ...

Heart of the Home: Garden Journal Helps When Planning a Garden

We have four garden plots – one in our backyard, one in our front yard, and two community garden plots. In all, about 1,500 square feet of garden space, all for vegetables. We get started planning in February. Our process begins with evaluating how we did the previous year, namely what crops ...

Renewed Hope

It’s upon us at last. Each year, as February drags on, April can’t come soon enough. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall and winter. Nothing brings peace of mind for me like sitting in a tree stand hunting for whitetail deer in the fall, or traipsing through tall CRP grass in pursuit of ...

Heart of the Home: January Signals Start of Spring Gardening Season

Once Christmas is over, plants and seed catalogs start showing up in my mailbox. It’s an exciting time, as it gives me a glimpse of springtime.I pore through the pages, “oooing” and “ahhing” over all the new shades of flowers and the latest rose sensation, and then I usually end up ...

Letters to the Editor from the Spring 2017 Issue

Tribute to Grandmother and Her Apron I loved the article “Mom’s Apron” in the Spring 2016 issue of Capper’s Farmer. Since you asked for stories about aprons, I thought I’d share a poem I wrote in 2009 about my grandmother’s apron – observations as to what it meant to me as a young ...

Heart of the Home: First Big Buy Was New Furniture

The year was 1967. My husband and I had been overseas in the military, and had bought some used furniture, but after seven years of marriage, we decided we were ready for new furniture. We went to Sears, Roebuck and Company in San Antonio. There, we decided it would be a good idea for us to ...

Heart of the Home: First Big Buy Was a Mobile Home

My first major purchase was a 12-by-52-feet Crimson mobile home that my husband and I bought as newlyweds. We used his woodworking tools as a down payment, and we got a loan for the remaining amount.We thought the mobile home was wonderful. It had a beautiful bay window in the kitchen, and a ...

Letters to the Editor from the Winter 2017 Issue

Best Magazine Ever!I grew up with Capper’s Weekly. It was the only magazine my family took. Father said it was money, or oftentimes a hen, well spent – and Mother and all eight of us children wholeheartedly agreed. After I got married and had six children, life was busy. I never had time to ...

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