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Re: OT throw away society

Remember that our grandmothers, in some cases, parents went through the
Depression when everyone was dead broke. My mother's parents got married
on a Friday (1929) the next Tuesday was Black Tuesday when the market
crashed and the bottom fell out. They did what they had to do to get by.
My father's father died when he was ten, his mother did what she could
to get by and raise her children. Her brother was killed in a freak
accident the same year. My father has NEVER let us forget what it was
like growing up under those circumstances so we learned to appreciate
even the littlest luxuries as special.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Andrea H" <hodgesaa@islc.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sat, 15 Nov 2003 09:30:49 -0500

>Well I certainly understand the concept of making things last. And I can
>understand re-using the "usable" parts of something. I guess the point I'm
>trying to make is that if you want to make a change and buy something new
>and pretty, you shouldn't be made to feel guilty about it.
>I'm know my Granny reuses things and sews things together (or she used to)
>make them go farther. She would have been in the poor-house long ago if not.
>I guess I'm somewhere in the middle. I have a friend who buys everything
>new, new, new, no matter what. She told me a couple of years ago that she
>wanted to get a truck for us to tootle around in to the gardening shops, or
>what we refer to as "a beater"  Her idea of a beater was a 2002 Ford ranger
>with no power windows and a standard transmission. I had to laugh, and still
>do about that. Now I borrow it when I need to go out of town because my old
>Jeep is about on its last legs. But by God it has lasted since 1991 and it's
>still going.
>Andrea H
>Beaufort, SC
>----- Original Message -----
>From: <kmrsy@comcast.net>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Friday, November 14, 2003 8:49 AM
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT throw away society
>> Andrea,
>> It wasn't until I left home that I had a REAL bathmat. My grandmother
>> came from the poverty of Ireland and then lived through the depression
>> here. When towels became threadbare from always washing with bleach, she
>> quilted several together to make a bathmat. Sheets were another matter.
>> When they got too thin in the middle she cut the middle out and sewed
>> the 'good' parts together for 'new' sheets.
>> They don't make 'em like her anymore!
>> Kitty
>> > Godi-I hear ya on the appliances, everything that costs over $50 should
>> > a long time as far as I'm concerned. LOL! I do have to say though, I
>> > the line at my mother trying to make me feel guilty for spending money
>on a
>> > new shower curtain when hers has 'lasted 13 years." I thought to myself,
>> > eeewwww! (Although she does make sure she throws it in the washer with
>> > bleach!) LOL again!
>> >
>> > A
>> >
>> > Andrea H
>> > Beaufort, SC
>> >
>> >
>> > ----- Original Message -----
>> > From: <Godigarden@cs.com>
>> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> > Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 5:19 PM
>> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT throw away society
>> >
>> >
>> > > Kitty,
>> > > I hear you loud and clear. I'm so fed up with being told that
>> > > anything that's more than two year old is really OLD and not worth
>> > keeping. I
>> > > have gone through the same problems as you. IMO an appliance or other
>> > major
>> > > purchase should last a long time when you consider the price. The
>> > thing is
>> > > that so many companies are in chapter 11 so you are stuck.
>> > > Godi zone 7
>> > > Mt. Vernon VA
>> > >
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