Making do when things go missing or aren't available
By Judy Evans
November 24, 2022 11:09pm CST
@TheHorse wrote recently about having to buy a new pair of scissors when he couldn’t find his old pair. In my early days on the farm, things like scissors often went missing and we’d be searching through innumerable drawers trying to find them. I remember being unable to find an eraser or sticky tape. We only ever seemed to have one each of these types of things. I made a silent vow at the time that, when I had my own house, I’d buy multiple scissors, erasers and sticky tape. We have enough of each in our house now. But back to my main point – when we couldn’t find/didn’t have an eraser, we would use a piece of bread. This was reasonably effective on pencil but of course’ no good on ink. When it came time to cover our school-books in brown paper, Mum would make glue by boiling flour and water. I think it was boiled. When Mum would make jam, she often used old beer bottles which had had the narrow necks cut off. Double thickness circles of brown paper would be glued over the tops using the flour-and-water glue. Did your Mum have some old-fashioned recipes/ideas that she brought out from time to time? The photo is of my mother (on the right) and her two brothers.
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No mom to give me such intelligent legacies. :( But I have friends. :) So yesterday the neighbor at aunt's place told me ..use washing soda to wipe the marble floor, and then use lizol water ..it will come really clean for quite a few days. Me gonna try this Sunday. As to improvising...... let me see...yeah...when I did not have the incense stick stand, I have used potatoes, and bananas. LOL
• Walnut Creek, California
Alas, I can't remember my mom coming up with solutions to common problems. But my dad and I made model airplanes together. A slight mistake with glue could spell disaster. I have carried his spirit on when I work with things like loudspeaker screens.
Necessity is the mother of invention - comes to mind. I can only recall home remedies that grandmothers were adept at in my younger days. Their soothing approach helped us heal right away. The photo is nostalgic as the times were quite different.
• East Tawas, Michigan
Your mother was adorable, as were her siblings! Mom used to make up flour/water paste, for gluing paper projects. No, she never boiled it. Back to food, she made the best cornstarch pudding, usually chocolate or vanilla. I know how to do this, but never do. With Hershey's bitter chocolate powder, she would make amazing hot chocolate, just the way we loved it:)
• United States
We never had quite enough of anything when I was growing up. I do tend to buy extras now.I have plenty of scissors and all kinds of tape, even decorative. We put jams and jelly in glasses and sealed the top with hot paraffin.Little fingers liked to sneak a dip in it.
• United States
Not really, but she could and did make gravy out of flour and water. Of course, powdered sugar, butter and milk to make a frosting for a cake. However, it was mostly my grandmother who did that...certainly cheaper than those pre made cans of frosting.
• Rockingham, Australia
We made gravy like that too. The roast would be cooked in dripping. At the end, the dripping would be poured off and just a tablespoon or two left in the pan. You added flour and a bit of salt to that, then water and stirred like mad so it didn't go into lumps.