Making do when things go missing or aren't available

@JudyEv (294431)
Rockingham, Australia
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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@noni1959 (9252)
• United States
25 Nov
My mom would help us make glue, dough ornaments, and snowflakes to hang around. I never knew about bread for erasers. Now I want to try that.
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
25 Nov
Me too ..wanting to try using bread for erasers. But ...kinda..roaches are scary.
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
25 Nov
@noni1959 Sigh...I have to start using pencils for trying that...after so many years..ok if not years, months or so...wow...
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@noni1959 (9252)
• United States
25 Nov
@vandana7 I don't have that issue. I think if use and then toss it would be OK.
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@DaddyEvil (103914)
• United States
25 Nov
What an interesting picture. Mom sealed bottles of jelly with paraffin wax she melted and dripped over the opening until it was sealed.
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
25 Nov
Those kids look like dolls to me..LOL Honestly, the dolls available look like that.
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@DaddyEvil (103914)
• United States
25 Nov
@vandana7 The boy on the left, I'd swear I've seen pictures of someone who looks like him somewhere before. I just can't remember where.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I've heard of that before too. I don't know why Mum didn't use wax. I guess she had her reasons.
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@jstory07 (125385)
• Roseburg, Oregon
25 Nov
What a nice picture of your Mom and siblings.
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
25 Nov
Where is the mother. They are three small dolls from her closet. Those are the dolls she played with as a kid. I wonder which one is her...
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Imagine boys putting up with ringlets like that nowadays.
@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
@vandana7 Those are real little people. Here is another one of my Mum.
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@LeaPea2417 (35117)
• Toccoa, Georgia
25 Nov
I never knew that bread can be used as an eraser.
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
25 Nov
Rubber bands became the erases. LOL
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I remember using a piece of scone once too. A scone is pretty much the same as your biscuit.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
@vandana7 That would have worked too, I'm sure.
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@TheHorse (166391)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Nov
What an awesome photo!
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
26 Nov
@JudyEv Those are not natural curls? Blink. Let me check again.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@vandana7 No, they're not natural. Not at all.
@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Thanks. I guess the two bigger ones slept with their hair in rags to get it like this.
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@magallon (19270)
• Philippines
25 Nov
When we were in the grade school we use cooked cornstarch in water as alternative to paste sometimes we also use cooked rice as paste.
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
25 Nov
Rice paste...I know...I have used to make kites..
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
25 Nov
@magallon Ironically, if the same thing or something similar comes in branded format, everybody is happy to use it and brandish it. LOL
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@magallon (19270)
• Philippines
25 Nov
@vandana7 especially those rice of sticky variety. But my children do not want to use rice paste when they wete still schooling. During our time we just use anything that can be used as alternative to save money
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
25 Nov
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
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
You've done well too. Carb soda which i think is the same as washing soda can be used for all sorts of cleaning although mostly I just buy commercial stuff. Sometimes I've very lazy.
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@TheHorse (166391)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Nov
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.
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
26 Nov
There is a reason we are good friends...sometimes. LOL
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Stuck out in the bush, it wasn't easy just to run to the shop for something but everyone did what they could to save money.
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@Shiva49 (25255)
• Singapore
25 Nov
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.
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
26 Nov
@JudyEv Fenu greek seeds are good to reduce tummy ache and constipation. Cumin seeds too. Boiled cumin seeds water is great thing to drink to keep bowel movements in order.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
The old folk knew a lot of home remedies. It's a shame so many have been forgotten.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@vandana7 I wonder how many know about these old remedies.
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@kobesbuddy (156897)
• East Tawas, Michigan
25 Nov
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:)
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@kobesbuddy That's very true. I always had 'jobs' to do, even from quite a young age. But mostly I enjoyed them all.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Our mums were great, weren't they? They knew so much in those days. Most things are so much easier now.
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@kobesbuddy (156897)
• East Tawas, Michigan
25 Nov
@JudyEv Hard work on the farm, was a way of life! They all pitched in to do the chores, even the small children worked:) Nowadays, most people don't know what it means to do physical labor.
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@aninditasen (11267)
• Raurkela, India
25 Nov
A lovely cute photograph. My mother taught me a lot of recipes. In fact today I am a good cook because of her.
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@vandana7 (92677)
• India
26 Nov
I am jealous.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
My mother was a good cook too but I preferred to be outside rather than learning to cook.
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@aninditasen (11267)
• Raurkela, India
26 Nov
@JudyEv Interest varies. I didn't like cooking excepting in my teens. Always argued with my mother. Was more interested in studies.
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@LindaOHio (109732)
• United States
25 Nov
What a cool picture. I don't remember my mother making any old-fashioned recipes/ideas.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Times change and things become easier to come by I guess.
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@Beestring (8737)
• Hong Kong
25 Nov
That's a very nice picture. I remember my mom used cooked sticky rice as glue.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Someone else said that. I didn't know about that one.
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@SipLAH11 (134)
25 Nov
Very sweet picture
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Thanks. It would have been taken in about 1914, I think. My mum was born in 1910 and lived to be 104.
@GardenGerty (148245)
• United States
25 Nov
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.
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@GardenGerty (148245)
• United States
26 Nov
@JudyEv I think you work hard in your own way.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I have plenty of most things too. Bandaids were another thing that's we'd hunt for when we needed one. I think I'm a bit more organised than my Mum was but I never worked as hard as she did.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@GardenGerty I worked hard on the farm and had a lot of responsibility really at times.
@snowy22315 (146429)
• United States
26 Nov
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.
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@snowy22315 (146429)
• United States
26 Nov
@JudyEv Right, my mother didn't use all the drippings like my grandmother did though. My dad was not fond of that gravy. He preferred my mother's.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
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.
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@allknowing (107991)
• India
26 Nov
Pencil? What's that? (lol) Never knew bread could take the place of an eraser.
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@allknowing (107991)
• India
26 Nov
@JudyEv I once used garden scissors to trim my hair (lol)
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
It wasn't as good as an eraser but it was a bit better than nothing.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@allknowing Well, that's branching out, isn't it?
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@LadyDuck (417496)
• Switzerland
25 Nov
Yes, you need to boil flour and water to make glue, I remember my grandfather preparing it. I loved those old photos. My mom knew how to use ashes in boiling water to wash the bed sheets. This is how they did when she was young.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I haven't heard about the ashes. Mum would tell me to use ashes to clean my teeth as the toothpaste always made my mouth dry.
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@LadyDuck (417496)
• Switzerland
26 Nov
@JudyEv - Ma grandmother used the leaves of the sage to clean her teeth.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@LadyDuck I didn't know about that.
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@RubyHawk (77832)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Nov
I have seen old pictures but I've never seen little boys with long curls. Do you know what year the picture was made?
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
It would have been about 1914. Mum born in 1910 and she looks about 4 or 5. Actually, she could be a bit older but her legs look young - if that makes sense.
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@RubyHawk (77832)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Nov
@JudyEv I think she would have been four or five They were a family of cute kids, and the three look so much alike.
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@RubyHawk (77832)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Nov
@JudyEv My mother had six siblings but only she and one brother lived past babyhood. My grandmother always grieved for her babies.
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@Hannihar (124750)
• Israel
25 Nov
By Judy Evans @JudyEv It sounds like you learned some tricks to do if something you need goes missing. How old were all of them in the picture?
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Nov
@Hannihar To have their photo taken in a studio. This would have been a very big deal.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I'm not sure. Maybe about 1, 4 and 5. These would have been their very best clothes.
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@Hannihar (124750)
• Israel
27 Nov
@JudyEv So were they wearing their best clothes for a special occasion?
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