James House, 69, son of Edward and Evelyn (Minter) House, grew up on a farm in the Red House area of our county and now lives in Newby.
His mother also grew up on the land had been in the family for at least four generations.
On it they had dairy cows and chickens plus gardens and the usual things it took to make a living and feed a family on a Madison County farm in the 1940s and ’50s.
He had his chores to do, things like feeding the chickens, gathering eggs and going to the spring for water. When it was milking time, he carried a coal-oil lantern for his dad.
James was an only child. With no other families living near by, he spent a lot of time with his imagination and a good dog for company. When his chores were done he and his dog would wander across the land, into fields, up hills and down, exploring.
His favorite dog through the years was named Billy. A pure bred “Heinz 57,” Billy was James’ best friend.
In the evenings, you might find James in the front yard building stick houses or listening to his dad play guitar and sing. At one time his dad, Uncle Roscoe and Aunt Sally, brother and sister to Dad, had a band. Music seems to have always been a part of country life. A good way to relax at the end of the day,
James’ mother cooked on a wood stove. I asked if he had a favorite meal she made, and he said he loved everything she made, but first to come to his mind was her chocolate pies, then “beans and taters,” biscuits and cornbread.
He and his father would go hunting for quail, squirrel and rabbit. He loved fried rabbit with gravy and biscuits. (I love those, too, James.)
His mother made a lot of his clothes. He remembers the shirts she made him from feed sacks. “She was pretty good with a needle,” he said.
When it came time to take butter, cream and eggs to town to sell, he sometimes went along. A trip to the creamery at First and Irvine streets sometimes meant a treat of ice cream.
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I love this time of the year because eggs really do go down in price during the Easter season. I have some new recipes on how to fix eggs besides the coloring part.
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Today, the American consumer has more money to spend on the widest variety of foods than at any other time in our history.
Easter bunny's ‛eggbeater’ will fly eggs to Richmond
Who knew the Easter bunny could fly?
Skeptics can come to the Easter Eggstravaganza in Richmond’s Irvine-McDowell Park on Saturday to see for themselves. However, the bunny still doesn’t fly in bad weather. But on Monday, temperatures in the 60s with partly cloudy skies were predicted for Saturday.
We old folks have unique experiences
A friend sent this to me by e-mail, and I thought my readers would enjoy it.
Hope’s Wings volunteers need your help today
Help a local resident “get out of jail,” and in turn help men, women and children break the cycle of domestic violence in Madison and surrounding counties.
Bereans named Foster Parents of Year, Outstanding Adoptive Parent
Stephanie and Doug Gillum of Berea will be honored as Foster Parents of the Year tonight during an appreciation reception at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Puppet parade planned Saturday in Berea
The city of Berea will be celebrating Puppets in the Park on Saturday as part of the National Day of Puppetry.
Animal group seeks volunteers to assist with spay/neuter clinic
The Madison County Humane Society/Animal League for Life is reaching out to the community for help with its low-cost spay and neuter clinic.
The clinic, which operates at the HS/ALL adoption center at 128-C Big Hill Avenue, has spayed or neutered more than 2,000 dogs and cats since it opened in July 2012, according to volunteer Lynn Grove.
State funding to help keep domestic violence shelter open
Money for Madison County domestic violence intervention in the recently passed $20 billion state budget will be used to keep the Hope’s Wings shelter open.
The budget bill now awaits the governor’s signature.
Pets of the Week
This week's cat is Jett, a neutered and front declawed 5-year-old male.
This week's dog is Ace, a 2-year-old male Chihuahua mix.
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