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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7044 Posts

Posted - Jul 08 2013 :  09:58:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Mom - she's so smart! My parents were here for a visit over the holiday weekend. After perusing the local junk shop one morning, we stopped for lunch and decided to escape the heat by heading to a museum for the afternoon. Since we would be in a nice air-conditioned building and doing a lot of walking, she asked my stepdad to run to the car and pull her tennis shoes so she could change out of her sandals. To my surprise, he came in carrying two skinny newspaper bags, which she uses to transport he shoes in her luggage. She saves the bags in which the daily newspaper is delivered, as well as other similar skinny bags, such as those from Subway, etc. When traveling, she slides one shoe into each bag tying it off at the open end. This protects her shoes from scuffing and prevents any smell or dirt from her shoes from sullying her clean clothes in her luggage. I had completely forgotten that she has done this for years! Pretty smart, that Mommy of mine - and pretty proud of her recycling self, too! LOL!

I'm not sure whether anyone has mentioned this tip before here in the posts, but thought I'd share just in case! :)

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

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Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
2422 Posts

Posted - Jul 08 2013 :  10:32:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very clever mom you have there!!!!! Great idea. I will keep that in mind.

Janet
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lisalisa
True Blue Farmgirl

215 Posts

Lisa
Broomall PA
USA
215 Posts

Posted - Jul 10 2013 :  12:41:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just remember using them inside snow boots when we were kids. Socks, newspaperbag, another sock, snow boots, tuck the pants in, and ready to go!
I hope they never get rid of those bags! They have a million uses! And now, thanks to Nini, a million and one!
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7044 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7044 Posts

Posted - Jul 10 2013 :  3:28:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Janet. She is something special. :)

LOL! Oh, Lisa! You poor thing! You must've felt all stuffed in winter attire like that kid on "A Christmas Story!" LOL! Me, too, though... I was always amazed how hot and sweaty you could be when it was f-f-f-freezing outside. I remember coming inside, undressing and feeling like melted snow. But we surely didn't know the bag between the socks trick! That's a smart one! I'll definitely have to remember that one when the grandbabies come (No rush, though! LOL!). :)


Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!


Edited by - Ninibini on Jul 10 2013 3:29:21 PM
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Bear5
True Blue Farmgirl

13055 Posts


Louisiana/Texas
USA
13055 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2014 :  2:40:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nini! Smart Mom!!!! My hubby uses those newspaper bags for all sorts of things.
Marly

"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had." Elisabeth Kurler-Ross
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4418 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4418 Posts

Posted - Aug 16 2014 :  05:47:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nini, your smart mom reminds me of something my mom would have done! Plus all of these ways everyone here is using the bags is really creative! I love it and will try some of them out myself. Thanks for sharing!


Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7044 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7044 Posts

Posted - Aug 22 2014 :  6:23:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
LOL! So funny you girls have revived this thread... Last night my son and his buddy came in with hoagies from Subway... I was noticing that THOSE bags would probably work for the shoes, too....

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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Cozynana
True Blue Farmgirl

1123 Posts

Kem

1123 Posts

Posted - Jan 31 2015 :  07:39:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gotta love the older generation. They have so much wisdom and experience to share. I think they are the most under utilized source of teachers we have in the US.
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Kirksmom71
True Blue Farmgirl

873 Posts

Mel
Dallas Texas
USA
873 Posts

Posted - Jan 31 2015 :  12:47:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is so sad that the younger generations definitely do not appreciate all the knowledge and ingenuity the older generation has stored.

My best to all,
Mel
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7044 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7044 Posts

Posted - Jan 31 2015 :  3:39:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You know, it's funny, Mel, but I have actually found that the younger they are, the more fascinated the younger people are by the older generations and their ways and wisdom! LOL! Whenever kids come to visit, or even the older teens, to be honest, they always flock around me in the kitchen or at the craft table, wanting to see what I'm doing that day, and eager to give it a try themselves! I was actually just talking with my neighbor the other day about a child's fascination with the piano. So few are exposed to the magical black and white keys, but when there's one a few rooms away, all they want to do is play it! I do agree with you, though, that a lot of younger people - the McDonald's Generation, as I call them - are all about t.v., video games, food and Hollywood; but I think sometimes their disinterest in the old ways and ingenuity has a lot to do with the fact that there are so few of them who are exposed to these things. Having said that, though, I have also run into a lot of mid-life to older people who could care less. Many times I've heard, "Why go to all that trouble - that's what the grocery store is for!" Or things like, "Make your OWN pumpkin puree? Seriously? That's what Libby's is for!" And they aren't worried about chemicals or preservatives at all - it's as if they think somehow they will preserve THEM, like they are a mystical a fountain of youth. I guess a lot of it just has to do with where people - young and old - ARE in their lives, and what works best for them. As for me and my family? We LOVE the older generations and could just soak up their wisdom like sponges, and we are much better people and better off because of them. I totally agree how sad it is when people miss that mark! :) Hugs - Nini

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CindyG
True Blue Farmgirl

293 Posts

Cindy
Fairfax VA
USA
293 Posts

Posted - Jan 31 2015 :  4:35:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ninibini,

What you just described is EXACTLY why I am a Girl Scout leader! To expose these kids to things that can be done without an "app".

NO LIE: I was looking into having the girls make ice cream with an old-fashion crank ice cream maker, and asked the troop if anyone had ever made ice cream this way. One girl raised her hand and said she had, so I asked her to describe the process to the other girls. She talked about the recipe, the ice, salt, how long it takes to "churn", etc. I assumed she had really made ice cream, and as far as she was concerned, she had. Turns out it was some crazy smartphone app where you "select" the ingredients, drop them in a virtual bowl, virtually mix them, cook the, cool them, put them in the ice cream maker, etc.

She really argued me that she HAD made ice cream, until I asked her how it tasted.

The weird part to me was the vehemence with which she insisted she had made ice cream - kinda scary.

But all that aside, having them learn things the "long way", and then experiencing the satisfaction of doing something on their own or "for real", and having them understand/see/appreciate the difference of handmade V pre made has been really satisfying to me.

Related to your "Farm to Table" post, we did a badge where they taste tested locally-sourced food V long distance stuff, and made their own homemade version of some favorite foods to taste next to the commercial version, and we all learned a lot. Our local Whole Foods Market took the girls around the store for tastings in the produce, cheese, bakery, meat, ice cream and I can't remember what else departments - we were so full of samples we almost didn't go out to dinner afterward, but being teenagers, dinner happened, too! But the important part is they now "get it" about the taste of pumpkin purée from the piece of produce rather than the can. Hooooray :)
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MaryJane
Queen Bee

13296 Posts

MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
13296 Posts

Posted - Jan 31 2015 :  5:43:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now I've heard it all! Making ice cream without getting to eat it afterward? I supposed they also have an app for gardening. Call me old-fashioned but ...

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7044 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7044 Posts

Posted - Feb 01 2015 :  5:02:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh my goodness... That is just... Oh my goodness. It's funny you share that, though, Cindy. I do totally believe you. I was with a friend and her daughter recently (a toddler). Her daughter was playing an emergency room-type App on her IPad (Yes - a toddler...with her own IPad... pretty common today, apparently). I thought the "game" was a big gorey for a little kid to play, but my friend insisted, no, that she actually thinks it is helping her to prepare for life's little emergencies, and that her daughter now actually knows what to do in an emergency if someone has a deep wound or broken bone or other serious injury. HUH?! I just held my breath and bit my tongue. I think that it's wonderful to teach children what to do in an emergency, but I have a hard time with anyone expecting a toddler to clean wounds, dress them or set broken bones, and I sure as heck wouldn't expect or rely on a video game to teach a little child proper emergency medical care. I mean, putting a Band-Aid on a teddy bear is one thing, but this is a bit much to me. To boot, the characters on the game seemed to be super skinny, yet curvacious, beauty-queen types who were all badly bruised and cut up. Their faces, especially were a mess. I'm not kidding. They all looked like abuse victims. I was just so shocked. Not good messages to send about women at all, especially to little children. I realize virtual education has its place, but this seemed totally inappropriate to me, especially for a toddler. Crazy stuff.

I love what you did with the kids... How cool! Such a creative way to teach! They must've loved that! You are awesome!!!

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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mellaisbella
True Blue Farmgirl

1862 Posts

melanie
living on Anne of Green Gables land
Canada
1862 Posts

Posted - Feb 02 2015 :  06:41:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great idea!!

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Marilyn Hartman Sullivan
True Blue Farmgirl

1134 Posts

Marilyn
Oxford PA
USA
1134 Posts

Posted - Apr 07 2015 :  1:09:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think the virtual education is okay insofar as it teaches kids to use the electronics, since sadly they will have to rely on them a lot in life, but I have serious doubts that it actually teaches them to deal with a real situation. I mean, there's some value in having an airline pilot spend lots of hours on a flight simulator, but I sure wouldn't want to board a place with one who had never flown an actual aircraft.

I know that lots of people use electronic tablets as pacifiers and babysitters for their kids, but I personally would rather cart along a coloring book and a few crayons. My favorite thing in church was for my Aunt Edith to give me a pen (an actual INK pen!!!) and let me draw on the bulletin. Kept me busy, quiet and engaged. (Not that I shouldn't have been listening to the sermon, but I was little) My mother used to make me a little puppet out of a handkerchief that I played with whenever we had to wait somewhere. She would tie a big knot in the center for the head, and then a little knot in each corner for the hands and feet. I would play with that silly thing forever. Sigh. Maybe I am just too old-timey, but I honestly think we are missing a lot by losing that kind of thing.

And I'm with MaryJane -- if I crank the freezer, (or sit on it! ha ha) I want to eat the ice cream.

Farmgirl #6318
"Where there's a will -- there's probably a family fight."
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