Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
It was 4:00 and I had just taken a empty peanut trailer to the end of the field and drove back to get a full load (at the opposite end from the road).
After Daddy had raked down the peanuts level enough to where they would not fall off, he gave me some last minute instructions: "Now, Kate, I want you to put the truck in 4 wheel low and get up speed quickly and go across the field at an angle to avoid the sand trap." It was 4:08 by the time I got started.
As I was gaining speed, I noticed that tires were spinning in the sand of the field. The tires could not get traction. Finally, they stopped spinning and I was zooming towards the end of the field. I suddenly felt the trailer sliding from side to side. I looked back and it WAS sliding from side to side. Something (or someone) told me to slow down (and I am glad that I did). Then, another snag in the plan!! There were some plowed up peanuts still lying on the ground (waiting to be picked) where I needed to go!!
I should point out that Daddy does not like anyone to drive over plowed up peanuts
Then, I told myself, if I can just gain the traction of the grass then the tires would stop spinning, the trailer would stop swaying from side to side and I can get out of the field. I went to turn and then, it happened!!!!!
I was in the process of jack knifing!!!!!!!!!
I quickly sent up a silent prayer then, did the only thing that I could think of. I pressed the brakes and I held the steering wheel very still. The trailer went straight and I still mashed the brakes and then the truck was being pushed by the trailer. I was pushed sideways.
I jack knifed!!!!!!!!!!!
After the dust had settled, I called Daddy and I said: "Daddy, I don't know what I just did but, I think that I just jack knifed!! He said ok and he said that he was coming.
I got out of the truck and my knees were shaking and I just sat down and cried. Not tears of sorrow because I thought that Daddy would be mad at me but, tears of joy that I was ok.
When everything was said and done and I called Daddy it was 4:13.
Upon looking back on it, if I had not of listened to the voice inside myself and turned later that I did, I would have landed in a very deep ditch (that I was only 50 feet away from when I jack knifed) and possibly would not have lived to tell this story. The peanut trailer could have turned over spilling millions of peanuts and in turn flipped the truck over and would have squished me.
I am very grateful to the Lord for letting me live!!!! I praised Him in the field and I still am praising Him. All day long, I have sung the song: "Count your blessings name them one by one"
Anyway, just wanted to tell y'all of my experience!!!!!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Twirling the fan in your left hand to warn of being watched
Drawing the fan across the eyes by way of apology
A half opened fan to the lips is a way of giving permission to kiss
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Kate: No, not everyone, Mom is still up.
Daddy: Where is she?
Kate: On the commode
Kate: On the throne!
Momma (from Bathroom): I'm in the bathroom!
Daddy: No. She's in the oval office!!!!!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
During this time period, courtship became very formal. Rings were now exchanged to represent engagement and parents were asked for permission to marry. This period formability also encompassed the beginning of the white bridal gown and veil, which symbolized purity.
Romantic love was the focus of the era and was viewed as the main requirement for marriage. "To Couple is a Custom" (The Bundling Book, 1774 and reprinted in 1836).
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The wedding was the social event of 1785 in Virginia. Martha gained a husband to run the plantation and business affairs and Washington gained the social status.
During the first year of their marriage, Washington wrote to a friend: " I am now, I believe, fixed at this seat (Mt. Vernon) with an agreeable consort for life."
Monday, September 6, 2010
In the days of early America, the desire for marriage and children was so desirable that a tax was levied on bachelorhood
~ Acquaintance Customs ~
Throughout romantic literature, the heart is regarded as the ultimate expression of love. "I give my heart to you." "I love you with all my heart." "My heart goes out to you."
Sunday, September 5, 2010
This is a short one so, I am going to combine 2 things together. Just wanted to let my readers know!!!!!
***** Courting Customs *****
Later, every civilized village had a dancing master who provided proper instruction in the art of dancing. Little boys and girls learned how to dance the minuet, to bow and to curtsey(sp).
Saturday, September 4, 2010
In those days, a young gentlemen might have the right to bundle with his beloved, if he was given the chance, and yet, at the same time, declare it to be immoral for the girl to accept his companionship in the bed. And, most certainly, a young gentlemen had every right to be disturbed if he learned that his partner had previously bundled with another.
Puritan New Englanders did not regard love as a necessary precondition for marriage. Indeed, they associate romantic love with immaturity and impermanence.
True love, the puritans believed, would appear following marriage.
A proper marriage, in their view, was not based on love and affection, but on rational considerations of property, compatibility, and religious piety. Thus, it was acceptable for a young man to pursue "a goody lass with an abundance of money" so long as he could eventually love his wife-to-be.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Bundling is an early American courtship custom, thought to have originated in Holland and the British Isles. It was extended to America, particularly to New England, and most widely practiced in the years prior to the Revolution of 1776
Bundling is the practice of engaged or courting couples, laying on a bed together, completely dressed or bundled, persuing their romance. The couple was usually separated by a bundling board, sack or bolster.
Bundling normally took place when a suitor visited his intended and needed to stay the night due to bad weather or to many miles to walk back.
Bundling is believed to have died out in the nineteenth century as bigger houses were being built and more beds were available but, the fascination with the custom continues to this day.
"Quiet as a mouse we were after midnight. We just laid there and talked until then"
"As long as he minds his manners, bundling is permitted"
"Many happy marriages came from bundling"
"Many will giggle and laugh at the process"
Thursday, September 2, 2010
1. Introduction of the man and woman was considered proper and mandatory. After the first introduction was made, the mother of the household would request a 'call' from the man. This meant that, in the mothers presence, the man was to pay a visit. Parents would sometimes sit in a nearby room and listen to the couple's conversation
2. Second dates were expected more often that not.
3. Decorum was propriety and good taste in behavior was expected
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The parents focused much less on the search for the perfect marital partner for their daughter and focused more on the wedding her in order to bear children and thus help support the enormous work load.
Many believed that love developed only after a marriage progressed and not before. In time, there was a movement towards marrying for love-a love that involved openness and sincerity in a future mate.
The seeking of a mate was not necessary because couples often knew each other from social activities, such as church or school. These settings gave the couple the necessary time and opportunity to get to know each other in a structured setting.