Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#41 Oct 9, 2009
At one time we raised a few chickens,Mother would grab one and wring its neck.My uncle had a chicken house.they lived across the Carrolton Hwy.My cousin Madge and I would many times feed them after school. We did not have to do anything with the ones that were dead,My uncle took care of those.The main thing I remember about the chicken houses was the terrible smell that all of them had.If you were driving down the road and you passed one,it would take your breath away.
Benny

Birmingham, AL

#42 Oct 9, 2009
True, hog pens could smell pretty rough too. I remember a neighbor would always use chicken litter on his garden, this was before air conditioners were affordable, it was rough sleeping at night with all the windows down.

“Home In Georgia Now”

Since: Jul 07

The "City of Gold" in Georgia

#43 Oct 9, 2009
I guess it would be nice if I actually included the link about kudzu. DUHH!!

http://georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu/storypage.cf...

I never tried rabbit, squirrel, turtle, frog legs, etc. Now I know many folks who have consumed these foods and they love it. Maybe it is mind over matter and my mind (what is left of it) can not over come the matter. My wife's late father actually raised quail and she told me it was good eating. I will stick with chicken. I actually found a good BBQ place the other day. After Daniel mentioned his dads BBQ place I had to have some BBQ. I had read about this place and it was recommended by the men at the barber shop I had stopped at for the first time. So it was a good day. I found a barber who could actually cut a flat top and a good BBQ place. Life is good!!!!
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#44 Oct 9, 2009
Benny and John,I did not have an airconditoner untill the eighties.We had an attic fan and area fans.Now it would be very difficult to not have air,Mine went out at the end of the season last year,I promply replaced it.It is wierd I don't think we paid much attention to the scents when I lived out in the country.My uncle had his chicken house,and the neighbors had chickens.But we had lots of pinetrees growing around us.houses were not as close together as they are now.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#45 Oct 9, 2009
I did taste of fried rabbit once.They never could convince me that rabbit tasted like chicken.Mama had some deermeat once and I deffanately did not like that.My friend Marie had pet squirrels out in the village of Fullerville.So I would never be able to eat squirrel,It is really funny she fought all the boys,if even one of her pet squirrels were missing.She thought someone had shot one with a b.b.gun. She would ask them have you seen my squirel? and she would discribe the one that was missing.She now goes deerhunting.I did eat poke salad and any kind of greens.Mama made a big keg of kraut each winter,I loved that.I am a BBQ fan.Daniel's Daddy made the best you could buy back in the day.

“Home In Georgia Now”

Since: Jul 07

The "City of Gold" in Georgia

#46 Oct 9, 2009
I remember the first air conditioner we had when we lived in the projects. We used fans for moving the air up to that point. I still like an attic fan for cooling. The only drawback is drawing in dust and especially pollen. If I had an attic fan I would fabricate up some type device to hold a filter over the window opening to catch the dust and pollen.
Benny

United States

#47 Oct 10, 2009
I grew up thinking poke salad was poison, why people went through all the stages cooking it, later on after watching all the birds eating the berries, I never saw any dead birds from the berries. I started cooking it just as I would turnip or collard greens, boil the water down add the seasoning you like plus use bacon grease or a ham hock when cooking down. The old way, you boiled it, then drain most of the water out, put in a skillet and add your seasoning then simmer for awhile.

Rabbit is good but it is better made into a pot pie.

Squirrel, raccoon, pigeon, dove, quail, turtle are better if cooked with homemade dumplings. I haven't tried frog legs yet, maybe someday. Never had no desire to try possum and still don't.

I have tried venison, ground it, made soup, burgers, put in a crock pot with seasoning and potatoes, made barbecue out of it, the best I've found is cube it with a meat hammer, salt, pepper and fry it. Make gravy, add the steak and simmer before eating. I've had folks tell me that was the best cube steak they had ever eat.

Even rattlesnake is good if you wrapped it with a piece of bacon and deep fry.

Attic fans are nice but they do pull in a lot of pollen and dust, I've always wondered if you made filters for the windows, how much would it restrict the air flow?
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#48 Oct 10, 2009
I remember adults would tell us not to eat poke salad berries,that they were poison.the berries looked tasty,they were very tempting.I have heard that squirrel dumplings are good.Did yall have central air in the project John?
Benny

United States

#49 Oct 10, 2009
The best I can remember, the poke berries were not good but black cherries were not bad, they look just like poke berries. I have one in my yard. Years ago, I was walking in the woods, some kids were playing in a wild black cherry tree, while I was talking to them, I reached up and got me a handful of the cherries and was eating them. Those kids eyes were as big as saucers, they said, those are poison! I told them the difference between the cherries and poke berries. When I walked away, those kids were having a ball with those cherries.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#50 Oct 10, 2009
I tasted of them,they were not very tasty,so I decided it was not worth it, to eat them,concedering the fact that they were poison and all.

“Home In Georgia Now”

Since: Jul 07

The "City of Gold" in Georgia

#51 Oct 10, 2009
Sandra Barber Rabern wrote:
Did yall have central air in the project John?
Oh yes!! If you consider a fan in the center of the window pulling through air, central air!!! We had central heat too. The heater was in the center of the hallway and the heat flowed by convection from room to room. I know most of the projects have been retrofitted now to include new heating and air conditioning. No our A/C was a big window unit in the living room and later we added a few small ones to the bedrooms. Benny if you could open enough windows with filters to allow the rated CFM flow of the attic fan there should be no issue with it.
Benny

Birmingham, AL

#52 Oct 11, 2009
Years ago I intended to put in an attic fan, as you get older your priorities change. Probably the cost of filters for the windows would far outweigh the cost of the air conditioner.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#53 Oct 11, 2009
This house is small,when it was built I wanted a ventalator fan on top.And it did not look right the builder said.I have central air.I enjoy it but I see more dust than I would like.It must come in through the chimney.I never have my door opened.I do miss that,Growing up out Fulleville,we kept our doors opened in nice weather.We did not even have to lock our doors,it is hard to imagine a world that safe.Especially nowadays with crime rate so high.
Benny

Birmingham, AL

#54 Oct 12, 2009
I guess the only way to get away from dust would be to live in a vacuum but then again dust seems to find its way into everything. I have to agree, even if I'm inside, I like to look out.
Benny

Birmingham, AL

#55 Oct 12, 2009
Sandra, earlier you were talking about chicken houses, one of my first jobs was getting the eggs from the farm to the hatchery. It did get smelly a times.

I remember when Goodyear Cedartown closed and we moved the machinery to Cartersville. It was about a 60 mile drive one way. The worst part of the drive was going going down 113 right before it ran together with 61, there was a hog farm on the left, sometimes the fog would be so thick there along with the smell, you could barely get your breath. I don't guess I will ever forget that smell. Sometimes I would go to Rome and then to Carersville, a little longer but less stop and go and traffic lights back then.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#56 Oct 12, 2009
You were not that far away from Villa Rica then.My Mother grew up in the Union School district.My annt Louese Proctor still lives near Rockmart,And have a cousin in Cedertown.Up in that part of the world, that is country for sure.I know what you mean about,back in the day they were hardly any traffic and stop lights.My uncle would kill hogs once a year.Sometimes I was there during that time,It is not a pretty sight to see,I hope to not ever see that again.It tramatised me.
Benny

United States

#57 Oct 14, 2009
I thought about going out 61 but never did. I'm not much of a hunter, squirrels are plentiful but you hardly see a rabbit around here. lot of deer and some turkeys, occasionally a hunter will give me deer meat. I've got vehicle problems so gotta see if I can figure it out.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#58 Oct 14, 2009
I don't think I could ever kill an animal,except if my life were in danger,and I had to protect myself from an animal.My friend Marie ho I gre up with out Fullerville,became a hunter,I canot see her really shooting a deer.Because she was sure enough an animal lover.I like to go to Cades Cove and shoot photos of deer,but I know that is the only way I could ever shoot a deer,just to take a photo.They are so friendly there allmost like pets.You want to feed them but it is againt the law.One time there was a baby deer that stood by the drivng path waiting for folks to give him apples.I guess that is why the parks dept. does not want them to be fed and get dependant on people.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#59 Oct 14, 2009
I would never make much of a hunter myself.There was plenty of hunting that went on all around Fulleville.Hershel Temple raised some fine hunting dogs out there in the village.My dog Bullet was one of the puppies from Mr Temple's dogs,I doubt he would have made a very good hunter.He had very short legs.Grandpa got a puppy also,and named his dog Boss,He ran in the woods with Grandpa a lot,by then Grandpa had build his house, out in Old town,And I did help put out rabbit boxes with Grandpa.
Sandra Barber Rabern

Villa Rica, GA

#60 Feb 4, 2012
If we look back and remember and hear stories about the olden days.Everything looked to be much simpler then.Maybe life was a bit tougher than we see it when looking back.The families raised their own food.and the Children had to work hard helping out in the fields.Mama told me many times about taking some eggs and walking to the store.She would trade the eggs for penny candy or gum.Barefoot she once cut her foot pretty bad while walking to the store.She had to hide the fact that she was hurt.Mama Campbell would get so upset when one on her Children was hurt or sick having allready lost two of her Children,one that was stillborn.And Madge who lived a few months and got sick and died.They are burried at Yorkville.My Mama allways said there are living troubles and dieing troubles.Mama Campbell had both I reccen.

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