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Country Cousin

Issue Date: March 17, 2021

Shirt Sleeve Weather!

Old Man Winter made a slight return visit to TIMESLand Tuesday night, but apparently he won't be staying long. The National Weather Service in Green Bay predicts daytime highs in the mid-40s and lows that are well below freezing for Thursday and Friday nights, but then on Saturday, Sunday and beyond we're supposed to be treated to near shirt-sleeve weather, with highs reaching pretty close to 60 degrees, even in the farthest northern corners of the county!

It's supposed to be mostly sunny for the weekend, too. Time to get out the grill, if you haven't done that yet.

Think maybe the Easter Bunny can hide his eggs outside this year?

By the way, why is the Easter Bunny usually depicted as a "he," but in fact it's the "shes" of egg producing species that do the laying? And of course, rabbits don't lay eggs at all.

By the way, if that old barnyard rooster happens to consider himself a hen, he might be able to steal an egg, but he won't be able to lay one. And vice versa. Hens are pretty good at clucking, but they really fall short if they ever try to crow.

FOOTWEAR

Won't be long before we can get out the summer sandals. Some of us remember back in the day a well dressed lady never wore white shoes between Labor Day and Easter. Black or brown shoes were mandatory during the winter season. Colored shoes were okay, but not extremely light colored ones. And I don't recall men ever wearing white shoes, unless they were tennis shoes.

There even was a murder mystery in which the culprit turned out to be the very proper matriarch of a wealthy family who assigned herself the task of killing off female relatives who disgraced the family by wearing the wrong shoes for the season.

Once upon a time, polishing shoes was a weekly chore at our house. On Saturday nights, Mom would polish all our shoes and line them up along the kitchen wall so they'd be shiny and clean for church Sunday morning. New shoes were a rarity in our household, generally only purchased when our feet got too big for the old ones.

THE WRONG FEET?

That reminds me of a friend tells about a very young nephew who had his own very individualized way of looking at the world, and of explaining what he saw when he looked at it. (This is the same little guy who sympathized with those who suffered from "terrible palsy.")

Anyway, the youngster, probably about six years old, had dressed himself without prompting, and was proud of it. Grandpa checked him out, and then told him he had his shoes on the wrong feet.

"No Grandpa," the little guy replied. "These are the only feet I have!"

HOUSE CALLS

Back in the day, doctors regularly made house calls.

No, that wasn't ancient history. Well maybe it was. Don't know when doctors stopped visiting homes of sick patients, little black bag in hand, but they were still doing it in the late 1960s. Also, back then, most doctors were independent, operating their own practices, instead of being employees of large medical corporations.

A 1966 issue of the Reader's Digest includes an article listing ten ways to cut your medical bills.

First suggestion was to have a family doctor before illness strikes, so the doctor would have all your data and not need to send you to the Emergency Room to get it collected before he could treat you.

Second was a suggestion to discuss fees with your physician, who would sometimes lower his fees if your circumstances warranted it. Many doctors I knew personally treated many, many of their patients without charging, or would see (and treat) an entire family for the price of a single office call.

Speaking of prices, the article uses the example of $5 for an office call, $10 for a house call, and - heaven forbid - up to $30 for a complete physical examination!

And that leads to the third money saving tip - "If possible, see the doctor in his office." Reasons given were mainly the time doctors would spend driving to your home and having access only to instruments in their little black bag, rather than diagnostic devices available in their office. Patients too ill to leave home were advised to call on a visiting nurse service.

INFLATION, INFLATION

Am constantly amazed at the otherwise intelligent folks who fall for the myth that raising the minimum wage will improve the lot of those at the bottom of the pay scale ladder. They want to raise the Federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour. (Many states already have minimum wages in the $10 per hour range.)

Don't they look at history?

Artificially increasing the cost of labor simply brings on inflation that increases the cost of everything, and leads companies to decisions that reduce the number of jobs available for those who are trying to enter the labor market, those with limited abilities, and those who for whatever reason need to work limited hours. Note the McDonald's conversion to automated tellers to avoid having to hire so many actual humans.

Look at the price of doctor visits mentioned above. Then remember that the minimum wage back then was $1 per hour. Horrendous, you say?

Now, consider the relative purchasing power of that $1. You could see your doctor for $5 or $10. Gas was sometimes 23 cents per gallon. Rent for an apartment or small home was $60 to $100 per month. I remember deciding firmly to go vegetarian if the price of hamburger ever went over $1 per pound.

A few prices for basic necessities didn't increase ten-fold, but most did. Consequently, the quality of life for those who had scrimped and saved for retirement declined.

That will happen again, and soon, even if we don't raise the minimum wage, thanks to the new round of federal regulations that either have already arrived or are just over the horizon.

Scary!

An earned pay raise, for learning a new skill or getting better at an old one, brings an increase in ability of the earner to buy things they want and need.

An artificial raise, brought on by government regulations, just brings an equivalent raise in the cost of just about everything. That's a fact of life, and nothing is going to change it.

What raises wages naturally is a booming economy, where the number of jobs available exceeds the number of workers available to do them.

That's another fact of life.

We'll never be able to force prosperity with government regulations that too often end up forcing companies either out of business or into more automation.

ON THE SOAP BOX - THANKS, SEN. RON JOHNSON!

Speaking of inflation, the latest "Covid-19 Relief Stimulus Bill" has just passed, with "free" money for just about every conceivable cause on this planet. Much of it is even going to illegal immigrants and to causes in other countries, not to mention unworthy causes here at home, including some with provisions for blatant racism - example forgiving some agricultural loans, but only if the farmers who owe the money are black. How can anyone consider that fair? There are poor white farmers too, you know!

Our Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has been severely slammed for opposing this latest round of give-aways.

There are ads crying: "He didn't want to give me my $1,400," and urging folks to call him and other Republican leaders to voice their displeasure.

Well, that $1.9 trillion stimulus bill included a lot of spending on things that have nothing to do with stimulating the US economy, but a lot to do with making some folks richer (and others very rich) while taking money from folks who work hard to get it, particularly single folks with no kids. Is that fair to them?

Sure, on a greedy personal basis, I'll be happy to accept my $1,400 check. But I'll also feel a bit guilty, because our children and grandchildren and their children will be paying the bill, in the form of inflation or higher taxes, or both. Is that fair to them?

I'd like to personally express my thanks to Sen. Johnson and other Republicans who voted with him for having the courage to stand up for what they know is right. Hope they can convert some of their counterparts in the Democrat Party to vote in the interests of all the people, and stand against the special interest folks.

GROWIN' THINGS

Itching to get busy with gardening chores?

This time of year, the end of the dormant season, is the best time to prune almost all trees and shrubs. Pines are about the only exception. For them, let the new go until the young needles are half of full size before pruning.

Spring flowering shrubs can be pruned now, too, unless you can't stand losing the flower buds on the stems you are removing.

Once the buds start showing, branches cut from spring flowering shrubs and fruit trees can be brought in and put in warm water to force them into bloom. You probably won't have blossoms by Easter, but it's a start!

Do not use tree wound dressing or paint on pruning cuts. Garden gurus say doing this can actually slow the healing process.

On unseasonably warm days the sun can cause heat to build-up under rose cones, cold frames, and in other plant protection systems, so you might want to remove them. However, keep things handy just in case the weather turns again. Remove black plastic coverings, but avoid removing mulches too early from plants with tender new growth forming underneath.

On nice days, go outside and turn the compost pile. This will get it cooking again. Hopefully, it will also help you resist the urge to start working the soil too soon.

If you have some potatoes that are spouting, peel them thickly and bury in the mulch heap with plenty of leaves on top. You might get some wonderful bonus potatoes later in the season.

COOKIN' TIME

Easter is fast approaching. Time to think about homemade goodies for the Easter basket. Also time to enjoy some fresh new flavors for spring.

MONSTER MUFFALETTA

Here's a taste treat for winter-jaded appetites. Each of these huge New Orleans style sandwiches satisfies four normal appetites, especially if you serve it up with a bowl of chicken soup. If time is short, as it is for most of us most of the time, go ahead and get the soup from a can off the supermarket shelf and heat it up. This recipe makes enough for two sandwiches.

You need two Muffuletta buns, 10 inch diameter, or any round, sort of flattened loaf of nice, dense bread. (If you can't find anything like that, make four sandwiches on large sourdough or Kaiser rolls.)

2 Muffaletta buns

Topping:

1 can pitted black olives, sliced

1 cup green pimento stuffed olives

2 tablespoons diced onion

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons celery, finely diced

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 1/2 teaspoons fine ground black pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

Filling:

Butter

2 ounces thinly sliced cotto salami

2 ounces smoked ham, thinly sliced

2 ounces Genoa salami, thinly sliced

2 ounces Mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

2 ounces Provolone cheese, thinly sliced

In a small stainless steel cooking pot mix the olives, onion, garlic, celery, parsley, black pepper and olive oil. Stir and heat until hot but not boiling. Split the Muffaletta bun and butter each half. Put in heavy frying pan or on griddle cut side down, or put cut side up and toast under a broiler. Either way, lightly toast the cut and buttered sides of the big bun. Lay out the halves and on the top half spoon half of the olive mixture. On top of that, layer the meats in order and then put the cheese on last. Add the bottom of the bun, and then flip the whole thing over so the olive mixture comes out on top and the cheese on the bottom. Cut into each bun into quarters, pie style, to serve. Hot or pickled peppers and cherry tomatoes on the side are nice.

There's a story in our family about the sister-in-law whose hosts insisted she try a Muffaletta Sandwich when visiting New Orleans for the first time. She ordered hers without olives. As you can see by the recipe, if you leave the olives out there's not much left but an ordinary lunch meat sandwich. Sort of like ordering a cheeseburger without cheese. However, I should not be the one to laugh. I prefer Muffaletas without the black olives, but double the amount of green ones.

FRUIT AND NUT EASTER EGGS

These can be made long before needed. Their flavor improves as they ripen. There are still three weeks "til Easter, so there's time.

You will need:

2-1/4 cups sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

3/4 cup hot water

8 ounces marshmallow creme

1/2 cup shortening, melted

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

2 cups candied fruit (cherries and pineapple)

Nuts

Dipping chocolate, melted

Decorative candy trim, optional

Candy thermometer

In a saucepan larger than you think you'll need, cook sugar, syrup, and water to 265 degrees. Add marshmallow creme and beat until almost firm. Add melted shortening and confectioners' sugar and beat again. Work in candied fruit and nuts. Shape eggs by hand and dip in the melted chocolate. Before the coating hardens, add decorative candies if desired. The eggs will keep 6 to 8 months. Makes 10 eggs.

BUNNY NESTS

Chocolate chips and chow mein noodles form the basis for these cute Easter nest candies. Quick, easy and fun to make. Fun to eat, too.

5 ounces chow mein noodles (1 small jar or package)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vegetable shortening

Handful of jelly beans or candy eggs

Prepare a baking sheet by covering it with aluminum foil. Melt the chocolate and shortening together in the microwave or over a double boiler, stirring until completely melted. Allow to cool for a few minutes, but do not let the chocolate set. Once it is cool enough to touch, stir in the chow mein noodles until they are evenly coated. Drop the chocolate-coated noodles onto the baking sheet with a large spoon and, working with buttered hands, form into round nest shapes with an indentation in the center. Makes 5 large nests (the size of the palm of your hand) or 10 smaller nests. Before the chocolate hardens, add the jelly beans or other small candy eggs. If making the smaller nests, which I prefer, use miniature jelly beans or candy eggs. These nests are also cute with peeps set into them. Once the nests cool completely, wrap in clear plastic wrap if you wish.

The Country Cousin

Thought for the Week:
Patrick Henry, one of our nation's most trusted Founding Fathers, said: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship.

Lord, you have greatly blessed our Nation, but many who live in it have turned from You. Do not turn from us in today's troubled world, but help us to once again live by Your rules. Help us use this Easter season to once again become the "one nation under God" that we started out to be. Amen

(This column is written by Shirley Prudhomme of Crivitz. Views expressed are her own and are in no way intended to be an official statement of the opinions of Peshtigo Times editors and publishers. She may be contacted by phone at 715-291-9002 or by e-mail to shirleyprudhommechickadee@yahoo.com.)


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