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Little known implements
What seems commonplace to northerners is lost to this grandma from the south gulf-coast of Florida, who had to use her de-mittened hand to swipe away the half-inch of accumulated cold stuff from the rear window. At the very least, one must take care to brush the snow AWAY from oneself, lest the resulting pileup fall unceremoniously on one's foot, only to become melted and seek entry to one's sneakers via the shoelaces. Taylor later explained that job is better completed by the judicious use of the snow scraper stored in the trunk.
Now what self-respecting Floridian keeps a snow scraper in the trunk?
In fact, to complete this article, I googled for a picture of the required implement, and discovered everything from a hefty hand-held "snow broom" for reaching heavy snows on a car's roof, to a gas-powered "snow blower" for the sidewalks. There are ice-scrapers with broom bristles on the opposite side of the blade, a thoughtful appliance ready to meet whatever icy strands or blowy snows these northern US winters might present.
And of course, ol' Myrt here, is ever thinking about her favorite topic -- GENEALOGY.
And since everything in Myrt's view can be likened to family history, please make note:
This entire subject makes ol' Myrt's mind spin, wondering what odd household or farm implement may have descended through YOUR family, whose very purpose may escape all except the most ardent students of history. Drop me a line, and share what you know, so that as discerning family historians, we can keep abreast of everything old (aside from our own wrinkles.)
ALL THE BETTER to understand our ancestors, my dears.
Happy family tree climbing!