It was hot today so I am going to talk about summer.
What is your favorite summer memory as a kid?
Picking buttercups for my mom, making forts out of blankets on the picinic table, and walking between the sheets hung on the clothes line.
A worst memory?
Every night as a kid when I went to bed, I could see what looked like a ghost in my parents bedroom door...finally figured out it was my dad's white shirt hanging on the door.
What was your bedroom like as a kid?
I had a comforter set from Penney's with loud pink floral print with matching curtains. I had shutters on my windows. I also had a Bambi painted on one side of the window on the wall and Flower the skunk on the other side.It made me want to grow up to be an artist. I also had a cool headboard that looked like a princess headboard and I had a ton of stuffed animals on it...my favorite was a Snoopy pillow.
Any major health issues as a kid?
I went into the hospital when I was 12 because of a form of anemia...the symptoms were awful...weakness, vomiting and the runs. I also had shots for allergies which never seemed to work.
Ever go on family vacations?
We would always go see my grandparents in Eau Claire and a small town about 25 miles southwest of Eau Claire called Mondovi. Sometimes we went camping on weekends.
I had to dump the grass from the lawn mower into a bin out in the back yard. The bag was hard to carry because it was heavy and had holes in it. I also did all the trimming back in the days when they only made the hand clippers with out a pole so I had to get on my hands and knees. Picked up the crabapples and had to clean out the rocks around the trees. When we washed the car, my job was to clean the whites on the tires and clean the windows and wash the floor mats.
Payment for chores?
35 cents a week until I lobbied to make the same as my brother because I thought I did more work than he did. (I dried the dishes every night and he only did the garbage twice a week). I did get a raise to 50 cents a week. I also cleaned the basement every Saturday.This involved vacuuming the stairs, cleaning my dad's office, sweeping the gameroom floor and filling the ice cube trays in the fridge behind the bar.
Any other summer memories?
After a BBQ, I was in charge of making popcorn on the grill because I was the only one who would not burn it!
We played darts, sometimes croquet and badminton.
Favorite summer meal?
Probably shish ka bob.(all steak)
What did you do for Fourth of July?
The neighborhood boys would do a show on our street and then we would walk to the hill where we could see the city fireworks going off at Bay Beach.
Worst thing about summer?
Best thing about summer?
Flowers and butterflies. Swimming. Not having to wear a coat, hat, boots.
What is around now that you wish you had then?
Hmmmm...mp3 player. Cool water sprinklers.
What did you do as a kid your own kids do not do?
I rode my bike a lot to the store or to the pool. I had a cool blue Scwinn bike with a white banana seat. My kids do not like riding bikes. I also liked to roller skate.