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QUOTE 12 – ONE BASKET
The quote for today is, “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.”
This quote not only means advice for farmers, in case you trip and fall, but there are other ways to trip up. This is an old-time quote with good advice.
The trend now in recent days is to encourage people to stop other means of heating other than electricity. As I recall, in my early years before the age of sixteen, we had no electricity.
Our heat was wood heat. This kept you very warm both in winter and summer. In winter there was not a better place to curl up than on the floor beside the wood heater. You could read a book or just enjoy the family conversation about the things that happened that day, and plan for the next early morning. We also had the heat in summer as we cut and split the wood to use as heat and to prepare our meals, no electricity required.
They have also convinced us to not to use coal anymore. Seems they thought it made a very bad smoke for all to breathe. But in later years, my grandparents used a Warm Morning stove and a few cakes of coal for their heat. This worked out fine as grandfather was not as able to cut wood in later years. The coal pile was in the yard, not many steps from our porch door, and not as hard to bring in the house as the wood pile, and was not as messy to keep clean, as the coal could be stored in a single bucket instead of a very large pile. No electricity required.
Our next good heat was the oil burner. Not much to go wrong, especially if you had McCauley heating as your service to call. He was one of the best experts on the furnace. The only drawback is you had to have a tank for the supply, and electricity, (a fan operated by electricity to spread the heat.) If you used a furnace instead of a heater.
I have long been warning the public, as if we had a loss of electricity, how many things would stop. We would not have heat as well as the loss of many other things we are now dependent on. In one of my sayings to another person, I received a sharp reply of “We don’t worry, we have a generator.” My reply to that comment is “How will it operate with no oil product or a phone to call anyone for assistance.”
My advice is get a small wood stove that would burn coal, and give it a small space in your home.
Contributed by June Kline