Monthly Archives: June 2013

Save More, Shop at Findley’s Store

Me in a shopping cart.
Me in a shopping cart.

I mentioned before that Gihon Springs Grocery was a big part of our lives when I was growing up in rural south Alabama.  After all, it was the main source of livelihood for my family, and it had been in my family for two generations.  Papa Findley had established it.  (I need to find out the details from Mom of when and how it was founded.)

The facade of the store was made of glass windows, and Mom used to make big sales signs out of butcher paper.  There was a long banner that ran at the top of the store windows and across the transom of the glass doors.  They promised, “Save More, Shop at Findley’s Store.”  That used to greatly bother me when I was a child.  Because I wasn’t a Findley.  I was an M. 

Mom countered, “But I am a Findley.  It’s my maiden name.”

Her assurance did me no good.  I thought that we should get a new sign that said, “Save More, Shop at M’s Store.”

Aunt Dossie is holding me (7 months old). Can you see the 'Shop at' at the top of the glass doors?  Looks like the old door could use a paint job!
Aunt Dossie is holding me (7 months old). Can you see the ‘Shop at’ at the top of the glass doors? Looks like the old door could use a paint job!
You can see part of the "Save More..." sign at the top of the window, behind Dad and me.
You can see part of the “Save More…” sign at the top of the window, behind Dad and me.
Ben, on his way back to college at Auburn University.  Check out those acid-washed shorts!
Ben, on his way back to college at Auburn University. Check out those acid-washed shorts!

We Kids Fought the Summer Heat with A/Cs and Coke-a-Colas

Microfiche Mommy here again. While I was looking through an old 1973 paper the other day, I found an ad for a 27000 BTU window-mount Westinghouse air-conditioner unit for $399.00. That would be expensive even by today’s standards. Just goes to show how we southerners will pay dearly for our cool air and humidity controller.… Continue Reading

8-track Player with Princess Leia Earphones.

Yesterday I was having fun with the microfiche machine at my local library, and this is what I learned: Forty years ago, there was a critical oil shortage in the U.S. Tuberculosis was considered to be Alabama’s “greatest health problem” (according to Rep. Bill Roberts of Mobile.) And you could buy a very nice 8-track… Continue Reading

Picnic on the Shore of Gihon Springs Creek

Hi Readers! I promised that I’d dig up some pictures of the creek, and here they are. The pictures of Dad, baby Ben, and me. Mom is the photographer. We’re on the sun-speckled shore of Gihon Springs Creek, having a picnic. Ben is about 6 months old, and I’m about two and a half. I’m… Continue Reading

The Price of Eggs in 1981

In 1981, the cost of eggs was $.69 a dozen, a gallon of Clorox bleach was $.73, and the sale price of a 2 liter coke was $.98. On Friday nights, more than 55 million viewers were watching the cult phenomenon, “Dallas,” according to A.C. Nielson numbers. I learned all of this from an April… Continue Reading

So Happy Together after 15 Years!

Fifteen years ago, at 2 p.m., I married my best friend and the love of my life. I had moved to town a year before and was teaching sixth grade social studies and elementary school computer lab. We met at our single’s group at church and became friends. He offered to come and help me… Continue Reading

The Creek and a Galvanized Wash Tub

Summertime always reminds me of the creek that ran through our pasture and then all the way to the Tombigbee River.  The creek was icy cold on a hot summer day.  Dad made his own bridge across it that would be swept away nearly every spring with the heavy rains. I’ve seen that creek as… Continue Reading

The Fugitive

Hi, Everyone, I don’t really have time to blog this morning. Samson is still getting out of the fence! See, last Friday I pounded stakes until I was worn out. I thought that would deter the dog. Yesterday afternoon, my family and I got back from an overnight trip to find garbage scattered everywhere. We… Continue Reading