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postheadericon Table of Content.. The Lost Ways


I have been reading a book that I have found to be very interesting. It is all about learning lost ways. You just never know when you might need to know how to do things without all of the modern day help such  computers, cell phone… and simple things we take for granted such a running water and of course electricity…

I can not imagine what life was like before Facebook.. but I bet life went on without me watching videos or knowing what my friends are up to on a daily basis. I always said that I must of had a clean house before Facebook.. but those who know me.. know that certainly was not true….

Knowing how your grandparents, or their parents lived is not only interesting to learn about but it is also a good thing to know. Learning lost ways can be very valuable information. Now I am by no means a prepper… but I have always thought it would be a good thing to know how people lived 150-200 years ago. I for one love watching old westerns… Just think of the struggles those people must of endured.

The people that joined up with a wagon train to take them to California must of been brave souls. I can not begin to imagine what they must of thought when they first saw the Rocky Mountains and knew they were going to go Over them!….Grit.. they had grit and courage.

Being able to live off the land using skills that your great grandparent knew might come in handy. The book I am reading, The Lost Ways is all about how things use to be done. Just take a look at the Table of Content for this book. It covers a very wide range of topics.. My copy has over 400 pages. I must admit I could care less about the chapters about guns and knives.. but those are a couple of the ones that my dad really enjoyed. Yes.. I got him a copy too. My dad is 86 years old..He loves reading it.

Learning lost ways is something that we all should know how to do… and the book The Lost Ways teaches them to you.

postheadericon Making your own beer and alcohol

All those old westerns show beer being served from barrels.. and whiskey from bottles. Do you think that beer was warm… if it was cold how did they get it cold….. they certainly didn’t have access to a refrigerator…. Not much I can think of worse than .. Warm beer….

That beer seemed to have a nice topping to it…. and I heard on a few occasions.. “Make sure it is COLD”. So how did they get the beer cold…? Did they haul those kegs over all those miles and miles to the many different towns and way stations along the way. Maybe they had a brewer in all of the different towns.

The old gangster movies showing gin being made in bathtubs.. Gosh how times have changed…

All these micro brewers that are popping up all over they are keeping the tradition of making your own beer going. I am pretty sure a maker of alcohol would be a very popular spot as well… though I think that might be illegal… Can you say Moonshine?

Learning lost ways is something that might come in handy… You just never know when such skills might be needed….You can learn many things from the book The Lost Ways. Just take a peek at the Table of Contents…. Making beer as well as making moonshine are just a couple of the topic that are covered.

postheadericon Learning Lost Ways

Do you ever imagine what it would of been like to be alive during the days of the old west. No cars, no phone no computers.. the list goes on. Yes indeed we have come a long way since the 1800’s. Many things of changed and it is called progress.

We recently started watching a series called “Hell on Wheels”.. This is a series about the Union Pacific’s construction of the first transcontinental railroad. I am not sure how factual the story line itself is but I would bet how they are building that railroad and the encounters they are running into would be pretty much how it really happened.

I wonder what the people thought who joined a wagon train to take them to California. Even if they were told what to expect.. I am quite certain that they had no idea what really did lay ahead of them. Can you imagine trying to explain the Rocky Mountains to someone….. You are able to see this mountain range from about 100 miles away. If the wagon train traveled 10-20 miles a day… they would be looking at those mountains for DAYS>>> and DAYS…. each day getting a bit closer.. What must of been going through their minds as they got closer?

I am not saying that I would of loved to of lived in the 1800’s but I must tell you I really do enjoy reading and watching programs about it. Those people had GRIT!….. as well as a few other adjectives I could write.. but for the moment I will stick with GRIT!

I am not a prepper…. but I do think that knowing how people lived in the 1800’s would be a good thing to know. Knowing how to be sufficient sure can’t hurt. And planning ahead is always a good thing.

I am reading a book called The Lost Ways… It has so much info in it about the old days.. Just look at the Table of Content…… Learning how things were done is not only very interesting but also educational as well..

postheadericon Hats Off To Miss Kitty

 Don’t you just love those old westerns? To hear my mother-in-law tell it… my husband loved to watch “shoot em up’s” as a child. He still must be a child because he still loves to watch them.

We often watch Gunsmoke. We have hours and hours of them on tape as well as waiting in our cable box ready to watch. We watch Gunsmoke every night while we wait for Coronation Street to come on.

I just love the whole gang…. Marshall Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc, then later came Festus. Burt Reynolds was so young and very handsome. We often see Festus portraying someone else before he actually joined the show. But my favorite was Miss Kitty.

Miss Kitty was quite the woman. She owned the Long Branch Saloon. I am certain she was Matt Dillon’s girl though I don’t think I have ever seen a wink passed between them and for sure never a kiss. I loved her wonderful wardrobe, those dresses were so beautiful I often wonder how they ever washed them.. or if they were. The workmanship that must have gone into making those dresses must of taken weeks.

Then there were Miss Kitty hats…. Now I look like a dweab in hats but that don’t stop me from collecting them and looking at them. Miss Kitty had the hats. That must of taken some other sort of craftsman to make all those hats. First off where would they have gotten all of the items that they used to make those masterpieces. The netting and the feathers… can you tell I love hats?

Being the age that I am and all the hot flashing that goes around at this age I wonder what those poor women must of done when they were having a hot flash. Women back then dresses in layers.. and layers.. and more layers. Gunsmoke is set in Kansas…. Kansas is hot and I mean hot in the summer, as well as dry. Even the thought of having a hot flash with all those layers of clothes on in that high, dry heat is enough to make me want to puke.

But then again maybe it is only me that thinks what it would be like to of lived back then. Can you imagine what it must of been like heading west in a covered wagon? We all know that life is uncertain now and many dangers lay ahead for all of us. But somehow I think that the guts and the determination that the folks back in those days was much more than most people want to put out in this day and age

I am glad someone else pioneered this country for me and I am able to watch it and read about it. I am glad that I live NOW and NOT then. Taking to much for granted has never been a good thing.

Hats off to Miss Kitty…. the gal from the ole west that I would of like to of been. I think she really did have it together. She owned a bar, had a great boyfriend, had a wonderful hat collection, and a beautiful wardrobe..as well as the respect of her community, what more could one ask for?

Here is a wonderful book…called “The Lost Ways.” Is is all about how things were done in the olden days…The days of the pioneers. Just have a peek at the Table of Content.. Click Here!

This book would be perfect for ideas for school science projects… since it contains so many different topic.

I don’t think that Miss Kitty ever made her own moonshine or the beer she served.. but your able to rad how to do both in this book “The Lost Ways”