Dec. 30, 2014
Liz Writes Life
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou Co, CA.
Because the temps finally dropped below freezing at night, I decided to check the onions and potatoes that are in shallow boxes on the gravel floor of our metal garage. They were covered with several layers of canvas and the potatoes seemed OK, but it was good that I checked as the warm, wet weather in November and December affected the onions. They were growing at both ends with some getting soft. One had roots almost two inches long. Gee whiz.
So I brought them in – probably about 25 of them – and stared cleaning them up. There was mold on a few and at least a half dozen were too soft to save. I pealed back the soft layers on five, cut off the roots and put them in a plastic bag in the refrig. I hate to throw anything away, if I can save it, and will use them to cook with during the next few weeks.
I was surprised that the Walla Wallas were the worst for starting to grow and being soft. The white onions, which I can’t remember the variety, have stayed the hardest and will likely last several more months in the house. Some are in the kitchen and some in a brown paper bag in the cold bedroom.
The warm fall and early winter also affected the garlic that I planted the first week of November as about a third of it has sprouted up to four inches tall. But, it is winter and I want to ignore the garden for a while. Oh, that’s right, I can’t — the carrots are mulched and should be pulled, eaten or juiced. After all the rich food we have eaten this month, carrot juice would be a healthy project.
Last week, I shared a bit from the old Siskiyou Daily News that’s been floating around my cluttered office. It is dated “Monday, Dec. 5, 1968,” so here goes with more memory dredging this week.
The Green Bay packers and Dallas Cowboys were expected to play for the NFL championship in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1969 and the real first “Super Bowl” was slated for Jan. 14, 1969 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The article mentioned that each of the winners of the NFL championship team would receive $8,000 and another $15,000 for the Super Bowl win. Gosh, I like and watch football, but I don’t have the faintest idea what winning the Super Bowl pays now – just know about the coveted ring. Guess I will do a “search” on the internet.
It was mentioned that Baltimore QB Johnny Unitas had a sore arm, but showed why he was considered the greatest passer in the NFL with a 33-yard TD pass to Ray Berry in the last 39 seconds of the game with Cleveland for the win.
More from the front page: “U.S. Planes Bomb Railroad, Saigon Hit By Guerrillas” said that American bombers battled their way through flights of Communist MIG fighters, shooting down one and possibly a second. Yep, USSR backed North Viet Nam in that horrible war.
Members of the Siskiyou County Planning Commission, Adair “Butch” Wilson and Carl Johnson, discussed the purposes and plans of the commission at the Mt. Shasta Chapter of the Society of American Foresters recent meeting.
U.S. President LBJ continued to recuperate in Texas after surgery on his throat and abdominal hernia. Johnson was said to be “buoyed up” after his recent trip across the Mexican border for a get-together with Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz and a joint inspection of the gigantic Amistad Dam the two countries were currently constructing across the Rio Grande.
Advertisers (that I even remember) were Tyrer’s Stationery at 210 S. Broadway and Silverhart’s selling carpet for kitchen, bath, rec-room and patio for $5.50 a square yard at 423 S. Broadway – both in Yreka. Bray’s Appliance & TV on W. Miner advertised a G-E Mobile Maid dishwaster with a lift top rack for $199. McNeil’s Drive ‘N Save Market on Oberlin Road and Old Highway 99 had a special for Skippy dog food at eight cents a can.
At the Broadway Theater, “Born Free” was playing. I recall seeing it, so we must have driven over-the-hill from Etna between Thanksgiving and Dec. 5th probably on Saturday night. My mom really wanted to see it, I think mostly because she liked Andy Williams who sang the theme song.
In the classifieds, Yreka Office Equipment was selling Smith-Corona & Royal portable typewriters. Yep, we had a manual Smith-Corona that my mom had purchased several years before. I used it all through high school. At Yreka Studio and Camera Shop you could get your black and white film developed in one day; and Ed and May Gleeson had a Ranch Realty in Scott Valley. My dad was friends with “Gleeson” as he called him.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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