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PAGE 8 The Perkins Journal Thursday, August I, 1985 THINKING IT OVER The Natural Way Dr. Jeff Black Professor of Biology Oklahoma Baptist University I have developed a bad driving street and returned to the car with habit over the years that keeps a Horned Lizard {more commonly Judith reminding me to keep my called Horned Toad} hanging onto life insurance paid up. I rarely pass my finger with its tiny jaws secure- by a live turtle or lizard in the ly fastened. I had never beenbitten highway unless I am in a real hurry, by a Horned Lizard and discovered This usually involves a rapid back- that this one had its back broken ing up or' a complete turn around and was probably in pain or fright- and drive back to capture the ani- ened which caused it to bite. mal or move it off to the side of the This was the first Horned Lizard highway so it won't get killed, we had seen all summer. When we I pulled this trick last week in the moved to Shawnee 13 years ago, middle of a busy four-lane city the boys would come home with their hands filled with Horned seemed to weep tears of blood. Lizards and they were always in our Peter excitedly called me to his garden in the backyard. Now they room several years ago to see a have practically disappeared in the Horned Lizard that had ejected a area. stream of blood three feet away Our Horned Lizard is properly from its eye. Some people think this known as the Texas Horned Lizard blood is ejected to frighten off and is found throughout the state, predators. The blood is shot out of We easily recognize it by the horns the corner of the eye due to the rais- {spines) projecting out from the ing of blood pressure, or to fear or back of the head. Some lizards anger or perhaps an increase in the lower their head so the spines stick temperature of the head. Whatever upward and then fill their lungs the cause, the tiny blood vessels with air to puff up their body. This near the corner of the eye actually behavior makes them look larger, burst, ~ending out a tiny stream of dangerous, and disagreeable to bloocL The blood feels hot, but is en- swallow. They are still eaten by tirely harmless. roadrunners and snakes. Some Even though Horned Lizards are snakes have swallowed Horned cute and harmless animals, they are Lizards only to be pierced by the difficult to keep alive in captivity, spines and die. do not make good pets, and most I had always heard and read die from improper care. about the Horned Lizard's ability The Horned Lizards and I need to squirt a thin stream of blood your help Could you please write or from the corner of each eye when it call and let me know ff Horned was frightened. This was discover- Lizards are disappearing or have ed by Mexicans, who called the disappeared in your area and why lizards "sacred toads" because they you think this has happened. You can write me in care of this paper or at OBU, Shawnee, OK 74801. -O- LETTERS TO THE EDITOR July 26, 1985 Dear Editor I have been taking the Perkins Journal for three years and I really do enjoy all the news, poems, and my grandmother, Mrs. Rose Saver used to live there back 67 years ago. Also my Uncle Will Saver by the cotton gin. I do see a number of people I know in this wonderful paper, the first thing I read from first page to last. Yours truly, Iva Marie Smith HORNED LIZARD Sunday dinner guests of Mr and Mrs. Joe Russell, July 18, were Vern and Lovell Wells of Perkins; Bob, Barbara, and Brian Wells of Tulsa; and Melvin, Connie, Brenda, Janice, and Joel Franks of Hen- nessey. The occasion was to cele- brate Lovell's and Connie's birthdays. "O- JOURNAL FOOD CORNER ; The Journal {Evans Publica- : tions) will be publishing a book : this fall that was written by : Maxine Wilhelm of Erick, Okla, homa. The title is "A Smidgen of Honey." ,, Mrs. Wilhelm and her family operate a honey farm near Erick, and stock their roadside :', store with a good supply of : honey, candles, and other gift items. Recently she got the idea to write stories about the way she i:: and her sisters grew up during the Great Depression years, ,:. and the book is filled with these experiences, some of them nice experiences and some of them %, , those of hardship. ::( She thought it would also be a good time to list all the recipes ] from that Great Depression era, to show folks today how folks then could take practically 0' cornbread with crushed up cracklings or bacon in it, or just pure lard or bacon drippings, along with a glass of milk, maybe some homemade butter, some vegetables in season, and make a meal out of it. There was little choice. A pot of beans with some side meat cooked in it, or a large, pan of macaroni and cheese; a big pot of stew. If there were a few vegetables, some potatoes, and left over meat, along with some flour, a delicious hash could he whipped up that could be used to feed a small army. If the hens were laying, and could scratch up enough to eat and produce eggs, here is what could be done with them: BAKED EGGS 2 eggs BAKED TOMATO'N EGGS oil by degrees, stirring con- Cut a slice from the stem end tinually, and thin as necessary of a fine tomato, remove some with vinegar or lemon juice. pulp, set in a buttered pan and Place on ice for one hour before sprinkle with sale and pepper, using. crack and drop 1 egg into this (Bet many a young homemak- tomato cup, sprinkle with more er today doesn't even know the salt and pepper and place a bit ingredients of a jar of salad of butter on top of egg, prepar- dressing or mayonnaise?) ing as many of the individual servings as may be required and Folks even made their own bake in a moderate oven until soapl firm. PICKLED EGGS Boil to a hard boil the number of eggs you want to pickle. Crack boiled eggs under cold water, peel off shells and put eggs into a stone jar. Add mace, cloves, and nutmeg. Fill jar with boiling vinegar. These will be ready to use in two days. Keeps well. : nothing--the very basic food 2 tablespoons bread crumbs EGG BUTTER i:; items--and come up with some- teaspoon salt 1 cup sorghum molasses " thing delicious and healthy to cup milk 4 eggs eat. 1 tablespoon butter Yz teaspoon nutmeg We think you will like '"Staid- V2 teaspoon pepper Heat sorghum in skillet until i:, gen of Honey, ' especially those Butter 2 individual molds and it starts to boil. Mix a thin :. of you who lived through this break i egg into each, mix salt, stream of molasses into beaten era, even if you were just pepper and milk, pour Vs theeggs until they are warmed. ':: children then. It will also he a mixture on each egg, melt the Pour into skillet and continue "' practical book for the young butter and add the bread ', stirring until thick. Flavor with homemaker in your family--the crumbs. Place the buttered nutmeg. Serve on bread. young housewife or houseman crumbs on top of each egg. i,: starting out on a shoestring, Bake in a moderate oven 20 Folks in the Depression days who needs to know the basic, minutes and serve in molds, seldom bought mayonnaise .", hardnose ways of cooking toWe're not sure how the bak- dressing. Instead, they made it. make a dollar stretch as far ased eggs will taste with today's Here is the ecipe: ," two. bland eggs, when the yolk is Following are a few recipes to about as white as the whites, MAYONAISE DRESSING give you an example of what but it may be worth a try. 1 egg yolk, hard cooked you can expect in the new book, \. By Zola Sample For ten days and nights the bat- or sleep, he was tie raged with those weasley little something. They devils, the sand fleas. There seem- but, nothing ed to be more troops arriving from out, they examined somewhere with no end in sight, tioner and found Brenda and I were using every force been living in to combat the new troops. We cumulated to a great wracked our brains for what to do. reminded me of They say we only use five percent living in Colorado. At of our brain, however, I do believe my brain worked overtime. I spray- below zero for ed Brenda and bathed her with dip Mites had lived and from the veterinary shop, used his horse barn u suggestions of what to do, but had enlarged nothing seemed to conquer the es. They lived cause, could take a stick It was a bad situation with me in off, leaving a bloody my condition. My patience became I could not believe frazzled from loss of sleep and rest. One exterminator My appetite for food diminished have to get rid of and I weakened in body and spirit, the job. I could not do| I used everything folks suggest- is my all-seeing eye ed; sprayed, used powders, etc. Ex- she guards from terminators in all this area, as far robbed five times as Muskogee, Wagoner, Tulsa and so that was that. etc. were swamped and had to in- here in the city have l~ form me that they could not come fleas this year that until later. It was the worst battle have a dog or cat. I had ever tried to combat. They The fleas are bad almost won. ty. They do not But never give up. You may be me are vacant closer to victory than you think, waist-high. The This proved true. Peace and quiet quitoes and etc. took eventually came to our relief on compelled Friday. Summer hazards are I learned from friends that some with This next month ~ have had to battle the pesky little "Dog Days" to mites for three months before get- fore, be ting rid of them. One guy told me in accidents for of an almost unbelievable occur- to contact during ance. In a bedroom where an aircon- always been told. ditioner was installed, every time precaution not to be his son turned it on to take a nap pay off. By Winnie Corley My dad always quoted the Bible to prove his point in correcting one of us children. It seemed he always knew the exact chapter and verse to nail down whatever he had said. Always we would have preferred that he get on with the hickory switch, but we knew by experience that a lecture came first. We might get by without the switch, but without the lecture, never My sister says when she was a kid, she often wished just once the Bible would be on the kid's side Maybe the Bible was on the kid's side. We just hadn't spent as much time searching out the right scrip- ture as had Dad. Anyway, the six of us sometimes thought Papa was mean, even ~he insisted he chests for our own good~ In fact he always assured us, "I do this because I love you." That is not to say we always saw the parallel between love and punishment. As we reached our teen years, he left off the switching, but per- sonalized each lecture. He no longer stopped with, "Now, that's wrong! You know it's wrong, so I ~l have to punish you." Instead, he went to great length to point out just what was wrong with something we had done, followed by some of the dire consequences unless we changed our ways. were: Never tell a something means it ed in as good a shape rowed; and, never, disrespect to our hear my dad's through the years: tongue off before you mother like that!" Have I made my cruel? I had no There was never a feared him. What I displeasure, sequences, but respect for him. He often pointed misbehavior could than words. If a control his own listens to what he The clincher which always born will, was when a lecture with, me, you won't do Loving a father helps a child '~hastening of the "My son, despise ing of the Lord; his correction; even son in whom he verbs 3:11-12. OLIVET EXTENSION CLUB reservation HAS MEETING tober 7. HOMEMADE LYE SOAP The Olivet Extension Our thanks to 6 pounds bacon fat, melted Homemakers' Club met at 11:30Care for displaying 1 can lye a.m., July 16th at the home of Bob- OSU 5 cups hot water bye Fowble for a salad and finger Velma was absent Dissolve the lye in the hot food luncheon, shine water. Let cool then pour lye The president, Edna, presidedday with a gift. solution in a slow easy stream over the meeting in the afternoon. After the business into the melted fat, stirring con- Two songs were sung, followed by stantly. Continue stirring until the Flag Salute and the Lord's a tour of her coo]. Pour into a shallow box Prayer. Gladys chose ProverbsMembers 22:1-6 for the devotional. Close, Carol that is lined with a wet cloth Roll call was answered by each Gladys Inman, spread smooth, corners tucked telling what food they brought to lene Behring, in. Cut in desired bars when the luncheon and giving the recipe, and guests, cold and set. Note: A crock or Edna gave the lesson, '~Entertain- Marilyn Sherman. enamel container must be used. ing Extra )rdinaire." The Payne ing will be August Mix and pour lye outside in County Fair was discussed and open air! volunteer workers were chosen to Fish can be help make pies on September 4-5. seasickness. Remember, there are scores of Plans for September 11 were made"storm waves" other recipes in "A Smidgen of for the County Fair kitchen glass bowl, in workers. The E.H. tour to Tulsa, study, Honey." Be watching for it. October 29, was discussed and the goldfish. .'.:.:,:.:.'.:,..:...,...,,,~;,;:;-.,.,..,:~,,,,,.;-;,;,.,;,.,;,.,o,,..,.. , 1 egg yolk, raw i i: ' Smidgen of Honey," which in- teaspoon sugar :: cidentally,willbe nicely CREAMED EGGS V~t~n~n~lt ~lu~" !?, illustrated. 2 tablespoons butter teasnoon nenner , '/4 easpoon tard D ..... I " " - .... . teaspoon mus "'-" i i.:]i The basic foods back in the A few grams pepper teasnoon Worcestershire !!! Great Depression days were 1 cup scalded milk sauce ! i: flour, cornmeal beans, milk, tablespoon flour 1 cup oil chicken and garden fruit and Put in buttered sauce pan, 3 tablespoons vinegar or lemon i vegetables, in season, and meat stir until me!ted and bubbling, juice I I i that could be hunted, trapped, aua hour rmxea season- Place the hard cooked egg \ ' begged or borrowe(L Meat often ings and stir until thoroughly yolk in a bowl and mash it fine consisted of rabbit, squirrel, blended, then pour on milk and ly with the back of a silver chicken, and when a neighborstir constantly, bring to a boil- spoon or with a wooden salad : : .... butchered, beef or pork. mg pont, and let boil minutes, masher. When the yolk m like | i There were numerous meat cut up 3 hard cooked eggs in powder, add the raw yolk and -= substitutes, Even bacon, ham, this sauce, serve on hot toast stir until the mixture is smooth, , or beef seasoning (grease) was (dry). Chipped beef may be add- then put in the sugar, salt, pep- Thta Gladden, of Perkins, right, is congratulated by Denelda Golden, instructor of P ~4~ . mportant to save. One could ed in the place of eggs for per, mustard and sauce. Whenlog, during graduation ceremonies held recently at Indian Meridian Area Vo.Tecb :] make up a batch of mush or creamed chipped beef. the whole well mixed, add the Ms. Gladden is one of 18 who completed the year-long training; her education waS 1 by a $I00 grant from the Stfllwater Medical Center Auxiliary. ! ~, : ;.:.:.:.:.:.:-:....:,;.:.:.:.::':'..:'.:.:':.':-:.'.....'.'.','...,,.v.'." ............... .,e ............... ....;*; .........................................................