Here’s a big shout out to Pat Williams for her chat about Kitchen Klatter and the Driftmier Family from Shenandoah, Iowa! As kids growing up on an Iowa farm in the 50’s, we were also very familiar with Leanna and Lucille and the Kitchen Klatter gang. The magazine arrived every month and each morning at 9:30 am the radio became Mom’s for 30 minutes while she listened to what the family was up to, what flavorings were being offered for sale and what recipe was being recited. We teased Mom about her love of the Kitchen Klatter gals unmercifully – I think it bordered on making fun of her and now I regret it because now I understand it. I dug out Mom’s collection of magazines.
Now here is the ironic piece of the puzzle. Along comes Country Threads and a little newsletter called The Goat Gazette filled with stories, things for sale, pictures of staff and stories of their families, jokes, recipes, book reviews, quilting patterns and of course just like Lucille, Leanna or Julianna, an opening letter to the readers about what’s been happening on the farm and in the quilt shop. Ha ha! I’d say the joke is on me, wouldn’t you say? Maybe in my subconscious I was influenced by Kitchen Klatter as a child. I’ll bet Mom is laughing in Heaven as she reads this. She got the last laugh!
It is so windy in Iowa one can hardly stand to be outside. The wind pulls at my hair until my scalp hurts if I forget to put on a cap. That makes working outside a real chore instead of pleasant like it could be in 70 degree weather. Today I finally quit waiting for a nice calm day and I took the covers off the screened porch. Remember when I put them on last fall? I know it didn’t take me 20 minutes to take them off but the wind almost blew my ladder over.
I’m thinking about Ben today as I know are, too.