The Rock Wall

Posted March 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

Tuesday afternoon I receievd a death notice on Robert Ainslee Fowler. Knew Ainslee well when he was a big kid and I was a little one. Remember when he married Faye. Was her last name Childers? Seems like she was a twin. Maybe not. His mom and dad, Pearl and Ruby, lived where Scott Morris does now, but Ainslee and Charles had already left home, I think.

One May Day I picked some wild flowers, put them in a vase of some sort and sneaked them onto the Fowler’s kitchen table. No one locked their doors back then. As I turned to sneak back out, Ruby came out of a back bedroom. I can still hear her screaming. I probably got cookies and milk for my trauma.

I remember when Ainslee worked at the radio station. I think Paul Vaughn was the owner. May have spent some time there with him.

His younger brother, Charles, was more interested in working on the equipment, particularly TVs.

Pearl was a roadgrader man extraordinaire, but he was an even better storyteller. Always had a Camel smoking while he was spinning yarns or dispensing facts.

Great family.

-Warning from Shell Oil Company – 1) Don’t use your cell phone while refueling – the e-mail said – because the static from a ring could ignite the gas fumes. Turn the cell phone off because one ringing in a pocket could cause the fumes to set your pants on fire. 2) Don’t get into your vehicle while refueling. When you get back out, that static spark when you touch the vehicle or gas pump could be all it takes.

-From Cousin Murnie – Berries are delicious, but they’re also kind of delicate.

Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market. There’s nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides. When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can’t taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge. The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they’ll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them.

You’re so berry welcome. KL