Can we go back to days gone by?

  • Can we go back to days gone by?

    Posted by Susquehanna-Homestead on March 24, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Last weekend I was cleaning in our 130 year old barn. Hank Williams 1 was singing on the radio and the music echoed through the barn. The barn hasn’t changed in all those years, and looks about the same that it did in 1890. As I was working I felt like I had traveled back in time to the 40’s or before, and I expected to see the ghost of a farmer from long ago walk through the door…

    With all the sickening current events that are occurring, many of us wish that we could return to life in the past. While I don’t want to live like the Amish and give up electricity and indoor plumbing, we can return to those days for a time, and relive the the best parts of life back then. What are your thoughts?

    Sandhiller replied 8 months ago 15 Members · 16 Replies
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  • Yankeeredneck

    March 24, 2023 at 11:27 am

    I can only go back to the 70’s but when I tilled my 2 new gardens I creating it brought me back to my Grandparents. They would ask me to come over and till their garden. They were in their 80’s at that time. Mind you I rode my bike there and back and tilled quite a large garden with a pitch fork. These are people that came over from Italy wanting to be Americans through Ellis Island. Grandpa was a barber and grandma worked in a clothing factory until the 4kids came along then stayed home with them. My grandpa invested in property with a handshake. What an example they were for me. That’s where the saying “those were the good old days “ comes from.

  • RandyWhittaker

    March 24, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    Well, we can’t turn back time, but we can do something. We can show honor to our grandparents/forefathers/ancestors by being the example to our children/neighbors/friends in the way that we conduct ourselves and pass on the knowledge and skills that impressed us as we grew up. I still hold the door open for others that are entering a store behind me. “Yes ma’am” and “no sir” are part my normal way of speaking – it’s a habit I was taught as a youngster. Get something off the top shelf for the short lady or the man in a wheelchair in the grocery store. I’ve found that kindness goes a long way, and really doesn’t cost us anything – but makes us feel like we have made a small difference. You never know if the “Good Morning” to the clerk might be the nicest thing they have heard yet that day. Just my 2 cents.

  • Maryjane

    March 24, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Mr Whittaker,

    Thank you from the short lady

  • Unknown Member

    March 24, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    I love the 50s and the 60s and it is sicking what has happened to our world now😬 at age 73 now this is all the Devils world now (even more),come quickly LORD JESUS AMEN🙏

  • MartHale7

    March 24, 2023 at 5:47 pm

    Sure lets go back to a time before Air Conditioning. Get your ice delivered to your door for your “ice box”. 🙂 It was not all great times back then, but one EMP in the right place we will get your wish.

  • Espressogirl

    March 24, 2023 at 7:05 pm

    i feel just like you and i wish we were neighbors. what state are you in? my husband and i have been praying about a move so. we are looking to Missouri. if you hear of anything in that area please let us know .Put on some oldies for a bit and smile and trust our great God!

  • Magnoliahomestead

    March 24, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    Love hearing all of this reminiscing. We live in a house that was built in 1795. Going underneath for the purchase inspection and seeing the log floor joists, seeing the 8” thick outside walls, makes me try to imagine what it was like. I do enjoy the modern conveniences, but we try to experience a simpler life as much as possible.

  • Goatlover

    March 24, 2023 at 8:39 pm

    I feel like this homesteading lifestyle is at least a partial return to the good old days. It’s a simpler, purer existence, connected to the earth and our food production. It’s finding enjoyment in creating home crafts, and breaking from the hustle-bustle of a high stress society. I love it.

  • Now-What-Is-She-Doing

    March 25, 2023 at 3:33 am

    Part of trying to be self sufficient on the homestead is a turning back of the clock to the way our forefathers lived. While we have it far better than they did in terms of quality of life, people have been awakening to how bad it is to completely rely on technology for everything.

    I would like to see our country as a whole get back to God, family, and community. The moral decline has caused the majority of, not just our issues, but that of the world.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    March 25, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Sometimes, I wish nothing more than that even though it will be insanely tough and it will cost a lot of people a lot even the ultimate. But then again, we will never truly go back in time because of our knowledge we each have today verses back then. Yes, they knew everything they needed to know to survive, we, on the other hand, I think, know more/different things. In our time, everything has already been invented. We had the age of technology. I bet there are people out there that can pretty much revamp everything under the sun and can make it work for us. I think it would definitely be a faster ‘recovery’ time than it was back then just moving forward.

  • Redcap

    March 25, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    If by older times you mean the days of good manners and trustworthy and helpful neighbors and people who knew how to do basic things like home maintenance and first aid then I am all there. If you mean take away modern conveniences, my husband and I are already doing that more and more. My husband and I already live very simply. It doesn’t take much to strip a world of its knowledge base. So we just keep going backwards in time for working systems that are not dependent on much society and becoming more and more prepared to live comfortably and easily if, for example, the grid went down. Electricity and running water are lovely, but I’ve lived without them and I could do it again. In fact, I prefer a world without money and bankers.

  • Squashmania

    March 26, 2023 at 12:23 am

    The Firefox books take me back, as does a log fire and crochet. The basement garden wouldn’t be possible without the fancy schmancy lights, which makes winter greens possible without the store, but a permanent serious greenhouse would be wonderful. I am using old ways to fertilize. Turning compost, making bio-char and Dave’s Fetid Swamp water fertilizers. Low tech for high results. It could be a motto.

  • Sandhiller

    March 26, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    Today is the “Good Ole Days” of tomorrow…

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