Monday, March 11, 2013

Remembering Geritol and Friendship!

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.
        Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sitting here early Sunday morning at 6:40 7:40 I watch as My Hero rushes out to feed Annie and the other cows, while thinking to myself that they do not understand the time change and I hope they do not expect me Monday morning to be rushing out feeding them that early. This is going to be an interesting week.

I have been trying to accomplish things this past weekend but the “sputter sputter” of the last week appears to be lingering so I drag myself around hoping it is that Spring Fever my Grandmother used to talk about. In my head I am thinking Spring Fever should mean just that, springing along not dragging my butt. My memories go to a time watching a commercial on the little B&W TV when we were high energy kids and there was a very, very old couple (thinking back they were probably only 40) with white hair telling everyone if they are run down and can’t seem to get anything done all they need is Geritol.

 I watched as they poured a thick dark liquid out of a dark bottle onto a spoon and put it to their lips. I do not remember them ever putting it in their mouth, I remember thinking it must taste horrible. Suddenly I realized I must now be the other half of that very, very old couple; when did that happen? My very next thought was why have I never see it anywhere on a shelf anymore and wonder if there is an underground market for it because it appears that it is what I truly need. What was in it I wonder, could it be one of those “Snake Oil” medicines I talked about a few weeks ago? Oh you can bet after I finish this post I will be researching that.


The snow is still here and I am happy about that, I know some of you are getting sick of it but that is the only thing these days that keeps me out of the house. I did have a wonderful surprise Friday morning, I was watching Annie draining those last few drops from that bottle and I heard a faint little voice calling my name, of course the first thing I did was look up, I know some of you will get that. Nothing was there so I looked around and seen that familiar purple suit crossing over the snow covered field. I was smiling ear to ear because I knew this was what pure friendship means; it was 8 in the morning and NDF had already hiked over to where I was feeding the cows, she had left her house on hearing my tractor drive down the lane just to spend time with me.

I of course threw the bottle in the tractor and off we went heading to the bush with Annie right on our tail trying to find another hidden bottle that was not there. We hopped the gate and Annie tried to get through the spaces. I do believe this whole weaning thing is going to be more difficult than I thought. Annie is turning into my pet dog. I can see her wanting to go to town with me, riding in the front seat of the Jeep, and us hiking together through the woods in the spring.

 NDF and I headed across the hard packed snow without snowshoes which were not needed. I thought I could show her where the deer were drinking early in the morning, NDF did see a couple of deer tails that had escaped the noise of two friends that had lots of catching up to do as far as what was going on in their lives. It was an absolutely perfect morning the sun was high, the air was crisp but not cold, and the snow was perfect to walk across. We made our way through the Pines and then headed into an opening near the fence line that divides our farms I was getting tired by this time (this is where that Geritol would have come in handy) I know she sensed this.

We decided to sit on a snow covered pile of brush so I could rest. I was thinking this was the perfect place to sit and enjoy each other’s company rather than sitting back at the house with a cup of tea just looking out and seeing that bush way back here. A cup of tea would have been nice though or even a sip of water. I chopped the snow with my boot and picked up a handful of snow to dissolve in my mouth, NDF looked at me strange but she gets me.


We sat there for quite a while in this beautiful perfect setting talking about life and both wishing the snow would stay longer and knowing it probably will be gone before we know it. Sitting atop this pile of snow covered brush enjoying this life and this amazing friendship we are so lucky to share. Thanks NDF.

In case you were wondering I found this on You Tube it appears Geritol is still around and I enjoyed the farm commercial. Watch here. 


I also found this old commercial too, (watch here) I cannot believe he drank it.

I guess you really can learn something new every day.

Later

36 comments:

  1. It's wonderful to have a friend drop by for a chat!

    I'm going to miss the snow too, Buttons. I think it's photogenic. But I'm also looking forward to seeing crocuses and daffodils. I guess whatever we get for the next couple of weeks will make me happy. :)

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  2. Sounds like a perfect morning shared with a good friend.

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  3. Pleased you are enjoying your snow :) and your friend, it's lovely when people drop in..Take care my friend, M xox

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  4. I've been wondering how you're going to wean Annie! She seems so attached to you.

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  5. Rain here and muck early this morning when out with the Aussies. I do not like the wet & muck very much when I am sucked into it and the dogs get to be a real mess to bring back in. Yech. Enjoy your day March Baby.

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  6. Those old cemmercials are awesome! I think I'll be saying GERITOL to myself all day now. lol

    I think it's wonderful to be such good frinds with your neighbour.

    Love your stories. You paint great images with yur words :-)

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  7. Part of me will miss the snow, but the other part of me is ready for spring on the farm!

    Sarah @ this farm family's life

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  8. Geritol!! I haven't thought of those commercials in . . I don't even know how long.

    How nice to be able to pretend i could walk out to meet you in the morning and look at the snow - look for deer - take a breather . . . Now I'm off to tutor a private student - I don't know much more about geritol than the youtube links you offered - I DO know my day is fortified with thoughts and ideas you've given me this morning - and Nothing will disturb my Joy. Thanks (again & again) love & love, -g-

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  9. I can just picture Annie riding along with you to town. Maybe you should try that! :) Sounds like a fun morning with your friend. I love those unexpected visits especially.

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  10. I remember those Greritol commercials, and thankfully I've never had to taste it.

    Little Annie is quite persistent. You are inspiring me to write an upcoming post about a little orphan calf I raised when I was a kid and it was a dickens of a time weaning her from her bottle.

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  11. You are certainly blessed to have a friend that takes time for you. Very special. Now, I think I'll go see if I can find that liquid Geritol. I'm dragging!

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  12. Wow I can't believe that you still have snow on the ground. This sounds like it was a lovely morning indeed :)

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  13. What a wonderful morning! Visits with good friends are the best. Your Annie sounds like she's so attached to you. You may be riding her around town yet!

    I haven't thought of Geritol in years. I think I need some, too!

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  14. Good friends always brighten up the day.
    The old commercials made me laugh- the woman who said she was 50 looks like today's 60! The kids were the best part.

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  15. Sounds like a lovely morning!

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  16. Sounds like a lovely way to spend a morning with a good friend and nature ! Wonderful photos ! I was sluggish to at one point and found out I was B 12 anemic and that's why I felt run down and tired and had no get up and go cause it got up and left lol all the time months ago . I take a B 12 supplement now every day and have so much more energy , I just needed that extra boost ! Hope you get your energy back . Have a good day !

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  17. Lots of rain here today but the weekend was so warm and sunny . Just a few patches of snow left here and there ! Now it is mucky and muddy out there . Spring has arrived here already !

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  18. Nothing better than friendship and nature. It's raining here and almost all the snow is gone :(

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  19. you're right - haven't seen a geritol commercial for YEARS!

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  20. Good to have a friend close.

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  21. Years back, we used to buy bull calves from my cousin, the dairy farmer. We would raise them for 6 months or so then sell them to another farmer. We had three named after Flintstone characters. They had bonded with my husband. The kids and i used to feed them in the morning, but in the afternoons, he would hop right in their pen and give them TOO MUCH hands on attention. They would often get out of the pen and follow him about as he did his chores. I'll never forget the day he went for a jog with the dog on one side and a calf on the other. I think BamBam honestly thought he was a Labrador Retriever and R. was his master!

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  22. Forgot to mention, I think Geritol was a heavy duty iron supplement. I seem to remember looking into it not long ago.

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  23. Oh, I remember Geritol! My Mom used to take it, but now they say all that iron is not good for your heart - better to eat it in food the natural way.
    So nice that your friend stopped by and went on your walk with you. A walk with a friend is the best therapy around!
    Snow is so pretty, but it's too cold for me! My boys love the stuff and snowboard in it all winter. My son just proposed to his girlfriend in the snow!
    Enjoy it while it lasts, all that snow melting will make beautiful spring flowers. xx

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  24. Happy Monday B! You are the only Geritol I need;)

    Glad you had a nice visit with your friend, too:)

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  25. How nice to spend time with your friend.
    We had some snow today - not nearly as much as you get but still a fair amount for us. It did make everything really pretty. It makes a change from all the rain we usually get.

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  26. I bet your visit with your friend was better then Geritol. Interesting to know it is still around!

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  27. Oh I do remember Geritol! How funny. Sounds like you had a nice visit with your friend :)

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  28. you are the only adult person i know who eats snow ;)))

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  29. Always nice to have a friend stop by!

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  30. That sounds like a wonderful morning. Oh, and I remember those Geritol commercials - I think maybe I could use some of that...

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  31. That last shot says a lot about "loving winter and the snow." You have a great friend and she knows you well.

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  32. Time spent visiting with a friend is always a treat! :)
    I can just imagine Annie riding "shotgun" in the front seat of the jeep as you head to town!! LOL!!

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  33. Now I am pondering just what was in Geritol I remember hearing those commercials a lot when I was a kiddo. I have been doing green smoothies ( no yuks from the peanut gallery ) to get all cylinders firing right . Seems to give me more energy when I sputter down. No I am not quite as energetic as to make them myself ...but I buy the fresh made brand ...NAKED ~all natural fruit boosts ...yup real name brand ~works pretty well for me :)

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  34. That sounds like what I need!! I am still getting all out of breath bringing a load of laundry from the basement...

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