Sunday, January 22, 2012

Food Chopper

I found this at a yard sale last summer and couldn't resist buying it because of the memories it evoked. Let me tell you about it.

When I was a very little girl, I'm guessing about 3 or 4, we went to visit my grampa Ziegler.  This was Lester D Ziegler, everyone called "Dutch".  He lived on a ranch outside of Salmon, ID.  We had to drive down this long lane, get out and open a gate, drive through, then close the gate and drive some more, to get to the house. There were big fields on all sides of the house.  I went exploring, as a little girl is apt to do, and someone was put in charge of me, I think it was grampa's daughter by his second wife Helen.  I can't remember her name. Anyway, I went running out to see the geese. Everyone was screaming at me to stop but  I just didn't register any danger so I kept going. I was in the field with the geese when I realized first that these geese were bigger than I was, and second they were running towards me, necks stretched out in a very aggressive manner.  I turned around and ran back to the fence and barely made it through to the other side by the time the geese reached me.  All the adults were horrified at my close call. I did'nt know birds could be mean!  (Remind me to tell you my turkey story someday). Anyway, those geese patrolled the perimeter of that fence the rest of the day, honking and yelling at everyone who came close, ruining all the exploring I wanted to do. I was forced to go into the house with all the grownups.  There I saw my grampa with a cool jar thing, pushing the knob on top up and down. Coooool!! I went over to see what was going on. He would put a few spoonfulls of food, or a piece of meat in and then push the red knob up and down real fast.It had a spring in it that made it pop up everytime you pushed it down. There was a little blade at the other end of the knob that chopped the food up, against a little wooden circle at the bottom of the jar. He then spooned the chopped food onto his plate and ate it.  He didn't have any teeth for some reason and this little contraption chewed up his food for him. I guess it was the first blender.
         Isn't it funny that seeing that little food chopper made me think about mean geese?