[APG Public List] Origin of a homemaker's habit

Eileen Souza eileen.souza at verizon.net
Wed Sep 8 09:31:09 MDT 2010

I was told that it was to keep the bugs out.

Eileen Souza
Eldersburg, MD
eileen.souza at oldbonesgenealogy.com


From: Debbie Parker Wayne <debbie at debbiewayne.com>
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Sent: Wed, September 8, 2010 11:20:24 AM
Subject: [APG Public List] Origin of a homemaker's habit

I am new to this blog thing that has blossomed so much these last few years. I 
decided to use the "Wisdom Wednesday" blog theme to share a habit my grandmother 
taught me and survey others about what they were taught and possible origins of 
kitchen habits.

My question is whether the practice of storing glasses and cups upside down in 
the kitchen cabinet really originated during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. I don't 
think it did. A statement during a genealogy presentation a while back made me 
question the origin of this habit.

My full post with the origin of this question can be found at

If the URL above wraps you can go to <http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/>. Click 
the "comments" link at the bottom of the post to leave a response.

If you want to share your family's position on this important historical 
homemaking issue <grin> but don't want to post a comment on the blog, you can 
e-mail me privately. If others are interested I'll post a summary of the 
responses. The older women in my family who might be able to answer this 
question are no longer living so I thought I'd gather our collective wisdom.

The reminder from geneabloggers.com about this theme made me start thinking of 
things I learned from my grandmother. I know I am preaching to the choir here, 
but don't get so busy you forget to make time to talk to the elder members of 
your family while they are still here to answer your questions, big and small. 
All of those little unimportant habits may be the spark in your grandmother's 

-- Regards, Debbie

Debbie Parker Wayne, East Texas

Wayne Research -- http://debbiewayne.com/
Blog -- Deb's Delvings http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/
DNA Project Admin -- Spanish_Grants and Texas State GS
Director -- First Families of Texas
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