New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Da Schwaggamans Ladies
Ya put earl in ya' caw, crab berl in ya' swimps...
went ta da terlit when nature called, remembered Gov'na Oil K. Long in ya his'tree lessunz, ya Grammaw cro-shayed derlies fa da tablez 'n' sofa awms, ya helped Mama out in da gawdin by spreadin' serl unda dem ligustrums and wrapped up ya leftovahs wit' aloominum ferl!
Why do we eat red beans on Mondays?
Ya cook ya beans onna Monday cause dat's da day you washed da clothes. Innee ole days, dis was a BIG job. So, oily inna mawnin ya putcha beans on da stove and cooked em reall slow. Den ya stawted wittha clothes. Foist ya hadta wrench em in a tub a suds, den ya ran em through tha' ringa washa, den you did bofe again. Next ya yadta wrench em in some clean wattah, ring em out again, an hang em onna line. Dat's watcha did with tha towels, sheets, socks, and unner ware--ya hungum onna line in da back yawd. Den ya gave da beans a stir, added a lil salt awe whatevah dey needed. Fa da clothes dat anyone would see, ya' hadta iron em. But foist ya hadta berl em inna pot on da stove (right nexta da beans) in some stawtch. Den ya wrenced em out, twisted em up in a shape dat looked kinda like a lil po-boy and stuck em in da ice box. Man, ahm gettin tired jus thinkin about this an we're not nearly through yet. O.K. So den ya got a few of da rolled up clothes outta da ice box so ya could stawt ya ironin'. But foist ya filled a Coke bottle up with wattah and put a lil metal spraya dat had a coowk on it into the top a da bottle. Ya unroll a shirt (awa whatevah), sprinkle it wit a fine mista wattah, ironed it, and put it onna hanga. Do a few more shirts, den go check onna beans. Go inna yawd, take downa sheets an stuff, fold em, and put em away. Check da beans. Iron more clothes. If ya hadda big famly (most people did) all lis took all day. An nat's why ya cooked ya beans onna Monday. Ya didn' have time to cook nuthin else.