© Ruth Lopez
"In some parts of Spain where butter is a rare article of merchandise it is sold not by the pound, but by the yard. It is brought from the mountain districts in sheeps intestines, like sausages that are "tied off" with string in lengths as required by the buyer." — Berrien County Record, 1882
Getting sidetracked while doing research is a given. Book titles jump off their spines at me in libraries and archives and it is not uncommon to end up with an armload of books before I've located the call number that was the original quest. Historic newspapers are particularly enticing; I might be searching for a court case and end up copying a recipe for making ink. The bottom columns of news articles might include factoids or a poem to fill the hole. Newspapers in the agricultural regions of the United States used food tidbits, like the one above, to fill the space. I'll tell you what I was seeking originally another time, Rose because now it is all about butter and Mrs. Krausek — the best kindergarden teacher in the universe. Here is one memorable learning activity: we sat in a circle and passed around a jar filled with cream. We would shake the jar until we tired and passed in on. Eventually it solidified and we spread it on saltine crackers and ate it as our afternoon snack. What did we talk about while it was happening? Dairy cows? Butter churns? Did we sing? A reenactment is in the planning stages.