Thursday, February 18, 2021

I Scream, The Pony Screams, We All Scream at Hick's Ice Cream

We're still in the deep freeze. Hovering around zero degrees overnight, but at least climbing to 20 during the day. Hick sent me a picture on one of his FOUR trips to town. Granted, two of them were taking/picking up Neighbor Tommy for work.

That's ice from the water that seeps out of the rocks under the highway overpass. I don't know what made it blue. I don't recall any news of an airplane dumping its toilet over Backroads! I almost accused Hick of driving T-Hoe. Then I noticed the reflection of SilverRedO's red side in the mirror, and not the black flank of T-Hoe. Their interiors are quite similar, both being Chevrolet products.

Hick sent a message along with the pictures. "Ice siclices by hospitol." Isn't that cute? Not that I'm VALedictorianculing Hick's message. I'm sure Hick knew that ENGLAND IS AN ISLAND long before I did!

Anyhoo... when Hick was at home for a short interval, he blurted out:

"I know what I was going to say! Why don't we make snow ice cream?"

"Dad. No. Just no."

"I don't plan on making it!"

"Didn't you have snow ice cream when you were a kid? I did, because we were poor!"

"We were poor, too. My dad would bring us a bowl of snow into the kitchen so we could play with it, but we didn't EAT it!"
"Dad. Do you even know what's in that snow?"

"It's snow. It's only been out there two days!"

"It might be different if you mentioned this while it was accumulating a couple inches an hour. But not now. Not after it's been sitting in the yard."

"Huh. To make snow ice cream, you mix a cup of milk, a third cup of sugar, and a teaspoon of vanilla with the snow."

"YOU can. I have no intentions of making it. If it's so simple, YOU do it. I don't even think I have vanilla."

"There's vanilla, Mom."

"Well, I guess if you've seen some..."

"No. I KNOW there's vanilla, because I brought some with my stuff when I moved home."

"Okay. Find it for Dad when he makes his snow ice cream."

"I didn't say I was going to make it. I said we SHOULD make it."

"Okay. Go ahead."

Can you believe that no snow ice cream was made at our house?


  1. I can very well believe there was no snow ice cream made. That's a pretty ice water formation coming from those rocks.

    1. Heh, heh! Hick was actually thinking "YOU should make some snow ice cream!" Since he had the experience, and he wanted it, then that was a job for HIM!

      The ice reminds me of cave stalactites.

  2. So poor that he needed snow...could not afford ice?

    Actually I guess if you do not have a freezer ice might be expensive. Did my snobby side just show?

    1. I don't know if Hick had ice. He did not have an indoor bathroom, so he might not have had running water. He took a bath in a washtub with water heated on the stove. He was the middle child, but volunteered for the first bath, so he didn't have the water left over from his older or younger brother.

      Maybe they had a well. He said once he got to high school, he scheduled gym first period so he could take a shower and be clean all day.

      I don't think that's your snobby side. Your snobby side would make fun of Hick for not liking people walking up the school stairs behind him, in case they would see the holes in his shoes soles, where he'd stuffed them with cardboard.

    2. I remember bathing in a washtub in front of the fire which also heated the water for the bathing, until my Dad built us a bathroom by closing in half of the back porch and digging out a great hole in the backyard for the septic tank.

    3. Hick's dad was blind, and swept the floor while barefooted, to judge whether he got everything. I'm not sure of his water-heating methods. I do know they had an outhouse.

  3. When I was a kid I thought snow ice cream was too sweet...mawe with condensed milk. Head to Ted's if you want cold, sweet treat.

    1. That's a little bit of a drive for us. We have one called Lix Frozen Custard. Haven't been there in a couple years, but I pass it every week on my way to the post office. Before that, our supplier was General Custard's Re-Treat.