Attie, I remember our coal/wood stove well! One sister still has one, but it also has propane gas burners.
My Mother was a great cook. Nothing fancy, just plain and simple. She managed to get 3 meals on the table every day for 9 people on a very limited budget. Almost everything was homemade (I don't think tv dinners were invented them
). We always had homemade bread, cakes, cookies, pies. Unfortunately I did not inherit her baking abilities.
When I was there 2 weeks ago, I made a bunch of her dishes that I loved as a kid and froze them for her. It was really sad, not only can she not cook anymore, often, she can't remember what she likes to eat.