Spit, Scarey Ann, and Sweat Bees recalls small-town life in the 1920s and ‘30s, garnished with ruminations about folktales and superstitions. Mrs.Windham recalls how Thurza, her family cook, tucked a wooden match in her hair to cure a headache, and how her father spit in his hat when a rabbit crossed the road. She ponders the origins of old sayings and the creativity of children’s play before television and air conditioning. She affectionately recounts stories about family members, friends, and favorite pastimes. One thing leads to another, Mrs. Windham says, ticking off the items she wants us not to forget.