Wednesday, May 28, 2008
To get to her house you had to either drive your car across the creek, if it was low enough, or walk through a narrow path on the side of a hill to get to the swinging bridge. I vividly remember my grandfather carrying me in one arm and a bag of groceries in the other and crossing that bridge that was probably 2 stories high and two planks wide. The original house was built in 1796 and was made of logs. The kitchen was the original part of the house and it was very large, and you entered the attic from a set of very narrow curved steps in the kitchen. Up in the attic you could see the original logs. I loved the kitchen! Grandmother cooked on a mint green and white Tennessee Brand wood cook stove. Every morning Granddad would build the fire in the stove on his way out to feed the livestock. I would always listen so I could be up with him so I could find the eggs.( even though I hated the chickens, they would peck my toes) When we came back in, Grandmother would have already made breakfast. Granddad and I would sit out on the back porch and talk of "mice and men" before he would go to work as a prison guard at the prison that adjoined their farm.
Then Grandmother and I would straighten the house a little, then head out to the garden to pick fresh vegetables or weed or whatever needed doing in the garden. Grandmother passed her love of gardening and being outside to me. It has to be really cold, for me not to go outside every day and do some kind of gardening.
We would walk down beside the creek and either swim in the "deep hole" or go fishing. We would always catch fish they called "red eyes". I'm not sure what exactly they were, but we would have them for dinner! The bad thing about swimming in the creek were the leeches. But we would just pick them off, like it was nothing! Wouldn't kids today freak out!
I never had many toys at my Grandmothers house. I played with old dishes that Grandmother would give me and I would sit under the tree and play "restaurant" all day long. My Granddad made me a swing in the tree as well. Once when their chuch replaced their pews, Granddad brought two of the old ones home and made a wooden sliding board from them!
But what I loved to do the most was play with my paper dolls. These were not the kind you bought and cut out, these were cut out of the Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs. My Grandmother and I would sit for hours cutting out dolls and furniture for their houses (made out of shoe boxes). I could hardly wait for the new catalogs to come in the mail, because that meant I got the old one!
As you can tell with this epic length post, my Grandmother played a huge role in my life. When my mother died when I was 16, my Grandmother would call and check on us at least a couple times a week, and would come down to our house every other weekend. When my Granddad died 17 years ago, she moved out of the old house and moved to our town so that we could all be together and watch out for each other.
My Grandmother is now 96 years old and until a month ago, lived in her neat little ranch style house that had the prettiest yard and flowers on her street. Then she fell and broke her hip. The doctors did a complete hip replacement because she was very healthy and felt she would recover. But she hasn't. A blood clot has formed in her lungs and they have been working all week trying to get it to dissolve. She is having some trouble breathing. But the worst part is that she now has dementia. She doesn't always know who we are. She can't remember where she is. The images in her mind torment her.
She has never been a very large woman. She is only 5' tall and has weighed at the most 105 lbs.
Now she is so tiny. She will not eat. They are feeding her through her veins.
This is heartbreaking for me. She has always been my crutch. I go to the hospital every day and see her getting further away from reality. She is tired, she is tired of fighting. I hope that now, I am being a crutch for her.
Friday, May 23, 2008
All these items were in one box lot along with several sets of sterling silver candle holders, a sterling silver tea strainer,( which I kept) and lots of broken sterling silver pieces that I have since scrapped for $120.00. I paid $15.00 for the lot!This is my favorite items from the lot. This is a sterling silver ladies calling card case. I love all the filligree work on the case and the intials are ALS. They are for Alice Lee Shenk. How do I know that? Because this was inside the case.
Her actual calling card! I was so excited when I saw that card. I hadn't opened the calling card case or the purse before I bought them!
Inside the old leather purse was this old coin purse and
This tiny sterling silver thimble! It is a child sized thimble and it is also engraved with ALS. Also inside the purse was this:
A teeny tiny little silver spoon! I have no idea what such a small spoon would be used for. The lovely lavendar and white hanky belonged to my grandmother.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
It was very fun to make and quick and easy! She didn't want her face on my blog, but that's her holding up her new apron!
My flowers are still continuing to just bloom away, even though I have neglected them this spring. I think this flower is called a Gloriosa Daisy. I am terrible about planting things then forgetting what they are.
And this rose is one that I dug up from an old abandoned house foundation many years ago. It is always so reliable, and is so disease free. It seems that the roses that I buy that claim to be disease free are always the ones that need so much attention!
My Grandmother is still not doing very good. We had to take her to the yesterday because she was having trouble breathing. Turns out she has a blood clot in her lungs. The doctor said blood clots are fairly common after surgery and that they would be trying to dissolve this before it starts moving. She also has a UTI and for someone 96 years old, that is miserable.
I am still making new recipes from my old cookbook. The photo below is one I made Sunday, simply called Peanut Butter Bread. Isn't it such a pretty loaf? Too bad it tasted YUCKY!!!! It was way too dry and bland. The recipe didn't call for any sugar, but it sure needed it. I guess I was expecting it to taste like a cake and not a bread.
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Butter a 2 qt. casserole.
Thoroughly blend together:
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
3 Tbls. flour
1 tea. cinnamon
1/2 tea. salt
1/4 tea. nutmeg
Cut in with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture is in coarse crumbs:
3 Tbls. butter or margarine
1 tea. grated orange peel
Grate and mix in :
3 oz. cheddar cheese (3/4 cup grated)
Wash, quarter and pare and cut into 1/8" slices:
6-7 medium size firm, tart cooking apple (I used Granny Smith)
Arrange one half on the apple slice in casserole. Sprinkle with one half of sugar-cheese misture; repeat. Sprinkle over the top:
1/4 cup orange juice
Cover surface with mixture of:
1 1/2 cups corn flakes, coarsely crushed
1/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
Bake at 375 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Cool slightly and serve with heavy cream.
And this is what it will look like:
What! You mean you can't see anything in this dish? Oh yeah! I forgot to mention that when I thought to take a picture of it, 4 teenage boys had come in for lunch and devoured it. So I am assuming that it was quite tasty!
I tried to work out in the garden some today but the pollen was just too much for me. I have mostly outgrown my hayfever, but when the tulip poplars are blooming it really does me in. Here is what I got for Mothers Day! A pink hydrangea. I have one that is blue, one that is almost purple and one called a "lace cap" that is white with blue on the edges.And this is one of my most favorite sights
Pears! My poor pear tree thinks its way bigger than it is! I have to prop up its limbs every year even after I have pulled some of the pears off so the branches don't break.
Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!
Friday, May 16, 2008
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Thursday, May 15, 2008
We have had a very cool spring and the water temperature hasn't risen over 71 degrees. Yngwie and I did get in weekend before last, but it was very chilly! Our solar cover dry rotted over the last few seasons and our new one isn't in yet. Boy do I miss it!
I planted this clematis last year and it didn't bloom, but this year it has a beautiful bloom and is still growing!
Grandmother is still not doing very good. Today is her 96th birthday and the entire family will be going to the nursing home this evening to celebrate with her. This morning she didn't believe us when we told her she would be 96.
Hope everyone has a blessed day
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
At that point I decided that I was going to alphabatize my cookbooks and also catalog them. I didn't even go to church that day. I didn't cook a meal, I didn't do anything but organize those cookbooks. In my mind they had to be done right now! I spent 15 hours organizing and cataloging. I have found that I have 892 cookbooks! This includes magazines as well. I put them into an Excel spreadsheet and as soon as I figure out how, I will put them on my blog. I guess I should have taken an "after" photo too.
Yngwie is having no problems after his dental work and will return to school tomorrow. My neighbor is on medication for his heart and is returning to good health rapidly. My Grandmother is still showing no signs of recovering from her fall. I have decided that I have done all I can do about her situation. I am now putting that in God's hands. I will stress about it no more.
p.s. I never found the Mandarin Orange cake recipe!
Friday, May 09, 2008
These guys are very effective against mosquitos and all flying insects and the best part about having them inhabit our pond is their mating call at night. That can lure me to sleep in about a minute. Almost every night I go out on the porch with my coffee or tea and sit in the dark and listen.
And I am so excited that my allium has bloomed! I first saw the allium on Anita's blog ( click on Anita on my blog roll) and was totally intrigued with it so I ordered some and planted them this past fall.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Child- I signed up to bring cookies to the teachers banquet.
Me: That's fine. Just remind me in time to buy the ingredients. When do you need them?
This conversation took place last night at 8:00 p.m. We live pretty far away from a grocery store so I couldn't just run out and buy cookies, so I pulled out this recipe. It's quick and easy and most of the ingredients are probably in your pantry now.
Chocolate Chip Bars
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1/2 c. (1 stick) cold butter
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 egg slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 c. chopped nuts
Heat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, stir together flour and brown sugar: cut in cold butter until crumbly. Stir in 1/2 c. chocolate chips; press mixture on bottom of ungreased 9x13x2 baking pan.
Bake 15 minutes. Meanshite, in large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, egg, and vanilla. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips and nuts. Spread evenly over baked crust.
Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes about 24 bars.
Monday, May 05, 2008
And this one is called "Angel Face" but I call it Chanin's Angel Face, as my friend Chanin gave me this rose a couple of years ago knowing that purple is my favorite color.
I love, love, love this white Iris!