Saturday, September 23, 2017

52 questions in 52 weeks- week 13

Did your grandparents live close by? If so, describe how they were involved in
your life. If they lived far away share some memories of visiting them or of them
traveling to visit you.


Both sets of my grandparents lived in the same town as I did. We would stop by Grandma Alice's almost daily after school to check on her. As she aged, she was very frightened by storms and many times insisted she needed to come stay at our house. I think she drove my Mom a little crazy at how demanding she could be. I'm not sure how she dealt with that and worked. I don't remember that part.

We would go see my other grandparents fairly often on Sunday. If I was lucky, Grandma would have Bugles or RC Cola. Oh, I still love those. I was not a fan of her ice milk. I never understood why she didn't just get ice cream. OH... and the metal ice cube trays that were almost impossible to ever use. Ha!

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I ran across this challenge about a year ago and thought it was a marvelous idea...



The whole idea is to tell your own story by answering one question a week. People that love ancestry love finding diaries, journals, and letters, because they tell about everyday life. Not just the big stuff, but the every day little stuff.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

52 questions in 52 weeks - week 12

Share some memories of your grandparents.

My Grandma Alice was a quilter and a baker (and a Baker... her maiden name). I don't remember a time where there wasn't a cookie in the red apple cookie jar (which I now have!) or a quilt in the frame to quilt or the sewing machine working on another quilt top. She was a decent cook, though I hated it when she put hot dogs in the mac & cheese... I still don't care for that.

Grandma Mary crocheted and was a great cook. I loved her lemon pound cake and no one has the recipe. I've tried a many and never found one that has come close to the way she made hers. She had a huge garden and canned everything. Years after she canned and had passed, the peaches were still just as gorgeous and peach in the jars! She was the sweetest, kindest, gentlest person I have ever known. I am no one where near the level of compassion she had for people. She went through a lot in her lifetime. I aspire to live up to the standard she set with her life.

Grandpa Leo was a farmer. I was never as close to him as I was with my Grandma's. He was kinda grumpy. The one most vivid memory I have of him was in the nursing home as a visitor when my grandma was there (pancreatic cancer... he couldn't take care of her...). He broke down in tears when the stupid mean administrator told him not to worry about the level of salt in my grandma's meals because "she doesn't have much longer anyway". I have never seen anyone so crushed and defeated and broken hearted. She was the love of his life and in that moment it was so evident. I think he left feeling as though he had failed her somehow. The other memory I have of him is in his chair in their living room.. and on the back porch cutting up a watermelon fresh out of the garden... warm watermelon is not good... just sayin'

I never met Grandpa Joe. He passed away before I was born. The stories I have heard vary between his days when my Dad was growing up and Grandpa wasn't the best person (drank too much, stayed away from home for days on end, never knew where he was) and when my older siblings were growing up and he was a good grandpa who favored my brother. I really just don't know that much about him.

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I ran across this challenge about a year ago and thought it was a marvelous idea...

The whole idea is to tell your own story by answering one question a week. People that love ancestry love finding diaries, journals, and letters, because they tell about everyday life. Not just the big stuff, but the every day little stuff.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

52 Questions in 52 Weeks - Week 11

Did your family have special ways of celebrating specific holidays?

4th of July - Dad always bar-b-qued or had a fish fry. When he did the fish fry, he fried up all sorts of things

Thanksgiving was not the normal "turkey" dinner... most of the time it was ham and all the trimmings.

Christmas my parents have been flexible since the kids are grown and have multiple places to be... they swap years for eve and day of. Very thankful for that.




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I ran across this challenge about a year ago and thought it was a marvelous idea...

The whole idea is to tell your own story by answering one question a week. People that love ancestry love finding diaries, journals, and letters, because they tell about everyday life. Not just the big stuff, but the every day little stuff.