Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wish Grandma Were Here

My grandma had mad skills.  At one point, I actually got really mad at myself for not learning, but she lived thousands of miles away, and I didn't really have the opportunity.  So, now I am trying to learn from books and blogs and wishing she were here.

Grandma and PopPop always had a huge garden.  It seemed huge to me as a little girl, anyway.  Grandma canned tomato sauce and made yummy pickles.  She could also sew, although I certainly didn't appreciate the (sorry, Grandma) very ugly bathing suits she made us out of upholstery fabric after about the age of 4.  She had killer recipes for Polish and German foods.

She and PopPop were so frugal that they only needed the trash pickup half the time offered by their municipality.  Well, actually, we got that one covered - we only have to haul to the dump about every other month and we recycle and compost like nuts....

I fear I will never learn to sew, but I am a fair hand at baking and I am determined to get this canning stuff down.  I still wish Grandma were here, though.

5 comments:

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Me too, NancyDe, me too... for lots of reasons.
:-)

Ruth @ Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

Miss my grandma sooo much... She was incredible and always knew what to say to make it all better! Thanks for the nudge to remember her.

Chai Chai said...

Frugality is a lost art, unfortunately the Federal Government is going to force us to rediscover it real fast.

I wish I could get my parents to come out and live with us, I still have so much to learn from them.

RAILBIRD said...

Chai Chai has it right. The reason they did what they did was because there was a depression during their teen/early twenty years. That was followed by WWII. Notice anything similar to today?

NancyDe said...

Railbird - remember what I lived in when we got here? I have a good head start on frugal, but I agree with Chai Chai, too - we're headed into trouble. Now, it is Grandma's skills I need. I really want her recipe for that braid bread with the cheese in it, and the apricot things...and I will never get the hang of sewing. I am all thumbs. It's a good thing I am good at other things.