Sunday, November 15, 2009

thinking about Thanksgiving

well, thinking about Thanksgiving dinner might be more accurate.

I've been jotting down ideas that sound good to me (still need to go over them with my mother- and sister-in-law and whoever else will be cooking). My list has been revised a few times as more "traditional" (read, my family always ate them) dishes are remembered. Such as lemon meringue pie. And cranberry Jello mold .............. oh, yum.
And as I run across really yummy sounding dishes in recipe books or online. Like this one on Katie's blog. Now that sounds like Thanksgiving breakfast to me!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

how I remember her

Gramma Moose died yesterday morning. We knew that it was going to happen very soon and were expecting it at any moment, but still, we are mourning (and rejoicing for her).

For the past several days I have been thinking about her, about her life and my memories of her.
There are so very many wonderful memories, but the one that is sticking out at the top right now is of syrup. The picture of little pitchers of maple syrup sums up many of my memories of Gramma.

Maple syrup (I can't remember any other kind in her house) in little pitchers with pancakes or Belgian waffles was almost always a part of our visits with Gramma. In everything she did she tried to be and do her absolute best, even if it cost her a little more, so that she might bless those around her. If it cost more, she just graciously made do with less or saved somewhere else and didn't let it interfere with her goal of making the time special.

Little pitchers were important too, so that each person would have their own by their plate because each person was individually important. Gramma was one of six children and she understood how very important it is for a child or an adult to feel thought of, special as an individual and not just part of the larger group.

There are so many memories, good and wonderful memories.
Maybe I'll share them with you later .........

Saturday, November 07, 2009


Gramma, Anna and Lizzie, 1988

Emma, Sarah and I took a last minute trip to the Bay a week ago Wednesday. Gramma is not doing very well, and she wanted to see me and Emma again. It was a good trip, but a difficult one.

I'm still feeling rather numb, but going through some boxes of old photos is helping. It's bringing the memories and the tears.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Emma and I are back from CA

Emma "helping" pack

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