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I remember as a child visiting my Grandma and the wonderful smells that always filled her home. From morning until night there was always something yummy there. There were only a few times that I can
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Sleepy Grandma

posted at 8/16/2008 4:52 PM EDT
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I remember as a child visiting my Grandma and the wonderful smells that always filled her home. From morning until night there was always something yummy there. There were only a few times that I can remember Grandma actually sitting down and she would always, promptly...fall asleep. No wonder!!! The poor woman must have been exhausted from all that baking.

Sleepy Grandma

posted at 8/16/2008 5:06 PM EDT
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sounds good

Sleepy Grandma

posted at 8/16/2008 6:22 PM EDT
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My grandmother did the same thing. She would bake a bunch of pies and then promptly fall asleep in her chair. then after a small snooze she would wake up raring to go again.

Sleepy Grandma

posted at 8/17/2008 5:37 AM EDT
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I don't remember ever seeing my Grandmother sleep. She was up before the sun, and had breakfast on the table by the tim Grandpa and everyone else was up. She had also fed the chickens, and gathered the eggs for breakfast. As soon asbreakfast was over, and the dishes were washed,dried,and put away,she was out in the garden collecting things for dinner.(what today we call lunch LOL) Then she was cleaning vegetables and getting everything else ready to start dinner. Oh, and between all that she was slopping the hogs with the leftover scraps from breakfast,and the scraps from the veggies she had just picked and cleaned.Now it was time to startcooking.Of course that meant she also had to make freash home made bisquits. We had them with every meal.When dinner was on the table, she out and call Grandpa in from the farm/fields to eat.No sooner than dinner was done and it was time to start preparing supper.It was the same prep as for dinner, except that she would go out and pick up a nive fatr hen and ring its neck before cleaning it so she could cook it for supper.Now in between all of this, she was out in her garden gthering things to can. If she was not canningshe was making home made jelly from the fruit trees at the side of their yard. She might be harvesting corn and freezing it for the winter She also would pick potatoes,and onions to be stored in the barn, again laying by for winter..She also did laundry,which had to be hung out to dry,not to mention the old ringer washer she used to do the laundry in.Of course everything had to be iron, no perma press back in the 60's.Even if there was,hanging them out to dry did not get the wrinkles out. Just dried them in. There are so many other things she had to do, she didn't have time for sleep. She did however have time for hus,or the corner of her apron for drying tears. She also had the most beautiful flowers. She had a huge rose garden, trhat always seemed to be in bloom, and a miriade of other flowers all over their yard.Of course there were also the pecan trees and the black walnut tree by the drive. In the summer we always had homemade butter pecan Ice cream, or black walnut ice cream.You would think there was never a time to just sit, but she found time. That is when she would tat new doilies, or embroider to quilt squares for whatever quilt she was making. I think I could go on forev about the amazin thins my Grandma could do. I am so glad she passed a few of them on to me.gger

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/6/2011 7:41 AM EDT
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That last post made me want to take a nap after just reading it!  I think those grannys deserved any nap they could get.

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/6/2011 9:42 AM EDT
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too funny, cute memory of your grandma. Thanks for sharing

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/12/2011 8:47 PM EDT
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Nice memories of your grandmother.  She was a busy lady.

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/12/2011 9:57 PM EDT
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Some folks call that era "the good old days"  For our grandmas it was work!  Most of them did it willingly and seldom complained but it took a lot of time and energy.
I enjoy my modern conveniences stoves that do not heat up the whole kitchen, microwaves, freezers, dishwashers.  I remember what it was like before and I appreciate what I have available now.

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/12/2011 10:43 PM EDT
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my grandma had to learn how to cook from her husband.  Thank goodness my mother watched her dad cook and bake.  My mother surpassed and excelled in baking. The church always looked to her and my father to do the dinner socials at the church .We moved to oregon when I was a child  we lived across the street from a retired nurse.  She would have us kids over to play canasta on the Saturdays after we had our chores done. While we were there we would bake home made bread and cookies.  We couldn't wait for the bread to come out of the oven just to get a fresh slice to dip in our hot chocolate. I was 10 years old then . Helen (the retired nurse) taught all of us kids to knit and quilt, embroider and crochet.  Even my mom would go visit Helen and have a fresh slice of bread and cup of hot chocolate with her and picked up a few tricks of Helens trades.  Helen made us kids slippers every year for Christmas. Each of us also recieved one home made quilt by her.  Mom always made the Christmas pajamas.  I am so grateful that God gave me a 3 rd Grandma to teach me many wonderful things that my own grandmother couldn't. While I have never had any children of my own, the children that have come through my life I have taken into my kitchen and home and have shown them the many wonders and fun in baking.  I put on my mothers old apron and go to the place where my heart sings the recipe box and my mixer where there is no end to your imagination where you can create a new recipe or even revamp an old one bringing life back into an old family favorite!!

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/12/2011 11:10 PM EDT
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I so wish to go back to those days.  Yes it was hard work but the family was always together! I can hear the breeze rustling through the trees that surrounded the house I can even see the laundry.  The sheets snapping in the wind while hanging on the line the old wooden clothspins keeping the clothes secured to the line. The  Kittens trying to catch the apron strings that are also hanging off the line.   The strawberry patch in the backyard, The picnic table on the back lawn where many a social gathering would be.  Where we learned how to snap green beans,  shell peas. shuck corn, died easter eggs, and ate watermelon and then had watermelon seed spitting contests. Where the boys could come to visit and sit and talk where we could be kept an eye on!!! That picnic table also served as the gathering for neighboring farmers would come to discuss crops, farming needs as well as share in a joke, laughter and even a tear. 

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/13/2011 5:05 AM EDT
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She probably awoke early and went to  bed late with all the things she had to do.

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/13/2011 7:18 AM EDT
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Iwill go and vist it her and she will be sleeping .

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/15/2011 7:59 AM EDT
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Thank you for sharing such a nice memory

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/24/2011 5:06 AM EDT
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Another thing, they didn't have all the conveniences we have now so it was twice the work.

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/24/2011 7:15 AM EDT
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Grandma worked hard and needed her sleep.

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/24/2011 7:41 AM EDT
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I had plent of sleep over at grand mom house.

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/24/2011 9:15 AM EDT
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My grandmothers never seemed to sit. They were always cooking, cleaning or at some task. Miss them all.

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/24/2011 2:10 PM EDT
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hi my grandmother was much older so i never saw her cook but my mothers sister was a great cook . i remember her making french toast i never had it like that at home she made good pies to miss her 

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/24/2011 2:11 PM EDT
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Last: 4/13/2014
When I was a child I stayed with my grandmother in the summer a lot.
She didn't sleep a lot, we played cards and when visiting around town
with other ladies. We always had ice tea at there place or when they
came to visit at my grandmothers house.I miss her very much. and when
granddad came home from work we would have supper then walk
to the corner store for ice cream.

Re: Sleepy Grandma

posted at 6/24/2011 5:17 PM EDT
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First: 10/26/2009
Last: 3/15/2014
In Response to Sleepy Grandma:
I don't remember ever seeing my Grandmother sleep. She was up before the sun, and had breakfast on the table by the tim Grandpa and everyone else was up. She had also fed the chickens, and gathered the eggs for breakfast. As soon asbreakfast was over, and the dishes were washed,dried,and put away,she was out in the garden collecting things for dinner.(what today we call lunch LOL) Then she was cleaning vegetables and getting everything else ready to start dinner. Oh, and between all that she was slopping the hogs with the leftover scraps from breakfast,and the scraps from the veggies she had just picked and cleaned.Now it was time to startcooking.Of course that meant she also had to make freash home made bisquits. We had them with every meal.When dinner was on the table, she out and call Grandpa in from the farm/fields to eat.No sooner than dinner was done and it was time to start preparing supper.It was the same prep as for dinner, except that she would go out and pick up a nive fatr hen and ring its neck before cleaning it so she could cook it for supper.Now in between all of this, she was out in her garden gthering things to can. If she was not canningshe was making home made jelly from the fruit trees at the side of their yard. She might be harvesting corn and freezing it for the winter She also would pick potatoes,and onions to be stored in the barn, again laying by for winter..She also did laundry,which had to be hung out to dry,not to mention the old ringer washer she used to do the laundry in.Of course everything had to be iron, no perma press back in the 60's.Even if there was,hanging them out to dry did not get the wrinkles out. Just dried them in. There are so many other things she had to do, she didn't have time for sleep. She did however have time for hus,or the corner of her apron for drying tears. She also had the most beautiful flowers. She had a huge rose garden, trhat always seemed to be in bloom, and a miriade of other flowers all over their yard.Of course there were also the pecan trees and the black walnut tree by the drive. In the summer we always had homemade butter pecan Ice cream, or black walnut ice cream.You would think there was never a time to just sit, but she found time. That is when she would tat new doilies, or embroider to quilt squares for whatever quilt she was making. I think I could go on forev about the amazin thins my Grandma could do. I am so glad she passed a few of them on to me.gger
Posted by Jayne M


These experiences you described were exactly what we had growing up, only it was my Mom, as well as Grandma, doing these chores. I think that's why my parents had 6 kids, to help out!!! lol Oh, and we also made our own butter and cottage cheese. My classmates in school could never quite figure out why I was happy the summer "vacation" was over and I could get back to school and have a break from this work.
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