Everything Old is New Again
His Grandma G was a proper 50's housewife, who had a lovely home. During her early married years, she enjoyed a hobby of antiquing and would drive around the Wisconsin rural area going to farm sales and auctions. She found some lovely things and one of them was a chest of drawers that always stood in the hallway of my inlaw's house. In the second drawer were all the recipe clippings and pamphlets Grandma G had collected over the years. When she died, my mother-in-law gave the whole collection to me. Why am I the only one who wants these reminders of a person's daily life? A lot of the recipes are in her own handwriting, and I will never know why her own daughter did not want them. I started pasting them into a scrapbook binder, and had them stored in a box while I was working on them. Unfortunately, he thought they should be stored in the garage, so he took them out there, and they got lost in the shuffle. I kept asking him over the years if he had seen them, and even a major garage clean-up a few years ago did not turn them up.
I was delighted to see them again. I have already started pasting them up into the scrapbook binder. There are clippings from the forties through the sixties from now defunct magazines. Grandma G was in several women's clubs, and they must have exchanged recipes all the time because lots of the recipes say they are from some other woman. I love the color illustration from the late forties and early fifties. One of these days I think I will throw a Grandma G dinner and invite the family, and we will try some of these old recipes.
Today is the birthday of my youngest. I still find it hard to have them away on their birthdays, it just doesn't seem right, but we will celebrate anyway. We had a funny time trying to get her gift over the internet, because the web site is in her name, so we had to open a new account in my name and flounder around (he was manning the keyboard) but it all came right in the end. I originally wanted to get her a gift certificate to Patternworks or KingArthur, but they are not very advanced and do not have Email Gift Certificates yet. Maybe I will keep some of my ideas in mind for Christmas. I did finally get her room spiffed up a little, meaning that I hadn't stripped the bed since she left, but I finally got around to it. That mattress weighs a ton, and the Harry Potter books kept attacking me, but I tamed them all and even got all those stuffed bears to behave. Happy Birthday Baby Girl!