Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What I Am Reading

As you know I am deep into summer session classes, but I had to take a little break when this book arrived in the mail! The Prairie Girls Guide to Life is a must have book for all of you that long for the simple life of Little House On the Prairie. There are so many great ideas to hone your prairie girl skills. Making a quilt, canning, gardening and just about any long forgotten skill you could need to survive the recession!
I had a wonderful grandmother named Mabel and we called her Granny. She was the epitome of Laura Ingalls. Girls, she could do it all! I have seen her look at a dress in a magazine, throw down some newspaper, cut out a pattern and sew it up to look just like storebought! She canned, cooked, sewed, crafted and made a home on nothing. In her later years, I was always amazed at how she made that little bit of money go so far. She grew a garden in her flower bed in those last years and would can the produce for winter. She always looked so fresh and starched. Granny was a nurse and always wore the white uniforms, with her white hose and shoes. Her hair was pulled up in a bun and smelled like lavender. She was deeply religious and we never crossed the line with her. She put up with no nonsense whatsoever! I truly did not appreciate her until I was grown, she taught me so much and I long for just one more hour with her. I marvel at her legacy she left us. As an artist, as a herione, as a nurse, and a mother. She was the best friend I ever had!



Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Oh Lorri~
Your Granny sounds so much like my Granny. Mine wasn't a nurse, but the rest sounds just like her. Wasn't it wonderful to grow up with the presence of such an awsome lady. We received so much from ladies like these. Not too many left around now days. We were fortunate to know and love these ladies.

Terri and Bob said...

Your granny sounds like my Grandma Mae Etta. These women are incredible and we didn't know what we had. I am so glad to see others had a Grandma Etta, too! I plan to order that book, it sounds great!

Diana said...

I, too, had a granny that you described. Mine was named "Ma." She taught me to sew my own doll clothes. I remember her also making lye soap. She had the most beautiful yard outlned in irises of every color.

aimee said...

what sweet memories:)

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Your Granny sounds like somone I would have enjoyed meeting! I have that book. Let me know what you think when you're done with it.


Jean Tuthill said...

She sounds like my grandmother! She was the same way. I so wish she had lived longer. She passed away when I was a teenager. We lived on the same lot and so we saw her everyday. She would always be there and her house was our house, we were all one big family. She taught me to sew on her treadle Singer machine when I was 12. I feel so lucky to have her as my teacher and mentor. I completely know where you are coming from...