Today’s post is a little more on the personal side, but that’s ok right? It’s important that you know me for me and sometimes that doesn’t always revolve around design.
Perhaps its the Thanksgiving weekend that has brought on these thoughts of nostalgia and tradition and the fact that I miss my Grandma. I like to think that everyone’s Grandma is super special to them but if you had met mine I’m pretty sure she would have topped your list. She was one amazing woman.
I am reminded of her gracious ways and welcoming spirit. I remember large gatherings in their home. Family, friends and neighbors, it didn’t matter, everyone was welcome. My Grandparents’ home had a door that was always open and it seemed as though the bell would ring regardless of the occasion with people just stopping by to say hi. My Grandma would be fussing away in the kitchen and upon hearing the bell, would throw her arms up walking towards the door, proclaiming, “Oh…it’s Phyllis!” so everyone could hear and welcome a new guest to sit for coffee or even dinner. There was always room for one more.
We’ve had a wonderful weekend with family and friends. We are thankful. We are blessed. I’ve got a roast in the oven today and I find myself wishing we lived in a time when people would just pop around, uninvited, but not any imposition in the least. Today we’re busy, aren’t we? A sense of community has been lost along the way. Families spread out and it’s not always easy to connect.
My family loves to entertain. Our girls are always asking when we can have someone over next. They are little social butterflies and I can only think that they inherited this from their Great-Grandmother.
Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! I hope you have had a chance to enjoy the company of loved ones this weekend.
Image sources: Top image Dottie Angel via Sweet Sweet Life, 1. A pack of chiclets tucked away in a drawer was a staple in the kitchen 2. I played jacks by the hour on the floor while she cooked or baked 3. In their front yard was a massive birch tree. Maybe that’s why I love this wallpaper so much? 4. I come by my love of travel honestly. My Grandma was ready to go at anytime and it didn’t matter if it involved a car ride or an airplane, her luggage was packed and waiting by the door 5. Grandma’s make it look so easy! Image via: Photobucket 6. Grandma would bake and I would eat…welsh cakes by the dozen. 7. With a love of knitting there was always a ball of yarn around.