Saturday, November 17, 2018

321/365 I am Old!

We are entertaining this evening so I asked my husband for suggestions for a dessert. Dangerous thing to do, I know, because there is no way I can prepare 'Death by Chocolate' in a couple of hours. That needs to be planned a week in advance. But to my surprise he suggested "That cake where you heat  up that sauce and pour it over"
"Fruit Cocktail Cake?"

I have not made this cake for probably 20 years. In those days we were entertaining adults and swarms of hungry kids. It was always a hit, so easy to make and the ingredients were always on hand. You just need a can of fruit cocktail or other fruit.

So this morning I dug out my trusty Best of Bridge cookbook and found the recipe.

Then I paused and stared at the recipe for a long time.  How did my cookbook get to looking like this? The cover was off, the binding half gone, the pages yellow and filled with spills of food from so many years ago.
It looked just like my Grandma's cookbook! Old, well used, and marked up with history.

Then it hit me!
I am Grandma!
Not a grandma. I am the Grandma. My mom is gone and I am now....Grandma.

Part of me wanted to cry but part of me felt a little proud, because Grandma's are pretty special people. But this transition is going to take a while.

I made the cake.... but this time instead of the vanilla,  I am actually going to going to add a "superb substitute".

Friday, November 16, 2018

320/365 These Girls

Pulling from last week because I didn't pick up my camera all day.
This photo, as technically poor as it is, brings me great joy! Had Lucy not been sleeping I would have plunked her down in the middle of them. :) There were a lot of smiles last week - and not just from Grandma and Grandpa.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

319/365 Showing Off

I was able to join Isla and her Mom at their Kinsmen visit with OT/PT and Isla really showed off all her new skills. :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

318/365 Isla Photo

The gang were here for supper again tonight. Norah and I made the most fabulously moist corn bread to go with our shake n bake chicken. We were so busy I forgot to take photos but of course after supper Isla insisted on taking a few. So she did and Norah posed. When she is a famous portrait photographer one day these will be in her portfolio. :)

And BTW Isla crawled across the floor to get to my camera - real crawling - using hands and knees. The crowd was cheering her on.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

317/365 I Miss These Girls

Three days was not enough time to get in all the hugs and kisses and snuggles and story reading and crafts and all the other things I miss doing with these two.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

315/365 Earrings

Eva was allowed to choose a set of earrings from O's jewelry drawer. I love the ones she chose. Mom wore these often and I am so glad Eva likes them. She thought that clip ones were the coolest thing! :)
I noticed she was wearing them as we waited for our connection in Calgary.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

314/365 A Natural!

Eva caught on to 10 pin bowling right away. I don't know how she managed those big heavy balls but she picked up the technique quickly and did quite well. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

312/365 Cousins

It is so very wonderful when these six girls can be together. The four oldest were absolutely thrilled to finally meet Lucy!