She made a fabulous Pineapple Cream Cake.
She always whispered as she did housework. “Shew shew shew shew shew”
When she visited us in Hillsborough, she rose before the sun and we’d find her sipping strong coffee at the kitchen table in a velour robe.
She LOVED Entemann’s Raspberry Coffee cake and always made sure to have a box waiting for us when we arrived for a visit.
She had the best candy dish on the East Coast, stocked with raspberry hard candies with a unique gel in the middle. Later in life, the candy turned to M&Ms and I could never keep my hand out.
She loved old movies, especially The Sound Of Music, West Side Story and Carousel.
Her dog,Tigger, was a hoot. Especially when he did the “rumba.”
This is my Aunt Pat’s seeing eye dog, Bu –
She enjoyed walking and would take a stroll around the lake in her neighborhood everyday well into her 80s.
She had the most unique Christmas tree ornaments – including cupcakes with candles that bubbled with air and a tree full of tinsel.
She always created the best sandwich buffets – crusty rolls, deli meats and cheeses, pickles, and always potato chips.
Her purse weighed 10 pounds and contained such grandmotherly things as a rain bonnet, multiple red lipsticks, a photo album of the grandchildren, tissues and peppermints.
One time when I was little and we had a full house she was designated to spend the night in my room. I lined the middle of the bed with stuffed animals so we each had our own spaces. Years later, she loved to tell me the story.
She had read every Lavyrle Spencer book and got me hooked on cheesy romance novels when I was in high school. I read them all too, and borrowed many of them from her collection.
She never wore pants, only “slacks.”
And she loved when our family all gathered together for the holidays at Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse…
After the funeral (which was tear-filled and lovely) we all gathered for lunch. I enjoyed some wine –
A trip to the famous salad bar –
And split this delicious coconut shrimp + orange mashed sweet potatoes with my cousin Crystal –
(Yes, that’s melted butter, and it was good!)
I declined a full dessert (I was stuffed!) but shared a few bites of my mom’s cheesecake
I am SO very glad I was able to come on this trip. Just 5 hours of time with my family made all the traveling worth every minute. And the memories shared of Gram were enough to fill a lifetime.