Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Things That Make Me Remember

Today would have been my Grandpa's birthday. He died about 6 years ago and I don't think a day has gone by that I haven't thought of him. My Grandpa always had plants, lots of plants, indoors and out. I don't know the official name of this plant, but Grandpa had one that we called a Christmas Cactus and one was a Easter Cactus, thats when they bloomed for him. Mine is in sad shape. I had it outside and I think a bike or scooter handle squashed it a little bit. Still, about 3-4 weeks after bringing it in the house for the winter it bloomed reminding me of Grandpa.

This is my favorite piece of furniture that I have. My Grandpa made it when he was young out of little strips of wood. He shaped it and glued all these pieces together to make this wonderful little stand. It has a piece of wood on the top that comes off and there is a little storage place on the inside. I'm not sure why he gave it to me, but all of my older kids have already claimed it when I die. No pressure there! I am glad that they all love it as much as I do.

Thanks Grandpa for being such a wonderful man and giving all of us such wonderful memories!


Lindsay-ann said...

Reading your post reminded me of my Grandad. He used to make things out of strips of wood too. He made me a beautiful old fashioned caravan and chairs for my dolls. He did marquetry too. I am sure you will treasure that stand he made like I do all my things.
Thanks for sharing this, it brought back lovely memories for me.

Cathy said...

Whenever I see him sitting in his recliner, it reminds me of walking by and rubbing the stubble on his head. :) Is that plant an original from Grandpa? Cathy

Cathy said...

OOPS! I was referring to the photo on our family blog, forgetting it wasn't here. Grandpa always sat in a recliner with a crotcheted cover made by Grandma. When we walked to the kitchen, each one of us would rub the top of Grandpa's head.

Grandpa was special in the way he took time to show us the things in life that amazed him - mostly plants. I can remember even from an early age he would ask us to go out and help him collect veggies from his garden and tell us about the cherries growing on his trees or get out the bionculars to see a bird in his yard. If he didn't know the name of the bird, he quickly looked it up. HMMMMM....when I think of it, Grandpa was an early influence into my final decision to homeschool. So much is learned from others interests. Thanks for the great post.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Your grandpa sounds like a wonderful man. See what I mean about leaving things you make for people to remember you by? Your grandpa made a real treasure. Twyla

Queenly Things said...

That is just a lovely piece that your grandpa made. sentimental, yes; but really lovely with its patina of age. Kids are going tohave to make a schedule for sharing it.

Melinda Cornish said...

I treasure anything I have from my family members...I have my moms childhood bed and dresser and I adore was one of my very first blog posts....Arent grandparents wonderful and we learn how to be good grandmas from them! Melinda

Rainma said...

Amen Cathy and Melinda! Sherry thanks for posting this, what with having grandma's sewing machine up and running this week.
And my dear friend, this is truly a Christmas Cactus which is also known as a Zygocactus. Beautiful blooms, I think your grandpa is letting you know he is still watching you!

Dawn said...

Hi Sherry

Wow what a wonderful idea these swaps are - we don't really have anything like that here. It sounds so cool.
And such great memories of your dear grandpa and amazing the flower blooming when you took it inside!


Dianne said...

I never saw a plant stand quite like that-it's really awesome!
I do grow Christmas cacti too, they are one of my favorite flowering plants.

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