Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sentimental memories... those we still love

This week:
My parents visiting the home dad grew up in only in a remodeled condition
and is now in forclosure. His parents have long passed on . Somehow it would
be much happier to see it in days of old.
5 kids in the 2 little bedrooms.
It had the most narrow steep stairway and tiniest kitchen.
We look now
and think how did we all get together and have our feasts and
grandchildren galore, seriously my aunts all had 7-10 children each!
We had a small family of 5!
There was always someone pregnant or nursing a newborn from what I recall.
But we did and we never thought nothing of it being to small.
Aren't we spoiled!

PEONIES at my grandmothers old home...still growing after she has long been gone.
I think dad dug us all a few starts, yeah dad!

At our home dad grew us many PEONIES and we waited as they would
barely bloom in time for the Memorial day weekends.
Then picked the iris, lilacs and a rose or two and headed to grandmas.
The big white snowballs bushes were usually so full of blooms the trees
would heavily drip with them.
Grandma grew Lucious flower gardens and loved it.
Oh the Rose bushes!!!
As we played our very active childhood games
we would have to be very careful
not to break grandmas flowers.
Now I look back, what did she have to repair
after we left?
And oh the tree climbing!

My sister took our parents to the Payson Cemetery.
Here is my 83 year old father standing behind his parents headstone.
Compared to the graveyards we saw today visiting Carls parents gravesites which
was decorated with so many beautiful splashes of colors, this Payson cemetary
is very dull this week.
Thinking they poured new cement around each headstone.
We also visited the Ogden cemetary today, oh what an ancient beauty, it is full of  tall
charming headstones time worn from the 1800's and the
old trees and flowering bushes all in bloom.

Grandma had a gold fish lilly pond right here in the backyard... this broke my heart to see
it all covered in.
Now it is only a memory.
Good grief...whats that ugly wall!
When I was in 5th grade the newspaper came out
and took my picture sitting next to it. As grandkids when we all gathered for a sunday feast this was the place to find us laying on the grass hoping to see a gold fish or frog hiding under the lillypads.

Thank goodness seeing the Root cellar...grandma would fill that thing with
her bottled apricots, peaches, grape juice, pears and plums making a moist
delicious plum cake with walnuts from their tree now gone.
She must have bottled fruit everyday till every last apricot was gone.
My sister took alot of pictures of the inside of the tiny home that raised 4 boys and 1 spoiled cute
dimpled girl who came last. Again...remodeled and had to do my OWN visualizing of how it
USE to be. Seeing the irrigation ditch which they flooded the lawns was fun. 
The sidewalk where we played jump the sidewalk out front  forever while the parents
cleaned the dishes and rocked in the front porch swing.
I remember lots of lawn chairs for us all. 
Isn't it fun to remember playing with your cousins?
Some of mine were too soon taken back to heaven in their adulthood.
Miss them. Remember them.

My dad bought his grandpas farm when I was in elementary school, he
still owns it. He watered and cared for it the hard way for many years. We would have to go down at
night and wait in the car while he watered it and I remember the mosquitos would
bite us. This is in Payson and we lived 1 and 1/2 hours away.

Here is my aunt Janes organ, she inherited from her grandparents. Jane is in her 80's
and has alzheimers. I stayed at this home many weekends and this organ has
never left this corner in the living room for the 57 years that I know of.
This is my mothers sister. All 5 of them still living.
I'm sure they are happy to just be visiting their parents graves this week.

Hope your enjoying your Memorial Week-end.
It's the best time to be sentimental and talk about those we have shared our lives
and brought us so much joy..
Remember them and thank them.
They know and still care about us.

Wouldnt it be nice to just have one half hour with each of them!
Oh what they could tell us.
We'd probably beg them to take us back with them!

Hee hee...This picture is from your daughter, I had to sneak in and put in my memories of my Great Grandma Shepherd who I have fond memories of too ;)

Here I am on the porch with my brothers after we spent the night and awoke to a tree covered in suckers from the sucker fairy! Wow, did we think that was sooooo neat! Always a treat at her house, getting to take baths in her big deep tub that I couldn't see out of, searching for snails in her flower gardens and bringing them home with us, and  boy did we love her fish pond.
What a great lady and I am lucky I got to know her a little while she was alive.
Sorry! I just couldn't resist! ;)

How did you even track that down?
Bryce the  poor thing has the worst hair buzz...couldn't get those clippers to work right
and he didnt want it all shaved off bald.
the worse, the funniest.
Looks like the rats kind of chewed it different lengths!

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