Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Memories from Childhood and Beyond

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers
This was a song that mother use to sing for us all the time.
April Showers May Come Your Way
They bring the flowers that bloom in May
So when it's raining, have no regrets
It isn't raining rain you know it's raining violets!

Kemnitz Candy Store, Plymouth, Michigan (http://www.angelfire.com/bug/plymouthbunnies/) is celebrating its 50th year of service. This was my favorite candy store as a child. The Easter Bunny would often bring me a white chocolate bunny or squirrel from this store. Check out the website to see photos. During my last visit to Michigan, Leona took me by for some white chocolate chunks! YUM!
Kemnitz Candy Store, Plymouth, Michigan
Kemnitz Candy Store, Plymouth, Michigan by carolrobertsonwhite on Polyvore.com

My mother had tiger lilies planted in her yard on Michigan Avenue. Many weeds grew among the lilies but we didn't care. The flowers overgrew the weeds and were still very lovely!
Tiger Lilies
Tiger Lilies by carolrobertsonwhite featuring Erickson Beamon necklaces

Mother always wore aprons. In fact, back in the day when she needed money, she made aprons and sold them. She had holiday aprons for Christmas with big Santas appliqued on them. Kimi sent me this history of apron story, so I couldn't resist a polyvore set dedicated to aprons....
I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few. It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the
chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes. Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons.
REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now, trying to figure out how many germs was on that apron. I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.

The dress in this set gave me a hankering for a lifesaver mint. YUM! I had a specific order that I ate the multi-color packs. I ate the red first, then the oranges and yellows, then the whites. I ate the green last and most often never ate them...I must come by it naturally, as my mother did not like the green candies either.
Best of Sweet
Best of Sweet by carolrobertsonwhite featuring Forever21 earrings

Crabapple Jelly: Love this jelly. We had flowering crabapple trees on Michigan Avenue that produced the prettiest, sweet-smelling flower at Spring. I miss those trees.

Pecan Pie: My sister, Leona, made the best pecan pies. Once after Thanksgiving in Michigan, she loaded a pie in the car and drove it to me all the way to Tennessee. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I preferred pumpkin over pecan. However, in my mature years when I probably should not have much sugar, I love pecan pie. I even use sweet sister's recipe!
Pecan Pickers
Pecan Pickers by carolrobertsonwhite on Polyvore.com

Lilac Tree - In my yard on Michigan Avenue we had huge lilac bushes. One bush was purple, one white, and one pink. I miss them! We use to pull the blossoms from the bush and suck the sweet nectaur. Felt like honey bees.
Lilac Lady
Lilac Lady by carolrobertsonwhite featuring Vivienne Westwood earrings

On Good Friday, April 10, 2009 and Kimi's Birthday, we had four tornados that hit Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Although many of the homes around me were damaged or destroyed, our home was spared. God must have been watching out for us!

Soda or Pop? Depending where you are in the geographic map, you might use the terms, pop, soda, or coke to describe carbonated soft drinks. I know in the north, they refer to it as pop whereas here in Tennessee it is known as coke or soda. Interestingly, I found a study that was done on this topic (check it out)! What do you call it? http://popvssoda.com:2998/

The Rooster May Crow but It's the Hen that Delivers the Goods: I've always loved this saying so I thought that I would make a set dedicated to it! To top it all off, I found the vintage yearly egg account sheet and used this as a background for a historical style.

Imagine the Possibilities: My mother could sew. She learned from necessity instead of for want...as things were scarce during the war and she did much of the sewing for her daughters. She sewed for others to make extra money making dresses and aprons. Later, in her elderly years, she sewed once again to make extra money for the family, but this time she made dolls and bunnies....

Broomstick Soldier. Memories of Childhood--Little boys play soldier with a broomstick gun and little girls play bride with a lace tablecloth. Barbie and I use to play bride with mother's lace tablecloths (when she wasn't looking)....

Walter's Party Pants. Walter has these awful tapestry pants that he bought in Turkey. They long since fit him in his old age, but he tries to squeeze into them for every party!

My secretary "daze". This set reminds me of my career and how difficult and "frazzling" a life as a secretary can be.

The Snowball Bush - I just love the snowball bush with its huge blossoms. When it sheds, it's like snow in the summertown. When Kimi and I went to Carnton Plantation (Summer 2009), we took several pictures of the gardens, especially the Snowball Bush.

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