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Alice’s Suitcase

Alice was a wonderful woman. She was my father’s mother, and she had the kindest heart and soul. She would have gladly given the clothes off her back to help someone in need. She met my grandfather, Jerry, in 1951 on a blind date. At the time, she was training to become a nurse, and he had just been drafted in the army and was sent to Indiana. He wrote Alice many letters, one of which was addressed to Alice’s parents asking their permission to marry her. Through this correspondence, they planned a wedding and when he returned home, they got married in 1952. Alice and Jerry were married for over 53 years when Alice passed away from an aggressive form of Lupis. A few years later, Jerry followed her.

After they were married, they lived with Jerry’s parents for a while before moving into University housing and then to a rental house near the site of their future home that was being built. After their third child was born, they moved into their new home and spent the rest of their lives together in, what the family calls, the red house (due to the paint color). Now that they are gone, the family is left to go through memories and reminisce of times past. While going through some of my grandmother’s things, they found this suitcase and some of the following: 2 evening clutches, 2 hats, and one handkerchief which is thought to have belonged to Alice’s mother before her. Along with these, a Singer Dress Marker, and a black cocktail dress with a matching belt were found.

 

When they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, their original wedding attire was put on dressforms and displayed for guests. Below my grandmother’s wedding dress were her shoes, which were turned into a silk flower arrangement. I have those shoes now, and every time I look at them, I am reminded of the day she wore them, and how excited and happy she must have been.

So this is for you, grandmother and grandfather. Where ever you are, I hope you are happy, and I hope you are together. ^_^

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Mid-December Already!

I can’t believe it is already the 18th of December! This year has flown by and so much has happened! On November 11th, my boyfriend of over 6 1/2 years proposed, finally! ^_^ I said yes, of course, and our date is set for the 10th of October, 2010. 10-10-10-, gee, I wonder how many people are going to get married that day? So of course I am busy planning for the wedding. I went downtown to the local bookstore and picked up a few things to help me out. The first “book” I got was a Bridal Idea Journal. It is really cool. It has tons of pages dedicated to possibilities and ideas of what the wedding will look like. It has a timeline and due dates, a budget section, and lots of space to jot down general notes about venues and vendors. It has been a handy little book.

Another book that I absolutely adore is The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown. This book is incredible. I told myself I wasn’t going to go through the stress of making my own save the dates and invitations, but I can’t help it. The ideas in this book are so good, and so simple, I have to make my own! Why pay double or triple when you don’t have to? And besides, there’s plenty of time. (Flash forward to a few days before the wedding, and they still aren’t done. . .) ^_^ You have to check this book out if you are in the market to get married, or are helping a friend with a wedding. You can catch this book and more fabulous ideas at www.diybride.com. I also recommend checking out The Knot. They have some great tips and other fabulous bride-to-be stuff, including an online checklist, guestlist, and iPhone app! They can be found at www.theknot.com.

Moving along to more recent happenings, yesterday I roasted some vegetables. They are sooooooo incredibly delicious. Down town at the local health food store they offer roasted vegetables in the deli case. These are perhaps the best I have ever had. . .until now. I went to the store and picked up some organic yellow squash, zuchinni, baby red potatoes, red onion, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, baby carrots, and a head of garlic. I threw everything onto a baking sheet, after preping of course, drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and threw them in the oven on 250 for about 2 hours. The only reason that I use such a low temperature is because when my oven gets too hot, it warps my pans. . . I know, I have a crappy oven. But I’m renting, so what can I do? When I do it again, I will wait to add the squash, red onion, and zuchinni until about half way through cooking, and I would use way less olive oil. I would also throw in more garlic because that is my favorite part! ^_^ Here’s a tasty picture that I snapped about half way through the cooking process. Caution: Drooling very likely to occur.

I have lots more to share, but it’s just about time to start dinner, so I have to get going. Coming soon: More Project Pyramids, A tour around my Christmas Tree, my Snapdragon Flip-Top Mits by Ysolda, my Urban flip-top gloves for my brother, my hand spun and hand knit hat for my mother, and my future Quilt projects. Stay tuned, I hope to have these posts up soon! ^_^