Flashback Friday


Random Memories of my grandmother~

Every summer... shelling purple hull peas, .ice cold sweet tea, watermelons, wood floors, green linoleum dining table, well water, face powder.

She wore roll- up stockings to just below her knee, and always wore dresses until after my grandpa passed. Then she started wearing pants every now and then.

If a bad storm was coming, she would part the clouds with an ax put in the ground out in the garden to split the clouds and keep her home safe.  (I never actually saw her do this, but was told she did.)  She also had a hidey hole, but I did not like that place due to my deep seated fear of spiders, red wasps and snakes.

She had chickens and hogs and I imagine they did not have names, because they were breakfast, lunch and dinner.  (I swear she is choking a chicken in this picture, but I can't really tell) My grandpa also had cattle.

She made homemade biscuits every day. The flour was kept in a bowl with a towel over it under the cabinet.  She hollowed out  the flour, poured milk into the hole, then rotated her hand around and around until a biscuit was formed.  She then placed the biscuit in an old black pan, and patted it in the middle with the back of her fingers, the poured a bit of melted butter over that.  Grease (lard) was involved, but I don't remember when she put it in)


46 comments:

  1. HI what lovely memories of your grand mother. thanks for sharing.

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  2. Grandmas are the greatest! Sounds like yours was an awesome lady:)
    Blessings,
    Aimee
    PS: Great photo! Her personality shines thru the picture.

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  3. I don't know if it's a chicken, but it sure does look like it has legs and some movement going on! Great memories!

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  4. Your memories are so very similar to mine! Wishing you a nice weekend.

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  5. Wonderful memories of your grandma! The breakfast, lunch, dinner part made me laugh - so true. My grandparents all grew up on farms and would probably feel a little bemused by all the small farms today where the animals are more like pets than farm animals. Have a nice weekend!

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  6. homemade biscuits - they are delicious - wish i could have a few. i remember those days ... my Grandma was the boom! ( :
    it is funny how the pants things is so shocking - my mom was in college when they were never allowed to wear pants ever! funny how times have changed & things that were odd are no longer that way ... odd??!!

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  7. Your post reminds me so much of my grandmothers. Sadly I don't know how really good I had it back in those days.

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  8. I enjoyed your memories and it stirred some of mine, my dad's mother was like your grandmother, almost exactly, except she never wore pants.

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  9. Some wonderful memories of your grandmother! Love the old photos.

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  10. Your grandmother sounds like some kind of magic . . . . come to think of it - so do you . .
    Happy Friday!

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  11. I just loved this wonderful memory-filled tribute post! :)

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  12. I had a grandmother that wore the rolled up stockings too. They always seemed to bag around the ankles though. LOL Thanks for the memory.

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  13. wonderful tribute to your grandmother. i have some of the same memories. wonderful 5.

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  14. Oh, I love this post, and your grandmother and you, my friend. Thank you so much for this! I really needed this. What a beautiful post and tribute. Hugs.

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  15. i thought she might be holding/choking a chicken, too. :) sweet memories.

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  16. Thanks for sharing such great memories. They made me stop and think about my Granny. She was a city woman who grew up in the country so I don't have any farm life memories but I do remember her 'dressing to the nines' anytime she went shopping. And she always rode the bus, never did drive a car. Wow...thanks again! I need to go write some of these things down. I hope you have a blessed weekend!

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  17. Beautiful post, Terri! I loved reading your memories of your grandmother. I had a great-aunt who wore the rolled up stockings. Sometimes when she sat down, you could see where they stopped just above the knee.

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  18. Beautiful memories of your grandmother. I love the story of the ax in the garden!

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  19. Very interesting. She looks like a happy person in that photo. I love the memories.

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  20. Love this story about your grandmother. She sounds so absolutely cool!

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  21. the lard was mixing in with the flour and milk. I remember my mother doing this.

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  22. What a lovely tribute to your grandmother. She sounds like she was quite the woman!

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  23. What nice memories. My grandmother sounds similar. Whenever a storm would come she could be seen walking into each room with a bottle of holy water, sprinkling and saying prayers. I do have a photo of her doing it, too.

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  24. Wonderful memories! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

    My Gran made biscuits every day too.

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  25. Your grandmother and mine, sound much the same. My grandmother had the same way to make biscuits. She mad the hole in the bowl of flour, scooped out a bit of lard with her fingers, worked it in the flour with some milk. Perfect dough every time.

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  26. What a great post - full of such memories!
    xo Catherine

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  27. Wonderful memories of your grandmother. My Mama made biscuits like that.

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  28. How fun to do a tribute to your Grandma. Your Grandma sounds like me Great-Grandma. She kept ducks and cooked with the lard. Her baking was light as a feather!

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  29. What a great post. I share some of your memories, but my grandmother wasn't a farm type. She taught school and later worked in a grocery store. The stockings, though...that's a memory we share. :)

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  30. What delightful memories and what a special lady you Mother was. Those really were the good old days.

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  31. What a fun peek into the past with your grandma....thank you for sharing.

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  32. What sweet and precious memories! Lovely post. I hope you have a nice weekend!

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  33. Lovely memories. Sigh...this evening I made one of my grandmother's recipes for supper and remembered her too. :)

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  34. How awesome that you have this photo of your grandmother. My grandma made chocolate chip cookies whenever she visited us grandkids. Love your memory of your grandmother making biscuits :)

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  35. Great flashback and random thoughts! You must have been blessed with a lot of time with her to have so many vivid memories.

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  36. Great memories of you grandmother! Now you have me remembering my grandmother. She always wore a dress and she lived with us from the time I can remember her until she died.

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  37. You are so fortunate to have these memories of your grandmother. I didn't know mine very well or at all -- thanks so much for sharing at R5F this week Terri. Much appreciated!

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  38. Memories are true treasures! Thanks for sharing them with all of us.

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  39. Dang! What an awesome post!!! I loved it.
    What great memories and thanks so much for sharing!

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  40. Wow, what fabulous memories... alas, those days are mostly gone, aren't they. If we (as a nation) still grew, put by and ate all our own 'real' food, think how much healthier we'd be. Processed foods are killing modern mankind...

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  41. Oh my what a lady your Gran was..fabulous memories thank you for sharing.

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  42. I'm thinking she has a hold on a chicken too! I loved reading your memories. Both my Grandmas wore rolled up nylons! I bet her homemade biscuits were awesome and she looks like she loved her life. Good Morning Terri!

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  43. I have a picture of my Great-Grandmother feeding the chicks outside on their land. I just LOVE this tribute to your grandmother !! Precious stories. Your stories ( and pictures) are the best around.

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  44. I loved this post...reminds me of my mom. She made biscuits every morn of her life almost. Never measured a thing...had the metal pan she made them in. She did not roll the out, she pinched off a bit, rolled it between her two hands, placed in a pan and patted the top to flatten it a bit. Grandkids ate them like they were cake, but there was not a bit of sugar involved....and i would give a great amount to have a pan of them now. Them and her chicken and dumplings are foods I crave of hers.

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  45. Love the memories of your grandmother and reminds me of my own mother who was
    born in 1906. Thank you!

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