21 May, 2020

Dinner Guests and Memories!

We had guests for dinner last evening, and very special ones at that! As one quarantined week has melted into the next for oh-so-many, it's easy to lose track of how lonely one is becoming and how repetitive each day-to-day has been. What perfect joy it was to welcome family from the Capital City, even for just a few hours. On an otherwise unseasonably cold and dismal, rainy, day we had our own personal injection of sunshine with the arrival of our daughter, son-in-law and oldest two grandchildren!  I do believe that feeling was mutual. 
Hannes enjoyed having an extra snuggle partner too!

Mason and I played Chinese Checkers, he won. I have wanted to have this game ready to play ever since we began building the porch, its a warm and fuzzy memory for me that goes back fifty-plus (+++!๐Ÿ˜‰) years. When I was a little girl I remember summer afternoons spent playing this game on my grandparents screened in porch with my great-grandmother when she came to visit them. 
This is my great-grandmother (Grandma) and me a few years before those game-playing hours spent on the porch. She lived near Boston, in a home for "Aged Women" (!?!).  She would come to visit my grandparents, by train, for a week in the summer every year (and then again for Thanksgiving weekend). I can still recall riding along to pick her up at the depot. Boston really wasn't that far away at all (30-35 miles); but, in those days, this was the normal method of travel and it was Grandma's way. My grandparents' home was next door to ours and I would walk through the field every day after lunch while she was staying with them to spend time with Grandma over that Chinese Checkers board. She was always dressed up: dress, jewelry, stockings and tall, lace-up shoes with heels. I was in the seventh grade when she died; my grandfather, her son, passed away a year before she did. 

Mr. G. is currently making a custom sized drop-leaf table for our porch space, it's where the Chinese Checkers and other puzzles and pastimes will live. This table project has been side-lined, temporarily, while he's taking care of an injured shoulder. I don't know that my Grandma ever knew how fondly I remember spending time with her; it's one of my greatest hopes that our grandchildren will have warm memories of spending time at our home. 

Adapting in an upside-down๐Ÿ™ƒ world: Today I had my scheduled shopping appointment at our LQS. Believe it or not, I almost missed it! Wouldn't you know it, the only place I had to be (except for that dentist appointment) in the last two months and I had hastily scrawled the appointment time in two separate places, for two different times!?! My appointment was actually supposed to be at 11:00 AM. I had written that time down in the kitchen; in the studio, on my planner, I had written down 1:00 PM! Thank goodness I got a phone call at approximately 11:20 inquiring where I was. I grabbed my prepared list, hopped in the car, and got there in time to grab what I needed. Really. ๐Ÿ™„ Tomorrow we enter Phase 2 of reopening the state. Stay safe my friends, be patient with the process, and wash your hands ๐Ÿงผ. 

"And you will feel secure, because there is hope;
you will look around and take your rest in security." - Job 11:18

Life is Good!


Quiltdivajulie said...

I don't remember Chinese Checkers, but I do remember sitting at my grandmother's tiny kitchen table (checkered tablecloth included) eating a tuna fish sandwich on toasted white bread on a pretty china plate on several occasions -- funny how some memories are more significant than others. Hooray for your new porch and your visitors - and well wishes for that shoulder to heal quickly.

Janet O. said...

What a happy time to have your visitors with you! You are definitely creating good memories for those young ones.
I never played Chinese Checkers with my Grandmother (and no great-grandparents were alive by the time I came along). But there was an elderly lady that lived next door to us who was as feisty as they come. She would often invite us in for a game or two, and she would pop popcorn for us to enjoy while we played. At my home we only ever had popcorn on Sunday night, so that was an extra special treat. This same neighbor lady also had a color TV long before we did, and if we were lucky we would catch a few minutes of brilliant color during our visit. :)

jude's page said...

Looking forward to one day having family here for a meal. Love your porch and hopefully things will settle for you as you move into another stage. Australia has been very fortunate so far, and our state especially with not many cases at all. Slowly things are opening up a little, but a lot of business can't function with 20 customers.

cityquilter grace said...

omigosh....lucy ann has changed sooo much looking more grown up...we are hoping for phase 2 by end of next week....fitness center here i come!

Tanya said...

So happy for you that you got to spend time with family and make new memories with the grandchildren... and continue the tradition of playing games through the generations!