Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Again,a new year

2012. I had the happiest Holiday season that I can remember. In 92 years I could conceivably have forgotten a happier one. From the time I was a child? No, there was not one. ( I never got the grocery store I wished for) From my teens? No, things were miserable at home. From my early years in America? No. I was homesick in a strange way. From the first and only year Sam and I had before he had to go overseas? We spent it alone in a tiny rented house with a cow who stationed herself by our kitchen window. We were happy we were together, but not Christmas happy.

Then Sam went overseas and those years were worry some. I remember one year we, Sam's family and I, spent Christmas with an aunt of Sam's and her large family. Auntie Aggie at the piano playing the old familiar Christmas songs. I sat with her on the piano bench holding a three year old little boy on my lap and there were happy feelings stirring in my breast but not strong enough to forget that Sam was in danger in Europe. So I think 2011 was the happiest.

What made the Season so memorable? It began at Thanksgiving time. Gilbert who spent that season in Colorado with Chris and Kate and Tory had given Anna, our first daughter, permission to use his house on the beach for our celebration. And then Jane, our youngest daughter, and her family decided to fly up from San Francisco. The party began early and soon the fabulous eating began. Jane is a good cook, her husband Tom is also and I think I have already told of Anna's and Steve's talents in that direction. And I added my old fashioned talents. When I got tired i went home to my place and they walked the dog, played games and found treasures the beach. It was very lonesome when they all left.

The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas was welcome. A little dieting, a little resting and a lot of knitting. I made scarves for all the females in the family. And then the baking began. Rye bread for the 'grav lax' (salmon) and cardamon coffee cake for breakfasts. Swedish Meatballs, of course. And then the family from Colorado arrived. Tory who had been stationed in Alaska (Coast Guard) came first. Then Gilbert, who immediately went fishing for Steelheads
in Morse Creek. (first legal date to catch them) He caught a big one. Then he went crabbing in the mornings and salmon fishing, They had so much fish, and I was invited to join them for most of the meals. Chris was so generous, I almost always left with a care package.

On Christmas Day Anna and Steve arrived for Christmas Breakfast. Chris's famous Christmas Eggs and coffeecake that Tory had baked for the occasion. (She is very generous with the butter and sugar and nuts and raisins. I hate to say it, hers is soo much better than mine) And then again, there were four of the best cooks making the best food. I felt a little guilty, but I told myself I had contributed to the hungry, both the Food Bank and The Salvation Army.

Yesterday the last departure before Gilbert goes back to spend the winter in Colorado.

PS I got the grocery store when I was in my late twenties. I made it with the old fashioned match boxes for Swedish matches. I put a little brad for the handle to pull out the drawer. I filled the drawers with sugar, salt, flour, and chocolate bits and I had eggs from Easter, small small eggs. The counter was a piece of thick glass. I had sundries and homemade brooms etc. Nobody came to buy anything in my store.


Ter-o-fla said...

What lovely times you must have had with family around!
It is so interesting to me to read about the different types of foods which people eat at celebratory times - there are many things in common from one country to the next. (spices, etc.)

I am glad you did finally get your store, and that you made it yourself may have made it more worthy to you! (even if no one bought anything...;) )

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Glad to hear that this was the best year, yet. Happy new year and best wishes for 2012.

Della said...

I am so glad you had such a lovely Christmas! Happy New Year! I hope it's a wonderful year for you!

Anonymous said...

I would love to see your grocery store! It sound so charming.

I'm so happy that you had a lovely holiday season and it's wonderful that you donated to charity during that time. If you don't know, I wanted to alert you to the fact that The Salvation Army holds anti-gay views. If you disagree with that, I'd encourage you to continue your lovely charitable donations elsewhere. You can read more about it here if you're interested:

Love your blog! It's so interesting to hear about what you've experienced and what you're experiencing now and I feel like your perspective is so fresh and new compared to other things I read. Hope you're doing well.

spirou said...

I also wanted a grocery store and got a farm instead !
I loved my farm, but like you I had to built my own little market outside the farm....Then Barbie came along in the mid 50's and that was that ! I got Barbie's kitchen with all the groceries though and new adventures began.....Christmas was a blast here too. Lots of fun this year, but the salmon came from Trader's Joe not from a river like you guys...

Liza said...

Happy New Year! Hope 2012 is as good as, or better than, 2011.

Anonymous said...

Isn't today your birthday? Hope it is wonderful!!

Ariel said...

I would have bought something from your store! Hah! Too cute. These days they have cash registers (which I got for my 2 year old this Christmas, but she's so fickle -- she'd rather play Make A Mess now that she's got the register).

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