Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Grandma's Journal of "Lotsa"...

 In a simple 6" x 9" brown mailing envelope with my name written on it is a gift of timeless treasure from my beloved Grandma.  Grandma was left handed and very creative.  This was her writing at age 82. Inside this plain envelope is the following...
 A journal of tips created by Grandma herself. This sticker is very vintage and has my favorite blue color on it.  The gold frame around the flowers is very old world dimensional gold relief.
This is the title page of her journal that she left for me.  Wow I cannot believe it is already 14 years since she created this.  
 Here is her description of why and what she put into this little journal.  Grandma loved to type.  She would sit at a metal typewriter stand with her manual typewriter and type letters to her friends.  At 82 it was easier to type than to hand write.  Her fingers and hands had arthritis and would get cramped and painful.  Somehow she continued to knit and crochet to keep her hands busy.
I believe if you click on the photos they will enlarge so you can read the words.  Here is a tip in her little book that I can honestly say I have never tried:
Tennis Balls...When they lose their bounce, wrap in foil and bake in 200 degree oven for 20 minutes.  I am not certain I would try this nowadays.  So many variables may have changed.  
This is my late addition to Memory Lane Mondays and I am linking to Brynwood Needleworks.
It is no surprise to any of my followers that I often go back to a memory that includes my beloved Grandma.  She was such a special lady and I am so fortunate that I was able to learn from her and I continue to learn from her via her thoughtful ways she gave me so much.
Here is a special thought from a page in this journal...
"Just for today I will be unafraid.  Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe that as I give to the world...so the world will give to me."
I will be certain to pass this journal on to my daughter and so it will continue to give for generations.
Thank you Donna for this wonderful Memory Lane we can travel down.
Our weather is grey, cold and very wet.  Will it snow?  I don't know but it certainly is cold and dreary.
May your week be wonderful...


  1. This is wonderful Sherry. To have memories of your loved ones. I never met either of my grandmothers. My mom has spoken about them to us. i did meet my moms dad but only for a month. He passed about 6 months later.
    TFS> ANA

    Your package is ready. Will be going to the post office in the morning.

  2. Oh Sherry. How precious to have your Grandmother's handwriting and some personal notes and tips from her. Seems like my mother's favorite saying to me was "I'll give you a little tip." I must admit I often inwardly rolled my eyes but I know it was meant well, if not always appreciated. Now my Dad, he liked to type. Wonderful memories.

  3. Sherry, what a wonderful journal to have! That your grandmother created it just for you makes it a priceless treasure. Hugs

  4. How wonderful to have such a beloved journal from your Grandma and even more special that your passing it on to your daughter!
    It must be a remember Grandma kind of day.
    hugs Lynn

  5. What a treasure! How sentimental and dear this is to your heart, I can tell. It kinda makes me mushy. Grandmas...aaah! I bet your Grandma was fun to be with and told good stories...

  6. How absolutely amazing is this! What a treasure...I am a little jealous I will never have the benefit of enjoying such a treat from my own grandmother.

  7. This is a real gem Sherry, as you know. I'm going to have to try the peeling the strip off one side of a potato. I wonder, do you still have her typewriter?

  8. You have the best keepsakes....from dolls to hand written notes from grandma!!! Lovely!

  9. I love these treasured pieces from your grandma.Those old tips are so useful.I am a collector of those too. We have a wonderful woman(her father was a chemist), and she is a conservator, and she's often on the radio answering q's on how to remove all sorts of stain.Her name is Shannon Lush.She has a shoe deodoriser that is magic.Just look up her name and type in "shoe frou".
    Thanks for sharing this envelope of treasures.

  10. Oh Serry, what a beautiful treasure to have.

  11. SSD, your posting brought a tear to my eye (and not because of the onion tears your dear Grandma wrote about!) What a special keepsake, one to treasure always. Thanks for sharing xx

  12. Hi, thank you for all your comments on my blog.
    I tried several times to email you but each time, my mail comes back because it is undeliverable.
    I don't know what is going wrong.

  13. So nice to meet you Sherry... What a wonderful keepsake... Something to treasure always.
    Thank you for entering my giveaway..

  14. Cold wet and dreary here too but this post is a little bright spot for us all.
    What a lovely book your Grandma made for you. I love that she typed it all out - and yes, if you click on it, it is easy to read. Such a delightful and inspiring treasure... thank you for sharing it.

  15. What priceless treasures and happy memories, enjoyed reading this so much!

  16. What a special gift to have. You must have meant a lot to her.

  17. I NEVER EVER WANT TO GROW UP AND GROW OLD. YOUR GRANDMA TOOK her age and created the YOUTH OF CREATIVITY to help her continue on HER CREATIVE PATH. WHAT AN INSPIRATION! At that age, when many people give up, but she kept her thoughts FLOWING!!!

    Thank you so much for your kind comments to me yesterday. This will be a very challenging but productive summer for me as I will have the freedom to be away from my own classroom and venture into my STUDIO and writing cubby, where I belong.

    ENJOY LIFE! Anita

  18. This is priceless and she truly must have treasured you.
    I hope your weather has improved. Ours has turned back to heavy rain.

  19. What a beautiful treasure, Sherry.
    Grandmothers can be such an inspiration to us, they are all of the love and nurturing of Mothers without the the rules and disipline. I gained my love of gardening from my one Grandma and I like to think my tender heart and love of family from my other.
    hugs and JOY,

  20. This is such a treasure. I love it.

  21. Sherry- this is an incredible legacy that your grandmother left for you! Her words and thoughts- so beautifully compiled-- this is priceless. You are so very lucky that your Grandma planned ahead to make this beautiful book for you. It is worthy of being passed on for generations to come. Take good care to preserve it--


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