Friday, January 21, 2011

More Snow in the Valley and Other Things

The First Snowfall 
James Russell Lowell

  THE SNOW had begun in the gloaming,
  And busily all the night
  Had been heaping field and highway
  With a silence deep and white.
  Every pine and fir and hemlock
  Wore ermine too dear for an earl,
  And the poorest twig on the elm-tree
  Was ridged inch deep with pearl.
Snow fell during the night, covering snow that had already snowed during other snowfalls. By mid morning, snow was still snowing. 
Snow reports were calling for scattered snow into early Saturday morning, but that might have been a folly forecast. 
There are now blue sky and sunshine where snow had recently been. January has been a month of snowfalls in the valley.  
“Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough.”
Earl Wilson
Often (most of the time), when I've devoted time to sewing something for Little Gal - dress, pajamas, nightgown, etc. - she tries it on and doesn't want to take it off. Her very first Grandma made dress was a pink, sleeveless, summer type when she was about two. She refused to take it off and insisted on sleeping in it that night.
Picture 328
 At seven years old, she hasn't changed her ways. After unwrapping her green, fleece Grandma made pajamas on Christmas Eve, she put them on and was still wearing them the day after Christmas when she went to visit other relatives several miles away. She let her mother wash them, only to put them back on again.
Picture 480 
Last week, Little Gal’s mother and I made a fleece blanket, nightgown and robe for a little friend of Little Gal’s who had had surgery at Johns Hopkins in Maryland. Little Friend will miss the rest of the school year while she recovers.

Little Gal’s mother had to laugh after visiting her on her third day back home. She was wearing her new nightgown, and her mother said she wouldn’t take it off. Little girls are very much the same.

“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.”
Jeff Valdez
A Light in the Window – Jan Karon – Book #2 in the Mitford Series
Father Tim is back home in Mitford, and his life has become quite interesting. A wealthy widow is pursuing him, giving him the big whang-do, and construction has begun on Hope House, a place for the elderly to live in comfort and with good care, paid for by another lady of wealth. This lady of wealth has just discovered that she had a sister she never knew about and now has a niece that she’s given all her mother’s old hats to. 
There are several interesting characters in the Mitford books. Emma, Father Tim’s nosey secretary, who uses terms like “peedaddle” and “whang-do”; Puny, his bossy housekeeper, who gives him a lot of sass; and Homeless, a man living in a one room shack, who Father Tim finds he can trust and confide in. Many other likable eccentrics populate the mountain town of Mitford.
After a misunderstanding (the well-to-do widow woman created a problem), Father Tim and Cynthia are now a couple. When making up, he finally gave her the lip kiss I was looking for in the first book, At Home in Mitford. To his surprise, at sixty-one, Father Tim finds himself going steady. But the wealthy widow hasn’t given up - Father Tim will have to stay on his toes.
“Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, "I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway."”
Maya Angelou
Another week has gone by in the valley.


Ramblingon said...

Good evening my sweet friend! I so enjoyed this post. Little girls ARE the same, aren't they? I even recall my grandmother (and mother) making me gorgeous dresses and once I got them, I wore them to death till my dad intervened!!

Patricia said... know exactly how it is...I was surprised, at first, that she understood, while still very small, the "specialness" of having Grandma make her something...her reaction is always the I know it's universal...

JennyD said...

Hi, Patricia :) I haven't been online for a bit due to taking care of a friend, but today I realized I was still not getting updates for you on dashboard, sheesh. It's ok, I just came on over.
I loved this post. I was the same with my grandmother so many years ago. The only different was, whatever she'd made for me or given me wasn't just not taken off, I had to cuddle up in bed and sleep with HER overnight. I loved it. I had 2 wonderful grandmothers.
Loved the quote about the cats and the sled-pulling. Right on!
I was so taken with the descriptions of the Jan Karon book series that I put ALL of them on my wish list in amazon. If I ever, ever, ever get all this work done on my side, I'll order them and settle into a wonderful week or so of nothing but reading.
Really a super page you have and I enjoy it so much. I'll be back around as soon as I can :D

Patricia said...

so funny, Jenny...I was decorating a bedroom for the granddaughter, and an uncle told her how nice that would be...she told him, in a determined way, that she was still going to sleep with Grandma...
take care and stay rested as you care for your friend...thanks for coming by...

michiko said...

It was nice to seen your little girl and she is not little girl anymore:-)
Pat! you are special Grand mother
I'm sure you really enjoy be with her too, Loved to seen your little girl shows how much she has appreciate to you what made her beautiful Pajama etc.
Take care Pat,

Patricia said...

She is growing up, Michiko...that means I'm getting older, too...time doesn't stand still...

JennyD said...

Patricia, you know the trouble I've had getting your link to show on my page (lord knows why), anyway, I'm back today to tell you to go by my page and pick up the Stylish Blogger Award. You deserve it and I'd love to see it posted on your page. Just right click it and "save as" and then post to yours. :D

Patricia said...

Thank you, Jenny...

Admiral Hestorb said...

Mama, (what I called my Dad's mother) used to make me princess line dresses and I thought they were Princess Dresses!!!

Admiral Hestorb said...

Oops. I forgot tolog out of the cat's blog. This is Ramblingon.

Beth said...

My daughter was the same way when she was that age. I used to sew gowns and pajamas for her.I love the pictures Pat.
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marge said...

A little bit of everything, Pat...I love visiting your blog because I know there will always be such variety!
The poem about snow was delightful, and your stories about sewing--particularly sewing for a couple wonderful little girls--made me smile.

I can't decide which was more wonderful: the love and care which went into the creation of those Grandma-sewn things, or the smiles which they inspired.

Little Gal is lucky to have you, and your friends are lucky, too!

*hugs Pat bigly*

Patricia said...

Thanks for the information, Beth...

Patricia said...

Marge, you make good days better...