Day 334/365 SP With Grandma's Water Color

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© Andrea Petersen
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And the cow and the bear shall feed;
their young ones shall lie down together:
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

Isaiah 11:7
Yesterday I showed the mantle clock belonging to my late grandparents that was later passed down to me...Today I am showing a water color that belonged to my grandmother Bessie, but I do not know if she painted this one and wished I had asked her when she was alive..I do know she was an artist and painted many water colors when young that were destroyed when our house burned down in 1951. Some of her things were stored in a shed and this may have been in one of the boxes in the shed that was saved.

Grandma came to live with the folk's after Grandpa died. I have so many vivid memories of Grandma..As a child I remember that she wore her hair in one long braid before she went to bed. She had it cut and permed later.

Grandma had a love for flowers and could grow anything.. She was a great nature lover and could whistle like a bird.

She was a school teacher and taught all grades in Brainerd, Minnesota before she met Grandpa. She went to Normal for teachers training right out of grade school...

She taught her grandchildren some of the songs that were popular in her classroom such as "A Frog He Went A Courting" ...( Some sing it .. Froggy Went A Courting.)

Grandma liked to play the old hymns on the piano and her favorite hymn was Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere which she requested to be played at her funeral in 1961.

She was a left handed writer and her back slanted penmanship was flawless. She was an excellent seamstress and good at tatting and embroidering.

She became a Seventh Day Adventist and went to church every Saturday..Her belief forbid her to eat pork...She developed diabetes in her last years and had to go on a strict diet which prohibited her from eating sweets..She learned how to give herself Insulin shots...The diabetes killed her eventually at the age of 78 when she went into a coma.

The beautiful calendar on the wall is one of two calendars my sister gave us for Christmas this year.

18 responses

  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Beautiful!! :) Always treasure what means the most.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Beautiful, Andrea. I like the lighting and realism of this shot. Grandparents have left us such a legacy! I have my grandmother's Victrola (still works), a 100-yr. old mirror and some other minor keepsakes.


    JOE FAILK gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Beautiful painting. I hope your grandmother did indeed paint it!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    What wonderful memories!! Thank you so much for sharing the photo and the narrative. Wonderful!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (4 Jan 2010):

    Lovely shot, including the watercolor and the calendar. I love the narrative. My mother's mother also died in 1961. She lived on a farm, and she played the piano in church. We sang "The Old Rugged Cross" at her funeral. It was her favorite. The Bible verse you cite reminds me of "There Will Be Peace in the Valley," but the words are slightly different. My dad's parents lived into their 90s, and I was 40 when they died. The played a large role in my life. Thank you, Andrea.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Lovely read and very nice SP today. dp

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    This is such a beautiful SP Andrea! The lighting is wonderful. I love the water color. I think I would have liked your grandmother. Mine died on February 25, 2004. She died after a week in a diabetic coma. Thank you for sharing about your grandmother.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    What wonderful memories, precious memories, you have shared with us, Angela. I would like to think your Grandmother did paint this lovely painting. I think you are a lot like her. I lost my wonderful Dad almost 4 years ago. I miss him. At his funeral, being Catholic, we had the Ave Maria, and also How Great Thou Art, which is the #2 favorite hymn in the Catholic Church. The #1 song is Amazing Grace....not many people know that. Your photograph and story here are magnificant! You have done fabulous work today. God Bless!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    lovely story, thanks for sharing Andea. thats is a very fine painting.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    so memorable and thank you for sharing the story with us, Andrea!

  • Cindy Mikulski

    Cindy Mikulski gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Absolutely lovely, nice shot, and nice to know more about "you" thanks!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    What a lovely SP and reflection of your Grandmother, what happy and treasured memories you are lucky!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    What excellent keepsakes from your ancestors and you have such wonderful memories of them.

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    Thank you, Andrea, for sharing your wonderful memories of your dear Grandmother with us. I would like to think that she painted the picture that you hold. Lovely SP!

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    Beautiful!!! thanks for sharing

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    You have such a rich family history. Your grands were creative, and it is easy to see why you have such an artisti in you. This is beautiful, Andrea!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    A treasure for sure!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (9 Jan 2010):

    What a wonderful keepsake she sounds like an amazing lady, it would be great to know that she had painted it..

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