Last night, these all got washed and polished up.
My grandmother's Jewel Tea dishes,
Bits and Pieces of a set,
many of them chipped,
but such a nice keepsake of my Grandma's.
My Dad's father passed away at a very young age.
My grandmother was left with a
12 year old boy and a 10 year old girl to raise
in the 1940's when
single motherhood was not the norm.
She became a nurse
and raised them.
Later she would remarry,
later she would develop
what would seem now to be a
very early form of Alzheimer's Disease.
Long before any of us had ever heard of that disease,
she slipped away from us.
I was only 13 when she died.
She was in her early 60's.
I have so few memories of her when she was healthy.
Those that I have,
She loved to garden and was a beautiful quilter.
I can remember helping her with her flowers
I remember her reading to me in a seat in a rose arbor in her backyard.
After she passed away, my step-grandfather remarried.
His new wife never allowed us to have anything of Grandma's.
So the only thing of hers that I ever had was the baby quilt that she made for me.
My mom called one day.
She was cleaning out her basement and she wondered if I wanted this
old box of dishes that had been Grandma's.
If not, she was "putting them at the curb."
The GARBAGE curb.
After a couple of questions, I realized what she had.
THE JEWEL TEA DISHES!?!?!?!
She thought that was what they were.
Can you tell that Mom does not frequent antique shops?
Excited, was not the word when I realized that they were still around.
And so they became mine.
I love to look at them,
chips and all.
I think of how she must have collected them little by little,
from the Jewel Tea man.
I wonder how she displayed them.
Some of them, the more utilitarian,
are well used.
The casserole dish has been in the oven many times.
The every day sugar bowl is very worn,
the lid is gone for the good sugar bowl.
So many stories in those dishes.
I wish I knew them all.
You can read more about Jewel Tea
This was Logan last night
enjoying the new carpet.
He has not been feeling the best and
Jenn and Chris
had a trip to town planned.
Logan didn't seem to mind staying with me,
Tyler loved his time alone with Mom and Dad.
Well, until Logan started to look a little green.
and said he was sick(er)
I am not going to lie.
I rushed that little body to the bathroom so fast.
I know my first thoughts should have been,
"Oh, poor little boy, I feel so bad that you are sick.'
But, I am going to be honest here.
My first thoughts were,
"Get him off the new carpet before he pukes!"
No sense lying.
Plans for the day include
reclaiming my house,
Hope that everyone has a great weekend!