One of the main reasons I started this blog was because of my Grandma. She was always interested in what I was doing and what I was cooking so having this blog let me convey that to her. She didn't own a computer...each month I would print out every single post and mail her a package of my current life. When I would visit her or when she would write me, she'd ask about certain dishes I cooked or comment on where I had traveled. Even when her eyesight started going this past year, she would get out a big magnifying glass to read my posts. It tickled me to no end to find out that she actually tried some of my recipes.
It's her, sitting in her chair, that I think I'll miss the most. Though the chair might have changed over the years, the ritual of her sitting in it in the morning never did. She'd have her cup of coffee in that chair, maybe eating breakfast, but always looking out her back windows into her beautiful garden, planing her day.
Along with the other women in my family my Grandma gave me a love of books and art. As a child I used to spend time helping her in her library (she was the head librarian at OWH Jr. High in Davis) and I remember marveling at her watercolor skills (an art she took up at age 60). But it was her skills as a gardener that always impressed me most. Though she tried to pass on her green thumb, I have never been able to create the beautiful landscape that she could with flowers.
She turned 94 in September. Still feisty. Still wanting to spend her days in the garden. Still sitting in her chair having her morning coffee looking out onto the world with her trusty cat Mollie by her side.
Goodbye Grandma. I hope you knew how much I loved you and how much you'll be missed.