If it was hot and sunny, which most mornings were, we would eat a quick breakfast of toast made atop the old wood stove, granny's scrambled eggs made fresh from her hens, juice and just a tiny cup of half coffee and half milk. Then we were off for the morning to explore and do whatever our hearts desired. We had an old log building on the other side of her fence that we (the girls) had turned into a doll house complete with a table and chairs for us to sit and have lunch if we felt like it. We kept dolls, dishes, lots of books and crayons there to keep us busy. We prettied it up with lace curtains.
But if it was a cool, rainy day, we spent much of it inside granny's clap-board house looking for things to keep us busy. She had a large summer kitchen with two tables; one large to serve meals and one small for playing cards or colouring. And the old wood stove was always full of burning logs; keeping us all warm as toast. It was on those wet days that she would fill the tea-pot and we would each pick out our favorite tea-cup from the floor to ceiling green kitchen cupboard and have tea with granny.
(This photo found in a magazine reminded me of her kitchen cupboard)
And, there were cookies; home-baked and delicious. That woman probably knew more about us kids than our own parents did because it was at these times that we would talk about our hopes and dreams and all the mischief we had been in up to that time. We had a lot of laughs. :)
I would give anything to have just one tea-cup from her cupboard today. My grandmother's house burnt down from an electrical fire back in the '70's. She was staying at my aunt's at the time. It was a very sad day for our family. But, I have these precious memories of my gran, her home and all those pretty tea-cups and saucers that she so kindly let us scalliwags use at tea-time. Those can never be lost.
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