Saturday, November 21, 2015

From today!

I am sitting looking out my window at this!  I just can hardly believe it.
When we got up this morn, it was snowing big flakes but they were flakes that were almost rain or slush.  But time went on and it got colder and it is sticking to the roofs and the ground is white...oh, it is a winter wonderland for sure.  It is just simply beautiful beyond compare...the things that are normally dreary here take on a new life.

I have things I have to do but oh, how I wish I had time to just be out and in this.

Don't they make you feel all Christmasy?

They take me back to probaby my favorite Christmas of all.  I had a sister that was everything to me.  She has been gone a bit over 2 years and it is still hard to believe she no longer walks this earth.  I think she was special to each and every one of us.  To us younger ones, though, she was IT.

When she would come home on vacation, I would cry my eyes out when she had to leave, another brother would get physically sick.  I think with him, it was when any of our sisters came home and left, but with me it was just Fran.

She very seldom came home at Christmas, but I remember one time when she did.  It was not too long after she married, but before she had children of her own.  Here her and her husband came in with this gigantic box of presents. There was a purse, there was a necklace, there was a watch, and I cannot remember what all else.  But best of all, she was there.  Such joy!

I don't remember a whole lot else about it other than being so happy she was there, but I do remember a couple incidents.  One night she, her husband, and my brothers were playing cards.  I think it was a game called Tripoly.  There were chips, and there was always an extra hand dealt.  Well, I was not playing...I was sitting as close to Fran as I could get.

She started having me check the extra hand for cards she needed...and I would.  If it was there I would sneak it to her, and put the one she discarded back in the extra hand of cards.  I don't know how long this went on, she was winning, and her husband realized what she was doing.  No one got really mad, or anything, but they did quit playing.   I still laugh just thinking about it.

I don't remember whether the next day was Christmas or if it was two or three days till Christmas, but whenever it was, mom cooked a ham.  According to my brothers, we had ham before but this is the first time I remember having it.  And I LOVED it....every time I passed, I was eating a bite of ham.  And I guess I just ate too much....that night I got sick and vomited and vomited.

And I remember Fran getting up to take care of me, and telling mom to go on back to bed.  I remember her washing my face so gently with a cool wet wash rag.  And I knew everything would be okay.  Oh, how I miss that sister.


Small City Scenes said...

What a wonderful memory of your sister and family too. You are such a good storyteller, you really are!
Snow oh my goodness! We have frost here---23degrees. Snow is always so beautiful---well the first snow anyway.
Take care--stay warm and go play!

Gayle said...

We haven't gotten our first enchanting snowfall of the season but it will come----aaaahh.
I have no sisters but I relate to your family memory in my own way all the same.
And a card game memory. My uncle, aunt and grandparents were playing 500 bid. He told his daughter not to tell who had the joker. She walked around the table and piped up 'nobody has the joker'. Well then everyone knew it was in the widow----still funny after all these years.

Anonymous said...

Your snow-covered shots are so pretty, just glad it's your yard, not mine. ;) I still have work to do outside, plants to bring in before winter gets here. Heart-felt the emotional remembrance of your sister, Fran. Sending you a warm hug.

Sandra said...

the photos are beautiful and it does look like a winter wonderland. and it stirred up all your memories... great stories great memories...

DeniseinVA said...

Lovely memories of your sister Rose, thank you for sharing them. It certainly looks pretty with all that snow. I'm wondering when we will be getting ours. None in the forecast yet. Have a happy Sunday and a great week :)

CountryMum said...

It's snowing!! I love reading your about your sister. Beautiful memories.

Nancy Chan said...

Loving memories of your sister. Is it going to be a white Christmas? Have a blessed Sunday!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Gostei de ver as fotografias.
Um abraço e bom Domingo.

EG CameraGirl said...

Snow really is beautiful, isn't it? What great memories of your sister!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rose, My laptop is working this a.m. and I am catching up.
Your sister sounds very special; I know you miss her so much, especially at holiday time.
Your snow photos make me feel like it is the holidays!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

You have very special memories of your sister. I think of my brother like that...just little memories that make my eyes leak a bit...especially at this time of year.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week, and enjoy the snow!

genie said...

Sadly, my sister and I were never close. the 12 years difference did not work to my advantage. When I was in kindergarten she was off to college. It was my Uncle Edwin who filled the place in my life and in my heart that your Fran did for you. I adored him and he adored me...and he was so generous and kind to me. I cannot believe you already have a blast of winter. Please keep it and so not share it with us...hehehe. Love you...

E. said...

i love snow ... i hope you are warm. when the weather gets like that do you drink or make certain foods to make ya feel warm? or do you stick to your normal routine? i usually change it up - was curious about ya. ( :

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Rose, what a beautiful post sharing past memories of your beloved sister. God gives us these special people in our lives and the gift of them lives on in our hearts forever.
I know you miss her. Your snowfall is beautiful.
Happy Thanksgiving. xo