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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"K" is for Kindergarten, Knitting, and ????

Welcome to another Alphabe-Thursday hosted by Mrs. Matlock. Our assignment this week is the letter "K" so skip on over to Mrs. M's blog to view other "students" who submitted "K" papers for your entertainment and for Mrs. M's approval.


This first photo is of a book that my mother saved from my kindergarten year. I seemed to have mastered my 8's but not my 9's. I must have learned how to make my 9's properly somewhere along the line because I taught school for 31 years!


My mother is 95 years old and she can't see too well anymore. However, when she was younger (in her 60's, 70's, and 80's) she would knit almost all day long! She knit sooooo many things that I can't even list everything on a blog. Since it is almost Easter, I thought that I would include her rabbits and a cute elephant that she won 3rd place for at the Arizona State Fair.

Katy Keene
Since I had paper dolls in my last blog, I thought that I would include my Katy Keene paper dolls in this blog and get extra points from Mrs. Matlock for a double "K" photo! Only kidding, Mrs. M.!

my best "K" by far

Here is a photo of my daughter, Karen, as a baby. She had the most beautiful blue eyes then and she continues to impress people with her eyes today.

Karen and Joe pose happily for their engagement photo.

Karen on her wedding day in 2006. I feel closer to Karen now then I ever have. I can honestly say that she is not only my beloved daughter, but she is my friend as well. We talk on the phone several times a day and giggle about the antics of my two precious grandchildren, Brandt Joseph and Lillian Sarah.


Here is the kitchen in my daughter's dollhouse. I like the spice rack, clock, bread, mops and watermelon. The Coke bottle isn't the right scale but at least it belongs in the kitchen!

This is a favorite photo of my grandma, Rose, as she stirs sugo (Italian sauce) in her kitchen in Rockford, IL. I remember eating many meals in this tiny kitchen when I was younger, and I hold on to so many memories of my grandmother baking and cooking so many delicious things on this old stove.
In keeping with this kitchen theme, here is my mother's kitchen bible from 1938. You can see that she used it quite a bit.
Here is my first cookbook. I'm sure that I made some dishes following the simple recipes in this kitchen cookbook, but to this day, I HATE to cook. My grandmother taught my mom and aunts how to make delicious Italian food, and my aunts apparently shared this knowledge with my cousins. My cousins love to cook and they are great cooks...I must have missed the cooking gene somewhere along the line. I'm so thankful that my husband loves to cook and experiment with recipes. My daughter likes to cook and bake and she often calls my husband if she has any questions about a recipe. When Karen was a child, she went screaming out the back door to her dad saying, "You've got to stop her; she's trying to make chocolate chip cookies". Of course she was talking about me!

Well that wraps up my "K" assignment. Visit other "K" stories and enjoy your day.
This is linked back to Alphabe-Thursday for the letter
I apologize if some of these photos look familiar as I have used a few of them before in other posts~~~~~~~~


Vicki said...

WOW, great K pictures and memories! I remember the cook book you had (o:
Beautiful Karen too...

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Awwwwwwwwwwww I love all your 'k's' and i think my fave is your alphabet book u have from kindergarten! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

mbkatc230 said...

What a great K post. Lots of fun memories. I love the picture of your grandmother in the kitchen, I can almost smell that sauce! Kathy

Julie Schuler said...

This is such a fantastic post. There is so much I love. The knitted elephant, the picture of your grandma, the vintage cookbooks... two thumbs up!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

What a beautiful daughter!

I love that you still have that work book from school. I have a paper one of my son's did and he wrote just about every letter backwards. He too must have learned the correct way somewhere along the line. The dollhouse kitchen was adorable and your mother's knitting was wonderful. Great post!

5thsister said...

i adored this K post! the best part is looking back upon your life! I can see you were a rebel and all with your backwards 9's!

you have a beautiful daughter, btw.


I always love seeing your childhood treasures that your sweet mama kept for you.

Steph said...

Oh you have some many wonderful vintage K things. I missed out on the cooking gene too:(. Your daughter is just lovely, and the photo of your grandmother is so special. What a neat post! Thank you.

laterg8r said...

love those knitted bunnies :D

Jenny said...

I love that you your sentimental streak.

It is lovely.

Your family is so fortunate to have you as a keeper of the past.

Your Mom is very talented. The elephant is adorable.

Your school papers, the cookbooks...and that beautiful, beautiful daughter of hers.

She does have striking eyes.

Thank you for adding your lovely K post to our Alphabe-Thursday.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here this morning.


Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Your K-words are wonderful! I love all of your photos but especially the "nine's" from your KINDERGARTEN workbook! What super memories!!!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Love the picture of Grandma in the kitchen. I only have a few photos of my grandmother, but I treasure them!

Catherine said...

Love your K post and pics! :)

Mimi said...

Hi Loretta!!!!
So nice to meet you last Sat.!!!! It was such a fun time, and I am so glad i met all of you ladies and got to know your story about blogging!!!!I cannot wait til our next one!!!!
I love that ALphabet post, I would love to join in on that one, I will have to go over and check in for school!!!!!
I am so behind(funny, I know ) from my Colon-----that dreaded procedure I had done on Monday, it has taken me all week to get caught up, I was sooo cranky, hungry had a headache for 3 days!!!!!
Happy Easter
and look forward to reading more of your blog

Anna said...

Wonderful "mini-biography-family-history" with "K" as a starting point. Love it!
The doll house kitchen with the coke bottle is a nice touch.
Best wishes,

Jo said...

wonderful K post, I adore those paper dolls and all of your family memorabilia!

Patti said...

now this was a very nice but very funny K post!!

Christy said...

I especially love the picture of your grandmother - and your mom's cookbook, what great memories and I am sure great meals! Hmm authentic Italian sauce.

Linda said...

Such a fun K post! You have lot's of "K's" in your life but none more precious then Karen...she is beautiful.

Linda @ A La Carte

My name is PJ. said...

Yowza! That was a touching post! I adored every shot! I can't believe you have a saved kindergarten paper!!!

Love your mom's knitted animals, the photo of your grandma (who looks like a lot of fun) and the photos of your daughter!!

Just beautiful!!

Megan said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your mother's knitting! That is SO neat. I...sadly...can only knit in a straight line. So I have tons of cutesy scarves. Someday I would like to take a knitting class and possibly expand on my knitting capabilities. Until then...I be here...knitting a scarf. :-)

Thanks for sharing your memories!

Anonymous said...

TAHNKS FOR YOUR SHARING~~~VERY NICE.................................................

Nadeen said...

You've made me curious. I think I have the same kitchen Bible on my shelf. Mine isn't as ragged from use. My ragged one is a Betty Crocker Bible, all taped up and food stained from cooking over it. Just used it last night for a supper reminder.

Beautiful daughter!
Great knitting
Fun post!

mub said...

LOVE this post!

I thought I'd figured out letters pretty well until I moved to The Netherlands and they write their 9's like you see on the computer except half the time they look like lower case 'g' instead! Endless confusion *L*

I can see why you like the spicerack in the dollhouse kitchen. It's awfully cute =D

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

What a fun, fun K post you have here!

It was fun to see your kindergarten 8's and 9's ;o)
And I love your mom's knitted kreations! especially the elephant! (I have the one and only thing that I ever knitted shown in a picture on my post! Whew! I am in awe with those that knit...I can crochet, but as far as knitting...I learned as I went with the knitted sleeper I did for our older daughter...needless to say, I feel like I better frame that little sleeper! haha

Pretty Kool that you scored with the double K paper doll.

and I agree- your Karen has gorgeous eyes! What a beautiful daughter!

And what wonderful Kitchen photos too! Great memories that go with them.

Blessings & Aloha!
(ah! I'm tardy again! Thank goodness Jenny is so now I am trying to catch up with the K posts before it's already time to get the L posts going!) (I'd love if you get a chance to stop by :o)

alpapito said...

You do have cute and sweet kitchen and the good thing is I've noticed it is organized because of the kitchen cabinets and the Spice Rack. Nice Place.