My grandmother liked Jergen's lotion, cling peaches in heavy syrup and The Tom Jones Variety Show.
What did your grandmother like?
|by Anonymous||reply 158||November 24, 2023 6:16 AM|
Fast cars, unfiltered cigarettes, hard liquor, and well-endowed 17-year-old men...
|by Anonymous||reply 1||November 18, 2023 11:26 PM|
Butter, heavy cream, candy, swearing, Lark cigarettes, Maxwell House coffee and Lawrence Welk.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||November 18, 2023 11:30 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 3||November 18, 2023 11:31 PM|
Corpse-like. Which was fitting, as both were corpses by the time I arrived.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||November 18, 2023 11:31 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 5||November 18, 2023 11:33 PM|
Vicks, going to Tandy's for needlepoint kits, and Lawrence Welk.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||November 18, 2023 11:34 PM|
Sugared almonds, a large glass of cream sherry, and making rhubarb and apple pies.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||November 18, 2023 11:41 PM|
Perry Mason, the Alfred Hitchcock Show, the Twilight Zone, and Lawrence Welk.
Ivory Soap in the bathroom. Palmolive dish soap in the kitchen.
Pepsi and milk, mixed together.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||November 18, 2023 11:44 PM|
Maker's Mark whiskey and unfiltered Pall Malls.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||November 18, 2023 11:47 PM|
Soap operas and tabloids.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||November 18, 2023 11:48 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 11||November 18, 2023 11:48 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 12||November 18, 2023 11:48 PM|
Taking dips in the Lady Pond.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||November 18, 2023 11:50 PM|
Paternal G’ma: Bridge parties, tomato aspic, driving 20 MPH on the highway. Heavy polyester dusters, composting, wire haired terriers.
Maternal G’ma: Jim Beam on the rocks, pall malls, pink camay soap, complaining about dead relatives.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||November 18, 2023 11:51 PM|
The Bold and the Beautiful
Talking on the phone
Collecting dolls. And playing cards.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||November 18, 2023 11:51 PM|
French fashion and negro cock.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||November 18, 2023 11:53 PM|
Fresca and vodka.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||November 18, 2023 11:53 PM|
Rose milk lotion, smokes in a cloth cigarette case that snapped at the top, fuzzy slippers, family.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||November 18, 2023 11:55 PM|
Coconut cream pie, skirt steak, and Freddie Fender.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||November 18, 2023 11:57 PM|
As The World Turns, Concentration, Jack Benny, Hollywood Diet Bread, cottage cheese
|by Anonymous||reply 20||November 18, 2023 11:58 PM|
Scotch and wigs
|by Anonymous||reply 21||November 18, 2023 11:59 PM|
Pond's and Nivea face cream.
Telenovelas and variety shows.
Family get-togethers and going out dancing.
Gossip. Always with the gossip.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||November 19, 2023 12:05 AM|
Gregory Peck, coffee, the CBS soaps
|by Anonymous||reply 23||November 19, 2023 12:06 AM|
Lawrence Welk, Orbach's department store, Market Basket supermarket, the song "Leaving on a Jet Plane", making melted cheese sandwiches, moth balls, Judith Krantz novels
|by Anonymous||reply 24||November 19, 2023 12:16 AM|
The Young and the Restless, playing cards, horse races, bingo, Michael Landon, the National Enquirer.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||November 19, 2023 12:18 AM|
Noxzema, smoking in private, leaving her light and radio on all night while she slept.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||November 19, 2023 12:18 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 27||November 19, 2023 12:34 AM|
A real bitch like me
|by Anonymous||reply 28||November 19, 2023 12:44 AM|
Arguing with my parents, liquor, and dragging me to museums.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||November 19, 2023 1:02 AM|
Ridley’s Believe it Or Not books, Aesop’s Fables, paint by numbers, the card game Rook, white people.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||November 19, 2023 1:19 AM|
Sucrets, cream sherry, bridge, the National Enquirer, Sara Lee pound cake, bourbon, Lawrence Welk, coffee at every meal
|by Anonymous||reply 31||November 19, 2023 1:23 AM|
Merv Griffin, egg salad sandwiches and Jean Nate. In that order.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||November 19, 2023 1:26 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 33||November 19, 2023 1:28 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 34||November 19, 2023 1:28 AM|
Baking, especially pies. As the World Turns (she was watching when Kronkite interrupted with news of the assassination). Going into the city to shop at Lord & Taylor. Cape May for a week in summer. Crackle glass. Nice paste jewelry. Buying me books. Making panna cotta for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lawrence Welk.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||November 19, 2023 1:38 AM|
Hmm ... I'd say my grandmother was anhedonic and didn't enjoy much.
However: Pond's cold cream, waffles, ... that's all I can remember, for now.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||November 19, 2023 1:49 AM|
Cigarettes. She died when I was 3.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||November 19, 2023 1:53 AM|
Five Day Deoderant pads, Jean Nate, Benson and Hedges...
|by Anonymous||reply 38||November 19, 2023 1:54 AM|
I never had a Grandma. My mom (she was a Grandma)..
Vanderpump Rules, The Kelly Clarkson Show, White Diamonds, Cheesecake, Barbra, A Star is Born (w/Barbra or Gaga), classy black men
|by Anonymous||reply 39||November 19, 2023 2:01 AM|
Honky-tonks, Motown, dancing (obviously), throwing big parties in her small house, men, loved everyone except phonies, Big Bang Theory but HATED Young Sheldon, Lawrence Welk and her shih-tzu, who I inherited.
Her dog and I were by her side, in her home, when she died this summer, and I am so, so grateful.
I miss the hell out of her.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||November 19, 2023 2:05 AM|
I’m sure she loved you too, r40.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||November 19, 2023 2:08 AM|
She liked Elvis!
|by Anonymous||reply 42||November 19, 2023 2:13 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 43||November 19, 2023 2:16 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 44||November 19, 2023 2:17 AM|
I’m not sure. Maternal was dead when over a decade before I was born. Paternal died when I was about 6. I only have vague memories of her before her stroke. She liked or pretended to like my silly dances. She liked budgie parakeets. She always named them Timmy. Even when there were two of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||November 19, 2023 2:17 AM|
The cheapest possible boxes of chocolate covered cherries, particularly those suspended in the cream (not clear) liquid.
The chocolate itself was like eating a brown candle.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||November 19, 2023 3:28 AM|
I was closer to my grandma than I was to my Mom. I miss her every day.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||November 19, 2023 3:38 AM|
Roasted chicken, sugared rice with milk for breakfast, Rouladen, pigtails and sauerkraut (She was German.), Rose Milk, the smell of men's cigars being smoked, bridge mix, going to Catholic Masses and attending Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions on Tuesday nights.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||November 19, 2023 3:45 AM|
Days of our lives, her children and church.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||November 19, 2023 3:50 AM|
Feeding her family (Thanksgiving and Easter she had a turkey, a ham, roast beef and more side dishes one could count), staying in the Ozarks (She was from Appalachia.), having relatives come stay with her for long periods of time, strawberries with angel cake.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||November 19, 2023 3:50 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 51||November 19, 2023 3:53 AM|
Ivory Soap, the Love Boat, church, and making ranch dip using cream cheese instead of sour cream.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||November 19, 2023 4:24 AM|
True crime books, unsolved mysteries, cigarettes, porcelain figurines, Christmas and music from the 40s
|by Anonymous||reply 53||November 19, 2023 4:26 AM|
Me, tea, English muffins, mending, going out to lunch, Brandy Alexanders, Lawrence Welk, soap operas, the Lennon sisters, being Catholic, the Enquirer, Soap Opera Digest, Tang, baked chicken, French silk pie, fudge.
She made the best baked chicken. I have tried to replicate it for years and recently gave up.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||November 19, 2023 4:43 AM|
Cotton house dresses, ribbon candy, canned peaches in a side dish every Thanksgiving dinner, pro-German sympathies during WWII and washing the mail the colored mailman delivered.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||November 19, 2023 4:45 AM|
Clipping her toenails while she watched Jeopardy (she always knew every answer), Salem cigarettes, Opium perfume, Wesson cooking oil, Edith Piaf, black and white cookies, barking orders at cabbies and butchers, taking over other people's kitchens, pulling off her "brar" from underneath her shirt when she'd had enough of it (waiting on line at the post office, on a subway...she didn't give a fuck).
|by Anonymous||reply 56||November 19, 2023 5:08 AM|
My maternal great grandmother was absolutely amazing. She looked just like Eileen Brennan as Mrs. Peacock in Clue.
She told me:
Always do a crossword everyday. Good for the brain. (Do one almost every day.)
Buy a globe. Spin it around and around. Let it stop on your finger. Then find a way to travel to where ever it landed. (She got me a globe for my 13th bday and I still have it.)
Don't buy into god nonsense. (I don't.)
If you can live by water, do it. (I do.)
|by Anonymous||reply 57||November 19, 2023 5:17 AM|
Her Bible (she didn’t like televangelists though), Michael Landon, Lucille Ball, her soaps (stories), Readers Digest. She loved it when I spent a night in her small apartment.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||November 19, 2023 6:08 AM|
Keeping an IMMACULATELY clean house, playing cards, Scotch whisky
|by Anonymous||reply 59||November 19, 2023 6:15 AM|
Peanut M and Ms
Word Search Books
|by Anonymous||reply 60||November 19, 2023 7:20 AM|
Homemade flower tortillas, Albondigas soup, bread made in an outdoor adobe oven, beef jerky, and lots of New Mexico chilies.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||November 19, 2023 7:27 AM|
French poodles, fur coats, luxury cars (German or American), dandelion wine, avocados, daiquiris, frightening antiques, playing the pipe organ at church (she was not religious, but volunteered to play).
|by Anonymous||reply 62||November 19, 2023 8:08 AM|
A real staunch bitch. Died with millions of dollars in the bank and didn't leave me a nickel. She was tighter than a clam's asshole.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||November 19, 2023 11:34 AM|
She probably liked dicks.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||November 19, 2023 11:41 AM|
Winstons and The Lawrence Welk Show.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||November 19, 2023 11:49 AM|
Body surfing and catching the perfect wave., her kids and grandkids, nice hats, cups of tea, the crosswords, the peaceful times when grandad was neither depressed or manic.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||November 19, 2023 12:37 PM|
My Grandma used Fels Naptha as a shampoo, loved cling peaches in heavy syrup, but she also loved Del Monte's fruit cocktail. She put milk in her tea, and she wasn't even British, and she loved to watch soap operas on TV then cry about the characters when she talked to her oldest daughter on the telephone after each episode. She made us "pennycakes" for breakfast and "sangwiches" for lunch. She wore fantastic hats for church with feathers and tulle and birds in them.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||November 19, 2023 2:21 PM|
The Kraft Music Hall, Stella D'Oro cookies, Sunday gravy
|by Anonymous||reply 68||November 19, 2023 5:20 PM|
Kool menthols in a snap case…cracking crabs on the front porch with cheap beer…orange juice and cheese balls to snack on during her “stories”…loved basketball and baseball…best cook in the family…long trips to the grocery store because she knew everyone…
She and I were the most alike. Then her Alzheimer’s reared its ugly head. She went to live at the nursing home. I knew she was sick with pneumonia and dying before they even called. I just knew.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||November 19, 2023 6:02 PM|
Old school Harlequin romances.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||November 19, 2023 6:05 PM|
Sitting in the kitchen on a stool near the heater vent, where she would chain smoke Marlboro Red 100s and read dime store romance novels.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||November 19, 2023 6:06 PM|
Family, animals and Days of Our Lives.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||November 19, 2023 6:10 PM|
She liked her soap operas, especially Guiding Light, I think; Freddie Fender, movies, a good Italian sub from Buscemi’s and she loved, loved, loved her family.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||November 19, 2023 6:37 PM|
Italian sub from Buscemi's? I wonder if that's actor Steve Buscemi's family.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||November 19, 2023 6:42 PM|
Frank Sinatra, Brach's Royals, Colorful blouses, Good Housekeeping, Frederick's of Hollywood, Publisher's Clearinghouse, Jeopardy, Oprah
|by Anonymous||reply 75||November 19, 2023 6:56 PM|
this is very similar to my Grandma's Sunday Church and funeral hat.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||November 20, 2023 12:12 AM|
R67, what a damn fabulous hat! Your grandmother had superb taste. I miss hats! Why did they go out of style?
|by Anonymous||reply 77||November 20, 2023 12:23 AM|
Bridge, books and a gin & tonic promptly at five o’clock.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||November 20, 2023 12:48 AM|
She’s nearly 100 and still alive - survived the Holocaust.
Was a very big movie fan and loved the Hollywood stars. Her favorites were Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor for the women. For the men she was madly in love with Montgomery Clift and Clark Gable. And of course, loved her some Babs later in life.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||November 20, 2023 12:49 AM|
Otherwise she loved cigarettes - still smokes too - kitschy patterned carpets, blood red steak (stopped eating after she had a stroke), and the Midwestern gay couple she was a live in maid for when she first moved to the States.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||November 20, 2023 12:51 AM|
I love your grandma, r80 r79. Where did she move from and when?
|by Anonymous||reply 81||November 20, 2023 12:52 AM|
I hated the Camay soap that I had to use when I visited my grandmother, since it was the only kind she bought. An awful memory of her is that she used to make me huge bowls of oatmeal and expect me to eat it all. It was like a serving bowl suitable for four or more portions. It hurt my stomach to eat so much of it. On the other hand, she is the one who taught me euchre.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||November 20, 2023 12:59 AM|
Anyone else's Granny love Pond's cold cream?
|by Anonymous||reply 83||November 20, 2023 1:28 AM|
Jesus, fishin', watchin' wraslin', going to church, blackberry cobbler, and grandchildren
|by Anonymous||reply 84||November 20, 2023 1:34 AM|
Couple of Freddy Fender fan grandmas! Love it! I wish my grandma was into Freddy Fender.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||November 20, 2023 3:49 AM|
Lipton instant iced tea. Cookies. Russel Stover candies, bridge club garden club. Cadillacs, although after grandpa died she kept the “little car” Romance novels.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||November 20, 2023 4:09 AM|
Champagne, chopped liver, and “I Love Lucy.” Lawrence Welk was for the goyim.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||November 20, 2023 4:25 AM|
PG Tips tea, Entenmann’s cakes and donuts, the ocean, Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show, Cashmere Bouquet soap and powder, gardening, church, family, crocheting.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||November 20, 2023 4:27 AM|
Polyester pantsuits, dyeing her wiry gray hair a flat brown, Conway Twitty and Charlie Rich. She probably had a Freddy Fender LP in there somewhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||November 20, 2023 4:31 AM|
My maternal Grandmom when I was 7 yrs old, told me I had my fathers' eyes, just not the 1 who is in the next room. She told me there is a whole lotta trouble coming your way, told me "you will survive it Michael" but don't give in to self-pity". Use your intelligence to survive, get them all back. Granny had a will of iron, smelled like rose water& perfect grey hair
|by Anonymous||reply 90||November 20, 2023 5:02 AM|
Maternal grandmother (whom we addressed AS Grandmother, which honestly was better than grandma or granny) liked: to travel w/BoomPa (yes, maternal GF). Books, movies, read Cosmopolitan up to the end at 91, loved Paul Newman. She was pretty cool, tho also a bit aloof and withholding so she may have had other interests that she kept to herself.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||November 20, 2023 5:27 AM|
My dad's mother liked "The Lawrence Welk Show" immensely.
She looked very much like Mrs. Khrushchev.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||November 20, 2023 6:22 AM|
R5 = Lauren Boebert's fetus grandson
|by Anonymous||reply 93||November 20, 2023 6:23 AM|
My Nanny called petrol Benzine. She took me to cool movies like Close Encounters. She gave me very sweet orange juice, froma packet to drink. She had strange orange bits in the corner of her eyes. She smelt like a Grandmother, and I loved her alot.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||November 20, 2023 7:01 AM|
Whitman's Samplers, Harlequin Romance books
|by Anonymous||reply 95||November 20, 2023 7:29 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 96||November 20, 2023 7:31 AM|
I had three grandmothers. Two natural grandmas and a step-grandma who was my grandfather’s second wife. I didn’t know she wasn’t actually my biological grandmother or that having three grandmothers was unusual until I was about 5, but I loved all three of them equally and they all loved me equally. Having a bonus grandmother was great. Losing three grandmothers probably hurt a little more than if I’d just lost two.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||November 20, 2023 7:36 AM|
My grandma believed in free love!
|by Anonymous||reply 98||November 20, 2023 4:02 PM|
We fought like animals when I was a teenager because my parents had her babysit me one summer. I was becoming rebellious in their eyes and they used my grandmother to keep me in line only it didn’t work. I got mad and called her a hairy bitch and told her to buy some fuckin Nair one time, I was hard to manage that summer.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||November 20, 2023 4:10 PM|
This is a loaded question.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||November 20, 2023 4:11 PM|
Giving and receiving thoughtful gifts, festivity and celebration, dancing, blues music, TCM, going to the movies, trips to the city, an excuse to dress up, manicures and pedicures, board games, Scrabble, shopping for clothes or decor for her apartment, museums, walks in nature, Seagram's ginger ale, Barnes & Noble, writing poetry, spending time with her family or her large group of friends. She was the most amazing person I ever knew. I measure myself and everyone I meet against her example, and we all fall short.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||November 20, 2023 6:06 PM|
R101 how generic can you get???
|by Anonymous||reply 102||November 20, 2023 6:35 PM|
Guiding Light, tabloids (especially Hollywood ones), the Dallas Cowboys, Icy Hot, rocky mountain oysters (I can still see them in her frying pan, gross), anything with sugar in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||November 20, 2023 7:04 PM|
She was born in 1880. She liked not getting killed in pogroms, working the Times crossword puzzle in ink and every suitor my mother had except my father.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||November 20, 2023 7:16 PM|
She liked to turn tricks and bitch at us.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||November 20, 2023 7:27 PM|
Paternal: Tiffany lamps, Georgia O'Keeffe pottery, antimacassars; Brach's Neapolitan Coconut, Royals, Chocolate Stars and Chocolate Cremes; Ivory soap, Pond's cold cream, early morning walks to Mass with prayers to St. Peter that we wouldn't get run over on our way, her rosary, large helpings of guilt, correct spelling and grammar, enunciation, sensible shoes, soft boiled eggs sopped up with dry toast.
Maternal (step since my real one died right after my mother was born): gossip with her hair salon customers, Life and Look magazines, Dreiser and Olive Higgins Prouty novels, Days of Our Lives, Impossible Pie, campfires in the woods, Studebakers, tea sandwiches and homemade potato salad heavy on the chives and olives, jigsaw puzzles, endless cups of black coffee.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||November 20, 2023 7:38 PM|
Why? Do you want to fuck her?
|by Anonymous||reply 107||November 20, 2023 9:11 PM|
[quote]She was the most amazing person I ever knew. I measure myself and everyone I meet against her example, and we all fall short.
That's very sweet, R101. My favorite thing about my grandma was that every single one of her grandkids, great grandkids and great great grandkids would say that they were her favorite. Her love was boundless.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||November 20, 2023 9:22 PM|
Half and half in her Sanka, Another World, imagining catastrophes around every corner.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||November 20, 2023 10:01 PM|
She liked Liberace, Judy Garland, cooking for the holidays and Oxydol for the laundry.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||November 20, 2023 10:24 PM|
Oil of Olay, Nair for her upper lip and nonstop judgment.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||November 20, 2023 10:31 PM|
Cooking delicious food, reading TV Guide and playing the slots.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||November 20, 2023 10:32 PM|
My grandmother only knew three words of English, but still managed to employ them to dramatic effect when play-acting true-crime scenarios with us kids.
Every pretend phone call to the police (she’d pretend she couldn’t find us during Hide and Seek) involved some permutation of “Help!” “Licorice!” and “Bye-Bye!”
|by Anonymous||reply 113||November 20, 2023 10:47 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 114||November 20, 2023 11:30 PM|
Peach cobbler, The Young and the Restless, and reciting the scripture of Jesus Christ in a King James Version dialect.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||November 20, 2023 11:37 PM|
She was like a big fart
|by Anonymous||reply 116||November 20, 2023 11:39 PM|
My nonna liked tending to her tomato plants, John Beradino who played Dr. Hardy on General Hosptial, cleaning with Spic and Span cleanser and shopping at the A&P.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||November 21, 2023 12:10 AM|
Wednesday night prayer meeting.
Taking down her bun and brushing her shoulder length silver hair 100 times before goind to bed.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||November 21, 2023 12:17 AM|
R114 Like grammy, like grandson.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||November 21, 2023 12:20 AM|
Paternal Grandmother: homeopathic medicine, Richard Nixon, Ernest Angley, and plastic/vinyl covers on all of the 'good' furniture and lampshades.
Maternal grandmother: Stella d'Oro cookies, Postum, and Readers Digest Condensed Literature.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||November 21, 2023 12:25 AM|
Lipton tea with a wee bit of milk sipped from a saucer. Cotton house dresses with big pockets. Hairnets. The A&P grocery store. Arthur Godfrey. Every old lady in Brooklyn had a crush on him. Making me a big bowl of pastina with butter or sugar and milk for breakfast before school. New York winters were colder than a witch’s tit but so much fun when there was a big snowfall.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||November 21, 2023 12:40 AM|
Winstons, Chivas Regal, movie magazines, weekends at the track, younger men (Don’t tell PopPop!)
|by Anonymous||reply 122||November 21, 2023 12:44 AM|
The Greek Orthodox bible, old and new testaments. She knew most of the passages by heart. Also she was very well versed in all the various church prayers and hymns and had a impressive library of religion related books. She would tell me parable and various sermons each time I saw her. She said she knew I didn't appreciate them as much as she did, but she hoped I would grow to like them more as I got older. And she was quite poor, but whenever she had any extra money she would donate to charities, churches and monasteries. She truly practiced what she believed and preached. And she told me I would miss her when she's gone. She was at least right about that, she was very decent person and sweet, and I do miss her. Her morality rubbed off on me but the the religion part. I am somewhere between an agnostic and an atheist.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||November 21, 2023 12:59 AM|
Pre-accusing her grandkids of crimes she only imagined we'd done or were about to do. My aunt and uncle came out for a visit from another state with our cousins to stay with her for a couple of weeks. We were in our early teens. There was a small mom-and-pop store around the corner that we decided to go to so we told grandma. She says, "Try not to steal anything!" as if she'd heard us plotting and planning to commit our crime. Another time we took her on a road trip with us and as we pulled up to the motel she turns around and out of nowhere tells us kids to try and act like humans. My dad snapped at her and told her we knew how to behave. She did that all the goddamn time.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||November 22, 2023 12:57 AM|
Dead birds on hats, miles of amber beads, worn-out cardigans, carpet slippers, a long red father boa for formal occasions, cigarette holders (she collected them), gibsons, sloe gin fizzes and triple imperial mint julips, canasta and euchre, carmine lipstick and nail polish, black driving gloves, her hideous Victorian mansion (which looked like Charles Addams designed a set for Busby Berkeley), her dog Malvolio, her cat Malifica (both were horrid), feeding the vast storm of crows that lived in the decaying barn, her 1956 Jag, which was mostly rust, ding marks and broken door handles, pointedly not-gardening, not-cooking, not-cleaning and not getting along with the neighbors (who were a fleet of upper-class nasties with Transatlantic accents an ocean wide).
She also enjoyed telling us about the headless demon that lived in the closet of whatever bedroom we were installed in that night. And how if we misbehaved, would eat us by jamming us down the hole in his neck.
We didn't visit very frequently.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||November 22, 2023 1:13 AM|
I just remembered another story, this time with a different cousin, her name's Denise and this is around the same time as my other story (late 70s). Denise's family lived in a condo complex that had a pool so we were over there all the time. We were done swimming and just hanging around the living room watching TV. Denise was probably 12 and chubby. She was sitting on the couch in her bathing suit and the same grandma was sitting next to her. Out of nowhere grandma points to Denise's crotch and says "I'll be you just TEMPT the boys with that!"
|by Anonymous||reply 126||November 22, 2023 3:11 AM|
Rijunite Lambrusco over ice, Salem cigarettes, Katharine Hepburn, and cooking/baking.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||November 22, 2023 4:04 AM|
That was my mother. Apologies.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||November 22, 2023 4:05 AM|
Paternal-she loved cattle farming, had cow decor everywhere, had a western saddle purse, and encouraged all of her grandchildren to learn to ride horses, made grandmas bread, such good tasting bread it was addictive, and make chocolate cream and banana cream pies, amazing thanksgiving cooking, giving each grandchild a thoughtful gift Maternal-also loved country living, was a sceptic about many things, very chilled out personality, could make amazing buttermilk biscuits, was clinically blind
|by Anonymous||reply 129||November 22, 2023 7:36 AM|
Lace dollies and tablecloths
|by Anonymous||reply 130||November 22, 2023 8:16 AM|
Wheel of Fortune
|by Anonymous||reply 131||November 22, 2023 1:04 PM|
My maternal grandma was far different she never had a bad word to say about anyone except this one time. I was seven or so and she was watching the news and as she looked at the Latina newscaster she sighed and said, "Eeee. Her hair doesn't even shine."
|by Anonymous||reply 132||November 22, 2023 3:04 PM|
LOVED to garden.
Her daughters complained later in life that she never was much of a house keeper, and from what I could tell she was cook of the fifties “jello mound and canned veggies” variety.
She also loved her family gathering around. It broke her heart when two of her daughters died
|by Anonymous||reply 133||November 22, 2023 3:12 PM|
R56, did she have wessonality?
|by Anonymous||reply 134||November 22, 2023 3:16 PM|
They were both dead before I arrived but I know my mom's mother liked Marlene Dietrich and Ronald Colman.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||November 22, 2023 3:27 PM|
Garage sales, going to the horse races, overfeeding her little dogs, game shows, Seinfeld, Golden Girls, Yahtzee, the TV Guide crossword puzzle, LaVyrle Spencer books
|by Anonymous||reply 136||November 22, 2023 3:47 PM|
Bridge, madras, Oldsmobiles and segregated country clubs.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||November 22, 2023 3:59 PM|
Charles is that you at R136?
|by Anonymous||reply 138||November 22, 2023 4:26 PM|
Good Nana (maternal) Shortbread cookies (hers were famous), 4711 cologne, mink, anything new she could buy us when they first came out: color TV’s, disposal, dishwasher, air-conditioners; her summer place at the beach (open house all summer long), groceries delivered from S.S. Pierce, and Caribbean cruises before people went on cruises. She bought her last Packard at 71, drove it until she was 85, and lived to be 95.
Bad Nana (paternal) was a bitch on wheels. Nothing my father and uncle (her sons) could do for her was enough. Like Good Nana, she was widowed fairly young, survived the Depression, and made sure everyone knew what a martyr she was: bitter and miserable and always complaining about something. She died, unhappy, at 66.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||November 22, 2023 5:30 PM|
My maternal grandmother was an absolute Banana Republic boss lady, she ruled with an iron fist, striking fear into everyone. Yet, hidden beneath that tough exterior, she had a soft spot for dancing the samba. In the 1950's come carnival time, she'd excitedly tell her eight kids, "I'm off to dance with my fabulous gay boys, see you during Lent, and you better be ready for church when I get back."
|by Anonymous||reply 140||November 23, 2023 10:49 AM|
[quote]French poodles, fur coats, luxury cars (German or American), dandelion wine, avocados, daiquiris, frightening antiques, playing the pipe organ at church (she was not religious, but volunteered to play).
R62, can you find any pics online to give us an idea of her taste in antiques?
|by Anonymous||reply 141||November 23, 2023 1:46 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 142||November 23, 2023 1:51 PM|
A full candy dish on the coffee table.
An endless supply of Chiclets in her pocketbook.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||November 23, 2023 1:59 PM|
mary engelbreit shitty arts and crafts projects
she hated pretty much everything, the meanest person i've ever known.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||November 23, 2023 2:10 PM|
My grandma loved loved Ric Flair
|by Anonymous||reply 145||November 23, 2023 2:26 PM|
Cream puffs. For some reason she thought cream puffs were the pinnacle of the baking arts, and would always order some from a local bakery(Termini's) whenever company was expected. If UNexpected company arrived she'd send me out tout suite to pick some up and smuggle them in through a side door.
Powdered perfume. She never could stand the liquid stuff, I believe her favorite was Lady Shulton.
Visits from family. She was the last but one of her 14 siblings, so seeing descendants of her relatives gave her much joy.
Clothes that fit properly. Every time she bought a dress or suit or blouse she'd take it apart and put it back together to her exacting specifications. Needless to say she was an excellent seamstress, and was a card-carrying ILGWU member from having worked many years in a local dress factory in CC Philadelphia.
Ivory™ Soap. In the kitchen, bathroom, seemingly everywhere. There's still a bar of it in the kitchen junk drawer, 40 yo at least.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||November 23, 2023 3:09 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 147||November 23, 2023 3:11 PM|
Looking after other people, baking and growing raspberry bushes! She cared for my dying uncle at home for as long as she could when she was in her 80s.
|by Anonymous||reply 148||November 23, 2023 3:29 PM|
[quote]There's still a bar of it in the kitchen junk drawer, 40 yo at least.
Time to throw out the Ivory soap, Bronze Age Gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||November 23, 2023 3:31 PM|
My grandmother loved the theatre and I was lucky enough to get dragged along.
She took me to see what was probably a really bad production of Mame at the CC Melody Tent starring Edie Adams. I was 8.
I remember my Dads' worried look when I would sing the score badly with made up lyrics.
I miss her, especially around this time of year.
|by Anonymous||reply 150||November 23, 2023 4:09 PM|
Bitching at others
Making service people’s lives miserable
|by Anonymous||reply 151||November 23, 2023 4:45 PM|
R151 Malcolm is that you?
|by Anonymous||reply 152||November 23, 2023 4:55 PM|
A little Manshevitz wine before bed, despite being anti-Semite, hated Catholics but wound up with 2 Catholic daughters in law, Mario Lanza (long after his demise), Lawrence Welk, Frank Fontaine on The Jackie Gleason Show, ox tail soup.
My mothers older sister never had kids (thankfully) but sounds like she would have been like the most awful grandmas here. Antimaswacrs, putting orange peel in everything, driving 40 on the freeway, having an affair with a married man for 20 years and then marrying him, coats with fox chasing it’s tail around the collar, running down anyone not present; thankfully her next door neighbor used to terrorize her with paranoid rants.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||November 23, 2023 6:59 PM|
Room after room of stuff like this, R141
|by Anonymous||reply 154||November 23, 2023 7:11 PM|
White carpeting, butter and whole milk, stouffer‘s turkey tetrazzini, Durkee Sauce, her flower garden, bridge, Seinfeld (I introduced her to it and she eventually came around to really liking the show), Himalayan cats, gin, and painkillers.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||November 23, 2023 7:58 PM|
R73 the Buscemi’s on Greater Mack?
|by Anonymous||reply 156||November 23, 2023 8:57 PM|
Wow, R154. That is stunningly ugly.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||November 23, 2023 10:07 PM|
That looks like it belongs in a haunted house, R154. I like Victorian furniture but less ornate and a much more cheerful colour.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||November 24, 2023 6:16 AM|