Wednesday, October 1, 2014

For those of you who know me, you know how I feel about my Grandma. She is by far the most amazing woman/ person I have known or encountered up to this point in my life. Her inspiration, humility, and influence have played a huge role in my life, and the way I think. She defines the words love and compassion to me. She defines honesty. She defines strength. She has bigger nuts than most of the men I have met out there, and makes most women I meet seem like spoiled rotten little girls. 

Virginia Spaulding with her husband Alfred Spaulding

Interview With Grandma/ Virginia Spaulding

Virginia Spaulding with her younger sister Mary Jo Baker

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grandma's Homemade Vegetable Soup

Virginia grew up on a farm in Kansas. When a family of 10 people have to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, meals become events. As one of the oldest, she was her mothers right hand. This is a somewhat simple recipe she shared with me on how to make homemade vegetable soup. I have been eating this soup since I was a kid, and I continue to eat it today. Hearty. Healthy. Delicious! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Interview With Grandma

I would like to introduce you to my Grandma. She has been one of the biggest influences in my life. When I'm feeling down, or questioning anything... I think of her and things always come together. She carries with her a glow... an ora, that radiates LOVE wherever she goes & whoever she comes in contact with. When I was younger, I used to get mad at the other kids for calling her As I have grown older, I understand now why everyone did and decided to put this together to share just how Wonderful She Is with whoever I can.

Born: November 13th 1930
Virginia Aileen Vandaway
After Marriage: Virginia Aileen Spaulding
Favorite Flower: "Gerber Daisy"

Favorite Color: “pink or purple, lavender, not purple purple.”
Favorite Food: Greek salad, ribs, and baked potatoes!”
Loaded? “Oh Yes!”
Favorite Animal: “Elephant”

Why do you like elephants so much?
“Because they have good memories, and are very smart! But they are scared to death of mice! Just petrified when they see a mouse!”
So if you were a mouse, would you scare an elephant?
“I don’t know… I probably would anyway.”
What do you want to be when you grow up?
“When I was younger, I wanted to be a truck driver! On a 16 wheeler, or an 18 wheeler.”
How did you meet Grandpa?
“I was working in a little cafĂ© in Harrington Kansas. Your Grandpa (Alfred W. Spaulding) came in a few times & built up enough courage to ask me out.”
Did he take you on a date?
“I think we went rollerskating.” (laughs…)
How long were you two married before he passed away?
“For 36 years… I will be with him again when I go.”
What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
“Scrub floors, and milk cows…lol I liked milking the cows because it would bring all the cats around. I used to ride this old bike that the neighbors gave me. It had no tires, so I rode it with just the rims.”
What are some things that make you happy?
“Working in the garden, growing and picking vegetables. I love to read… Still do.
Have you ever farted in the grocery store?
“Oh Dear! Yes. (smiles…) I would usually try to find an empty aisle out of consideration. Me and my friend Jean would let it go at the checkstand and look around like we didn’t know who did it.” (giggles…)
Do you think parents should spank their kids?
“Yes! Look at what has happened to all these kids nowdays… They have all been spoiled rotten! I used to spank you kids when you needed it! When you kids were younger, you used to go playing with my flowers… And I would say “If you kids want to play with flowers, I have some over there by the fireplace.” But those weren’t flowers, they were cactus! That’s how I kept you away from my flowers!” (giggles…)
What do you think Heaven looks like?
“I don’t know… And I don’t think anyone does for sure. God is looking down at the mess we have created, and I don’t know if it gives him a headache, or a bellyache.”
What can people do to make their lives better?
“Trust in God & be honest.”
Do You Know I Love You?
“Yes! (smiles…)”