Yeah, two days later, but watch me ramble about visiting my Grandma. X3;;
Wow, she's doing so much
better! It was like visiting Grandma
again. Last time it had only been three weeks since Grandpa died, and she was really still out of it, but this time she was almost back to normal. She talked about decorating and baking for Christmas, and buying new clothes. She showed off her plants, which she always used to do. And of course, she practically threw food at me from every direction, but she's always been the kind to feed
I was so happy to see her like that again. ^__^
So let's see. The first day when Mom dropped me off, Grandma made us have lunch like as soon as we got there. She'd made minestrone soup (she makes awesome
minestrone soup!) and rice pudding, and while we were eating she was complaining that the rice pudding hadn't turned out quite right, it was really sticky for some reason.
She'd bought rice specifically for it, since it calls for white rice and all she had was brown (like it really matters all that much), and as it turned out, she'd bought sticky rice. And Mom just started LAUGHING. WTF, I was like "SHUTTUP." >>;;
I searched all over the damn place
a few months back for sticky rice, and couldn't find it anywhere
. Finally I had to go to a health food place and buy it at a really high price just to get some, and Grandma goes out and buys the cheapest rice she can find, and accidentally ends up with sticky rice. ARGH. WHY DO THE COSMOS MOCK ME SO??
Grandma laughed, too. >__>
But then she gave me the rest of the bag of rice, because she didn't like it and I was wibbling over the unfairness of it all, lol.
The next day, we went into Huntsville to get more rice (she needed "normal" white rice, and I ended up buying three more bags of the sticky rice for about $1.25 each), and we picked up odds and ends while we were at the grocery store. Then we went to the salvation army to poke about for ponies, and managed to find two. Both of them had horrible hair that was a pain to hack off, but other than that they were in really good condition. <3
Oh, and we went to the dollar store where I bought ribbon and some misc. things to send in the next round of P.O.S. boxes~
That night Grandma went out to play yuchre (or however you spell it) at the seniors center, and I watched Standoff
while she was gone. I was glad to sit and watch tv by myself. She had a really hard time in the beginning, because she'd just always spent her time at home with Grandpa, and without him around she had no one to pass the time with, and was really lonely. I'm glad she's getting out more, to play cards and to bazaars and things like that.
And she's taking a computer course! She's all excited about learning how to create folders and cut-and-paste text, and it seems weird to me because those type of things are practically second nature... but she's never had a computer before, and Uncle Alec just gave her one of his (he has several >>;) a couple of months ago. So she's set about learning how to use it. :)
The day after that, Grandma made date squares, because they are my favorite. =3 And also because we were discussing it, and I was saying that I'd tried to make them last year at Christmas time and failed miserably, and I didn't know why. It turns out I was using a pan that was hugely the wrong size. ^_^;;
So when we figured that out, she started digging through her cupboards for a pan to give me, and we ended up going through all of her immense collection of baking utensils/pans/whatever for about three hours. By the time we were done, the cupboards were empty and everything was spread out over the floor. She was having so much fun showing everything off, I couldn't bring myself to stop her. XD;;
Then she have me a cake pan and a muffin pan, and some cookie sheets, and a bamboo steamer and a slow cooker and other odds and ends. >^-^;; I always leave Grandma's with way more stuff than I go there with...
That night was Bones
(which I cried like a baby over, by the way), Criminal Minds
and CSI: New York
Then the day she took me home, we stopped on the way in Gravenhurst to visit Giant Tiger and the salvation army there
. At GT I ended up with a bunch more odds and ends... and Map-O-Spread to send to smoulderedtears
, yey! Then at the salvation army I got TONS of ponies for about $5! 14 or 15 of them, I think. ^____^ Plus the lion with the wings and the crown from the movie back in the 80's, whose name I don't remember. We lucked out there!
And while I was at her place, I poked through her recipes and picked out a bunch that I wanted, mostly to send to cat_mcdougall
, since she asked so nicely in her Christmas wishlist post.
I already have a gift for her, but I feel the need to share some of my childhood favorites!
Ah, and Grandma send me home with some Pumpkin Chip Muffins to try. Pumpkin with chocolate chips. |_|; They were alright. Pretty different, but good. ♥
All in all, it was a good visit, and made me feel really good. I'm not nearly so worried about her anymore, and after I talked to Mom about everything neither is she.
But I noticed something creepy on Wednesday night. Grandma was ticking away at the computer in the back bedroom, and I was watching tv... and there's this clock that Grandpa got for Christmas last year sitting on the shelves. It was SUCH a pain in the ass to set up, but with a tremendous group effort we did manage to get it working.
And I noticed it wasn't running.
The hands had stopped at 4:45, which is the time in the morning that Grandpa died, three months ago.