Tuesday, March 20, 2007
In the comments Dusty Duck asked if I would do a quick sketch of grandma's place... with the garden on the side. So I've played around a little just to give a visual idea of what it looked like.
In the garage was where Fred's work shop was... lots of tools and things. They also stored the lawnmower, rototiller, saws, ladders, etc. Early on the agitating ringer washer stood by the door. The deep utility sink was close by. Wires draped overhead to dry the clothes in the winter. A folding wooden rack stayed in the house for use there. Not too much later came a bright automatic washer and dryer.
It was dark in there. The back of the garage was too dark to see any details, but looming shadows filled every corner. I just stood near the door.
I remember a couple of remodels. I can only imagine how small the original house must have been. So tiny. But when around five or so I remember a long living room and a semi large kitchen area with the bathroom at the back. Next, the 'large kitchen area' became a dining room (with large picture window looking out to the side yard), the bathroom became the small "efficiency kitchen"... with just a smidgeon of space added at the rear for an eating area. It was cramped! That's where Fred and I sat waiting for the next batch of homemade bread to come out of the oven.
Fred died many years before grandma. He fought several bouts of cancer, but the last one got him. About 15 or 20 yrs later grandma lost her mental capacity... not sure of diagnosis. She ended up in a nursing home. She wasn't there long before she checked out, if you will.