For several years, I considered writing a blog called “What Would Grandma Do?” In our striving for a life of less consumption, less waste, less harm to the planet, I realized that my grandmother often made do: creatively solving needs for new clothing by sewing and mending; making her own cleaning solutions; growing, canning, and making food to feed large numbers of visitors; re-using everything she could; making gifts designed to please the recipients; and buying as little as possible. She was a wonderful role model, providing hundreds of lessons and examples. I’m grateful for my grandmother for many reasons, but her role as chatelaine of her two-bedroom, one-bath manor guides me now. (Photo: my grandmother, my mother, my great-grandmother, and me)
I am fortunate that my husband is such a good cook. He is always willing to try new recipes. People are often pleased by his creative presentations. We’ve been striving to eat as many meals at home as possible, and to eat as few processed foods as we can, so his craft is plied from scratch several times a day. You’re quite talented, Steve, and I’m grateful.