Monday, February 21, 2011

Here I Am!

Well, I didn't fall off the face of the earth this past week but did go missing for a bit. We got a call that my husband's 94 year old Uncle Bud passed away. My husband cut his business trip short and we went to Kentucky for the funeral.

Uncle Bud celebrated his 71st wedding anniversary to wife Garnet just one week prior to his passing. SEVENTY-ONE years of married life I said!

I have to share a very sweet story with you. I'm originally from the Bay Area, California and never left the state until my early 20's. My first big trip was with my husband to Kentucky to spend our vacation on a FARM. I mentioned I'm a Bay Area gal right? OMG....I had the best time and everything was new to me! The barn, a tractor, pond, cows, garden, lightening bugs, june bugs....oh the list goes on! I was fascinated with it all and loved it.

Uncle Bud and Aunt Garnet had a small little farm house and on the side yard were big shade trees that Uncle Bud would sit under and just whittle away while visiting whoever was over. This particular day happened to be his nephew, my husband. From the shade trees you could see both front door and side back door of the farm house.

One day Aunt Garnet hollers at me, "Come on Mary, let's go get us some potatoes." I quickly grab my purse and head out the front door. In the meantime, Aunt Garnet grabs her shovel and is standing at the back door near the garden.

The guys under the tree had a good laugh. Need I say more?

The photo above has nothing to do with my story but I wanted to share such a pretty quilt with you! The blocks are just 5". You can see more about this quilt here.

I haven't had a chance to catch up on blogs....I'm getting there.....thinking about you!

58 comments:

Candace said...

So sorry to hear about Uncle Bud, Mary. Sounds like he had a good and full life. May he rest in peace. Wonderful story - I laughed out loud!
Cheers!

Loris said...

Great story! I'm sure Uncle Bud will be missed. It's wonderful that you got to know him.

Tam said...

So sorry about the loss of Uncle Bud.
But it sounds like he had a wonderful life and also touched many other lives with his.
So glad you have those memories and thanks for sharing them with us.

Carol said...

Funny story Mary. Sounds like Uncle Bud had a long happy life. Garnet is such a pretty name. Sorry to hear about his passing. Nice to have you back, we missed you. Thanks for showing us this lovely quilt too.

Maureen said...

Sorry about your uncles passing. Great story! I've lived in suburbia all my life and dream of living on a farm. Love the pineapple quilt. Your quilting is beautiful.

gerridzimiela said...

Mary, I am so sorry to hear about your Uncle Bud. He sure was a lucky man, though, to be happily married for that long. Such a cute story you told.

Vivian said...

Your story is classic for city gal visiting the farm. You know we're not laughing AT you. We're just amused BY you.
I'm sure you and your husband's family all have special memories of Uncle Bud. He sounds like a very special man, and he will be missed.

My goodness! Those are skinny little strips on each 5" pineapple block. Lovely quilt and lovely quilting.

Darlene said...

I'm really sorry to hear about Uncle Bud - may he rest in peace.

Nice to 'see' you.

Irishgirlsews said...

Sorry to hear of your Uncle Buds passing, sounds like he had a long and very full life. Don't you just love the great family stories...they are the best.
Wendy

Sherry said...

Sorry about the passing of your Uncle but what nice merories you will always have.

Dawn Heese said...

Great story. Sorry for your loss.
But, WOW, 71 years. What more could you ask for?

Cindy said...

Good to hear from you in blogland, Mary.

Settle in home - relax and rest.

Allyson said...

Love the story. I grew up in the Bay Area also and was such a city girl until I came to Alaska. Life is funny. 71 years is amazing! What a treasured thing to celebrate. Sorry about your loss, but glad you have such sweet memories.

Amy said...

So sorry to hear about your husband's uncle. How wonderful to have accomplished 71 years of marriage.

Thanks for sharing your cute story!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, but it sounds like you have some very happy memories. Thanks for sharing the sweet story.

Lynn said...

What a happy memory and it sounds like you must have many wonderful memories of your Uncle. 71 years!

regan said...

71 years of marriage....that's an amazing couple....Bud will surely be missed by many....and I hope Garnet has family and friends near to help her.

Your quilt is wonderful....amazing piecing....must be about 3/8" finished strips?....Yikes!

Well done!

Pokey said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Mary. Your country visit story is adorable, I love having those kind of memories. He will live on in stories like yours.

I went with my then 70 year old Grandmother to get potatoes out of cold ground; she was carrying the hoe. We get out there, and she's swinging it this way and that, kinda like I would a broom. I get down and pick up the potatoes, and then say I'd like to swing the hoe. Well, she lifts it high and hands it over, and I practically drop it because it weighs a TON, and I can barely swing it at all! Grandmother got the biggest kick out of me thinking it was going to be light. I think she laughed at me for the next 3 hours...ha. ha. City girl.
:-}pokey

Sherri said...

I would have grabbed my purse to go get potatoes, too! I guess I didn't realize you were from Cali, either! Glad to have you back!

AnnieO said...

Uncle Bud had a great long life! Glad you got to share it with him and his dear wife. There is probably no way we will make it to 71 years as DH would be 103 then, but you never know, his mom is 92!

Cute story about the potatoes--and I didn't know you were a California girl!

Mary said...

Sounds like good memories of Uncle Bud. So sorry for your loss. Loved your little story City Girl!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Welcome back Mary and sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a special man. My parents were married 68 years when my Dad passed away last year. Seventy-one married years is incredible. I am a farm girl so I got a good laugh about the potatoes too.

WoolenSails said...

Sorry to hear about Uncle Bud, but it sounds like he was a wonderful man and his memories will live on in his family.

Debbie

Joyful Quilter said...

Sounds like you have great memories about a special couple. I'm a strong believer that no one is really gone as long as memories and stories of the person are shared. Thanks for sharing yours.

Salem Stitcher said...

So sorry for your loss. He sounds like "good people".

Pat said...

Sorry about Uncle Bud's passing. 71 years of marriage....WOW!!! My thoughts are with Aunt Garnet as I'm sure she is totally at a loss without him now.

Cheryl said...

I'm a Bay Area girl too! Dug up my first potatoes 2 years ago and had a blast!

Sorry for your loss. Sounds like Uncle Bud and Garnet had a rich and rewarding life together on the farm.

Barb said...

Sorry about the passing of your husbands uncle....what a funny wonderful memory...

Stephanie said...

I'll bet Uncle Bud had some great stories. Sorry for your loss. I'll bet you think of Aunt Garnet everytime you buy potatoes. What a fantastic quilt.

mickey said...

Thank you for sharing that sweet story! My condolences to your family for the loss of Uncle Bud.

Libby said...

Sorry to hear of your family's loss, but it's the wonderful memories like the one you shared that will carry you through.

Appalachian Quilts said...

Sorry for your loss. That is a great story! I'm from WV, so I 'get it'. LOL

A Plain Path said...

So sorry about your Uncle. Thank you for sharing such a sweet, funny memory with us.

Karen said...

Sorry to hear of Uncle Bud's passing. It's hard to believe he just celebrated 71 years of marriage!! Wow is all I can say!
I love the story of you shopping for potatoes.....in the garden! LOL. So cute, and you were so young. Such a fond memory for you !!
The quilt is beautiful! The Pineapple block seems to be a popular block right now. :0)

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I'm still laughing over that image! So sorry about Uncle Bud. But how wonderful to have been married for 71 years. Glad you're back!

Barb said...

sorry to hear of your family's loss. Great story.
I love the tiny pineapple blocks -

Quiltmama said...

My condolence to you both.
Wow...your quilt a very stunning one and i like it very very much and the colour and the quilting. Feel like doing one myself...Inspired truly. Happy quilting. Kind regards.

JCnNC said...

Unle Bud and Aunt Garnet would have been a couple I would have loved to have spent time with. My early years of marriage were with visiting great grandmother and granddaddy Kennedy where you had dorm rooms upstairs under wonderful heavy quilts (and an outhouse). We would wake in the morning to bacon and apples frying, homemade biscuits, and the smells of the country. Dinner was "going to the basement to get the jars of vegetables" and Uncle Bernard always bought the meat from the store with him. Oh, what sweet wonderful memories your story has brought forth. Thank you for sharing from Judy C

JCnNC said...

You were so fortunate to have them in your life for such a long time. (Someout the rest of my msg got dropped.) Judy C

Michelle said...

Sorry to hear about Uncle Bud...he's in a better place.

Bay Area? Funny because before moving to Arkansas I lived in San Jose...as much as I loved that city, I love it here more...go figure...LOL!

Sue said...

I am so sorry to hear of your husband's Uncle Bud's passing. I am sure he left a beautiful legacy of love behind him. Seventy-one years of marriage! Wow!

I got a kick out of your potato story, Mary! Too funny.

That quilt is just gorgeous. Haven't seen an awful one yet from your work!!

Lori said...

Great story! What a hoot!!

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like Uncle Bud had a wonderful, long life. What a thrill it must have been to know him.

I can picture the potato story in my mind. Too funny.

Beautiful quilt too!!!

Valerie Z said...

So sorry to hear about Uncle Bud. You have many wonderful memories of him and he lived a full happy life. Thank you for sharing your story about the potatoes-made me laugh and smile today!

Quilt Rat said...

Thanks for sharing Mary. Everyone should have an "Uncle Bud" in their lives.
You will always have those fond memories.

Wendy said...

That's a funny story. The quilt is fantastic.

Carrie P. said...

funny story. I am a CA girl too. so when I moved to the south I learned a lot of new stuff too. Mostly different foods which I love.
Sorry to hear about Uncle Bud.

Stephanie D. said...

Sorry about your uncle Bud, but was a great story!

Kim D. said...

So sorry about the passing of Uncle Bud. How amazing that they were married for 71 years. Thanks for sharing your story with us. The quilt is beautiful!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh that pineapple quilt is wonderful!

Quilts And Pieces said...

forgot to say the potato story is soooo funny!

Bari Jo said...

I am so sorry to hear about your family's loss...the story you shared was priceless! :O) Glad you are back - and glad you got to get away to be with family during this time. Wow... 71 years ... wow. :O) Quite a family legacy! Talk soon! Bari

Ariane said...

I'm so sorry to here about your uncle. But, thank you for sharing your wonderful story with us. I loved it. The quilt is just beautiful too. Hugs Ariane

Karen said...

Very sorry about your Uncle. No matter hold full their life was, or how long they lived, when they move on we still miss them.

I am a Coastal Near "bay area" girl. My cousin recently moved to NC. We have a few things in common...K

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Sorry again about your husband's uncle Mary. What a wonderful story - I was giggling here about you and the potatoes LOL! That's a beautiful quilt. Thanks so much for sharing!

Madame Samm said...

To all the uncle Buds' in our world and beyond...I had one too...bet they are pleased sew many cared...
great photo...

Michele said...

Sorry to hear of such a sad happening Mary. What a sweet story to remember :)

onlymehere said...

Just stopping by to say hi. So sorry for your loss and hoping that you're home and doing well now.