Today I attended the Lorain County Historical Society's Women's Association Meeting. I sure do enjoy getting to know these ladies. Our meeting/luncheon today was held in an historic home in Avon, OH...home to Jean Fisher.
This home is on Stoney Ridge Road, right on the street, Originally the Wilbur Cahoon House. Jean and her husband who was an Orthopedic Surgeon bought this home in the 60s and were determined to fill it with antiques. Luckily for them, antiques went for dirt cheap back then since most people wanted NEW everything and were so happy to rid themselves of vintage things (Jean's husband would look at an item they wanted to purchase and would estimate what type of injury and the resulting surgery would be needed to buy that item; quite a cute story). Jean has researched just about everyone she bought and is waiting word concerning one piece because the craftsman's name is on the back of a drawer and since it's American made, and if it does belong this this particular artisan it's going to be the cheapest, most expensive piece in her collection.
Toward the end of the little tour, when most of the other ladies who had already seen the home had gone to the kitchen to chat, I asked Jean if she had any ghosts. We had a very nice discussion about the spirits of those who had lived in this home. Jean believes as I do, that the spirits just move on from their mortal bodies but probably still have an interest in the home and in the lives of their loved ones. Her youngest daughter used to talk to a man, an imaginary friend, but who she named as one of the previous owners of the home. Plus one of her granddaughters mentioned rather recently that the room she slept in while visiting, the one over the parlor, had a ghost. I smiled and figured that that was probably true, too.
Jean and her husband had 8 children and below you will see that their silhouettes were all done by Wally Spatz...same woman who did Debi and my silhouette back in the day. Dr. Fisher died 7 years ago and Jean still cannot believe he's been gone that long already. She's 87. Imagine!
Today's refreshments were our favorite salad. We each brought one. I was so happy to bring mine mainly because with just Robert and me, there's too much for us to eat altho I have to admit I could eat a boatload of this stuff. I got this recipe from Gwen Miller who made it often. I knew it was old but during the food line, one of the very, very old ladies mentioned that it had to be the same recipe that her mom used to make...and it was. Plus she remembered most of the ingredients.
I had to take this picture...I always smile when I open a can of Corned Beef. Really! Who even uses this anymore? Sad because you are all missing out on some good stuff. It's not as easily found on grocery shelves but it is there. What I loved as a child was this key that is attached to side of the can, with which you use to open the can. But you must be careful and turn the key slowly because you want to keep it square with the can so you don't break off the tin.
I adorned the top because I knew I'd be serving this to ladies who know the value of presentation. It took me a bit to locate this recipe but I finally found my old blank book which I have written in recipes...long before the times of computer and computer recipe programs.
2 pounds seedless grapes
2 8oz pkg cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
Combine the softened cream cheese and sugar, fold in the grapes. Top with coarsely chopped pecans tossed in brown sugar. Wow! So very tasty.
All in all a lovely morning spent with lovely women. This Friday/Saturday will be the first of the Women's Association garage sales. The 'real' one is in September but so many things have been donated that Earleen opted to have a presale so the one is September could better display the items. The same is true for this one. Then on June 7 is the Association's Spring Luncheon and I was asked to help with that one as well.
I still wish that the younger generation could know, understand, appreciate the niceties of bygone era...which actually isn't all that long ago. I wish they would find such an organization and work with them. I always get such a sense of companionship, and openness with these ladies.These are women who are honest and know how to be pay their debts in the world. Who do not leave the general populace to pay for their mortgages, their welfare, their bills. They have worked hard and now I think they truly deserve to be spoiled. Jean said several times while we chatted..."I am spoiled."
I am also spoiled in so many ways. And grateful.