Tag: Grammy

Thinking of My Grammy

Today would have been my Grammy’s 105th birthday! I have a lot of fond memories of my dad’s mom, including her molasses cookies (her cookie jar was always full!) and playing the card game Kings in the Corners with her. I still have her cookie jar, but I don’t remember how to play Kings in the Corner.

Mabel Austin Gibson was an artist and left behind many beautiful paintings. This is one of my favorites:

She loved to paint birch trees and autumn colors.

Here she is at my wedding, along with my dad.

Happy Birthday, Grammy!

Thursday’s Treasures – My Grandmother’s Paintings

These are two of my most valued possessions, oils painted by Mabel Austin Gibson:

Country Lane oil by Mabel Austin Gibson

Deer in Woods oil by Mabel Austin Gibson

My paternal grandmother was a talented artist. I have a few books and sketches from her youth which show early artistic talent. But it wasn’t until after her children were all grown that she took a class in oils and began oil painting. She would never sell them; they were like children to her. Occasionally she would gift one of her treasures to a family member or close friend. When she died, we made sure that every member of my generation had at least one of her paintings.

My dad has two very large paintings, birches and fall colors (two of her favorite themes) and another painting of the Little Church, near where she lived and where I spent my first 10 years. Every year she would send out personally sketched Christmas cards to family and friends. I wish I had realized as a teen how precious her cards would be to me, because I would have saved them all. I do have many saved, though. Here are just a few (some of which I can see I need to return to my brother, as they are addressed to him!):

rabbit sketch by Mabel Austin Gibson

Rabbit Easter card by Mabel Austin Gibson

cat halloween card by Mabel Austin Gibson

Cat Halloween card by Mabel Austin Gibson

Robin Christmas card by Mabel Austin Gibson

Robin Christmas card by Mabel Austin Gibson

Pony Christmas card by Mabel Austin Gibson

Hall New York church program sketch by Mabel Austin Gibson

Hall New York church program sketch by Mabel Austin Gibson

This is the Union Congregational United Church of Christ church in Hall New York where my parents were married. Mabel sketched the church, which graced their program cover for many years (and possibly still does).

And here is a picture of my Grammy and me at my wedding in July, 1979:

Mabel and Karen at Karen's wedding

**Thursday’s Treasures highlights the small things that make my life a good life. It may be an item, it might be a book, it could be a song; whatever it is, it makes me smile and is therefore worth treasuring.