This is Amy, Granny's daughter. I have had a couple of requests for an update on Granny's family, for those of you who got to know us through her writings and photos, so in honor of her birthday yesterday, here it is.
Since losing our beloved Mother/Grandmother/Wife, we are all adjusting fairly well. For those of you who've lost a parent, you know the saying "life goes on" is true to it's word, but I must say it just isn't quite as sweet without having her to share it with. Almost 9 months later, I still find myself picking up the phone to call her, or wanting to send her a photo on the computer. We (the kids) have all been taking good care of Mr. Granny, as well as the new additions to our families. We've added 2 new great grandchildren to the crew! Granny would have eaten them up! You all know she loved those babies.
Scott, Amy, Shannon, John & Mr. Granny.
The grandkids (and significant others) & great-grand kids with Mr. Granny.
Alicyn (Amy's daughter) has taken up Taekwondo and is working towards getting her
green belt next month.
Granny would have been so proud (and slightly scared) of her!!
She also stared kindergarten!
Alicyn turned 6, and Amaya (Amy's granddaughter) turned 1!
The family welcomed Madilyn Grace. (Shannon's granddaughter)
And in January 2015
We welcomed "Little" Jack (Amy's grandson & Amaya's little brother)
Hope you all enjoyed it.
We are currently preparing for our annual Super bowl party, and Granny's presence will be greatly missed. I'm sure she'll be cheering from beyond...
I would like to thank each and every one of you in the blogging world for all your kind words, thoughts and prayers over the past couple of months. My Mother truly loved her blog family, and all your support before her passing meant so much to her. My family will forever be grateful to all of you, her friends, for bringing her such happiness over the years. Please continue to pass on her knowledge as her words live on through her blog, and GARDEN FOR GRANNY forever!
Thank you again, Amy
Carol L. Hattrup passed away peacefully on May 7, 2014 after battling cancer with her family by her side.
Carol was born on January 26, 1939 to Ethel P. Rowden (Morefield) and Harry E.W. Forge, in Lewiston, Idaho. She married R. John Kunze in 1956, and had 2 sons, the youngest being born just days after her husband's death in 1959. In 1962 she married John (Jack) Hattrup, and together they had 3 more children. Jack’s job took them to Baker Oregon, and then Walla Walla Washington, before settling in Pasco in 1974, where they built their business and raised their family.
Carol was an avid gardener, blogger, talented artist and a lover of music, but first and foremost a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved step-father, H. Fred Morefield and son Richard Kunze. She will be greatly missed by those who survive her; husband Jack, of 52 years, sister Cristy Palmer (Jim), sons R. John Kunze and Scott Hattrup, daughters Shannon Hattrup and Amy Davis (Bryan), grandchildren Shawn, Jared, Shayna, Alicia, Ethan, Sierra, Kevin and Alicyn, and great grandchildren Carter, Cambri, Remington, Bryson and Amaya.
At her request, there will be no service. I'm not ready to say goodbye, but I'll wipe my tears and dry my eyes, for you'll live on in all we do, as each of us is part of you. And much like the seeds in the gardens you've grown, your words have been planted, your love has been sown. I'm not ready to say goodbye, but I'll go on, and I'll survive, for with each spring blossom, each laugh and each tear, I will think of you always and know that you're here. Amy Davis
Hang in there, because I'm having some really big problems even running the computer this morning. I'll have Amy post the rest of this blog entry for me to try to explain....
This is Amy.
Granny's just not able to make things work this morning. A couple of days ago she took a pretty big spill and landed right on the back of her head. Since then she has had trouble keeping her train of thought, and making her fingers type what her brain wants them to. She has a doctor appointment on Monday to see where we go from here, however, up to now, the doctor has done absolutely nothing, and has yet to even start the chemo. For now, I will be her fingers, and I will post for her as needed. She still looks forward to reading those comments, so keep 'em coming!
Cambri and (I think) Carter (lower left). (lower right''.......duh! Carter is NOT the Easter Bunny, LOL) I think he went from here straight to the beach!
Amaya and Alicyn
Alicyn and Amaya
Guess who loves her camera. Would that be Grandma Amy by any chance? LOL! Celeste, Cambi and Carter's mother, runs a close second, but we need to get Bryson and Remington's mother, Shayna, in high gear.
I awoke this morning and immediately, as usual, opened my email. I saw it was a friend, with the message that her computer had been compromised, DO NOT OPEN!
Taking no chances, The first thing I did was a deep scan of all files. It took about 1-1/2 hours. No infection was found, but to be on the safe side, I deleted all of my email and I also rolled the computer back 3 days.
So forgive me, but everything I received after yesterday afternoon is no more. All of your current comments are kaput. I think you'd agree that is better than infecting your computers!
It's a first. Amy does my grocery shopping, takes me to doctor appointments, does all my "beauty" stuff (sorry Amy, even you can't make a 75 year old beautiful), helps me shower and dress, calls doctor or nurse if I have a concern or request (sorry Amy, we tried), Delivers and picks up my RXs, and calls several tims a day to see how I feel or to ask if I need anything.
But Amy doesn't garden.
She knew the carrot seed mats had to go down soon, so I got my seed mat tutorial out for her to read.
How did she do?
I gave her an A+ Maybe even an A++!!
Judge for yourself.
First she scratched in the leaves that had topped this bed for months, under clear plastic, in an attempt to solarize the soil and break down the leaves. I was (unhappily) surprised to see the leaves had not composted down very much.
Then she added some slow release, mixed with a bit of regular release fertilizer. *Disclaimer: That is NOT Miracle Grow in the shaker container! It' a mixture of chicken poo, turkey feathers and other organic ingredients, and the shaker is about 3-4 years old and a God send.
She removed all the clumps of leaves and sent them to the compost pile.
She raked it as smooth as possible, after removing some soil for covering the mats.
That removed soil was put into the wheelbarrow, where She again tried to sift out leaf clumps. Then she added a good amount of Pro-Mix with mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae are supposed to make things grow better and stronger, plus it has mostly peat moss to lighten the soil. I also added a bit of vermiculite.
She laid out her seed mats and sprinkled enough of the 'topping" to hold them down,
Last, she finished covering the mats with the soil mixture, tamped them down with the back end of the rake, and watered them in with a fine mist.
Good job, Amy. You just planted 360 carrots! I now pronounce you Master Gardener in Training!