Traverse City Record-Eagle

Edna Shaffer: Grandma's Kitchen

November 2, 2009

Grandma's Kitchen: Damp woods, cozy kitchen

Turning the calendar leaf over to November is met with differing degrees of enthusiasm by the man of the house than it is by his wife.

From the minute the first trees start to show a splash of color, the Michigan men start counting the days until deer season. For them it's the biggest event of the year.

As the wives look ahead they see Thanksgiving, Christmas, shopping, cleaning, cooking and company looming with considerably less excitement than their husbands.

I must say I've been there and done that, so I know the feeling, but really now, wouldn't you rather do what we do, than get up before daylight and go to the woods and sit on a frozen stump all day? So pass the sticky notes and let's get at it.


The winds of change are blowing, not just in Washington and on Wall Street, but in our beloved little towns and communities. The recession has hit our area like a tornado. Our friends and neighbors have suffered great losses and our villages seem to have lost some of their vitality.

About two years ago the Sail Inn in Benzonia closed. I loved taking my husband there -- the wait staff was so nice, the food delicious and their chairs had wheels! That was such a help because Howard was disabled. I could get him up to the table so he was comfortable.

Now the building is torn down and is being replaced by a grocery store that I'm unhappy about. I fear it will affect Shop N Save almost next door there. They have served our community faithfully for a long time and I'm sure they've had a struggle like all small-town businesses. I hope all of their old customers will be loyal.

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