(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

I know for a fact that the woman in the bottom picture is my great-grandmother, Patricia (Melhus) Sanchez.  I am assuming that it is also her in the upper picture.  She looks to be of the same build and has the same tights/shoes on.  I am also assuming that these were taken on the same day since it’s pouring down rain in both – and in both she is holding a large bunch of flowers – what kind I can’t tell.

My question is, why was it so important to be picking these flowers while it was obviously raining outside?  It looks like a hot-cocoa-by-the-fireplace kind of day to me. And why take a picture of this?  Was she going to a gravestone with flowers?  I will probably never know, but I’d sure love to hear your ideas!

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  • Susan - December 8, 2010 - 9:48 am

    Given how bundled up she is I suspect it’s late in the season. She could be gathering the last blooms, not wanting to lose them to the rain. A cemetery visit is another strong possibility.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 8, 2010 - 11:50 am

      She looks like an old babushka in the first photo, but she just seems way too dressed up in the second photo to be simply picking the last of the flowers. She has her cute little hat on. :) I just thought these were kind of odd photos.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Graham - December 8, 2010 - 12:26 pm

    The flowers look like they might be chrysanthemums (sorry about the spelling) perhaps she was rescuing the last of them before the first frost came? I guess it depends on where she was, and what time of year it was. It’s snowing cats and dogs here in Scotland :-( ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Casteel - December 8, 2010 - 12:30 pm

    Looks like she’s dressed for church in the second photo – so I think the cemetery visit might be in line.
    Regards,
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)ReplyCancel

  • Nick Woods - December 8, 2010 - 6:35 pm

    The house is a lovely 2 storied cottage. It must have a large front porch, which can’t be seen in this photo.
    The clothes line is visible beside the garden. Note the heavy posts and the”Y” arms which hold the lines apart? The garden was well cared for, the supports for crops are in neat rows behind the flowers.
    Could it be falling snow & rain??
    The shoes were dress shoes. They had heels, and laced in front.
    Older women wore these all the time for dress up. I remember seeing my older Grandmother wearing these, then Grandma Davidson wore them.
    The hose were cotton type hose. They didn’t get runners like nylon and they wore very well. There weren’t many colors. Usually light brown and dark brown or black. (Nurses wore white ones.]
    The 1st picture was probably when your Great Grandmother picked the flowers. She was wearing her everyday clothes, but her good shoes & socks, & had a bandana tied over her nice hairdo.
    The next photo was when she was ready to go to the affair. It could be she had a bouquet of the last flowers from the garden for church or ? She’s smiling. A wedding?? That’s why I wondered if it was a nice affair not a funeral where she might be more thoughtful or sad in the photo.
    Do you suppose her husband or adult child took the photo? If it was during WW II mostly military personnel had film for cameras.
    Thanks so much for the photos, they bring back warm, good, memories of a happy childhood. Mom W.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - December 10, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    Thank you guys for your observations and ideas. It’s always nice to get someone else’s opinion.ReplyCancel

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