Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Visit With Grandmere Mimi

It was so much fun to meet the esteemed doyenne of bloggers, Grandmere Mimi and her very dear husband Grandpere.  They are a lot of fun to be around.  It was so nice to be invited to their home and arriving in the early evening, was treated to some  shrimp creole and rice.  It was GOOD.  Izzie spent the first bit of time exploring the house and making herself at home.  Both Grandmere and Grandpere were very nice to her even keeping their own dog Diana outside, except at night when she sleeps in the laundry room.  Izzie was royally pampered.

Grandmere's church, St. John's is quite lovely.  I like the white walls and the clear windows.  It's a very old church and in some ways reminds me of a small version of St. Paul's in Boston.  The pews seem to give a nod to those from the colonial era which were more like family boxes.  The organ was acting up because of the cold, but the organist shifted to the piano and all was well.  I would have loved to have heard the pipe organ, but only if it were in tune and all the stops worked, which was not the case.  I also enjoyed talking to members of the congregation afterwards.  They are a hospitable bunch.  Izzie would have loved coffee hour.  There was cheese.

Mimi describes the wonderful meal we had after church on her blog.  I promised them a good lobster dinner to encourage them to come up to Maine, but I don't think we would eat any better.  The hors d'oeuvre of spinach and artichokes on cheese toasts was yummy and the oyster spaghetti was to die for.

I feel so honored to have met this wonderful woman.

12 comments:

Wade said...

Gosh it would be great to have Grandmere Mimi visit Maine! I'm sure I have some Acadian recipes somewhere. Tortierre perhaps! Maybe some plogues! I wonder if Albert knows any Cajun music...

motheramelia said...

Wade, I cook a mean tortierre. It's a favorite Christmas Eve dish in my family. I have a whole cookbook of French-Canadian cooking, but I wonder how many of them are Acadian. I do hope Mimi comes to visit too.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Amelia, you are too kind. Seriously. We loved having you and Izzie. Izzie won our hearts, and you did, too. Tom admires you quite a lot for the variety of accomplishments in your interesting life.

Thanks for your lovely words.

Wade, GP is the reluctant traveler, but I'll work on him.

motheramelia said...

Keep using the word "lobster."

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Love to all!

Wade said...

Grandmère Mimi, you might mention the Acadian Festival up in Madawaska to your Bon Homme. though it's a 5 hour drive from Portland.

http://www.acadianfestival.com/

And what time is Coffee Hour at your church Mother Amelia???

motheramelia said...

Wade, as soon as I get my next interim I'll let you know when coffee hour is.

Wade said...

That works! In the meantime Integrity Maine is doing coffee hour at St. Luke's on the 24th...

motheramelia said...

Well I know I will be back in Maine by then. Whether the weather will permit a trek to Portland is another matter. I'd really like to meet you.

Wade said...

Bishop Steve will be turning at least two reformed Roman Catholics into Proper Episcopalians!

Ann said...

I am wondering when Grandmere will come to the Oregon coast and visit here.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Ann, one day.... Modes of transportation are available both ways, you know.