by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on May 19, 2010

in Family

This could be a sad, weepy story about my grandmother and the life she lived and the 3 children she bore and the 7 grandchildren she nurtured and the 10 great-grand children she loved.

But I’m not the sad-weepy-story kind of granddaughter to a woman who died today.

We knew it was coming. She knew it was coming. It is not sad that she is gone. I am not sad. I am relieved for her.

Instead of telling you all of the things she did in her life, I’ll give you a run-down of the ways her nuttiness has somehow trickled down the family tree into making me into the nutter I am today.

Edna was a clean freak. Like, the most anal of all anal. Kind of my opposite.

Now, for your enjoyment and hopefully a better understanding into why I am the way I am, a list of her endearing nutterness:

* Edna pre-ripped her paper towels and folded them in a neat stack on top of the paper towel holder.

* Edna cleaned all water spots from the shower and sink after every use.

* Edna watched The Weather Channel and Fox News exclusively. In the past 3 years since my grandfather died, it’s been The Weather Channel exclusively.

* Edna stored her food in Tupperware INSIDE of those clear plastic fruit & veggie grocery bags tied off with a twist-tie. You know, to keep out the bugs.

* Edna had a special non-toilet toilet brush to use exclusively to get out furniture carpet indentations should any chair need to be moved. Yes, I saw it in action.

* Edna had a special mouse* for kitchen table crumbs and used it.

* Edna sorted her large garage trash can INSIDE the trash can. It was divided into thirds for wet trash, dry trash, & kitchen trash.

* Edna layered her kitchen trash bin by using folded paper towels and folded empty potato chip bags as a “cover” for the rest of the trash.

So, as you can see by my ancestry, I have a reason for my nutterness. I just can’t figure out how the “clean” side of the “anal” didn’t make it down to me.

I’m sure while Edna is up in the heavens watching the great weathermen in the sky, she’ll tsk tsk my cleaning abilities.

And I know her hands will have finally stopped shaking.

*Updated for Miss Britt: An electronic vacuum mouse, not a real mouse. That would defeat the purpose of her cleaning neurosis.

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1 Melissa (MBonn) May 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm

She sounds like quite a character! Maybe she can send you some cleaning help from heaven 🙂
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2 OHmommy May 19, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Oh that is very sweet. What a character Edna was.
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3 Cass May 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm

She sounds like a piece of work–the best kind. I’m sure she’ll be missed. ((hugs))
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4 Avitable May 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm

My condolences on her passing. She sounds like quite a character!
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5 mommabird2345 May 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm

What a lovely post. Hugs to you & your family.


6 Chibi Jeebs May 20, 2010 at 12:25 am

Edna sounds like a card! Sorry for your loss, love. <3
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7 YoMama May 20, 2010 at 1:06 am

Thank you – this is sweet. See you Sat.


8 Dawn May 20, 2010 at 2:06 am

omg. My grandma once asked my dad to fix her scissors – she’d broken them on MARSHMALLOWS. How fucking old were those things she wanted to feed us?

They broke the mold on their generation for damn sure.


9 J from Ireland May 20, 2010 at 6:23 am

May she rest in peace. I would love to be a clean freak, but sadly I’m not.
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10 mandi bone May 20, 2010 at 6:35 am

I am sorry. She sounds like a hoot of a lady.


11 Tara R. May 20, 2010 at 7:19 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful woman, and a lot like my own.

(My grandmother’s hands would shake so bad that her handwriting looked like she used a Spirograph… maybe your gran and mine are making heaven a neater place – with curlicues – for us all.)


12 Miss Britt May 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

Please tell me that there is another meaning for “mouse” that does not involve Edna taking a rodent out of box and setting it on top of the kitchen table or counter to clean up crumbs.
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13 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] May 20, 2010 at 9:54 am

an electronic vacuum mouse, not a real mouse. that would defeat the purpose of her cleaning neurosis.


14 The Husband May 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

All those stories are as true. I saw them all myself first hand, which is why she will be missed.
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15 Shauna May 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

Edna sounds lovely.

I’m sure she will be missed.

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16 Skye May 20, 2010 at 10:08 am

She sounds amazing! *hugs* to you and your family and I’m sure she doesn’t mind you’re not as tidy as her
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17 sam {temptingmama} May 20, 2010 at 10:09 am

XOXOXOXOXO Sorry for your loss, Angie.
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18 ThePeachy1 May 20, 2010 at 10:15 am

To all the Ednas, and the anti Ednas thank you so very much for helping form who we are today. What a lovely tribute to a woman you clearly loved enough to let go. You are awesome.


19 Joie May 20, 2010 at 10:26 am

Such beautiful evocative pictures. What a loving tribute.


20 Jenni Williams May 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

Sorry for your loss, but she sounds like an awesome lady. Glad she is at peace.


21 cindy w May 20, 2010 at 11:22 am

Sorry for the loss of your grandma. She sounds like a hoot.

P.S. My grandma died of Parkinson’s disease. I know what you mean about the shaking hands.


22 briya May 20, 2010 at 11:42 am

Well. I know that even though you’re missing the cleaning gene, she *probably* still loved you. (Sorry for your loss. Also, even though this post was kinda funny. It still made me tear a little bit)
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23 Little Miss Sunshine State May 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Edna is in heaven, sorting the trash with my husband’s Great Aunt Mae.
Your photos of her are beautiful.
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24 AmazingGreis May 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

So, so sorry for your loss. Edna sounds like a pretty amazing woman!
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25 lceel May 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm

If she’s any part of the reason you are as you are, then we all owe her a debt of thanks. Rest easy, Edna, and God bless.
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26 Al_Pal May 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Awww, what a great tribute. ;D


27 Lori May 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Bless her heart. I love crazy. My family is full of it. {hugs}


28 Nancy May 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm

My condolences to your family. Hopefully she can get heaven cleaned up before the rest of us slobs show up.


29 Jeanette May 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm

She sounds like she was an awesome person, and that she’ll organise everyone up in Heaven.
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30 Robyn May 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm

OMG…now I understand your mother so much better!

So sorry to hear this news. Hugs to you and all your family. I know you will miss your sweet (crazy) Mimi!
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31 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] May 20, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Mimi died a few years ago. Edna was my dad’s mom, but still, that rubbed off onto my mom. 😉


32 Mrs. Call Me Crazy May 20, 2010 at 11:10 pm

I am very sad for your loss, and hands don’t shake in Heaven. You made us all love Edna today.
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33 Mishi May 22, 2010 at 10:23 am

Rest in Peace, Miss Edna.
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34 mumma boo May 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. This was a beautiful tribute to a very special person. Blessings to you and your family.


35 Aunt Becky May 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm

She will be missed.
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36 Meg May 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I kind of want to be Edna when I’m old. Sounds like she rocked.

I adore that picture of her hands. Such a great tribute.
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37 VDog May 24, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Awwww love. (((HUGS)))
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38 Pgoodness May 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Even when it’s expwctedbit can be hard, so I’m sending big squishy hugs to you. She sounds wonderfully nutty. 🙂


39 Issa May 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm

She sounds like she was an amazing woman.


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