When I was twelve we moved back to Vancouver to a house at 6243 East Boulevard. (Kerrisdale area). Lena married Al Campbell about two weeks later, November 21, 1934. For their wedding dinner mom cooked the huge turkey gobbler that we had brought down with us…. That was the one that used to attack us…. Then they headed back to Al’s ranch in Beaver Valley.
No one had a job, and things were pretty tough. When we moved, more things had to be left behind, including our Christmas decorations.
About 1:30 am my parents woke me and told me to come down stairs. My two brothers had bought one box of Christmas tree baubles, and one package of tinsel…. Then waited until midnight, and then they cleaned up a Christmas tree lot for a free tree. It was a big one and it stood from floor to ceiling. We carefully decorated it, and it was absolutely beautiful!
For Christmas that year I opened a small package containing two handkerchiefs… and found my mother’s watch nestled inside. My brother, Horace, wanted to see it, and as I passed it to him, somehow we dropped it. For quite some time I had a watch that didn’t work. Eventually Dad took it to Grassies Jewellers and had it fixed.
As usual, I start out with one story, and then ramble off to another as my memory kicks in with more events. Please bear with me.
I remember Mama making Grandma Andrew’s Christmas cakes and selling them for one dollar a pound… and she made a bit of profit to help out. I decorated the cakes, using almond paste to make oranges, apples pears and bananas, coloured with food colouring. I piled them in the center of the cake with some leaves and they looked really nice. We put fringed cellophane paper around the outside.
I made raffle tickets… only twenty-five each time and we sold them for a dollar each. The winner of the draw could then pick the pattern and the colour of the wool and Mama would knit a dress or a suit for them. All that work for about $12.00 profit ,,, but it all helped out.