Monday, January 19, 2009

Why I love eBay

That little bowl belonged to my grandmother. She always used it to mix the flour and water together when making gravy. She was a wonderful cook and made the most incredible gravy--smooth and creamy, rich yet somehow light. I tried many times to get her to show me how, but it was something she claimed she just couldn't teach--so much depends on the individual piece of meat. I know she felt badly that she couldn't just give me a gravy recipe, so when she moved into a retirement home she gave me the bowl.

I treasured that bowl and like to believe it helped every Thanksgiving when it was time to make turkey gravy.

Well, probably 15 years ago, tragedy struck. My husband felt terrible and did his best to repair the bowl...but its gravy making days were over.

One recent evening I was having fun looking at old dishes on eBay and guess what I found! A couple of bids later and it was mine. All the way from Petal, Mississippi.

I'll never get rid of the official gravy bowl, but it's a relief to know that I again have all the tools I need.


Blogger Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

My dad used to make better gravy than my mom. The same way - pan drippings, some water from the potatoes that were boiling, and the flour/water in a bowl. It was always perfectly smooth and flavorful. I learned to make it from watching. But yeah, mine never quite tasted as wonderful. Maybe that is the majic of childhood. Things are so much bigger and better from then. Congrats on finding the bowl. I am sure it means so much to you. I've done the same thing with Ebay. Replaced long lost, broken or forgotten meaningful childhood items. It does sorta take the place. It helps memories.

11:10 AM  
Blogger LizzyHouse said...

That is so cool!!! I love it when things like that happen.

Hope you are well!

11:13 AM  
Blogger rachel griffith said...

SO happy for you!!!


11:50 AM  
Blogger paula, the quilter said...

That was a wonderful find on eBay. I have several old bowls of my grandmother's that are like that. I turned one of them into the popcorn bowl. I figure as long as it doesn't need to hold liquid it is okay.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

What an absolutely gorgeous bowl! Yes, I think I'd love Ebay, too!

3:01 PM  
Blogger jen duncan said...

I have to say that bowl-mending doesn't appear to be Mr Bloomer's strong suit. lol! I love ebay too, and this is one of the reasons why. Give it another fifteen years and you'll believe this really IS your grandma's old bowl (senility has it's advantages.)

3:06 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Fantastic! You had some great luck finding the exact bowl. I love it too, how sweet.

5:25 PM  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

What a cute bowl! And what darlinjg matching fabric!

6:34 PM  
Blogger Penni said...

That's the luckiest purchase. I bet you now feel whole again in the kitchen.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous happy zombie said...

That bowl is so cute... and what a score to be able to replace yours. FUNNY... I was watching the Obama parade... and there was a marching band from Petal, Miss! HOW WILD is that. Never heard of the place, and twice in one day I see it.

I can only mean one thing... It must be Late Bloomer Day! Oh happy day, E!

7:10 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I LOVE ebay!! My hubby broke a lamp that I have that dates sometime in the 70's...It took me a few months, but I finally found one on ebay! Yipee!!

7:25 PM  
Blogger madrekarin said...

What a lovely, sweet story. Isn't eBay amazing? You can find just about anything there. Glad you found your bowl so that you can carry one the gravy-making tradition. And Petal, Mississippi? How perfect a name is that? It had to become yours.

1:43 PM  
Blogger lifeinredshoes said...

Sweet memories, and such a darling bowl.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Miss Jean said...

I'm so happy that you were able to find another bowl to stand in for the one that broke. I have lots of my grandmother's things and I treasure every one of them.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

I too lost one of my grandma's treasures... a cute hand painted pitcher that she used to water plants with. So, of course I used it for that also... nice way to have her in my life every day. One day I knocked it off the counter with my elbow! Too many pieces to glue... just a memory now. I never thought to look on e-bay. Might have to give it a try.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I am so glad you found a replacement. What a great story, Elizabeth. Hey, it does match that fabric.


11:42 AM  
Blogger cathleen said...

Wow..that is an absolutely charming little bowl. I am so happy for you...what a lucky, lucky find.

8:05 AM  

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