No, no, a grandmother's house doesn't HAVE to be white, but it DOES have to smell like baked goods. (Note the pie in the window) MMMMM!
So the defining characteristic of Grandma's house is the way it smells? Interesting! Did your grandmother's house smell like baked goods? It probably did at Thanksgiving and Christmas -- not sure about the "off season" dates. XO
My grandmother's house smelt kind of perfumy and a bit musty in the nooks. But it seems like on most occasions there was cooking/baking of some kind.
I suppose Grandma Dobson baked for us. The back porch (entryway) could be a little funky smelling all right. In the fall she kept a box of apples at the bottom of the stairs and that was aromatic -- pleasantly so. The same perfumy / musty comment might be made of Grandma Bennie's house, I believe. People in the humid South battle mildew -- I mean, they have to be on their toes about it. KW
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