Multi-Generational May Days!

Grandma celebrates a birthday this weekend!

On Tuesday afternoon, I paid Grandma a pre-birthday visit:

grandma understands about the blog, and doesn't mind if i share some photos!

What do you give as a gift to an 89 year old Grandma? It’s quite the dilemma.

I decided to go with a flowering baby rosebud plant, and a card.

grandma's birthday visit portrait!

At this age and stage, grandmas don’t really want or need more *stuff.*

what grandma really treasures: her collection of family snapshots from over the years

I also thought that spending an hour together would be appreciated more than anything else I could choose for Grandma.

Grandma’s apartment is very cosy:

...and just the perfect "grandma size" for her!...

[The fact that, as typical for older people, she keeps it the temp at about 95 degrees helps generate that *warm* feeling, too!]

My Grandma was a very talented seamstress in her day. When I was little, she sewed oodles of outfits for me. When I was in high school, I once drew her a picture of an outfit, and she created it from my sketch!

Grandma also stitched many a wall-hanging, over the years:

i remember when she was working on this one! i was about nine years old, or so

grandma didn't want me to miss this masterpiece which she has hanging in her bedroom...

had to share a close up - i'm in awe over the detailed stitches!

Grandma still knits, to this day. She doesn’t like to sit and do nothing:

grandma with her latest blanket, made for "project linus," a charitable organization that donates quilts/afghans to children in hospital

Grandma was never big on cooking; the fry pan was her best friend, over the years. She did do some baking, but creativity in the kitchen was never her strong point [You are remarking on certain genetic character traits, right?!]

Yes, Grandma is slowing down, but on the plus side, her mind, eyesight, and hearing are all sharp as tacks.

Our plan for our next get-together is to go out for a walk. These pesky May rainshowers kept us from that activity this visit!
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I don’t know about you, but in our family, May is hairy-scary busy. Every year, same story.

As such, Babysitting/Outing of the Month takes a twist this month: rather than ONE Saturday babysitting date, we are going with TWO weeknight visits.

Last eve, then, was Part I for May Babysitting. The Brother and SIL Ana chose to go to a neighbourhood pub some wings and relaxation time.

No worries for Aunti about supper prep, this night:

perfect! just what aunti needs to know to *cook* supper!

Reminds one a little of mom’s apple crisp instructions, he he!

As usual, it was a fine evening!

baby c was eager to investigate the new selections of cd's from the waterloo library that aunti brought!

"hmmm, lots of 'wiggles!' - very good!"

little e was eager to show off her new sleeping bag - getting ready for summer adventures!

mulling over how best to make a slide out of couch cushions!

Part II will occur at the end of the month – what better way to bookend the month of May than with Outings?!

Who’s the last family member you visited with? I’ll be seeing Mom and Dad later today, so I’ve spent time with representatives of four generations (grandma, parents, brother/SIL, nieces), in the last few days!

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  • Johanna  On May 6, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Goodness… I’m not sure that I’ve ever really noticed how much your Dad looks like Gramdma C! Wow! It’s wonderful to ‘see’ her again! 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 6, 2011 at 6:36 am

      that’s neat that you remember grandma, and that you noticed a family resemblance, jo! g’ma will for sure remember who you are, so i’ll say “hi” next time i see her! 🙂

  • Dorry  On May 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Grandmothers are the best! I feel fortunate mine is still living here in Dallas so I can see her. She has so much “stuff” and lots of old artwork by my great-grandmother. Spending Easter with my family was wonderful and last weekend we went to visit my Dad – he & his wife just got a new puppy!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm
    • 1970kikiproject  On May 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      That’s just wonderful to have family living so close by. Grandmothers DO seem to have neat collections, don’t they! Sounds like your grandma has some antique-aged family treasures!
      A new puppy! What fun! Maybe you’ll get to”doggie-sit” some time!

      sent from my blackberry!

  • janetha  On May 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    your grandma is SO cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and so talented! i wish i had grandparents to hang with. i never had that relationship.. such a downer. but at least my mom is rad!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      thanks, j! oh, i would so love to meet your mom…she is the best. i know you enjoy hanging with your family…i love how many nieces and nephews you have (who are all so cute, too!)

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg  On May 5, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Your Grandma’s needlework is beautiful! I wish I spent more time on crafts like that. I get enjoyment out of those sorts of things but I just don’t take the time to do so.

    I last saw family at Easter — and I’ll see Jason’s mom, Grandma and his Aunt this Saturday!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 5, 2011 at 9:32 am

      thanks, holly! grandma and i share the love of knitting, but all other handiwork (sewing, cross-stitch/needlepoint, crocheting, macrame, quilting) that grandma excels at bypassed me, completely! hope you have fun with the family visiting this weekend, then! i guess cha cha will be going home!?!

  • Johanna B  On May 5, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Your grandma does beautiful work. I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch but haven’t in years. The charts are too hard to read with my ancient eyes. My grandma didn’t knit but she never sat down without her crochet hook and yarn. I still have several afghans and shawls that she crocheted for my family.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 5, 2011 at 9:27 am

      your grandma sounds like she was a Busy Bee, too. it’s wonderful to have handmade items as family heirlooms. my grandma also quilted a lot, years ago, and we have beautiful handmade, handstitched works of art that she and my GREAT-grandma created. counted cross-stitch is enough to drive anyone’s eyes a bit batty!

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