Thursday, May 24, 2012

Grandma and Other Highlights



Today is my grandmother's 95th birthday! Can you believe how lucky we are? She was born in 1917! She has pretty much lived through everything that has happened in the past hundred years. She is an amazing person and grandma and has given me so many wonderful traditions and memories. She is still going strong, busy with her church and friends and was still driving until a few weeks ago when she decided to stop. Check out her her creamy skin. She has always avoided sun and worn makeup every day of her life, which worked like a sunscreen before there was such a thing. Not bad for a 95 year old right? Sun worshippers take note!

Grandma in the 1930's.

My grandmother Jody grew up during the depression, daughter of migrant fruit packers. As a child, her family moved between Oregon, Washington and California. She has fond memories of Lake Chelan, Washington, where she went to high school. She met my grandfather, son of Iowa farmers, who was in California to make his own fortune, when she was engaged to another man. She said she just knew as soon as she saw him, that was it. He was the guy. She adored my grandfather and they had three children, including my father, who they raised in Southern California and later in San Jose.


Love this picture of my grandparents, probably in the 40's. Look at this stripe dress and wedge shoes! How current they look now! Grandma has always been into fashion. My grandfather was a sharp dresser too.



Grandma right, with her sister Nora and mother right before she got married in the late 1930's


All her life my grandmother has been busy with all her interests like sewing, which she is amazing at, cooking and gardening. In her time, she was a leader of cub and boy scout dens (back when moms ran it), girl scout troops, church secretary, and later head of just about everything at her beloved Calvary United Methodist Church, in San Jose's Rose Gardens, which has been around for a bit longer than her.


A family road trip in the 1950s., my dad on the left is the eldest. Love her sandals.

Grandma always has a positive outlook. She is a glass half-full kind of person, who always sees the bright side.  Also, after living through the depression, she is appreciative of everything and of course, never throws out anything that can be used for something else. She was green before green was cool. She also has been eating healthy her entire life and fed us things like bran muffins and oatmeal, and nuts when whole foods weren't in and t.v. dinners were. She also has been a inveterate vitamin popper since they first came out and takes more than a few handfuls a day and eats a TON of produce, which even I couldn't even get down.

 Many of the sayings she taught me stick in my head so much. When I was small, she used to tell me these little things when we cooked together or ran errands, something I loved doing with her. She would say, "Pretty is as pretty does," and also, "You'll catch flies with honey." That one I heard a lot as a kid, which I hated at the time of course!

A few years ago pin her 93rd. with my sons.

More than anything Grandma likes family get-togethers and entertaining. She had at one time a serious arsenal of tablecloths, napkins, plates and everything for anything. It's not unusual for her recipes to serve 60-100. Seriously! She only recently stopped cooking and planning all the church buffets and pot-lucks which she shopped, prepared and cooked for. I don't know how she keeps going, but she always says, "Honey when you stop, you're dead in the water. I get up, put on my face, get dressed and I am so happy that I went later."  I think this may be the secret to her longevity. I am sure one of them is her love of life and her desire to still do so much and of course her attitude!  I love you gram so much!

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On other very exciting news, I actually have my own FEED bag finally! I owe it all to sweet Pamela over at The Style and Travel Journals, Who so kindly went to the trouble to procure one for me up in chic Canada. I am beyond thrilled with it and it's even cuter than online. It will be my summer bag for sure and I am proud to carry this bag and spend money that goes toward the cause of FEED projects, with provides school lunches to children around the globe, and The Tory Burch Foundation, which helps women procure micro loans and mentorship to women entrepreneurs. Check them out and also Pamela's blog, which is a fun escape to all things I love, travel and fashion!



And ...I am also seriously grateful to the dear Mrs Exeter. She has one of my favorite blogs about life in the English Countryside, holidays in France, fashion and wit at her Dressing Mrs Exeter. She bestowed on me the Liebster blog award, which I am most honored by.  I am so fortunate to have made so many kind friends blogging and I am truly thankful everyones notes and comments!  I think I am supposed to nominate a few too. Here are my picks for some of my favorite blogs that I visit daily and admire. It was so hard to choose I have so many.

The Liebster awards go to:



How to Love this World, a newer blog, that another Kim, (yes!), writes about style, food and fun links to everything new and cool. Love stopping by here.

Design in My View, with the lovely Linda from Coastal Southern Cal. This blog is her fun take on design, decor, art, gardening and cocktails too! J'adore!

The Style and Travel Journals, I love this blog and I can't believe I've only just found her. The quality of Pamela's blog gives Habitually Chic a run for it's money. 

La Dolfina A great blog all about treasure hunting along the California coast. Her eye for style and design is showcased in her online store too.

Trouver le Soleil, Leslie's blog from the Pacific Northwest, where she shares her thoughts on home, health, beauty, cooking and healthy living! I always love her positive vibe.

Check them out! Love these girls.

xo

Kim




23 comments :

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  2. WOW, you nominated my blog?!?! This is very exciting news. I'm so glad we discovered each other, Kim. Thank you so much.

    xo

    Kim | howtolovethisworld.com

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  3. Dear Kim, First of all, I read your blog word for word especially about your Grandmother. She is beautiful and has the joie de vivre! Definitely a very positive and gracious lady as we can see in her face now. We have lots to learn from her. Lucky you to have her as your Grandmother. Next, I am so touched and grateful for your nomination. So unexpected. Thank you with all my heart! Lastly, you look GREAT in with the FEED bag. I am so happy that the bag finally reached you! We are helping a very good cause. Most importantly, it is women helping other women, as we fellow bloggers do. I am glad to have met you.

    Lots of hugs and thanks, Pamela
    The Style and Travel Journals.

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    1. Pamela, So agree about helping other women. It's great we can do it! I have got so many compliments on my bag. xoxo

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  4. Aww grandma is so cute and beautiful!
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    xo
    Sharon

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  5. Thanks everyone. I am touched by your comments about my grandma. I am also so happy to support my fellow bloggers! You all deserve it.
    xo
    Kim

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  6. Kim! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this award! It will be so fun to go forth and award the "Liebster" to five others....
    No wonder I've seen so many "hits" from your blog to mine today! Thank YOU! :-)

    And happiest of birthdays to Grandma she is an inspiration to us all - I am so glad you have shared her story. I bet that photo of she and your Grandfather would be posted on The Satorialist Vintage Photos list - you should send it in.

    With great affection! Cheers! Linda (Design In My View)

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    1. Linda, You so deserve it. Thanks and I never thought of sending the pic in, but I may just do that! xoxo

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  7. Hi Kim - thank you for your very kind words. I'm looking forward to visiting the blogs on your list!

    Your Grandma is AMAZING - she doesn't look like someone in her 90s at all, and I'm sure its her positive attitude and healthy habits that have kept her going so strong. I love her 'put on face, get dressed' advice, and I think its the secret of a happy, useful life. She should write a self-help book!

    Oh, and you look 100% dead cute with your fab new bag! xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Mrs E! I know, I hope I have her genes! xo

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  8. Oh Kim, what a lovely post and tribute to your amazing Grandmother! We definitely share the same blessing as I was very close to my Grandmother who passed just over 10 years ago at age 98. She was so similar to your beautiful Grandmother. I was so blessed to live so close to her and spend countless hours with her. She was one of main reasons I moved back to Alameda after college because I wanted to be near her. I was fortunate to have her in my son's life until he was 8 years old. After she passed I felt like a light in the world had dimmed. It took me a while to adjust to the world without her.
    She passed so much invaluable wisdom to me that continues to help and inspire me to this day... she was one of a kind and I've always felt so blessed to be her granddaughter. It looks like it's the same for you and yours too :)
    Thank you so much for handing off your award to me too!
    So sweet of you and I am honored to know you read my blog. Thank you Kim!!!
    You should come to The Point next Sunday. I'll be there selling and would love to meet up with you!
    I also wanted to tell you that I agreed with both you and Mr. Gunn about your fashion observations. It's about time someone had the courage to tell it like it is!!
    Thanks again Kim for the award, you made my day :)
    XO

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    1. Thanks so much for this lovely note. Your grandmother sounds so much like mine. How lucky you were to have her also and in your son's life too. I think my guys really adore my grandma.

      So pleased to give you the award and you deserve it! Thank you for the note on Tim Gunn too!

      I would love to get up to The Point and see you and check out everything. I'll let you know if I can make it up there it sounds like so much fun!

      xo
      Kim

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  9. What a lovely tribute to your Grandmother! She has the best attitude. Love those pics. Will check out the blogs you recommended!

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    1. Thanks LR, There are some good ones and I should have included your too. I feel bad there are so many good ones! Love yours.

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  10. What a lovely story about your Grandma. She is and was really beautiful and stylish and had a great attitude to life! And yes, loving the wedges and the stripey swing too, they look so relaxed and happy!

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    1. Thanks Jody. Isn't it funny she is a Jody too? If I had a daughter I would have named her Josephine. Seems you both have a great love of life!

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  11. Lovely tribute for your grandmother - may you celebrate many more birthdays together! And love the bag - you are so stylish and have interesting stories to share - I always enjoy visiting your site and am proud our region is so well and accurately represented by you! xo back at you -

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    1. Thanks so much ! Always love stopping by your blog too. xo

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  12. your grand mother looks so good for her age!!! Very nice pictures when she was younger. Have a nice week!!

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  13. What a lovely post Kim. Your grandmother is so beautiful and looks much younger than 95!! She has a peaches and cream complexion. It's wonderful that you have so many memories of time spent with her and that your children adore her as well.
    xo
    annie

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