Category Archives: Being Grandma

The Little Things


Today I went to IKEA for some picture frames. While in the checkout line, the young man behind me had one little thing to buy so I offered to trade places with him. He thanked me, but said he was waiting for his wife and they might have a basketful when she arrived . We talked while waiting, and talked more..the line was long. Our conversation was different because he asked me generalized questions about my life, very curious and interested, not creepy. He asked what my days are made of, and squeezed out of me that I love and care for my people, art and nature. After our conversation, I was amazed at the poignancy of his remarks. This man had wisdom and kindness in his heart. He reminded me, in an indirect way, of all there is to be thankful for in this life and that often the most important things are the little things we take for granted. He had lived half his life in Hong Kong and knew adversity. I will not soon forget our serendipitous, moving conversation.

This evening, I share the little things in my life that I am thankful for (and have taken a photo of…lol). Signs of spring, my grandchildren and their activities, my growing house plant collection, dear friends, new glasses, some sweet pets. Usually I would dismiss most of these photos, but not today….this is what my precious days are made of. I need to take more photos, because there is so much more to be thankful for.

February !!!!2019!!!!


“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” -Nelson Mandela

Goodness, much has changed since the last time I posted. Over the past 11 months we have had many big life changes. First we moved my mother out of her condo into an apartment. We then moved into that empty condo. That was no easy feat, after living in our home for 38 years. But this new living space is perfect for us. It is lovely and spacious without being too much. I have a sunny studio, and a basement for the messier projects and the inevitable storage we need. And Jeff is happy because his shop is a mile away, the snow is shoveled, and the grass is cut.

I do miss my garden, but I will find a way to enjoy flora and fauna, and utilize my green thumb. I am surrounded by trees and wildlife here, and find myself walking much more than I ever did at our house.

The other big change is that I have officially retired! I am just getting used to this decision and it doesn’t feel real quite yet.

This blob has long been a favorite place, and it feels right to return!

Goodbye July 


I’m taking a cue from a fav blog I read, The Modern Mrs. Darcy, and listing a few things that  I’ve learned this month.

Botanical watercolor. I took a three week Saturday class on the subject this month.. .totalling 9 hours of instruction and painting. I learned a great appreciation for this art form! I also learned how important drawing skills are, and how important it is to practice, practice, practice daily. I know these 9 hours really helped my understanding of mixing colors and washes. Here is a page that I painted during class…

Salad for dinner. Just about every night. We seem to  make a salad out of any protien and grain with a base of leafy veggies. So refreshing this time of year. Maybe its just a different way of arranging food on a plate, but I know we are enjoying many more veggies as a result. Thinking of dinner this way really opens the doors to creative alternatives.  

Blog posting.  I have posted almost daily for a couple months, and glad I did as I’m continuing this journal/ legacy project.  But its a bit much for me and maybe for you too! I seem to be running out of things to talk about too! Its been fun, but I could use that time in the evening to focus on projects, my peoples, or perhaps nothing at all.  I’m just being called to disconnnect.  I’ve decided to post once a month, a look back and reflection. Of course, I reserve the right to break this habit if needed! I also hope to connect and converse with more of you as a result of fewer postings….this is the most fun part of blogging for me.

Here are a few pics to finish up July.  We had the twins for 4 days over the weekend, and kept them busy!

Tailgating with all our Littles

We visited Matthei Botanical Gardens with them over the weekend

It was a hot and humid day, we all felt a little prickly.

Bad pic, but that prickly face just had to be posted…

Also boated on the Detroit River…fun was had by all

Looking forward to August adventures.


Sunday, Monday


Sunday, Monday, Happy Days…..

(Recognize those lyrics?)

Had our twin Littles over, and enjoyed every minute….

This girl loves painting

Her finished frog, thanks Gail!  Her funny face is the result of me asking her to smile.

We had a couple of bike walks….

And a trip to the park….

Grace notes:

Aubree whispers “Sweet Dreams” to me when I tuck her in bed.

“Grammie, Dylan is not cooperating with me”

They both said, “We are not tired”…then took a 3 hour nap!