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Chutz
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   Posted 9/28/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Please join our Koffee Klatch time each day whether you're new or an old timer. Everyone on the forum stands on equal ground...we are all in the same boat of health issues and come here for help, support and to offer companionship to others. But we have this small time each day where we only talk of fun or happy things...and sometimes even something a bit insightful! So please feel free to join in~~

I have grandkids around me daily. I love them dearly and like most any grandparent I also need some time for peace and quiet...lol But when I was growing up I loved spending time with my grandmothers, especially my dad's mother. She loved children and I got to spend a week with her each summer, just the two of us in her tiny cabin at a lake. We would go fishing each day after the morning dishes were done. Then I could go swimming or read or sometimes we would play cribbage together. I think one of my favorite things was the hammock that was tied between 2 tall fir trees outside the front door. It was heaven to lay there in the summer breeze and swing gently while reading. Both of my grandfathers passed away when I was 4 or 5 and the other grandmother wasn't too fond of children, even though she had 6 of them. smhair tongue

I know some of you have shared about your grandparents before but for everyone, were you or are you close to your Grandparents? Do you have any favorite memories of them or possibly an older person who was like a grandparent to you? For me these are warm memories!

Chutzie
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straydog
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   Posted 9/29/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
The only grandmother I knew was my Dad's. My Mom's mother passed on in her 30's, very young.
 
I too got to go spend a week with Granny and Papaw in the summer when I was young. I was never sure if Granny loved us kids much, she never showed affection to us kids, or anyone for that matter. Come to think of it, I do not believe I ever saw my grandmother smile or laugh. Granny always seemed to be mad about something lol. But, as a kid I loved seeing her and my Papaw. The week at their house was heaven for me, always plenty of food and treats, pies and moonpies from Papaw lol. But, my very favorite thing was at night I got to sleep with Granny and Papaw had to sleep in the spare room. Granny had this high bed and I would get up there after a bath, and she would take out all of these gorgeous full and half slips that had never been worn and show them to me. She had everyone of these wrapped in tissue paper individually. I remember her letting me touch them. She had some kind of a piece of furniture that had a closet that locked,  drawers and a mirror. It was not a dresser or chest, nothing like that. I cannot remember what they called those. This thing was filled with nothing but new clothes lol.  She wore old house dresses and an apron always, and her old house shoes lol. But, some days she would go into her closet and get me out old dresses, hats and high heels. OMG, I played dress up for hours and I remember clunking around wearing those shoes, now called peep toes, she had plenty of those. I never saw her in a heel my entire life.
 
On Saturdays we went to the grocery store called A & P and did the shopping. We also went to the downtown and Papaw would drop us off at the dime store. Granny usually bought me some socks and underwear. Sometimes, she gave me a nickel and let me buy candy.
 
I can still see her and the bedroom, us sitting there and she is showing me her finery lol.
 
 
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


edt
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   Posted 9/29/2009 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I am VERY blessed, my Granny is living with me and is going to be 100 yrs. old on January 2.  She has built her life around her family.  Lived in PA until 4 yrs ago, the winters started getting to be too much, so I would go and bring her back to AZ with me.  Then we decided she should stay here full time.  She goes between my house and my 81 yr. old Dad's (her oldest son).  She has all her faculties, just bad knees,back and macular degeneration.  Losing her sight is the worst of all!
We try and have one of the Grandkids fly out in April and take her back to PA until August, most of our family is there.  She goes crazy not seeing all her kids but the 4 mos. visit fills the void and she is fine here with us.
My favorite memory with Gran and all of us is at age 6 she would let us steer the car.....at age 8 she took us on the back roads and let us drive.  She always had Corvairs which were so fun to drive.  She also took all 10 of her grandchildren for their drivers test right on their 16th b/d.  hmmm also 15 Great grandchildren......she was forced to give up her Apartment and License at the age of 94, the saddest day in all our lives! 
I am planning a Surprise 100th at her favorite Pizza Place for Jan. 2, 2010....not everyone from back East is coming but it will still be WONDERFUL!
How great is that?
XXOO
Patti

straydog
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   Posted 9/29/2009 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Patti what a story and so priceless, thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


couchtater
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Straydog, the closet with drawers was call an amoir. My aunt still has three in her house.

We would go see my grandparents every summer for family reunion. Then return for Christmas.
Since all of them lived in the same town we would visit mama's mother on Saturday. (Her daddy died when she was 6 months old.) Then on Sunday we'd go to grandaddy's and visit all the relatives (12 children in that family). We'd have around a hundred people at their tiny house. The children would be shooed out of the house to play. Grandaddy would play with us. Grandma would be in the kitchen banging pots and pans surrounded by my 8 aunts. No room to breath in there. We had such fun.


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