National Grandparents Day

Today marks National Grandparents Day.  I would like to wish both of my grandparents as well as any of my readers who are grandparents a happy day today – and every other day of the year!  Grandparents are some of the most wonderful people we will get blessed with in our lives and I am blessed to have known all four of mine.  Many of my fond memories of childhood come from both sets of my grandparents as we (my sister and I) spent much time with all of them over the years as we grew up.

Growing up my Granny (paternal grandmother) was basically my Home Ec teacher.  She taught me how to cook, sew and even gave me my crochet beginnings!  My husband owes a lot to my Granny for all of the delicious meals I make him!

Christmas Day with my Granny - 12.25.13

Christmas Day with my Granny – 12.25.13

As you may have noticed, I haven’t written any new posts in about a month.  August was a busy month!   In August my hubby and I made a trek out west (be on the lookout for more posts about our trip) and our first stop was Missoula, Montana to visit my Great Aunt Iva.  Although she is my Granny’s older sister [90 this year and you would never know it!] she has been like another grandmother to me over the years.  One of my favorite places to go is Montana to see her and I am so glad that we were able to make it out there this year and spend some time with her again!

Visiting my Great Aunt Iva in Missoula, Montana.  This beautiful view is from her back deck! - 8.18.14

Visiting my Great Aunt Iva in Missoula, Montana. This beautiful view is from her back deck! – 8.18.14

Inspiration and Wisdom

What are your plans for 90?  Retired in the sunny south with a good book and your crochet hook?  I’m not sure where I plan on being at 90, but I will say, working 5 days a week has never been a part of that plan!  Although it isn’t in my plan, there is something to be said for someone who gets out of bed every day at 90 and looks forward to work.  It keeps the mind sharp and the ticker strong!

If you are looking for a little inspiration today, or someone to put you to shame for feeling the Monday Blues, then look no further than Van Hoover, my husband’s Nana who still works 5 full days a week!

She recently had her 90th birthday and celebrated exactly how she wanted, with a cookie cake, a song over the speakers at her office, and then back to work!  You can read all about her and her 63 years at her company here:

One of her quotes hit home for me and helped remind me how lucky I am to work for such a wonderful company also:

“I wish everybody could work for a company and for people that they believe in and that believe in them, but I don’t see that happening in other places much anymore,” she said. “There’s no real loyalty from employees to their employers, and it works the other way, too. People used to know that a company would take care of them if they were loyal and worked hard, and not too many companies still work like that.”

If you are looking for some wisdom, she is full of that too:

“I’ve never been a big one to complain about anything because the way I look at it, if you’re not happy, find what makes you happy, but don’t ever expect something for nothing,” she said. “Anything worth doing is going to require a good attitude and hard work.”

I know those are some words of wisdom I could learn from and should follow every day.  What are some memorable words of wisdom that have been passed along to you through the years?