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30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 8 & 9

Monday, November 10, 2014

Yay, I made it a whole week before falling behind!

Day 8- The Time I Still Have

It's going to be the biggest, longest, most difficult process to go through all the possessions of my grandmother. We've spent two days at this task and it literally looks we haven't done anything at all. There is just SO MUCH STUFF! But, digging through family albums, boxes of interesting papers, and all sorts of preserved clothing, I can see that my grandparents led a very full, happy, interesting life. My grandmother outlived all of her siblings by 30+ years (the last of her siblings passed away in 1985 or 1986). It definitely makes you stop and take stock.

I'm 31 years old. There are many things about my current age that make me feel like I'm getting old- still single, childless, working on a "big people" career, living back at home again are all making my clock feel like it's ticking faster than I'm okay with. But, the reality is, I could still live another 60 years! My grandma passed away at age 90, just weeks shy of her 91st birthday. She filled her time with bowling leagues (of which I have now procured several of her awesome vintage league shirts!!!!) and working as a hairdresser. She raised 3 children. And when she became a grandmother, she was soooooo ecstatic to fill that role, too! She and my grandfather traveled everywhere, from Reno to Nassau. They owned their own businesses. They crafted and DIY'ed and enjoyed their lives.

I can do the same. I hope I get to find someone to love and love me so I can have children and grandchildren. I want to travel the world. I want to live life to the fullest, too. I want to fill dozens of photo albums with my adventures and the people I love. And barring any terrible calamities that could befall me in the future, I have lots of time to make this life of mine amazing. I'm thankful for that.

A fabulous find among the items at grandma's- a Western Union telegram from 1945 from my grandpa to my grandma.

I found another fun scarf of my grandmother's!

Day 9- Starbucks

I get to engage in so few things that make me happy these days. I don't get to garden or scrapbook or cook dinners for people that they won't b!tch about. I didn't get to watch the few television shows I was attempting to keep up with (literally I can count them on one hand... maybe both hands. Maybe.) I didn't get to read for pleasure. Now that I've got spare time, I plan to catch up on that. I don't have a Wii to engage in Wii Just Dance games, which were sooooo fun! I don't own a t.v. so owning a Wii would be moot.

So, I treat myself to an occasional something at Starbucks. I'm not a big coffee person, but I do enjoy a coffee treat once in a while. I also enjoy their food offerings sometimes, too. I've also experienced the rekindlings of two important friendships by sitting for hours and hours at Starbucks with a mocha and good conversation. Starbucks for me is magical, relaxing, fun, delicious, and imperative for my mental well-being. Since the area I'm from is so super sucktastic with choices, I'll take Starbucks and be grateful.

If you haven't yet, I recommend the following: salted caramel mocha (hot or iced), peppermint mocha (hot or iced), vanilla rooibos tea latte, Passion iced tea, Passion iced tea lemonade, caramel brulee latte (hot or frap), hearty veggie & brown rice salad bowl, That's it bars (any flavor), chicken santa fe panini, turkey panini, turkey & havarti sandwich, protein bistro box, fruit & cheese bistro box, and their morning oatmeal.

My first vanilla rooibos tea latte of the season.
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  • GHK1962
    1) Starbucks. Mmmm. I know some feel they are corporate. But *pushes them down and rushes to the front of the Starbucks line* They don't want Starbucks coffee ... then more for me! (Yeah, that sounds kind of greedy of me ... but only because I am.)

    2) The telegram - THAT is totally awesome. Keep it. One day your grand kids will find it and think, wow ... this is grandma's grandma. And how awesome would that be for them.

    3) Other stuffs from your grandmother - I think you are finding out even more as you go thru things, just what an awesome person she was ... and you have that in you too. Just remember that. You are their legacy ... and so they will keep having an awesome life thru you.
    2354 days ago
    Such nice reflection, Jill! We do have so much more of our lives to live, and we should live them to the fullest!
    2355 days ago
    I love that you are reflecting on living a long, happy life. When I think about the things my grandfather did (he got his pilot's license the day my eldest aunt was born -- can you imagine how he felt that day?!) I'm just awed. And he never waited -- he didn't wait until he had the money, or the time, or to retire, or for ANYthing. He worked hard, but he played a lot too.
    2355 days ago
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