Sunday Stills: One hundred and one and three quarters

When I saw Ed’s ‘100+’ challenge this week, I knew that I had to post about my dear MiL who is so proud of the fact that she is now one hundred and one and three quarters, and still going strong. Kathleen Letitia was born in Hanwell England on 4th August 1913.

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To celebrate her 100th Birthday, she had two big party’s, one for close family members,


and another one in the village hall for even more family and over a hundred friends.


A couple of weeks later, she took her children and their spouses on a wonderful Rhine River cruise. Of course, this lively centenarian was the toast of the ship, and loved to party the night away, even after a full day’s touring around the sights, which was done mostly on foot.



Last year, she had a bit of a tumble on her staircase at home, which landed her in the ER for a few hours, while “a very kind young lady” put stitches in her ear. The family expressed concern that at her great age, she should still be living on her own, and suggested that she have a two week trial period in a beautiful care home a few miles away. Her decision was, that although it was very nice there, it definitely wasn’t for her. “It’s for old people,” she protested, so back home she went, and is now enjoying her independent life even more than ever. We speak to her every Sunday, and she always has such a lot to tell us, about Scrabble competitions, concerts and shows she’s been to, and friends and family who’ve been round to visit for Sunday lunch, or for tea and her wonderful home-made cake. While she’s following her favourite TV series, such as Coronation Street and EastEnders, her hands are never idle, as she loves to knit, and produces warm, colourful hats and mittens for needy children overseas.


I hope that if I should live to be 100+, I will look as good as she does, and enjoy life just as much.


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105 comments on “Sunday Stills: One hundred and one and three quarters

  1. Nancy (nrhatch) pointed directed me to this post. Today would have been my mothe’s 101st birthday. Alas, a stoke took her from us at the age of eighty two. Your MIL has such wonderful spirit, I only hope I could live up to her example.

  2. What a beauty … both inside and out. She is a testament that a life full of love can keep you young forever. She is so kind to donate her handmade work to the needy. Her sweet smile is impressive. I can see by the photos that she is truly loved.
    May she continue to bring love and light to all who are in her presence. 🌹🌹🌹

    • Thank you for you lovely comment, Issy. Yes, she is very special indeed, and loved by her whole family. The fact that she has so many friends, also bears testament to her popularity with young and old alike. πŸ™‚

  3. What a wonderful post, Sylvia. Your MIL is beautiful and amazing. Her mittens and hats are lovely. The children who receive them are surely blessed. Thanks for sharing her with us!

  4. Congratulations are most definitely in order! My mom made it to exactly this age before she moved on, and she was lucid the whole time. That is truly a double blessing!

  5. I hold my breath every time you do a post on Kathleen. I am always awestruck by her joie de vivre and tenacity.
    And good for Kathleen for staying put at her spot. Darn straight!
    When I relayed the story to my lot over breakfast when she turned 100 and mentioned that you celebrate half birthdays as well this was greeted with a resounding, What a brilliant idea!
    She should be an inspiration to us all.
    Cyber hug for her.
    A true star.

  6. Here’s to your marvellous lovely Mil Sylvia .. she ‘ll be demanding a new version of the Queens’ Telegram πŸ™‚

  7. What a beautiful woman- inside and out! Loved seeing her dancing, and her lovelly knitting, We can all take an example from her as to how to be- great attitude. Thanks for sharing. That first photo is amazing too!

  8. She’s lovely, ad. You are all very fortunate to have such a vibrant, young lady in your lives. She, too, is fortunate, to have all of you. My heart aches when I visit my mom in her nursing home. This country should be ashamed of the conditions of these homes.
    God bless her, ad.

  9. A perfect post for the challenge, Sylvia. Your MIL knows the secret to staying young…friends, family, health, attitude, doing for others and enjoying life. What a blessing to others. πŸ˜‡

  10. A testament to the joy of living a full and vibrant life. What a legacy she has given to her children, grandchildren, great granchildren. And to all those who come after her. A most wonderful post!!

  11. She’s a wonderful lady (I daren’t call her old) and I hope she continues with good health. That’s the thing isn’t it? To keep mobile and active as long as possible. Love that ornate pram! What a beauty πŸ™‚

  12. What a wonderful woman!!! I met her when you posted about her 100th birthday. Nice to know she hasn’t slowed down enough to want to live with “old people.”

  13. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Sylvia, your beautiful mother-in-law is a truly amazing woman, so full of life and vigour. I just adore those photos of her dancing…and I don’t see any reason why you won’t be doing just the same πŸ™‚ xx

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