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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A few days in Merry England

Our short stay with my mom-in-law in England was so enjoyable. The weather was much better than I was expecting, and there were definite signs of Spring.


Her garden is so tranquil and even in winter, looks really lovely.


A couple of weeks previous, there had been storms and gale-force winds, which had almost uprooted this poor tree.


On the Sunday, it was righted again with the aid of a rope and a strong stake in the ground. It was given lots of water, and we’re holding thumbs that it will recover from its ordeal.  The old Magnolia tree in the front garden was bursting with buds, and I would love to be there when they all start to blossom.


The lady of the house was delighted to have ten members of her family around the table for Sunday lunch, and was positively sparkling.


I showed you a Florida sunset a few days ago, but England also has some really beautiful ones, and this was definitely worth a photograph.


I’m sorry I haven’t visited you much lately, but I’m just getting my life back on track, after being away from here for seven months. I went with my sister to visit my dear mom yesterday. She has become really frail after suffering a bad bout of pneumonia late last year, and is now living in a care home. It was wonderful to see her face light up with joy to see me again. We took her out for lunch to her favourite restaurant, and she managed quite well with her walker. I was so proud of her, and you will of course be hearing more about her whilst I’m over here.