80,000-99,999 SparkPoints
PUDLECRAZY's Recent Blog Entries


Friday, July 29, 2011

We had a lovely time in Athens, OH yesterday. Yes, it was hot and hilly, but we enjoyed the walks, the gallery, and the Quilt National exhibit.

We started out with lunch at a delightful little restaurant. I got a delicious coconut chicken curry with coriander chutney and raita, served on basmati rice.

Quilt National is a juried show of contemporary quilts. They are made as art only; to be used as wall art, not utility. The entrants are actually international, so the name is a little misleading. We are not allowed to take photos at the exhibit, but the winners are posted on the Dairy Barn website:


It's worth a peek at the quilts the judges liked, however, it is only a very small representation of the quilts that were there. We really enjoyed the exhibit.

I am not a quilter, although who knows what I may decide to do when I can finally retire. I can't rule out the possibility. But my great grandmother, who I was named for, was a quilter and I have two of her quilts. I really love this one; a crazy quilt made from velvet, cotton, and silk pieces and embroidered throughout.

The other quilt, we BELIEVE she made, but are not positive about that. It was made for my great uncle Lloyd. It is made from wool, most likely his old wool shirts.

In contrast to the quilt art hanging in The Dairy Barn gallery, my great grandmother made art from scraps and hardship - meant to be used as they beautified the farmhouse in Pioneer. A real family treasure!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RAINBOWMF 10/21/2011 11:36PM

    I am not a quilter but I love them, no one after my Grandma carried the quilting on, in our family ,so sad.

I had a beautiful one made for me when I was young, by Grandma I remember taking it with me when I got married but I do not remember when it left my life. Also sad.

Your Grandma's quilts are lovely.


Report Inappropriate Comment
CHRISTYBUG 10/21/2011 9:05PM

    They're beautiful!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
THISYEARSMODEL 7/30/2011 11:05PM

    They're beautiful! I especially love the crazy quilt from velvet, silk and cotton. There's a beautiful symmetry within the "crazy"ness of it, and her stitching is just amazing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
COWGIRL1965 7/30/2011 9:53PM

    Love this quilt your g.grand mother made. I love to quilt, It just takes so much time and I now have too many animals on the farm to care for. No time left for me anymore......
thanks for sharing ;-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHEBESS 7/30/2011 9:34AM

    Absolutely gorgeous crazy quilt! What a wonderful family treasure, and a great memory of your grandmother!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 7/29/2011 9:22PM

    Wonderful quilts: real family treasures made to be used and made to show love too . . .

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/29/2011 9:21PM

    My grandmother was an avid quilter. Totally practical. My dad loved to tell the story about how, in winter, they had so many quilts piled on top of them for warmth that they could hardly move. In later years, she quilted with her church group. All of those quilts were made to be given away to the needy. I still have a quilt she made more me -- the "little dutch girl" pattern. Totally hand pieced and hand quilted. I love it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IUHRYTR 7/29/2011 7:39PM

    The creativity involve in making these an other quilts and the time I can only imagine it takes to finish one is astounding and fills me with awe. Our grandparents sure knew a thing or two about making do with what they had, didn't they? -- Lou

Report Inappropriate Comment
NANHBH 7/29/2011 7:02PM

    Your great-grandmother's quilts are beautiful! The first one looks like stained glass. Amazing hand work. You are so creative, I'll bet you'll do great quilting - once you retire!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LMB-ESQ 7/29/2011 6:22PM

    Those are gorgeous! I've always admired people who could sew quilts. I don't have the patience for it.

I think I recognize that restaurant you're in! My son goes to school in Athens. I can't remember what it's called though LOL

Glad you had a great time!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BADASSBLONDIE 7/29/2011 4:32PM

    Absolutely stunning!!!!! Your great grandmother was very talented! Also, that curry looks DELICIOUS!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAWRTIAN 7/29/2011 3:18PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
KRITTERKEEPERS 7/29/2011 10:33AM

    Beautiful quilts!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARY1313 7/29/2011 10:20AM

    I loved the art work, but your crazy quilt from your great grandmother stole the show! all of that piecing is so meticulous and I loved the fact that that even as beautiful as it was, she still added beauty by embroidering. I love it!

Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment

In Dad's home I sleep under one started by my great grandmother and finished by my mother.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SOON2BEFITSLP 7/29/2011 9:45AM

    I am quite new to quilting. It is very relaxing and fun. I just sew by hand right now because I can't afford a sewing machine. I really love the quilts that you have, your grandmother had an eye for putting those scaps together in the nicest way.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PENNYAN45 7/29/2011 9:28AM

    Those quilts are indeed treasures. And they are more beautiful because they were made with the original intention for quilts -- to use (recycle) scraps of fabrics from outworn items and make them over into something that not only could keep you warm on a cold winter night, but also is a lovely work of art.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    emoticonThat is really neat!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DOBSONSM 7/29/2011 9:05AM


Report Inappropriate Comment

Inspired by June

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In June I posted about a lovely 94 year old woman, Nadia, who literally bounced up the street on her walk and stopped to talk to us and tell us her story. The blog was titled ' Inspiring' if you did not have a chance to read it.

Well, I have to tell you, I love having inspirational people in my life; those people who do spectacular things, who have overcome great obstacles, and/or who show remarkable generosity of spirit and compassion toward those who need it most.

Today, I decided to try out a different water aerobics class because I had to reschedule my guitar lesson, so the aerobics class I usually take no longer fit into my schedule. I put on a suit that I hadn't worn since last year and was pleasantly surprised at how much better it looked this year than last. The strength training, yoga, and aerobic exercises I have been doing this summer have been very effective at toning and defining my muscles. I looked in the mirror and thought, 'Not too slouchy for a 61 year old. Woohoo!'

I slipped some capris and a shirt over my suit and drove to the Y for the morning water aerobics class. In the locker room, I met the teacher, June. June looked fantastic in her suit; energetic, fit, toned, and peppy. We got into a conversation before class started because we have a love of music in common. In addition to being a volunteer teacher at the Y (most are paid) she also has been active with promoting the symphony and the opera, travels abroad, and has many other interests and pursuits. She told me that at 84, she likes to volunteer at the Y instead of getting paid so she can take off and travel when she wants. WHOA - rewind! Did she say 84??? Yes, she did. At 84, June is more fit than many people half her age. She led a fast paced and physically demanding class, guiding people along and encouraging them with her enthusiasm and great sense of humor. I am sorry I did not discover her class until this late in the summer because I have only part of August left when I can take morning classes. But I do hope to run into her at the symphony and the opera during the school year. What a treat she is!!

I look at people like June, Nadia, my father, and hope that as I age, I will stay strong, energetic, enthusiastic, and fun, and that I will be an inspiration to others, passing on by actions and example the fact that age does not define a person- actions do.

Wishing you all strength, courage, enthusiasm, and interests that keep you propelled through life. Live life with gusto!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SOON2BEFITSLP 7/29/2011 9:41AM

    hahaha. I think the best part is "not too slouchy" I remember that other post and this one is just as inspiring! Thanks for the upllifting story. It makes me want to go outdoors and be active right now! If I could have that zest for life and exercise it would be fantastic.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARY1313 7/28/2011 5:57PM

    I love people like that. My water aerobics instructor is 89, and she whips me three times a week! I love her to pieces, she is from London and her husband is from Egypt, so interesting! I am stoked by people like her and the ones in your life!


Report Inappropriate Comment
JABULONESTAR 7/28/2011 3:54PM

    Fabulous Story! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I love it! Thanks for sharing this! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BADASSBLONDIE 7/28/2011 12:03PM

    Love this!!!!! :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLTMAN 7/28/2011 9:58AM

    Great story! I remember reading "Inspiring" as well. You have a real talent for getting the essence of your encounters in writing. Thanks for sharing


Report Inappropriate Comment
STARLASUE 7/28/2011 7:21AM

    Wonderful blog. Yes, I have a few older friends that simply amaze me and make me want to emulate their good habits. The lady that teaches the water aerobics at our gym is 82! Anazing

Report Inappropriate Comment

    We need to continue to move! Wonderful story.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IUHRYTR 7/27/2011 9:12PM

    I admit I was floored when I read her age. Never expected that. As you said, inspiring! emoticon -- Lou

Report Inappropriate Comment

Stability Ball Chair

Monday, July 25, 2011

My sister just ordered the Gaiam stabiltiy ball fitness chair and received a 15% discount coupon for a friend, which she sent to me. So, discount coupon is now applied to my order of the stability ball chair and I should be getting it in a week or so.

The system comes with a circular band, tube bands, two vidoes, a pump, removable ball, and chair. I ordered the green ball and so, it turns out, did my 'twin' sister, who is my 'twin' separated by 8 years. emoticon

My plan is to try out the chair and the exercises at home over the summer, then try it out at work once the school year starts. Having it at school may not work if the children can't leave it alone... it may be too much of a temptation for them. I am such a wiggler myself, that I think it may be the perfect chair for me during those times when I actually sit down.

Have any of you tried this, or a similar set up? What did you think?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRAVELSOUTH 12/31/2011 10:42AM


Since I was little, I've always sat in a "lazy" position in my chair so I am wondering if this ball chair would help me sit in a proper position. Have you started using it, if so how do you like it?

Report Inappropriate Comment
BADASSBLONDIE 7/29/2011 4:32PM

    I'd love a video blog!!! What fun!!! Take your time, though - don't stress yourself out over it. :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUDLECRAZY 7/29/2011 11:17AM

    I am seriously considering a video blog, but that will probably have to wait until Sunday as my next tow days are really busy.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRITTERKEEPERS 7/29/2011 10:30AM

    I am looking forward to reading your review!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEOWMAMA3 7/27/2011 12:14PM

    I've never seen such a contraption but I am intrigued! Can't wait to hear how you like it. As far as school goes...my kids are way too hyped to have this in class. Hope it works out for you! One of my ADHD/autistic kids had a bouncy/balance cushion to help him and all the kids kept playing with it and eventually deflated it permanently. I think I'd like one for in front of the computer at home.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSPLACEDAGAIN 7/27/2011 9:31AM

    I work in a middle school and one class had just regular stability balls as an option for chairs. After a few days it worked well for some kids. That is older than you little ones.

Report Inappropriate Comment
STARLASUE 7/26/2011 6:57PM

    The massage therapist where I have my Reiki practice loves hers,

Report Inappropriate Comment
PENNYAN45 7/26/2011 5:05PM

    I have never seen one of these. It looks very interesting.
I have a stability ball. I got one after my daughter-in-law used it during her pregnancy and childbirth. Then afterward, she and my son used it to sit on and bounce the baby to sleep every once in a while.
It's fun to sit and bounce on the ball. I enjoy it. Perhaps I'll take the ball out of the spare room and use it more regularly.

It will be fun to hear about your experiences with your stability chair. Be sure to keep us posted on it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUDLECRAZY 7/26/2011 3:31PM

    Thank you for your comments. I am looking forward to getting it and will let everyone know how I like it after trying it out. I have had a stability ball for many years and use it for many different exercises. I am really hoping this will work as my 'teacher chair'. I have actually thought of getting a couple of stability balls to put around my semi-circle desk where I teach small groups of children for my wiggly ones. Now I may have to, emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEOWSNEWPAGE 7/26/2011 3:25PM

    you will definitely have to share with the kids !!! at least until the novelty wears off !!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TISHTOES 7/26/2011 3:21PM

    That looks pretty fancy.

On my shopping list is just a regular stability ball. Need to get one and sit on it during all my Spark time on the computer. I think it will make a difference.

Update us on how you like it after you've had it awhile.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NANHBH 7/26/2011 1:06PM

    The library that I work in is undergoing a remodel. We did some site visits to other newly remodeled libraries. They had a kind of stability ball chair in the young teen section, only they didn't have a back rest on them. I guess when you're 11 and 12, you have better balance!

Anyway, after I saw that, I asked if I could get a stability chair. I wasn't aware there really was such a thing! Think that I will pursue it further. Sitting on a stability ball is supposed to strengthen your core and help you to have better posture. Let me know how you like this!
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
OLDERDANDRT 7/26/2011 10:41AM

    Never tried this, but it sure looks interesting!!! Happy exercising with that!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 7/25/2011 10:40PM

    Nice! I'm thinking that will be lots of fun and give rise to some interesting fitness discussions with your students: surely they'll get used to it and respect your reasons for using it . . .

Thanks for your bathing suit blog comments and goodie!! So kind of you!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IUHRYTR 7/25/2011 9:33PM

    I, too, am seeing this for the first time and will also be eager to learn of your experience with it. I expect, as with other things, you will have great success with this. -- Lou

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Great idea!!! Let us know how it works for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAMNANGEL 7/25/2011 8:43PM

    I have one of those. Very interesting experience. Haven't been able to use it much. The balls are not cat claw proof.
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LMB-ESQ 7/25/2011 8:39PM

    I haven't ever seen this before. I kinda don't get the point of stability balls, but I've also never tried one. I really don't like strength training much.

I'll be interested in reading what you think of it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARLENE_MOVES 7/25/2011 6:05PM

    I just did Coach Nicole's stability ball workout and I love it. This looks super interesting. Great to use at my computer. When I worked, people brought a ball to work to sit on while working. I should have done it then... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BADASSBLONDIE 7/25/2011 5:31PM

    Looks interesting! I wish the firm would allow a chair like that. Enjoy!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SONYALATRECE 7/25/2011 5:10PM

    As a teacher in a middl school, I can see my students wondering, "WHY???"
Not sure if I would even be allowed to have it at work.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOGANDRYLSMOM 7/25/2011 5:06PM

    i so need that for my job! Looks awesome!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I have the same one at work and I have been using it for months. I love it my core is much stronger and it has helped my back in a good way. It does take a little time to get use to it but I love mine! I have a big purple one so the guys in the office wouldn't take it emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

July - Hot, But Good

Friday, July 22, 2011

I have taken a lot of time off from blogging, but in a good way. In June, I was very busy with family and traveling to NY. It was wonderful to see my sister, niece, and brother. Our family is so spread across the country, it is great to have time to spend quality time with each other.

My niece LOVED the fairy house I built and spent long periods of time playing with it. When we were in NY, we went for quite a few Victorian house peeping walks. There is no architecture like that in Fairbanks, so she really enjoyed that. I happened to have already purchased a Victorian dollhouse kit which I had planned to build for a fundraiser; but when she enjoyed looking at Victorian houses so much I asked her if she would like to build a dollhouse like that. The answer was an enthusiastic yes! When we returned to my house, we began building and wallpapering her new house.

We did not glue any of the dollhouse together so we could pack it flat for her return trip to Alaska. She and my sister will complete the build there. I am looking forward to their progress.

July has been taken up with focusing on me. I don't often get time to do that so I am basking in making time for my health and stress reduction goals. I have been attending yoga class 2 - 3 times a week. My favorite yoga classes this summer are Yoga with Weights and Women's Seasonal Yoga. I have also started Body Pump at the gym. Body Pump is a full body barbell workout and I am really feeling the effects of it. It is great to have some tone back in my muscles after such a prolonged period of time of having weight restrictions. Don't worry, I am taking VERY good care of my back... I have spent too much pain, time, and money on my back to get careless with the weights.

Summer is such a great time for fabulous nutrition. The varieties of fresh organic fruits and veggies make eating delicious and nutritious food a daily adventure. Last night I made a yummy slaw:

1/4 head of green cabbage
1 raw beet
1/2 of a medium jicama
2 tbs, poppy seed dressing + 1 tbs cider vinegar

Put the cabbage, beet, and jicama through the food processor grater, then toss with the dressing. Colorful, crisp, and delicious!

My flamenco lessons have continued to be wonderful and challenging. I am so happy to have found such a proficient and personable teacher. One thing I am grateful for this summer is the time to play guitar, both with friends and by myself. While I am still a relative beginner, I feel like I am making progress in my proficiency, plus I am having a great time. I hope that I will be able to keep having enough time to play once the school year starts back up.

This past week has been so hot that walking has been out of the question. Cardio workouts have had to be inside in the AC or at the gym. It is supposed to cool off some next week and I am really looking forward to getting back outside. It has been too hot even for Stella to play much outside. Lots of ball chasing in the house for her. Kitty chasing if she gets the opportunity, but the kitties and I don't like that so it gets curtailed, much to Stella's chagrin.

We got a wild addition to our family. We seem to have been adopted by a white pigeon. She(?) appeared a week ago, and has made this her home. It is unusual to for a pigeon to find its way this far out in the country, and she seems very tame. We wonder if she was someone's pet; no band though.

Yes, July has been unbearably hot, but I have been enjoying July for the opportunity to focus inward, and also the opportunity to have a social life. Time with family and friends, and also alone time, are precious gifts.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MEOWMAMA3 7/27/2011 12:08PM

    Sounds like an exquisite summer vacation! Your niece will probably still have that dollhouse when she's in her rocking chair! What a great way to build memories, teach a little style history, and have fun! Continued enjoyment in the days ahead, savor the freedom teacher sister!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SOON2BEFITSLP 7/26/2011 5:37PM

    Sounds very wonderful!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    What a sweet bird! She's beautiful! She reminds me of the beige female mourning dove who adopted our family and has been around our house for years.

Congrats on taking care of YOU this summer! Bravo and well done!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Glad you are having a good summer even though July has been hot. You have been getting temperatures that are normal for our part of the country. Because we expect that kind of heat in the summer, we are prepared for it. It is a challenge keeping the chickens cool, since they have to be outside.
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Glad you are taking time for you.
Working in a big city I get to see lots of pigeons. This one doesn't meet the "street bird" look. You may be right about the pet idea. Too refined for an urban bird!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JABULONESTAR 7/23/2011 1:09AM

    emoticon HI :) I love to hear that you are taking some time for yourself and enjoying your summer! I love the pictures. Stay cool and continue to have a wonderful summer emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
0309COOKIE 7/22/2011 9:08PM

    What a great gift to give to your niece. She looks so happy!

Glad you are enjoying your summer. Enjoyed reading your blog and hearing what you've been up to.


Report Inappropriate Comment
EGGBASKET1 7/22/2011 8:57PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MARY1313 7/22/2011 2:56PM

    I'm so glad you have had such a calm and sweet summer!


Report Inappropriate Comment
MEOWSNEWPAGE 7/22/2011 2:28PM

    nice to hear from you again

enjoy the summer and lets hear some guitar!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
OLDERDANDRT 7/22/2011 10:54AM

    My, you've been busy, but it sounds like it's been a good busy!!! Don't know about this pigeon. Could have been a pet, or maybe it's just touring an area it's not been to before! Anyway, it's in good company if it's decided to join your happy group! Enjoy the rest of July and the summer!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Your blog soothed my frazzled nerves and gave me energy to keep going through this crazy week I'm in. Thanks for sharing your sweet blog. I love how you love your little precious niece! I have copied that recipe, too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 7/22/2011 8:18AM

    Nice to catch up with your news: you're definitely making the best possible use of your summer break!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAJ0621 7/22/2011 7:28AM

    So glad you are enjoying your summer! It is a great time of year.
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DOR2BFIT 7/22/2011 7:20AM

    Sounds like a wonderful summer so far!
emoticon emoticon emoticon
That's a perfect gift for your niece- she's a very lucky girl, and looks delighted with the house. We are having a heat wave here too- looks like I will actually be a lot more comfortable in Nairobi in a couple of days- temps there are in the 70s!
As for the pigeon- at our nature center in town we have always had a white dove as one of the animals in the zoo room. They are very tame, and get attached to the caretaker. I used to do birthday parties there, and the bird would invariably end up on my head, to the delight of the children. One of my middle school students actually brought in a picture from a birthday party from when she was three, and there I was with a bird on my head!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALIDGAZALA 7/22/2011 5:40AM

    Fantastic emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Today I had the opportunity to meet a truly inspiring individual.

My sister, niece, and I were walking through Nyack looking at interesting architecture. As we walked down a street, we approached a lively, tiny, and smiling woman. She greeted us with the fact that yesterday was her 90th birthday. Already she was an inspiration, as she bounced up the hilly sidewalk just as spry as a 70 year old. We sang happy birthday to her, and she introduced herself as Nadia. There, on the sidewalk, on a lovely June day, she told us her story.

Nadia was born in Russia 90 years ago. When she was a young girl, her parents and sister all died of tuberculosis, and she was left orphaned and alone. Her aunt and uncle took her in, but sent her to a sanatorium to make certain she had not contracted the disease before taking her in. When she reached high school level, her aunt informed her that they could no longer affort to send her to high school, so she would have to quit. A young man in her high school discovered her crying and when he discovered the problem, he went to the teacher and told her what was happening to Nadia. The teacher called her into her office at the end of the school day. Nadia was worried that she had done something wrong, but her teacher assured her she had done nothing wrong, that she had a letter for Nadia to give to her aunt.

When Nadia took the letter home, her aunt read it and burst into smiles. Nadia had been given a scholarship to continue her high school education.

Not long after that, the situation in the Soviet Union became untenable, and Nadia, scared and alone, fled to Austria. She was safe there for a while, but that part of Austria became under attack, and she fled to a part of Austria under British protection. A young girl, with no money, she was able to find generosity where ever she was. Families would claim her as their own when they were sent to refugee camps and helped provide her with food and shelter. As she struggled to survive in the refugee camps, an American organization brought some hearty food and good clothing to the refugees. Nadia decided that if they had food and clothing like that in America, that was where she wanted to go.

Nadia managed to find a ship headed to America and was able to board it. When she first arrived, she spoke no English, but was able to find employment as a maid for a wealthy family. As she worked in the kitchen, the family's 4 year old son would teach her English. He would point to objects, tell her what they were, and would not let her mispronounce any of the words. He would correct her each time and not move on to another object until she got it right. In this way, she made her first inroads to the English language.

Eventually, she worked at Columbia University in the chemistry lab. At the time, the Hudson River was very polluted and the students were bringing in water samples to test for contaminants. She found that they were leaving the lab a mess and took time to get eveything cleaned and organized. She made signs that said to label the samples and leave them in alphabetical order, and to clean the balances after measuring. The students learned to do as Nadia said and the lab became a more organized and safer environment.

One night, at a dance, she encountered a coincidence of considerable magnitude. The young man who spoke to her teacher when her aunt could no longer afford to send her to high school, was there at the dance and recognized her. She had lost contact with him when she was a refugee, and it was remarkable that not only had he emigrated to America, but was actually in the same state, same city, and at the same dance. The tow of them married not long after and remained married for the rest of their lives.

Meeting Nadia made our day. I think she recognized that my niece was an orphan from a different county and wanted to share her experience with her. We all wished we lived in the area, because we would love to stay in touch with her; we had an instant connection with this lovely lady.

Happy birthday to Nadia, and thank you for touching our lives.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SOON2BEFITSLP 7/11/2011 11:41AM

    How fascinating! Really interesting story, very uplifting! Hardwork and perseverance get you through! And good things come to those who wait! Wow!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Great story! 90 year olds rock! They always have something to teach us, and they're loaded with inspiring stories.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLTMAN 7/3/2011 5:57PM

    Lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEOWSNEWPAGE 6/30/2011 10:56PM

    emoticon I like A good romance story when it is real.

Report Inappropriate Comment
STARLASUE 6/29/2011 8:16AM

    WOW! What a great experience. Amazing what we learn when we actually stop and listen to people's stories.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BADASSBLONDIE 6/28/2011 12:25PM

    Wow, what a powerful story. Thank you for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IUHRYTR 6/27/2011 7:45PM

    Stories such as Nadia's and the difficulties she encountered and overcame sure do make our daily frustrations seem trivial in comparison, don't they? Too bad you don't have a way to track her down and stay in touch. How many other wonderful stories of overcoming obstacles must she have? -- Lou

Report Inappropriate Comment
LMB-ESQ 6/27/2011 7:10PM

    Elderly immigrant stories are so interesting!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MHNGJR 6/27/2011 3:32PM

    Thanks for sharing Nadia's story. What a blessing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARY1313 6/27/2011 1:16PM

    I just loved this! What a happy bouncy woman to encourage your beautiful Niece! this is how I wish all things worked out!

Thanks for sharing this!


Report Inappropriate Comment
EDWINA172 6/27/2011 5:52AM

    What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    What a truly touching story! How wonderful! I wonder if you did get her address! I so love the tenacity of those who survived the war, the trouble during that time in Europe! This woman sounds like a truly wonderful woman, and I'm so glad that you two had this experience with her! What a wonderful story! I still can't get over the young man and her reuniting! Amazing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRITTERKEEPERS 6/27/2011 12:24AM

    emoticon What a wonderful story of a woman who overcame great odds. Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    This is truly a good story of ...Courage and inspiration...The lady Nadia is truly blessed to live a long happy life..despite
the Odds in the early years...I too felt the heart tug...and would have liked to know her!! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 Last Page