Thursday, June 2, 2011

New Joysee part 2

So I've decided to be totally un-original with my title because I'm tired.  Sorry for the utter lack of coolness on my part.

But, you want to know what dripped with coolness this weekend?  My trip to New Jersey! (okay, it actually dripped with sweat because it was like, 90 degrees)

We went down the shore one day

I got to see a plethora of relatives from aunts and uncles, to cousins, my Godmother and of course, Grandma.

I wanted to put a fascinator on her,
but she opted for the wide brimmed straw hat
Ahh, my Grandmother.  We had hours of enjoyment at the nursing home.  Let me just say, even though she's lost most of her short term memory, she has not lost her spunk and ability to talk dirty.

She regaled us with songs in Polish, informing us that one particular song she liked was about a tramp.  She then turned to my mom (her daughter) and asked very innocently: "Are you a tramp?"  Naturally my mom said, "No not for a while now."  And my grandmother very sweetly but very knowingly said, "Well, you've got some smears on your shirt there, Honey."

She liked to tell us about all her boyfriends, and that they were waiting at her mother's house for her.  Then she lowers her voice and says, "And you know, we weren't really able to do much lovemaking until just last year."  Not skipping a beat, she remarks on how beautiful the trees are, and how she hadn't had a chance to climb them yet this year.

These are the trees she was facing-
every other minute she'd remark on how breathtaking the trees were.
Every. Other.  Minute.
After a few more laughs, we wheel her back into the nursing home so she could hang out with the elderly priest who is apparently her boyfriend.  It's okay- he blesses everyone he sees, so we're good to go.

As I left, I just had to get a picture of her roommate.  She's 107 years old!

She kinda stared at me blankly when I asked her if I could take her picture.
  I took that as a yes.

We are so lucky that my grandmother is happy where she is, and even though she knows who Abby is, I don't look like her Abby.  She still thinks of me as a little girl.  And you know what?  That's totally fine with me.

Quick promo: I'm posting as my alter-ego Abby Gabby for the Thestral Gazette over at Laurel's Leaves today!  Head on over there and read my advice column for Hogwarts students.


Kristi said...

Awww, I love posts about trips, especially ones with photos! What a great trip, with so many hilarious memories.

And can I say, WOW? 107? Seriously? She's looking pretty good! :P

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You grandmother sounds like a character! And her roommate's 107? I'm impressed.

Anonymous said...

Glad you got to spend some time with your grandmother. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Anonymous said...

So glad to see a pic of my Aunt Mania and hear about your visit with her. It's good to know she's happy. I guess Patty will keep us posted on the tree climbing.

Sue P

Jennie Bailey said...

LOVE your grandma! And really miss mine.

Can you imagine living to be 107?? That's incredible!

Meredith said...

Your grandma sounds like one of the coolest women ever! That's too cute!

Anonymous said...

Oh how I've missed your wit! (since taking my blogging hiatus) Sounds like you had fun :)

Donea Lee said...
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Donea Lee said...

What a fun story! Your grandma sounds like a wonderful, fun, lady. :) Thanks for sharing.

And, wow. 107-year-old roommate? Imagine the stories she knows ~

Donea Lee said...

Oh! And I tagged you on my blog today.

erica and christy said...

We went through the short-term memory loss with my hubby's grandma for several years before she slipped into full Alzheimers. There's only so many ways to react to the same statement over and over and over!! I'm glad you got that time with her!

Colene Murphy said...

Lovely pictures!! Glad you had a good trip and got home all safe and sound!

Anonymous said...

Don't you just love grandparents? Your grandma sounds hilarious! Glad you had fun in New Jersey! I hope I live to be 107! I tagged you, too. It's the same tag as Donea so I guess that makes you twice as cool! ;)

alexia said...

LOL! I hope I'm that spunky when I'm an old lady!

Talli Roland said...

Ah! Your grandma sounds hilarious - and oh so spunky! And wow, 107! Her roommate looks fantastic. Glad you had a good trip.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you had such a good time. Thanks for sharing!