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04 March 2004 @ 07:28 pm
My Grandmother turned 91 yesterday! :)  
...She's such a spunky woman that at 91 she still lives alone and still chases wild animals out of her yard with a broom, she still carries burning hibachis around the garage, and will still wake up at 4:30 in the morning to cook a dinner for the entire family. What a woman! I hope that I'm half as active and sharp as she is when I'm that age. :) The little Japanese I know I learned from hearing her yell in the kitchen (so basically all I know how to do is swear in Japanese...)

My Mom will be flying to the Big Island tomorrow to spend the weekend with her. :) Although my Mom and Grandma are VERY close, my Mom's visits usually can't be longer than a few days... After that she and my Grandma will start to argue (not seriously) and get on each others nerves. The test of how good a visit it was is usually dictated by how many "BAKATARES" my Grandmother yells at my Mom. (The best translation for "Bakatare" I know of is - "Stupid" maybe?) :P Last year at this time there were only two bakatares (which was a pretty good trip) :), we'll have to see about this year. ;)

In other news, a friend of mine wants me to go to SLC with her for the Michael Ball concert in May... It's one week before my NYC trip and I doubt I'll be able to swing vacation time two weeks in a row. :P I'd love to go, just so I could see her, but I think it may be impossible (work wise). I'll still hopefully get to see her in NYC the next weekend, though. :)

And I've been excitedly planning my next NYC trip in May. I'm using FF miles (or else I wouldn't be able to afford it!) and quite a few people I know will be in the city for other Chad reasons (Daytime Emmys) and it'll be wonderful to see them all again. I'm really going more to see them than anything - oh and "Avenue Q" and "Assassins" while I'm there too. ;)

And I know I always post photos of Sydney and you're all probably tired of seeing her on my LJ, so today I decided to post a photo of my Mom's fuzzy (slightly neurotic - but awfully cute :)) dog instead.

My Mom's cute fuzzy dog, Yuki - a Japanese Spitz. :)
ajayne on March 4th, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)
Aww... what a cute doggie! =)

Your grandmother sounds like a real live wire! I hope to be so lively at that age. =) (Heck, I would like to be that lively at 50!)
Sheri: Sydney - puppyshutterbug93 on March 5th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)
She is a really cute dog! I think my Mom was a little apprehensive about taking her in at first, but now she's the love of her life! :)

Me too! We've always said that she was so stubborn that she'd probably outlive us all. :)
Carriecarrieh on March 4th, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, your mum's dog looks so cute. I was watching some of Crufts on the TV last night, Toy and Utility Classes. Hope I haven't missed the working dogs because I think that's the class that Shelties are in.

Yours grandmother sounds like great fun. My great aunt and uncle stayed just as active right up to their deaths, they were both 90. My great uncle used to always walk into town and back to do the shopping (about 3 1/2 miles). He was incredible.
Sheri: Sydney - puppyshutterbug93 on March 5th, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)
I always watch dog shows on TV so I can see some cute shelties too. :)

My Grandmother is a lot of fun. Once she playfully hit my Mom on the back as she was laughing at a joke someone told and nearly knocked the wind out of my mother. ;) And that's great that your great uncle used to walk to and from town to do his shopping at 90. I always love to hear about people at that age who are still so vibrant.
Sabinesabine10 on March 5th, 2004 02:36 am (UTC)
It's good to hear that your grandmother is so active. :) Wish her all the best.

Your Mom's dog is cute. :) You will not find much of his (or is it a girl?) breed here but I always liked them a lot.

Wish you a nice day. :)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on March 5th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
Thanks Sabine! She's an amazing woman and each day she constantly amazes me with what she does - and she's got such a stubborn, hearty personality that we all adore. :)

And Yuki's a cutie! She actually started off as our dog. But because she and Sydney didn't get along and Sydney got physically ill from all the stress that Yuki created, we made the decision to give her to my Mom and it worked out great because Yuki is the light of my Mom's life. :)
irisheyes77 on March 5th, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
What a cute doggie! Wasn't she originally yours but the two dogs didn't get along or something? I love spitz type dogs because that's what huskies are, too.

Happy Birthday to your Grandma, too!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on March 6th, 2004 05:34 am (UTC)
Thanks, Amanda! :) We did actually own Yuki for a short period of time. Unfortunately because of the difference in personalities, she and Sydney really didn't get a long and we ended up giving her to my Mom to raise. It all worked out though because my Mom loves the company around the house and we still get to see Yuki on a pretty regular basis. :)

And thanks for the birthday wishes for my Grandma! :)
Care: smilecareleswhisper on March 5th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC)
Wow, your grandma seems like a cool woman. Happy birthday to grandma.

That doggie has to be the second cutest thing. Sydney being the first obviously. ;)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on March 6th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC)
My Grandma is a funny lady! :) I really don't have much family (really only her, Mark, and my Mom) so she's very special to me. :) Thanks for the birthday wishes for her! :)

And that's about the sweetest comment about Yuki (and Sydney) that I've ever gotten! You're too sweet, Carrie! :) *HUGS*
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on March 5th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC)
'Bakatare' -- LOL! I haven't thought of that word since...well, May when I saw my mom. :/ LOL! Your mom & her mom sound kinda like myself and my mom....but I did make it for a week visit before I thought I might go crazy. My dad makes a great referee tho'.

Yuki is a very very cute dog!
Sherishutterbug93 on March 6th, 2004 05:43 am (UTC)
Wow - a week's visit is a long time! My Mom's trips are four days...tops. :) Both are very stubborn and have very strong wills - that must be where I get it from! ;)

And thanks for your comments on Yuki. She's become my Mom's baby. ;)
Smithasmittenbyu on March 6th, 2004 01:30 am (UTC)
your mom and grandma sound like my mom and grandma... but usually the yelling/scolding is the other way around! oh my.. he hehe..

My grandma is 78 now (I think)...she is still quite active, with her mouth as well. She is hard to deal with at times, but I admire her spirit of independence and courage!

mom's going to India to visit her for three weeks... oh two stubborn people in one house.. the entertainment we will miss!

And Yuki is just so cute!!!! It's a common dog in India too... but think they are called palmarions (?? NO clue of the spelling!!)And, I never get tired of Sydney's pictures!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on March 6th, 2004 05:48 am (UTC)
I think that my Mom and I may have a similar relationship one day soon too. I think the stubborn-ness must run in my family! ;)

That's so great about your Grandmother being so independent! :) And three weeks is a long time for your Mom to be visiting her. I'm sure she'll come back with many stories! ;)

And thanks for your comments about Yuki (and about Sydney too!) You're too sweet, Smitha! :)

BTW, I miss you a lot - when are you coming back to Hawaii for a visit? :)

Smithasmittenbyu on March 7th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC)
yeah three weeks is a long time, but she needs to help grandma with many things! Grandma refuses to live with either of her children, mom and uncle. But you know if you are living abroad for so many years, three weeks with mom is not enough!! he hehe...

oh how I miss Hawaii and everyone (well, almost everyone! :P) in it! I would love to come back for at least a visit, but am not sure if that's going to happen soon!