A Little Bit Of This & A Little Bit Of That!
Did you know that there are currently to be estimated over 73 million Baby Boomers in the whole wide world? That's a lot of us, that's for sure. I take great comfort in knowing that I'm not alone in this boomer process. As the years continue to speed by, I find myself often reflecting on and musing about events that have occured in my life, decisions that I made, both good ones and bad ones, as well as goals I have for now and for the future.
The graphic above represents some of the elements from my past, present and future, it gives one a little bit of perspective from my baby boomer life.
First and Foremost, The Blue Volkswagon Bus!
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about my family of origins' Blue Volkswagon Bus.
I think it's because I have a 3-1/2 year old grandson and he is all about cars and trucks. I occasionally add to his car/truck collection and so one day while checking out at the grocery store, I looked down at some cool toy cars, that I only noticed since having a mini boy in my life. I immediately spotted a toy Volkswagon Bus, however it was red and white. I frantically searched for a blue one, but to no avail, so of course I bought the red one for my grandson, (and me), so that I could regale him with stories of our infamous Volkswagon Bus.
Hence my story of the Folk's Volkswagon. (My maiden surname is Folk).
In the Fall of 1965 our military family moved to Bitburg Germany. My father who was in the Air Force, traveled ahead of my mom and his three little sweet girls, to get things situated before we arrived. I will never forget the cold and rainy night that we arrived in Frankfurt Germany. My father was there to pick us up and he did so in a shiny new Blue and White Volkswagon Bus. The space inside was amazing. There were three sections for seating, as well as a storage compartment in the back. This was the best part for me because it meant that us 3 little girls didn't have to all sit together in the same row, ever again.
We all piled in and made the two hour journey to Bitburg, Germany. This was the very first of so many journeys that we took in the Folkswagon. We toured Europe in the VW bus. We even brought our sweet blue and white bus back to the Unites States when we returned and my family kept it for many years. Fond memories for me whenever I think about it or see one.
I Loved My Little Brownie Camera!
Oh how I loved my little Brownie camera. I got it when we lived in Germany. I was always taking pictures of this and of that. I still have some of the photos, but unfortunately, I didn't take good care of storing them to preserve them. My sweet little camera sure made me feel so grown up as well as the beginings of moi becoming a budding artist.
Do you remember a time in your younger years when you took pictures, had your parents help load and unload the roll of film, take them to be printed, wait a week and then finally get to look at your pictures? ... I do too!
Things sure are different now, with mobile device cameras. Now there is Instant gratification and being able toimmediately delete awful shots. Sometime I miss the good old times of waiting an entire week to get your pictures back, eagerly opening the package, looking though the photos and realizomg that only about 4 or 5 of them were any good.. Those were the days!
Traveling Here And There And Everywhere!
Due to my mother's love of traveling, I had the privegle to travel to many countries throughout Europe when I was between the ages of 8 - 11. Just about always in the Volkswagon bus, naturally. We explored parts of France, England, Italy, Belguim, Luxembourg, Yugoslavia and Austria just to name just a few.
Those traveling memories can come back into my mind in a flash and are some of the fondest memories that I enjoy. I wish that I had taken the time to tell my mom how much I loved and appreciated these journeys when she was still alive, it was because of her that we took them. Thank goodness for her wanderlust or we would have only visited parts of Germany, where my father was stationed..
Upon returning home to the US, I still continued to travel and I can say that I have been in at least 30+ states . As an adult I've enjoyed traveling to Spain, France, Alaska and Hawaii. Traveling has been a big part of my life. I'm so grateful for my fond traveling memories.
For The Love Or Not Of Crochet!
Want to know why I love crochet? It's because my Yugoslavian immigrant grandmother crocheted. I believe my mother taught me to crochet. I learned to knit first but didn't enjoy it so much, mostly because you had to hold two needles and really pay close attention or you would easily drop a stitch. Crochet, on the other hand is much more forgiving. You only hold the one hook in one hand, the yarn wrapped around your fingers on the other and don't have to be so percise. I find it to be very calming and it brings back so many memories.
Crochet seems to be so outdated to this generation. I would love to see more young one learn the art. I truly enjoy the artform and have a crochet board on pinterest: Crochet Love! where I have over 18,000 crochet idea pinned and thousands of followers. Feel free to check it out at: https://www.pinterest.com/thevintagehandbag/crochet-love/
Remember the Granny Square? It was such a 70's thing. You either love them or hate them, there's no in between. I have noticed in the past few years a semi-revival of granny squares items, including handbags and clothing. They bring back memories every time I see them. What about you?
Love, Life & Family!
I found what I thought was love at a very early age (17+) and thought it a brilliant idea to get married. Read too many Harlequin romance novels, I think. I then had my one and only child at 19+. My oh my, I did rush my life. We stayed married for over 16 years but parted ways and have remained good friends to this day. Sharing a child with someone is precious and to be celebrated. Even though we are not together, we stay in touch, occassionally see each other and talk about our grown daughter, her family and the creme de la creme, my sweet little grandson.
I am thankful most of all that, my life choices have allowed me to have a precious daughter, her French husband and my little grandson in my life. With all this, I am extremely grateful!
Still Learning, Loving Life & Creating!
You never think that you are going to get older, but you do! However I still have so much that I want to do and accomplish. I am happy that I have explored a variety of different activities in my life so far and with many more to come. I'm grateful that I live in the beautiful state of Idaho and close to my daughter, her family and enjoy watching my only grandchild grow.
My years and experiences have allowed me to be an Interior Designer, Artist of Sorts, Crafter, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Friend, Blogger. I am always open to learning new things.
Currently blogging is my new passion. I have wanted to blog for years, tried it many, many times and finally decided to stick with it. I know that I'm new to the game but am having fun with my new "hobby". Will it become bigger and better? I hope so, but if is stays little, then I am okay with that also, as it is genuine form of self awareness and openess to share about your life.
Thank you for allowing me to share my baby boomer musings of a little bit of this and a little bit of that from my life so far!
Until next time,