Generations

Over spring break we took our Traveling Circus to see my grandma. 

 (photo cred Meredith Shafer)

This lady is so special. She gets me. She’s the one in my family who understands my artsy fartsy nature and how that means sometimes we color outside the lines because she’s one of us. 

She’s an artist as well. She was a writer and creator of newsletters, newspapers and hand-written letters from back in the day when you used typewriters and correction white out. She didn’t have fancy computer programs to whip up her small town paper–she and a friend produced it themselves and copied it on a thing called a mimeograph. She showed me copies and it was purple ink, people!

She discovered she was also an artist when she was about the age you start drawing social security, and since she had to make up for lost time, she painted probably close to a thousand paintings since then. Several hang proudly in my home, and there are a couple scattered in fairly prestigious places.

Grandma Ginger is funny, smart, witty, and understands that an artist needs a little mess around her to function. She’s not afraid of making mistakes–when I would go paint with her and her girlfriends occasionally at her Tuesday morning Pal-ettes club she would tell me, “Don’t worry, if you don’t like it we’ll just paint over it and start again.”

She taught me about relationships, about telling the truth kindly. She showed me that holding your hands with your spouse after sixty years of marriage was still cool, that it’s never too late to do what you love. She taught me that being artsy and passionate and different was ok. 

 (photo cred Meredith Shafer 2016)

I love this lady to pieces and I am so grateful that even my kids–two generations down the line–will know her and recieve the benefits of her knowledge. She has seen large parts of two centuries and the changes within, from horse and buggy to the Great Depression to a world war. 

I so want to be like Grandma Ginger when I grow up–

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Hallelujah!

I’m back baby! I’m unstoppable now that I got my WordPress app up and running!! Since I do everything–including blogging, managing my four kids’ schedules, getting Mr. Wonderful to doctor’s appointments, doing work stuff and writing my next book all in my phone–without my blog app working properly I’ve been MIA.

But not anymore!

So here’s what’s going on in my world right now:  

These photos were taken within one minute:

The Rockstar and Ballerina graciously stopped their “show” for a photo op, Baby Houdini was wearing his sister’s high heels while playing with trucks, and Big Brother told me he was wearing this China shirt “ironically” (he knows this?) because he was born in South Korea.

I am trying to work in the midst of this Traveling Circus and its glorious! Don’t you wish your office had this kind of entertainment?! You may not get much done but you’ll be entertained for sure.

So happy to be baaaaaaacckkkk!

(Photo credit Meredith Shafer) ©Copyright Meredith Shafer 2015 

I would love to connect with you on Instagram (@MyPinkChampagneLife) or Twitter (@MyPinkChampLife). Swing by and say hello!

Calling All Techies!

My WordPress app isn’t working on my phone! This is a disaster as I write all my blog posts from my phone in between taking kids to therapy appointments, ballgames, sno cone runs and the like. And also because I’m so technologically challenged that I’m scared to try and fix it😁😁😁

Anyone out there who can walk me through what I should do? I have an iPhone if that helps anything…

Thanks in advance!

(Photo credit idealistmom.com) ©Copyright Meredith Shafer 2015