BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SERIES WITH KIMBERLY FROM PASSING DOWN THE LOVE
The 32nd blogging grandmother to be
featured for this series is Kimberly from Passing Down the Love.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BLOG
NAME OF YOUR BLOG: PASSING DOWN THE LOVE – COLLECTING MEMORIES, CONNECTING GENERATIONS
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Missouri, USA
WHAT DO YOU WRITE ABOUT: Grandparenting, making memories and connecting with grandchildren. Family connections and traditions can give children a strong foundation for success throughout their lives. I talk about being a grandmother, suggest things you can do together, ways to celebrate together, how to make a record of the memories you’re making so you will remember and pass them down.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING: My Dad is 82 years old and had started talking about the legacy he will be leaving for his family. He wants to know that he won’t be forgotten. Together we decided to start a family blog designed to share memories with others in our family. We started and now maintain that blog, but this led me to also begin Passing Down the Love in order to share what we are doing with others. The original ideas eventually took the form it is now: sharing time and making & keeping memories as a way to connect the generations of family.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING: A little over a year.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING OR FRUSTRATING ABOUT BLOGGING: I struggle to keep up with everything. I’ve never been terribly organized and have a difficult time setting a schedule and sticking to it. Posting on a regular basis, sending emails the same time/day each week and graphics/design are also challenges.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU BLOG: I work on it almost every day. My posting is somewhat inconsistent, but I’m working trying to improve my habits.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN LINK PARTIES: Occasionally. I like visiting other blogs. Each one is unique and has something special to offer. I haven’t been consistent with this either.
THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING: I love getting to know other bloggers, connecting with others who share my interests. I like the tech portion of blogging like figuring out how to make things work and sharing my ideas with other grandmas.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU AS A GRANDMOTHER
WHAT DO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN CALL YOU: Gramma Kim
HOW MANY GRANDCHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: 2 – a girl 6 and a boy 4.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO SEE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN: I’m a very lucky grandma. My son and his family live about 5 miles away and I see them at least weekly, sometimes more.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A GRANDMOTHER: I love seeing their smiles and the big hug around the neck when we see each other.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
MARRIED, SINGLE, DIVORCED, WIDOWED: I have been married to the same man for 40 years.
HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: I have two sons who are 35 and 33. Both are married. The oldest is the father of my grandchildren.
DO YOU WORK OR ARE YOU RETIRED, WHAT IS OR WAS YOUR PROFESSION: I own a medical billing business and have been self-employed for 25 years. My clients are gradually retiring and my intent is to reduce my workload as they do. The work has been rewarding, but retirement is calling. Blogging can allow me to make a little income and not be tied to a certain location. I look forward to doing some traveling in the near future!
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT GETTING OLDER: The best thing about aging is the self-acceptance that comes with knowing who I am and being comfortable with myself. I’m not perfect and that’s ok. The worst? My slipping memory and the little aches and pains that come with being 60+.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY: My family makes me happy. I love my husband, my sons, the wonderful wives they have chosen, and my beautiful grandkids! We all have our own lives, but find time to be together and enjoy each other’s company.
WHAT 3 WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU: Introverted, kind, responsible.
WHAT ARE 3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOU: 1.) I would love to sell everything and travel the country (USA) in a RV. There are so many places to see and explore, foods to taste, people to meet. I look forward to some travel and hope to talk my other half into wanting the same by the time we both are retired. 2.) I’ve worn glasses since I was 7 years old. I remember leaving the office with my first pair and noticing the trees. Instead of just being green, those trees had LEAVES! Actual, individual leaves. I could see the outline of each one and was moved to tears, even at that young age. My lesson: you don’t realize you’re even missing anything at all until you suddenly see it there in front of you. Until the time I had glasses and could actually see my world, I didn’t know what I had missed…From then on, I looked more closely at everything. (Did you know that the clock on the wall has little black dots all the way around?). 3.) I love a clean house, but I hate to clean.
HOBBIES: I love learning new things. Working the mind keeps me sharper and keeps things interesting. Whether computer related, how to make something, or developing a new skill like blogging, the learning process will help me to maintain my brain as age creeps up on me.
PETS: I have a 10-year-old Shih Tzu named Sparky. Many years ago my sisters and I got Sparky for our mom for Christmas. It’s a long story, but we learned this lesson: Don’t buy a dog for someone who may or may not actually WANT a dog. After much fuss, confusion, trading places and laughs, Sparky became MY dog. And it was meant to be. Ask me and I’ll tell you the whole story in detail… It’s pretty funny!
FAV ICE CREAM: I have several favorites – Chocolate Almond and Mint Chip, for sure!
FAV COLD DRINK: Orange soda and iced coffee.
FAV FOOD: Pizza with a crispy crust, spaghetti with garlic bread.
FAV AROMA: Chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, coffee, and fresh clean babies.
FAV MUSIC: 60’s and 70’s rock and roll, old-time country music and bluegrass. The Eagles, Elton John, Van Morrison, Little Feat, Billy Joel, Kenney Chesney, Waylon Jennings, Sam Bush, and Elvis are some of my favorites.
FAV TV SHOW: Right now I’m a fan of This is Us and The Walking Dead.
FAV TV SHOW WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD: Carol Burnett, HeeHaw, cartoons like Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny.
WERE YOU A GIRLY GIRL OR A TOMBOY AS A CHILD: My sister was definitely the tomboy of the family. I was a blend. Not particularly girly, but certainly not the tomboy.
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, OR WINTER: Summer is the best season of the year. During the summer, there is warmth, sunshine, and time at the lake. Swimming, boating, camping, walking, and simply being outdoors is the best way to spend the days. And being cold is never fun. Ever. I vote for summer!
DO YOU HAVE A TALENT: Rolling my tongue. Did you know this is hereditary? My husband can’t do it, no matter how hard he tries.
WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE: I love music. Listening, going to concerts, watching someone play an instrument. I was born with zero musical ability. Being fired from guitar lessons because of a lack of rhythm can take the wind out of your sails! I envy those who can keep a beat and make music!
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL: Getting up in the morning is difficult and early doesn’t happen unless I’m headed to the airport for a vacation or there is a fire in my bedroom. Coffee is my friend. People refuse to speak to me until after a sufficient amount of time has passed and I have found my pleasant side. Did you guess? I’m a night owl, for sure.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US: I’d love for you to come by and check out my blog. Please feel free to comment, give me suggestions, or just say hi. Leave your blog URL with your comment so I can visit you, too. Oh, and share anything you enjoy. I appreciate your support!
*Who will be the next featured grandmother in this series?
*You can see those who have been featured at the bottom of the this page.If you would like to be featured, you must first join our Blogging Grandmothers group at Facebook. Click here to join. Once you're approved as a member, let me (Grammy Dee) know you’re interested and we’ll get it set up.