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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Your Never Too Old!

Just a lazy day out here on the North Forty. Old Man Winter has a way of keeping this old grandma inside with the cold wet temps we have been experiencing since Christmas Day.

While catching up on a few things this after noon on the computer I found this lovely amazing woman.
I hope she does not mind me writing about her but after this past month being depressed over what cruelty in this world I just had to share a little about her.

                                   You can read more about Tao Porchon-Lynch 
                                 on this site   By Rick Schindler,    Listed below I copied from his article some of her life experiences.
·                 She marched with Gandhi — twice — in her native India.
·                 She fought in the French Resistance and underwent an emergency appendectomy during the Blitz after escaping France to London.
·                 She was a model for fashion house Lanvin and a contract player for MGM, appearing in such films as “Show Boat” (1951).
·                 When her friend Leslie Caron injured her foot, threatening to delay production of “An American in Paris,” Tao fixed it with a Coke bottle.
·                 To get a part in a western, she pretended to know how to ride a horse (after she took off the saddle and rode bareback, Tao told me, “the horse and I got along fine”).

    She is now 94 but at 93 she was awarded certification by the Guinness World Record for the oldest Yoga Teacher. Yep she is still teaching Yoga and Rick Schindler is one of her lucky students.

What I would give to know this lady and to be able to take her yoga classes. Knowing her would be such an inspiration. She teaches in New York so I will just have to admire her from afar.

This picture is from a dance competition with her 24 year old dance partner.
What a remarkable woman! I need to think of her often when I am complaining about working out here on the North Forty at my age. hahaha

I am though the luckiest Grandma in the world to live only a few hours from these two special cutie pies.
I celebrated with them Christmas Eve night and was lucky enough to see them get their Santa the next morning.

It was a great evening. My son Chad gave Kaci a WI game which was dancing competition. I snapped this picture of Kaci and Chad dancing to one of the songs.  I actually captured them and some others on Video from my camera but I promised I would not post the videos but oh how I wish I had not made that promise. lol

They would not give up until I got up an danced with Kaci to Jail House Rock. It was a scream! You see your suppose to follow the animated people on the game and do as they do. Well my family did not understand I can't follow anyone watching them. Believe me it just does not work for me. I have been thrown out of classes for not being able to follow their moves. hahaha

So knowing it was hopeless to do this I just started dancing like crazy to Jail House Rock. My grandson Bailey hollers from the balcony seating GRANDMA You Can't Just Go Crazy. You have to follow the people on the game. hahahaha

They didn't have to watch me too long I gave out right before the end of the song.  I did manage not to score too low. I even got some Prefects but not many.

If you want to loose weight I think this game on WI would be prefect for that.

The next morning after seeing what all Santa left Bailey and Kaci I drove over to Chad's home. He invited Christi and I for brunch.

As I have told you before Chad can cook. Oh my gosh. Christi and I never ate the rest of the day after his huge brunch.  I wanted to take pictures but after some of his friends arrived for the beautiful meal I was too  busy running my mouth to take any more pictures other than the one of Christi and Chad.

Chad served Mimosa's to drink with our meal and these drinks added to my mouth going non stop. I am sure if I had not partaken in these Mimosas I would of been a lot quieter.

One of Chad's guest was a friend Matthew from Australia. I loved meeting Matthew and fell in love with his accent. He was the sweetest young man and a delight to spend Christmas morning with.

I hope he enjoyed his visit here from Australia and comes back again soon.

Bailey and Kaci have been really sick since Christmas. Running a 102 fever and with Kaci being a Juvenile Diabetic her blood sugars have been running as crazy as my dancing to Jail House Rock. Only she is miserable and I wish that they would hurry and get well. I hate they spent their Christmas Vacation sick
in bed. Christi text me earlier and wrote she thought she was getting sick. I have been praying no one else would get this.

I hope you are well and not sick. Yesterday I went to the store and every where I turned someone was coughing or sneezing. I hurried out of the store as quick as I could.

Please tell me about your Christmas! I hope it was a special day for you.
Sending you much love


Thistle Cove Farm said...

Seems to me this remarkable woman is well deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize, unlike others who have received it simply because they could breath without assistance.
But I digress.

GerryART said...

The eve before the big day DD#2 brought over the defrosted turkey and we proceeded to get it ready for the slow cooker.

We added a couple of cubes of butter, a couple of envelopes of onion soup and almost all of the forty-oz bottle of beer.

We set the cooker to s-l-o-w.
Christmas morning daughter was back and began fixing our Christmas Feast.

That turkey was so tender, plus it fell right off the bones. We had no need for the stockpot. We removed ALL the bones then and there. There was no reason to cook a stock for turkey soup leftovers. That task took care of it's self.

Three cheers for Beer Bath Turkey ! !

Gorges Smythe said...

We had a simple Christmas, but a good one.Looks likde you had a busy one. I hope your new year is a good one, too.

Paula said...

We, and our family from Anchorage Alaska ate Mexican food at a little dive in Poteet, Texas the strawberry capital of Texas. Then we drove some country roads. We had celebrated with family the week before. A different kind of Christmas but it was fun. Happy New Year Maggie!

yaya said...

I love stories like the one you me hope that I could age that great..but then I realize I'm not aging that great now, what makes me think that I'll be that good at 93??? Oh well, I loved the story anyway! Our Christmas was good, the food and company were good too! Love your family pics...very adorable and handsome kids and grandkiddos! Happy New Year Maggie!

acorn hollow said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful christmas to see your grandbabies and dance I love to dance.
and I do love me a mimosa or two:)
our christmas was a great joy and filled with many blessings.

Julia said...

Hi Maggie. Yeah, that what I'm gonna look like when I hit 93, hahaha. In my dreams... My stiff knee would not let me sit in that pose or the other for that matter.
Oh well I guess that we all have our talents.
She is quite an inspirational woman though.

I love the photos of your kids and grandkids. I would love to have seen you dance to the Jail House Rock. I hope that the kids soon feel better. Being sick while on vacations sucks.

We had a low key Christmas but a wonderful Christmas just the same.Missing some members of the family . I stressed a bit about knowing what to buy the kids but in the end they all got some money and a small gift. Shopping just wasn't in the cards for me this year. I just couldn't get in the shopping mood.

I just posted some photos of our quiet Christmas on my blog this afternoon as my computer connection was acting up at Christmas but is fixed now.

We had two big snow storms one after the other and the wind is still blowing the snow around tonight. I feel like we are at the North Pole. I might see a Polar Bear at any minute, hahaha.

I'm ready to celebrate New Year's Eve with wine and some potato chips, hahaha.

Wishing you a Joyous and Healthy New Year. Stay warm and cosy.
Love and hugs,

Marla and Steve said...

Love all your newsy posts - like family catch ups.

Had a wonderful time in CA with all our girls and two grands. Two more on the way - as I tell the girls - new babies just for me as a way to make up for such a cancer crappy 2012.

Rose Hascall said...

We celebrated Christmas on Dec. 15. Daughter no. 3 received her doctorate that weekend and since we were going to be together for that, we made it a double celebration. There are 13 grandkids and 10 adults. We ate, opened presents, went bowling( had 5 reserved lanes) and ate some more. Christmas day was spent at a friends house, eating,playing cards and eating some more. All in All a very Merry Christmas.
Happy New Year.

Sweet Tea said...

You have a lovely family and I love that you just went "WILD" with your dancing. Too funny!!

joanne said...

just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New broken bones, or back pain, no getting sick, or falling off the tractor, no tripping, or sneezing or coughing for you. Just a wonderful happy, healthy, fun new year!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

wow, you can sure tell that lady honored the gift of her body.. she is an inspiration~!

It was wonderful reading about all the fun you had with your family. I hope everyone gets well real soon and those who havent gotten sick- stay well.

Happy New Year to ya Sweetums. I hope 2013 is a Happy Healthy year full of joy for you.
luv ya bushels and bunches

Arkansas Patti said...

Wow, don't think I could bend like that as a 6 year old. What a woman and what a life she has led.
Sounds like you had a great holidays but I am really sorry for the sickness in your family. Hope they get the right meds to knock it out soon.
Wishing you and all a happy, healthy and exciting 2013.

Pom Pom said...

Hi Maggie!
Happy New Year to you!

Karen Whittal said...

Hello my old friend, how are you doing, I have so missed having the time to blog over the past few months, but have spent a lovely afternoon catching up on some of the things that I have missed.... great to see your sense of humor is still working overtime..... missed you. Hope your 2013 is filled with love, laughter and more that that friends and family... love Karen

Auntie Cake said...

Hi Maggie,
Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Can't imagine you moving to Jail House Rock, you should have posted a video...

Hope you have a great start to 2013. We are off to Lib's tonight to celebrate. Should be wild and crazy. And that's only Kelly...

Olga said...

Now that woman is just flat out amazing. I think I should take up yoga!! Glad you had a nice Christmas. Hope all the bugs have been chased away. Happy New Year to you!

Maggie M said...

What a remarkable lady. Sorry to hear Bailey and Kaci are sick and I sure hope Christi was not getting sick. Hope you stay well sweet Maggie. Our Christmas was with everyone snowed and iced in and we had no electricity. We visited the family via Skype and phone. Our son that lives up the road from us walked down with his wife and grands the day after Christmas and we had a very nice visit with them. Happy New Year dear Maggie. Hugs

Forty Pound Sack said...

Happy New Year, Maggie! We had a lovely Christmas with family, laughter, and lots of yummy food. I have a Wii dancing game, too. You have inspired me to dig it out and host a dance off ~

Sue said...

What an amazing woman! Thanks for sharing her with us.

Hope everyone in your family gets well soon, Maggie. I think 2013 needs to be a year of good health for all of you!

I hope it's so.