I’m back! I apologize for the blog being slow. Things were pretty crazy over on my Facebook Page last week with LOADS of giveaways for International Babywearing Week! I hope you snagged some great stuff! If you didn’t, there’s still TWO carrier giveaways open. Thanksgiving is always a hectic time of year for my family- we have TWO of our three kids born on October 8th which means their birthday almost always falls on Canadian Turkey Day. So of course, my oldest wants a huge Thanksgiving feast for his birthday each year.
Now with Littlest also being born on the 8th, but 12 years later, it’s just one more thing! We kept it pretty simple, and the boys shared a Pumpkin Pie birthday cake. Spending time with family is always important, so Great Grandma made the trip out.
I have to tell you about my Grandma. She’s 85 and a published author, still living on her own and still driving. She’s got all her mental faculties (and then some!), and aside from slight mobility issues due to many accidents and broken bones, she gets around really well. Her first book was published only a few years ago, and I think she has about 9 now! Follow your dreams, everyone, even into your senior years. My grandma is living proof that it’s never to late to do something you’ve always wanted to do.
Kathleen W. Forbes immigrated from Northern Ireland in the 1940’s and began a whole new life in Canada at the young age of 18. She is a mother, a dancer, an entrepreneur, a poet, a writer and a speaker. Her rich and colourful experiences makes for an amazing written journey, and her book of poetry is my favourite. She also writes a Mystery series for all ages and a Children’s series as well. Check her out and buy her books from Chapters! I highly recommend the Holly Brannigan Mystery Series, especially if you are familiar with the West Coast of Canada. (Note, it seems Chapters has her name down as the author of another person’s book… The Battle for Halcyon is not one of her novels.)
My grandma has always been an inspiration to me, and her hard work and go-get-em attitude really inspired me to take my dreams to reality. She is one of the reasons this blog exists, and why I haven’t given up on writing my own novels.
So, I hope you all had a wonderful and inspiring Thanksgiving and to our American friends, be patient- your massive Turkey Dinner is on the horizon. We just like to do things early here in Canada 😉
Elaine Buonsante says
How inspirational is your Grandmother! Thank you for sharing her experiences. I’ll be looking up her Holly Brannigan Mystery Series for my grandchildren. We live in Vancouver and they might connect well to these books.
I was born in Squamish, where my grandmother lived for many years, so these books have a lot of that geography and feel to them. Howe Sound and Garibaldi especially!
Ulina G says
This is incredible! What an inspiration she is!
She sure is! I hope I can follow my dreams and be just as determined as she is.
Lori a Galbraith says
Sounds like your Grandma is an amazing woman. A great tribute to her.
Leigh K. says
Your grandmother does sound like an inspiration & maybe a source of your creative writing abilities! My grandmother who has been gone time is still a source of inspiration. She is the one who taught us about unconditional love for starters. All the grandchildren thought we were her favorite! I still remember the itty bitty hand made Barbie clothes she would make me for Christmas & wish I had saved them.
Kathleen W. Forbes says
Thank you my darling grand-daughter for the wonderful accolades. I just found your blog and was blown away. I’m so proud of you for your skill in using the internet to promote your new business. That’s what I need to promote my books. Thank you for doing just that. The reason I found your blog, or website, is that I’m a computer illiterate, and it was just pure luck that I came across it. I can type something in and run it off on the printer, and that’s the extent of my knowledge. It’s a long road from the manual type-writer to what we have available today. Love you, and hope to see you all at Christmas. Grandma