Skip to main content

What I Learned From Grandma Rene

Today, my Grandma Rene is 92 years young. I can't hardly believe it! Only in the last few years has she appeared old to me, but she is still active and fairly sharp. Over my life I have learned a few things from her.

A little background: She was born in 1920. She grew up on a farm during the 1920's and 1930's. She lived during the Depression. She lost her father at 16 years old. She graduated high school and worked as a hired girl until she married my grandfather, Roger, in 1942. She followed him during the WWII as he was a Second Lieutenant with the 807th AAF Base Unit. After the war they settled down on a farm in northwest Iowa and she gave birth to six sons. My grandfather passed away in 1968. In 1972 she went to nursing school so that she could provide for her sons after the farm was sold. She worked as a nurse until 1995(?) when she retired. She married my step-grandfather, Curtis, in 1995. He passed away in 2010. She has buried three of her six sons.

She is a tough lady who will help you in any way possible. She is always willing to pitch in and help. She cares deeply about those she loves. She still lives at home and tries to mow her own lawn. She likes to play cards and go dancing. She loves to have company over and visit.

Some things I have learned from Grandma Rene is:

1. Get to know your neighbors. You never know when you might need to help them and/or need their help.

2. Dishes should always be done after dinner and there is no such thing as too many hands to help with dishes.

3. Stay active physically and mentally.

4. Take care of your health and it will take care of you.

5. Always pitch in and help. Many hands make light work.

6. Almost anything can be reused. Sometimes a third, fourth, fifth and sixth time.

7. Sometimes you need to be creative to make something work.

8. Always keep cookies in the freezer for when family and company come over.

9. Keep a garden and can your produce.

10. A clean house is a matter of pride and looks nice for unexpected company.

I am sure there is more, but these are what stand out in my mind. If you have more to add, please comment below!

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!


  1. You are lucky to have such a nice gramma. Mine was a mean unhappy woman and what I remember hearing from her always was "there is no rest for the wicked" and sure enough she was tired up until she passed away a few years ago! It is amazing to me that my mother was raised by her and is so loving and good to all her children.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

10 Preparedness Items You Should Be Buying Every Month

As crazy as it seems, some people make prepping harder than it has to be. Learning skills can be hard, but the end rewards are so worth it. The work can be hard, but the pay off is that jobs get done and you have accomplished something for the future. However...preppers still need stuff. We can produce a lot of our own things and survive just fine. We still need the items that will make survival easier now and, heaven forbid, if anything bad happens. We need things to keep our lifestyle simpler and easier if something happens. Over the eight years or so that I have been prepping, I have some things that I buy almost every month. Some months when the budget is tight, I might not purchase any of these. Then I appreciate having these things on hand! Below is my list of things I buy every month. I don't make one big trip and buy all these things in one trip. I add them to my cart at the grocery store, department store, online shopping, and whatnot. I spend a little bit every s

10 Non-Perishable Food Preps You Should Be Buying Every Month

New preppers wonder what they should be buying for their preps every month. More experienced preppers wonder what holes they should be plugging in their food storage to be better prepared. We all know we should be constantly adding and rotating our food storage every month in order to have a good supply. Since I have written the 10 Preparedness Items You Should Be Buying Every Month  and Top Ten Items You Need For Your Food Storage , I have found my preparedness mindset changing a little bit. I think they are things you should be buying every month that are perishable items and non-perishable items. This list will concentrate on the non-perishable items because those are the ones most important to your food storage. To explain what I have included on this list, I will give you the criteria. I am making this list as basic as possible. Meaning that you can go to the grocery store and buy these items right off the shelf which means the items are shelf-stable. They will not expire o

10 Totally Free Prepping Things To Do

This post is a part of the 30 Days of Preparedness Round Robin with Prepared Bloggers! Thank you for visiting! I love prepping lists! I have so many printed out and filed in a binder so I can look at them. I get motivated by them and finds all sorts of ideas to get things done! I am offering you today a list of 10 totally free prepping things to do. Some of the things will take only a few minutes to do, some will take a few hours, and some might take more time than that. You can do these things with your family or invite your friends over to do these things. The only thing that might not make this totally free is canning jars. However, I am assuming most of you have jars on hand! 10 Totally Free Prepping Items To Do 1. Learn to get around your house in the dark. Think about the days when you were a teenager and had to sneak in and out of your house without your parents hearing.  You didn't do that? Oh. Moving on... Learn your escape plan and be able to get aroun