Tell A Tale

October 5, 2011

Good morning!

Mom and I slept well and woke to the sunrise at 7. I didn’t have a bit of desire to go exercising, but the thought of taking a beautiful fall morning stroll sounded marvelous! So that’s what I did. I read blogs on my phone, chatted with Matt and took in the cool morning dew.

As much as I love to sweat, run and things, I sure do prefer walking. I should do it more!

Back at the HQ, Mom and I went down for a cup of tea and ran into Uncle Mel and Aunt Betty!

Uncle Mel is 101 years young!!

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And if your curious what a 101 year old eats for breakfast? Oatmeal!!

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I asked Uncle Mel what his favorite decades were. He told us how he was at Woodrow Wilson’s Inauguration and watched Roosevelt say "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" live! His favorite president was Truman, who he had the chance to meet in person before he was president.

I had a cup of tea and banana while we chatted before breakfast with Gram.

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After a shower and things, Mom and I went up to Gram’s apartment where she was busy making soft boiled eggs on toast!

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Smooshed onto some toasted + buttered Great Harvest bread I brought!

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Served with a side of fruit (I love stewed prunes!)

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And a hint of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip

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And tea and OJ. Perfect grandmotherly breakfast!

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We’re going on a morning shopping trip followed by lunch and then my quick trip comes to a close. Hope the afternoon is traffic free!

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1 Aine @ Something to Chew Over October 5, 2011 at 9:40 am

Wow 101 years old! That’s amazing – you’re lucky to have older family members around :)

Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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2 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl October 5, 2011 at 9:41 am

haha! Uncle Mel knows what’s best. ;)
And that is great about all the stories/history you get to listen to. I could be enthralled for hours by those conversations.

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3 lynn @ the actor's diet October 5, 2011 at 9:42 am

101! amazing!

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4 Khushboo October 5, 2011 at 9:42 am

Sounds like your day is off to a lovely start- enjoy!

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5 Debbi October 5, 2011 at 9:44 am

I like Uncle Mel’s politics. =) And I’m waaaaay late with my oatmeal for breakfast this morning!

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6 Cait's Plate October 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

I took a walk this morning in lieu of a run as well and had the SAME realization. I really just love walking – especially in the crisp morning air!

Also? I’m obsessed with prunes in general and everyone makes fun of me for it. Haha. They’re SO good. Though I have to say that chocolate chip pumpkin (loaf? muffin?) looks like it would’ve stolen the show for me.

And good for Uncle Mel! I hope I live to see 101!

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7 Krissy @ Shiawase Life October 5, 2011 at 9:48 am

Oatmeal is a fountain of youth! :)

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8 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance October 5, 2011 at 9:49 am

What a quaint little place setting! And bless Uncle Mel’s heart– 101 years of life is something to brag about!

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9 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 5, 2011 at 9:49 am

Wow! 101 is amazing! :) Sounds like you are having a wonderful time with your family. There is nothing better than spending time with those you love.

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10 Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks October 5, 2011 at 9:49 am

For my internship at a local newspaper this summer, I interviewed a few people who turned 100. I am amazed by their stories, and by how much the world can change in 100 years!

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11 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

101 and eating oatmeal, he should be the face of Quaker oats! :)

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12 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites October 5, 2011 at 9:53 am

YUM! I haven’t had a soft boiled egg in ages… Looks so good smooshed in with the bread! But a delish breakfast. Go Uncle Mel! Yeah!!! He looks so Happy! :-D !!

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13 Johanna B October 5, 2011 at 9:54 am

I love that at 101 he is eating your favorite breakfast item – good old oats. Go oats!!!

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14 Cait @ beyond bananas October 5, 2011 at 9:56 am

101! Woo happy birthday to uncle Mel! He must have eaten a lot of real food since he has lived to such a phenomenal age…with many more years to come!! :)

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15 Stephanie @ Myfarmersmarketonline October 5, 2011 at 9:56 am

Aren’t grandparents such a gift? I think we always hear how grandchildren are a gift, but really it’s the other way around. I have such wonderful food memories with my grandmothers. One, similar to this, is all the mornings we would make ‘egg in the basket’, which is simply a hole cut in the middle of a piece of toast cooked with a fried egg in the center. As a kid, that was the perfect breakfast!

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16 Jen October 5, 2011 at 9:56 am

Bet you’re going to Loehmans!

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17 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) October 5, 2011 at 9:58 am

My mom used to make us eggs like that all the time when we were home from school sick. She’d serve them to us in bed, and they quickly became known as “sick eggs” :).

Enjoy the rest of your visit!

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18 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey October 5, 2011 at 10:02 am

Lovely. Makes me miss my Gram. We are 850 miles apart, and I don’t see her nearly as often as I’d like.

Go Uncle Mel! I would love to have a conversation with him. (and I like his politics, too!). :)

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19 Erin October 5, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I miss mine, too. We are 8000 miles apart! :)

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20 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

Your grandmother is adorable- you are so lucky to have her (which I’m sure you know)! Enjoy the rest of your trip. :)

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21 Sandi October 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

How sweet! Another HUGE reason to enjoy oatmeal on a ‘regular’ basis ;)

What beautiful dishes your grandmother has!

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22 Lindsay @ biking before bed October 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

I used to love visiting my grandpa and talking to all his friends. The stories they had to tell were always so amazing!

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23 Sarah@The Flying ONION October 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

You’re so right. That is absolutely the most perfect grandmotherly breakfast. I love the pictures in this post! :D

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24 Marie@feedingfive October 5, 2011 at 10:10 am

I love picking the older generations brain about how things were when they were young. Your (great?) uncle I am sure has a wonderful lifetime of lessons and stories. Wonderful that you could carve out time to spend time with your family.

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25 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf October 5, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hah! That egg mess looks surprisingly good!

It’s so cool he was around to see all that! Makes for some fascinating conversation!

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26 Caitlin October 5, 2011 at 10:15 am

Love that you do what you are feeling and take a walk if you don’t feel like sweating it out! Best to go with the flow.

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27 Amy October 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

Mmmm that pumpkin chocolate chip treat looks so amazing… I think I want to make something like that now!

And oh my gosh, your uncle mel is so inspiring! Hearing Woodrow Wilson and FDR live… and meeting Truman! how unbelievable!

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28 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

your family is just too cute! that pumpkin chocolate chip bread looks scrumptious… there’s something about gramma’s baked goods, they just seem to taste better!

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29 Becky @ Skinnyfat Girls October 5, 2011 at 10:27 am

So we were right all along – oatmeal really IS the most amazing food in the whole world! 101, how awesome. That pumpkin chocolate chip muffin (is it a muffin?) looks so tasty – maybe my next pumpkin recipe attempt? Yep. Yay fall!

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30 Deva @ Deva by Definition October 5, 2011 at 10:34 am

101 – how awesome! It sounds like he has many good stories to share.

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31 Kate @ NaturaStride October 5, 2011 at 10:41 am

What a great question to ask your Uncle! Sometimes we can take for granted all the amazing wisdom our older relatives have! One time, I asked my husband’s grandpa what his favorite decade was and he got teary-eyed thinking through memories (too cute). Ultimately, he responded with the 50′s! :) Enjoy your day!

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32 Hillary October 5, 2011 at 10:48 am

I love that your 101 year old uncle eats oatmeal for breakfast! That’s a good sign, right? ; )

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33 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 5, 2011 at 10:49 am

That’s so amazing that he’s 101 years old! I’ll have to stick to my oats! I can’t believe all the things he’s seen! My Great Aunt Avis passed away last Christmas and she was 95! I loved talking to her about her life and hearing stories!

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34 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

That sounds like a lovely morning. :) That was a great question for you to ask Uncle Mel. How fun!

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35 Shannon @ My Place In The Race October 5, 2011 at 11:09 am

Ah…Happy Birthday Uncle Mel! :D

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36 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

101 years old?! That is fabulous!! How cool that he was THERE to hear that all live…..history, that is ;) Have fun!

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37 Katie October 5, 2011 at 11:13 am

Happy Birthday Uncle Mel! What a blessing to be 101!

How cool about him meeting president truman! I thinks its awesome to talk to older people and hear of their past, it intrigues me, the world is so different now, and its fun to hear about how it was back then.

Have a fun day shopping!

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38 Amy* October 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

I love asking my older family members about the past! I was asking my dad about the first moon landing, and I found out that he didn’t see it because he was in Vietnam. He doesn’t talk about the war a lot, but I was able to get a few stories out of him. Fascinating stuff.*

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39 Tracy October 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

That’s exactly how my grandma used to serve soft boiled eggs to me! Over buttered toast cut in sqaures <3

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40 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy October 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

Wow 101 years old! That is amazing! The pumpkin chocolate chip muffin looks delicious! Have fun on your shopping trip!

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41 Ashley@FoodNFitnessDiaries October 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

A morning stroll is just perfect sometimes. It always starts my day off on the right foot! Your grandparents are so cute – awesome that they eat a healthy breakfast! :)

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42 Fran October 5, 2011 at 11:59 am

Wow! 101 years old…that’s amazing! I guess the oatmeal works!! ;-)

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43 eliza @ zesty appetite October 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I love soft boiled eggs :) reminds me of my favorite childhood breakfast growing up- soldiers and toast!

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44 TeenyLittleSuperChef October 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm

See, there’s a reason people should eat oatmeal for breakfast. It helps you live to be 101. That’s awesome! Hail to the oats :)

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45 John Gorss October 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Nothing like some TLC with the family. My best and most memorable moments have always been with my family. Oh, and the pumpkin chocolate chip muffin is awesome too. I had one when I was visiting! May need another this weekend when my family come into town!

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46 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 5, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Wow, 101 is very impressive!! That pumpkin chocolate chip bread sounds and looks delicious. Sounds like you’re having fun!

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47 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm

101?! That’s amazing–good for him! And he looks fantastic! I’m fascinated by the concept of being old enough to have a “favorite decade”. Phew!

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48 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Your uncle Mel looks amazing! As does your grandma. You have genetics on your side, Kath!!

I like their traditional breakfasts. :)

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49 Michaela October 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

does that mean when I continue eating oatmeal every morning, I will reach the decent age of 101 as well? ok folks, let´s do this :)

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50 Kristin October 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I think it is so cool that you have so many older adults in your life! What great people to learn from!

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51 Molly October 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm

you are so lucky to be able to spend time with your family like this. cherish it! (i know you are!!)

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52 Allison October 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Absolutely adorable! What’s the secret to living to 101?! I wanna know!

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53 mel October 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm

You need to get a pup! You will have a reason to walk everyday..and with your flexible schedule…go for it!

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54 erica October 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

he looks amazing at 101!!!

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55 Angel7 October 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm

It was high tea time for you with your grandma and mother :)

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56 JenATX October 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm

wow, Uncle Mel has some cool stories! I hope my mind is still ticking when I’m that age so I can tell all the youngsters about weird things called “blogs” & “facebook” haha

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57 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) October 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Uncle Mel sounds awesome!

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58 katie @KatieDid October 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Looks like you havve good genes! Just keep on eating that daily oatmeal :) Her apartment looks very cute, and her plates are so pretty too! Good dish selection must run in the family also.

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59 Kristen October 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Uncle Mel sounds pretty cool since Truman is his favorite President. I went to college at Truman State University, so I have a soft spot in my heart for Truman also.

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60 Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance October 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Yay Uncle Mel, congrats!

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61 Liz October 6, 2011 at 2:40 am

That pumpkin chocolate chip bread looks so good – I actually just made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies tonight :)

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