Use The Good Crystal

Hi everyone,

I’ve been invited by Libbey to do another guest blog and although I readily agreed I didn’t think that she was going to insist on a deadline. So here you are my darling granddaughter even before the deadline.

It’s not surprising that she jokingly proposed a time limit because if not I would still be procrastinating or doing one of the other “jobs” on my list. It baffles me that a retiree can be so busy.

Tons of things have been going on since my last blog. Earlier this year a dear family member unexpectedly passed away. When a young healthy person is suddenly gone you start looking at your own life and those around you in a whole new perspective. You realize your time here is fleeting. Even the bible in James 4:14 says,  “For what is your life? For it is a vapour that is appearing for a little, and then is vanishing;”.

Trying to remember this has led me on some whole new paths. A path that includes first and foremost trying to be kinder, more understanding, more generous, and more helpful to others. Sentiments that should just be so natural and yet somehow get pushed aside in a busy, it’s all about me world.

Second TRAVEL!!!! I have been very blessed this year to have gone on so many wonderful trips with some pretty special people. First was Cuba with a few of my sisters, nieces and Libbey. It was wonderful a week of fun and sun.

Next it was off to British Columbia with my sister Karen to visit our brother Douglas and his family.

In August my beautiful daughter Jennifer, sisters Christina and Karen and I drove 17 hours north to surprise Libbey and Ivy who were working at a provincial park there. It was a wonderful surprise for them and we spent the week “glamping”. There were a lot of laughs, campfire stories, and barbecuing of some pretty spectacular meals. I even managed to slip a craft in and despite all the groans it turned out to be one of the highlights of the week.

In September there was a bit of a lull travel wise but certainly busy with other events. Libbey, Ivy, and Elle were leaving for school so we hosted a back to school bash. It was quite a sendoff. A few weeks later brother Doug was back home for a visit so Michael hosted yet another get together. This brought 8 of my 9 siblings under the same roof, quite a feat itself.  We had an awesome celebration!

The Bratt Family

October came and I was back in flight, this time with my husband (finally), two sisters, and a niece, for a visit again to the west coast. Seeing Douglas and his wonderful family for the fourth time this year. We also got to visit some brilliant friends; it was a great introduction of this beautiful province to Michael who was a first time visitor (and now can’t wait to go back).

This month brought us to Barbados to visit Libbey. Boarding a plane in freezing weather, with Karen, and my bestie Karla, heightened our desire to dodge to the hot, tropical island. Again another week of laughs, sun, beach, with Libbey proudly showing us around her beautiful temporary island home. But alas, we had to return to the freezing temperatures albeit with great tans.

Back home now starting to redecorate the dining room, painting, wallpapering, and trying to declutter (ugh). Which brings me to my third path. Use the good crystal!!! For over forty years we have had a hutch filled with fine crystal, what are we saving it for? To pass on? To use only for company? To walk by the cabinet and think what pretty glasses? All of those questions sound ridiculous, so guess what. We have now moved the crystal to the kitchen cabinets and are using it everyday. I feel so grown up, gone are all plastic glasses, one of a kind, chipped or scratched glasses and we drink from crystal!

I guess what my new thinking in a nutshell is, live for the moment, take chances, spread joy, and thank God everyday for special blessings.

Love, 



3 thoughts on “Use The Good Crystal

  1. belangki says:

    What an awesome family and such meaningful words of wisdom. I recently read “wisdom is worth more than any amount gold on earth”. This blog was so enjoyable to read. I do want to say that if you adopting any new family members, put me on the list…lol. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Life is definitely worth using the best crystal and dishes.

  2. Aunt Karen says:

    What a beautiful addition to your blog, Libbey. (Good call on enforcing a due date!)

    Ivy, your reminiscing of the year brought me back to a lot of shared travel moments. Seems you’ve been by my side more times than not this year. For that I am truly blessed and more than appreciative. You taught me how to swim when I was 5, and now as a grown woman, you were there for me when I could barely keep my head above water.

    Yes…use the good china!! Eat the cake, book that trip, love like there’s no tomorrow!!

    Libbey, keep up the good work. It was fabulous spending a week with you in your beautiful part of the world!

    Love you both so much. XO

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