Virtual Tea Time [13]

This isn’t the typical vibe I like to create for our tea times, but sometimes life happens and it’s helpful to talk about it.

Virtual Tea Time

Instead of hanging around Kingston this weekend, my brothers and I hopped the Megabus to Toronto Friday night, where my Dad met us to keep on driving to Windsor (looooong drive). Don’t get me wrong, road tripping is awesome but unfortunately the purpose was to attend a funeral (not so awesome).

My Nonna passed away on Monday. She had been sick for quite some time, so it wasn’t really much of a surprise. I got to spend time with her over my reading week; the last time I saw her I knew it couldn’t have been the last.

Nonna and the Grandkids

Nonna Elsa was an amazing woman, and I’m thankful to have a lot of great memories with her in mind. She used to sing me the ‘MarineLand‘ theme song in Italian. She would always let my cousins and I play with the baby bunnies she raised at her small farm. Since she only owned three movies worth watching, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Cinderella, were often viewed on repeat. Breakfast at Nonna’s was exclusively bagels and cream cheese, and dinner always involved pasta. She was also a great story-teller, and always wanted to share her tips for making homemade Grappa. I was always, and will always be her only granddaughter, or ‘Princess’ as she called me.

Nonna and Suzanne

As sad as funerals are, they really are a celebration of life. I was happy to see everybody together to share memories of Nonna’s life, and that I got to deliver a reading at the ceremony. I love you Nonna; I cherish everything you have done for me.

If you’re still reading, I thank you :) I didn’t mean to dump sadness on your Sunday, but HV has always been a place to share life’s ups and downs.  In true Sunday fashion, I won’t leave you empty-handed. Here are 5 (happy) Must Read Links from this week. Enjoy :)

5 Must Read Links


  1. How I am Learning to Live According to a Zen Proverb (an article I had published on Elephant Journal!)
  2. The $100 Start Up by Chris Guillebeau
  3. 10 Things You DON’T Need to Practice Yoga
  4. Mint Chocolate Chip Vegan Overnight Oats (first acceptance on FoodGawker!!!!!)
  5. Eggplant Bacon Stuffed Avocado Dates

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About Suzanne Poldon

runs on plants. eats out of mason jars. bends like a straw.

16. March 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Mind, Personal | Tags: , , , , , , , | 18 comments

Comments (18)

  1. I’m sorry to hear about the reason for the road trip but I also believe that funerals are a nice way to celebrate someone’s life and all that they were.
    Congrats on getting your first acceptance on Food Gawker!! :) Your recipe is still on my list to try!

  2. i’m so sorry to hear about your Nonna Suzanne – I agree that funerals are about looking back and celebrating the person’s life, so I’m glad that was able to happen.

    And congrats on the FoodGawker acceptance!! so exciting!
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  3. So sorry to hear this news Suzanne. Your nonna sounds like an amazing woman and I know you’ll miss her very much.
    That Ecclesiastes passage is very special to me as it was read at my Dad’s funeral.
    Sending big hugs your way xxx
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  4. A couple things- congrats on foodgawker and elephant journal! I’m heading over to read that article next!

    Secondly, I’m so sorry to hear about your Nonna. I went through almost the exact same thing recently. Last month my grandpa passed away and although it was expected it was really hard and threw me for a bit of a tail spin. But the funeral was actually really nice, a wonderful celebration of his life. So I’m so sorry about what happened to Nonna, she sounds like such a wonderful woman and I’m glad you got to spend time with her over your reading week. My thoughts are with you hun.
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  5. I’m so sorry about your Nonna hun. Losing family is really hard, but that’s nice that her funeral was so full of happy shared memories. I hope you’re doing okay! <3
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  6. Oh Suzanne, I’m so sorry :( She looks like an amazing woman, indeed. This post made me tear up. Sending hugs and happy thoughts your way my dear :)
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  7. Sorry about the funeral. Nonnas are special gifts. I love mine dearly…….especially since they are in Windsor too! Woot! Woot!

  8. this is a beautiful tribute to your nonna. :) sending love + hugs!

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  10. Suzanne – I’m so very sorry about the loss of your Nonna. I imagine that was difficult for you – this was a beautiful tribute to her. I’m glad you have such wonderful memories of the time you had with her.

    ps. congrats on Food Gawker!!!!

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