Pictured on the left is my Great Aunt Katri, my father's aunt. She just had her 102nd birthday on Dec 6th! I took this photo of her when I was in Finland last year. My daughter made her that card she is holding. She is an amazing lady and I just love her so much. She is full of life, laughter and full of kindness. Her voice is as strong as mine. She still lives on her own! When I was visiting her last year we had a lovely time together. For me it was a dream come true to spend time with her. She made me porridge and good strong Finnish coffee. She told me stories, recited poems and played for me the organ. Her and my father look just like brother and sister. I felt right at home when I was with her. When I was on the plane coming back home to Canada I planned to make 2 Finnish Gnomes, one named Katri and one named
Ahti (after my father). Katri would live in the Tree Stump house and her brother's boy, who is 82 yrs old, would live close by. He would look after his aunt and make sure she lived comfortably in the forest. I am so excited today because I can introduce you to my little old gnome lady, (Gnomey's mom), Aunt Katri. She is 102 years old! I think she will have a good life in the Tree Stump house. Today she is very happy as she just got the news that her brother's boy is on his way to live in the forest too!
Here she is warming by the fire waiting for Ahti to arrive.
Come back soon and meet Ahti the Finnish Gnome, he's on the way!
Update! Ahti has arrived, meet him here