Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Few Words About My Mom...

Today is Mothers Day and I'm thinking about my mom, who passed away in 2007. We had a really wonderful relationship and we spent a lot of time laughing together.

When we went shopping, usually at TJMax or Marshall's, off-price stores where we looked for bargains, we'd frequently get into fits of laughter as we pulled out improbable outfits for each other. We always ate lunch at Papa Gino's, where a seafood salad sandwich was our preferred choice. We had little rituals that were simple and fun. She was always grateful for our "days out".

At the age of 85, she was in rehab, after suffering two aneurisms which caused bleeding in her brain, she still made an effort to look at the humor in every situation. After surgery and a month in rehab, there came a day when she must have felt herself slipping away. She told me that she was going on a "big adventure", and that she was going to see my dad, who had died a few weeks earlier and "boy, is he going to be surprised!" My tears were mixed with laughter and I was devastated when she died the next day. My support, my rock and my partner in crime was gone - such a huge loss!

The day had gone dark and rainy, but very soon after mom had died, my niece Amy looked out the window and called over all of our family members who had gathered to see a beautiful rainbow in the sky! It was amazing timing and I do believe it was a sign that my mom had indeed begun her "big adventure".

I just felt like I needed to write about this today.
I hope everyone who is a mom, has a mom or memories of her mom, is enjoying a wonderful day, as I am.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring is Springing!

Today is a perfectly beautiful New England spring day! Our cats are lounging in the sunshine on the porch - their favorite place. When we got them from a shelter several summers ago, we made the porch their temporary home, with the screen door closed to the rest of the house. We spent a lot of time out their with them, keeping them contained while they let off some of their wild energy! After a month we brought them in, but they've always claimed the porch as their own, loving the afternoon sun.

Outside, the forsythias make a bright hedge against our neighbors' white fence, and the trees are sprouting their spring green leaves. This year, for the first time, I'm seeing some orangey blossoms among the yellows. Maybe the colors are extra bold because of the looong dreary winter!!

And when I arrived home a while ago, I was greeted by the once a year appearance of wild violets in the front lawn. I just love them.

This week I'll be buying some perennials for our front stairs and my container garden in the back yard.
Thoroughly enjoying the season!

Hope you're having a great week!