Monday, March 18, 2013

16 candles and then some.

Today my mom, Toots is 89.

I am blessed.
I have a great mom.
She raised me in a home filled with love.
She taught me many things.
She taught me to respect your husband
and put your relationship first.
She was married to my dad for 71 years
and demonstrated that over and over.
She schooled me in the art of housekeeping,
the creativity in decorating,
and the practice of homemade meals.
She makes the best potato salad and coconut cream pie.
Sadly not as much now that she lives in assisted living.
I am hoping my sister, Judy takes over again.
Ain't nobody got time for that.
Except Judy, I hope.
One of my favorite things about her is her fun-loving spirit.

She loves to have a good time.
She went crazy every year for Halloween.
There was a contest for best costumes at the school
and she was always vying for us to win.
She square danced and she yodeled.
I can't say I always appreciated the yodeling
but now I see she was finding her joy
and it made her a happy camper.
She moved furniture every week.
You never knew where your bed would be.
Once she told Dad I'll race you to bed.
He took off before she warned him she had re-arranged the room.
He dove for the bed.
and found the floor because the bed was moved.

(Her kitchen band. She is on the far right)
She also taught me to love God.
I remember many times walking into the living room
to see her in a chair with her bible in her lap.
She has one of those great bibles that is falling apart from use.
I think it is one of the reasons I collect discarded bibles.
I love that they have been read so much
 they are dog-eared and tattered.
When Stuart and I had our twins
and were in those dark days
waiting for them to go home with the Lord,
I had a doctor ask me where I got my faith.
I answered "my mom".
She led by example.
It's one of the reasons I sing hymns as lullabies to my grands.
Start a chorus of He Lives or Trust and Obey
and you will see little Cliff's eyes grow heavy.
Then again, maybe he just gives it up to sleep so I don't start yodeling.
You  have heard the saying
Mirror, mirror on the wall
I am my mother after all.
Or the one...
I open my mouth and my mother comes out.
It's true.
My mom is famous in our family for her "Tootisms".
She has her own lingo.
She calls Dollar General, the General Dollar store.
She takes Tidelenol and has been known to plant clitoris(clematis) in her garden.
She told me last week she would like to get a coral cardinal for Spring.
She is jonesing for a coral cardigan for those of you who don't speak Toots. 
Truthfully, it runs in the family.
Remember the time I told the waiter I wasn't sure
whether I was to pay my bill at the table or the counter because
I didn't know the roll call.
Then realized oh my gosh... Er, protocal.
My sister Linda cannot talk about Dancing with the Stars
and not mention Chrisitie Allen.
Translation...Kirstie Alley.
Today, she and I are taking Mom to lunch,
shopping and to a movie.
We are taking Linda's husband, David along
as our translator.
If you see us out and about
give a shout out to Toots.
She is my favorite.
Her children arise and call her blessed...
Proverbs 31:28

Thursday, March 7, 2013

We interrupt this program...

 No fear.
I am among the living.
I have been down with the crud of lungs and such.
It is my 3rd go-round.
I have not been to the doctor.
I am self medicating.
My man is down.
I am man medicating too.
Most of the family in fact has been in the throes of fever
or hacking coughs.
I hang with my 4 friends Mucinex, Dayquil, Nyquil, and Vicks.
However not all has been lost, I have noticed a few things
while spending my free time in a horizontal position.
1.  My couch has a permanent imprint of me.
2. I am not smarter than a fifth grader.
3. I know the Hallmark,TBS, and Lifetime sitcom schedule by heart.
4. I love Julia Louis Dreyfus. In. Everything.
5. I have unplanned my garden.  With all the televison to watch, ain't nobody got time for that.
6. I have eaten my weight in cuties and bananas.
7. Coffee tastes bad and that makes me sad.
8. You can babysit from the couch.
9. Yesterday,  I spent 5 minutes trying to figure out where Doug and Carrie Heffernen live. "Chicago?" I wondered because it was cold and there was snow in the background. Yeah, five minutes until I realized the show is called The King of Queens. I think most 5th graders know where Queens is located.

10. I tried to change my blog header. It is not right but I can't care. Annie is too busy to fix it and I don't know any 5th graders.  I have had one decent picture without sunglasses in the last year. It is my profile for everything. I am already growing sick of it. My 3 year old granddaughter took it.  Maybe she can fix the header.