Raise your hand if you have starred my blog as being one of the most lame.
Luckily because I can’t see you, you won’t hurt my feelings by all the hands going up! LOL!
As many of you have written on your blogs, life has a way of interfering with blogging! I don’t regret that one bit because a good portion of last week was spent with my dear mother.
Mr. Brown Socks and I went to our home town over Memorial Day weekend. This is the town my mother lives in. We always take time to visit the graves of my father and Craig’s mother and father. We carefully place new flowers and flags on their graves, while removing grass clippings and making things look nice. Call me weird, but I enjoy visiting cemeteries. I find it very interesting to read names and to see the year they were born and how long their life was. I love the really old headstones and the engraving on them. I love looking at flowers family members have left and to see the flags waving on the veteran’s graves.
My mother came home with us to spend a few days. I’ve told you before how amazing she is. She keeps up so well and loves to be active. We went antiquing, fixed a dinner for other family members, made jelly, talked, shopped for containers for my business, met with my cousin for breakfast and my aunt and uncle for lunch one day.
Later in the week, we drove about an hour and met up with my sister. We three shopped all day long and then my sister drove mom back home.
I’m the one in the middle! :-)
Changing the subject here ~~ stay with me now ~~
Last summer I was at my mother’s home helping her to clean out her garage. We ran across this old mailbox and decided it was well past time to pitch it. Who knows how long it had been sitting with cobwebs in a corner of the garage. That night in my sleep I decided that mailbox was not going to the trash. Yes, I am a sentimental fool, but I can’t help that.
I remembered while still living at home, Mr. Brown Socks was off at college. How many letters had I written to him, sprayed the envelope with perfume and walked to the street to mail them in this very mailbox? How many times had I gone out to check this very mailbox to see if my true love had sent me a letter?
I was also thinking about my dear old Dad and how many times he had walked to this very mailbox only to complain about a handful of bills that might have arrived that day. No, this mailbox had too many memories. It was going home with me. I have placed it in my garden.
You can see the row of potatoes Mr. Brown Socks has planted in front. Behind the mailbox will be mammoth sunflowers which will tower over my special keepsake in a few weeks. I have thought of painting it, but right now this original blue color is so popular. I think I will leave it as if for the time being.
Soon we will be picking strawberries! This is the third year for my strawberry patch and I have high hopes of it being productive. We will be removing this tacky chicken wire soon. I had to keep Chester the dog out while the strawberries were wildly growing and producing flowers and now berries.
One last thing I want to share. Do you remember a couple of weeks ago, I posted a tablescape with a garden theme? I showed dinner plates that had a Fiesta look about them, purchased from the grocery store. I waited til after Easter when they were $1 a piece, but sadly that they didn’t have that many left.
Well, I went to a neighborhood garage sale with my daughter on Saturday. A lady had a stack of colorful dishes placed on an old dresser. There was not a price on the dishes so I casually asked her about them. I didn’t want to seem over eager, don’t cha know? Well she bought them at Macy’s several years back and why didn’t I just make her an offer. I hate when people do that, especially with dishes. We talked awhile longer and pretty soon she said, “How about $2?” I asked if she meant $2 a piece???? NO! $2 for the whole pile of seven! Yipee!! Yes, I’ll take them! So now I think I have about 13 of these colorful fun dishes!
Here is a picture of my new ones.
See? I have had a lot happening. It just wasn’t easy to blog while my mother was here. I’ll try to do better. I truly have missed contact with so many of you and seeing what’s going on in your lives as well!
Hey! It’s June 1st!
Happy Summer to us all!
I’m ready for hot summer days! How about you?