Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mommy's Day

 My Mom and I .
1977 when Bob and I got married.

 This was taken when Katy graduated from High School in 1998.  My Dad wasn't in the best of health then.. and she drove by herself (about an hour away)  to attend Katy's graduation.  She didn't like to smile very much when she got older because she had some teeth missing.  But if she wasn't having her photo taken she laughed a lot in spite of a lot of heart aches and stress for one reason or another.
For some reason I miss her a little more this year than I have in past years.  I think about things I wish I had asked her when she was still alive.  I wished that I would have taken more of an interest in what her dreams were.  I think we did have a pretty good relationship, not perfect, but over all...very good.   We both liked to sew and quilt and go to Quilt Shows together.  We liked to go out to eat when we could, because we both did our share of making home cooked going out was always fun.  We had a few..." laugh until you almost wet your pants moments"...well maybe a little more than we aged together.  She passed away in 2003 when she was 83 and I was 52.  I never called her Mommy...but I like Mom or Mommy better than Mother.  Mother sounds so formal.  Happy Mothers Day or Mom's Day or Mommy's Day.....!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Gardens

 I finally got a few photos to load on here.  I don't think it is blogger.  I think it is something on my computer that I haven't figured out yet.  This flower is in the Climatron so I know that it is tropical.  I don't know what it is called ...but I love it.

There is an herbal garden that has lots of medicinal herbs and plants and some trees.  I had Bob take a photo of this lemon thyme because I want to remember to plant some.  If you  run your hands over it...the oils stay on your hand for awhile...and it smells so good.  I love smells like jasmine, orange, pine, eucalyptus, most all of the herbal smells that are sometimes used in handmade soaps.  Having the plants around the house would be even better.  I have grown some outside in the past, but I think I will try some indoors.  I read at the gardens that roses have a lot of medicinal properties to them, and that just smelling them can improve your mood.   I love the smell of our peonies when they bloom.  They should be blooming in another week or so....depending on the weather. 

Here are some glass colored bulbs in the large fountain in front of the Climatron.

The Japanese Gardens.  
It will look  very pretty in one more week, when all of the azaleas are blooming.
If we lived closer I would visit here as often as I could.  It really puts you in a peaceful state of mind.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever