Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wednesdays With My Mom...PLUS, a bit of merriment around the house

My mom's not wearing make-up in this photo, which was very rare for her, but her beautiful legs made up for the fact. Hee-hee. : )
Today we had to go for an x-ray of my mom's spine. Osteoporosis is giving her some problems. And I always like to do something fun after Dr. appointments, so today we went to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. My mom is a ferocious reader...loves anything to do with learning, which is one of the reasons why it's so hard to see her get older and lose some of that with age.

Mom found a book here with lovely illustrations. She called me over to see.

Next stop, to sit down in Starbucks while we enjoyed a

Peppermint Cocoa!

SWEET STORY: While sitting, enjoying our cocoa, Mom kept admiring this little puppy, below. He was sitting on top of a box on the counter where you order your drinks. She talked about how cute his expression he was just sitting there hoping people would notice and admire him. She was surprised that the next few customers paid no attention to him. She's such an observer. I love that about her.
THE PLOT THICKENS: Before we left she said she wanted to use the Restroom. I took her over and said I'd be waiting right outside the door. However, I knew I had enough time to run over, pay for Santa Puppy and get back, before she emerged. Hee-hee-hee. What fun I had when I whipped the little guy out as I was saying good-bye last night. Oh the joy! My mom was adorable with her new little friend.

Ornaments: 3/$10.00 (Walgreens)
Snowflakes: 20/$4.00=.20 each (Walmart)
Holly Berry Garland: $2.00 (Walmart)

I've been doing this little number above the hallway since we moved in nine years ago. I was goin' for "Merry and Bright".

Spray above the front door! :-D


Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

What a nice treat for you to spend time with your mom...I envy dear mom's been gone almost 19 years.

Your decorating is so nice...I still haven't done the inside yet...hopefully a little bit will get done tomorrow.

SmrfChic said...

Your home is just lovely. I came across your blog a few days ago, while browsing through a chain of blog links, each leading to more and more wonderful blogs. I wanted to say a couple of thank you's. First, thank you for your Wednesdays with Mom posts - my own mom is 78, and I have found myself sometimes dreading spending time with her because of her loss of memory, her tendency to say the same thing 20 times in an hour without remembering she'd ever said them before, not wanting to take her shopping with me because of fearing one of her dizzy spells might bite into my *me*time. You've made me stop and realize that she probably isn't going to be around that much longer and I need to make sure to enjoy time with her, instead of casting her aside. I also wanted to thank you for your post about how us young mothers shouldn't look at your gorgeous home and be jealous of the things that we don't have... I'm not even 30 yet, I have five children, I'm a full-time student, we're a single-income family... I need to be thankful for the roof over my head even if the walls are covered in crayon scribbles, my loving kids who are always quick to cuddle but won't clean up without a fight, and all the other blessings that are usually overshadowed by the home improvement that needs to be done, the dirty dishes sitting in the sink, and the never ending laundry.

Wendy said...

pretty. pretty. pretty.

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

With that peaches and cream face of hers she didn't need make up! She is so beautiful!
I'm so glad you got the puppy for her I'm sure the little guy will bring her so much joy.
I just put a photo of my Mom, my grandmother (mom's mom) and myself on my blog.
I do hope your Mom's spine starts feeling better-I will keep her in my prayers because I love her so~ I look forward to hearing about her each week!
I always love seeing what kind of decorating you are doing. (So beautiful) I've been thinking alot about the cute gingerbread countdown you did!
Have a great weekend,

MamaTina said...

What a sweet daughter you are. A wonder-full gift that you gave your mother.
The decorations are definitely merry and bright.

Sandy Toes said...

Very your decor!
-sandy toes

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I loved reading this story! It's so sweet, and you are such a good daughter to your mom!

The decorating is merry and bright so you definitely achieved your goal, and it's a lot of fun. Great purchases! :-)



~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Thanks for your nice compliment on my blog (You too are a very YOUNG looking Grandmother!)
I do know that I am in for a thrill because I already have two Grandsons-This will be my first Granddaughter though! Can't wait!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Mom and Dad look they could have been on Father Knows Best. Remember that show? Your mom is beautiful, with, or without make-up.

How nice of you to get that little puppy for your mom. She'll have someone to snuggle with at night now.

. . About that ceiling fan decor ~ I love it!! One question, when you turn on the fan really high does it make the bead garland jingle???? LOL, hey, just thinking of all the holiday sounds :)



Kacey R. said...

I love that you surprised your Mom with that sweet puppy. He is pretty darn cute! The decorations look FABULOUS! :o)

Mimi Sue said...

Your mom is the cutest. She had some legs back in the day. (maybe she still does) I love the look on that puppies face. Very cute. And your house is looking very festive. Mimi

Angie said...

So great that your mom reads and loves to learn. I wish my legs looked hers in that picture! Love all the beautiful ornaments hanging down. I'll have to look at the stuff in Walgreens. Have a great weekend!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Hi! Please don't make fun of me but you made me tear up...reading your story...about your Mom and the puppy...sooo sweet. Would you please tell her hi from me..I know she doesn't know me but I can tell from what you write..she is a sweet soul. Love your beautiful garland. cherry

Ms. Tee said...

Your mom reminds me so much of my mom. :) My mom *still* likes stuffed animals. You're the sweetest daughter ever.

Oh, and I'm happy that you could use the recipe for the cookies! My son & I ate a few too many today. One thing I can't believe is they have 1 cup of butter in them. I know it's not all that healthy, but wouldn't Paula Deen be proud! :)

Have a good weekend!

mollyandmarshal said...

Aaah!! Your mom is so adorable, I love it! And the decorations are so nice and cozy. I bet your house is the most comforting place in the Winter time!

Lady of the Mote said...

I love the archway,very pretty

Michelle said...

How nice that you get to spend Wednesdays with your mom. I'm glad she had a new friend to take home with her. Your decorations look lovely! ~Michelle

Cindy said...

It looks like I am not the only one to look forward to your Wednesday posts about Mom. You are so wonderful with her. Your house is looking very merry and bright. Great job!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful way to spend a day. My mom loved to read too. The last 8 years of her life she had macular degeneration, so she was legally blind. But she found a service to order books on tape for free and continued reading that way.

Give you Mom a hug from me next time you see her! Mom's can never have enough hugs.

Holly said...

The fact that you actually bought the Santa puppy for your mom melts my heart. I love that you spend every Wednesday with her.

Your house must look just gorgous!! I especially get a kick out of the ceiling fan. How whimsical!! :) Oh, and I love the last posts 'nutcracker ballet'.

artisticblend said...

That is the sweetest story about your Mom and the puppy! Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful daughter she has to spend quality time with her and buy her special gifts. Merry Christmas! Cathy

Jenny S said...

Beautiful!! Your decorating and your mom's legs!! hehehe

Anonymous said...

so sweet. love the pics of you & Grandmother. Love you both :) and beautiful decor!!!