A Life in Pictures

Happy birthday to my Mom, who would have been 105 today! Here she is, from just after birth to just before death. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. 1911 - just a baby 1913ish - about 2 1922 - 11 years old Late 1920s or early 1930s 1933 - wedding portrait with Pop 1942 - with my older sister 1961 - my older sister's wedding 1960s - rockin' the platinum hair 1978 - 50th... Read more →


Lamb and Liver

Today's prompt is: Who did most of the cooking in your house when you were growing up? I grew up in a very typical 50s household, so Mom was the main cook. Pop cooked breakfast on the weekend and supper on Sunday night, but Mom was in charge of dinner. Mom cooked good, plain American food. Her fried chicken was fabulous; her macaroni and cheese to die for. We had steak once a week; we... Read more →


104

On June 9, 1911, Mabel Whitney Shauck gave birth to a baby girl named Anna. Yep, Mom would be 104 years old today. Happy birthday, Mom! Here are 10 things about my Mom. 1. She met my Pop when his family moved into the house directly behind hers. She was 8 and he was 11, and she decided right then and there that she was going to marry him. 2. Her first date with Pop... Read more →


Evening

After dinner this evening I strolled over to the clubhouse and got myself a cup of coffee. Yeah, I can go on over there anytime I want and fix myself a hot cup of Starbucks coffee. I strolled on back and sat on the balcony with Joe as the evening settled in. It's nice. Also nice? I finally got the checks from closing Mom's bank accounts. I guess Bank of Amerika decided that they didn't... Read more →


Let's Just Set That Hoop On Fire, Shall We?

For several reasons, I've been keeping Mom's checking and savings accounts open. My older sister and I were both on the account, so that we could write checks for her whether she was in Ocean City or at Leisure World. Now, however, it's time to close them; there is no reason to keep them open anymore. So I went to the Bank of America website to find out how to close the account. I figured... Read more →


Waiting

This cat reminds me of my mother, waiting up for me to get home from a date. Your weekend kitty says it's about time you all got home! Oh, all right -- Mom never actually sat in the window. She actually went to bed, but she never slept until we were safely home, our dates were gone, and we were far removed from the near occasion of sin. She was particularly good at sussing out... Read more →


Won't You Please, Please Help Me?

No, I am not above quoting the Beatles! I was reading DC Blogs yesterday and clicked through to a very funny post from The Big Piece of Cake. The entry was delightful, but what really caught my eye was the blurb at the bottom about a show called Listen to Your Mother. This show is about motherhood, Auditions are being held in February. Auditioners prepare and deliver an essay about motherhood, from being a mother... Read more →


Strange But True

Once or twice a week Joe works a late shift, which gives me a chance to watch all of the weirdo reality shows that both fascinate and repel me. I catch up on the toddlers in tiaras, I watch bars being rescued, and I listen to ladies say yes to the dress. Right now I'm watching "Taboo", which is featuring segments on female bodybuilders, a woman who has undergone pretty extreme tattooing and piercing and... Read more →


He May Be 30, But...

When I was in my 30s, married, a mother, and a grown-ass woman, I had appendicitis. After spending the day in the ER, I was admitted to the hospital for surgery that same night. Joe, having spent the whole day with me, went home to take care of SonnyeBoy. He called my Mom to tell her what was going on. She and my Pop were in Ocean City at the time, but as soon as... Read more →


Ten AM

This photo is my Day 5 shot for the February Photo a Day project. The prompt is 10 am. I confess -- I cheated a little bit. I did not take this picture at 10 am; I set the hands of the clock to that time. I inherited this clock from my mom. It originally belonged to my gramma; she received it as a wedding present in 1907. It's a Seth Thomas clock and still... Read more →