Treasures from the heart

Today has been one year since my moms death.

Our lives have been forever changed due to selfishness and greed but I am firm believer in our justice system.

About 25 years ago my mom started sharing her mementos from the past. Sometimes it was little things with the family history that went with them other times it was bigger things.

At Christmas time my mom would fix my sister and I a special package from the past with a note about the item.

One year it was special quilts from our great grandmothers collection. My mom never put names on the packages we had to pick a package with no tag that way she was not picking who got what. That year I ended up with the wedding ring quilt that I had always thought was so beautiful with its tiny hand quilted pieces.

Later on there were a few more quilts one my great grandmother Tumlin made for me when I was a child and my sister was given the one she made her as a child.

There was another year it was glassware and I ended up with the square hobnail milk glass pedestal candy dish. Then there was the first set of silverware of my grandparents, embroidered napkins my great aunt Bonnie made for my grandmother. The Battenburg lace table runner still starched and ironed I am sure by Mama Dot.

My mom thought since I loved the color blue I should have my grandmothers (Mama Dot’s) Pfalttzgraff Yorktowne Stoneware Dishes they were the Blue Cornflower.

Normally that seems okay but there is a box that is 4 foot high x 3ft wide full of serving dishes, soup terrains, pie plates, gravy boats etc. that I have never even used. I will never use them so there they sit in a box. The only thing I can think of to do is make some of them planters I hate letting them sit there another 20 years.

There was handmade lace & tatting from my great great grandmother and her siblings. The work that went into this type stuff back then is truly amazing.

I was given one of the large wooden boxes from Shanghai Japan my grandfather bought while on leave while in the service. This was from 1946/47 he was aboard the USS Los Angeles in the china sea. I am assuming this was when he was in the Navy but he was also in the Marines.

Another year it was very very old pictures of my great grandmother, great grandfather and grandfather when he was younger. Then there was my grandmother when she was a infant sitting on her moms lap. Each picture was in an envelope with a description of who was in the picture and the approximate time and place it was taken. I have a picture of my mom when she was three years old. My mom took the pictures she had and made us copies of them at Walgreens.

I remember asking my mom at the time” why are you giving us these things now”. Her reply was “I want to make sure you both have some special things from the past. If I give it to you now I know you got it and the history that goes with it. Then someday you can pass it on to another generation”. This made me cry and then before you know it we were both crying.

After my mom died last year it dawned on me that she knew if she did not give those things to us when she did we would never get them. It was her way of making sure we got what she wanted us to have and she was able to see us enjoy getting these things.

The treasures of the past are part of many past generations and part of my moms life and memories and now they are mine to share.

Thank you mom I will always cherish my things from the past and I am grateful you gave them to us ahead of time because that makes them treasures from the heart.

MEMORIES ARE GREAT BECAUSE NOONE CAN STEAL THEM!

Life is good!

Six Years

Dad it has been six years since you passed away. Not a day goes by that I do not think about you.

When I feed the birds or see the deer I remember how much you enjoyed wildlife. You loved your raccoons and they were very friendly.

A crisp 60 degree fall day was your favorite time of year. Pecan pie was your favorite pie. You loved chicken and dumplings, potato soup and beef stew.

Most days I get gentle reminders of you that make me laugh or cry.

Memories are there to soothe our souls and give us peace of mind.

I love you always and forever and thank you for the love & influence you had on my life it made me the strong person I am today.

Morning Glory Bush

About  10 Р12  years ago my mom was on the county library board in our local town.

She made some great friends and had a really good time with these ladies.

One lady had a beautiful yard well landscape and thought out and her yard had lots of pocket type gardens. She wanted to have a garden party so everyone could see her yard so all the library board ladies went over to her house for a garden party.

She had the morning glory bushes all over the place so when the garden party ended she gave everyone some cuttings from some of the plants. It was her way of sharing something from her beautiful yard.

My mom gave me a few stems to transplant and from that, we have had many many more. You can root them in water rather quickly and grow lots more plants.

They die back every winter but come back every spring and grow like crazy. We have some right now that are 8ft tall x 5ft wide and full of blooms. You can keep the cut back for a more compact bush of blooms.

We have several rooting in a 5-gallon bucket so we can transplant them in different areas.

The flowers grow in clusters like in the picture they are the size of a small saucer. The stalks are hollow and easy to trim.

They bloom in the morning and new blooms open up each day at sunrise. They do need some sun to produce these beautiful blooms but can get by in partial shade.

There is something special about the beauty of these lavender blooms and my memory of how much my mom loved these flowers.

 

The inspiration of color

In the wintertime finding a glimpse of color can sometimes be all the inspiration, we need to find hope and put a smile on our face.

This Mexican heather is truly an amazing plant ours blooms all spring, summer and most of the winter.

This time of year it is a breath of fresh air standing up and saying “I am here take notice.”

We move forward with our lives each day without realizing time is passing us by.

Do something today to make a difference in someone else’s life.

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

I would like to wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from Texas.

This is a Pyracantha bush they have 1″ thorns and bloom in the spring/summer and make berries in the fall. I love this plant but I hate to trim it due to the thorns. This one is on the side fence area of our yard and accents that part of the yard this time of the year.

 

Tray DIY

My sister Sheri found these room service trays and she gave me three of them. These were very heavy and quite large.

I have used my DIY skills and challenged myself to get creative. So far I have completed two of the trays. I want to do them all different.

The first one is done using tile, grout and mirror flakes used for vases and epoxy which by the way was quite a challenge for us. Once we figured out why it was not getting hard we sanded it and tried one more time and it worked. There is only one low spot in the whole tray. The first challenge we had was how to get the flakes in just the areas I wanted without moving. We poured a small amount of epoxy into the side areas then waited a little bit and sprinkled in the mirror flakes. We then waited until the epoxy dried before we poured anymore over it.

The second one I painted with a mix of brown and grey and I used Modge Podge and kept coating it letting it dry in between the coats. I think I did about 5 or 6 coats. My grandmother always told us when we were kids that the key to decoupage is light even coats until no edges can be felt. I found these postcards a few years ago on eBay and they worked out great for this.

The black one is my favorite I think its the sparkly mirror stones, the glitzy glamour look. and the epoxy shine. It goes with nothing in our house but I love it.

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