Remembering


Good morning!  I cannot believe that Palm Sunday is this Sunday and that Easter is around the corner.  If only spring weather was around the corner as well.  I purposefully avoided photos of the snowfall and instead snapped some images of sunrises and clearer skies.  We had about four inches fall during the latest storm and that snow melted all day yesterday.

Yesterday, was my mom's birthday, she would have been 78 years old!  She died when she was 58 years old and was considered a breast cancer survivor success since she lived five years post diagnosis.  As you can imagine, yearly mammograms are highly stressful. 



Anyways, I cannot imagine her at 78, she is forever young in my mind and most of the time my memories of her are when she was healthy and fit.  I inherited her craftiness and her book loving smarts.  Sadly, I inherited her stubbornness and believing I'm always right and everyone else is wrong.  (seriously, I am correct most of the time....).

She was a fierce believer in Catholic education and was unwavering in her faith.  She was a quiet and private person.  I was at odds with her growing up whenever I shared personal information with others and when I talked too much.  She never could change me though.  I talk all the time and that is why I love blogging so much, I have an unlimited amount to say.  I have tons of thoughts that haven't been tapped.


I'm lucky that I have my whole family who remember her. 


I worked all day yesterday and today I'm looking forward to a few hours to myself this afternoon after I finish the gym.  Let's hope the 'zoo' cooperates and takes a break from the chaos I have created by being humane and rescuing a kitten. 

At work there are three cats and all they do is sit and look out the window.  If only Holly would SIT STILL, my life would be ideal. 


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  1. I feel you - my Grandma passed when I was young and I really just try to remember the youthful "fun" times we had. I'm sure your mom is watching over you though !
    It's hard to picture snow up north when it's 80 down here in TX, but I hope that it all ends soon and you have a chance to enjoy some nice weather. I love your socks in photo one BTW. Very pretty colors!

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  2. Holy Week has definitely snuck up on me, too - I wish the weather would seem more like Easter and less like Valentines Day :-) I'm so sorry you didn't get to see your mom grow old, but I'm sure she's enjoying watching you! Happy Friday!

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  3. Love those minty green socks - very pretty! I was thinking of my Mom this week (well, I think of her daily, really) as she would have turned 99 on the 20th. That doesn't seem possible. Sorry that your Mom passed so young. I'm sure she is watching over you (and enjoying the antics of Holly and Frodo!!).

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  4. That is a lovely remembrance of your mother, and it's so wonderful that your whole family also has wonderful memories. I do love those socks - very fresh and springy! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and the critters in the zoo behave!

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  5. Sending you hugs on a hard anniversary. On a brighter note, I'm guessimg the three still cats are older. Kittens are highly active and they grow out of it (most of them).

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    1. the two cats are 2 years old and the third cat is 8 year old? Right now Holly is hiding somewhere and sleeping away...

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  6. How fun it was to read these memories of yours. I LOL'd at, " (seriously, I am correct most of the time....)." I am guilty of that also.
    I'm glad to hear someone I know has used Oink Pigments. I knitted the swatch last night and soaked it in Eucalan for hours. It's currently pinned down now. I should leave it outside to get some sun so it'll dry faster and then I'll be able to cast on.

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  7. Hugs to you as you remember and honor your mom! Those socks are amazing ......I adore the colors. I have a lot to say as well. My mom was devoted to the Blessed Mother. She passed that on to me and I am so grateful. I was facing a mini crises this morning and all i could manage to say was "blessed Mother, blessed mother , blessed mother!" She knew what I meant. All was well. Perhaps Holly needs a new box to jump in and out of. Or a new paper bag with a hole cut in it? Or five minutes of crazy play with a pencil you hold under a towel ......

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  8. I'm so sorry you lost your mom so young. It's nice that you have sweet memories of her.

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  9. Sending you a big hug as you remember your mom on her birthday. I know your memories comfort you, just as my memories of my father (who died when he was 60) comfort me. I smiled when you mentioned how you inherited her stubbornness; I can be quite stubborn myself, and am quite a talker as well! xx

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  10. The first quarter of 2018 has gone way too fast, hasn't it? Loved hearing about your mom and your memories. Hugs to you during this Holy Week; hope you have a blessed Easter.

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  11. Sending warm hugs as you remember your mother. She was way too young to have been taken from you. Yes, the Easter season has sneaked up on me as well. This year is flying past! blessings ~ tanna

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  12. Hopefully the zoo will calm down. We are finally back to just our two and I am soooo glad! Now the snow, waiting to get out in our latest snowmagedon! We are headed south so looking for clearer roads once we get out of the storms path. Could be 5-11 inches when all is said and done.

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  13. Sending you some extra love as you remember your mother today. My own mother is a very private person... and I know she has cringed many a times while reading my blog ;) As a kid I told WAY too many details about our family to friends and strangers!

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  14. I am happy that you are chatty. Reading your posts are like getting a letter from a friend.

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  15. A lovely thoughtful post Karen.
    I do think your kitten will calm down a fair bit as she grows up. My once manic kitty, now spends most of her days sleeping or wanting to be made a fuss of :)

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  16. Those are lovely memories. I am 58 -- that is young!
    Our orange kitty girl is also super active. We have to keep her out of the kitchen when we cook or she'll be sampling everything. She is a very hungry kitty!

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  17. Karen, those times of remembering our moms are good, sweet and some days overwhelming. I enjoyed reading about your mom and have a better understanding about you being anxious for that yearly imaging. You are a blessing, my friend. xx

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  18. The socks are so pretty and look like Spring. May you find peace in your sweet memories of your Mom. The loss becomes part of our lives but some days are harder than others. I am not quite sure how we arrived at Palm Sunday but here it is and into Holy Week we go.

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