Thinking of Mom…again

This is a repost from the old not-so-user-friendly BlogSpot blog. It still applies, so I want to have it recorded here:

Today I am thinking of my mother. Actually, there are lots of reasons and I hate to say, it isn’t frequent, but today she is on my mind and I realized I have been channeling her!

Alice collage

Mom, through the years (and one with tiny me)

Baseball was one of her enjoyments…The KC Royals are playing in the World Series right now and she would be routing them on…as I am! GO ROYALS!!! I was asking her to whisper in their ears last night, but I guess they could not hear her!

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Win this one…for mom! (Added today – Just one more needed to take it all!)

My mom, Alice, really loved to do needlework. As long as I can remember she made pillow cases, tea towels and later quilt tops. She did all of them… embroidery, crewel, cross stitch. I can’t say I love to do those things, but I did inherit her bent for making things. She asked me at about age 12 to make a formal for her, create a menu and cook dinner for a party she was planning for eight guests! I remember wondering why she didn’t want to do these things, but I was excited and did it. Her passion was the handwork, not the cooking, etc. (As a side note, she loved Christmas decorating, but that might be a post for another day.)

Some pictures of her handiwork:

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At any rate, as I opened my Etsy shop yesterday…

…it occurs to me that she did this too, in her own way. She entered and sold her needlework in bazaars and fairs. She is not my muse…that would also be a subject for another day… but I am happy to realize that she is looking down and thinking that we are similar in these things and that makes me smile. I think it makes her smile too!

Alice was a stroke victim and spent the last 10 years of her life unable to create the things she enjoyed so much. My dad took care of her for those 10 years and tried to make her life as good as possible.

mom and daddy

                                                                                          Just had to put daddy in here too!

Rest in peace, mom, enjoy the baseball games and send some folks to my shop! Love you!

3 thoughts on “Thinking of Mom…again

  1. What a nice story Val. Your mom would be /no doubt is, so proud of the wonderful (and very talented) woman that you are. Happy stitching in Heaven mom!


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