"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Unknown (as seen on River's blog, "Drifting Through Life")

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau



Sunday, May 10, 2015

* NOSTALGIC SUNDAYS *

It's Time Again for Another Nostalgic Sunday!
 
 
 

Hello wonderful people who take the time to stop and see what I've posted! I'm working at the shop today which I volunteered to do since my family gets together on different days to celebrate different occasions. Happy Mother's Day to all the fabulous moms out there!

I've written blog posts about my mother quite a few times and particularly on Mother's Day each year. (She died in 1989.) Although we loved each other, we never had that closeness that some mothers and daughters are so fortunate to share. It makes me think of the marvelous review Theresa Sanders wrote about my memoir, and posted on Amazon. Here is part of what she said "... her bumpy relationship with her sometimes distant mother..." Thanks again, Theresa (Sistah Teri!) I couldn't have said it better myself.

And also, I'm reminded of something my dear friend, Rita (now deceased) said during one of our thousand conversations. It made such an impact on me that I included it in my memoir. The chapter title is "Thoughts on Love & Forgiveness," and is primarily about my feelings toward my estranged dad. Here is what I wrote: "A wise friend once told me she believes part of our journey here on earth is to forgive our parents."

Ah...so true. I miss Rita every day because she was genuine. She was thoughtful and caring and spiritual and absolutely hilarious. (I sometimes referred to her as "crazy Rita" because of the funny things that would happen to her and the way she described them.)I know, too, that she would LOVE our little condo. Below are four of the newest photos I've taken. I hope they make you smile.


A close-up of a large bowl of petunias I bought.

A close-up of the gorgeous irises the previous occupant planted.


The bird feeder I bought and filled.

Shelves and cabinets above the kitchen sink.
I've had fun changing things around, trying to decide what to put where.
The fish is a one-of-a-kind piece of art created by our friend, Bob.
It's lightweight wood, covered with floral fabric. I just love it and think I found the perfect place to hang it.


"Sharing tales of those we've lost is how we keep from really losing them." - Mitch Albom, For One More Day

15 comments:

  1. How nice to see you pop up in my reader.
    Welcome back.
    Love the look of your condo. Flowers, birds and fish? What's not to love.

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    1. Hello Sue! And how nice to see you pop up in my comments! I so appreciate those of you who haven't given up on me! :)
      Thanks for your kind words, and you are so right.....What's not to love? Hope all is well with you!

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    1. Hi Delores! Thanks so much, and I wish you a belated happy Mother's Day, as well.:)

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  3. Lovely flowers. Happy Mother's Day even though you will be working. Enjoy the people shopping!

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    1. Hi Claudia! Happy belated Mother's Day to you, too! I really did enjoy working on Sunday. We had lots of people.....mostly browsers, but a few purchasers, too! The weather was really nice, also, right up to closing time.

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  4. This is a wonderful post, Becky. And your friend Rita is ever so right about forgiveness. Beautiful photos, wonderful thoughts! Happy day!

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    1. Hello Jeanie! Thank you so much. You say "wonderful post" and I say "wonderful comment!) You just don't know how happy it's made me, seeing comments from my friends....especially since I've been such a bad bloggy commenter myself!

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  5. Hi Becky, I'm not really blogging anymore, but I wanted to pop by and see what my friends were up to. I've missed you.

    I'm not particularly close to my mom either, but I AM incredibly close to my adult daughter. Because of the relationship I had with my own mom, I was determined to build something different with my own kids. So, in the end, even bad situations can bring about good.

    How's the next book coming along?

    Have a great day.

    Love,
    Patti

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    1. Hello Patti! Wow...talk about a bloggy friend I haven't heard from in a long time....and this is so weird because I was just thinking about you the other day....Don't remember why exactly, though! LOL. I know it had something to do with your love of old movies, because I was watching TCM at the time! :) Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I'm so glad you and your daughter are close. Although I don't have daughters, I AM close to my two sons. Thankfully, you and I didn't go the same route as our mothers. The "next book" has kind of split into two books. LONG story! Slow going on the memoir sequel.....and thoughts percolating on a small, "gift size book." :)

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  6. Hi Becky,
    I think it was the time. Most moms were mothers, not mommies back then.

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    1. Hi Linda! Thanks for commenting. I think part of it was the times, but I did witness mothers and daughters that were really close.....in fact my mother and one of my older sisters had a special bond. BUT, since that sister was 14 years older than me, we basically had two totally different "home-lives." Is that a word??

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  7. Howdy, BECKY-O! ~
    I'm just stopping by to say "howdy".

    Howdy.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Well, Howdy right back at ya, Mr. Stephen T! I've been thinking 'bout ya lately. I know I never did e-mail you the Part Two of telling you about The Ronald and I moving a couple of months ago. Guess it's kind of "old news" now, huh?? Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  8. Your new place looks so cute, Becky! And here are my belated wishes for a Happy Mother's Day.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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