My mom is still here. She has cleaned every inch of the house, except the garage. She’s saving that for last. I am so lucky to have a full-time housekeeper and cook. She’s going back to Maine next week.
Tomorrow is her 74th birthday. Some of my friends are coming over for dinner and cake and ice cream. They are saints. They like my mom.
Oven-barbecued chicken, Boston baked beans, brown rice, green salad, corn bread. Feels like summer, though there was a chance of snow predicted for today. Highly unusual. Never did snow today.
She wants a yellow cake with whipped cream frosting and strawberries, and so she shall have it. I will make it because I am the resident cake-baker and because my mother wants it. Anyone who cooks and cleans for me can have anything they want.
I saw Marty this week. I gave him a box of his stuff and he gave me the bouquet of preserved, dusty, crispy, long-stemmed roses that have been sitting in a clear glass vase on the desk in his living room for the past year and a half. They were huge and beautiful and fragrant and red when he gave them to me in July of ’09, the day he took me to the beach and asked me to marry him.
Today I put them on top of the compost pile and cried a little. It’s been one month since we called it off…
In happier news, my mom and I, but mostly my mom, finished a quilt we started back in April of 2009. For many years my mom would visit only once a year, and then only for a few days, ’cause she had to take care of my father who was always suffering from one ailment or another in his old age, and he did not like to travel.
He died a year ago this month. Actually, he died on her birthday, the greatest gift he could have given her, in the words of one neighbor. So yeah, tomorrow is my mother’s birthday and my father’s deathday. Weird.
So this year she’s staying for longer than three days, more like three weeks. We finished the “crazy quilt”. One of my friends had dozens of bags and boxes full of scrap fabrics, so we took some off her hands and created this wacky quilt. My mom is an accomplished quilter, you should see some of the quilts she’s made…..hmmm…..there’s a blogpost in there.
A cozy colorful quilt. Must be time for bed. Have a happy weekend everybody!