Sunday, April 12, 2015


Yesterday was my Mom's birthday.  She would have been 105 years old this year.  Mom was 43 years old when I was born.  She died in 1985.  Of course, I always think of my mom on her birthday, but this year I am feeling particularly wistful as I think of her.

The picture above is one that Mom took of our kitty, Frosty, in her garden. He's walking on top of the vine covered garden fence.  I think I remember her saying that the pretty flowering bush was an aster.  It was huge.  If it isn't an aster, then my memory is faulty.  Mom really knew her plants, trees, and flowers.  The picture was taken in the late 1960's.

Mom always had a great garden.  She grew all kinds of flowers, tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, and squash. I wince when I remember being a smart mouth pre-teen and asking her if she had "played" in her garden all day. When her big garden became too much for her, she grew beautiful hanging baskets of flowers.  She enjoyed taking pictures, and considering that she was using what I believe was called a Brownie box camera, and then a Kodak Instamatic for the last several years of her life, I think she got some very good images.

And then there was fishing.  Mom loved to fish.  I like this picture of her with the huge catfish that she caught.  You can tell by the look on her face that she is having a hard time holding it up long enough to have her picture taken with it.  The picture was dated 1957.  I would have been three years old.  She caught her big catfish where the Mississippi River and Missouri River converge. 
Mom only got to know her sweet little grand daughter for a couple of years.  She never met our son.

So these are some of the people, places, and things that I have been feeling nostalgic for on this soft spring evening. 

Oh Mom, it's springtime!  It's time to "play" in the garden again. 


  1. Dearest Susie,
    Yes, we often think about our dear Mom's and inside our hearts they live on forever. We treasure all the fond memories, their teachings and love that got planted inside our hearts as well.
    Receive a big all-around hug!

  2. What a beautiful post. Lovely memories of your mom, she was very pretty. I think most of us like to play in our garden when we have time. I know I do. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  3. Oh, such sweet matter how old we get, we still miss our Moms! Your Mom was very pretty. She sounds like a lovely soul. I'm sure she is now your Guardian Angel! Hugs xo Karen

  4. ... Hello Susie.... this is a beautiful post.... your mum was lovely.... anyone who does gardening and loves fishing is special in my book......
    My mum is 98 and lives with me but my dad died 27 years ago......he was the gardener and fishing person in my family... I have lovely memories of him, and I get a bit nostalgic around his birthday..... and mum talks about him a lot....
    Have a great week...
    Hugs... Barb xxxx

  5. I have been feeling the exact same way as my mama's birthday was in March..I have been on the verge of tears all that month and now into this one. (I'm sick with pneumonia so feeling bad anyway) mama was only 21 when she had me..then 31 when she had my brother. Mom died 1 month into her 70th year which was waaay too young to go.
    Bless your heart and mine...we never get too old to miss our mama.....

  6. bwaaaaaaaaa :(
    I'm holding your hand with my heart and maybe it makes both of us feel better.

  7. What a beautiful post about your mother. Such wonderful pictures and memories you have of her. I especially like the one of your mom and daughter. Such beautiful smiles. Bless you friend ♡

  8. Oh Susie, this is such a poignant post dear girl. Your Mum would be so proud. thanks for calling by Susie and leaving your lovely wishes. Now I'm going to catch up on your other recent posts!

  9. I love this photo of your mom with the catfish. That was taken the year I was born. I can remember my grandmother's flower garden...many, many years ago.

  10. What a precious and heartfelt story. What great photographs and loved that she loved to fish! What a gal! Enjoy working in your garden, it's a special place to remember good times.

  11. What a wonderful tribute to your Mom!! Mine was almost 40 when she had me and would have been 96 this year.
    Thanks so much for stopping by to see our Doves!! They have nested in that flower pot twice before so I will probably never plant flowers in it ever again!!