Monday, May 28, 2012

~ I've Got That ....

..... covered.
My sister-in-law phoned me about a month ago
and asked me if I would be interested
in knitting some hats for preemies
to donate to our local hospitals.
My response was
"Heck Yeah!"

Anything to help cover
those precious little preemie heads
to keep them warm and safe.
Besides, I love to knit!
So, I made a dozen of these!
I enjoyed this so much
that I think I just might make more!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

~ Centered .....


I had just gotten home from my 4.5 mile walk .....
sweaty .... hair a mess .....
and I decided to grab my camera
and get my shot in for "Now You".
Not an easy task holding that camera steady
with one hand
and trying to get myself in the frame .....
but I wasn't in the mood for multiple shots,
so this is it.
Not centered....
Not glamorous....
Just me.
Heck, if you look closely you can see the peach fuzz
on my chinny chin chin!!
I don't mind making eye contact with the camera
but I still want to hide my nose .....
my mouth .....
my neck .....
my jowls ....
It was difficult for me to not put my hands over
at least one of those "features".
But I didn't .......

Sunday, May 13, 2012

~ Happy Mother's Day ...

"The death of a mother
is the first sorrow wept without her."  ~ Unknown

I lost my mother in 1984, six years after losing my father.
I miss her.
She loved me unconditionally.
She didn't have it easy ... but she didn't complain.
She lost her father when she was 5 years old.
She lost her mother when she was 12.
Her uncle and his wife took her to live with them.
Her 3 brothers were separated from her ... each living with different relatives.
I can't imagine the pain that must have caused her.
My heart aches now when I think about the rebellious things I did that hurt her.
But she never let on that I disappointed her or hurt her.
She just loved me.
Happy Mother's Day!

My mom, Rita Leblanc Auger, at the age of 16.

My mom and yours truly .... circa 1971.
Look at the way she's looking at me.
Can you feel the love??????

My mom, circa 1980 .... visiting her brother (and flying to Florida....ALONE....which
was a really big deal for her) and
cuttin' loose with Minnie!

I would gladly give up a day of my life
just to see her one more time.

Monday, May 7, 2012

~ Happy Birthday Claire ...

Today would have been my sister Claire's 70th birthday.
In her regular "Claire" fashion, she would have insisted that no one made a fuss ...
but would have been delighted that we would.
I would call her and sing "♫Happy Birthday to you...♪" as I did every year before.
But she is not here.
On Christmas night in 1995 she ended her battle with uterine cancer.
Taken too soon.
So many birthdays ago.
On her first birthday without her I wrote a very small sentiment....

"It's hard to let you go, sweet Claire.
Springtime is not the same.
The warm May breeze and ladybugs
Keep whispering your name."

I recite it on her birthday every year since.

Happy Birthday Claire.