Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mother's Day at Mom's

It's been a long time since I was with my mom on Mother's Day
25 years to be exact
Ever since I moved "up north"
Not that we haven't seen each other of course,
just not on Mother's Day
It has also been four years since I have been down to "the coast"
Again, not that I haven't seen her, just, due to circumstances, I haven't been down there
Gerry has, but he goes every February for his mom's birthday (she just turned 90)
and being that we live where we do,
somebody needs to be here in the winter, literally to keep the home fires burning
we only have wood heat here and things would quickly freeze at -30 C
without that wood stove burning 24/7.
So, we had a nice day.
We offered to take her out for breakfast/brunch
but she said what she would really like is for me to make a big breakfast
and us all to sit down together
"like you do at Christmas"
so, sausages, eggs, toast and hashbrowns it was
Then she had a list of yard work for us to do.
Tree trimming for the guys
(luckily I found a hedge trimmer in the shed that she didn't know she had...
and worked!)
and for me putting new spool on her weedeater and showing her how to use it
Trevor wanted me to find my old skateboard from when I was a teenager, he wanted to see what it was like
Mom was sure she still had it, that old wooden board that at one time I painted blue and put glittery heart stickers all over, but despite turning the shed and the storage basement area upside, down,
I couldn't find it.
then, after the chores were done (boy, I love the recycling options they have, worth writing a post about that is)
we went with the four of us to visit Gerry's mother
visited with her for the afternoon where Gerry's daughter came to pick up Trevor
and take him to her place for the night.
Then home again to another me-cooked meal
and a relaxing evening.
The only thing missing was that Jeremy was far away in Alberta
but I did talk to him anyway
Baby is doing better and things are looking up in that area,
so next Mother's Day, I may be a grandma!


  1. sounds like it was a great day.

  2. I'm so glad you are posting again, Joyce! It's good to have you back!

    And how wonderful you could spend the day together. Looks like it was quite productive but even more, the together part. I miss that a lot.

  3. What are those wonderful pink flowers? Sounds like a nice "together" time.

  4. Nice to hear from you and see you're blogging (or have been) again - with that same sense of irreverent humour.

    Your mother sounds somewhat like mine (who's 88) - she'd much rather that her family gather round her for a meal than be taken out to a restaurant. Nice warm story.

    Prayers for your son and his new baby. I hope all goes well for them. Nothing happens without a reason (which we way not always fathom).

  5. Congratulations, (maybe) Grandma!! What happy news.