She would’ve been 80…

Mom was quite the character.  In her younger days, she was fiesty and witty.   She was the first woman Draftsman in our city…the City Manager sent her to college!  Can you imagine someone taking a chance on a single Mom with 2 little girls back in the early 50s ?    She learned to use a computer at 65!   She learned about the internet chat rooms and internet shopping.  She burned some plastic!  Let me tell you :-)  We had a lot of fun the last 15 years of her life. 

Mom was talented….she oil painted and won awards.  She made beautiful, realistic 1″-1′ scale doll house miniatures and ran her own business.  She had the most beautiful flower beds and landscaped yards.   She baked the best Pumpkin Chiffon pies for the Holidays and made the absolute best fruit balls.   I remember having the most gorgeous Christmas tree in the neighborhood.    She encouraged us to attend Sunday School and church even though she didn’t go herself.    She was a loving wife, a stern but loving Mom (she spoiled my younger Sister something terrible!)…and she was a quilter.  

She’s been gone for almost 6 years.    I miss the calls, debates and sometimes arguments.   I miss the lunches, the fabric shopping sprees and the mid afternoon trips to Shipley’s Donut shop for lemon filled donuts and coffee.

Yesterday,  Mom would’ve been 80.  

Susan ~ Patchkat



A touch of sweet

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken,  a mixed greens salad with home grown tomatoes, onions and peppers, corn & black beans….yummy  dinner.    I love being able to eat out of the garden.  

We’ve had a little over an inch and a half of rain the last few days.   Maybe that will inspire the tomatoes to put out more blooms and set another round of tomatoes! 

Strawberries are coming in from AZ and CA.   I bought a flat today for $4.00.  These are nice and sweet!  I’ll cut them up to freeze, and make jam.   It also means strawberry shortcake with a handful of blackberries mixed in for dessert  :-)  

  We eat a lot of berries and fresh whipped cream!  Good stuff, good for us!

Susan ~ Patchkat