In my mind, I'm five years old having a high old time wandering and wondering. In reality, I'm 65, the magic age for Medicare, thank you very much! I tell you a lot of creativity is still to be found in this old young self. In you, too, whatever your age. Welcome to my barefoot world!
Today I found a note I wrote to the Mama in 1968 or 1969 from the look of the psychedelic colored stationery.
On the envelope, I wrote To MamaTo Brighten your day with a bit of May On the neon green paper, I wrote Mama, You're the greatest,I say you are! So sorry I have nothingto give you but this. But, then maybe soon I'll give yousome thing other than a jar And both you and me can bein true bliss. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY. . . though you still have todo some work! LoveSusieor Me, the Lazy One I wonder if the jar had anything in it.
Sunflowers from the grocery store. I sprinkled a jar full of seeds throughout the backyard a month ago. As the Mama said about things she planted, "If they grow, they grow."
Tiny roses from the roses that the Mama planted in the box I built many years ago and which I demolished on Friday. I should've either reinforced the box or removed the plants and potted them elsewhere for the Mama. Something I thought every time I watered the box the last few years. Bougainvillea and jasmine from the out-of-control vines in the front yard. The Mama would've been pleased to see the jasmine in full bloom, but also would've sighed that the vines had taken over. And, now, it's up to me to figure what to do.
"What are you writing?" asked the Husband, looking up from the newspaper. The remains of our lunch sprawled on the kitchen table.
A few minutes later, I looked across the flowers on the table at the Husband and said, "I want to make a ta…
The Mama had the best view of the outside world from her seat at the kitchen table.
She could watch the cars drive by, as well as people walk by, from the north or the south. She could see the butterflies kiss across the pink roses. She could gaze at the tiny brown birds take turns eating at the four-perched bird feeder. And, she could spy on the goings on of the neighbors.
"What is that man's name?" the Mama asked, waiting for lunch to be served.
"What man?" I asked, frantically getting lunch together, late as usual.
"The man in the grey house." (The house which is now blue.)
"He's cutting his lawn," she said.
"He's not wearing any shirt."
I never knew whether the Mama thought that was a good thing or not.
The Mama was 94 years old when she slipped into eternity. So, of course she left lots and lots and LOTS of stuff behind. Lucky me. I get to go through it all and decide what to keep, throw away, reuse, recycle, give away, or possibly sell.
I was about to say that it's easy to figure out what to do with some things. It's not.
The other day I found an envelope on which the Mama printed Susie One Year Old. Inside the envelope was a bunch of my one-year-old self's hair.
What am I going to do with that?
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Riding Tilda-Hilda gives me the opportunity to think. Riding her also lets me not think, if that's what I need at the moment. Thank goodness that I have Tilda-Hilda. She has been with me for almost 13 years. By golly, gee, she's the oldest bicycle I've ever owned.
As some of you know, I signed up for the National Bike Challenge to keep me motivated to take Tilda-Hilda out of the garage. The challenge runs from May to September. Its goal is to sign up 100,000 riders who all together will pedal 75 million miles by the end of the challenge. As of the 15th day, 32,181 riders have signed up and we have pedaled 2,322,172 miles. Tilda-Hilda and I have gone out six of the 15 days thus far, pedaling 48.3 miles. Whooo-hooo!
The past two weeks, the mornings have started in fog so Tilda-Hilda and I haven't gone out as much. The fog lifted by mid-morning today, so, weather may be changing. We shall see.
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Photos for this week's Friday's Hunt, hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills, include:
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My favorite photo is of the three different types of tomato plants that are now residing together in my first veggie garden in a long time. Meet Jo, Led Zeppelin, and Valerie, from left to right. Jo is already sporting a tiny tomato. Yaay! Led Zeppelin is quite a survivor, having almost dried up. And, Valerie is a volunteer and quite a fuzzy gal.
The three amigas are nightshade plants. Nightshade, evening. Close enough.
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