Mother’s Day/Happy Birthday

It’s my birthday today and what better way to celebrate than to pay tribute to my Mom.

Mom, I love you so very much.

You are my rock!

 This photo is taken in one of her flower gardens on the 9 acres of land I grew up on. Behind us is 6 apple trees.


Mother’s Day

I walked into the house on Mother’s day a few years ago and my Aunt looked at me kind of strange.

I noticed the look but didn’t acknowledge it.

A few minutes later my mother came out from the back bedrooms wearing the same jacket that I had on.

I guess we have the same taste in clothes. What are the chances!


I said this morning….Well I made it another year…and my coworker Steve said “better than taking a dirt nap”. I think that is so funny. He said he has a friend that would wake up in the morning and say “well, I woke up this morning on the right side….of the ground!” That one fits as well!!! Too funny. I needed a little humor this morning!

     I’ve already been in tears once this morning. Hormonal…most likely. My 7 year old son and I made cherry Jello last night and he put fists full of miniature marshmallows in the cups. By bedtime the jello was ready to eat. He ate all 4 cups… with Mom’s permission. I did get a taste. It was very good.

     My tearful moment comes because I was reading him a Dr Seuss bedtime story in bed and he spilled a spoonful of jello on the bedcovers. I told him to hurry to the kitchen sink and get a wet washcloth. Two minutes letter I yelled…hurry it is starting to dry just get a washcloth…and then I yelled what is taking you so long….

     Needless to say he climbed in bed with me and handed me the washcloth and I started scrubbing away. I got the stain off, but…the biggest tear you have ever seen dropped onto my hand(it was a hot tear too)  and I looked over and he was quietly sobbing because I had raised my voice. My heart just broke.  How can I have such a sensitive child? I told him I wasn’t mad I just wanted him to hurry.

     This child does NOT have thick skin. How is it that my boys are so sensitive. I think with his older brother…who is a sophomore in college…he hid his sensitivity by misbehaving. His emotions would be so strong he had to do things to sidetrack everyone around him. I knew what he was doing. No one else did…except maybe Grandma….and of course she raised me so she knows!

     With this younger child… I just don’t know…  He is very different from his brother but every once in a while there are hints of the wild child side of his sibling!  I don’t want him to be a bully… but, I also don’t want him to be the one bullied! How do you prepare a child for the horrors of life? I survived my parents divorce( when I was 8 years old), the death of my younger brother (when I was 21 and he was 19), too many loses to cancer and bloodclots…way to early in life, I constantly battle depression, and I sometime just feel so tired!

     It’s my birthday and I don’t want to focus on the negatives and sorrows of life. I am a survivor.  

     We read the story by Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel ) Hunches in Bunches written in 1982. I knew it had to be one of his later writings when he made reference to playing video games! The story ends when the boy ends up going to the kitchen and eating 6 hotdogs. Well, my son does not like hotdogs or hamburger. He said, “yuk Mom, thats an icky story…he ate six hotdogs?!?” Only my son would say such a thing! His vegitarian Auntie would be proud!

Dr Seuss Book Collection: 

Here is a list of Dr Seuss Books…the X means we have it already(Future Christmas List for the little one)
x1 — And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1938)
2 — Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1959)
3 — The Butter Battle Book (1984)
x4 — The Cat in the Hat (1957)
5 — The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book (1966)
6 — The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1968)
7 — The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967)
8 — The Cat’s Quizzer (1976) [not indexed]
9 — Come Over To My House (1966)
10 — Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973) [not indexed]
x11 — Dr. Seuss’s ABC (1963)
12 — Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962)
13 — The Eye Book (1968)
14 — The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)
15 — The Foot Book (1968)
16 — Fox in Socks (1965)
x17 — Great Day For Up! (1974)
x18 — Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
19 — Happy Birthday to You! (1959)
x20 — Hop on Pop (1963)
21 — Horton Hatches The Egg (1940)
22 — Horton Hears A Who (1954)
23 — How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)
24 — Hunches in Bunches (1982)
25 — I Am Not Going To Get Up Today! (1987)
26 — I Can Draw Myself (1970) [not indexed]
27 — I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today (1969)
27a — King Looie Katz
27b — The Glunk That Got Thunk
x28 — I Can Read With My Eyes Shut (1978)
29 — I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (1965)
30 — If I Ran The Circus (1956)
31 — If I Ran The Zoo (1950)
32 — I Wish I Had Duck Feet (1965) [not indexed]
33 — The King’s Stilts (1939)
34 — The Lorax (1971)
x35 — Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now! (1972)
36 — McElligot’s Pool (1947)
x37 — Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970)
x38 — My Book About Me, By Me Myself (1969)
39 — Oh Say Can You Say (1979)
40 — Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (1990) [not indexed]
x41 — Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (1975)
42 — On Beyond Zebra (1955)
x43 — One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960)
44 — Scrambled Eggs Super! (1954)
45 — The Seven Lady Godivas (1939)
x46 — Shape of Me and Other Stuff (1973)
47 — The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961)
47a — The Zax
47b — Too Many Daves
47c — What Was I Scared Of?
x48 — Ten Apples Up On Top (1961) [not indexed]
x49 — There’s a Wocket In My Pocket (1974)
50 — Thidwick, The Big-Hearted Moose (1948)
51 — The Tooth Book (1981)
52 — The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs The Dough (1987) [not indexed]
53 — Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958)
53a– Gertrude McFuzz
53b — The Big Brag
54 — You’re Only Old Once! (1986)

Yep, I’m a list person. I also love going to thrift shops. I hate purchasing anything at full price if it is not necessary. I certainly do NOT need brand new when used serves the purpose. I like to recycle, reuse and whatever the saying is.  I will print this list out and stuff in my purse. Books are 50 percent off at the local thrift today! You can’t beat 50 percent off 50 cents.

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted


2 Responses to “Mother’s Day/Happy Birthday”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Happy Birthday for a few days ago. I love those books too. Horton Hatches The Egg is my favourite book- ever. Keep your eyes out for it. The silk quilt is absolutely beautiful. Your sons sound beautiful also. Sensitivity, though tough for a child, is such a prescious quality.

  2. quiltedthrifted Says:

    Thanks Kathy for the comment and the birthday wish. I haven’t figured out if you have a blog. I still don’t know how all this works. I feel like I am making baby steps. I am so glad the birthday thing is over…too much stress!

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