As most of you know, from my blog, and my Instagram,
I had the pleasure of spending the past two weeks with my mom.
We picked her up two weeks ago from my brother and sister in law’s home in Georgia
where she resides in a very large and comfortable “mother-in-law’s” quarters.
I decided that I would devote every moment to her in those two weeks,
thus my absence from my blog and social media. She needed to know and feel
that she was the most important priority in my life during that time.
She mentioned that my life was very busy as I took her to all my activities
and social events that were pre-planned months before her visit.
So for my “first day back” in a long while, on this blog, I thought I would present
some Fall inspiration around the house and Origami with mom!
A few weeks ago I spotted this beautiful sedum. The colors were perfect
for my Fall decor of plums, and shades of purple.
It is called Autumn Joy. . . . and it truly is!
My mother actually thought it was fake.
I am actually replacing many plants with succulents/sedums
as they are so low maintenance.
I made certain there were lots of flowers around for her as she loves them.
She especially loved this cache pot filled with mums.
The silver champagne bucket got refreshed with hydrangeas this time.
I spotted these unusual green hydrangeas at Trader Joe’s.
Unfortunately, they did not have a botanical name on the tag. I love the petals
and the pretty bright green color. The petals are very velvety to the touch and eye.
If you know what variety of hydrangea this is, oh please let me know.
In other areas of the house, I decided to go really simple,
just adding greenery to simple containers such as this ironstone pitcher.
O.K. here comes the fun part of this post.
My mom loves the art of Origami. I had some Origami paper,
in which I discovered she prefers a thinner paper than what I had on hand.
I asked her to teach me how to make a crane.
So she picked up a piece of paper and started folding.
I am so amazed that at the age of 92 (almost) her memory and coordination is still
really great . . . she is just slower . . . but I am too and I am not 92! . . . yet!
I am amazed that she still remembers how to make her little creations of paper.
There are so many folds, steps, etc. and other variations of making
these cranes . . . there are great tutorials on You Tube on how to make these.
I saw one and realized that she makes a very old version of one . . .
one that she learned well over 80 years ago.
If you have ever met my mom, you would have noticed her wonderful outlook on life.
Every one who meets her always comments about the twinkle in her eyes, her smile,
and her unique charm. She is always game for anything. But she will not
watch a movie about war. Too many difficult and sad memories.
She had gone through so much in her life, but you would never know it, or hear of it
unless you ask. Oh, snakes! …. she hates snakes!!
My mom . . . call her Micki . . . has taught her grandchildren on how to make the cranes.
I believe one of my nieces has made well over 1,000 of them.
I made the purple one!
I got up from the table to prepare dinner.
She continued to make cranes and about 30 minutes later,
she made a flock of them!
My mom never met a stranger. She is very sociable.
One afternoon we went to the grocery store where they have a sushi maker.
By the time we selected the variety of sushi for our dinner,
she had sucked out all of the information out of the poor sushi maker’s brain,
and by the time we left, she had his whole life’s story
and she made a new friend.
Hmmmmm, I am glad I got her genes!
I am very fortunate to still have my mom in my life. . . in our lives . . .
the lives of my siblings . . . the lives of her grandchildren and great grandchildren
who just adore her. Yes, she is the Ichiban Grandma to them.
My dad was a very smart man to have realized that she was the one for him.
And we thank him for that!
Have a most beautiful day! It is definitely beautiful here . . . Fall is in the air!