Mother’s Day 2010

Remembering my mother on this Mother’s Day. Helena Louise Umland Conlon June 27, 1929 – December 28, 2009. I miss you Mom!

Mother’s Day is an annual holiday that recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society. In the United States, it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

Many different stories about the origin of Mother’s Day can be read here.

Yesterday when I talked to Tara she wanted to take me to brunch today but the restaurant she wanted us to go to had 15 people on the wait list and the 1st dinner opening at 8:15PM. So she suggested I call my favorite breakfast place in the morning even though they don’t take reservations. Tara was sure they would for me as I am one of their best customers and I know that they would too. Instead I said that I would rather just go over to their house and have something grilled. My SIL is going to grill carne asada and we will have Mother’s Day burritos or tacos. Because after all Mother’s Day is about being with the child or mother that you love.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mothers out there.

I’m thankful for…

Although the last few weeks have been rough I do have a lot to be thankful for.

My mother has stage 4 cancer, lungs, colon, lymph nodes and liver. But I am thankful that she is alive and recently celebrated her 80th birthday.

My daughter Tara survived not one but two cardiac arrests 11 years apart. I am thankful that she survived both times and that the second time the doctors got to the root cause. I am thankful that I do have my wonderful daughter and the her husband living close by.

I am thankful that all of my siblings and their families are in good health.

I am thankful that I do have a job with good health benefits and a decent salary.

I am thankful that I have such wonderful friends who are there for me when I need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on.

I am thankful that I have an apartment on Isla now so I don’t have to haul everything back and forth when I visit.

Everyone take a moment today to think about the things you are thankful for. You may be surprised by how long your list is. This is just my short list.

36 years ago today…

Happy birthday to my beautiful daughter Tara!


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Happy one year anniversary Tara & Kelly

One year ago today Tara and Kelly got married. It was a great wedding with family and close friends.

I said that I would keep my Mother of the bride corsage for one year and then throw it out. So I did that this morning. Every time for the last year when I opened the fridge I saw the corsage and it reminded me of how happy I was to see Tara and Kelly get married.


Here’s the corsage on TnK’s wedding day.




Here’s what it looked like one year later.


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The traditional one year anniversary gift is paper so I thought that a photo collage was an appropriate gift for TnK.


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Like mother, like daughter, two times over

Saturday morning I bought two Lilium Lilies for my mother as part of her birthday present. I bought a yellow plant and an orange one. The yellow had several flowers open while the orange didn’t have one open yet. When Tara and Kelly picked me up to go to my mom’s birthday party she said “we bought grandma the same thing”.  Tara bought an orange lily and had it potted while I just had mine sitting in the pots I bought. Tara and I bought the flowers at the exact same store. Turns out my mom just bought a couple of the yellow lilies too at the same chain store but out near where she lives.

I guess we were all thinking the same thing. After taking a bunch of photos of my mom’s flowers the last two times I was at her house I said she needed other colors in her yard since most of her flowers were pink or lavendars.