Abiding Love Always

Dear Daughter Laura,

Tonight on your birthday eve, I dusted off the counted cross stitch birth sampler and remembered the gift of your arrival in Germany.

A girl!

Maura says you’re not just an amazing aunt, but you’re an amazing mother. I agree.

Happy Birthday to you.

Love,

Ma (and Maura, who is visiting)

The Early 80’s -my counted cross stitch phase

Saturday morning, I hung the ersatz garland up in the front hallway and positioned the ornaments so the fronts were visible. The little embroidered dates on them surprised me. Some of my friends were serious counted cross stitchers (Aida!!) I was more of a dabbler. Focusing on smocking and knitting when time allowed although Laura wasn’t born until ’83 so that explains why there wasn’t a mouse stocking  with her name on it.

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A surprise gift from my sister from Arundel Ladies Booth.

My friend Joanne knit the tiny sweater years ago

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One ornament from my needlepoint phase

 

The Village of Rockton Illinois Afternoon

Another Spring Break post-

Mary and I drove from Durand, Illinois (our mother’s hometown and the town where our parents were married in 1939)

to Rockton, Illinois in Winnebago County.

We browsed in Main Street Antiques Mall and Mary bought a couple of handkerchiefs.  There were two vintage jukeboxes playing records as we enjoyed looking at all the vintage items.

Main Street Antiques

 

 

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We had these exact bookends in the house when I was growing up.  I think they are at Mark and Erika’s house now

 

 

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Had just been in San Antonio for a wedding a couple of weeks ago.

 

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Truman was president when I was born!

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Then we went into the library.

 

 

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What a beautiful library!  The Talcott Free Library is celebrating 125 years this year.

 

 

 


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Inside the library-

 

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A close up of one of the ships in a glass case at the library.

 

 

Bring a puzzle, take a puzzle.  A jigsaw puzzle library.

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Wedding Cake Ice Cream was the recommended flavor at the Dairyhäus, according to a guidebook Mary had read in NYC.

The Dairyhäus was located right next to the library and opened at 3 PM.

I sampled several flavors but decided on the Peter Rabbit which was a carrot cake flavor. Mary had the Toffee Fudge.  Ice Cream season had just started.  One employee who has worked NINE seasons at the Dairyhäus created the counted cross stitch Care Bears sampler.

 

Care Bears Cross Stitch

 

 

The Dairy Haus

 

 

 

Brent MurrayOwner Brent Murray shows off an ice cream cake his wife had just put together in the back.  Brent really enjoys his work!  He said mother had purchased the ice cream store in 1994 and he has been there ever since. He’s enthusiastic about his product and with good reason.