These dreary, cold, stuck inside winter days has me really missing my Mom. For the last 2 1/2 years of her life she lived with us and then passed away from complications from a stroke 3 years ago. We would spend afternoons playing gin, or Yatzee, or Scrabble or dice games. She loved playing games as much as I did and not only did it keep us entertained, but it probably kept our minds sharp. Now I settle for games on an app on my I-Phone, just not the same. But I will recommend one that I play daily....it's called 7 Words or Seven Words....not sure which but if you are interested I am sure you can search it. It is free. There is a new puzzle each day giving you a list of clues to specific words, revealing how many letters are in each word. There are groups of 2 or 3 letters listed below the clues. Your challenge is to figure out and spell the words by putting the letters together. You can get a hint so many times and then after so many times if you want hints you have to pay for them. I think it is $1.99 for unlimited hints. And because I wasn't satisfied with just one puzzle a day, since I no longer have my Mom to play games with, I anted up and bought a year's worth for $2.99. Personally I love word games much more than number games, I think that must come from my poor showing while in school of any subject that had anything to do with math.
The tea set was my Mom's....actually I gave it to her for Christmas one year. And when she passed away it became mine. I cherish it because I know how much she loved it.
I catch myself now doing little things that my Mom would do. It's true you do become your Mom, intentionally or not. But as I do these "little things" it strikes a chord in how much I truly miss her, especially during this cold, shut in the house time of the year.
I now heat my dinner plate or bowl in the microwave before serving food on it...she "hated" cold plates...claimed they made the food cold too fast. She was right of course. With our frigid weather we have had lately and because my dish cabinet is on the north wall of our house, the plates and bowls come out of that cabinet mighty cold...so yeah, it's great if you are having ice cream...not so if you are having a hot meal. Mom always heated her plate, now I am. Little things....
Just finished a good book....you need to read this one, "The Husband's Secret". An interesting plot twist at the end and a great "wrap-up". I am not fond of books that kinda leave you hangin' making you figure out what exactly happened. I like it tidied up, but also not too quickly either. Some books are like that too....they just all of a sudden are over and done, wham. It's like the author decided, "ok, I have written enough, now it's time to end"....don't like that either. There are soooo many books out there that I am itching to read, and that is a goal of mine this year is to read more. I used to swallow books, then I got into photography and blogging and the books kinda got shoved to the back shelf...so to speak.
OK, speaking of writing too much, I have done exactly that with this post. And fyi...all images were taken with the 50mm f/1.4 lens. That is the great thing about this lens, it can be really dark in your home, but with this lens you can still take decent shots, and my Nikon D7100 helps too.
Found this great quote on Pinterest......
"Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence"
So now I am going to be silent.
Until next time.....