Sunday, May 30, 2010

Heavy Wet Snow, then the melt!





Heavy wet snow during the night and in the morning! Then the "melt"...the sun did come out for a little while. It was 33 degrees at the time of the snow pictures then it was 50 degrees when it all melted. I sure hope our lilac bushes can come out of this. They just had some leaves and forming of blooms.

We have seen snow every month of the year here by the Rocky Mountains. Some very severe snow storms in June and in August. When we travel we always carry an array of seasonal clothing -- just in case we need it!

We traveled to Kalispell on Friday -- snow here, ice and slush on top of Duck Lake ridge then the closer were got to Browning the roads became dry. The drive over Marias Pass was beautiful. Coming back we ran into heavy rains over the Pass with a threat of snow in our high country.

We now will have to watch the creeks and rivers for possible flooding.

But it is so glorious to see all the wonderful fresh new green. The trees have burst forth, the berry bushes were ready to bloom -- will have to see if this heavy wet snow hurt them at all.

We always love to visit a nursery outside of Kalispell -- the flowers and garden plants are so very wonderful to see -- but we know that we can only expose certain hardy plants to our east side of the mountains...high winds, very low night temperatures do not make for a good gardening experience. And the poor outdoor plants that find their way over here. Pansies, Violas, Columbines, and irises do okay. But no delicate plants can survive the outdoors in our area.

I hope the weather where ever you are is treating you kindly this holiday weekend. Take care and be safe.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mother's Day!





I was a very lucky little girl! I had a wonderful Mom and Dad. I was especially close to my Mom, Theresa. I was the only daughter sandwiched (as I called it) between my two wonderful brothers.

Mom was a very outgoing, talented person and just the best Mom ever. We were very close and I enjoyed spending time with her at any time during my life.

Mom was musical, wrote poetry, artistic, and cared about her family first and foremost. She always thought of everyone else first. When I was in my teens, I told my Mom she should be "more selfish" and think about herself instead of everyone else. She never splurged on herself she would only buy the necessities.

I would sit with Mom and have her tell me all about her childhood. When I was able to drive a vehicle, I would take Mom shopping and where ever she wanted to go. Mom never did drive a vehicle. Her father had one of the first automotive garages in Chicago when she was growing up. I wanted to have her go driving with me to learn to drive, but she did not want to. That seems so strange to me now. Not wanting to drive -- hard to imagine -- I don't where I would be if not for being able to drive a vehicle.

Mom was an excellent student and had a chance to study art but she quit school to go to work and support her younger brothers and sisters when her father died suddenly and the family business was lost in the Depression of the 1930's. She was always very disappointed that she did not complete high school and continue her studies.

The first picture is of my Mom when she worked at the Boston Store in Chicago, she was 19 I believe; the second picture if of her at the conservatory in Chicago; the third picture is of her and my Dad on their wedding day; the last picture is of Mom and my older brother.

These are some of my most favorite pictures of Mom. Mom had broken her nose when she was very young and was dancing around a table at her home with her sisters. She hit the table and broke her nose, nothing was done but pack it so it quit bleeding. So she went through life with her little crooked nose that she had a hard time breathing through.

One of Dad's older brothers said (when he first met her) ... She is really pretty but what the heck happened to her nose! The brothers were involved with prize fighting (boxing) at the time and I think they wondered if she got the "bend" in her nose from a good punch! Oh, those Chicago Girls!

I lost my sweet Mom early in life -- she was 61 and I was 34! It was devastating for me and still is when I think of her! But she gave me such a wonderful safe foundation to build my life on that she is always with me.

Salute to all Moms everywhere!

...this is a small aside to the weather here in Montana...it is MAY...and it is still snowing on and off...we had two blizzards last week...then the sun came out yesterday, and now it is snow squalling off the mountains...again today. I give up on Spring! Who knows when or if the lilacs will bloom...