A Great Mother

This week I’m focusing on my mother, Pat (Harris) Chaney, whose 90th birthday is Saturday.  She was a great mother, and unfortunately passed away from cancer in 2001.  My dad missed his 90th birthday by one year and my mother left us much too early, well before her 90th.  Today I’m sharing some of my favorite photos of her, starting with one of her birthdays.

My dad helped us make a “cake” for her, with no recipe or proper baking procedures.  It looked atrocious but she happily posed with it.

I happened to be right beside her in this photo (I wonder what I thought of the cake we made by pouring everything from the kitchen shelves into the batter).

Of course, following the arrival of the pretend cake came the real one!

Here are some of my favorites of her with the two of us (I am the younger daughter):

She sewed and knitted a lot of her own clothes and was always changing her hair color and style, as you will see.  In this one she is wearing very fashionable boots in the 70’s.

She loved traveling to the mountains and the first thing she always did was take off her shoes and put them in a cool mountain stream.

My parents were married in 1949; here is their wedding photo and one of my favorites in their later years together on a cruise.

This is a very early “selfie” of her with her brother, Baxter:

They always had dogs around and this is one of my favorite pics with one of them:

Again, I was right beside her.

Finally, this is my favorite holiday portrait of my mother–so pretty!

 

A Quilt and a Shark

I recently made a new quilt for Sarah–a lap quilt for her couch.  My plan was to match her gray couch with its lime green pillows.  It turned out very nice.

She opened the birthday gift here, then took it home to Houston.  It wasn’t long before I received a Snapchat from her that was similar to this photo:

One of the things we both liked most about the quilt was the elephant fabric I’d found to use for the backing, which can be seen below:

I also did some sewing for Chris’ birthday.  I was looking for something related to sharks (since he’s been fascinated with them since he was a child).  Lo and behold, I found a pattern for a shark pencil pouch, and I decided to give it a try.  It turned out great!  Here is the link for the free pattern.

I think he was pretty happy with it, but he especially enjoyed lunch out with Mom and the dessert provided by the restaurant.

 

 

 

 

Crystal Awards

Today I’m sharing “sign” pics from the Crystal ship Symphony that we enjoyed so much.  First, a safety sign:

Next, the first sign I saw every morning before going out on the deck for a morning walk:

I discovered an interesting room in the ship that displays all the wonderful gifts they have received from each port they have visited around the world.  It’s impressive!

There was also a huge display and blessing provided by the craftsmen of the shipyard in Finland, where Symphony was built in 1995:

Finally, I’ll share a couple more menus from our week at sea:

 

 

 

 

Panama

We disembarked from the cruise ship Symphony in Panama to more wonderful local music.

We could see plenty of ships getting ready to enter the canal.

We had rented a car to drive to the other side of the country for our standby flights out of Panama City.  Although there is a train that goes across, it was not going at the right time for us.  But it gave us a chance to see some of the sights better along the way.

Here is the airport, which has a nice restaurant upstairs.

And we were off!  It’s always nice when those standby seats are available for two of us at once!