All About Mothers


1. Share something you appreciate (or something you appreciated as you were growing up) about your mother.

My mother has always had a special way of reaching out and helping people. If she finds out someone is in need, she is right there, doing all that she can to help them. She is one of the most giving ladies I know. She has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh. I love that about her. 
2. A quote most commonly ascribed to Plato reads – “Necessity is the mother of invention.” When did this last play out in your own experience?
Tonight when I needed some tomato sauce for a recipe. The only thing I had available was a can of diced tomatoes. I put them in the blender pureed them and voila. Tomato sauce. =) It worked! My recipe turned out delicious. It was Paula Deen’s Goulash. Follow this link to the yummy recipe. Paula Deen’s Goulash Recipe
Bobby's Goulash
(Food Network)

3. Share one of the earliest memories you have from childhood. 

One of my earliest memories was maybe when I was 2 or 3. I was a very timid little girl. I hid underneath my mother’s skirt. Literally! I can still remember feeling so safe there…of seeing the soft filtered sunlight through her skirt material. Sitting on her shoes, while she talked with a friend or family member. Funny memory I know. But one I hold close to my heart. The special thing is, that she didn’t mind me sitting under her long skirt. That’s what mothers are for right? They know what you need, when you need it the most. Security.

4. When did you last ‘hit the mother lode’? What was it?

I have been very blessed in many, many ways. The most recent memory that comes to mind, that this applies to, would be when my husband was able to have Proton Therapy for his prostate cancer treatments. These are extremely expensive treatments, and they were approved by our insurance, which is rare! So they definitely fall under the ‘mother lode.’ By God’s grace we hope he
is cured!


The atrium at the Proton Therapy Institute in Virginia.

5. What is your favorite dish your mom made? Do you make that dish for your family/friends now that you are grown up?
My mom is the best cook. She always had a hot meal on the table each day when we were growing up. She made Sunday’s extra special with her huge Sunday dinners. I love her potato salad. She makes her own lime pickles and uses them in her potato salad. Try as I might, mine never tastes as good as hers. It is the best when the potatoes are still warm!

6. Mother May I? was at one time a popular children’s game. It required no equipment or parts to play. What was your favorite childhood game to play where you could just turn up and play no gear needed? 

My mother loved to play “Ain’t No Bears Out Tonight” with my sister and I. We would wait until it was extra dark outside and then Momma would go and hide somewhere in the yard. Meanwhile Amy and I would creep around singing…”Ain’t no bears out tonight…grandpa killed them all last night…” until suddenly my little Momma would jump growling from the bushes and scare us half to death. We would run away screaming and then have a fit of giggles and beg her to play “Just one more time.” Those were some fairly fabulous summer nights. =)
(image environment.wsu.edu)

7. Which TV mom (past or present) is your favorite?
Caroline (Ma Ingalls) from Little House On The Prarie. My favorite show growing up. She was always so gentle and kind.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Blessings and Sunshine,
Valerie

“Lamb Love” my newest painting, now for sale on ebay! =)


2 Responses to All About Mothers

  1. Joyce says:

    Welcome to the Hodgepodge! I'm glad you joined in this week. I post questions every Tuesday and put a link up every Wednesday.

    I'm glad your hubs was able to get the treatment he needs. I hope he has a complete recovery. Congratulations on your daughter's upcoming wedding! We are just beginning the planning here, still waiting on a date to be confirmed by the Army. We have to plan around them a bit : ) Much happiness to your daughter and new son in law!

  2. Valerie says:

    Thank you so much Joyce! Sounds like fun, I'm looking forward to being a part of Hodgepodge Wednesday! =) Congrats to your daughter as well, that must be tough having to wait around on the Army. Have fun planning. I am glad our planning is drawing to a close. It is work, even though it does bring great joy along with it! Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

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