Recently, I’ve been looking for things to brighten up our kitchen. Perhaps it’s the springtime with the bursts of flowers everywhere, but instead of buying the same colors all the time – grey, black, or beige – I’ve been choosing bright ones. Pink, orange, and turquoise! For example, I was able to choose between grey and orange this week on some new fabulous grilling gloves and I went for the neon. Go big or go home!
It must be in the air because my mom sent me an article from her favorite website, Houzz.com. She loves to decorate and this time the space she chose to share was also filled with patterns, bright colors, and bold photos on the walls. She too normally loves neutral colors, but she too much be looking to jazz things up.
I think bright colors are a good thing to have around. It seems to brighten up my life too. I love reaching into my kitchen drawer now for those gloves or the other things I’ve gotten recently in this rush. I lost an auction today for a pair of black pants on eBay, but perhaps it’s for the best. I’m looking to keep things bright for a while!
Last year for my birthday, my mom bought me a series of sewing classes so that I could refresh my skills. I loved it. She has always been a strong seamstress and I always admired her skills. I had taken sewing classes as a teenager, but being able to operate a machine was no longer on my resume. I had forgotten all the tricks that one gets familar with when working on something everyday.
For six weeks, I went to a sewing shop twice a week where we learned to make a set of pants via a sewing machine. I had as much fun learning as I did comparing notes with my mom after class. Although she only pulls out her machine a few times a year these days, the tools and techniques are imprinted on her brain from learning them in her 20s.
This week, I got a small sewing kit in the mail and I immediately put it in the bag with all of my sewing materials. When my mom comes to visit each summer, we always take out that bag so she can help fix things in my closet and around my home. It’s one of my favorite pastimes to do with her. The sewing kit is fully stocked with popular colors of thread, little scissors, and extra buttons. It’s just enough to get us on our way.
This year, my mother will be 6000 miles away on our special day. Not only is it Mothers’ Day, but I was born on her day, so we often celebrate together. I love retelling the story of how when they wheeled my mom into the hospital at 7am on that Sunday, they already wished her a happy Mothers’ Day although I was still a few hours from arriving.
This year, my mom and my step-dad are headed to their hometown for the summer and are trying to make it before all the tourists arrive. They both grew up in Prague and now that I live in California, we often spend many months a year living nine hours in time difference apart.
Fortunately, with the use of technology, we are able to keep in touch. We email four to five times a day and use it like a conversation. She also has an iPhone so she’s able to check for messages even when she isn’t at her desk. Lastly, I also sent her a present early and I think she’s going to love it. It’s a picture made into a puzzle by Piczzle Picture Puzzle (Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/