Happy Mother’s Day

mothers day

What is a Mother?

The meaning of being a mother is virtually endless. A mother is a protector, disciplinarian and friend. A mother is a selfless, loving human who must sacrifice many of their wants and needs for the wants and needs of their children. A mother works hard to make sure their child is equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make it as a competent human being. Being a mother is perhaps the hardest, most rewarding job a woman will ever experience. Source: click here.

I decided to treat myself well this Mother’s Day (rather than wait for someone else to do something nice for me). I signed up for and paid for those watercoloring classes I had been longing to take for years. The class is a beginner class and I wouldn’t have been able to sign up for any of the other expert instructional classes this prestigious (and local) watercoloring studio was offering without it. (The next beginner lessons aren’t available till the fall. I would have lost this whole summer). $140 for the 3 week beginner course.

The beginner classes came with a supply list sheet. Naturally, of course, the instructor was requesting her students to purchase the most expensive items possible. Yet, she did include an ‘out’ clause and stated you could bring what you already had on hand and that her list was just a suggestion/recommendation. The teacher said her list would cost students between $100 and $150 dollars. Naturally, I found a less costly way.

art supplies
Here are my starting art supplies. $16 for pad, $39 for 18 colors, $4 for closable palette, $7 for brush set. The rest was free thanks to my library free introduction class. $66 total cost.

Sunday morning, hubby said he is going to prepare my favorite breakfast: an asparagus frittata. Afterwards, we’re going to spend the day at a local public garden ($5 for seniors), once exclaimed by Martha Stewart herself to be: ‘a must see whenever someone comes to visit me in New York’. Recognized as one of the “world’s ten best gardens,” by Rory Stewart, the garden is:

Over fifty years in the making, it is the work of landscape architect Lester Collins, FASLA (1914 – 1993), with important contributions by his clients, artist and teacher Walter Beck and gardener and heiress Marion Burt Beck. At its core, Innisfree is about the individual’s experience in nature. Inviting exploration and even contemplation, Collins’ sweeping landscape merges the essence of Modernist and Romantic ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles in a form that evolved through subtle handling of the site and slow manipulation of its ecology. The result is a distinctly American stroll garden — a sublime composition of rock, water, wood, and sky achieved with remarkable economy and grace.

You’ll find me sitting in one of those chairs (if the weather holds out!)

Hubs and I will be packing a lunch and are looking forward to spending Mother’s Day, in the garden. If you’d like to share what your day will be like, send us your adventures in a comment.

Happy Mother’s Day!





  1. Have a happy Mothers Day, Cindi. I had a nice experience yesterday. Our son’s work had “take your mom to work” day so I went and he showed me around his workplace. It was interesting. Then we went out to a nearby restaurant for lunch. He paid. I told him the whole experience was one of the best things he could have done for me for Mothers Day. Tomorrow we are having dinner with our kids and with my daughter’s in laws. Hubby will make something on the smoker.


    • Hi Chris. How nice to hear from you. Your day sounds lovely. It’s so nice when our kids can treat us out to something special!
      Have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for your comment.


  2. I’m not expecting anything at all as son lives in CA and daughter is busy with her own family. Rather than waiting for a call or visit DH and I are going to church, lunch and going to see “Poms” at the movie theater. Not something he’d ordinarily see but I’m dying to see it.
    We’ve begun making plans on our own so that we’re not disappointed if kids don’t come through.
    After today’s baby shower, daughter mentioned that she and her family might stop by to see me. But I hate being an afterthought. I’ve left enough time so that we’ll be home after lunch and before the movie so we shall see.
    Difficult being a mother of adult children. Have a happy Mother’s Day Cindi.


    • Thanks Teri. I know my own adult kids are not coming over. No one is treating me to lunch. No one is giving me a gift certificate. No one is paying for me to have a massage.
      I did get two cards in today’s mail which was very sweet. I may get a FaceTime video phone call from the grands. Whatever it is it is.
      I cancelled going to the Botanical Gardens Sunday and instead hubby and I are going to visit his mother. She just had knee replacement and will be all alone in the hospital on Mothers Day. I know how lonely that can be. So we’re buying flowers, packing a lunch and spending the day with my husbands mother. She’s 89 and had both knees replaced plus one hip. God love her! The woman’s going strong.
      Making another mother happy on Mothers Day has its own reward.
      Have a happy day. Enjoy the movie. I love Diane Keaton!


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