Posts Tagged ‘memories’

or not – Weekly Photo Challenge | Home for Lunch

March 15, 2011 39 comments

I don’t feel like writing much today so I’m posting another photo.

Weekly Photo Challenge | Home for Lunch

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Home For Lunch

This is what my Mom’s dinner table looked like for the holidays or any big family gathering.

To the right, at the back, is the kitchen where there was another table set up.

You can read more about all the mismatched chairs at: or not – Sundays With Mom.

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Quote for today

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
Thomas Jefferson

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or not – Sundays With Mom

January 30, 2011 11 comments
Things in life I find annoying - or not- Sundays with Mom

Make a Wish

Earlier this week the Daily Post topic suggestion was how would you spend a Sunday. Instead I want to share some memories of spending Sundays with my Mom.  There is nothing bugging me today!

I grew up in a large family, Mom, Dad and 8 kids – I was number 7. There is a 20 year difference between the oldest and youngest in the family and I have a niece who is just 8 years younger than me.

As each grew up and eventually moved out, Sunday afternoons were usually spent at Mom and Dad’s.

One thing you need to understand is that Mom always prepared a big Sunday lunch, never dinner. Even during the holidays like Christmas and Easter it was always lunch and never dinner. Because of this every holiday felt like a Sunday at Mom’s.

For the holiday meals, food preparation usually started the day before and she was up at 5 or 6 in the morning preparing the food for the family lunch. At one point, it wasn’t unusual to have anywhere from 24 – 30 people for lunch with all the  husbands, wives and grandchildren.

This meant a lot of cooking for her but everyone so enjoyed her meals that she loved to cook for everyone. There was always plenty of food to go around, Mom made sure of that! Leftovers were carefully packaged as each family member left the house.  She had to keep buying storage containers because sometimes it would take forever before they finally made it back to her kitchen cabinets.

Seating such a large group was always a challenge and thank goodness the kitchen and dining room were side by side. We added the extra leaves to both tables but there still wasn’t enough room. Two or three kids would usually end up sitting at a small kitchen table that my brothers and I sat at when we were kids.

Things in life I find annoying - Sausage MakingThe table is over 40 years old and was well used. It is one of the old arborite ones and was ideal for Mom to sit at. Yes, she would sit on the small chairs at the table when she made her homemade salami and sausages. It was really the only table where she could attach her manual meat grinder.

We would have to gather chairs from all over the house and some always ended up sitting on stools. But no one complained as long as they had a seat to enjoy Mom’s food. There was also plenty of my Dad’s homemade wine to drink with several trips to the cold cellar to retrieve more.

Quite often, Sunday lunch turned into an all day affair and some of us would end up staying for dinner too! This meant no leftovers to take home but that was fine. All Mom cared about is that the food was eaten.  She would say – Mangia! Mangia!

But it wasn’t enough to just eat the leftovers, Mom would slice up some of her homemade salami, bring out the cheese and olives and usually make a tomato salad.

There was always something to eat at Mom’s. She could put together a meal in no time. Ah, the memories – I miss you Mom.

There is nothing bugging me today!


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or not – It’s Been Four Years Mom – Ti amo

January 16, 2011 23 comments

Four years ago today I lost my Mom to stomach cancer. She was the fourth in my family to die of this terrible disease. I lost my Dad in ’98 to leukemia after he had survived prostate cancer, my oldest brother in ’02 to liver cancer and an older sister in ’04 to ovarian cancer. I miss them all.

The holidays are always such a difficult time for me. I miss my Mom so much and for some reason this past holiday season was the worst of them all. When we offer our condolences to others we all seem to say it gets better with time but does it really? It seems was I able to deal with it better just after she died, but now I can’t think of her without crying and missing her.

She was a courageous woman, emigrating in 1952 to the new world with 5 children on a ship across the ocean, to join her husband who was working to build a new life for them in Canada. There were 3 more children born in Canada.

There was one particular moment this past Christmas when I just couldn’t stop thinking of her and I wrote this piece in the wee hours on Christmas day. Today I want to share it with you.

Can Magic Make A Wish Come True

Watching the snow swirling and seeing the snowman come to life in the movie “Jack Frost” starring Michael Keaton, stirred some emotional memories.

A little boy plays a magic harmonica that was given to him by his father before he died, and the snowman the boy built, in the image of his father comes to life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if things like this could really happen.

If I could make a wish it would be to bring back someone special in my life, my Mom. She would have celebrated her 90th birthday this month, and next month is the 4th anniversary of her death.

I miss her dearly and there were so many things left unsaid. Oh, she knew I loved her and how much I cared for her, and appreciated her. But if I could have Mom back for just a few hours to tell her how much I miss her and love her, say thank you for all she’s ever done for me, my daughter and all her family and friends.

Magic, can it make a wish come true?

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or not – Some Favourite Christmas Songs

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s the time of year when we should be feeling happy and spending good times with family and friends.  I’m hoping this will bring some good memories to mind. Enjoy!

Christmas Songs – Early Years, Later Years & Traditional Christmas Carols

By Rosemary Bell

It’s the holidays and you’re hearing Christmas songs everywhere you go. As each year passes, it seems that more and more stores and establishments are playing it.

I love hearing Christmas music, but not all day long. Several years ago my favourite radio station on December 1 started playing Christmas music 24 hours per day. They still had their news reports and all the chit-chat but the music was all Christmas.

It used to be just Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but when they started this, I found another station to listen to. That is, until Christmas finally arrived, because they do play some of the best variety of Christmas songs. The old time favourites, the traditional Christmas Carols and the songs that make it to the music charts.

This list isn’t at all inclusive, I know what music I like but I often can’t remember the song title or the artist. So I’ve had some fun putting this list together by visiting YouTube and listening to the songs.

These are my favourites – in no particular order.

The Early Years

White Christmas – Bing Crosby
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Ronettes
Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
Little Drummer Boy – The Harry Simeone Chorale
Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
Here Comes Santa Claus – Gene Autry
A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
When a Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis

The Later Years

Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Belafonte
Mary’s Boy Child – Boney M., 1978
What Child is This – Moody Blues
When A Child is Born – Moody Blues
Peace on Earth (Little Drummer Boy) – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
Happy Christmas – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid 1984
– The first ever multi-artist charity single, this track was recorded in Christmas 1984 by a host of celebrity vocalists to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia.
Last Christmas – Wham
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen (others Jeff Buckley, K.D. Lang and more)
Mull of Kintyre – Paul McCartney & Wings

Following is the list of traditional Christmas Carols.

1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
2. O Come All Ye Faithful
3. Silent Night
4. O Little Town of Bethlehem
5. Angels We Have Heard on High
6. O Holy Night
7. Away in a Manger
8. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
9. What Child Is This?
10. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
11. Go Tell It on the Mountain
12. Joy to the World
13. First Noel, The
14. We Three Kings
15. Little Drummer Boy, The
16. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
17. Deck the Halls
18. White Christmas
19. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
20. Jingle Bells
21. O Christmas Tree
22. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
23. Silver Bells
24. Winter Wonderland
25. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Some songs have been listed more than once because of the different versions.

If you haven’t put together a Christmas music playlist yet, here’s an opportunity for you.

Just head over to YouTube, copy and paste the titles from these lists and search for the titles and then add to your favourites. You can find some real gems here.

If you don’t have an account, it’s easy to create one and add your own personal playlist of Christmas songs.

Everyone has their favourites, what are yours?

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Find your Christmas songs here.


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