I've been using this blog for over 5 years, not much of late but still returning. Over the years my mother-in-law was an important force in my life. She encouraged me to write my 3 books Cooking Fun, Crafting Fun and Homemade Fun. These books reflect a common understanding we had about life in American society when she grew up. As a young girl,I was at the the tail end of this generation of Americans who lived life a bit more simply day to day than we do now. We shared recipes, stories, values, and friendship.
She died in March after a long decline with dementia. She is buried in a quiet country cemetery that faces the eastern ridge of a small mountain range that sits behind the family property. That place is to the east of this long winding road in my banner photo (the 1919 image still looks very much the same today). Geologically, these were some of the first mountains ranges in North America which had once been as high as the western rockies. They are small now and weathered by time.
The lilacs and the near perfect beautiful sunny day looked over us as we all remembered her. We had a luncheon at the house for family and friends. Cousins gathered in the yard to play, run through the meadows to the brook as they have for the last 14 years. Friends and family talked and admired the ancient grove of lilacs that surrounds the house. The garden is blooming. The day was good.
So we said goodbye. Now we start on a new road.