Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thursday with Mommy

Mom and I went out for lunch for the first time in eons. Just Mom and me. I don't call her Mommy really, I was playing on "Tuesdays with Morrie." Mom had chicken parmigiana sandwich.
I got a delicious salad with goat cheese, dried cranberries and walnuts with a tart dressing. This restaurant had no steps to go up. One of the owners 85 year old Dad works there making sure everyone is happy, wearing a white apron. It's a hoot. At the end of lunch Mom said, "Next time we'll try another place." Next time!!!
Last night the turkeys grazed. 17 teenagers, one is missing. Three aunties. Click to enlarge.
The tallest marigold I've ever seen. My massage was wonderful. I'd met Zoe, the massage therapist, at the Farmers Market. Each week a different therapist is there giving chair massages. My intuition panned out. She was delightful and a font of information about resources in the area such as an herbalist named Sage who give classes and does herbal consults. She used hot stones, moving them down my back and legs. I loved it. I hadn't realized I had so much tension in my neck. Alas, I still woke at 3am. Were I richer, I would have a massage at least once a month.
Didn't plant this flower, but there it is. Next week I start a yoga class. I may have said. I'd called this teacher two months ago and she just now called back. Been in India. Hope this class is simpatico with my needs. Am feeling more hopeful finding these resources that jive with what I like to do, healers.

23 comments:

marianne said...

Hi Suki,
Had a nice nap, thank you!
The salad with goat cheese looks so delicious, I love it!
I love your new picture with the Buddha, the flower is just a little gift isn`t it?
So nice you had a lunch with Mum.
your massage sounds wonderful, I would love to have a massage with hot stones one day.
take care! love >M<

WILSONART said...

Lunch out.
Always such a treat, and the food looks fabulous!
So glad your Mom enjoyed it,,,you may be the spark that she's been needing.Something to look forward to 'next time'.

The flower: another planting by God,,a treasure.
Glad you had this day to share & remember with your Mom.

Annie said...

I am glad you had a nice lunch with your mom. Also the massage sounds lovely. I too would get one on a regular basis if I had more money. Have a wonderful weekend.
XOXO

sukipoet said...

Marianne, I love goat cheese. And there's a lot of Vermont made goat cheese around up here. Oh, my back is already longing for more hot rocks.

Babs, I do treasure that day with Mom . I think she's peppier now that she realizes I will stay for the next winter.

Thanks for stopping by Annie. a quiet day here, overcast with rain expected but tomorrow is supposed to be sunny.

atomicvelvetsigh said...

woah that sandwich looks yummy!! now im hungry.. hehe..

hmm just a thought.. do you know that suki in my language means "a regular customer" ? hee..

passing by from soulbrush..

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Sounds like a lovely memory making day. I would imagine she was lonely before & now her DIL is gone she needs female company. I hope you make it out again for lunch together.
And finding more things you enjoy can make a big difference this winter.
Your massage sounded wonderful. I could use one about now after our carpet cleaning marathon we did yesterday of our whole house. Ouch. But things are so nice and clean now.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Oh and...Love that photo you put in your heading. What a great shot. Nature sure can treat us when we least expect it. :)

Mim said...

You sound good, like you are finding some peace thru decisions and thru kindred souls. I'm glad for you, and yes..that goat cheese (my favorite) is wonderful looking.

Cestandrea said...

Suki, the food looks delicious and I love the way your Mom looks at at. Oh my does this food look good, I would love to eat that right now:)
And I'm glad the yoga woman has called you now, it looks as if it was just the right time, and the massage sounds wonderful. Makes me think of the massage I had in Slovakia in the Hotel, and there I thought too: Oh, if I were rich, I'd had massage once a month or more:) She didn't use hot stones though but was very good with her hands and had essential oil mix which went right to my head, I smelled Yland Ylang but when I came back to ask here about the oil, she wasn't at duty anymore...

It is so great that you are enjoying yourself and the pictures are very soothing, love the Buddha,
love
Andrea

katie jane said...

See, there IS life in New Hampshire, you just have to go looking for it. I know several people in my area that are Reiki masters. And the Russian doctor my husband sees is a wholistic healer that has a massage studio right in his office.

Glad you and Mom had a good day, and she wants another! Maybe that's the ticket..maybe she's bored too.

sukipoet said...

Welcome Atomicvelvetsigh. I didn't know that about "suki." It is also a nick name for Susan. Thanks for the info and for stopping by.

Cris, carpet cleaning marathon. Wow. I think Mom's house needs that. Probably hasn't been done in 25 years. Yes, I'm feeling better about being up here now with some contacts beginning. Mom, she's quite a trooper.

Mim, thank you. I am feeling much better. Post massage, I think some energy has gotten freed up. Also, some ideas. am working on how to approach my brother and speak up about my needs and wants without, hopefully, causing him to blow up again. But i feel i want to respond to my feelings and thoughts around what he said the other day. Otherwise every time I see him a small resentment burgles inside me. I love goat cheese too. Even Vermont goat cheese (as opposed to French).

sukipoet said...

Thanks andrea. I have had a good week of new things arising. Aren't massages great. I also once fantasized that if I was ever REALLY rich I'd have a live in massage therapist!!! Now, that's indulgence.

Katie Jane, my Dad was a sweetheart but also very very thrifty so my folks rarely went out and had fun. If ever. I think mom would have liked to do more things and have more fun (read spend money as you can't walk out the door without spending money.)So Im glad she came up with the idea to go out to lunch. Live it up for tomorrow..... Be well, suki

San said...

Suki, yes, sometimes those healers enter your life at just the right time. Like that purple flower emerging from the earth at the right time and place.

I also love the look and sound of that salad. How wonderful that you and your mom had such a nice lunch. My own mom has serious arthritis and getting out of the house is very painful for her. But I have fond memories of lunches out we shared in the past.

I'm glad you're feeling hopeful and inspired, Suki. Now I'm wanting a hot stone massage...

soulbrush said...

your mom looks so spry for her age and looks like she can still 'put away' a big meal, that's always a positive sign in the aged.
yes, you do sound more cheerful,so glad. i find massages very painful, maybe because they remind me of physio treatments i have had. (i know i am always contrary!)

soulbrush said...

of course yoga will do the trick, not if i have money, i'd have a daily yoga master coming to my home...sigh...we can dream hey suki. hugs and lots more wfs to you and mom (and your poor old bro).

sukipoet said...

San, my mom has really bad arthritis too. She can't sustain a long outing. I was surprised she did so well with this one. She takes percocet to allieviate some of her pain.

Soulbrush, there are different levels of massage. Swedish is just light for relaxation. Deep tissue is painful, I had that once and never again. An in house yoga master would be good too. ;)

The bro is going through his wife's things and getting rid of them either to charity give away, a church for the 4 bags of bears, or to her bro and sis. I had offered to help but he wants no help. Somehow I can just picture him being a hermit over there surrounded by tons of emphermera and his own junk. Ah well,I know it is hard to do these things, saying goodbye.

human being said...

so happy you had a relaxing time with your massage...
and you can have yoga class soon? that's wonderful...

seeing your mom again made me so happy... think she's very happy living with you... she seems healthy and content... knock on wood
:)
loved the way she told you 'next time' you would try another place...
she's enjoying her life to the fullest, Suki... and you have a very big role in her happiness...

may you find ALL the things that make you happy, too...

lots of love to you and a big hug

sukipoet said...

Thanks Human Being. May you find all the things that make you happy too.

Lynn said...

You are doing so much now for yourself, this is wonderful.

And Mommy on thursday is great. Your salad made me hungry! I'm glad she wants to do it again.
WAsn't she enamoured with the 85 yr old gentleman? Too young for her? LOL

sukipoet said...

Lynn, you devil you. I had in the back of my mind that maybe a romance might spark but no deal. At least not a first sight. :)

Kikipotamus said...

I'm so glad you are finding things like yoga and massage. Good for you. It makes such a difference.

Next time! Indeed! :)

YogaforCynics said...

Beautiful pics, especially the Buddha and flower that you've also put up above--best wishes for your mom and your yoga class...one thing I've found is that there are lots of good yoga teachers but there's nothing like finding one whose style and skills are really in sync your needs...similar to yoga therapists, and it sounds like you did well on that front....

sukipoet said...

Kelly, it has taken me a long time to go out searching healers. Maybe the intensity of my SIL's death and also the family dynamics has set me out there at last.

Yogaforcynics, I tried one yoga class and it didnt work for me. I havent gone to this new one yet, but do hope it works. I agree with what you say about finding a teacher who gels with what i want to do and can do. i practice at home every day but want the commeraderie and challenge of a class.