Hello – my name is Betty. Born in Wisconsin and now live in Minnesota. I like to take photographs of my local landscape of nature and animals with my trusty little Olympus PL7 camera. Tendency toward solitude and poetry and simplicity. Follow me on Instagram – @Bettyjj22
I wasn’t sure what to post for this word prompt but then realized this photo I took of this old quilt was perfect. Because it symbolizes that I Crave simplicity, order, comfort and time to reflect on country days. I’ve been thinking of taking up sewing again. I’ll make smaller quilts – baby quilts or lap quilts for elderly people. Nice simple blocks – no fancy designs but a cozy flannel with cotton squares. I’ll donate them to those who need them. My Mom spent many happy hours quilting at church and it is wonderful to still see all the beautiful quilts they make for charity. She taught me the beauty and value of simplicity and elegance in how she lived her life.
I wish I had taken more videos of my Mom before she passed away a few years ago. She was a lively, funny, hard working person. Here she is at her sister’s house telling about the time she accidentally tossed a patient out of her bed while she was trying to make the bed. A mishap for an otherwise excellent nurse. As soon as her fiance (my Dad) returned home from World War II she dropped her nursing career and became a full time country housewife. My Dad died at 51 – my Mom went on to live many years as a widow and raised us five kids and died at 93. I wish I had taken more videos but this was a special night and I love the sound of my cousins laughing.
I love to receive and give postcards but I need to do more of this. In this day of Facebook and Texting – it is a rare thing to receive a random letter or postcard in the mail. My friend Elizabeth sent me this postcard one time and I really liked the photo – I keep it on my desk at work to remind me of her thoughtfulness and enjoy the photo. These tangible items are precious. My Mom was a great letter writer – wrote to friends and family for years and years – sending photos to keep them updated on the family. I still try and write to some of her friends as she is gone now and they love to remember her. So do I. I’ll start sending postcards this week.
A few final days of December Reflections 2016 Photo Challenge – today is Day 27 – My Smile. Awhile back I posted a picture of my Dad and my friend Heather said “you have his smile” – it’s funny but I never thought about that and it really pleased me to know that I do. Especially since he has passed away in 1967. I also found it very touching that she would notice this as she never met him. Thank you dear friend!
Day 18 of the August Break Photo Challenge – I have not completed all the days of the challenge but I am posting what words resonate with me. Day 18’s word was “5 years ago”. This is a picture of my Mom Enid at the Pierce County Fair in Ellsworth, WI with her dear friend Betty. Mom grew up in Ellsworth, WI – a nice little town in a rural area and the County Fair was one of her most cherished places. She attended the fair all of her life except for the year the stroke hit her when she was almost 80 and then the last year or two of her life (she died at age 93). My twin sister Bonnie and I made sure she got to the fair all four days and she loved it. I love this picture of her and her dear friend. That was the best part of the fair – seeing all your friends. #augustbreak2016
My leaf is a little yellow leaf from my sweet cousin Sam in Seattle. It was a long, cold, hard Winter in Minnesota. I like Winter but these were endless days of cold and snow and dark commutes to work. I came home and felt like it was an endurance test just to get the mail and make it through the front door. While I was still bundled up in coat and scarf, I opened a small envelope and inside was a brief letter from my cousin and as if it was a sign of Spring to come, a delicate yellow leaf fluttered to the kitchen counter. I don’t know where the letter is but I’ve kept the leaf as I was so touched by the thought of it. Our Mothers (mine – Enid and his – Yvonne) used to press fall leaves in heavy books.
The photo is of my Mother Enid (in the blue coat) and Yvonne on a ferry boat in Seattle. These two little sisters had not seen each other in some time but were always close (that is a story for another day). #augustbreak2016