Monday, May 14, 2007

Mom's Strawberry Pie...

Do any of you ever do this??? You CRAVE something your Mom makes, and you just cannot get it anywhere but her kitchen?? I do, and it is a 5 hour drive to get what I am craving. Lately, it has been my mom's strawberry pie!

I went to visit my parents this weekend for Mother's Day, and I got to hang out with them - just me, no hubby or siblings in site for 90% of the weekend.

Sadly, the whole weekend I kept thinking someone was going to try to "recognize my IF efforts" this past year with a "not-a-mom-yet" present. Some may feel this would be a good idea, but for me it would have been very sad and quite embarrassing. No judgements here, just my own feelings on the subject. I am not one that likes to be "called out" for stuff, it makes me uncomfortable.

My family seems to have read me right - they didn't do anything to acknowledge our IF troubles or loss. They just let it pass quietly. I like it that way.

On a lighter note... I participated in the Garden Tour my mother was presiding over. She is the president of a library board in her city, and they had a garden tour on Saturday. It was a LOT of fun, and I met some really great friends of my mother. I like knowing that she has good friends surrounding her. I have always hated being so far away!! (We are in separate states, 5 hrs apart).

One of the ladies I met on the tour - we'll call her "J" - was ultra-nice and we struck up a friendship. She is the owner of one of the gardens on the tour.

She saw the pendant I was wearing and was very intrigued about its creation. I used to draw trees as a child, and sometimes I still doodle one when I'm bored. Well, when I needed an object to decorate my current pendant silversmith project I chose to use one of my trees. The effect is quite beautiful, if I do say so myself.

J paints, she is a master artist, but has trouble creating realistic-looking trees. So, we struck up a conversation, which lead to a short studio-tour in her multi-million-dollar lake mansion! I was wowed! This woman is an amazing artist, and her home showcases it beautifully.

We talked over tree forms, habits, and growth patterns. She got a primer in my method of tree creation and I got to enjoy a master's art up close, in her home. It seemed we both enjoyed the chat, which became a whole-house tour. I am in awe, still!

Well, after the garden tour, my mother and I returned home and I made from-scratch Mom's Strawberry Pie!!!! I put the words in capital letters because they aren't just run-of-the mill pies. These are made with real crust, real strawberries, real sugar, real jello (mixed with secret ingredients) and real whipped topping!!!! They are Mom's Strawberry Pie!!!! These are the stuff that dreams are made of!!!!

All-in-all it was a very rewarding (pie) and fun-filled weekend.
Update from previous post...
- I am taking the BCPs
- Hubby is closer to deciding that we should do IVF. He says he pretty much just wants to have a conversation with me and Dr. about the specifics - # of eggs retrieved, embryos created, transferred, and especially frozen.
- I have my authorization from the insurance company.
- We are set to do a day-19 cyst check. If that comes back good we will have the big conversation, and probably start! On my!


Samantha said...

You pendant sounds quite beautiful (and you mom's pie very yummy)! If you're willing, post a picture of your pendant, or some of your other work.

Mary Ellen and Steve said...

I would love to see the pendant too! Reading about your mom's strawberry pie is making me hungry!

Baby Blues said...

I love strawberries and that pie just made my mouth water! Yumminess.

I'd love to see the pendant too.

Laura, the (reluctant) baroness said...

Sounds like a great day. I LOVE strawberry pie!

If you haven't been asked already, would you like to write an "I AM" poem to share a little more about yourself??

Becks said...

Ohh, sounds like a fantastic time...million dollar mansions and strawberry pie.....HEAVEN !