New table top quilt

My new table top quilt compliments of my mom

My new table top quilt compliments of my mom

My mom is one of the most talented people when it comes to putting colors and patterns together. She has also endured my changing philosophy over the years.

When I was into collecting, she would buy Lps for me for Christmas and birthdays. When I grew older and more into clothes, she was always the one who could pick out just the right style without me even being around. When I decided I could never be surrounded by enough stuff with a cat emblazoned on it, she dutifully changed course and went through my cat phase with me which lasted far too many years.

Shoot, she even came to my first apartment and helped me arrange my furniture because I am so decoratively challenged. She must rearrange her living room configuration for-six times a year. Mine has been in the same position for, ummm, eight years? Maybe longer. Her and Ross have the same amount of electronic equipment as everyone else so I can’t really use the excuse that it’s just easier to move their furnishings around. She just has more creativity regarding objects and space. It’s a gift.

Back in 2000 when I decided to start shedding my life of these useless things I’d collected, she did have a hard time with it. After all, how do you show a loved one they’re special to you when Christmas and birthdays roll around when that person probably won’t keep what you give? She eventually figured out wine or some other consumable was the ticket.

As our family has aged, we don’t exchange much any more. Routinely, a bottle of wine still changes hands (you need that to cope with aging) but we’ll invariably drink it together. After all, a finely crafted vino is meant to be shared with loved ones. That’s its purpose.

About 45 minutes ago I received a box in the mail from her with a card that said, among other things:

“…it is time to retire (Viki’s Garden) from your table…I hope you enjoy this little gift and I hope it enhances your pictures.”

I was absolutely ecstatic because I will totally USE this table top. I don’t believe the photo I took does the art justice (the background material is more cream than white) but it will make an excellent new backdrop for some blog pics.

So, thank you, mom, for taking the time to know me. It is absolutely sweet, sweet, sweet of you. I love you!



I am a Clark County native. I am Level 2 WSET (wine and spirit education trust)-certified and enjoy pairing wine with my passion for travel and fondness of food. My most prized possessions are the memories of places I've been with my husband, the chance encounters we've been blessed to have along the way and my carry-on bag. I can often be seen around town and in tasting rooms with our two beautiful, double-Merle Australian shepherds, Challenge and Baby Girl.

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