June 20, 2009
The number 1106 is significant because my mother’s birthday was November 6th. As a result, she used 1106 a lot as a passcode or username extension for various accounts and online things. For a while it was the combination for all of our family’s luggage locks.
June 20, 2015
This number still stands out to me any time I encounter it in the world.
June 19, 2009
I was sitting here, feeling down, not knowing what my mom-minder would be for today, when I found myself playing with the back of my earring. All of a sudden, I remembered doing the same thing in middle school with these hoop earrings. My mom gave them to me and she had a pair just like them. When I was having a hard time in middle school (kids can be so cruel...) my mom and I both wore these earrings, and she told me that whenever I missed her or felt upset I could touch my earrings and know that we were connected.
June 19, 2015
I haven't worn these earring in a while, but I do find myself unconsciously playing with my earrings quite a bit.
June 18, 2009
My mom gave Cali this collar. It has little red hearts and sweet sounding bell. Giving this collar to my cat inspired my mom to buy one for her cat, Sophie, who was living in VT at the time. Sophie’s collar is hot pink with a matching bell. Hearing the little cat bells around the house is one of my favorite sounds!
June 18, 2015
Cali's collar is pretty ratty and old now, but I just can't bring myself to get her a new one. Luckily, she doesn't seem to mind.
June 17, 2009
My mom and I both enjoyed wind chimes. I remember them in a lot of the places I associate with her, especially Wausaukee and VT. I remember being on the porch with her and listening to the light bing-bing-bong-bing-bing of the chimes. When I started looking for wind chimes for my backyard I had to do a lot of testing to make sure I found some that sounded just right; not too high, not too low. I have a few around my house, and these started chiming as I was taking their picture.
June 17, 2015
I think a squirrel or a strong storm destroyed these chimes, but I have another set in my backyard that sound lovely.
June 16, 2009
One day when I was little I was “playing” with our cat Pi when she bite me on the nose. I came rushing downstairs with a bloody nose, crying that the cat had bit me. My mom calmly asked, “What were you doing to the cat, Amy?” (she was never one to panic where childhood injuries were concerned). I thought back on this story today when I got hit in the nose with a softball. Remembering her calm nature probably kept me from freaking out...too much.
June 16, 2015
Thankfully I have not been hit in the nose since I took this picture! The scar from Pi is still there, but my nose hasn't taken anymore abuse.
June 15, 2009
I say “our” because my mom was the first in our family to own this car. When she got a “turbo” Forester, she let me take this car back to college, and she gave it to me “officially” when I moved to California. Every time we took it to the dealership for service, she politely reminded them that if the car wasn’t completely safe and something happened to me while driving it, she would come back with an AK-47. The service people joked back that they would have to install bullet-proof glass. Thankfully, they never took her wicked sense of humor too seriously.
June 15, 2015
This car is still running strong and I try to keep it just as well maintained as my mom did.
June 14, 2009
We have bird feeders all around our house in VT. We get all kinds of birds throughout the year; Blue Jays, Sparrows, Chickadees, Cardinals, Humming Birds, Finches, etc. My mom loved to sit and watch all the birds flying from bush to bush, to the bird feeders, and back again.
June 14, 2015
All kinds of birds visit our yard these days, mostly humming birds and morning doves. We don't have bird feeders, but I guess they like the flowers and trees.
June 13, 2009
Everyone she knew called her Holly, but my mother’s legal name was Helen. Her parents named her Helen Lake Foote after her grandmother, but from birth they decided to call her Holly. This caused much confusion throughout her life, and my mom often complained about it, but always with good humor. When she met a new doctor she often would be greeted as Helen (the official name on the paper work) and then would tell the doctor to call her Holly. She’d often joke, however, that the office should send the bill to Helen, as if she was an entirely different person. I found this “Helen” inscribed into a donated brick courtyard on the USC campus today.
June 13, 2015
I still think of my mom anytime I encounter the names Helen or Holly out in the world. I'd say Holly really stands out to me and gets my attention, so it's pretty neat that as an actress I get to work in HOLLYwood.
June 12, 2009
My mom loved irises, especially ones in paintings by her cousin, Jerry Oberle. I don’t remember her feelings on the live plants as strongly as I remember her love of Jerry’s paintings. So now, paintings or real plants, irises make me think of my mom. This iris lives in my backyard.
June 12, 2015
Somehow, despite my complete lack of a green thumb, these irises bloom in my yard every year. I also now have a very large painting of irises by Jerry Oberle in my living room. My mom would have loved both these things!
June 11, 2009
Santa Fe Cafe was another favorite split-lunch spot. My mom and I would order a chicken quesadilla and two drinks. It was just the right amount of food for each of us. For some reason there are two types of seating in the cafe: one section has booths with laminate tables and teal-colored cushions; the other section has wooden chairs and lace-covered tables with protective glass (for easy clean-up). We tended to sit in the latter section probably because it’s closer to the windows. Next door is a pet store, and we enjoyed watching the owner’s cats wander along the sidewalk.
June 11, 2015
The Santa Fe Cafe is no longer in business. A breakfast spot took its place. The pet store is still there though, and I still enjoy watching all the animals whenever I'm in the area.
I completed this photo project from May 2009 to May 2010. Six years later, I'm reposting the series with additional thoughts. Here's what I wrote about it when I started.