July 10, 2009
Whenever I got an iced tea lemonade from Starbucks and ordered it “unsweetened” my mom would scoff at me and say, “you do realize that lemonade has sweetening in it already?” I would say that unless you tell them “unsweetened” they add even more sugar syrup and it’s WAY too sweet. Of course, she still stuck to her point and continued to tell me that my drink really was “sweetened”.
July 10, 2015
This is still one of my favorite Starbucks drinks and I still always order it "unsweetened" and every time I can hear my mom saying, "you do realize that lemonade has sweetening in it already?” - yes. every. time. :-)
July 9, 2009
I don’t know what this is, but from a distance it looks like someone has written an “H” on this hillside. I see it whenever I drive East on the 134.
July 9, 2015
I learned that these letters (there are several in the hills around LA) are town or school monograms. I believe this one represents Hoover High School in Glendale.
July 8, 2009
For the reception following my mom’s memorial service my dad and I put together a slide show of digital pictures. We played it throughout the house on a computer monitor and a digital picture frame. When I returned to LA my dad got me my own digital picture frame and loaded the slide show onto it. This frame sits on my desk and cycles through over 250 pictures of my mom.
July 8, 2015
I have since incorporated some newer photos into the digital picture frame, but it still contains many pictures of my mom. I enjoy folding the past and the present together in this way.
July 7, 2009
This is a big pile of rocks I found in Hollywood today. It reminded me of the big piles of rocks that were delivered to VT when we had some stone walls built. My mom loved to watch the workers building the walls. She especially liked it when they would dance on the walls as they figured out the perfect place for each rock.
July 7, 2015
Not that long ago I put some small rocks in my backyard to cover up all the dirt around the plants. I thought of my mom often as I scattered them around.
July 6, 2009
This is the same smog test station my mom and I took my car to when I moved out to LA. I needed the test in order to register the car as it was coming from out of state. I chose this station because I found a $10 off coupon in the mail and it was close to my apartment at the time. Three years later, I still live close by and they still send out the same $10 off coupons.
July 6, 2015
The last time I went looking for this smog test station it was gone! Fortunately, there are smog test stations on just about every corner in LA, so I quickly found another one and my car passed!
July 5, 2009
My mom had a few small spatulas like this one in our kitchen in VT. We mostly used them to scrape bowls when cooking and always remarked that they were quite handy. I used it this morning to melt some butter in a pan.
July 5, 2015
Still have it, still use it, still love it!
July 4, 2009
All while I was growing up I remember my mom making chocolate chip cookies as a special treat to take to school on my birthday or other occasions. Sometimes she would make chocolate chip brownies, but the recipe was always the same. When we were having work done on our VT house, my mom made cookies for the workers. She felt that it would make them want to keep working and not go off to other VT jobs. We made A LOT of cookies that summer. For her memorial service I made about 6 batches of chocolate chip cookies and placed them throughout the house.
July 4, 2015
Lately my husband has been making chocolate chip cookies, but we always seem to be missing at least one ingredient so he uses substitutions. Being reminded of this Mom Minder makes me want to go stock up on all the ingredients and really show him how it's done.
July 3, 2009
One of my mom’s favorite ways to cook salmon was to poach it with soy sauce, lemon juice, dill, and Mrs. Dash. I used pepper instead of Mrs. Dash tonight, but the salmon was still delicious. It steamed up the camera lens as I took this picture.
July 3, 2015
I don't cook as much salmon at home anymore and when I do I tend to grill it.
July 2, 2009
One of our favorite meals in LA was stuffed spinach pizza from Vitello’s. My mom and I picked one up after a matinee performance of a show I did in a theater across the street. This pizza, while not from Vitello’s directly, was shipped from Giordano’s in Chicago who got the recipe from Vitello himself.
July 2, 2015
Vitello's has changed quite a bit over the years and they no longer serve stuffed pizza. Now my husband and I enjoy happy hours at their bar from time to time, so while the tradition may have evolved, I still get to visit the home of a Mom Minder.
July 1, 2009
This Mom-Minder is more audio than visual. As I was driving around today the song “Thank Goodness” from the musical Wicked was playing on my XM Radio. This musical became a family favorite when we all went to see it in LA for my parents’ anniversary in 2007. We had gone to see many musicals at The Weston Playhouse in VT, but this ended up being the last show we all saw together. I quoted lyrics from another song in my remembrance at my mom’s memorial service.
July 1, 2015
Several songs from the musical Wicked remind me of my mom and became Mom Minders during my project.
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.