Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2006 on Mother's Day. The restaurant gave all mothers a beautiful pink geranium that day, and as you can see we also came with all sorts of toys. One of Mattie's favorite toys to take with him were these magnetic cars and trucks which you can see in this picture. He loved the possibilities of assembling different combinations of vehicles!
Quote of the day: Even in our sleep Pain which cannot forget
Falls drop by drop upon the heart
Until, in our own despair,
Against our will,
Through the awful grace of God. ~ Aeschylus
Peter and I devoted the day to replanting things in our garden that died while we were at the beach. As you can see in this picture, we recently hung a huge metal sun in our deck space. We got this lovely smiling sun at the beach, and to me it is our symbol of Mattie hanging over our home. You may also notice that there are two wind chimes hanging off of the flowering basket. The wind chime on the right, which looks more transparent with orange coloring, is the wind chime Mattie gave me for my last birthday together. The blue wind chime, Mattie and I picked out together on our trip to Key West, FL. There are many signs and symbols of Mattie all over our garden area.
Our second acquisition for the garden during our beach trip was this painted metal butterfly. I added string garden lights this year to our deck, and to me the butterfly not only highlights the colors, but also captures the spirit of Mattie.
Many of our roses died while we were away. So today, Peter planted new ones. Our deck is filled with vibrant colors again and it truly is our own secret garden in the city.
As you can see in this picture, things are a bloom! On this wall, you will see another sun. We bought this terracotta sun last year at the beach. So the sun is well represented on the deck.
Here is a close up of one of the fountains Mattie made for me with Peter's help. They gave this fountain to me for my birthday in 2008, around the same time Mattie was diagnosed with cancer. You may also notice a big pine cone near the flowerpots. This is one of the many pine cones Mattie collected over the years. We have several all over the deck.
Peter cooked dinner tonight, since I was in no mood to deal with that. We ate outside and as always our cat, Patches, came out to join us. She hops up on a chair and sits with us throughout dinner. Though I am taking this picture, she isn't looking at me per se. Peter was standing behind me, which is why she was focused in my direction! Those two have a VERY tight bond!