|The Creche (Photo Heavy)|
December 3, 2011
I got up at 4am to wake Mom up so she could get ready to leave. I went back to bed till 4:40, then got up and waited with her for Mike to come. He came at 5 to take her to the train.
Panache wandered around, knowing something was up. (and probably thinking we were out of our minds, up at that ungodly hour!)
As soon as Mom left, Panache wanted to go out. She did her business, came back in, and we went back to bed. I didn't fall asleep till after 6, and ended up sleeping till close to 10am.
I got up, stripped Mom's bed, threw the sheets and Mom's clothes in the washer. Then I stripped my bed and changed the sheets. Then I showered and washed my hair.
I had the last cup of coffee. Finished the turkey salad for lunch. Listened to the radio. Took some pictures of the creche. Talked to Mom on the phone, until we both got tired of having to call each other back cause she kept losing the signal.
I got Mom's laundry out of the dryer, tossed mine in, folded Mom's. Then got online and uploaded the pictures, checked my email, paid bills (I'm getting to like paying them online), read diaries.
Mom called. She's home safely. That's good.
I may go out and pooper scoop in a few minutes....after I post this. Today just feels like a lost day. I really miss Mom.
Here are some pictures I took of the creche that she made me years ago, when I was first married. She made it out of papier mache. Here's a view of the entire creche. She crocheted the angel, too. Originally, the creche didn't have an angel. I asked her to make me one. She made a papier mache one, but somehow, it got lost one year, so she crocheted a new one.
Here are some close-ups of the different characters. She did a nice job on the 3 Kings.
Here are Mary and Joseph and the baby. The baby and manger are from the very first creche she made when I was a kid. She made one for my creche, too, but didn't like the way it turned out, so she gave me the original one, so now I have a little bit of the creche I remember from my childhood, too. And yes, that IS the head of a cocker spaniel between the donkey and the cow. When Taffy died, I added the little porcelain figure.
Mom is not so good at visualizing or recreating animals, as you can see. The sheep lack ears, tails, and any other distinguishing features (other than fuzz). Still, I've always found something appealing about them in all their misshapen glory. (You should see the camel she made for the creche at home....it was, if you can believe it....FLAT!)
So, there's the creche that I put out every year. I don't bother with a tree any more, but I cherish the nativity scene because Mom made it for me.