Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Happy 70th Birthday Mom

Our mom turns 70 today. How do you describe Mae? We mostly call her mom but on occasion mother or when she would block out the noise of seven plus (which was quite often), "Mrs. Fuzi". That usually got her attention. A true ranch woman who did everything on the farm from training horses, dogs and mostly us to feeding animals on a tractor in three feet of snow and often performing veterinarian and nursing skills on animals, dad, and kids alike. A 4-H leader year after year for horse clubs and leather craft, a woman who could drive with the greatest of skill. By this I mean a cigarette in one hand, cup of coffee in the other, reading the mail propped on the steering wheel all the while trying to steer in and out of the ditches with her knee. Dang....the good old days. She can sew, knit, crochet, quilt, paint, play the piano, cuss like a sailor and cook the best food around.

Mom working with the neighbors horse back in the days

Teaching the neighbors kids how to train horses

Mom with Brian at her birthday party. I can tell you exactly what she is thinking as he is laughing. He usually teases her and her favorite thing to say to him is "Do you want me to choke you with a dirty sock?"

Oh the funny stories we could tell on her. Sisters, do you have one? I do.


Kristi said...

I'd like to elaborate on the driving skills. You forgot a few details. One vivid recollection that I have - one of those memories of fear and trembling: As mom is driving with a cigarette in one hand, coffee in the other and reading the mail: we veer into oncoming traffic - As I ever so cautiously grab the wheel to swerve us back into her lane, she yells: I saw that G** D**n It!!!!! I could never figure out how she saw the car coming straight for us or why she didn't swerve back into our lane when she saw it!!!!!!