Honor Your Father & Your Mother…

16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Deuteronomy 5:16 | NIV



It works perfectly with this top!

 I was planning to overdye this silk scarf from Gale Evan’s Microwave Dyeing workshop at SSK.   Too much yellow for my taste. As I show off all my other dye projects from the workshops, Mom wanders off with that scarf. 

She comes back into the kitchen with a big Cheshire Cat grin on her face and my scarf draped around the neckline of her top. 

‘Look! It’s perfect with this top!’
‘How about a blue one?  Can you make a blue one, too?’

She wouldn’t let me take her picture. Just her hand.   

She doesn’t get excited about many things these days, so when she does…Mom gets whatever she wants. I’m not going to argue with a 92 year old. Would you?

Besides, it means I get to play with dyes some more…. I wonder if she’s excited enough to play with me…..

Note to self: 

Buy plenty of silk scarves for both of us to play. I wonder if we should do this before the Fall?

Right now my sister, Mom & I are planning Dad’s memorial service in the fall. He past away last month from congestive heart failure and emphysema.


Dad celebrating his last birthday

He lived a very interesting life and a very long 93 years. Lived through the Great Depression as an immigrant’s eldest child of seven kids. Lost his mother as a teenager.  Was drafted into military service while in World War 2 American concentration camp for being of Japanese ancestry. 

How ironic is that?  You are declared an enemy of the country your were born and raised, forced to leave your home in the West Coast, put into barb wired, guards with guns, concentration camps in the harshest places in the country but you are still conscripted into military service. He served as a parachuter and translator in the Army. 

He lived a quiet and successful middle class life in California. Active in several local organizations. 

He loved to fish, play golf, but most of all he loved to explore the backroads and foods of this country. He could find the best hole-in-the-wall restaurant anywhere.  We were always on a mission every month to taste test the best fish, BBQ, hamburger, most authentic Mexican, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Greek, Japanese food and local specialty around.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and charmed everyone he met right up to his last days in hospital. 

The nursing staff were very kind to tell us, that they looked forward to visiting with him on their rounds.  They enjoyed his stories and jokes. Other patients who were angry at the world. He was at peace and died peacefully in his sleep. 


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