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My Mom

While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

Meet my Mom.  We met at my birth.  (obviously!)  She’s one of the most kind-hearted people I know.  Always willing to lend a helping hand.  So… without further ado – here is my Mom.  :)

Name: Mom

Age: 69

Location: My house –> Dutchess County, NY

Hails from: Pennsylvania

Me, Mom & Dad with my Aunt Rita in the front. She's my God-Mother.

Relationship Status: Happily Married for 49 years

Children: 4 – 3 sons & 1 daughter

Occupation: Takin’ it easy & lovin’ it!  spoiling my Grandkids – both 2 & 4 legged

What is the most challenging part of your job? Finding the nearest couch

If you could spend an evening with anyone from history, who would it be? Jesus Christ

What do you miss most about your childhood? Walking to the brook and swimming with the neighborhood kids.

What’s a goal in life you have yet to accomplish? Getting to heaven

What 5 things in life could you not live without? My husband and 4 kids

What’s your favorite snack? Drumstick Ice Cream Cones (not the chicken variety)

What super power do you wish you had? I’d love to be able to fly without stepping foot on an airplane.

What is your favorite movie? Ben Hur

How did you meet Dad? By remembering that the quickest way to get to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

What are your favorite flowers? I like roses, daisies, peonies, and gladiolas.
Author’s Note: Thank goodness she didn’t name me after any of the other 3!!!

Who was your best friend growing up? Patsy

What was your favorite subject in high school? Math – I still enjoy puzzles with numbers like Sudoku.

Who’s your favorite grandchild? Elizabeth, Anne, Katie, Sofia, Jacob, Frank & Bella.  (Bella’s my 4 legged grandchild)

Where would you like to visit that you’ve never been? Greece

The Sistine Chapel

Where was the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? The Sistine Chapel

What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas – for a few reasons.  I love to see happy children, I like Christmas music, our Christmas mass is always nice, and Rose usually cooks Christmas dinner.

Mom & her Mother (My Grandmother)

Who’s your hero? My Mother was.  She had 9 children (I was the youngest), 30 grandchildren, 50+ great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great grandchildren before she passed away at 102 years old.  (And she remembered ALL of their names!!)

What is your favorite song? How Great Thou Art

Where do you go for your favorite ice cream? Holy Cow

Mom & her sister Rita (my God-mother)

What would you like to know about my Mom?

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It’s getting late in the day and I’ve been working on a blog, but it’s become more involved than I thought it would be so let’s save that one for another day.  For now though I’ve been thinking about art. (you’ll see why when I post that other blog)  I like different kinds of art.  I’ve already told you about the Piccadilly Circus painting by Thomas Kinkade that I like here in my blog.
A few of my other favorites are these:

"The Kiss" ~ Auguste Rodin 1889

I saw “The Kiss” when I went to visit my Aunt Teresa in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Art Museum about 5 years ago.  Right away I loved it!

"Primavera" ~ Sandro Botticelli c-1482

I saw the Primavera when I was in Florence, Italy at the Uffizi Gallery about 8 years ago.

"The Birth of Venus" ~ Sandro Botticelli c-1486

I’ve always thought The Birth of Venus was beautiful.  I found a nice print of it last summer at a tag sale and hopefully I can hang it in my office eventually.  I also saw this painting at the Uffizi Gallery when I was in Florence, Italy about 8 years ago.

"The Rape of the Sabine Women" ~ Giambologna

"The Rape of the Sabine Women" ~ Giambologna

This sculpture is found outside the Uffizi Gallery in the Loggia dei Lanzi on the corner of the Piazza della Signoria.  “The Rape of the Sabine Women” implies abduction vs. the modern word rape.

"The Sistine Chapel" ~ Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Botticelli

Perhaps one of the most impressive works of art on the planet in my opinion has got to be the Sistine Chapel.  I’ve been known to tell people “I don’t care if you’re Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Protestant, Baptist, Episcopalian, Jewish, Islamic, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Buddhist,  Atheist, etc. – go see the Sistine Chapel before you die.  It’s breathtaking!”  The chapel is located in Vatican City.
When I visited there I was able to rent a MP3 player that came with a “map” of the chapel.  Each fresco has a corresponding number that I could punch into the player and it would tell me about the fresco.  Who was in it, who they believe painted it and approximately when.  One of the most popular paintings is in the very center of the ceiling.

"The Creation of Man" ~ Michelangelo

It has also been called “The Creation of Adam”  I think I spent about 3 hours in there just trying to take it all in.  It wasn’t nearly long enough.  I did have quite a cramp in my neck by the time I left though!

"The Last Judgment" ~ Michelangelo

They say “The Last Judgment” was painted by Michelangelo between the years 1537 and 1541 and was painted nearly 3 decades after he painted the ceiling.

These are all works of art which I’ve seen.  I have yet to see:

"The Starry Night" ~ Vincent Van Gogh c-1889

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starry_night

"Mona Lisa" ~ Leonardo da Vinci c-1503-1506

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_lisa

"The Persistence of Memory" ~ Salvador Dalí

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melting_Clocks

What are some of your favorite works of art?  Send me links if you can.

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