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day 42

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liz claiborne pebbled leather drawstring hobo at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

mother’s day is a challenge for me, as my mom has been dead for 12 years. we came home from being at my in-laws for spring break the day before easter in 2001and stopped by my folks house before going home. as soon as we left, my dad took her to the hospital and she had triple bypass two days later – the day was going to have a biopsy, we later found out. when she did have the biopsy, she was diagnosed with colon cancer that had spread to her liver. she died three months later – 3 weeks before 9.11.

having a personal death close to that event made it almost impossible for me to grieve for her. her death was unfair to me, but some of it she brought on herself. meanwhile, here was this unimaginable, horrifying event unfolding – it made my mom’s death seem like something i should just get over. my dad imploded. i still had to parent and then help my dad. i was in a suspended, sleepless state for many, many months and years. less now than then, but i still have my stretches.

time does heal wounds, but mother’s day is still tough. this year was probably my best yet in terms of tear flow. i know it’s important for my girls to be able to celebrate mother’s day. i’m just not that into it, but i’m trying to be better.

regardless, i took the opportunity to use one of my favorite bags of hers as a phone case: i remember it having a short strap at one time but i probably wore it out. i mentioned this purse in another post, and in another, i referenced her love for tooled leather. while we didn’t always have the best relationship, especially from age 13-26, she instilled in me a love of accessories. she was really telling me to love myself. she was a nurse, so she wore a lab coat most days. but when she went to church… watch out! she believed in hooking up an outfit from head to toe, leaving no jewelry, scarf or handbag left behind. the older i get, the more i understand how important it was for her to have that corner of the world for herself. actually, it was three closets, but who’s counting?

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one of my mom’s old purses

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i used to play with this clasp a LOT

fortunately, my oldest had another concert and i was able to enjoy the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Northern Kentucky. what a gorgeous location. it truly helped take my mind off of missing mom so much. peace, and happy mother’s day to all the moms out there. i appreciate you.

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day 35

vintage tooled leather bag - probably from 1940s

vintage tooled leather bag – probably from 1940s

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close-up of clasp and tooling

my mom has been on my mind a lot lately. i mentioned in a previous post how much her love of accessories has influenced me. she had some amazing bags, i can’t BELIEVE i was not into fashion at the time of her death, and can’t remember what happened to many of her bags. i probably gave them away; i know i gave some to good friends of hers.

she would have really appreciated this purse. i bought it because when i saw it, i was immediately transported to her closet, which held similar purses. she loved tooled leather. she would use a purse until the edges began to unravel. i checked this bag carefully for any signs of wear, and other than slight wear in the strap from where the buckle was obviously buckled for years, i can’t find any.

2013-05-06 00.14.56what i did find were these tickets. while i waited for my daughter to sing in her final concert with bel canto, i decided to take a picture of the purse at the venue. i started looking for the manufacturer – checking pockets, zipping and unzipping zippers, and found these tickets deep in the interior zippered pockets. they’re for the Frozen Niagara at Mammoth Cave National Park. you can see the price of the tour was $1, today the tour costs $10. to add to the mystery, there’s no date on the tickets. so i checked some inflation rates and value of a dollar along with some images of similar purses online to guesstimate the age of the bag, somewhere in the 1940s – 1950s. cool!

so i feel good about owning a bit of beautiful history. seriously, every bit of the bag that is visible is tooled. i love a mystery, so finding the tickets was exciting for me and my middle daughter, upon whose lap the bag is sitting. and i have great memories of Frances Ann. i happily paid $20 for this bag at my favorite goodwill. thank you to whomever enjoyed it long ago and took such good care of it. until today, i’ve enjoyed looking at it hanging on a hook on the door of my closet. it’s a reminder of a beautiful person gone too soon, yet still with me.

day 34

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day 34 – brown fringe leather by raj

i went to a concert and then a party last night and got home pretty late. i got as far as typing in day 34, and the next thing i know it’s time to go to church. so, here is yesterday’s bag – a a brown leather fringe tote by raj. i looked it up online and it’s still for sale at their website – the connie bag for $200. i know i didn’t pay $200! i remember seeing this purse on the clearance rack and not believing it. it had a couple of pieces fringe missing, so i got it for a steal at $40.

now, i’ve been going back and categorizing my posts so that i can see how many bags so far came from tj maxx, target, or a thrift store. 22 came from thrifting, 6 from tj maxx, 2 from target, and 3 from various places. so when i do buy from tj maxx, i really think about it and don’t make purchases lightly.

that said, this is a swinging bag! it’s cavernous inside, with a zipper pocket and pouches, which made it perfect for a day of concerts and parties. first, my daughter sang with bel canto and the Cincinnati Public Schools Honor Choir. wonderful. then i went to a concert by the Cincinnati Choral Society featuring music written, arranged and conducted by my dear friend Howard Helvey. i can’t get enough of his amazing talent.

with this baby, i could haul my stuff, water bottle, coffee cup, jacket and later wine and bread for the party. the picture was taken at the party at my friend jean’s house. she has this cool bench that looks like a church pew. a fun bag for a fun day. peace.

day 31

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the sak black pebbled leather convertible tote, overlooking the athletic field

some people refer to my alma mater as a cult. those people are usually haters who did not attend Walnut Hills High School, one of the best high schools in the country. it’s one of the reasons my east coast husband will live in cincinnati – so his kids can attend. after running into a high school friend of mine at his work in new jersey 20 years ago, he started to understand that Walnut is special.

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the sak purse with the WHHS flying pig

well, we have a daughter who is a senior, and she’s about to graduate from this amazing institution. i’m so proud of her. so today, i carried the bag she chose for me last weekend that i rejected, and took these photos at her senior ensemble concert held earlier this evening. (bag: goodwill, $8) this is a new wing of the school – when i attended, it was known as the annex – language classes, honors, and lest i forget – typing class.┬áit’s so beautiful now, and i’m happy that these kids have a beautiful school in which to learn and hang out with friends.

high school was a wonderful time of my life. i did honors and choir, yet i wasn’t a total nerd. i had a great 6 years. i have no desire to go back, or have doovers. i’m just so thankful and glad my kids are there. this year was a fun year with one as a senior and one as an effie – that’s 7th grader to you civilians. so i’ve got 5 more years to embarrass the crap out of her! whoooooooooo! go Walnut!