In Blossom in Mom’s Gardens last week

My Mom’s flowers are extraordinarily beautiful this year – or maybe they are every year and it is just nice to see them after no color for so long.

Her woodland garden is full of trilliums:
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and Crowned Imperial, among many other flowers:
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Her weeping cherry is gorgeous:
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Her grape hyacinth had bees all over it:
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Trout Lily, I love it so much in the wild:
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And hellebore:
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Three Years, Phew!

Recently, well, okay, on April 8th, the third year of my Dad’s passing, we went to LaFayette to honor him and put his Veteran’s marker in the ground to get ready for the American flags the cemetery will put out on all of the Veterans’ grave sites.  I didn’t take any more photos of his tombstone, because, well, I have a million of them already, and how many more do I need? But I did take this quick photo while we were driving up to his site, one of which I’ve taken before and I’ll take again and again, yes I will, because it’s where I grew up and I love the hills.

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View from cemetery where my Dad, grandparents, and other relatives are in repose.

On the way to him, we always stop at one of my favorite Finger Lakes:

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Skaneateles Lake, nice and calm, in the morning.

This lake’s water is awesomely clear:
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Sherwood Inn, faces the lake:
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We also stopped at a really cool quilt store where Mom bought some fabric for quilts she is making for sick children:
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Yeah, did I mention how much I love the hills in Onondaga County?
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Oh, before we got to Skaneateles, we had to go through Montezuma, where I did see Osprey, but couldn’t capture them, but did capture a couple of their nests:
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Even though I still miss my Dad very much, I am very glad to be through all of the phases of grief, especially the anger part – that was a really tough one.  Being really ticked off is very exhausting.

Kimonos

Yesterday we went to the Memorial Art Gallery to see the ‘Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan’ exhibition. I really didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised at their beauty! It made me want to buy one in the gift shop, except they’re very expensive!  I couldn’t take photos since it isn’t a permanent exhibit, but here’s some photos here:

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This is something like what we saw, but the ones we saw were pressed nice and smooth.

From the website:

Nearly 100 extraordinary examples of kimono created between the 1890s and the 1950s tell the story of how Japan’s traditional national dress was influenced by technological advances in silk production and exposure to Western cultures. Included are everyday garments; intricately embroidered ceremonial robes; boys’ kimono stenciled with cars, airplanes and battleships; and colorful examples with Art Deco patterns that heralded the emergence of Japan’s “new woman.” All are drawn from the famed Montgomery Collection in Lugano, Switzerland.

From the press release:

ROCHESTER, NY — Well into the last century, Japan’s traditional national dress—the
kimono—was worn by men, women and children of all social classes. Deceptively simple in
concept—a one-piece, front-wrap garment with a straight silhouette—the kimono lent itself
to endless variations in color, pattern and design that signaled age, gender, status, occasion,
even the change of seasons.
A nationally touring exhibition that opens January 31 at the Memorial Art Gallery features
nearly 100 extraordinary examples from the famed Montgomery Collection in Lugano,
Switzerland. Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan brings together everyday
garments; intricately embroidered ceremonial robes; boys’ kimono stenciled with cars,
airplanes and battleships; and colorful Art Deco patterns heralding the emergence of Japan’s “new woman.”
All were created between the 1890s and the 1950s, a dynamic period when technological advances in silk making and the influence of Western styles resulted in an explosion of bold and vibrant designs.
This period was also to be the last era of the “living” kimono. After World War II, more affordable Western
clothing became the norm, though the kimono continues to be worn for formal events such as weddings and funerals, and increasingly as a fashion statement.
Fashioning Kimono is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, VA. Support for the national tour and catalog has been provided by The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. In Rochester, the exhibition is made possible by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund.