Monday, May 11, 2009

How I Spent Mother's Day

I am sure many of you will be horrified by how I spent Mother's Day.

I spent a good portion of the day cleaning my closet!

I kid you not.

I even took a break from closet cleaning to cook breakfast. I bet many of you went out to breakfast. Well, I would rather spend the entire day in my own home than go out to breakfast. I have spent the past 24 years of my life in a hotel with a restaurant, so going out to eat is not quite the same for me as it is for most people. I eat in restaurants all the time. I stayed in a hotel on Friday night and had breakfast out on Saturday, so I was happy to be home cooking on Sunday.

I decided to give myself the gift I wanted most--getting all of my jackets off the closet door knobs and hung in my closet!

Yes, I am somewhat ashamed to say that my closets were so full I have had to hang things on the knobs for the past six months. My addiction to clothes shopping on the net is to blame. I just cannot resist the good deals in the outlet store of my favorite clothing distributor. I order almost every week --click, click, click.........the next thing I know it's delivered right to my desk at work.

I NEVER pay full price. In fact if it's not at least 50% off, I don't order. I have even learned to find codes on the net to get free shipping. Sometimes I even get 30% off the outlet prices and FREE SHIPPING! Who could resist? I am only human.

In the past two years of internet buying, I have amassed quite a collection of jackets. It took me a good 5 hours to clean out enough clothes so I could fit everything I currently wear into the closet. I tossed two bags of stuff. I gave my sister two pair of shoes that I never wore and I packed away two boxes of stuff that I may wear if I lose 10 lbs.

That left enough room to hang everything I currently wear. I am big on jackets. Since I gave up skirts for pants, I have been buying jackets. How else can you dress up a pair of black pants? I wear black pants almost every day. My closet now holds enough jackets that I could wear a different one every day for two months.

Here is a portion of my newly organized jackiets: I am just thrilled that I have nothing hanging on the closet door knobs! I have resolved not to order as much. It's been over a week and I have not ordered anything.

While cleaning out the closet, I found these shoes that I have no memory of buying. I am sure I purchased them at the end of last season at a deeply discounted price.
They have the same wedge heel that I just showed you on two recent purchases. I am thrilled to find them and can't wait to wear them with one of my black jackets and white tops!

My son, who lives 5 hours away, called me on Mother's Day and I did go to my Mom's with a gift after she got home at 6 p.m. My Mom is nearly 74 years old and she works (volunteers) like a Clydesdale horse for our local VFW. On Saturday she and my Dad spent the entire day--early a.m. until after 9:00 p.m. cooking for a benefit for the VFW. On Sunday they both worked the VFW Bingo until after 6p.m.

I pale in comparison to the energy my septagenarian parents have!


  1. I think you sound like you share your parent's energy! They must be fabulous people.
    I like how you have your jackets arranged too-must be a fairly large closet. I'd love a walk-in one, but that may be in another lifetime. My brothers' wives have walk-ins and do not like clothes as much as me. Figures.
    We had Danish and doughnuts for Mother's Day and we did eat out-nothing fancy-nachos and fajitas which were tasty!

  2. We had brunch at our house and I did the cooking on Mothers' Day. I love cooking for my family!
    Clothes..hey Zoey we need to help each other out..I don't go shopping enough because I hate it but I really should because my closet has room! grin

  3. Dianne,
    No walk-in for me either. I had once had two of them when I lived in Florida. I doubt that I will ever have another one.

    I hate shopping, too. Except on the net. It's so much easier just to click and then it all appears a few days later. :)

  4. I too, cooked my own breakfast on MD. My own English Muffins and some hot Jimmy Dean sausage patties with cheese. YUM! The boys called to wish me a nice day and I had a grand day in the garden.

    You would laugh to see my closet. It consists of flannel shirts, t-shirts, jeans and one basic black dress, just in case! Shoes? I buy another pair when the one I'm wearing develops holes. And like you, I never pay full price for anything.

    Kudos to your parents. Mine (83 & 86) just gave up their volunteering due to Daddy's advancing dementia, but I know how much they enjoyed doing it.

  5. Mother's day is for you to spend your day like you want...sounds like you did just that... that is wonderful that your parents are so active...keeps them young

  6. OK. I want to know which online store you like to shop in the most. I have the hardest time finding jackets and I much prefer a pair of basic black or khaki pants, dressed up with a jacket. Please fill us in!
    On Mother's Day, I attended church with my husband, then he left to go visit his mother and I met my 18 year old daughter for lunch and she surprised me with a set of monogrammed bath towels (something I have longed for) AND she bought lunch! I spent the rest of my day putzing around outside, cleaned off the deck, rearranged the furniture and started planning some new flower beds that we are developing in our backyard.


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