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Pictures of Gertie - life with my 95 year old Mom

Updated on October 22, 2012

My mom, Gertie - the original motorcycle mama!

No, I didn't actually let my 95 year old Mom get on a motorcycle but we sure had some fun taking pictures of her in the motorcycle helmet. For those of you unfamiliar with my background, I was my Mom's caregiver for the past 5 years until she died in February, 2012. During the 5 years she lived with me, I was conscious of documenting every single day - similar to how a new mother will take pictures of a child. And, again in similar terms, Mom's ultimate decline was just the opposite of a child's growth. Mom came to me walking, progressed to a walker, and eventually to being bedridden but only for a few weeks prior to her death.

in the end, Mom just sort of slipped away, leaving me grieving and missing her badly. But, I'm so very thankful for the moments and years that we had together and the wonderful photos to prove it.

Some of my favorite compact digital cameras

I have two cameras - a larger Nikon and a smaller, compact Sony DSC-TX10. In fact, you can read my review of the Sony here: My Sony DSC-TX10 waterproof camera. I use the Sony a lot when on my our boat on the Chesapeake or on vacation in Key West. Scroll down to see some of my favorite pictures snapped with this small camera.

I love the size of the Sony as it will fit into my jeans pocket or slips right into an evening bag. Here's some other compact digital cameras that you might like.

Favorite pictures of my Mom

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Playing Indian Poker - she always won.One of my favorite pics - the sweetness just shows on her face.More fun pics with friendsMom and big brother Mike at her 95th birthday party. Sadly, she only lived 4 more months.
Playing Indian Poker - she always won.
Playing Indian Poker - she always won.
One of my favorite pics - the sweetness just shows on her face.
One of my favorite pics - the sweetness just shows on her face.
More fun pics with friends
More fun pics with friends
Mom and big brother Mike at her 95th birthday party. Sadly, she only lived 4 more months.
Mom and big brother Mike at her 95th birthday party. Sadly, she only lived 4 more months.
94 year old woman
94 year old woman

My Mom - the partier

Every year that Mom lived with me, I threw her a themed birthday party. This particular year, the theme was Tiki Bar and she really got into the action. She not only helped me pick out the decoration for her 94th birthday party, but she told me where to put them...um...where to hang them! Mom was always in the thick of things.

My mom loved to share cocktails with us

My mom loved to share cocktails with us
My mom loved to share cocktails with us

My Nikon D5000

It took me a few years to put a crow bar in my pocket and shell out my hard earned cash for this Nikon D5000 but boy am I glad I did. I got some of the BEST pictures ever of my mom, family, friends, dogs - you name it, I photographed it. And, thankfully, the Nikon D5000 is very very easy to use. I almost always leave it on the automatic setting but sometimes play with the manual settings too.

My Mom - the caregiver

My Mom was a natural caregiver; she always wanted to make sure the dogs were cared for as they should be (of course they were! What was she thinking?). When Mom first came to live with me, our pack of dogs was just 3 but rapidly grew to 6. There was always a furball somewhere around Mom as she always loved to give them snacks (when I wasn't looking).

This picture is Mom with our littlest girl, Gizmo. They were inseparable and, to this day, Gizmo still looks askance at Mom's empty chair in the living room.

My mom the caregiver

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At any one time, Mom was surrounded by up to 6 dogsMom and Rita had a certain love that I seemed to always get on cameraMom surrounded by some of her favorite "people."
At any one time, Mom was surrounded by up to 6 dogs
At any one time, Mom was surrounded by up to 6 dogs
Mom and Rita had a certain love that I seemed to always get on camera
Mom and Rita had a certain love that I seemed to always get on camera
Mom surrounded by some of her favorite "people."
Mom surrounded by some of her favorite "people."

This article is under construction as of July 31, 2012. Check in tomorrow to see the finished version.

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