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Just for you Mom. Um, hmmmm.

Updated on January 8, 2013

Let's face it...

Mom is one of the hardest people to shop for; particularly when you want to do something special (like surprise her). I know, I know, I could just ask her what she wants - but where's the fun in that?

Flowers are quite popular, and there are some beautiful bouquets out there that you can have delivered. The thing about flowers is, of course, that they do not only cost you a small fortune, but have this annoying tendency to die fairly quickly.

Silk flowers are nice too and will live "forever", but in my experience seem to accumulate large quantities of dust in short order. I don't know about yours, but I don't think my Mom is too keen on one more thing that is annoying to keep clean.

Lots of people take Mom out for a meal to celebrate; and we all know where that ends up (as a fond memory that fades). Of course it is nice not to have to clear the table and do the dishes, but...*yawn*

Jewelry? I leave that one to my dad; Mom's bling things are way beyond my paltry little paycheck.

So what does that mean? It means it's time to get creative...

Okay Jen, it's time to

think, Think, THINK

As I write this lens, my parents are settling in from their recent move. They decided to downsize you see, and sold their two-story spacious home in the next town; with its extensive grounds and outbuildings, to move to a maintenance-free (for them) subdivision less than four miles from us (and yay :o)

While there are no regrets over the practicality of this decision, I know that my mom was sad to leave all of her fabulous flowerbeds behind. Although not an official master gardener, her green thumbs were impressive enough to rate a Botanical Gardens Tour one year. I have to admit, her azaleas in particular were quite spectacular in full bloom (sadly, we don't have them at our house as they are toxic to horses).

So why am I talking about the old house and it's beautiful blooms? Because that's the answer to my Mother's Day dilemma. You see, a few years ago when they had the tour I was over there helping and taking pictures like a maniac. I compiled my favorite photos and turned them into a pretty little slide show for mom to enjoy on their TV when dad's not watching the news. You know what though? I think it's time to take it to the next level...

Here is their old house surrounded by Azaleas... - Isn't it pretty?

Aha! A digital frame with the slide show on it; Mom would always have her gardens in full bloom.

And here is the slide show I made - Would you like to see it?

Are you ready for Mother's Day? - 'cause ready or not, here it comes...

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    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very nice and thoughtful gift for your mom! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to smile at this sweetness!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Love the digital frame idea - genius!

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      With all of the ideas floating around here, I am readier.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How sweet that you saved your Mom's flower beds for her to return to anytime she wants and they will always be as pretty as a picture, sweetness!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Not quite ready, unfortunately... but hopefully I will be soon!

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      I'm as ready as I possibly can be. Cute lens...great ideas.

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      Great idea! I know my mom would miss her gardens, too.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks