Cathy Walton-Smith: I remember my mother most at Mother’s Day |

Cathy Walton-Smith: I remember my mother most at Mother’s Day

Cathy Walton-Smith
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I miss my mom. It’s true, she passed away almost three years ago, but it seems like she just left and will be back soon. I have two sisters, and one feels Mom’s absence most on her birthday and for the other it’s at Christmas. But for me, it’s always Mother’s Day.

It’s funny how things change over the years. When I was 12 years old, my mother dragged me to music lessons at 8:30 every Saturday morning, spoiling my slumber parties and the need to sleep in. She refused to let me have my waist-length braids cut until I was in high school and then insisted that I was too old for long hair. Conversations on those subjects included a lot of crying on my part and a lot of

stubbornness on her part.

But I’ve mellowed some over the years. I’m thankful for the music lessons and wish I still looked good in braids.

It amazes me that now I’m the parent and grandparent, and she is gone. Somehow, I feel she’s still with me, looking over my shoulder. Every morning when I look in the mirror I see her smiling back at me. And I know she’s sending me off to have a good day, just as she sent me off to school all those years ago.

May is a busy month in Grand Lake. There is a lot to do to get ready for our busy summer months. First, we need to clean up the joint. Town clean-up day is next Friday, May 16. Actually, you need to be finished with your cleaning up by then, so I suggest you start now. Go beyond the borders of your own yard and start picking up trash wherever you see it.

After all that cleaning up, you should be ready to plant. The annual Grand Lake Gardner’s Exchange is on Saturday, May 17, beginning at noon and is over when all the plants are gone. Garden starter plants will be on sale for 25 cents each ” they will also take trade-ins, however, they really shouldn’t be dried up and crunchy. This sale makes it possible to provide free plants to the volunteers who adopt street lamp gardens or other projects around town.

Then, on Arbor Day, Monday, May 19, the Town will have 600 assorted 5-inch to 12-inch potted trees available for replanting. These trees will be given away from 1 to 4 p.m. for planting in town and to Grand Lake Elementary school children at the Arbor Day ceremony.

The Grand County planners are working on a 20-year master plan for the entire county. The first round of public input is this week, with the final meeting being held tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Kremmling at the Extension Hall on the Fairgrounds.

They are hoping to have as many people as we can attend in order to gather input and discuss Grand County’s future. Please try to participate and become a part of shaping this county we love.

The Kauffman House Museum is in need of volunteers ” only three hours, one day a week. Take a step back in history while greeting visitors from all over the world as they share Grand Lake’s beauty and 116 year old family home/hotel with the public. High School students may earn Community Involvement Hours. Volunteer hours are from 11-2 or from 2-5 any day of the week beginning Memorial weekend, and training will be available. It’s so easy, fun, and rewarding. If interested, please call Katie Gailey at (970) 887-0715.

The Grand Lake Art Gallery is offering another fun class with Grand Lake artist Patty Alander. Patty will teach the fun art of creating silver jewelry with precious metal clay.

This class is sponsored by the Fraser Metropolitan Recreation District and is being held at the Grand Lake Art Gallery on May 20 and May 27, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first night and 5:30 until everyone finishes their pieces on the second. Cost is $95, and participants will be able to make between 3 and 5 pieces of jewelry. Call the Fraser Rec. District at (970) 726-8968 to register.

Flip your calendar over to June, and “Save the Date,” Saturday, June 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. for the Art and Architecture Home Tour.

This year’s tour also offers a Sixth House Gourmet Dinner catered by Caroline’s Cuisine. Details will be available soon along with advance reservations and tickets. This tour is limited and is always sold out.

Whistle while you work.