Lonestar Memories: Colombina on Perfumesmellingthings. (...)Lonestar Memories makes me want to escape the mundane confines of my everyday world(...)

Lonestar Memories: Katie on Scentzilla. (...) Lonestar Memories smells of the examined life. Inside there is joy, and there is tiny heartbreak, e xisting only in reverie. The scent unravels into the consideration of past experiences, and pinings for future joys and heartbreaks(...)

Lonestar Memories: Marlen Harrison's review on PerfumeCritic.com (...) If you're a lover of leather or richer wood fragrances, this is gonna be a holy grail scent and in that case, better get two bottles.(...)

Lonestar Memories: Cait Shortell's review on Legerdenez. (...) Do you appreciate scent because you identify with the scent and its image? Does a scent have the ability to create a memory outside one’s own experience?(...)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Thank you for your comments

Thank you for visiting and thank you for posting a comment!
What you have to do: Place one comment on this blog now.
--> Today is the day where your comment really matters. For every visitor posting one or several comments I will donate 1$ US to FINCA.
What else do you have to consider? Label your comment with a unique identifier (like a number, your name or the name of your pet). Why? Because there is a chance to win something here and now!
--> You have the chance to win a perfume of your choice, either le Maroc pour elle or L'air du désert marocain. After Mother's day, W. (a famous actor on this blog) will draw one out of all comments and I will announce the winner, asking to send me an e-mail with the address to send the price!
What else? Enjoy!
Thank you again


and do not forget to visit the following blogs, participating too....and if you are not tired yet....read the below, personal Mother's day thoughts

Well, so it is Mother's day and I will soon take the desert out of the fridge and visit mom, together with W. and I will cook lunch for us in her flat. We will eat, sit together and talk. In itself this is not that exciting. I visit mom quite often, once every week or so. But it is Mother's day and so there will be a hint of something special.
We will probably look back in time, as mom likes to do thinking of days past long ago. Like when we were a familiy with father, two sons and a mom. Living a simple, yet decent live. She will tell us how my father used to put the cigarettes money into a box, once one pack was smoked. Thus, once the ten packs were smoked the money was there to buy another ten packs. I will sit there and listen and think my own things.
Like what it was like when I was a little boy. I do not remember much, but some things will stay for ever. Like peeling apples for the apple cake and eating some of the dough, or like building stuff with her that I found exciting. I now realise how boring this must have been for her.... or like sitting in the living room at my beloved ant Rosa, who owned a TV (we didn't because my father did not wanted us to watch TV. He was a wise man... ). Rosa, who wasn't really an ant, but a good friend of my father, 20 years older then him and even wiser; she was my mom's angel. Our family and my mom owns her a lot. When my mom was pregnant, from a married man (my father), she lived at Rosa's and Rosa took care of her. Like she did for the rest of her live for our little family. She was educated, had a good job and had an even higher educated heart. Rosa was never married. She had a lover whom she left in 33 when she left Germany for the rest of her life, I think her beloved man died in the big war, as did my mom's father.
Thus, my mom was at Rosa's and looked for a flat to raise her family, together with a man she hardly knew back then, who was my father and who loved her very much. He was 20 years older then she was, but I guess that didn't really matter for the two.

Thus, I will soon sit in the living room of my mother and think back to the time we have spend. A relationship that I have never chosen but that turned out wonderful, I hope for the two of us. That's (I guess) the trouble being a mother... you don't really have the choice. You are mother, once and for all. A gift and sometimes a burden.

When we spend time together, I feel the band, the band that holds us together. This band brought me far and her even farther. I remember her visiting me when I was living for a year in Texas. She didn't speak one word of English except for hello and byebye . But she wanted to be droped at the local mall and spend her day there, shopping. And in the evening I picked her up again, with bags filled up with clothes and stuff. I do not know how she mangaged, but she did.

I remember her in Spain, where she was travelling with my brother and me and our dog (a spaniel, he loved the sea and the Spanish loved the dog, because it really was the only Spaniel around) the first summer after my dad died. She wanted us to have a real holiday, so we went to Spain and for a day, I was for the first time in Morocco. A place where, some 20 years later, we were again, mom and me, and W. This time on my expenses and visiting Morocco from north to south.
And I remember travelling with her in Kenya, a voyage that I gave as a gift, because I like to spend time with the people I love, how she was shaken by the poverty. She had a hard time to see us living in luxury resorts, taking showers and drinking wine while outside the African women were carrying their water home, miles and miles, dirty water, for a thirsty family.
Thus, if mom had a computer, she would comment on my blog, too.


Anonymous Flora said...

Hello Andy,

What a nice story about your family. Your mother sounds like a really cool lady!

This Mother's Day blog event is a really great idea - I will visit the others as well.

4:07 PM  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Andy,
What a wonderful post.
"That's (I guess) the trouble being a mother... you don't really have the choice. You are mother, once and for all. A gift and sometimes a burden."
You are right of course, but it is the most amazing, the happiest of burdens.

Marina /Colombina <--- I am identifying myself, becasue I want to win a prize ! :-)

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Flora said...

Hello Andy,

This is my second comment - you can take the other one off if you want.

I forgot to give you a "clue" about myself - this is Flora! You know - the one who wants to spend all day in the Desert Air .... :-)

I hope everyone comes and visits your blog today!

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Prince Barry said...

Good morning Andy, it was really touching to read yoir memories from childhood and described the situations.

Give your Mum a Princely hug from from me....there, that is the clue to my identity.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Konstantin said...

Good morning from Bremen, Andy. A touching story indeed - mothers are the most interesting of beings, aren't they (at least for their children they can be). Enjoy the day with your mother!!!

12:10 AM  
Blogger deleted said...

Beautiful post...

i`m just a lurker, but I want to let you know that I like your blog a lot altough I never have time to comment on perfume blogs! I must try your scents next time I get to Zurich - sometime in July, I hope. The reviews of your scents at MUA are very tempting!

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear beloved Andy
Sorry for telling you that there are funny spelling mistakes in your text (desert/dessert, ant/aunt), but that's how teachers are.
I'm so grateful that your mom has also become my mom.
Love, W.

1:31 AM  
Blogger katiedid said...

" because I like to spend time with the people I love"... This reminds me of one of my favorite lines in a song - "I owe my life to the people that I love." (Ani DiFranco's song In or Out) I think perhaps you are one of those people who have internalized this same sentiment and worked it into your own life.

Your mom sounds like such a neat lady. As does Rosa. Sometimes we do not need to be mothers at all to care for others and change their lives. Two beautiful women, beautiful and I don't need to have pictures to see it. A lovely tribute, A.

1:33 AM  
Blogger Cait Shortell said...

Dear Andy,
Thanks for your post, which was thoughtful as always. I always like the feeling of a conversation on your blog.

Clue to my identity: Legerdenez

1:36 AM  
Blogger katiedid said...

Oh, perhaps I should give an explicit identifier myself! Eh, I think I will pick the unique identifier of Super Rose ;)

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from Mark in Adelaide, South Australia!

Recently received your samples and have been spraying a little on the back of my hand before I go to sleep, dreaming of hot sands and flowery mirages.

Happy Mother's Day to all. I just returned from a Mother's Day breakfast on a cafe balcony overlooking the picturesque hills of Adelaide on a chilly, but sunny morning - far from Zurich or Morroco, yet feeling a part of the same community thanks to Andy's blog and fragrances.

2:58 AM  
Blogger marlen said...

wow...I can't imagine my mother in Kenya...must have been an amazing experience.

3:33 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Dear Andy,
Happy Mothers day to you and every one! What a wonderful idea to donate money to the FINCA. It will make you think of all the mothers and childeren without a mother, around the world.
Thank you for your post Andy, nice to read some personal memories of you and your mother. Mothers are a constant factor in the live of children. My mother never had a Mothers day because she is a Jehovah's Witness and they don't celebrate Mothers day or birthdays or Easter or...in fact do don't do anything like that. When I was seventeen I leaved this religion(not an easy thing to do) and my mother was really sad about that but never stopped loving me and respecting me for the person I am. Sometimes the child choose his own way and that could be totally different from the expectations of the mother, but (most of the time) she will love you anyway. A child is a gift, you don't own it, the only thing parents can do is seport it to grow up and try to give the child a strong base for the 'real' world.

4:20 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

What lovely stories of your Mother.

Have a wonderful day and I hope we all get tons of comments!


6:54 AM  
Blogger Anya said...

Hi Andy
Have a lovely day with your mother, your description sounds homey and cozy and quite relaxed. I almost overslept, but did shower and zoom out in time to get bagels, pastries, and ice cream (for dessert tonight).

Then I hear the crazy kittens Herbie and Lulu kept her awake all night tearing the house apart. Had our coffee now, all relaxed ourselves and looking forward to a nice dinner I'll cook.

Thanks for hosting for the benevolent blogging, Andy.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Tania said...

Andy, I am so moved by your appreciation of your mother, and her whole life's story. I loved the specifics most of all — the cigarette money, the apple dough, the days at the mall in Texas, the travels together. And your honesty about both your parents, it's all so open and full of not just love but also understanding, which makes love all the more meaningful. Thank you, as always.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Dearest Andy - lovely lovely post - and warm wishes for a lovely day to your Mum

W is right about the spelling but I thought that was because you were writing from your heart and not your head and that made it all the more charming

Love Heather

9:00 AM  
Blogger Annieytown said...

Hello Andy!
I hope you have a lovely mothers day with your mom!
I am going to write "Ormonde" as my identifier. It has always brought me luck!

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Emerald Market Girl said...

Happy Mother's Day!


9:31 AM  
Blogger Sticky Keys said...

I'm a friend of Katie's. Good luck, and thanks for doing this, it's really great!

9:41 AM  
Blogger greeneyes said...

Happy Mother's day to you and your mother, Andy.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Happy Mother's Day to your mama!

10:36 AM  
Blogger Emotenote said...

Thanks so much for participating in the BB and for the comments. I love your fragrances and what a lovely post about your family. I have two maniacs for children. I just added a photo on the entry today. Agony and ecstacy.


10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Andy
I hope you had a lovely mothers day with your mother, I hope she is well.
Today I have given le maroc pour elle to my mother and she loves it very much! So you have a new fan.

Quite a funny feeling to talk in english with you, but as mom of Rebbi I had to send a few lines too.
your old friend Anita

11:58 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Good luck with benevolent blogging.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Michelle H. said...

I just wanted to thank you for participating in benevolent blogging. It has given me a great reason to thank you for sharing your wonderful blog. I am always inspired by your personal accounts of the journey you are taking in the pursuit of excellence in your art.
Kind regards,
Michelle H.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Minka said...

And thank you for your action. You are the first male I encounter on this particular crusade. Impressive:)

2:34 PM  
Blogger LotionBarBunny said...

Hi Andy!!! Great to see a guy take part in our mother's day benevolent blogging! :)

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Caribou said...

Hello Andy,

Your blog is high on my list of must-reads each day. Your perspective on life, art and perfumery is so individual and always so charmingly expressed.

Thanks for sharing thoughts about your mom, and all the other ones too!


6:33 PM  
Blogger The Scented Salamander said...

Hi Andy,

The story of your family is very touching, hugs to you and your mom!

Happy Mother's Day!

6:52 PM  
Blogger Sali said...

I love your mom and I don't even know her. Happy Mother's Day.

8:11 PM  
Anonymous IrisLA said...

Lovely family story.

I love your two fragrances, Andy! Please dazzle us with more scents.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Andy, thank you so much for sharing your memories and stories of your mother. She sounds like a wonderful lady!
Happy Mother's Day!

11:24 PM  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

I'm so sorry I missed coming here yesterday. I was outof town for most of the day.

What a beautiful post!!

9:10 AM  
Blogger andy said...

Dear fellow bloggers and commenters
thank you all for your visit and your lovely comments that I appreciated very much.
And Kyahgirl.... I'll make an exception: Your comment counts!
And Anita and Rebelli
en liebe gruess vom götti andy

And Jenny, thank you so much. It was touching to read your lines and me and W. we both said to ourselves how lucky we are, undeserved, by chance and random factors.

10:22 AM  

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