Mom asked us to please take her to the cemetery to place flowers at the grave of my grandmother (her mother-in-law) and the columbarium of my father.
Then we went to the market to get some things in preparation for the new year which is probably more important to my mother than any other holiday at this time.
Mom wanted to pick up some hasu (lotus roots) so she could prepare it for my brother who loves it.
Hey! We love it too. But Dennis is her baby.
We looked at the kadomatsu and was tempted to get one. But darn, they're expensive and mom insists they have to be burned at the end of New Years. I told her we should keep it to reuse the next year, but she's adamant that they must be burned a certain amount of days later. I'll have to research this.
Since the kadomatsu is rather pricey, she said some people put these bamboo and pine branches up instead.
And I'm thinking... I wonder if I could grow some.
Mom also picked up more flowers at the market so we could bring them to the temple where she visits her friend and sadly tells her that she still misses talking to her.
Maybe we'll get the kadomatsu after all.