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Kathryn Spira

Home Is Where the Dog Is

I got a surprise birthday gift in the mail from an old friend in California.

Mrs. Mosbarger (actually the mother of a former boyfriend) has stayed very much in touch over the years. I of course knew of her talents with textile design, but this is the first time I experienced first hand her artistry.

Mrs.Mosbarger has been an avid seamstress for many years, but this is the first time I found myself being the recipient such personalized beauty. The tapestry has a picture of my dog Oscar on it with the saying "Home is where the dog is," with Oscar's name on the dog house. I was both surprised and moved by this beautiful gift and the thought that went into it.

I have it hanging in my hallway opposite of my bathroom doorway. I wanted to make sure I could see it everyday no matter if I'm going to the front or back of my house I'll be sure to see it. I also include a photo Herman took of the tapestry lying across me with Oscar next to me.

I'm so blown away by the work she had done for me in the tapestry. I find myself speaking about it with a tear in my eye because she was so special to me and still is. I'm glad the feeling is mutual from her. She also had signed the back of the tapestry Mrs. M and Rosie (which is her dog).

The Mosbargers live in Fillmore, California about a half hour north of L.A. in a beautiful community. When I was dating their son Dana, we used to travel there on the weekends so Dana could play golf with his dad.

I remember her making us some delicious "aebleskivers," a traditional Danish dessert similar to donut holes. I liked them so much that she gave me the recipe with a traditional cast iron pan. Since I'm not much of a cook, I had Herman make them a couple times for me.

I'm so glad others share their cooking and sewing skills with me, since I'm not much on homemaking.

As Herman likes to joke: "What do Jewish wives make for dinner? Reservations!"


About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site