THANK YOU all for sending cards, letters, emails, phone calls, plants, flowers, food, chocolate and Kleenex after Rick’s passing. These thoughtful gifts mean more to me than you know! I have read, and re-read the messages often, and take much comfort from them. The house is now full of life with the plants and flowers, which bring sunshine and happiness. I am amazed at how many of you have gone through this same journey, and have come out the other side. It truly gives me HOPE.
My brother and sister, Dick and Jane (don’t laugh), came out for a week to help me de-clutter the house of medical equipment, and Dick took on the task of organizing the garage. WHEW! Yes, that is me, the shrimp, on the right!
Next, my son Jacob and grandson Elias came out for a week to help sort out computers and provide training to get the Class Catalog completed on-time. THANK YOU, Jacob. I couldn’t have done it without you. His comment upon arrival was, “Wow, Mom. I didn’t know that garages could house cars!” And there is nothing to cheer you up more, or get your mind off of things, than an active (3) year old. At my lowest (mentally and physically), Elias says “Grandma we have to dance!” Does is get any better than this!
I must admit that there have been a few “pity parties,” invitation – one; and some wandering aimlessly. It has been stinkin’, stinkin’ hot and muggy; all of which attributed to my lack of motivation. This is a new stage in my life, and a new rhythm that I am trying to get used to. Not only have I been raising kids (and husbands) since I was eighteen, I have only lived alone for about 2 – 3 months in the last 46 years. It is definitely different!!!
I pulled these unfinished blocks out of a drawer, spruced them up, and sewed them together for a new quilt top. I am going to add one more brown (with pink flowers) border, and call it done! Again, quoting my friend Sharon – “done is better than perfect.” I was agonizing over the VERY small bird beaks, then decided to paint them in. Maybe not perfect – but done (Sharon will be so proud).
Now I am motivated to start another project – I think one of Irene Blanck’s called Chocolate Mint Sundae.
Stay cool, and get ready for Registration on Labor Day, September 3, 2018 at noon EST. “See” you then!