Saturday, October 08, 2016

Days of Our Lives

Haha! That post title used to be (maybe still is?) a title of a TV soap opera. It seems appropriate for me to borrow it today.

So.. I am beginning to recover from all the turmoil of the last month, the death of my mother being the biggest trauma. I didn't expect it to be this hard, because at her age, 95, I thought I was ready. Nope, I wasn't. I miss her. And, as I look back on the days before her death, I am so thankful that I got to be there and witness her strength, her faith, her kindness. I took pictures when friends and family came to visit and say goodbye. I am not going to share them here, but I am so happy I have those pictures. Mom's face lit up with joy when visitors arrived. That was one of the things I loved about her - her friendliness and love of life.

But, as I say, I am beginning to recover. My tears have been very close to the surface and have fallen freely, but I'm getting better at thinking and talking about my mom without crying every time. People have been so nice, and that really helps a lot.

While I've been overwhelmed, Husband has been working very hard. We're both so tired. I wish the two of us could get away for a short vacation.. maybe a date night is something we could accomplish.

Life keeps tick-tocking along. I have not been back to work but will return this week. I am looking forward to working again. At first I was afraid to go back, thinking I'd burst into tears too easily. But now I'm ready.

Random Pictures:
my mom on her 95th birthday last March

last weekend I was on a retreat where I worked on this word quilt and made good progress... this is approximately the top half

books I donated to my Little Free Library in memory of a fellow quilter and LFL steward who died of cancer:
above: the sewing room I go to on Wednesdays.. the tree outside was absolutely beautiful

quilt top I'm taking to the machine quilter this week.. I can't wait to get it quilted!

child's quilt top I made while on retreat last week

I'm loving our cool, beautiful fall days. We turned on our heat this morning.


Quiltdivajulie said...

Lovely post - it is much cooler here today than it has been. Sending hugs as you continue to heal.

Kim said...

Hi there. It's nice to hear from you. Your word quilt is just great! And the quilt that is ready for quilting is going to be very nice. I'll need to find a local machine quilter this winter. It's nice that you have Wednesday sewing days to go to. I've been enjoying our lovely Mn autumn...anything MN brings great joy. I haven't been here long and my time has been spent working on house projects, but did manage to get outside on a warm sunny day to plant a few perennials and pot my mums. I'm looking forward to meeting you once things settle down here. :)

Nann said...

Your post turned up in my Bloglovin' feed -- how their algorithm works, I don't know -- but I was glad to tune in today. I'm sorry for your loss. Your mother lived a long and (from what you've posted) a happy life, but I know you'll miss her. Now's the time to recall so many happy memories.

Anonymous said...

Your word quilt looks awesome! I love seeing how you put things together. I stopped by to see how you were doing and saw the photo of your mom holding her most recent grandchild. She is looking at the baby square in the eyes and fully engaged. It's a beautiful photo.

joe tulips said...

I adore the word quilt so far!!! Love the temperature quilt too!!!