Life is what happens…

…when you’re busy making other plans….

In the midst of my weaving, spinning, basket making, bobbin lace, knitting and gardening my life has taken a sharp turn.

I was so busy getting two Nantucket baskets ready for weaving while sailing in Maine in July and August… enthusiastically looking forward to a week of weaving at Vavstuga later this month…  admiring this year’s crop of weld blooming magnificently and watching for indigo seeds to sprout in the garden.  I’ve finished a blanket for a good friend recovering from hip replacement surgery and have recently started Deborah Newton’s ‘greenhouse tank’ from the current issue of IWKnits.

Then Life struck.  My father died unexpectedly on May 19, and now two other family members have passed as well.  I had to move my mother from her home to mine, a great distance away, and then into assisted living.  I am buried in legalities and paper work, and somehow my projects seem like a whim from a distant past.

Still, it is a beautiful spring here in NJ. My peonies and foxglove and iris are blooming profusely, and my cat entertains us with his annual boost of spring energy as well as doing double duty enduring our attentions not only for him but also for our recently deceased dog. That’s life.

 

the lion lies down with the lambs

In the midst of my grief and what seems like endless paperwork a friend sent this anonymous saying:
“Being happy doesn’t mean life is perfect.  It means you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections.”

So, I’ve returned to working on my Deborah Newton “Greenhouse tank” and to my large Nantucket basket.  I’m juggling my time visiting my mother and getting her new apartment furnished, searching for all the paper work to file my father’s taxes for last year, and getting ready for a week at Becky’s Vavstuga! If you want to follow the basket making procedures go to my basket link above.

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4 Responses to Life is what happens…

  1. micheline hodge says:

    Brenda I think of you often and if there is anything that I can do to help you
    through this time, please don’t hesitate to ask.
    micheline

  2. betsy snope says:

    So sorry about your recent loss and all your problems. Don’t know what else to say( as if there are words!) Thinking of you.

  3. Sue Schwarz says:

    Sorry to hear of the changes in your life. I went through the same process just at 10 years ago. It is not easy to have to relocate your Mother while grief from losing your Father is so fresh. It will even out. I was blessed to have my mother close by for four years before also losing her. They were sweet, busy years. Stay the course, and keep your sense of humor.

  4. Mary T Harrington says:

    Brenda!!! My deepest condolences. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

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