Nov 30, 2014

Snowless Sunday -

YAY!!  Hope your day went well.  I got some outside decorating done, which consists of throwing bundles of fresh greens in buckets and slapping a branch on the door.  Houses look handsome with their holiday finery and glittering lights.  But my beat up siding and sparse style does not.  I added a long neck gourd to the door greens one year and my neighbors had no idea what it was and thought it very odd.  When the garage door guy (yes he was cute and very nice) came inside and saw those grungy gourds hanging on my ladder, he did a double take...twice.  Finally I told him that they are dried gourds.  Oh......why?..he asked.  I don't know Buddy.  Please don't expect an answer as to why I have dirty looking gourds that serve no purpose.  I'm still trying to answer why I got lost on the main road in town.  That is still the running joke among husband's friends.  When he told them I lost my voice they said "how will she ask for directions?".  Men.  But he did tell me about two contractors that he has done work for and although there is no way they could squeeze us in right now, I am contacting them both tomorrow.
 
When shopping over the weekend we encountered an elderly gentlemen with his sons buying memory foam pillows, mattress topper, fancy pillowcases, and other comfort items.  He was getting choked up and then we overheard that they were Christmas gifts for his ailing wife in a nursing home.  To see his sons helping to shop and carry those large bags for him, thinking how upset and lonely he must be, brought a tear to the eye.  Just like in the hospital when I saw an elderly man sobbing in the arms of a priest.  I quietly watched him while feeling his sadness and shed a tear with him.  These touching moments were missed by everyone else around as they stared at the small screen in their hand.
 
I was blessed with a surprise package! And perfect timing.  For the first time in YEARS I was without Dove because my illness kept me inside for a few weeks and my supply dwindled.  My sister asked me (as every year) to get the gifts she needs for others.  I did, and forgot to stop for Dove.  When I got home, the package had two bags of dark Dove inside, another box of glorious candy that is already gone, and a pouch with her stitching and Faye's finishing.  Great fabrics inside and out.  I am one lucky gal. 
 
Mary Lamin hasn't been stitched much lately and I really need to get back to her.  When I break from a project, I lose the desire and that's what has happened.  I ordered two small Christmas designs and would love to get them stitched but am afraid to put the sampler aside fearing I will never return for completion.
 
More shopping for Carole tomorrow and I'll finish the outside decorating.  December 1 is the day mom passed away seven years ago.  So hard to accept how quickly time is passing.  Sometimes it feels like yesterday and other times, like it was so long ago.  December is already here with Christmas in a few weeks.  Summer is getting closer.
 
Have a good week ~ thanks for visiting.
 
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17 comments:

Sweet Sue said...

lovely pin bag, surprises are the best, especially when chocolate is involved! hope you're feelin a wee bit better, wishing you a good week to come. xo

kelley said...

oh, my heart is breaking for that dear man...

Truus said...

You are a woman to my heart Marly!
When you told about the man,I thought at my neighbour who was Always there when we needd him when my husbund was very ill.Now his wife has Parkinson desease and isn't stay at home anymore.
Yesterday on the first Adventsunday I hang my Adventstar in the window-- my tradition.
wishing you all the best
greetings,Truus from the Netherlands

C. M. Designs said...

Christmas is such a sad time for some and a joyous time for others.. We just don't know what some are going through.
Surprise chocolates must taste even better than the ones you buy for yourself. Such a nice treat for you !
Praying for strength for you with all you have to do for Carole. Hoping you'll stay well through the winter.. I know you're looking forward to summer..
Hoping your kitties will be well too. They sure are lucky kitties..
Take time to do some stitching. I'm interested to see your new Christmas stitches.
If you like your gourds, by all means, decorate with them. I understand !
Charlotte in Virginia

Elisabetta said...

Great finishing!

Karen said...

Your mother would be proud of all that you have done since her passing, including looking after your family. Smile and think of her today and pretend you are eating dark chocolate with her!

Vickie said...

I know you are not a hugger Marly, but here I am giving you one today. Know that I am also eating Dove Dark with you today. Well, every day also. ;)

celkalee said...

Your posts frequently strike a cord with me. As a nurse I have experienced so many moments like those you have shared. The human spirit is a strong one but it is also fragile. While our lives change and evolve with births and deaths we become that man. Doing what he can to support the loved one. My Dear Son passed three years ago yesterday as well. It is overwhelming at times. To carry on we all cope in different ways. My thoughts are with you. Hope you feel better soon.

I recently studied your Pears. Love them. I am mostly a quilter but I plan to return to cross stitching after the holidays. I will e mail you soon to discuss an idea if that is all right.

chérie siemer said...

Know how you feel today.
My mother passed away that very same day.
Still miss her like crazy.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you today Marly, and also Cherie, sorry for your losses. Debbie

Mary said...

So glad to see you're out and about again Marly, even if the weather isn't the best. Love the project bag!

Cindy's Stitching said...

A very nice post. The story about the older gentleman, how touching. Glad you got your dove.

Faye said...

How touching Marly..... Holidays often bring out the sadnesses; especially for the broken hearted~ On a brighter notes, enjoy the candy and the bag~~ Ann the best??😘

Rugs and Pugs said...

Very sweet that you noticed that man and sons but I am not surprised.
I feel the same way about my mom. 4 1/2 years sometimes seems like a lifetime.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Margaret said...

A lovely surprise, and the chocolate sounds like it was perfect timing. I always notice the anniversary of my mom's passing too. It was a long time ago now, but you always miss your mom.

Maggee said...

I can't forget when my Mom passed away--it was on my birthday! :( You have a tender heart--I don't care what ANYone says! Ha! Stitch what makes you happy! I just finished a large project and can't quite get started again... but it will come! I am not sure I get where the package came from... but two bags of dark Dove--what a gem!! Hugs!

Pam in IL said...

Reading about the two men brought tears to my eyes too. Great gift and happy to hear you got your Dove :) Time is passing so quickly, but the undesirable weather doesn't. I like your attitude--summer is getting closer.

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