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Thursday, June 27, 2013

WIP Update

Current status of Welcome Friends. I knew I wouldn't like stitching on the Aida 14, and I definitely do NOT,  but by the time I was hating it I just didn't want to start over. It's so stiff that in trying to "sew" a few of the stitches the needle bent. Ive decided to omit the top and bottom sections and just stitch the area including and between the horizontal vines above and below the grapes. I may leave out those horizontal vines as well and end up with an oval or circular design instead.

A very sad day for my family. Mother died two years ago today. I miss her more than ever. I remember clearly that last Sunday I visited her. If there is one day in my entire life I could do over it would be that one day. I would really LISTEN to what she was really trying to tell me then rather than being cheerily upbeat when she suddenly got uncharacteristically serious, only realizing in retrospect why she was being serious and loving her so much more for trying to make me understand. When I obviously didn't, she said nothing more. I so so wish she had. My failure to really listen and understand, and spend so much more time talking to and comforting her is a regret I will always carry with me.  I would give everything but my family  just to have a few more hours or days to be with and really listen to and talk with and hold my Mom.

My Dad tripped on the step of a porch and took a flying hard fall on to the driveway in mid-May. He claimed, only half in jest, that someone was trying to keep him from driving back to Kansas City (he's almost 89) the next day. How he did NOT break something even the doctor doesn't know, but he was badly skinned, bruised and swollen for over a month as a result and is still having some issues. Had he left when intended he'd have been in the middle of the Oklahoma/Kansas tornado outbreak, so I guess the fall was probably a good thing. However, he's decided he's healed enough and is once again driving over the objections of EVERYONE back to KC. My sister is trying to get him to promise this will be the last time. As he told me the trip last fall was the last time, I don't hold out much hope. If you can spare a prayer for his safe journey, it would be appreciated.


Catherine said...

So sorry for your loss...sending thoughts and prayers to you and to your dad for a safe journey.

Vickie said...

Oh Linda. I am sorry. I have regrets with my father, who died 5 years ago, also. It is hard. I do catch myself though. There is obviously nothing more we can do. We can only move forward. And look forward to the day we will once more be reunited.
I have prayed for your father. Also for wisdom for you and your sister in this difficult situation.

Anonymous said...

Hello Linda

Just found your blog.
Your stitching looks lovely.
So sorry to hear about your Mum. I lost my Mum almost 5 years ago and I still miss her.
Your father is in my thoughts and I hope he will be alright.

CalamityJr said...

Oh, Linda, such a hard day. Try to hold on to the happy memories without regrets. And your dad sounds like mine - all we can do is pray for their safely!

SoCal Debbie said...

The grapes are beautiful. I'm sorry the fabric is no fun to stitch.

LindaMc said...

Thank you all for your very kind words and thoughts. Dad put off his trip until next week - after both 4th of July weekends. Very Big Sigh. Appreciate your prayers. - Linda