Friday, August 26, 2011

little reminders

It is so interesting to me how little things remind me of those I've "lost" ...

Sitting on a rock thinking "we are urchins, we cling to rocks" and a car drives up with a temporary license plate that has Janel's 50th birthday as the 'good through' date.   Hi Janel.

Interviewing a young lady and thinking that she so reminds me of my neice. "my mom shops here" I asked her what her mom's name is ... Jennifer ......   Hi Jenny.

Playing with my art supplies, trying to channel the skill of my aunt, and a paper drops out of a book ... her return address label.     Hi Rosemary.

Little things every day. Sometimes you feel surrounded. It's a good thing.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Had a great time at the Oregon Live Gathering (a bunch of ATCsForAll online friends) in Hood River, Oregon last weekend. Beautiful setting. Fabulous artists. Good food.
Drove up with my sister. It was a lot of fun.
My muse has come back.
I was afraid, after this past month, that I wouldn't be able to do art for awhile. My heart just wasn't in it.
Life goes on. Life is good. Celebrate friendship. Spread love.
... and do art.

Monday, August 15, 2011

My Heart Sister

Flag Day June 14, 2000 - aneurysm. Long, difficult recovery, but recover she did.
This Heart Sister of mine. Maid of Honor at my wedding. GoddessMother to my daughter. Friend for the majority of my life.
July 4, 2011 - lightning strikes again.
A few weeks ago I flew to Boise. I spent the day at my best friend's bedside in ICU. The next morning we turned off the machines and I flew home.
She was surrounded by the friends that loved her every minute. My own mother, who loved her as one of her own, sat with her all day on Monday, 8-8-11. She told her how much she was loved. She read to her. She left a little before 6pm. A little after 6pm my darling friend of almost 40 years passed away. It seems she was waiting for Mom to come tell her goodbye and that it was okay to go.
My heart is broken.
American holidays will never be the same for me.
Rest in peace my darling Janel. I am a better person for having known and loved you.