Sunday, February 21, 2010
Another dusting of snow up here on a quiet weekend.
I worked on cards again yesterday. :)
The fun for me is in the challenge. Since the scraps that we used are all the same size (we're recycling bookcard scraps) you have to figure out different ways to decorate them. As you've probably noticed, Leah and I both like fairly simple cards, too--and with these cards--it's all about the paper. Ah yes--I am a paper lover--hehe! :)
The colors! The prints! Calming, nostalgic, invigorating, silly, retro, bold, soft...ahhh! I am so glad I took a leap out of my comfort zone the past couple of years. (Everything I made used to be more like the 4th and 6th cards.) This has been great fun! A kind of spirit stretching--hehe!
I had a little bit of bleach left and did a little more work on the carpet with the SpotBot. Was getting ready for bed early--and got a call from a friend in Hibbing who has been caretaking her mother who has Alzheimer's. Her mother fell and broke her hip. The hip surgery went well...but then she suddenly crashed shortly afterwards--heart failure--kidney failure--and then she was gone.
It was actually a blessing. Her mother couldn't always remember where the bathroom was any more. She also had terrible back pain and wasn't happy being unable to do all the things she used to do. So--it was sad--and yet I was happy for her mother--to be free again, you know? I think her mother is probably gardening again right now! :) :)
We talked over 2 1/2 hours. It will be a huge life shift for her after taking care of someone else 24/7 for such a long time.
The only thing you can count on in this life is change. And the only thing you can't avoid is death. Looking back--the fuss I made over some things that seemed so important at the time really seem quite silly a few decades later--hehe!
One day I hope to be sharing and creating somewhere...and I just pray I won't have been too much of a burden before I leave. A comforting vision. :):)