Monday, January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021 Monday--12:45pm

Good afternoon.  

Lots of pics and subjects this week so grab a cup of coffee or tea and we'll settle in for another chronological chat.

Blogger is making the paragraph spaces for me today so I have no control, just so you know.  I have a hard enough time getting center alignment so I'll let Blogger win that round.  ;)

The partridges are around often since we've had snow and freezing cold.

Annie keeps and eye on the Critter Cafe.
We still see the lone partridge.
But I was thrilled to see my first jackrabbit this year in the daylight!!
There's been a few of them coming in the dark now but this was the first one who came boldly in the late afternoon.  :)
Been too long since I have seen a picture like this!  I love to see the jackrabbit, partridges and sparrows all sharing the food.
I get so excited!  My heart soars!  
I'm like a little kid, I know.
We had the Inauguration and Celebrate America on Wednesday.  I could physically feel the relief.  Cried .hopeful tears.
On Thursday our latest quarantine ended and Leah came over that night.  I didn't get a before picture but my two plants were not doing so well.  Phil had sent (more than I had thought) tendrils behind the bookcase and Spider was dropping babies down in front of my desk so I couldn't get into spaces very easily.  They both had a lot of dead leaves.
They got hauled down to the kitchen table to be pruned.  Phil was chopped up into pieces.
I ended up with three plants in the end.
Spider got moved down to the top of Ian's bookcase by the window so she can make as many babies as she wants.
Phil is smaller but in the same center spot.
Random cuttings have been placed in a rectangular pot to see if they will survive to be plant number three.
Leah also took a bunch of Phil cuttings to a friend of hers, too.
Leah was talking to Dagan on the phone to help set up something called Plex on my TV.  They got an antenna that will pick up broadcast TV (so Dagan could watch football).  It is not aimed to pick up PBS but after football season Dagan said he would fiddle with it to see if he can get PBS and still keep the other stations.  Right now it is working for his playoff games so he's not touching it--LOL!
But I can now get the regular channels (ABC, CBS, NBC) and a flurry of strange stuff I have never seen before.  I shall have to investigate.
My letter rack by the door's hooks have been getting rather overcrowded...and I will need space for another mask, too.  
So we went through 3M hooks and I now have a hook for the mask holder and a hook for the glasses holders near the light switch...
...and two hooks on the back of the door for masks.  Leah has more masks coming.
Depending on where I am going I will have one for around the ears and another one with the behind the neck and head straps.
We had snow all day on Saturday.  Leah said the boys are finally old enough to play in the yard by themselves for a while.
As soon as it starts snowing...
...the cafe becomes very busy.
Annie didn't care.  Leah had dug out a pile of cat toys from under the furniture when she was here and Annie just laid around on them all day.
I kept going on the Wanderlust classes.
The next step on the first class was to smear around acrylic paint and make marks in it.
I'm trying to use things I have never or rarely used so I grabbed this.  
I think it was from the hardware store for tiling--lol!
I added some more gesso and glued on the focal piece.
No surprise.  You're going to see Self-Care a lot this year, I think--LOL!  I need the reminders.
I did add some graphite pencil and smear it around the words to try to make them stand out a little bit but I don't know if you can tell.  I am not very bold yet, that's for sure.
But I finally finished the first class.  Told you I'd be slow--LOL!
Then in the AP journal (Advent Prompts bonus class) it was supposed to be about going for a walk.  Well, I used three skeletal leaf stamps and wrote all over the page in black ink about how with the ice and snow we had I wasn't going out for a walk--hehe!  But then I decided to try something else new...
Color Burst watercolor powders.
I wet the page and poofed the powders on.  OMG!  They are wild and took over the whole page with their intense color...but I love them.  I just have to learn how to tap small bits at a time--ROFL!  I got blue dust up my nose!
But at least I have been busy in the studio--often!  (Lots of drying time.)  I am having such fun!
I called Mom.  She was so tired she didn't seem to be able to stay awake on the phone.  But she said she didn't have any pain...was happy Trump was gone--LOL!  They were giving her morphine to make it easier for her to breathe calmly.  Not doing well.  I guess they were talking about moving her to the nursing home section last week.  But she was still in her apartment and up in her chair.  We didn't talk long.  She was pretty out of it and just wanted to nap.  I love you--bye bye.
Then yesterday was a visit to McFamily's before we are in quarantine again for two weeks (Leah's making a Costco trip on Friday).  Dagan watched some football with Liam.  
I asked Ian for a picture--LOL!
Around maybe 3:30 I noticed I had a missed call from my brother.
Mom died at about 1pm.
They were coming to get her so he had to go and we didn't talk long.
Not a surprise, of course.  
But it still jolts you.
This is the last picture I have of her from a couple years ago with one of her great grandchildren (Sophie).
I'm glad she didn't have to be moved and was able to die at home.  Since covid isolation she has been fairly miserable.  She couldn't see well anymore or hear well, either--so she couldn't even really watch much TV.  When covid hit and there was no more going to church on Sunday or visits from family or going out to eat or going off to visit was really hard for her.  She didn't like being alone.  Her health deteriorated.  They kept her comfortable and she wasn't in pain.
I love you.  Bye bye.
I didn't expect those to be my last words to her.  
But they were good ones.
I'm sure I'll hear eventually how everything went down and all that...but Mom is truly better off now.  She would have been 92 end of next month.  
So we talked to Ian and Liam about great grandma dying and who she was.  Even Ian is still at the age where it is hard for him to imagine I am his Daddy's Mama.  Funny, I was over at their place when I got the news that my dad had died in the car crash and Mom was in the hospital.  Ian wasn't walking yet.  Dad was 94.  
Ian's job is to clear the table off and wipe it down for dinner.
We had dinner.  Oh, and I did jig saw puzzles with the boys in the afternoon.  Dagan gave me a ride home.  Annie was glad to see me.
I have some pictures from Leah of the boys playing together.
Was in December--tree was up.
They are always building something or other.
Ian lost his other bottom tooth and got a golden coin from the Tooth Fairy.
Liam...enjoys chocolate--LOL!
And after all that...I get up today and there's an email from Winning Writers telling me that they are posting Baby Girl on their Winning Writers Instagram as a past winner here.
Now isn't that a nice surprise?  That was in 2009.  The highlight of my "writing career"--LOL!  I'd been published in a few literary magazines and won a couple contests...but that was the biggest contest...national...with prize money!  I even got interviewed by the local paper.  What a shock!  Nice memories.  I needed unexpected pleasant news today.
So...that's the week's adventures and travels and events.  I hope you are all doing well.  Be sure and tell the people you care about what they mean to you.  Till next week...virtual hugs.  :)
"Be patient with yourself.  Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground.  There's no greater investment."
Stephen Covey


DJan said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, but also glad that you were able to talk with her before she died. You sure to favor her, from that picture you posted. Take care of yourself, dear Rita.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was saddened to read about your mother dying. I am glad you got to speak with her before she passed. You gave us lots of info and art even this week, but the loss of your mother is what I had to focus on. My heart goes out to you today, dear.

Deb said...

Rita- so sad to hear of your mother's passing. I know it wasn't totally unexpected - but still hard. I am glad you are focusing on self-care this year because that is what you will need now - be tender and patient with yourself as you grieve and heal. Virtual hugs from Utah.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

My condolences, Rita, on your mom’s passing. It’s always the saddest news to receive and my own mother passed at the same age. Take good care of yourself, my friend.

Far Side of Fifty said...

My sympathy Rita, so sorry to hear of your Mom's death. Like you said at least she was in her own home. I am so glad you got to talk with her:)

Bonnie said...

Oh Rita, I am so very sorry to hear about your Mother. Even at her age it is always difficult, especially with our Mothers. That is a beautiful picture of her you posted. Take care of yourself.

Janie Junebug said...

My condolences. You are a prize-winning poet. How cool is that? It's been my experience that children who like to put together puzzles and put together building toys are good at math. I'm curious about the "strange stuff" you're getting.


Lady Fi said...

My deepest sympathy!

Nice shots of the critters sharing food.

Anvilcloud said...

Sorry about the ending of one life, but you have much life and hope nearby.

DVArtist said...

I am sorry to hear about your mom. Your life in photos is a beautiful thing. Hugs.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

So sad abput your mum doesn't matter how old we are losing a parent hurts deeply.

Divers and Sundry said...

Birdwatching is fun, but the jackrabbits are special. I've never had success with spider plants. Yours looks fabulous!

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. It's so much harder when we can't go _see_ people :(

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love seeing the birds and the jack rabbit - he looks quite big! Funny seeing Annie asleep right by them and her newly discovered toys! Well done to you and Leah for rescuing the plants. Your completed Wanderlust page looks great!
It seems you were in the right place to receive the news about your Mom, as you were when you dad passed! So sorry, but as you say it sounds as though it was the right time for her - glad you got to talk for a little while. I regret not being able to speak to my Mum so often! She was in a Nursing Home on the other side of the country and we hadn't visited the week before. Hope you make sure you get plenty of Self Care this weekend. Hugs, Chrisx

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Rita getting to hear your Mom say "I love you. Bye Bye" brings tears but you were able to hear her and that will be a memory for you to bring forward when you need it.

I loved seeing your dear grandsons as they play and help - and play outside too. Lovely to see your McFamily and that you share them with us.

Your photos of the rabbit and birds are bigger this week - and are such a treat to see (as Annie has likely told you every day).

You have been very busy with art too - so glad you share your projects.

Hugs and Love


Deb Terry said...

Oh Rita i'm so sorry to hear about your mom... I've had computer problems all week and just now got things fixed enough to get around.. I'm glad you got to speak to her before she passed even if it wasn't the conversation you would have had with her had you known.. Love seeing all your pictures... Your art journal pages are amazing.. I've never played with the powders before... Take good care woman!! Hugs.. BIG big hugs! deb

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, Rita. That is such a difficult loss. That's good that you were able to talk with her before she died and the last words she heard from you were loving ones. That's such a lovely photo of her.