On the trip home we visited family of the Mr's in IL and had a lovely trip down memory lane . . . along with awesome pizza from Harris Pizza in Moline, Il. ~ Then on to a friends home with lovely gardens, and fit in a final stop at the Sauder Village Rug hooking show and exhibit in Archbold, Ohio
(Simply wonderful rugs and WOOL everywhere!)
Now . . . . . it's time to re-group, catch up and prepare for the:
Bewitching Peddlers show in Chelsea, MI.
(Sept. 30 - See link in sidebar)
For the stitcher's out there:
I have a few kits left from the Wisconsin "show" part of the event and will list those on the
"Mercantile" tomorrow ~ August 18th. about 12 noon EST.
You might think (erroneously) that life slows down as you age, but we are finding
the days are passing at the speed of light!
We hope we are emerging from the last 2 years of everyones health issues,
(my broken leg, mother's fall, husbands shoulder replacement, sons work accident)
and will all be stronger and healthier moving forward!
This has all taken a toll on my work and overall creativity, but I feel I'm
tip toeing around a corner and good things are to come!
My first event of 2017 was the From Our Hands creative retreat ~
it was such an amazing success in the new location that we can't wait till next year!
There are times in our lives that overwhelm us and the best way to heal is to grow quiet.
Some of you may remember that husband had his shoulder replaced on the cusp of the new year, then not long after my mother fell. It was during these challenges that Lacy began getting sick off and on as well.
We did our best with everyone. Michael is doing well and has great moth in and strength back. Mother, after hospitals, rehab and another hospitalization is healthy and back at home with her little daschund "Fritz" awaiting her 94ht. birthday on June 3rd!
But . . . try as we did with our hearts, souls and lovely vet, Lacy kept getting weaker and sicker.
She was at minimum 15.5 years old and could have been up to 17 ~ She was a rescue so we never knew her true birthday.
She was not always an easy dog. She was very protective of us and our home, but once in her "fold" ~ she loved you.
We will give our hearts to another ~ Lacy would want us to share "her" home as she knew is was a good, happy and safe one. She knows too, that a furry face and little paws will soak up the tears and help us heal.
In her honor we will plant a pink dogwood tree in the garden.
Peace, Our dear one . . .
When life is stressful, creativity does not come easily and often not at all.
I have managed to enjoy my teaching events. The From Our Hands Creative was amazing in it's new local and another teaching event with a stitcher's guild was lovely.
It was good for me to get out of a "too quiet" house and not think sad thoughts.
I am working together back on track in the studio and hope to bring to life a few spring pieces.
I'm an optimist at heart, so I know the sadness will subside and as it does a bit of creativity will emerge.
As in the garden , a bit of sunshine would help things along!
My hope is to have new offerings for you in a few weeks.
Yep ~ sums it up! "The hurrier I go . . . the behind I get" I've always loved this quote from Alice In Wonderland. It seems to define much of my life, but especially the last year and a half.
For those of you new to this blog, thank you & here's the quick run down. ~ 15 months ago I broke my leg very badly, (http://lorianncorelis.blogspot.com/2016/01/making-do_21.html )so of course much of 2015 was a wash, but I worked as much as I could. ~ Just as I hit my year anniversary, husband needed to have a shoulder replacement. (He's doing great!)
During that time my 93 year old mother fell and we had to attend to getting her back up and running. Mother has been doing wonderfully and is happy to be back home, but we did have another hiccup with a 4 day hospitalization for her last week. (But again ~ she's home & doing great!) Needless to say . . . . I'm "BEHINDER" than ever. I'd hoped for an online show last Wednesday - Nope! Then I'd hoped for Sunday ~ Nope! BUT . . . I WILL be ready for Tuesday evening!! (Fingers and toes crossed please)
(Oh yes . . . and the From Our Hands Retreat is coming up in about 3 weeks!) EEK!
On a good note . . . I saw my leg surgeon on Thursday and
I'm done ~ released ~ graduated ~ YIPPEE A few bits to still work on, but as great as he was we are happy to have one less Dr. on the schedule right now!