2013 is the year! Finally! On Saturday, May 11th, my mother and I traveled to Indian Head to join Tammy at the Annual Mother/Daughter Tea at her church. I have been trying to get there for years. While our daughters weren’t there, we were able to make over Darren’s. My niece Niki is a walking hug; and the addition of her Vanna and friend, Paulette, made our table perfect. And at a neighboring table, my niece, Pam, and her Cheyenne, welcomed her sister and mother. The female energy in the room was so powerful. So, why did we allow men to run the world again?
The theme was Heirlooms & Lace. This centerpiece is amazing.
I have always been so focused on the mother/daughter part of the gathering that I missed the fact that this was a TEA PARTY! Oh my…
Is anything better than mismatched teacups?
I’ve been obsessing a bit on the domestic arts lately. Maybe I knew I would see this table.
The Village Green at “the top of the hill” in Indian Head
Mom and I zipped around town before the tea. This shot captures my childhood. I spent many hours on the Green…from firework displays to Halloween costume parades while in elementary school to quiet times sitting on the fountain (where did the rocks come from?) during a solitary bike ride…thanks for letting me drive up, Mom.
Next time, the adventure continues with the other women in my family!
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Yep…I’m still here! While winding up activities started yesterday…which was not only National Scrapbook Day but also National Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!), I stopped and sat my posterior down to write! Finally! We chose TriVista as our blog title to emphasize the 3 characters, words, lives reflected here. As I read through what my Dear Friends have added over the last month and delight in their words and imagery, I regret that my view is missing. My apologies. After all, the triangle is one of our most esthetic yet strongest structures. So in typical random fashion…
These 2 bushes were all that remained alive at our entrance. Action was required. Kate, The Littles and Grammy headed to Lowe’s for new plantings! We spent a too-perfect Sunday digging, raking and giggling. I’ll add a picture as the area fills in.
A heartfelt gift from our Consortium family
Each year during April’s Autism Awareness Month, Autism Delaware and the Sussex Consortium offer a First Responders workshop focused on understanding/serving our folks and others with verbal communication/neurological differences. The 2013 session was in Jonathan’s memory; Jim + I were asked to provide the “human” side of the information. Well, Jim wasn’t quite “ready for Primetime,” as he said, so I put on my public speaking face and sallied forth. I spoke first. I did well…Jonny’s big smile behind me on the projection screen, hitting my points, mixing humor throughout. But to my surprise, as the day progressed, the autism experts kept referring to Jon’s experiences and deferring to me for comment. That old knot in the stomach came and went…tearing up only occasionally. Then as the day drew to an end, Pam Graves…who started out as Jon’s para when he was about 6 years old and ended as his teacher/transition coach for years 14-21…stepped forward and began to speak in a shaking voice. “You know, we lost Jonathan last year…” She presented me with the gift above. Pam hopes to place it deep in the sand at the spot where Jim spread his ashes. The group had come together to literally solidify how much they loved Jonathan and love us. I was taken aback at first…despite its beauty, this felt like a grave marker. But, the signs are everywhere. Laura’s sky-reaching release of Mom, the Marina Day hat (epic) story and, of course, the timing. We are entering the rapids of our first year without Bubba. On May 7th, he was near death when he entered the hospital for the first time. We thank the heavens that we have Loved Ones in the raft, paddles at the ready. And, Jonny’s hand on our shoulders yet again.
This smile fills me up.
Let me present Healthy Man! While this super-hero is sitting instead of digging the holes for our plantings, he is cancer-free and more himself than he has been in 2 years. Maybe longer. Surgical recovery was painful + demanding; it was particularly hard given Jim had never been through any of the hospital stay/home care scenario. But, slow and steady wins the race has been our life together and will continue to be. I’m just thrilled at the prospect of what our future holds…starting with a trip to Idaho in September where I will meet his NASBLA family after 16 years! Yee-ha.
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Happy May Day!
May your everyday this merry month of May be filled with bright and happy flowers!
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Excellent first novel! Page turner! It was a challenge for me to fully visualize the silo and I can’t wait to see what Ridley Scott does with this book as a movie. Two thumbs up!
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Snippet one pix: In the background is Wheel of Life by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, her bio is extraordinary and her research and beliefs have brought me much comfort since Marina’s death. I volunteered a ‘guest book’ to be passed around and found I had a hand pressed paper journal with blank pages and a purple cover. Perfect! It was passed around over the weekend for Marina lovers to share their love with Sharon and Mike. ♥ I haven’t written in it yet, and am collecting notes to add from anyone who missed sharing or who wasn’t there in person. Will wing to Sharon as soon as it’s ready. The angels were Marina’s and Sharon gifted them to me as a keepsake. What treasure. The baggie is from the scattering of the ashes and still holds smidgens of Marina. I walked along Pine Lake and closed my eyes holding Marina in my inner eye and picked up a smooth stone as a talisman. There were so many exquisite moments to savor and share…one snippet at a time.
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Honoré here: Among stampers, scrappers, quilters and other artisans is an internet meme: What’s On your Workdesk Wednesday, started by Julia of Stamping-Ground. Today, Wednesday 4/24/2013 marks the meme’s 203rd week.
Always on my workdeskS <—-note the plural—> are numerous projects offering me a variety of choices (aka as various states of undone/to do). And these workdesks/projects are in several rooms of my house: my sewing and craft studios, the Great Room with the TV; the second floor landing; etc. My biggest hurdle is deciding what to do!
I remember that one of my most favorite childhood books had a similar title of what to do next? Well, I decided that today my what to do next? would include posting to this blog since I have really been too silent. And also on my list:
- Install Photoshop Elements 10. I am taking a Big Picture Class: Clean & Simple, The Workshop taught by Cathy Zielske. The class is on creating hybrid scrapbook pages using PSE and tomorrow is the fourth week. Kinda hard to do the weekly challenges without the software…you think? (Though registration is now closed, this link gives you a great overview of the class. Cathy’s classes are rad and she has several self-paced available plus features all sorts of tutorials on her blog; check her out.)
- Trim Project Life photos. I spent a goodly portion of yesterday printing and trimming photos – I have just a few more to do. Then I can begin the journaling process and possibly finish before I leave for a week of quilting in Oregon…
- Take a L-O-N-G walk. Technically, this isn’t on my workdesk but it is on my ToDo list for today. We’ve had an iffy spring…still on the coolish side but today promises to be in the mid ’70s and the sun is shining and the dogwood trees are in bloom and I’m planning to take advantage of the weather.
So, there, you have it and now, it’s time for me to get a move on. Have a great Wednesday…and I hope you get to some of the fun items on your workdesk, too.
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These sisters are the best kids EVER & I’m blessed to have them as my friends and pen pals! I’ll see you in May MoMo & Papaya! ♥
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