Monday, 28 January 2008
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Well, I just about feel "normal" again - I guess until Tuesday at least when we are back into the school routine.
Saturday, 26 January 2008
This is a new little addition to my sewing room ( which I am still to share in this space). BJ gave me the "inspire" for Christmas. My room certainly does that - as long as I can get in there! The little dress was one that I wore as a baby.
This week also saw another change in our family, with our eldest passing his driving test. I didn't think that seeing two boys drive off down the street together with grins from ear to ear could make a Mother feel so sick! I am also quite relieved that he does finally have his licence as it will alleviate much running around for me. Much extra praying to be done this year too!
I am off to my sewing room now, post haste, for some very long awaited fiddling time!
Monday, 21 January 2008
We headed away to the beach the morning of Grandma's death and came home just for the day to say goodbye.
It was lovely to be away and quite nice to be on the beach most days, but I wouldn't recommend the constant mobile phone interuption that I endured!!
I did stitch a little and caught up on some lovely magazine reading, so that was quite nice.
But, today was the day and I can say now, that an era in our life has certainly ended. Even though we still have out smaller shop to run, I am sure that life will settle hopefully, into a routine that is a much easier one for our family.
This year sees lots of changes with the two youngest in different schools and our big boy accepted into university. Good changes I'm sure - just a little getting used to. Now I just hope he gets his drivers licence on Wednesday - or is that thought just too scary to throw in at this stage.
Well I am definately still here, and hopefully when I get my office sorted out and the children organised for school to start next week, then I will have some time to myself!!
Looking forward to sewing and reading and baking and blogging too! I hope there is someone still out there who might pop in for a quick read.
Hoping I have something more exciting to show and tell next time.
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
Where do you possibily begin to put into words the reflection of more than forty years of loving your Grandma.
I was brought home from hospital to Grandma and Grandad’s house and for all of the time until their moving into Beauaraba Lodge I spent many days and hours in their home, Meldon Park, Pine View and Donovan Street. Each home different but always the same love and care shown there.
Sundays after church for lunch and then the afternoon with Dad helping in the dairy so that, at least one afternoon a week Grandma didn’t have to. I loved holidays with Grandma too, with little competitions that lasted for the time of the visit with of course me always being the winner in the final total. Wogs and quoits always on the list of things to do. Chips for the wood stove, eggs to gather, the dairy to visit, cows to feed, always things to do that were different from the farm where I lived.
Grandma singing, yodelling and of course whistling - so very Grandma. Her love of music always shining through and her interest and enjoyment of my music was always so evident.
I think Grandma must have been the Queen of fiddling with little bits and pieces and the creations that we were given, forever to be treasured. Golliwogs, little baby dolls dressed beautifully lying in little cradles carefully painted and decorated with lace and little satin bed clothes. Even a couple of outfits for “Barbie”. I have only recently remembered too, the beautiful little scrap pictures Grandma had and the books that they were pasted into. Of course in later years, the beautiful crochet rugs for her Great Grandchildren are more treasures for another generation to hold dear forever.
Through all her illness, her years of hard work and making do she was the loving, kind and generous Grandma any person could wish for. Never complaining, always kind and patient, these qualities have continued to be my Grandma even in these final years of her life.
The journey of grief in the gradual loss of my Grandma has been a long one. With the many stages of her dementia, I have felt the loss for so many years. But, just one smile in the past few weeks reassures me that deep inside our beautiful Mavis Ruby remained even just a small part of the Grandma I have known and loved for more than forty years.
Always there, forever in my heart and my memory, my Grandma – Mavis Ruby.
Thursday, 3 January 2008
I know I am a little behind the times here at Eleanor and Ruby, but I have just received my Moo cards in the mailbox today. It seems like ages since they were being talked about around the place in all those beautiful blogs!
It has two layers of pockets inside and I have made these to fit my sewing items like the ruler, rotary cutter, tin of pins, pencils, measuring tape, pattern etc. and of course a nice big area in the centre for the project to be carried in.
Sadly, with my lack of social interaction during the last year particularly, my little sewing pail has only been out once. I hope this all changes dramatically soon!
Well off to the sewing room - yea! I am about to start getting some stitching together to take with me to the beach - along of course with the dreaded business details too!! But hopefully the stitching and reading time will prevail!!