And Life Goes On

Last week hubby had to go downtown for something and he said he was a little surprised to find people going about their business as if nothing had happened.  It was an interesting phenomenon and a little surreal.  For us, life will never be the same without his Mom.  That's not to say that life will not be wonderful and joyous.  But when you lose a parent, life changes. 

One of the things that I really wanted to do this week was get back to my scrapbooking.  I finally got a system of organization going so that I can actually find things.  The first pages I did were a scrapbooking challenge from Scrapper's Guide.  I should add that if you are interested in getting into digital scrapbooking, they are the ones to go to for tutorials.


The template is by Jenny Binder, the kit used is In His World by Veronica Spriggs.

I also did a page using a quick page, Blumen by Theresa Lindamood (who I was so pleased to meet up with on our trip):

On the knitting front, I started the Landscape Shawl by Evelyn Clark and have found myself a little obsessed with it.  I think it's because it's rather mindless knitting, although you do have to pay attention to stitch count and what row you're on.  If you forget a picot or add one where it's not due yet, there is no hope but to rip back.  You can't pick those puppies up (not enough yarn), or let them down (too much yarn).  I'm on the last stitch pattern, but since the rows are rather long and it's getting a little bulky to handle, I've slowed up considerably.  I have a feeling this will not be my last Landscape Shawl.


The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy.  This is a perfect pattern for a lightly variegated sock yarn.

I've also been busy stitiching a multitude of heavenly hosts for our upcoming church bazaar:


Things have kind of come to a screeching halt, however, as I have run out of water soluble stabilizer.  Our Walmart here used to carry a wonderful, cheap stabilizer, but I was dismayed to find out they no longer carry it.  I sent them a stern letter as now I'll have to make a trip over to the mainland to try and find it there.  If the Walmart there doesn't carry it, I'll have to find a new stabilizer.  I really hate it when something works, works well and then you have to find a whole new system!

Tomorrow hubby and I celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary.  We can't do much tomorrow because of some obligations around here, but will celebrate Friday by a trip off island to find stabilizer and then dinner out.   We really know how to live, don't we??

10 thoughts on “And Life Goes On

  1. Happy Anniversary! Have a great dinner out!

    Life does indeed go on. Next week my mom will have been gone 10 years. I still catch myself thinking that I should call her to talk about something. Every time we go someplace special on a trip, I stop to think how much my mom would have loved it. The sadness gets less, but the “missing them” never goes away.

  2. Sorry to hear of your loss.

    Happy anniversary to you! Celebrate fully!

    I like those angels – it is disappointing when you have to find a different system.

  3. Losing a parent is tough, and your DH’s mom sounded very special. Thinking of you both. Hope you find your stabilizer; those angels are amazing. Are they embroidered? Love the shawl color! Looks like a nice pattern.

  4. Happy Anniversary! Wes and I are celebrating 21 years tomorrow on OUR anniversary. I think that officially makes October 14th a holiday for Corgi moms, don’t you?

  5. My condolences on the passing of your mother-in-law.

    Could you find the stabilizer from a mail-order/web source? I regret not having easy access to the kinds of stores that sold notions and trimmings in NYC, but I find that if I know exactly what I want, I can find it and have it shipped. [And to make matters even worse, our local Joanne’s also closed not long ago.]

  6. Happy anniversary!
    I felt that surreal quality that your husband felt out in public after my mother died. It takes time to adjust.
    Those angels are so pretty and I’m also curious as to how you made them- crochet?

  7. So sorry about your mil, it sounds like she was a lovely woman.
    I had to laugh at the part about going to dinner and shopping for new stabilizer, as my 40th bday is Saturday, and we are going into houston friday to 2 big grocery stores that I’ve wanted to go to for a while now, just never wanted to go alone. So we are celebrating my bday by grocery shopping! lol but it’s fun to us, so I guess that’s what really matters! And being together is really what matters anyway. He took off from work a day last year and went with me to the international quilt festival in houston, that was an experience. He said to me as we were leaving, “I had no idea quilters could be so vicious over fabric!” lol was a fun day, have a wonderful anniversary!

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