My nephew at a nearby park we visited 🙂
Well, that was a long break, wasn’t it?
I didn’t mean to take so much time off and I’m sorry to those of you who were worried 😉
On Friday I went to the Atlanta area for my nephew’s graduation and to see my dad, then spend time with my mom. I can’t believe my nephew has graduated high school. He is such an amazing kid, and I’m glad I was so close to him for so long when he was younger so we still have a pretty strong relationship. He’s also as big a fan of nature as my mom and I are, so he really enjoys spending time with us doing things outdoors. Which we did in between rainy days and had a wonderful time. I’m grateful that he is so close with my mom as well.
Anyway, I only came home last night around midnight, so I was gone for five days. My sister and niece left for Florida with my dad and step-mom on Saturday so my mom and I had the rest of the weekend and beginning of the week to do things together, and guess what I did??
I made a quilt! Well, obviously it’s not finished yet, but I pieced it (it’s a 60×60 throw), got the backing ready, and am now waiting for my organic cotton batting to arrive so I can baste it and start quilting. By hand. I’m sort of nervous about that last part, I’ve never quilted such a big piece before, and it’s been two decades since I have done any quilting at all, but I don’t have a sewing machine, and I’d like to try and do it myself instead of send it away for quilting. So…we’ll see how it goes! I’ll share pictures of it once I get it more together. (who wants to take a wild guess at the color scheme??? Leo’s comment was “you really went out on a limb there…”)
I’m not going to lie, it was sometimes frustrating to work so closely on a project with my mother for so many days, but it was more enjoyable than not. She is a perfectionist if there ever was one, and where I get a lot of my tendencies I am trying to overcome LOL. Overall, I had the most wonderful time and although I’m happy to be home to Leo and Dagny, I always have a very hard time leaving my family.
My stepson arrives for the summer on Saturday, so I’ll be busy and distracted for a while, but wow…at the airport I just felt such a wave of sadness leaving my mother; it is harder and harder every time. My parents are in amazing health and very active, etc., but my mother is alone at home, and I can’t help worrying. I also just enjoy spending time with both my parents, doing nothing (we worked a puzzle, sat outside and just talked, went to REI…) and want to do it as much as possible, before I can’t anymore. And yes, I am incredibly lucky and grateful that I can see them as much as I do, but it’s never the same as living nearby, instead of a plane-ride away.
And wow, Atlanta was in rare form this trip. It rained quite a bit, but it was mostly not-too-hot, and just beautiful outside. I miss living there too: the trees…the GREEN…the parks.
If you live far away from your parents, how do you handle it?