I have been very touched by all your words of comfort and friendship since Grace passed away. Thank you so much everyone for your messages and emails. This last week has been a difficult one but we have now pretty much organised Grace's funeral which she wants kept 'as short as possible'. Friends will gather on Thursday to say their Goodbyes and remember happy times.
We seem to be surrounded by loss just lately. My sister-in-law lost her father just before Grace died and I heard yesterday that the lady my Mum used to cruise with died suddenly last week. I told Mum about Grace but I am tempted not to mention her cruising friend unless she does. Although it does seem that her dementia cushions the emotional impact of such news.
I am having problems blogging at the moment which I suppose is understandable. I feel overwhelmed by everything and am trying to maintain a sense of proportion. I'm not saying this for sympathy but because I know many are struggling equally with loss and grief. This last week I have struggled to think properly and have even been confused as to whether it is my Mum or Grace that had died. I suppose that is because I am also grieving for the parts of Mum that we have lost. I am conscious that I have suffered with reactive depression in the past and I don't want to go there again.
Today I decided I should try and do something positive so that I could feel a sense of achievement and not feel so overwhelmed by all the stuff in my life. I know housework isn't important at such times but you should see my house! Well, no you shouldn't, it's a tip! This morning DH and I had an albeit short session tackling the burgeoning growth in the garden and when rain forced us indoors (Hooray for rain! We need more!) I had a great time ruthlessly throwing out all the fabrics and old garments that I will never use in my textile work (Oh no I won't!). We have about 7 bags to go to the Charity (Thrift) shop and I now have space in boxes and drawers to put away some of the fabric that's laying around and cluttering up the place. Hooray for me!
I never did finish telling you about our Cornish holiday or all the wonderful textures we found and I still have to bring you photos of my gorgeous great-nephew at Easter so I will try and get back to being a good blogger soon. Meanwhile I leave you with a pic of our lovely nephew practising his walking.
Thank you all again for your friendship and I should say welcome to people who have started following recently. Hopefully normal service will be restored before long.