Thursday, April 30, 2009

Long time since I've caught up on the blog. It has been a sad time in our family but in addition to mourning, we celebrated the life of our mother. Mom passed away on Sunday, April 19th after a good life of 89 years. April 9th, we had traveled to Virginia for a visit with her and family and spent five days taking mom out of the assisted living center. The stand out was Easter dinner at brother's home where we shared a meal with family and got to sit out in the very warm southern sun. We took her to several of her favorite places for seafood lunches, a drive through some of the national civil war parks and, best for me, a ride across the ferry at Scotland Wharf to Jamestown, VA. Mom seemed to get stronger every day, more talkative and physically stronger. We left for the Mid-Atlantic Truck Camper Rally at Tall Pines Harbor in Sanford, VA telling her we would see her again in about ten days. After three years of declining health, she just passed in her sleep on the 19th after a last great day out with my sister. She was an amazingly strong woman who loved life, the sunshine, her native VA and her family. She is missed.

The extended family came in from Maine to Florida for the funeral. The gathering gave us the opportunity to talk about mom's life from childhood to her working life to her older years. Her two sisters who are 70 and 90 years old, cousins and friends all shared many stories of our VERY large family going back to great-grandmother times. The funeral service, burial and church reception were attended by many family members and friends. The old southern traditions are very comforting.

Rather then continue with our camping trip, we chose to return to Maine. We've been clearing up winter yard debris, getting the camper and truck cleaned up and ready for the next trip.

I knitted quite a bit while on this trip. The mindless top down raglan with a basketweave design is close to the division for sleeves. It wasn't totally mindless as it got ripped often since I kept forgetting the increases.

My uncle from SC came for the funeral so got to try on the kilt hose himself. The measurements were right on and he was quite pleased with them. He'd love to have them for a bagpipe concert Memorial Day but the first one is not even done yet. Great pattern, fun knit and I've learned a lot. Doubt I'll get the DH to wear a kilt but he'd look "cute" in shorts and kilt hose.


Rachel said...

Oh, I'm sorry to hear of your loss! That sounds difficult, despite the supportive community she left behind.

The kilt hose are lovely and I love how the closed cable motif is used for calf shaping.

Kathy Walker said...

Anne, so sorry to hear about your Mom, sending you some cyber hugs (((HUGs))). Sounds like the funeral was both a happy and sad time. Hang in there, it gets easier though I am not sure we ever quite adjust to the loss.

ConnieB/CA said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, but glad you got to see her as recently as you did. I feel like my mom is still there for me even though she has been gone many years now. Cyber Hugs {{{{HUGS}}}} Connie Boulay
PS Love the socks! SIL wears a kilt on occasion, that could be a good Christmas presant.

Rebecca in CO said...

Absolutely love those kilt socks! You will really enjoy Glacier National Park. We have camped there and it is out for bears...bring warm clothes..

I too want to tell you that I'm sorry to hear about your loss..