Preparing for Quilt Market in Portland...quilts are 'resting' in loose lumps on the bed under Molly's supervision, of course. They have been in the suitcase, so a quick plump in the dryer and a nap were in order before they are flattened again and packed for shipping.
I would prefer to carry the quilts myself, but just in case something happens with my mom, the quilts will be there for a Schoolhouse presentation whether I go or not.
Do you think Fed Ex will ship a cat? How do cats know you have just taken something out of the dryer? I moved her once, left to get another load, and there she is again. Surely cat hair can't be seen from the audience, right?
Mom was placed under the care of Hospice last month. She is staying with me most of the time. It is a pleasure to care for her, but we both have had to adapt to the situation. Best part, is kissing her goodnight and telling her I love her and that I'll see her in the morning, and then each morning getting a good morning hug when I get her out of bed as I rub her back to ease the back pain from a long night's sleep.
I've tried, as much as possible, to continue a normal routine, teaching, working one day a week at the quilt shop, and travel for programs and workshops, and sewing. Well, not getting much sewing done. One thing I'm doing a lot of, though, is cooking! I use to complain about eating out too much and now, I long for a dinner 'out'.
I'm ok, everyday is a new day. I make lots of lists of things to do, usually losing the list. There is a lot of paper gathering around this house! Notes and records from nurses for us caregivers, bills, yuck, a journal of mom's day...now that is cool...something the caregivers started a year ago when Daddy passed away.
Speaking of Daddy, he helped me identify this quilt as Lizzie named it.
This is the antique inspiration hanging over my cupboard door.
I had asked him if he knew anything about a bird trap, he said yes, it wasn't sucessful in a very emphatic way, but did draw me two pictures of this scrap wood structure boys built to trap a bird.
What Dad drew was a Courthouse Steps block. I love the quilt I made for the book.
If any of you are going to attend Quilt Market in Portland I'm giving a Schoolhouse presentation on Lizzie's Legacy at 1:55 on Thursday, May 16. I've never been to Portland, Oregon...Market should be fun and inspiring.
Just for grins, and this doll does make me smile, here is a sweet doll given to me at the retreat I taught in March. I'm calling her Lizzie. She is dressed in one of my favorite pieces from my Wrappers collection.
I'm spending a lot of time thinking these days, musing really. Reflecting on mom's story and the events she has seen in her 93 years.
This time with her is precious, as everyday should be anyway, a treasure to behold with fond remembrances of yesterday and wonder at what tomorrow will bring.
Until next time...