Welcome 2012. It's here. It came before we might have been ready, but like it or not, we can't change it.
My day started at 6:15 AM when I
kicked gently rolled the husband out of bed. He had to meet Tom, a fellow blacksmith, for trip to a New Year's day "Headache Hammer-in". They would end up in Washington, Missouri at Washington Forge. I stayed in bed for about another hour and then decided it was time to get busy. All the Christmas decorations had been put away the day before. It was time now to do some laundry, dusting, scrubbing, vacuuming, and some cooking. I did sneak some sewing time in after the pork loin was roasting, the blackberry crisp was made, and the hot rolls were rising.
The one thing I really missed today was the New Year's day parade. So tomorrow when it's officially on TV, will it be called "the day after New year's day parade"? I will be glued to the TV to watch it then!
The blacksmiths came rolling back in about 4:30. Tom would be eating dinner with us.
Tom is all alone now. He lost his wife Phyllis, the love of his life, just two weeks ago today. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor in September, had surgery, and a few weeks later had surgery again for a second tumor. Three weeks later a third tumor came back and surgery was not an option.
Phyllis was the sweetest lady. She was a bee keeper, a hospice volunteer, and a quilter.
She also volunteered at our local Runge Conservation Center. Here you can see her on the right coming to see my grand kids. She was the volunteer assigned to help us on a cold, windy, April day when we had a show there.
This is one of Phyllis' unfinished quilts. Tom bought it along to see if I would be willing to finish it for him. Of course I would. I can't say no to a friend. I just hope I can do it justice and make the tiny stitches that she made.
So as we start this new year of 2012, I pray we all have our health, our happiness, and our family. It will be a new start for Tom, not an easy one. A new start for us, as we lost a friend.
Rest in peace Phyllis.