Discovering Marie

Thursday January 29, 2015 6:13 pm is a date and time I will never forget. This is when the call that changed my life forever came in. It was my Dad calling from Tennessee.  He said he was calling to tell me that Mom passed away. She took a nap and just never woke up. After talking with Dad I hung up and literally whaled to My Love that ” My Mom died today”. I knew one day that call would come…but I never thought it would come now.  It is so hard knowing that I will never hear her voice again. I had talked to her  for maybe two minutes the week before when she called to tell me my Aunt Katie was in the hospital and not doing well. I am feel such regret for not being a better daughter. I want to tell her how much I Love her and that I am sorry…but I can’t. Dad says she loved me. Just that morning I deleted her last text message and an old voice mail.

I learned once I was in Tennessee that she had been in a lot of pain everyday. Dad and My Sister say at least she at peace now. I am thankful that she is not in pain anymore. One can never prepare for the loss of a parent.

I took a week off from work because once I got back home there was just no way that I could function at work.   I am so very fortunate to work for an employer that told me to take all the time I needed.  Everyone overall at work have been very understanding. As if this is not enough I received a text message on  February 16, 2015 from one of my cousin’s. She wanted to let me know that Aunt Katie passed away. The services for her where local and last weekend. I could not attend…I just felt that if I did I might actually break.

One thing that I have been able to do is join a group online for those coping with the loss of a parent. It does help a bit knowing that I am not alone. Although moments like now when the tears just keep coming, when I feel an empty spot inside and all alone I wish there was somewhere I could turn.

I needed wanted to share with you all.

Mom’s high school pciture

Mom’s Birthday 2014

My parents on their last vacation together

My parents on their last vacation together

I am pretty impressed how this turned out

I am pretty impressed how this turned out

I saw that the Crochet Crowd was doing a crochet challenge and that seemed like something fun. I was a little nervous when I saw that it was an intermediate pattern. Well once I completed it I realized that maybe I am not such a beginner after all. After this hat was completed I had some yarn left over so… I found myself making these wrist warmers:

Give 'em Spirit Wrist Warmers

I will be starting another set in this yarn by Deborah Norville:

red rocks

I am also working on the heat in a lemon chiffon color for myself.

I have been wanting to make something in a pale yellow and when I saw this yarn I knew I just had to use this.

I have been wanting to make something in a pale yellow and when I saw this yarn I knew I just had to use this.

Now onto Yoga. I had been so looking forward to attending the beginners workshop. However, I had to miss it due to an unfortunate incident the day before. As some of you know I am a Medical Assistant at a pediatric practice. Well I was working with one of our autistic patients when all of a sudden he began attacking me.It was the scariest day of my life. The end result was bruised ribs, a bruised kidney and a pinched never, I am doing better a week later. I know to be completed healed it will just take time and I am trying to be patient. I am hoping to make the February Workshop.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

I have been rather busy of late.

This fall some friends turned me on to the show Dexter and all I can say is how much My Love and I have enjoyed this series. We have just finished season 7. It is kinda sad as we will be starting the last season shortly. Its totally okay to be obsessed with a serial killer right!? This shirt was a Christmas gift from one of my friends….LOVING  IT!

Sporting the Dexter Love and showing off the thinner me.

Sporting the Dexter Love and showing off the thinner me.

!I became completely obsessed with crocheting.All of a sudden I noticed I had a stash of infinity scarves and cowls. Of which I would never wear. So I contacted a local organization http://heartsforthehomeless.org/ and donated the mentioned items in addition to a couple pair of fingerless mittens and hats. It felt amazing to be able to help in this small way.

Enough said

Enough said

I finally found the time and opportunity to try Yoga. It was a-w-e-s-o-m-e. I now want to incorporate it into my life. I am so looking forward to taking a workshop on Saturday. I have purchased my first mat and am looking forward to finding and enhancing my inner light. I am so thankful when I can shop/spend  with local small business. This studio just celebrated their 1st year in business. I would totally recommend them to anyone that asks:  http://www.yogaparkside.com/. I was able to attend some of their Winter Solstice Celebration. It was a definite learning and educating experience. I learned that I am not interested in kirtan. I am however more interested in Vinyasa Flow.

In November we celebrated our 20th Anniversary. We went on a road trip to http://www.rmsc.org/. We had an great time. It was so much fun exploring and letting the kid in ourselves out.

Time to have fun

Time to have fun

20 years and still going strong

20 years and still going strong

I am looking forward to what the future holds and all the new and fun experiences ahead of me. Speaking of which I was very fortunate this holiday season to have received gifts that feed my creative side. A friend gave me the gift of learning by giving me a book, yarn and a handitool so that I can learn to knit. How much fun is that going to be.

Recently I came to the realization that I miss how I use to read and write poetry. Well I am intending on changing that and will be sharing here when the mood strikes me. On that note:

Fire and Ice by Robert Frost:

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
It is my goal to blog at least once a month….hopefully more but if not that is okay by me. I finally feel like I am living life!! it feels great!

I thought I would share this with you. I will be back in 2015!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 960 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 16 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I have really become very lax in blogging the past 6 months or so. I feel terrible about this. I really want to be a “blogger” but my life has been full. I am struggling with the decision on to stop my blog or not. I will continue to think on this as I do not want to make a hasty decision. Perhaps I will only blog monthly. I am looking forward to any feedback you may have for me.

Wow it has been awhile since I last blogged. See I developed a very bad case of Crochet Addiction. I have been crocheting daily. Actually more like ever chance I got. Well thanks to My Love I am seeing once again that there is life out there….lol

A couple weeks ago I went to my “unplugging” place. I have a friend who has a home/farm that gets no cell coverage. I do not take any other electronic devices. She owns no tv. It is my peaceful place to just be.

How can one not feel peace here:

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Farm Hand

I am hoping to get my s*** together soon and get some pictures posted of what I have made lately.
Be good to your self!!

So a couple weeks ago I decided I need to make bag to hold my yarn stash. This is the fabric I will be using. Now to just plan it out and pin. I think this is going to take me way longer to make than I had originally planned. Looking forward to this project.

So a couple weeks ago I decided I need to make bag to hold my yarn stash. This is the fabric I will be using. Now to just plan it out and pin. I think this is going to take me way longer to make than I had originally planned. Looking forward to this project.

 

When I started this shawl it was to see how it would look using 3 strands. I also was using it to determine if it would be too warm for gifts to people who live in the south. I had intended it for myself. Well I gifted it away mere moments after it was finished.

When I started this shawl it was to see how it would look using 3 strands. I also was using it to determine if it would be too warm for gifts to people who live in the south. I had intended it for myself. Well I gifted it away mere moments after it was finished.

Hi. Well it has been a bit since I last posted. Life has been busy lately. I am still crocheting. In fact I finished my 1st Shawl. It was so much fun and easy to make. I have begun another one. This one and the one after that are going to be birthday gifts. I know I know I said this was to be ny selfish hobby. Boy was I in denial!

I am still sewing. In fact I am in the midst of my biggest project yet. A bag to contain my yarn stash. Of course I can not take the easy path. I am making it a patchwork bag. It contains 5 different fabrics. I am cutting them so they are 10 inches long by 6 inches wide. Seriously wondering if I am insane.

I also have an order for an apron. And just yesterday I was asked to make a band to hold an ostomy bag in place for one of the sweetest 4 year olds I know.

Hope your enjoying your Saturday

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On July 16th I attended my first Buffalo Reading Invasion (http://buffaloreadinginvasion.com/). It was so much fun. I am looking forward to the next one. I just learned that it is scheduled for 8/3/14. I should be able to attend…yipee!
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Reading in Nature

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NAture at work

Blue Chair is mine

Get your read on

What I read

Community event

View from my spot

Library Box

Invasion ending

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Rail Station

Just this past Friday I decided I needed quality me time. So I headed to the Elmwood Village and Canalside in Buffalo, NY.
My 1st stop was at Ashker’s (http://www.ashkers.com/)
Upbeet I tried their Upbeet (Beet, Apple, Carrot and Celery)and an Egg White Vegetable Omelet. I highly recommend both!!
2nd Stop was Caffe Aroma where I deviated form my usual Iced Coffee or Macchiato. Instead I went for the Cappuccino and am not sorry for the decision. This cappuccino was spot on and I informed the barista as such!
3rd Stop was Karma Salon on a spur of the moment I decided I needed a haircut. I Yelped on my phone and Ta Da:

My super cute short summer do!

My super cute short summer do!

4th Stop was Everything Elmwood (http://www.everythingelmwood.org/). It was here that I purchased these cute notebooks and a couple of cards (that since have been mailed…oops forgot to take pictures)

Years ago I use to write poetry. I have been missing it of late. Thinking this is the perfect motivation to start again.

Years ago I use to write poetry. I have been missing it of late. Thinking this is the perfect motivation to start again.

5th stop was a spice store. I ended up with a Salt Free all purpose seasoning, Cilantro, Hungarian Paprika and Orange Peel (thinking that the latter will make a fabulous Orange infused simple syrup for Iced Coffee).
6th Stop was Lexington Coop (http://lexington.coop/). I figured can not go Canalside with out something to drink and a snack. Plus it is always a fun shopping experience. Wish we had other Coop’s locally.
7th Stop was Pearl Street Grill (http://buffalobrewerydistrict.com/pearl/node/29). I noticed the time and thought hmmm not too early for a Iced Cold Beer. I actually allowed the waiter to decide for me. All I told him was that I did not like IPA’s and was thinking something fruity. I ended up with a BlueEyed Blueberry Blonde. I enjoyed it though not something I will go out of my way for. I also had the Wild Mushroom flatbread. I was not sure what to expect but was just thrilled it contained marinaded mushrooms. It was Yummers!!
8th Stop was Canalside (http://www.canalsidebuffalo.com/). They offer something for everyone. From activities for children to concerts and an Artist Market.
9th Stop was Talking Leaves Bookstore (http://www.tleavesbooks.com/). I picked up a book of poetry and a book by an author that is new to me.

Literature is one of my passions

Literature is one of my passions

Final stop was back to at Ashker’s. I picked up their Hummus & Garden Veggie Wrap. This was delicious. It was so big that I had half for dinner and finished the other half the next day (everything was still crisp). Oh and not to mention 2 more Upbeets! Apparently I have developed an Upbeet problem…lol
Well I see this is my longest post yet! Hope you enjoyed.

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