Friday, October 24, 2014

Farewell my friend..travelin' on...

There have been many, many changes in my life since I posted last in January. Many of them difficult, some extremely difficult and some that hold promise for some future brightness. The tale of the past year plus is long...way too long, in fact. In March of 2014, my journey with Ebony, the travelin' cat, came to an end. It was one of the hardest decisions and actions of my life, but it was what was best for her. Even 7 months later, I miss turning around to find that little black face right at my elbow. For all her stand-offishness, she liked to be close to where ever I was. I miss her instant purr when I reached out to stroke her back or head. The list goes on, but enough of that. I am in a completely new location now. I have left the valley where I have spent the past 30 years and now live in a larger community. I do not know a single soul living here. The kids decided I needed to be closer to them, and I appreciate that. They don't realize however, that everything that is familiar is now missing from my days. I am starting over to establish some sort of familiar routine to each day. I have been sewing, which is good. Still working on those confounded UFO's of mine. Presently the challenge is Bonnie's 2008 mystery, Orange Crush, LOL. Yes, and it's NOT the oldest one, LOL. I will try to get back in the routine of sharing things with you here, in Blogland.

23 comments:

Scrappy quilter said...

Oh my friend it is so good to see you blogging again. I've often wondered how you are doing. Hope to see many more posts from you. I've gotten back to blogging too a few months ago. Going slowly on it however quilting like crazy. Hugs

Brenda said...

Nice to hear the updates in your life.

scraphappy said...

So happy to hear from you again. Hope that things will start to feel familiar soon. I can only imagine moving to a new place after so many years. Best of luck with the UFO list. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Marei said...

It's good to have you back. Although I don't think I ever commented on your blog, I loved to read about your life in rural Wisconsin.....I lived in a small village in WI and your observations always struck home for me. I'm not one who believes in moving mom so "she's closer to us" for the very reason you stated. YOUR the one having to remake your life and it's not always easy. I hope life goes well for you and that you find your place in your new community. I'm sorry, too, for the loss of Ebony.

Jeanne said...

Sending you a hello and a hug.
Jeanne

diane said...

Wonderful to see a post from you. Missed your posts but understand life does get in the way. Sorry to hear about Ebony. It is such a hard one to lose your fur baby. they are family. Take care of yourself and know your readers are thinking of you.

Judy S. said...

Wow, Finn, it is so great to see your post! Sorry about your kitty; that's a hard one for sure. So, where are you now, still in WI?

KaHolly said...

So glad to see you back!! You might be in a new and strange place but you have friends/family right here!! Keep those posts coming!

Melanie said...

Never easy losing those you love. How wonderful your family must love having you closer... Hope the needle and thread heals your heart-- patches it -- so to speak.... Find a smile in your pocket....

Carolyn said...

Finn, it's good to hear from you. We both disappeared from blogland in January. So sorry to read about Ebony, it's hard to lose our beloved pets. I'm glad to see you are safe and well, even if the routines and familiar places have changed. I'm glad you have sewing to bring you comfort. I look forward to hearing more from you. I miss the old blogs, the ones who weren't selling themselves, the ones like yours!

Sunna Reyr said...

Hello and nice to have you back, sorry about Ebony and I hope you will get to know some new quilty friends near you.

Looking forward to see more of your lovely work. Orange Crush was the first mystery quilt I ever made and I never forget how very, very proud and overwhelmed I was when it was finished.

Chris said...

I agree with everyone who also commented. It's good to see you back. See if there is a quilt guild in your new city. I have made wonderful friends and found lots to keep me busy through them. I am sorry to read about Ebony. We have always had Great Danes who are short-lived. We deal with the sadness each passing brings by knowing that it has made room for a new pet, a new personality to get to know. I hope to read more from you, I've missed your blog.

Paula, the quilter said...

Just wanted to say hi. I have an armful of sleeping baby granddaughter so I can't do much. It's a good delemna to have.

Sunna Reyr said...

I tried to comment earlier, but it didn't work out. So here goes again.

Glad to see you posting again. Sorry about Ebony, losing a beloved pet is hard. And I'm sure, with time, you will get to know some new quilting friends.

Gypsy Quilter said...

It's so good to hear from you, but such sad news about dear kitty. I know you miss her. Hope you can get settled in soon and sew more each day.

Angie said...

Oh dear Finnie, it is soooo good to see you back here, girlfriend. :) I have missed you. I am sad that little Ebony is not at your feet now (not that you can see, anyway---she's still there, tho). Maybe in time a new kitty will adopt you for their own. ;) I am sending hugs of light and delight to you. :)

Barbara C said...

It's good to see you posting again Finn. My sympathies on losing Ebby. That must be a difficult change for you. I hope you find ways to re-build community both in your new place and with your old on-line friends.

Karen said...

So happy to see a post from you after all these months. Sad to read about Ebony. You have my sympathy and understanding.

Purple Pam said...

Glad to read you are sewing and posting again. Sorry to read about Ebony. I am sure you will find friends and familiar things in your new environment. Keep smiling.

Debra said...

I am a new follower..but very sorry to hear of your loss of your kitty, Ebony. We lost Suzi, our 13 year old tuxedo cat at the end of Sept. I clearly understand your pain. Hope to stop back again soon.

Diannia said...

So sorry to hear about Ebony. This year I had to let two dogs and a cat cross over that rainbow bridge. But 2 little tom cats joined us in October. I was attending a fall festival in the state next to us and was about 150 miles from home. They were in a cage at one of the stops and came right up to me trying to put their paws through the cage. I couldn't pick one and leave one behind so they came home with me. Then my nephew had a sweet little miniature Australian shepherd he rescued from the local humane society. He works long hours and Ella was spending that time alone in a cage so I started keeping her a couple of days a week. Ella decided she is a country dog and doesn't want to go back to town. So my family has expanded! All 3 of them (plus my little black terrier) all have to join me in the sewing room.

Tricia Sagen said...

Wow. Every once in a while I click on your blog, barely daring to hope that you would have posted...and you finally did! I am so sorry for the string of losses and struggles that you have been through recently, but I am glad that you have re-joined us here in Blogland. We are all here to support and cheer you on in your new life adventures.

{Geo}Holly said...

Finn! So good to see you posting here again. You've been missed. Sorry about Ebony. Looking forward to hearing about your new location and the places you will go and the people you will meet :)