Life has had it's ups and downs in the past six months. Sadly, my father passed away last spring, just six months after my mother's passing. It was unexpected, although we knew that his lungs were bad after 69 years of smoking. He was admitted to hospital on a Sunday and passed on the Tuesday morning. We are thankful that he went quickly as it was how he would have wanted it. I have realized that it is hard losing the first parent but even harder when the second on leaves. The connection is lost when both parents are gone. It feels strange to be an orphan, even at the age of 50.
On a happy note, my brother Andrew along with Chantal and little Thomas came to visit for three weeks this summer. It was a great time and so amazing to have so much time together with both my brother and sister. We had lots of fun and having a four year old around was terrific.
On the scrappy front, I have slowly been getting back into it as I work on a summer album documenting our memories of Andrew's visit. It took my favourite muse, Tom to get me going again. When I took my scrappy break I was able to purge a lot of older supplies and stuff that I had too much of. This seems to have helped the creative process. Much of my stuff is still packed away and I just have my favourites out for easy use. On the horizon I am planning on getting into some art journaling. More on that later. I finally found some inspiration for this in a more paper friendly mode. I am still afraid of wet medium although, Color Shine is my friend now. ;)
I am happy to report that I knit over 30 hats for charity this year. They will be donated to some inner city schools this month along with 140 pairs of mittens that my MIL has knit.
I'm currently working on this pair of mittens as a gift for one of our neighbours from the condo. It is Rowan wool in 100% wool. My new favourite yarn!
Wishing you all a wonderful fall day! :)