Monday, July 20, 2009

So, time to update on my crazy life. Last time I posted, my Dad was undergoing pherisis for TTP, and the doctors were trying to figure out what was going on with him. Long story short, on May 22nd, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, of unknown origin (they couldn't pinpoint the source because it was so advanced). He went home on oxygen for a couple of weeks and had chemo as an outpatient. Then he got sick with pneumonia, spent a few days in the hospital and then went home on June 18th, with the intention of Hospice at home startign the next day. But on the morning of June 19th, with Mom, my nephew, and a friend of my nephew's at home with him, Dad passed away. The weeks since then have been busy, with my brothers and I helping Mom as much as possible, and trying to just get over our grief. The good thing about it all was that Dad passed away without suffering from pain, it went quickly, and he was at home (like he wanted.

During this time, I've also been working quite a bit, and finding that I am loving this job.

At home, Thing One is at day camp this week (and I'm enjoying that break!), and Thing Two is happy to have me to himself for a while. I'm working on sorting out some of my scrap bins...I've been cutting strips into various widths and sticking them in ziploc bags according to Bonnie's system. I've also been working on some block of the month stitchery projects that I'm behind on. No pictures of those yet. I've completed projects for two Christmas in July Swaps, both of which were mailed last week. I'll share pictures of those once they arrive at their destinations (one here in the US, the other far far away).

I did complete this tote bag back in early June. I like it a lot, but it is a little on the small side for me to use as my everyday bag. I also made myself a lunch bag for work. I'll get pictures of that to share tomorrow.



7 comments:

Terry said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. But glad he could be at home until the end.

Your tote bag is very cute! :0)

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. take care.

chammer1 said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure you Mom appreciated all your help and that you could lean on each other. It's good to see you are getting back into doing what you love. I just love the bag you made with the angel, flowers, rick-rack and embroidery. It is positively adorable.
Take care. ~ Cheryl

Chookyblue...... said...

sorry to hear about the loss of your dad..........but like you say so good he didn't suffer to much...still doesn't make it easy for you though.....you love and miss him....

...so nice to see you back in blogland..........your bag is beautiful.......take care......

Stephanie said...

So sorry for your loss. Busy hands are helpful. Your bag is a beauty.

Kim said...

Be very kind to yourself during this time of grieving it takes a long time to heal....
So sorry for your loss.

Sewing is such a great therapy
Happy sewing

Carol E. said...

Oh, I'm sad to hear of the loss of your dad. I hope you are being careful with yourself and that you and your mom and everyone feels comfort from friends and people around you. On a happy note, it's great to hear that you love your job! That's Big!