Well, 2014 has certainly been a year. Since I was here last, I lost my Dad. As it's only been a little over 3 months since my Mom passed, the blow was especially hard. He had a massive stroke, and in a week's time, faded away. I'm so thankful to have memories of our trip to see his old battleship last year. I'm aware I have so many blessings. It's just going to take some time to get through these losses. I won't say over, because I suspect one never really gets over the loss of parents. But, I do believe there will be a time when it's not quite so raw.
I'm really enjoying the blooms while they last. So far, we've made it a bit longer than our average frost date of October 15th.
The grounds of the hospice my Dad was at were just beautiful. Each room had a patio and birdfeeder, and there were paths with a waterfall, a windchime, a multitude of blooming things, and many areas to sit. This sweet fountain was outside my Dad's room. I loved watching the birds splash about in it.
Joseph and I washed the car on Sunday. He worked on the outside, while I worked on the inside. Neither of us is prone to do this often. Both of us are thankful to have vehicles to take us where we need to go, but don't feel they are extensions of us, and certainly don't pamper them. Though I'm sure the same attention to detail was lacking, I believe my Dad was smiling on us.
I hope to be joining in with The Prudent Homemaker and Frugal Accomplishments again next week.