Monday, October 27, 2014

Another Loss



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.

8 comments:

Suzie Simplelife said...

Laurie I am so sorry to hear of you dad passing. It is such a hard time watching our parents battle illness. My own father is very ill and has been for a long time. Thankfully I still have both parents, in their 80's, but know my time with them will be limited. It's great that you have lovely memories of your recent trip with your dad. My condolences on your loss.

cookingwithgas said...

Raw, so true. I'm so sorry for the loss of both parents so quick. Hold those memories dear to you. Cry, cry, cry. I do my best crying in the driver's seat....

Laurie said...

Thank you, Suzie. Each day is a gift, isn't it? M- just told my sister the other day that I did most of my crying in the car... time to think, I suppose.

Mrs. Mac said...

I'm so sad to read this news and sorry for your loss.

April said...

I am sorry for your loss. I thought the little boy fountain at the hospice was a sweet way to think of your father.

Michèle Hastings said...

I was very sad for you when I heard that you also lost your Dad, especially so soon after your mother. I always thought that since my parents lived such a good long life, that their loss would be easier... I was so wrong. My Dad is still here but has definitely declined since my mother died.
Time and tears help with the pain. I have done a lot of car crying over the last 6 years!

Laurie said...

Thank you, Mrs. Mac, April, & Michele. The service was held today, and many tears were shed. Hopefully, time, tears and good memories will help ease the loss.

Shara said...

I'm very sorry. I know how hard it is to lose those we love. Take the time to take care of yourself.