Feb. 13 was the date of my last entry here: what a lot has happened. My mother turned 95. I went to a John Burroughs (St. Louis - actually Ladue, MO - high school) gathering in Washington, DC. A few days after I came back, took Mom to the doctor and she was hospitalized for pneumonia, and we learned she'd had a heart attack as well. Spent a week in hospital with her, then home with hospice care, and on March 19, after what finally were peaceful days together, she slipped away quietly in her sleep. So today, Mothers' Day, was a tough day for Dad and me. We've been going to church regularly since Mom died (did not go before, not wanting to leave her) but both of us felt that that would be too hard today. Dad slept most all day but enjoyed quiche for dinner with me.
We had a memorial service for Mom right here, a month after her death, when my brother was able to be here. Wanted to have it here in her environment, to let people see her beautiful artwork that fills the walls. We put up photo boards showing happy times throughout her life. And guests saw the peony garden which I'd planted with Mom in mind, and which has been dressed up now as a memorial garden. Photos of the memorial gathering are on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150581397115405.666310.744610404
So there has been a lot to deal with in these last few months. I've been getting to spring garden cleanup a bit late. There is always some comfort in the renewal of life that spring brings, but I'm sad not to be able to bring all the beautiful flowers in to Mom any more. I did take Mothers' Day peony bouquets to neighbors who kindly mow my roadside strips of land. Sharing flowers is always a pleasure.
Gardening can be both therapeutic and exhausting, so I'm putting in some long days outside. I got the indoor painting / touch ups done in time for the BBAV inspection in early April, but still have some exterior work to do. The gardens are so eye-catching, the rest doesn't seem very worrying.
Guest bookings are picking up now, it looks like the rest of spring and early summer will be full and lively here, and that's a happy situation. I'll get back to normal posting soon and talk about some of the other developments here and local events. For now, I sign off, hoping friends far and wide have been able to enjoy good things this Mothers' Day.