Life seems to be one long list at the moment! We have been able to arrange a service in our Village Church.Mum loved this little Church and tucked in her purse was the collection she had saved for the next service before she had her fall.
Sadly the crematorium is really busy in our area so although our little village church could have arranged the funeral for this next week we have to wait another week for a slot at the Crematorium for our final "Goodbyes" to Mum.
Of course we have managed to catch up some much needed sleep. We have reminisced and talked about Mum. But there really is a lot to arrange. Phone calls across the country and across the world. A need to double check with everybody as this is our last chance to remember Mum, and say farewell.
The first thing I did was to find a photo of a happy time with Mum. That was easy. She loved coming to visit us in Spain. She loved the sunshine and blue skies. This picture says it all. Holding hands and looking so happy.I have put it on the kitchen table and it is helping us so much to leave those long dark days in the hospital behind us. I will get a frame for this photo very soon, but just for now it is just about perfect.
distraction.Soothing and comforting.
I know myself really well, but, my goodness I have learnt a lot about myself in the last week. I am really good at starting projects and I am even better at abandoning them!!
I usually get back to them at some point. But, to stop them pricking my conscience I put them in the cupboard of doom, also known as the understairs cupboard!
I have no idea why this gorgeous chevron blanket is in there.
But, I know exactly why my first foray at sock making is there. Blimmin' things!
Things that I can enjoy "on the go" things that take little thought as I watch the television in the evenings.
But the BIG blanket is special. I did try bringing it downstairs when I was whip stitching the squares but made a mistake and swore loudly!
I, of course can make sweet little piles of squares.
But I want to see it growing.And, my goodness it is growing!
But I want it for a king size bed so it has got a lot more growing to do yet!
I have sewn over 350 little squares together and it took me a while to realise that it is much easier to sew the squares together as you work if you have the blanket upside down.
This also ensures you can not ignore all the ends that need sewing in! I never do those as I am working but I have this time! What a relief that will be.
I had a complete wobble the other night. Was it going to be too heavy? Was it going to be too big? How will I ever manage all those rounds of crochet to make a border? Do I actually like it enough to finish it? Would I still think of Iris in a sad way every time I looked at it?
All those questions were enough to send me on a Google Hunt and just for a moment A Bactus scarf pattern winked at me very loudly.
But, I don't want this blanket to go into hiding. That would make me much sadder. I want to finish it. I decided actually it reminded me of Elmer and my time with "the littlies" so I got the books out and read them to myself and I decided I WILL finish this blanket.I will look forward to reading the stories to William as he cuddles down under such a happy blanket.
It will not be an Iris blanket but it will remind me of the love we shared.
I also got out some balls of wool from my stash. Iris coloured wool.
So when I have finished the BIG blanket my next project will be a blanket for Mrs Twins and it will be called Iris and I will attach a little card and send it on its way with love from all the family.