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March 08, 2009

Sadness and stitching

The past week has been quite difficult for me. We had to say farewell to a beloved familymember, my uncle. He was even closer to me than my own father, and I'm going to miss him. He passed away after been taken care of in a nursery home, and my DH and I visited him regularly. I know he suffered a lot, knowing he couldn't take care of himself anymore, after a severe stroke, and not being able to walk, to get dressed himself, being dependent on other people who took care of him. That is what he suffered the most, I think, not to be independent. So last Sunday we drove to the other side of the country, to say goodbye to him. Monday I had to go to work, Tuesday we went to the funeral, and the rest of the week I had to go to work again. So last Friday I was really tired, and what kept me on my feet? Yes, stitching!
I always take something to stitch with me when DH and I go on a car ride. On our trips to the western part of the Netherlands I started a new LHN, Reading.

The evenings, I spent stitching, nothing unusual, but I even took some more time to stitch, and less time to surf the internet, read blogs and take part in groups, I just didn't feel like it. So I can show some progress on my Family Village, it already starts to look like a small village. Remember this is just the top of the piece, there is going to be a lot more. I have plans, but they can change on the way, and I don't think this will be finished next year LOL

My Mystery XI also got some progress, I finished the right border, except the beading, that is still waiting till I finished all the stitching. I think that will take a month too, so I hope to start the next Chatelaine, Holland Spring, the 1st of May.

And some progress on Vibrant Vista, I just joined Our Friends' HAED SAL and I am planning to stitch on Vibrant Vista every Thursday evening.


too_busy_to_stitch said...

So sorry to hear your news Joke - so sad. Your stitching is beautiful - love that Chatelaine so much.

Pike said...

Sorry to hear about your uncle... That is stressful. Glad you still have your stitching!

Ellen said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. Stitching really helps to ease the pain and sadness. Great progress on your wips. I like how your neighbourhood is coming along.


Debra said...

your wips are looking good. What does Vibrant Vista look like when finished?

Mich said...

Sorry om dit droevige nieuws te horen over je nonkel. Ik hoop toch dat je de fijnste herinneringen aan hem kan bewaren.

Leuk dat je ook meedoet aan de HAED's SAL, ik kom je ook aanmoedigen hoor !!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to read about our uncle - it's always painful to lose someone dear, no matter how ill. I hope your stitching will help your healing. Your mandala is really gorgeous!

WendyJo said...

Very sorry to hear about your Uncle's passing thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

Your stitching projects are looking beautiful.

I have found my stitching to be of great comfort, especially during difficult times in my life.

Hugs to you

Wendy Jo

Vicky L said...

I am sorry about your uncle. I will put you in my prayers.
Your stitching is coming along great. The Chatelaine is gorgeous. You do such great work.

Kathy said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Uncle. I understand your sadness. Especially since I recently lost my Mom. :( My heartfelt sympathies to you. I too understand how important and healing your stitching can be right now. Just take it one day at a time.
All you stitching is gorgeous. Take care and keep on stitching.

omashee aka Barb said...

Please accept my condolences for the loss of your dear uncle.
Your stitching is beautiful, so glad it brings you peace. Hugs...

Brigitte said...

Sorry to hear about your uncle. And it's good to know that we have our stitching which really gives us some comfort adn calm in these times.
I love your progress on your projects. They look so nice.

Wendy said...

Mijn oprechte deelneming voor het overlijden van je oom! Probeer de mooiste herinneringen van hem te bewaren.

Leuk dat je meedoet met onze HAED SAL, ik zal je zeker ook aanmoedigen om verder te doen.

Mylene said...

I am so sorry to hear of the sad news.

All your progress are looking great.

Cindy F. said...

Oh girl...I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle's passing. How wonderful you and dh spent so much time with him. Losing independence has to be horrible, but having family with him surely eased that for him.
Incredible progress on all of your wip's!

Annemiek said...

Oh Joke, gecondoleerd met het verlies van je oom. Het zal wel even duren voor dit een plekje heeft gevonden. Heel fijn dat jullie wel vaak op bezoek zijn geweest.
En je borduurwerk ziet er prachtig uit, zoals gebruikelijk.

stitchinfiend said...

Joke was sad to hear your news. Stitching is wonderful therapy and I don't know what we would do with out it. I love your neighbour.

Janaina said...

I told you earlier and I tell you now: you are not alone.
Receive a big ug from Brasil, Joke.
Love you!