Sunday, January 23, 2011
The sun blessed us today and the shadows were so elegant on the snow blanketed hillside
Dear Anonymous....tell that young man I think of him almost everyday with a big smile on my face...he is sunshine to my heart. :O}
I have had a quiet day with doing mundane and yet surprisingly satisfying household chores like laundry and made an enormous pot of chili to warm our insides and tempt the warmth to stay inside us on these extreme days of frigid temperatures. Ken went out to gather a few supplies and bought another space heater to ease our chill in the man cave where we have our mutual computer set up. I transferred some images from Paris labels and Italian labels to incorporate into a mixed media 12 by 12 piece with photo transfer of my photo from our trip to Venice years ago. I have added some Italian tickets and receipts with a bit of vintage lace. I added acrylic medium on top of the additional colored pencils. I have to say I am enjoying this process even though I still have the "Fear" factor that holds me back...but working despite this hindrance seems to help me ease into other avenues. Hopefully this will help me pay the rent for February :O}!
The Stewart family of siblings are making some difficult decisions about Mom Stewart's future care. God Bless Vicki and Eric...they have given Mom total care and attention since before Christmas and their time to document the evidence and changes she is demonstrating. I am grateful that my Dad had the foresight to see the "what ifs" and make their plans with my brother Larry ...the kindest lawyer I know. When Dad died suddenly...and Mom had to learn to walk alone in her assisted living apartment many plans had already been laid...thank you Dad. I am still learning from you even today. Mom's Parkinson's disease continued to progress and the medical programs and staff were already in the ecumenical community with plans for her loving care with loving personnel and doctors. I am still wanting to call my mother every night...I miss her calm and empathetic voice listening with her heart and not passing judgment. Now if you ask her for an opinion she would gladly hand over her advice and know she will love you forever. I wear my mother's plain golden wedding ring on a chain and hold onto it as my special connection when I need reassurance from home. I know how difficult these family decisions can be and the more professional advice and legal guidance for the siblings...the easier path to follow in the future.
I have been getting the rest my body has needed ...the cold has a way of kicking me into a slower gear...it is painful to be outside but the roads are finally cleared and hopefully the sun will finish the job. I am moving art things into the car for tomorrow's return to the studio...I have really missed being there. may our weeks be blessed with sunshine and glorious discoveries! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart