This month (October) marks the one year anniversary of my mom’s death. The year has passed quickly. On the whole, I am doing well with the grief. I am blessed with an amazing support system that I can lean on any time. The anniversary of her death (October 11th) came and went without any major issues. I called my dad the day before and the day after, as I knew that everyone would call the day of. He has a philosophical perspective on my mom’s death which is tied in with his believes about nature and the uncertainty of the universe. However, it is obvious that he still struggles with the pain of loss on a daily basis. I am thankful that my sister and brother-in-law are there to support him and that he has the grandkids to take him out of his head. I get frustrated that I am unable to do more because of my geographic distance from him. However, I am not sure if I were any closer that I would feel any more satisfied that I am doing enough.
The passing of my beloved baby Frida, initiated the search for another dog. After several days spent looking, Lana (picture below) was found. Lana (which means wool in Spanish) is a Labradoodle. She was born on June 19th and is full throttle in the puppy stage. Having a puppy in the house is fascinating. Everything I learned in school about Behavorism is relevant in her training. . She’s a big time cuddler and loves to play in the rain. She is currently in puppy school and is doing amazing (she was potty trained in only a few days). She’s definitely a bright spot in my day.
Although I have been doing a lot of crafting (particularly quilting, knitting and weaving), the majority of the pieces I have given away as gifts. When I give someone a gift, I don’t like to post pictures of it as I feel it is theirs (if they choose to share pictures of the gift, that’s great). So, what is posted below is a few of the random projects I’ve done since my last blog post, as well as a pair of socks I’m working on