Greetings to all my blog friends! I've been so out of the online loop since I got back from Italy. Hope all is well with all of you. My fingers are crossed for an Obama victory tomorrow for those of you to the south!
There is not a lot new going on with me lately...I've been spending much time holding friends and family in my heart. The days since my return have been touched by sadness, but also moments of joy.
My uncle (by marriage-subsequent divorce) just passed away, so my first cousins have lost their father. The service last week was a celebration of his life though, rather than a sad funeral, which was a better way to say good-bye...although of course there were still lots of tears along with the laughter. He'd had a lucid moment in the hospital just prior to his death, and was able to say some words that brought great peace to his youngest daughter, with whom I have always felt close even though we see each other rarely...she said it was the best gift he could have given her.
I want to ask everyone to keep my friend Tricia in your hearts and prayers. Tricia recently lost her beautiful young niece in a tragic accident, and was in much pain last week when she left to travel home to be with her family. I was able to give her a prayer shawl from the prayer shawl ministry at my church (and even more special, it was one that I had knit myself) and know she felt comforted in its embrace.
There have also been celebrations. Today is my sister's birthday so HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LYNN!!! We celebrated my grandmother's 85th birthday on Sunday, so will celebrate Lynn's birthday next week in combination with my mom's birthday (with my niece's b'day soon to follow in early Dec.) Lynn's day was tinged with missing Floyd, who was such a celebrator of life's occasions. She and I got together at lunchtime and had a lovely walk around Halifax's beautiful South End.
And Halloween of course is always fun. M and K cooked up plans to trick or treat together (gee, what a surprise!). Valerie and I started out walking around with the girls, but soon decided they were old enough not to need packmules, so ditched them and went back to her house. M and I had been both going to stay overnight, but Valerie got a call from a young woman who really needed her care and support. I was welcome to stay anyway, but just didn't seem like a good time for a late night of visiting, so I went home. Ah, friendship with a minister...it's not the usual fare. But hey, I have passed her "true test of friendship: spending time with her husband" so gosh, we must be bonded for life now! :) lol
So that's what I've been up to. I promise to get some photos up as soon as I find time to sort through and resize them. I did get some up on facebook already, because I can upload 60 at a time in original size...but of course that doesn't do my SlowTrav friends any good! Alas ST is rather more cumbersome when comes to uploading photos.