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Friday, November 28, 2008

Faraway Places and Home



This is the journal page for the Wednesday Stamper exotic places challenge. My dream is to go to Anahata's Art Retreat in Bali, Indonesia next March, but I don't think that's going to happen, since I will be in school then . It's fun to dream though.

Our family had some sad news yesterday. My step-father, Gerry, passed away. He and mother had been married 26 years, the same length of time as Mr. Al and me. They were truly kindred spirits. They both loved to play golf and laugh, and Gerry took a lot of the photographs Mother's freelance work for Mississippi Magazine. He liked to cook and had a quite reputation as a card shark. My favorite memory of Gerry is the one of him driving around town in a golf cart because his car was broken down. He didn't even seem to notice that he wasn't driving a real car. If he wanted to go out for breakfast or to the country club to play gin rummy, he'd just jump in his golf cart and ease on down the road. I think losing him is going to be very hard on Mother, but, fortunately, my niece Emily and her little boy Alex live with Mother and can help be with her during the first hard months. Ava, Mr. Al and all the rest of our kids are on our way to Mississippi to be with her, so I'll be away until Monday night. Please keep Mother in your prayers. She's going to be very lonesome.

Love,
Alberta

19 comments:

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I am very sorry for your loss Alberta. Blessings to you and your family. I hope you get to go on that trip to Bali! This piece is awesome! oxo

Stempelchaotin said...

Oh wow this is so colorful.
Fantastic and impressive creation.

herminesplace said...

So sorry for your loss. Wishing you all the strenth you need.
You page is gorgeous.

Femmy said...

so sorry for your loss.
your card is just fabulous!!

Rosie said...

Love your colourful Balinese dream Alberta! So sorry for Gary's passing... he sounds amazing - a real character. You'll have to make Mother a shrine full of colour for next year's Dia de Los Muertos - it might help...
Hugs
Rosie

Leslie said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I pray for healing and comfort for your Mom and all that loved your Dad.

Your Bali page is beautiful and I hope your dream comes true.

Blessings,

Leslie

Willy said...

I'm very sorry for your loss, Alberta. Your page is GREAT!

Seeking Simplicity said...

The Bali page is very exotic and I love the color. The color tugs at my heart. Bali would be a fantastic trip.

I'm also very sorry for the passing of your step-father. My father is in the hospital with lung problems so this Thanksgiving was very different. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

craftyhala said...

Sorry for the loss of your step-father. I will be thinking of your mother. Love the golf cart story.
The page has such rich and well, gorgeous color.
Take care of you , your family and of course your mom.
Love to you all, Mahala

Barbara Hagerty said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear the very sad news! I will keep your mother in my prayers!

And hold on to those dreams! Sometimes they do come true, and when you least expect it! I have often thought about Anahata's retreat...it is the happiest of artistic fantasies! Keeping my fingers crossed for both of us.....XOXO

J and Z said...

So very sorry for your loss...keeping your mum in my thoughts today....

your Bali page is beautiful!

belindaschneider said...

if i had the pennies, i'd go to bali with anahata as well, anahata would make it so worth it, she just fits there beautifully!! lovely journal page

Dream With the Fishes said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm saying a prayer for your mom right now. Thank goodness she's got family living with her. It would not be good to be alone at a time like this. Your stepfather sounds like he was a great guy. God bless him.

Thanks for your wonderful comments on my 100th post and for entering my giveaway. I'm so glad I found your blog! Lots of love to you and your whole family! xoxo Serena

Anna Lefler said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you and your family are doing all right.

Sending warm thoughts your way...

:^) Anna

Heather Robinson said...

My deepest condolences on the loss of your step-father. He sounded like a wonderfully colourful man and he will be surely missed. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

Charlie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You need to be with family now.
God Bless,
Charlie

Dream With the Fishes said...

Alberta, Congratulations! you are the WINNER of my 100th Post Giveaway!! I need your info so I can send you your package of goodies. Email me at:
dreamwiththefishes (at) rocketmail.com

xoxo
Serena

Candace said...

I am sadden by your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your mom. By the way this piece rocks!!!!

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