Happy New Year!!!
While there were many wonderful travels and visits with family and friends in 2017 for me, I was so sad at the end of November to get a call from my oldest sister, Carolyn, in Sonoma, California, asking me to come be with her after she had emergency colostomy surgery. I have been in Sonoma since December 3, 2017.
I recently saw and purchased these two books and hope that as I read them they will help me focus on mending and creating even through difficult puzzling times. Carolyn and her oldest daughter just finished putting together the puzzle pictured above.
I took two days to drive from Portland, Oregon, south through Crescent City, California, where I stopped briefly to take this photo of the Crescent City lighthouse on the island. Do you see the seal admiring it?
Since I arrived in Sonoma, I have been busy homemaking here, driving around and about, and enjoying more time with members of my family.
My oldest son-in-law has kept me in touch with his branch of the family by sending photos of his girls making Christmas cookies and them enjoying the Christmas Eve snow they had in the Portland area.
The girls managed to scrape together enough snow to create this little fine fellow :)
A few days after Christmas my older sister, Margaret, came north to Sonoma from Burbank to visit until New Years Day. During that time, Carolyn experienced some difficult side effects from the five days of chemo she had just finished, but we enjoyed distracting ourselves by putting together puzzles.
One night after Margaret went home to Burbank, my niece gave me an extra ticket she had to attend a folk concert by John McCutchen at the Sonoma Sebastiani Theatre. He plays the piano, guitar, autoharp, hammered dulcimer, fiddle, other instruments, sings and tells interesting stories as well. My niece and I thoroughly enjoyed his performance!
Since I last checked in with you I crocheted a little silver heart, painted a card, knit a few rows on a dishcloth, and I have done some mending, including mending some seams of this quilt.
Last week Carolyn's oldest daughter and two of her grandsons flew in from Nebraska for a few days visit and we had a wonderful time!
Last Saturday we drove to Bodega Bay and saw this fabulous view.
Here, my great nephew, Phillip is looking out for whale spouts from Bodega Head. At the beach, he and his brother, William, dared to get in the water, flew a kite and ran around enjoying sun and surf.
Today if Carolyn's white cell count is okay she will start another five day round of chemo at a lower dose that we hope will bring her healing without painful side effects.
I am so sorry that I have not managed to stay in better touch with you, and I hope to do so in the days ahead.
May you and yours know the Lord's blessings!
Gracie :) xx