Hopefully you have missed me since June when my blogging life got put rather abruptly on hold. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that my whole life got put rather abruptly on hold. In mid-June my mother suffered a massive stroke and passed away ten days later. It was a shock for all of us, and I have been really grateful to everyone who knows me and who as reached out to me since this happened. It's meant a lot.
Peaches, my mothers 12 year old dog. Now, Peaches, my 12 year old dog
Three days after that, a good friend became suddenly and unexpectedly very ill after giving birth to her first baby. She bravely endured three surgeries within ten days (many of those spent without being able to see her baby). Without hesitation I went from my mother's funeral to my friends home, where I spent the next three weeks helping take care of the baby while she recovered in the hospital and got home and settled. Six and a half weeks later I am super happy to say that she has recovered, her baby is (and always was) perfect and she and her husband are as tired and blissed-out as any new parents would be.
LEB and Miss Kinder soothing baby Nugget
I have looked longingly at my knitting needles and attempted a pair of socks which are coming along. I've purchased tons of fabric from my favorite shop for a slipcover project which I am excited and terrified to start, and I've felt really sad that I missed July's Power Animal of the Month.
June and July were spent in two different states, in two different ICUs, at one gravesite saying goodbye and at a newborn bassinet saying hello. Life is different for me now, but I'm back. And I've really missed you all.