Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ups & Downs

This Labor Day weekend had more than its share of ups and downs.
On Sunday, we received a call that a dear friend of ours had passed away on his 52nd birthday.
He wasn't feeling well, decided to lay down and take a nap, and then he was gone...
His wake was tonight and was further proof of the incredible man that he was.
His wife and college age daughter were so strong.
He was such a good friend to so very many.
He was a phenomenal cook whose bbq and baked beans will always be remembered.
The ultimate host at any gathering, big or small.

Less than an hour after we received the call, our family was on the way to a visit with my SIL, Joy, and her family. It was just what our hearts needed.
Family time in this beautiful and peaceful surrounding.

A garden of Eden in a suburban backyard.
It felt like we were far away from the troubles of the world.



and Dixie were also so wonderful in calming our saddened hearts.

Joy and Garry have such a knack for creating a beautiful garden.
Just love these glass insulator mushrooms

 and candle holders. These "mushrooms" are on croquet mallet handles - how clever!
Inspiration everywhere.

I was also lucky enough to receive a wonderful parcel of belated birthday treasures from someone who knows me so well! An old sugar sack with a faded sugar bowl printed on it, some wonderful little tags, a great wool ornament, some hand dyed velvet and

This wonderful little packet that I am happy just to hold - pieces of an old quilt, old buttons and safety pins and two old skeleton keys. All waiting for the day when I can part with them and use them to create something new from  old treasures.
 "Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment."
~Matthew 9:22
Wishing all a healing heart.
Blessings, Patti


cucki said...

Aww such sweet post and very sweet birthday gift.
Big hugs x

Earlene Landis said...

Hi Patti...very sad for the loss of your friend.
Love the garden too and fur babies .
Enjoy your day Patti.

Roberta said...

I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. What a shock. Thanks for the beautiful garden photos. Love the insulator mushrooms! What a great idea. ~ Roberta

WoolenSails said...

I am sorry to hear about your friend. It was nice that you could spend time with family and relax in their beautiful yard Love your bday goodies, what a thoughtful gift, Happy Birthday!


Orange Sink said...

Hi Patti,
52 is way too young for a life to end. The gardens are so lovely and the sweet doggies really do know how to heal broken hearts. Sending prayers and hugs and birthday wishes too!!
Cathy G

Kellie from Indiana said...

So sorry about the bad news. Its hard losing a good friend. Glad you were all able to find comfort in a beautiful place with much inspiration.

marly said...

My sympathy for your loss. So young! Lovely gardens. And pups.

linda said...

Sending healing prayers to yours and theirs. Love the tranquil garden vignettes.
There is nothing like the old to soothe the new-thoughtful presents.

Faye said...

A wonderful tribute to your good friend Patti.... I know you will miss him~

Melanie said...

Sorry for your loss...never easy losing friends. Hug those pups...

Mugwump Woolies said...

Sorry for your loss. Lovely gardens, and the doggies are so sweet!

Giovanna said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Saundra said...

Sorry for the loss of your friend, so quickly at such a young age. Glad you had a tranquil garden to visit with great friends both furry and flesh, to help the healing process.

Happy Birthday.


Raymond Homestead said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I am sure the pups brought some smiles to your face. What a neat idea with the insulators!

Karen said...

I'm so sorry about your special friend. Life is so fragile and he will be greatly missed by many I'm sure. I'm glad you were able to spend time later in the day that helped soothe your heart. Wonderful little somethings in the mail.
Hugs - Karen