Wednesday, December 15, 2021

December - Reflections

The last week of November was the time when our sweet Mom passed away (almost 94). Family was in the room holding her hand (and several of us nearby - virtually). Thankfully a brief and peaceful transition.  Not unexpected, but a bit of a surprise. 

A truly vibrant woman who taught us so much, encouraged us to be our best, and cajoled us through a life living around the globe - always fearless, always game, always making life interesting and fun. She was a trailblazer and made us feel safe despite the chaos of moving and somehow managed to calmly raise a family of five well-behaved children (wink, wink). We are grateful for the expert and unwavering care she received the week before, and know she's off to her next adventure with a smile on her face and a song in her heart!

Life is quirky - for some unknown reason I chose this last still life in November and decided to call it "For Mom."  My mother always had the most gorgeous African Violets on her kitchen windowsill. Purple was my favorite.  How fitting, given the circumstances.

For Mom
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Late-November, I decided to clear the decks and paint a series of holiday paintings to give as gifts. I added them to the gallery to remind me of a few of the special people in my life. We are a spread out family - Virginia, New Mexico, Alabama, Florida and Texas!  Despite the circumstances, it was great getting together to celebrate a life well lived and ignore the pandemic for a few days. 

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Enjoy! Remember life is joy we make one moment at a time -- so get out there and make some memories!  Be safe :-)