You know when you say, "Hey, at least it can't get any worse....."?
Many of you already know that it has and I thank you for your messages, prayers, cards and support, you have helped more than you can know.
Other friends, blog readers and Facebook friends that I don't communicate with very regularly, will not know that Daddy died suddenly on 18th April. His funeral is not until 13th May and so we are all in a strange limbo. This limbo is preferable to the limbo we might have been experiencing as Daddy discovered he had secondary cancers (liver and spleen) a week before he died. His death was unrelated to the cancers, being due to a ruptured colon, and he died with dignity and free of pain. God moves in mysterious ways indeed, Daddy would have hated a slow, miserable death being cared for at home or in a hospice, he would have been very irritable about the whole thing.
These are two of my favourite pictures of Daddy, this one taken a year ago, the oldest and youngest members of the family:
Needless to say I am doing a lot of stitching. I have been working on my New Zealand journal quilts and the hand stitching has been marvellously therapeutic and it somehow felt as if I was stitching my prayers into the quilt (there was no time to make a prayer flag for Daddy) even though Daddy never visited NZ. This is not a good photograph, apologies. I have to quilt the "Wellington" block and then add the binding and labels. I have haikus to add but haven't decided yet whether they should go on the blocks or on the back....
It's a Bank Holiday weekend here, three days of chilly winds but some sunshine promised, have fun whatever you get up to and I'm hoping normal service will be resumed fairly shortly. Love Lis xx