Monday, February 8, 2016


I'm going to apologize upfront in that I'm about to get personal for this post. I have taken a break from blogging because the recent past has been a bit bumpy.

I lost my brother to complications from cancer surgery on December 14, 2015.  He was 73. I found these pictures from a recipe book I had put together a few years back, maybe 10 or 12 years back actually. I know they are hard to see. The picture on the left of the page is my brother as a teenager with our cousin. And, the one on the right is him as a grandpa.

He had really gone through a lot during the past year and he went into the surgery with a very positive and hopeful attitude. He was in ICU for nearly two weeks before he passed.

Then on January 11th, my mom passed. She was 96 and had Alzheimer her last few years; although, she always knew me. And I was so grateful for that. 

The above picture was taken in the 80s.

 Mom and I maybe 2002 or so.

I went to Florida and spent some time with my daughter and her family.  It was wonderful and very uplifting for me.  I came back feeling a lot better.  Then this week my friendship group  (the Wednesday Wackos) presented me with this beautiful quilt as hugs from them and my mom.  Mom's favorite color was pink and I have been sleeping under it ever since. They are just the best peeps ever!
I feel their hugs and love.

I am back to sewing and will have things to share soon.

Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,



Connie said...

Marilyn ... am so very sorry for you the loss of you brother and mom. The quilt is nice and will always be a comfort to you and a reminder that many love you. HUGS!!!


Marilyn I'm so sorry for all that you went through. ... glad you spent time with your family...happy you are feeling better and back to Quilting see you on Wed...much love and lots of quilting Hugs. ...your Co chair Carol

Karen Mallory said...

What a wonderful gift from loving friends. Keeps memories near.

Melinda said...

What a sad time for you. May you have nothing but good times in the future.

Jacqueline said...

I am so sorry for your family losses. Prayers and good wishes coming your way.

Bev C said...

Hello Marilyn,

Love and prayers to you and your family. I love that your friends gave you a beautiful quilt.

Happy days.

Needled Mom said...

I am so sorry, Marilyn. You have had some rough times lately. I love the quilty love your friends made for you. That is beautiful.

Please know that you have my thoughts and prayers.

Marianne said...

Marilyn, it's been a rough time for you - so glad you have supportive, wacko friends! The quilt they made is a cozy keepsake. I like the recipe book you made with family photos and recipes. It's something I'll have to devise for my family.

Jennifer Gail said...

Love Ya

Regina said...

Hugs to you and your whole family - and what a wonderful circle of friends you have embracing you all.