Friday, August 03, 2007

Hour a Day and a Sabbatical

I finished my Hour a Day top -- I only added 3 of the 7 borders -- borders are not my favorite thing to put on a quilt! vbg I do like the quilt a lot and it was fun to make. Thanks, Judy, for another great design.

We lost my favorite sister in law yesterday. She was Bill's baby sister, Jean. We had a couple of days to prepare, but I don't think one can really prepare for the finality of it all. Jean was a true free-spirit, a maverick, a fun-loving, hard working person that literally would give you the shirt off her back (she actually gave my daughter a shirt she had admired!). She and her husband farmed for most of their married life and when they retired from farming, they bought a golf course. They worked 18 hour days 365 days a year for 10 years before Dean died. She sold the golf course a year or two later and spent her retirement traveling and living life to the fullest. She will be truly missed.

We've had a couple of life-altering events in a matter of weeks here and I've been thinking for quite a while that I needed to take a break from the computer. So, I'm going to take a sabbatical, some time for some introspection, reflection, reconnection with the outside world and my family. I won't be gone from the computer completely, but I'm going to resign or go no-mail on most of my lists and I'm going to take a break from blogging for a little bit of time. I hope to come back refreshed with a new perspective on things.

Gratitudes
I'm thankful Jean was a part of my life for the past 26 years.

20 comments :

Bren said...

JT, I am so sorry to hear of your dear sister in law. I had prayed for her recovery and though prayers are not always answered the way we want, her recovery is complete. She is at peace. A break from the computer will be good. Hope it is not for too long. You will be missed. Give those grandbabies a hug and smooch and just love them up. It will help.
Your HAD quilt is gorgeous.

Screen Door said...

Our prayers are with your family....

Sweet P said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your sister-in-law. Enjoy your break from the computer. We'll be here when you get back.

Vicki W said...

Enjoy your break! The quilt turned out wonderful!

McIrish Annie said...

So sorry to hear about your SIL. You will be missed but take the time you need. we will still be here when you get back!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

You did a great job with your quilt! My prayers are with you and your family.

Gail said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss, but glad that you are able to appreciate that she was a wonderful part of your life for a quarter century. The quilt turned out really well, very happy looking.

Mary said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law's death.

I'm sure you'll lots done with a break from the computer. I keep thinking I need to cut way back but somehow that doesn't happen. I'm hoping the laptop gives me more freedom to move about.

Jeanne said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Joanne!
Hope you enjoy some quiet time and find peace and replenishment. You'll be in my thoughts.
Jeanne

Anonymous said...

sorry for your loss joanne. the quilts are beautiful. looking forward to your quilts and bloggs when you are ready. take your time. judy b.

dot said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. It is difficult to loose a loved one. Prayers are with you and your family. Take time to pamper yourself through this loss and know you are in the prayers and thoughts of all.

Sharon said...

We all need that time and space sometimes when we lose someone dear to us. No matter how prepared you are, something in our hearts tells us we need time to seal them there with fond memories. And that takes some time to focus and to remember. Heal your heart, and check back with us from time to time. I'll be thinking of you.

Susan said...

Sincere sympathy on the loss of your SIL. She sounds like a person who knew how to work and how to play.

Everyone needs a break now and then. I'll be glad to see you when you come back.

Pam said...

I am sorry to hear of your SIL's death. Peace, comfort and rest to you during your blog break.

Pam@
www.pamgwillim.com

Jeanne said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister-in-law. Take time to grieve and I look forward to your return when you are ready. Your HAD quilt is really pretty.

Kairle said...

It sounds like you have wonderful memories of your dear SIL. Those are the things that bring sunshine into our lives, especially when our hearts are breaking.

Hanne said...

I am so sorry for your loss.
Hugs, Hanne

tami said...

I am so sorry about your SIL. I can understand the need to sit back and regroup. Hope you find some peace. {{hugs}}

Dawn said...

I"m just trying to catch up from my summer activities. Sorry to here about your SIL. I love your hour a day quilt.

Sandra said...

It's nice to sit back a bit and 're-boot' yourself. All the best with that. I love the bright colours and positive/negative effect on your quilt :-) Take care.