Sunday, April 13, 2014

A new normal

Losing a loved one is a major, life changing, experience.

It has been almost 6 months since Mom's passing, and life has started settling into a new normal.

I've been re-evaluating many aspects of my life, and my love of writing and sharing my projects, thrifty finds and thoughts have been being neglected.

There are many reasons, but it all boils down to allowing my tendency to be an all or nothing personality type keep me from doing what I can when I can..and writing about it either way.

It's time to put a stop to it!

So watch out blogosphere...I'm BAAaack!

Friday, January 17, 2014


So we are well into the new year, and things are starting to feel more settled, but there has been a major change in my family's life, one that I wish hadn't come to pass.

On November 1, 2013 one of my boys and I discovered that my Mother had passed. It was unexpected..and in fact, worry after no one having been able to get her on the phone spurred us to go to her home.

It is strange. I find myself thinking I need to ask Mom about this, or I need to remember to tell Mom about that..I've even told one of the boys to text Grandma when seeing an unadvertised sale, or finding some yarn or vintage crochet books at the thrift and then the sinking feeling of oh..wait..she isn't there.

Thanksgiving was hard, Christmas was hard..Jan 3rd was even harder. It took me a while to realize what was wrong with me on that day.  It was Mom's birthday. She would have been 61. Too young to be gone. Sometimes I still can't quite believe it.

We miss her, I think that she would be glad that my Sister and I are developing a closer relationship now, but she would be saddened, as I am, that I can't say the same for our brother, but each person has to grieve in their own way.

So, we will go on, I will continue to post, and celebrate the creative spark that she passed down to her children, and her children's children..but there is a piece of our lives missing that I just couldn't publicly put into words before now.

Rest in peace Mom, we love you!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Why JoAnn's?

Ok, over the last few days I've been noticing a trend of people getting down on good ole Jo's..and maybe this will make me unpopular, but, I think that they are getting a bum rap.

Don't like the long lines? Ok, I get that, who wouldn't prefer to get in and get out. but think about it, EVERYone is tired of standing in lines, so that employee that was not especially outgoing and cheerful?

Well, what you don't realize, or rather, you might if you thought about it, is that she has been on the floor for 6 hours, with every single face she sees complaining about the fact that their craft store is busy enough to justify staying open, and taking it out on her.

She is the Single Mom who got 2 hours of sleep last night because the baby is teething, and you are upset because her smile wasn't bright enough and she wasn't being :friendly: enough.

She is the grandma who just loves to talk crafting, but has been snubbed by the customer before you who couldn't be bothered to get off her cell long enough to communicate clearly what she wanted...and then blamed the employee for not getting it right.

She is the human who has been dealing with crownds of people so worried about getting a deal that they are rude, obnoxious and in some cases violent..and they get minimum wage. No Hazard pay..and if they are lucky they might be able to pay their bills.

So next time you've been in the cutting line for a few minutes, take a look..see anyone resting? I didn't think so.