I’m not looking forward to getting Hilda up this morning. Mornings are when she is the sharpest. That’s typical for someone with short-term memory loss. In the morning the mind is at its freshest and things are easier to remember. As the day wears on, things slip away.
So, the odds are good that, this morning, as I help her and her walker navigate the hallway towards the bathroom, she’ll say something like, “I wonder how my husband is doing”. If I’m lucky, she won’t ask until she’s dressed and sitting at the kitchen table, waiting for her breakfast, because the conversation will seem a little more dignified at the table. But whenever she asks, I’ll gently remind her that he passed away a couple days ago. She’ll tear up again and say, “He was always such a good man”, like that somehow should have protected him from dying two weeks before he turned 94.
I am a big believer in procrastination…particularly when it comes to yard work. Once upon a time I was a devoted gardener who wouldn’t let a spring day pass without spending some time eradicating baby weeds before they grew into the monster, flowering, seed-dropping weeds of summer. My flower beds looked great.
Then one spring I got busy (possibly lazy) and didn’t get to my garden until much later. I found so many wonderful surprises! I had sunflowers coming up where last year’s had grown and I had sunflowers coming up where none had ever been planted! Violas, lemon balm, lavender, lamb’s ear, alyssum, and more, decided to fill some of the empty spaces between the plants who “belonged”. I was happy to have free plants; I left some where they had put themselves and moved others.
I am always searching magazines and the internet for things that spark my creativity. Time and time again, I’m drawn to projects that re-purpose things I already have lying around or can easily get my hands on. Websites like stumbleupon.com and pinterest.com are two of my favorite places to go for inspiration. Recently I stumbled upon savedbylovecreations.com and found the tutorial for this simple yet beautiful way to reuse something I have lots of…old magazines! This cross is created with two things…magazine pages and a glue gun.
I used the better part of an 8.5×11 sheet of paper for my pattern, which must have made my cross bigger than the one pictured on savedbylovecreations,because she posted that the project took about three hours…mine took nearly eight!