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My Bags are Packed

…and the alarm is set for 3:40 am — eek! Not much beauty sleep tonight. We have to leave really early so that we can be in New York in time to attend the calling hours for my brother. It is always a bittersweet time — reconnecting with relatives and old friends and grieving at the same time.

Today, I just did it. In between doing laundry and getting organized to leave town, I finished A Thin Place, burned a CD and filled out the entry for Sacred Threads. I had thought about doing some beading, but decided the stitching would carry the piece.


Here are a couple of close-ups of the stitching:



Tonight, we went to a short neighborhood meeting. It was our first chance to meet most of the other folks who live on our street. The purpose was to discuss the use of a beautifully restored Craftsman house owned by Reed College. It is across the street from us. Their original permit was for a residence, but they want to use if for meetings. Problem is, there is very little parking on our lane. So we are wanting to limit their use. Even though it was about business, we decided that we need to get together more often so we are planning a block party for the summer. The host does a lot of work in Vietnam. They have a collection of wonderful paintings done by a woman artist from N. Vietnam. I really loved them. They also had an exquisite hand embroidered picture. The detail was wonderful. His wife is trying to arrange a show of work by woman artists from Vietnam, here in Portland.

Time to check my list and make sure I am ready to get up and leave early in the morning. Thanks again for all of your kind words. It has meant so much to me!

8 Responses to “My Bags are Packed”

  1. Robin says:

    Gerrie, I’m so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. I took one look at his picture and choked up because I could feel that he was a wonderful person. He had such a happy and kind face. This must be very hard for you. My prayers and warm thoughts are with you.

  2. Diane D. says:

    I hope you had an easy trip. Your new piece is lovely! It makes me think of spring.

  3. June says:

    Gerrie, I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. I hope your trip goes as well as possible and that your return to us safely. June

  4. June says:

    Gerrie, I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. I hope your trip goes as well as possible and that your return to us safely. June

  5. Linda Cline says:

    You are amazing to be getting quilts done and sent off with all the other stuff you are dealing with right now. Your quilt is beautiful. Subtle, intricate, beautiful colors and stitching.

    I’m sending more thoughts & prayers your way.

  6. Jen Anderson says:

    I have been away from reading blogs for a few days, how sorry I am to read about your brother. It does hit hard when siblings pass.

    I am the last one left alive out of three.

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Jen

  7. dee says:

    safe trip, my dear. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. God luck with A Thin Place. It has a lovely ethereal quality 🙂