Thank you millions for all the support and kindness! I'm so lucky to have had such a wonderful person as Ruth Wiksten in my life for so long, and I'm so glad I got to say goodbye to her before she passed away. I'm doing pretty well after a week off of work that included a weekend getaway with Joe.
Joe and I haven't gotten to see each other that much lately, and he wasn't able to come back to Kansas with me for the funeral. We had our first date eight years ago today! A weekend away in the Catskills gave us a great opportunity to celebrate and to have some quiet time together for once. Unfortunately I had to miss Fashion's Night Out at the Textile Arts Center, but some time alone with Joe was what I really needed.
This trip made me realize how much I miss being around nature. We rented a little cottage out in the country, and there were deer everywhere. What an idyllic setting! We visited a beautiful pottery shop in a barn with a pond out back and bought handmade pottery and handspun/hand-dyed yarn. We drank wine, read books, and knitted (me, not Joe) in front of a fire in the fireplace. Heaven. Joe accomplished his main objective--to get some sleep (something he never gets). It was hard to come back to reality, but I feel refreshed and ready. The only thing I regret is that I forgot my camera and had to use Joe's phone to take pictures!