I only took a couple days off from blogging last week but it felt like much longer! Though I am glad I did it and I am glad to be back. I wanted to take some time off for a few reasons one of those was my grandfathers service was last Thursday. It was really lovely, but as things like this go, it was emotional. Part of it was (here's the dear diary part) the fact that my biological father was there whom I have only met once in the last 36 years (last time i was 32 - he didn't see his family for about that many years either). I tried really hard not to think about him being there before the service, but in the back of my mind I was dreading this encounter and I knew if he approached me, if we talked, if he wanted to meet my kids, it would all hang on me and I knew I'd need some time to shake that off. I guess I should note, however nice he may be now, I just have no interest in him. He was the epitome of an absent parent: no phone calls, cards, or child support. He's been wanting to 'reconnect' since he moved back here from the east coast 5 years ago, and I don't, so I knew it would be uncomfortable, and, well, yep, it was. But other than that little personal side note it was an absolutely lovely event. My grandfather even had several former students come and a couple of them who spoke about how he was, and still is, the most influential person they have ever met and how he directly impacted the course of their lives. I can't begin say how wonderful it was to hear their stories.
My cold was not the best of timing (they never are) but after taking Friday to just give into it I moved along despite it. I went to a local sewing school for some "rehab"time on Saturday, which was lovely. It's so nice to work along side people. I forget how important that is sometimes (note to self). And after that, feeling all inspired and such, I finally finished sewing up the fabric for pillows that I have been working on in some form or another for the last year. It feels really good to have gotten that done. And I have more fabric I designed coming in the mail this week, hopefully I won't take so long this time. I also tried to get some prints made that I have also been working on for awhile (not nearly as long) but I need to find a different printing place and if I find one soon, I may even get this done in a timely matter.
All weekend it was brilliantly stormy. The top photos are from before the storm rolled in and we had a lovely show of big fluffy clouds in a colorful sky. The bottom photos are from the storm and aftermath. We had huge wind gusts and inches of rain and the city is filled with tree limbs and leaves. I love a good storm but I am hoping there's an end in sight from all this rain. It's seeming relentless. But at least I got to wear my new ankle boots before the rain started. How was your last weekend of September?