Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

As you see, I am semi-back online today, although it will be sporadic for the next week.

Yesterday morning, I got a phone call stating that my grandmother, to whom I am very close, and who has been ill for a long time, had taken a turn for the worse. We ran around preparing to leave – putting up messages where necessary, packing, etc., but before we could get on the road, we received the call that she passed.

After a lot of discussion, we decided that, rather than driving up immediately and sitting around staring at each other, we would go up as planned next week for the big (60 person) Thanksgiving dinner, which would be a tribute to her.

On top of that, I managed to sprain my wrist (still not sure how I did that) and the cold I’ve been fighting for the past few weeks is winning.

Needless to say, I didn’t get much done yesterday, although I swapped some boxes out of storage and reacquainted myself with some items including m blender and a quilt project I started years ago, that I think I will work on through the winter. I need to redesign it a bit, and take some of the borders out, replacing them with other fabric, but it will be a good piece when it’s done, and a good project for a cold winter.

I’m right-handed, and it’s my right wrist sprained, so it’s slowing me down. I can’t do any more storage swap, because I can’t even lift a teacup at this point.

I managed to drop back into the mystery today, and it flowed well. I hope to hit 50K this weekend, if I can keep my focus.

I also plan to edit “The Ramsey Chase” today, which didn’t get done yesterday, and maybe do some work on the Nina Bell Christmas story.

Ultimately, I’m just living the next few days moment-to-moment. Your kind comments mean a lot to me at this difficult time. Thank you.


Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 47,436 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

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Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 47,436 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

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Published in: on November 20, 2008 at 8:20 am  Comments (17)  
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  1. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Devon. My heart goes out to you.


  2. I’m so sorry, Devon. Sending (((hugs))) your way. Hope you’re OK.

  3. Devon, I’m sorry to hear about your loss. May she rest in peace. {{{{Devon and family}}}

  4. Oh Devon, I am so very sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing. She will forever live on in your heart. Big hugs.

  5. Devon,

    You are truly in my thoughts today.

    I wrote the following when my father passed a few Autumns agos. It is something I’ve shared with everyone since.

    All good wishes and blessings, to you and your family,


    It seems we are not to know why
    one person’s walk or stay here
    is longer or shorter than another’s
    leaving the answer to be found only
    where the rest of us cannot follow
    What remains is the love that grows
    ever on in our hearts
    and the solace of knowing
    their peace is now rendered
    by those who walked
    an earlier passaging

    ~L.L. Abbott, 2000

  6. Aw, I’m really sorry, Devon. I’ll be thinking of you, and I love the idea of having the big Thanksgiving be a tribute to her.
    Take care 🙂

  7. Oh sugar, I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. She’s moved on in her journey, but she’s left behind some beautiful memories for you.

    Much love and prayers.

  8. Oh, sweetie. I’m so sorry. You and your family are in our thoughts.

    Take care.

  9. *hugs* I’m so sorry, Devon.

  10. Thinking of you. Sent you an email. HUGS!

  11. Feel better, and rest well! You have so much going on… but if there’s anyone to handle it all with grace and purpose, it’s you.

  12. Oh, no. I am so sorry Devon. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. HUGS.

  13. A hug from me to you, Devon. I’m sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing. My condolences, d:

  14. Love, you, Dev. Thinking of you and your family.

  15. I am so sorry for your loss.

  16. Im so sorry for your loss!

  17. My condolences. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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