A Haven for Vee

Saturday, February 7, 2009

So Happy to Find...

Quite often when I hear about our "famous friends" being published and writing articles in magazines, etc., I am not able to find the magazine. You should have heard me as I stood at the counter checking out at Joann's Fabrics when I spied apron*ology on the rack. I squealed...out loud. Oh my! Then I did the unthinkable as the clerk looked at me curiously. I said, in my proudest voice, "That's my friend's apron on the cover!" Dawn would be mortified. I am mortified...kinda. ;>

And oh what a delicious little break I had reading it in the sun-warmed car a few minutes later. I was waiting for John to come and join me for coffee at Tim Horton's. Anyway, he arrived much too early so now I must find more time to finish reading this gem. What a chore, right?

Thank you very much for your sweet comments about my loss. I haven't seen this precious lady for several years. The last time was outside the local grocery store when she shared with me some personal and meaningful things to me. I consoled her and she consoled me and we told each other that we understood and that it was okay and that it would be all right in heaven. (One of her daughters was my labor and delivery coach when my daughter was born so you can see how close our friendships once were.) She and her husband employed my father many years ago and were a tremendous help to my family at that time. Sadly, things changed and it was not her nor her family at fault. Well, enough said about that. The point is, I know where she is today. I know that her passing released her from many years of a debilitating disease and I know that her family is rejoicing to see her safely home — even her dear husband of nearly sixty years, though his heart is breaking. I am rejoicing, too, except for that part of me that wishes that somehow things could've been different.

This woman was such a saint of God...her son-in-law, himself a pastor, accused her of "terrarium" living. She always saw the best in every situation and in every person. I wish that I had a tenth of her optimism and positive outlook.

It is not unusual for me to have vivid dreams and I dreamed of her two nights ago. In my dream, she was walking along the path near her home. She was wearing shorts and a cotton shirt in true 1965 style. There was a bounce in her step and, though she did not turn to look at John and me, she lifted her left arm and waved. I said, "Oh, John! Look! She knows we're driving by." It's good to remember her that way with the years between all gone.

Guess this might be a good time to go read my magazine...


  1. Vee, Oh I know just how you feel, I would have squealed too. Somerset magazines have a way of doing that, especially since we can always find a friend or two inside. Dawn creates gorgeous everything, I love her little slipper pin cushions made out of baby slippers too. Kathy from Kathy's Cottage is in that issue too. I can't wait to get my copy, thanks for the heads up. Happy Pink Saturday.

  2. Sweet Memories...a hope for the forever future!

  3. What a wonderful way to remember a friend! Glad you finally found time for yourself and your magazine. We all need those moments of me time, don't we? I know I do!

  4. Typically for me, :-( I realized late that I'd not even mentioned your loss. And I apologize for the over-sight.

    I can see why all would be happy that this lady has been released from her suffering.

    But please, help the dense here. _What_ did her son-in-law {a pastor} _mean_ by accusing her of "terrarium" living??? To me, living in a terrarium doesn't sound very nice. And you saying that he "accused" her, sounds as if he had to mean it as a dig, at her. ?!?

    Thank you.

    Oh and BTW, will you please email me at warrrmmm at yahoo dot com, and then I'll have your present/correct email addy? After the mail addy troubles you said you were having. Then, I can ask such questions, backchannel. Instead of cluttering up your comments. :-))))

    Enjoy the weekend. It's supposed to warm some! -doing happy dance-

    Aunt Amelia
    "Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent,
    protects you from age." - Anais Nin

  5. Oh, I do love settling with a nice cup of tea and a good magazine! I was so surprised when you mentioned Tim Hortons!....here in Canada we have them but you don't often hear Americans mention it....they usually go for the Starbucks (which we also have)...it's good to know that you'll see your friend again...and she's no longer suffering.

  6. Oh how fun to see a friend hit celebrity like that.
    And about your dream. . what a wonderful memory even if it is a dream. . I'll be thinking of you too. . and your loss.

  7. Vee, I can never make any click-able link to any e-mail addy on the Net, work! :-( 'Tis been thus, forever. A Setting issue, probably. But I fear going deep into the bowels of my Settings, to find and fix it.

    So please, will you write first, from your new addy? To:

    warrrmmm at yahoo dot com

    Then I'll put your correct addy, in my Contacts or Address Book or whatever. And yes, please put mine above, in yours. Thank you.

    Aunt Amelia
    P.S. Who doesn't yet feel any too much warmer today. Though the weather forecast looked better.

  8. This post was particularly meaningful to me, as my mother died Monday. She had Alzheimer's disease for over 20 years. She never lost her ability to be loving and kind, and that is how she will be remembered.
    I am very sad, but know her soul lives on and she is out of a wheel chair, not confuse, and doesn't have to endure any more indignities.
    She will be missed, but I know she is reunited with loved ones now.

  9. If I could sew, an apron would be my first project. I love aprons, love 'em, and now I have a little girl asking me, "Mommy, I want to learn to sew!" What to do!

  10. I love the memories! :) What a great way to remember...:) Hi, My name is Meme...I would like to personally invite you to both of my blogs...Screaming Meme and Project:{Create A Home}....Screaming Meme is a decorating blog that I created to share my career as an Interior Decorator and Model Home Stager, as well as, share ideas and how to's on decorating, faux painting and getting a professional look on a shoe string budget!...It is all about decorating over there! I then created Project:{ Create A Home}...I envisioned a blog that women could all share in...Where we could come together and learn everything from decorating our homes to stepping out and learning new things that we always wanted to learn but didn't have the road map...Project: {Create A Home} is that road map! We have decorating, organizing, cooking, finance, technical/computer knowledge, family rearing, relationship advice, spirituality and uplifting wisdom...just to name a few...I hope you get a chance to stop in and look around...And if you have something that you want to share...Something that we could learn from you...Well, we would love to talk to you! :) I look forward to getting to know you! Meme

  11. One of the first things I am going to do when I reach the States one day, is go to a place which sells magazines, and buy everything I have heard of in the blogging world. So many!

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend, Vee. Your dream will be part of a wonderful memory though.

  12. Guess what I'm doing today? Sewing aprons!

  13. What a nice tribute to your friend who is at peace now.

  14. I hope I can find this magazine, too. I am sorry you lost a friend. I know it can be a sad time. I'm so glad you shared some memories.

  15. I think sometimes dreams mean something, and I think your old friend was telling you she is at peace, Vee. What a wonderful feeling.

    I never heard of Apronology! What fun to know the creator of the cover apron. Enjoy the magazine! Will you subscribe to it?

  16. Vee, so sorry to hear about your friend, but it is so beautiful to be remembered. We shall all pass and I often hope that i will be fondly remembered, at least. it isn't about the success we achieve in this crazy, shallow, silly and amazing life - it is who we touch, to whom we are a hero.

  17. Hi Vee, I too often dream about those who have passed on, and my grandmother once told me that it means their spirits are looking out for you. I do so miss some of my friends who have died in the last few years.
    I dont think we can get the Somerset magazines, they sound great.
    I checked out your last few posts and your family are so cute, isn't Thomas the tank engine a great story.
    Your kitchen is amazing. I love that cupboard with the two drawers at the top. Nice pattern on them.
    Congratulations to Lovella, oh to be the owner of a Vee original. hugs Margie.

  18. Vee, I'm sorry about your loss. I don't know what her disease was, but I have lost a couple of friends to debilitating illness, one of them Alzheimers, and it's so sad, but so sweet to see them leave for the arms of Jesus. You'll get to see her again - isn't that wonderful!

  19. On Friday nights, I often have dinner with my mom and sister. Sometimes we go to the bookstore, gather magazines to browse, have coffee and visit. This last Friday night, I regaled them with stories about the amazing women I know from blogging--waving Apronology to make my point. I bought one of the other magazines--Artful Blogging--which also features dear Dawn. It's good to see such a creative, kind person recieve recognition.

    I love your vision of heaven. I know your friend is very happy there. What a future we have to look forward to! I hope you find comfort in it.

  20. I don't know if my computer was acting up, or what...but I could not locate the "comment" for your Sunday post....LOVED IT! I have had Crystal Lewis singing that song in my head all day long...not a bad soundtrack for the day! THX!!!!

    M ^..^

  21. She sounds like a sweet and wonderful woman. How fun about the dream. God has a way of knowing just what can comfort our aching hearts.

  22. Hi Vee, I was delighted you found your way over to my blog via Robin's. And believe me, I have squealed in the store too when I see a blog land friend's article in a magazine. When my boutique ad first came our in Romantic Homes I was in the grocery store the first time I saw it and laughed out loud. I remember people walking by and smiling. ~ Lynn


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