since I posted here.
Lots of things happened. My son and dil’s visit went well. We have tons of pictures but since this is a blog mostly about knitting, I’ll just post the knitting pictures when I get them onto the computer. Especially of my dil with my Secret Project for Christmas – her very own Christmas stocking that matches my son’s. <g>
I’ve been busy, but not done much knitting. My dad died shortly after my son’s visit, so the girls and I flew out to California for the funeral. (my husband was able to go out on the weekend to Utah for the memorial and burial there.) I took my knitting along of course. I was worried that my metal needles would cause problems going through security, but they didn’t. I did some knitting on the plane. And some reading.
I didn’t do much knitting once I got to California - only finished one cottage sock of the pair for my son. who was able to come out with his wife, so my family was able to meet my bonus daughter. It was great seeing all my brothers and sisters and their families again and meeting my latest niece who is just 2 1/2 years old. I took a camera, but didn’t end up taking any pictures. I guess I was just too busy.
I know that’s strange, to enjoy getting together for a funeral, but my dad had had problems for a long time and he was ready to go when he did. We had a great time, finding all kinds of pictures from all 6 of us siblings with him in it – many wedding pictures, lots of him with his grandkids, whom he adored. (It’s scary how much we all look like Dad.) The funeral was a little harder, but we laughed more than we cried, which is how he would have wanted it to be ( he always said he wanted a dance instead of a funeral. We played his favorite music during the family dinner after the funeral. I think someone danced.)
The most wonderful thing is that, during the last two weeks of Dad’s life, we had a family conference call each week to stay informed as to how he was doing. We all enjoyed the conversations so much that we now plan to have a monthly call to keep better in touch than we have in the past. This is a good thing.
So, now I’ve been back for a week, but it feels like it’s been a month. I’m trying to get back into the swing of ‘normal’ things. I finally took down the Christmas trees this week. Now the living room looks bare and roomier than it has in a while. Time to finish the cottage socks for my son and daughter-in-law. And get to knitting mine, as the latest “storm of the century” has reminded me that it is still winter and warm slippers are still needed.
Life moves on.
Rest in peace, Dad. We love you and know that you’re in a better place, doing what you’ve always done.