Monday, August 19, 2013

Good day– bedroom project

Good afternoon Friends,

This morning was the widows’ group ‘Friends Needing Friends’ meeting/luncheon and it was great!  There were 25 of us I think. We had some newbies who had not been before and that was good, not that they are widows, but that they came.  I and one other lady are the newest widows, meaning when we lost our husbands, still under a year.  Some of these ladies have been widowed for many years. We all have this connection, we are a sisterhood. Not one we would have chosen, but here we are.  It is wonderful to get together to encourage one another, and help in any ways that we can. I am thankful I found this group, it was God’s doing.

I just finished editing photos and sent them to the founder of our group, Dotti, to view then let me know which ones she wants me to upload to the groups’ blog. I’ll either get the post up tonight or early in the morning. 

We had a raffle and my number and a few other ladies’ was called and I won a bouquet of flowers. I put the flowers in an older green glass vase I had and put it in the scullery window.  It was very bright out today and hot and humid. Cool and dimmer inside.




Each of us was given a little teddy bear  and a big hug from our guest speaker today. The teddy bear represented God’s love to us. He loves us deeply and we don’t have to do anything to get his love.  It was really a wonderful demonstration and very moving as she went around to each lady giving and receiving a big hug as she gave us all a sweet little memento of God’s love.  The little bear’s shirt has a pink emblem that we all are familiar with, and it’s  a reminder to pray for those who are survivors of or those who have breast cancer.

The little pink bear has now joined my bear ‘family’. Looking at them makes me feel happy.


When I came home from the meeting, I was greeted by Miss Tork.  Very nice.  She and my dear husband used to wait together for me to pull into the driveway.  She is carrying on now that he’s gone and I think it’s neat.  She’s here most times when I come home from work and that’s a treat for me. Coming home is very lonely at times.


Anyway, it was a great meeting.  Please, if you know of any widows, let them know you are thinking of them. If you see them, give them a hug, a pat on the back, listen if they want to talk about their husbands, pray for them. You are giving them priceless gifts.


My bedroom project almost feels like a nightmare. Stuff is stacked all over in this tiny place in the bedroom, living room and kitchen. I’m going to move this second metal shelf unit out to my little shed that houses my washing machine and bulk items. I will be taking out a desk that is probably from the 40’s, veneered, and was DH’s grandmothers’ little desk. We had put it out in my shed because I thought I was going to paint out there, and maybe I did, but I don’t remember doing so. It just wasn’t right and I just couldn’t get back ‘into’ painting again. The desk will come in here and who knows I just might start painting again. I really LOVE working with threads though, ribbons and beads too.

This project is slow going and will be done when it gets done. Smile

I’ve got to mow, do weeding and trimming, things need watering too as we’ve not had a good rain in a couple of weeks now. Plus working part-time etc. is keeping me busy.

It’s time for supper, salmon patties, made with canned salmon, Italian bread crumbs, red onion and beaten egg. I’ll open and heat up a can of LeSueur Peas, and fix Idaho instant mashed potatoes.  I’m sipping on a pre-dinner glass of chardonnay.

Thank you all for being such a great bunch of supporters.  You mean a lot to me.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That green vase is almost exactly like one I have had for over 45 years. The colour is just right for any flowers. Have a great week.

Terra said...

That is good you found a supportive group of gals who are also widows, and how cute Miss Tork is, as she greets you.

ChrisC said...

So glad you have supportive friends.Not only is it important for widows,but widowers,too.I think men don't want to reach out.I know how my Dad was when my mother died.He refused to join any group like that.It made me sad to see him so lonely.

Nancy J said...

Flowers, lovely gift for you, are they alstromerias? Teddy Bear, one more to keep others company, lovely too.,,, slowly does it for all the jobs lined up, they will get done in good time. Take care meantime, fond greetings, Jean.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Your blue and green glassware is very pretty in your window. The lace curtains really set everything off beautifully.

What a sweet kitty Miss Tork is to take time out of her day to greet you. She has such a cute kitty face.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

That lady did a very kind thing, how nice of her to be so thoughtful and spread love.

What a cute cat, and I can understand how nice it must be to have her greet you at the door..she's a sweetie too.

Hope that you are well, this bedroom project sounds like it's consuming.


Masha said...

It is so nice to find a group of people to get together with. What a lovely bouquet to come home with too.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Oh, I love your window, Lorraine!

Ilene said...

I often think back to my childhood and how women then had a "sisterhood" with each other, at least in my mother's circle of friends and family, they did. It was wonderful to be aware of it. Now times seem to have changed and all that goes out the window when there is anything for women to compete with each other for. So sad.

My cat accompanies me nearly everywhere I go. It's a nuisance sometimes, I can't go outside the gate and leave the gate open or she's out there, too, and it's dangerous for her to be there because a couple of my neighbors let their dogs run and those dogs don't like cats. She is a sweet girl, though, and comes promptly back to the yard if I go there and call her. Then she picks a spot inside the fence where she can see me and I her, and waits in between naps.

Anonymous said...

So glad you found this great group of friends- your flowers are lovely- the pink bear looks cute with its new bear friends :>)

Have a wonderful week Lorraine.

Betsy Adams said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Isn't it great to be with friends --especially those who have something in common with you... What a great group...Blessings!

You need to do things which you enjoy and make you happy. The things you don't want to do---Just forget about them!!!!!!

Your dinner sounded great. I love salmon and LeSueur peas... YUM...

Have a good day today also.

lil red hen said...

Love the bear family ~ sorta like my cloth doll family.

Darcie said...

How appropriate for you to win the flowers! Such a perfect win for you! I too am so glad you found your group, there is nothing like the support of those that are walking in the same shoes you are walking in.

Wanted to tell you too...thanks for your sweet comments of late. (((hugs))))

Sandy said...

I'm happy that you found this group of women. I know you bring great encouragement to one another.
Miss Tork is so beautiful and our pets bring such love and devotion to our lives. She misses Mark too.
I also have a teddy collection that bring me happiness.
Your flowers are simply beautiful but no more so than all the ones you grow there in your own yard.
You are often in my thoughts and prayers, Lorraine.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Beauiful pictures
as always...
and I love
salmon patties :)

Val said...

How lovely! Your view, the friends and fellowship, and the flowers. And you know I'd hug that kit kat too. :)

One of my aunts hosted a Valentine's Day dinner party a few years ago for a number of widowed women she knew. She said it was divine inspiration--She just suddenly found herself thinking how sad this day must be for these women, and she wanted to do something fun for and with them. It was a tradition amongst them for awhile, I think. Anyway, how great that you're part of a similar group. Love always helps, however it's given and shared.

'Hope the rest of your week is good. ♥

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

You have had a busy day, yet filled with blessing too. It will be good to have your bedroom sorted.

Balisha said...

I am a big fan of lace and I love the way those lacy curtains provide the perfect frame for your bouquet.
When my first husband died...I didn't like coming home to an empty house either.I wrote about this long ago on my blog.
So happy for you that you have found these ladies who are all in the same boat, so to speak, as you. Wonderful to have someone to share your thoughts with.
Have a nice day and don't work too hard.

Rebecca said...

Did I tell you that a friend of mine recently woke up to find her husband had died suddenly while making himself breakfast? I think of you so much as I try to be a listening ear and support for her....Wish she had a widows' group to attend.

I hope you'll show us your little desk ne of these days?

Julie said...

Chardonnay....mmmm. haven't had any wine in weeks! Sounds good about now!!!


Your Miss Tork is so adorable, bless her heart! I hope you get your projects the way you like them.