Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Catching Up

Wow, it has been a while since my last post. Lots has happened.

Two weeks ago we (my husband, youngest son and I) along with my parents went on a vacation to Quebec and Ontario to visit relatives (my Mother's in Quebec and my Father's in Ontario). We had a good trip and it was wonderful to see so many relatives (some I hadn't seen since I was 9).

Here are a few pictures -

Quebec -

the church in St Gregoire, Quebec

my cousin's farm (with our rental car in the front)

inside the barn

he lives in a beautiful old home

angora goat farm - L'Angelaine


Ontario -
the view from my aunt's home


the next few are from Ottawa -

These statues represent Alberta's Famous Five who fought to have women declared "persons" under the law (October 18th, 1929), which was the start of equality for women in Canada.

we went to see The Lion King on our last night in Ottawa

at the National Arts Centre
it was amazing!

I haven't done any sewing for a few weeks -

I started working on my tatting again (it is great for traveling)

and when I returned home I started a pair of socks with the mohair I bought at L'Angelaine

On a sad note. The night that we returned home (August 3rd) my mother in law passed away. Four of her children had returned from her youngest daughter's wedding in Alberta the night before. When we arrived home my husband (the youngest of 7 children) went to see her, she recognized him, about an hour later she slipped into unconsciousness and passed away a few hours later. It was like she was waiting for her daughter to get married and her children to return home. She had been sick for a while and it was awful to watch her suffer. She was 84 years old. The funeral was yesterday.

11 comments:

Wendy said...

Lotsa hugs! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Jane S. said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. My mother-in-law also "waited" until all her children could be there with her. Seeing a loved one suffer hurts so much...there is a special kind of relief when they slip away and are no longer ill or in pain. Hang in there.

On a happier note, I really enjoyed my armchair travel through looking at your photos! Nicely done.

corina said...

Sorry to hear about your mother in law. It was so nice your husband got to see her, and that she got to see her children. Hugs.

Deanna said...

Sorry to hear about your loss, but thank you for sharing the story of it.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Loosing a mother is always difficult, no matter what age. But, it is wonderful that she lived a long life and was able to see her youngest daughter married. I really enjoyed the pictures of your trip. I love barn and old building/house pictures.

Me and My Stitches said...

So sorry about your mother-in-law, but glad your husband got to see her when you got home. Love the pics from your trip - what beautiful buildings. Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

So sorry for your loss and I guess the family can be happy she is no longer suffering and you will have lasting memories of the good times . It looks like you had a lovely vacation with some fun places to visit .

Scrappy quilter said...

So sorry about to hear of your loss. Looks like you made some wonderful memories on your holidays. Love that tatting. Hugs

Needled Mom said...

I am so sorry to hear about your MIL's death. It is interesting how the body can hold out for certain events to occur. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

The trip looks like it was wonderful and the pictures are just gorgeous. I am glad they declared women people.

wendy@iqlt said...

My condolences to you and your husband. It was so good she saw and knew every member of her family before she passed.
Wendy@iqlt

Joan said...

Our sympathy to you and your family Joanne - thats such a sad thing in any family. Wonderful that she was able to see her loved ones in time too. Many hugs to you all.