Life and Times, with Remnants

Life, I’ve lately realized, is fleeting.

We’ve been celebrating the life of my mother, the mortal phase of which ended two weeks ago.

 

Mom

Me and Mom 2014

Mom

Mom (1929)

 

I’m seeing some similarities in more than just the hair styles in these photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With lots of family things going on, and getting back into the flow of daily events again, I haven’t finished many sewing projects, except for this one, a shopper I started last year.

Shopping bag

Kwik Sew Shopping bag with steam punk embroidery motif

The embroidery motif is from a collection of steampunk Christmas designs at Urban Threads. Notice how the bag makes exemplary use of small pieces of remnant fabric? I hope to make more of these lovelies, but I can’t guarantee that I will have time now, the holidays being almost here!  Distractions abound!

Time, that fleeting thing that life is made out of, has been taken up with associations, both usual and unusual. Relationships have been both renewed and undone. Motives have been questioned. Long-standing resentments have been acknowledged and tolerated. Prayers have been issued. Cold hands have been held, then relinquished and folded together in repose.

Do I feel bereft? No. I believe the dead are still with us partly, in spirit. I am one of those who believes that the Spirit World is the Earth’s spirit. Just like our spirit is attached to our physical body, so is the Spirit World attached to the Earth’s body. I believe in eternal life and in the Resurrection, when spirit and physique will be reunited. I don’t feel swimming in denial, but full of hope and faith that God is in charge of this whole scenario, and that His plan will prevail. It’s going to be good, all good.

Surprisingly, my recent post about a video-game themed wedding has been scrutinized. Some folks have been wondering just what I may have been alluding to in the post, asking to whom I was referring, because of course, I surely could not have attributed abusive behavior to them!

“If the shoe fits, wear it.”  Put it on, fasten it up, take a practice step in it, see how it feels, and wear it. Abuse is abuse, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or whatever.  How exhilarating to wake up to the prospect of living life without fear, without the dull ache of having been put in your place, a place of inferiority and submission to another person who is supposed to “love” you. Exhilarating to reclaim one’s self-esteem, which has been systematically beaten back time after time after time.  Hmmm, there may be some sense in living through miserable times, if you can learn to appreciate the good times.

Meanwhile, DH is closer to completing his table.  Lots of months of hard work!

walnut table

DH’s natural-edge walnut table

ebony plugs

Breadboard edge of table with ebony accents

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jimholroyd365
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 22:07:22

    I’m sorry you have lost your mother from this mortal coil. Life is indeed fleeting, we feel this acutely when we lose a parent. I lost my father in 2011. I, too, believe God is in charge of the whole scenario and we see his plans dimly from our earthly mortal perspective.

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  2. ethgran
    Nov 21, 2014 @ 17:30:04

    Excellent blog. Everything eventually falls in to place as you struggle through this mortal existence and learn from your and others mistakes and failings. It is so comforting to know that there is a reason and that the outcome will be glorious.

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  3. willothewizp
    Nov 22, 2014 @ 08:44:06

    Thanks for introducing me to Urban Threads! I don’t sew yet but now I want to learn 🙂

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  4. Na Na
    Nov 22, 2014 @ 18:04:37

    Sorry to hear about your mother. I do believe there is a land where those who have loved and lost shall meet to love again.

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  5. Sky Blue Daze
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 13:22:06

    Thanks for looking into my blog. Your expression of the fleeting moment is right on the spot in your paragraph “Time, that fleeting…together in repose.” My mom passed in 07 and I have all of her knitting needles. I learned knitting again a few years ago. She taught me as a child but kids don’t sit still enough to knit. I didn’t. She taught me to sew and embroider, too.I have a collection of embroidered table linens and I keep buying more, planning to re-purpose them.I looked at Urban Threads in McCall last night, a store, and today I find your link to an embroidery co. with the same name. Love their designs.We are in sync. I have a studio full of fabrics to mess with and a trunk of yarn. I’ll be glad to see what more you design and put on your blog. Here is some of my knitting from a photo challenge “warmth”. Show me yours. http://skybluedaze.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/knitting-warm-colors/

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