Monday, March 2, 2015

My Mother's Final Journey

My Mother's final journey began this last December when she arrived in San Francisco with just a suitcase and her precious little dog.
She had literally closed the door behind her, leaving her home forever in Oregon.  Leaving all her worldly possessions and memories to come to California to live with me in the last months of her life.
Neither of us knew how long she had, only that she was terminal.

On good days, I pushed her in a wheelchair around the Marina and showed her all the sites.
She loved to sit by the Bay and watch the boats and birds.

I knew she was terrified, but only now do I realize how afraid she really was.
She tried so hard to be brave.

She looked to me for "salvation," but in the end, I couldn't save her from the hideous disease that took her life.  All I could do was make sure she was comfortable and surrounded with love and family and dogs.

When things got bad, I called Hospice By The Bay for help.  They were wonderful and with their help, I was able to make my Mother as comfortable as possible as her disease progressed.
Day or night, they were there for us.
I'm eternally grateful.

When things got even worse, I called Compassionate Community Care for assistance.
Helen, Julia, Vinma and Victoria took care of her so I could sleep.
I'm eternally grateful.

Mom passed away peacefully last Wednesday, February 25th at 1:11 pm.
Her journey is over now.
I'm eternally grateful for the gifts she gave us all.
May she rest in peace.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Valentine For You

 Happy Valentine's Day to all my Vignette Design friends!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

We Will Rebuild

"Stormageddon2" hit hard last weekend with torrential rain and wind gusts as high as 65 mph.
We had broken hurricanes, candlesticks and flower pots but the tent really suffered damage.

Somehow the tent must have been airborne because one leg literally jumped the fence and landed in the neighbor's yard.

 Speaking of legs, I'm afraid it is on its last one!  In fact two of the legs are now bent.  
This Zgallerie tent has been such a source of joy for us and I'm just not ready to let it go yet!
I'm hoping it can be salvaged for the time being. 

We will rebuild!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

How To Cure The Winter Blahs

Our flat in the City is very dark because there isn't a lot of natural daylight with windows only in the front and the back.  
 Add dark painted walls and you get the picture.
Dark and gloomy, especially when cloudy.

I was telling my friend about how my dark flat was affecting my mood, giving me the winter blahs, and she suggested three things:
Flowers, candles and music.

Ok, let's see if this works.


Flowers and candles together.

 Flowers and candles in every room, like the kitchen.

 Flowers and candles in the bedroom.

 But what about the music?
All my music is on my iPhone and I have no way to play it.
Until now...
Introducing "The Pill" by beats.
This little "pill" picks up my music from my phone and plays it in the room for us all to hear.
The quality is great too.

Have a listen...
They're playing my favorite song!
And that's how you cure the winter blahs!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Age Is Just A Number

 Landslide is such a poignant song.
It speaks of changes, life and getting older.
But it also celebrates those things.

So for today as I celebrate one more number, I'll remind myself that today is the youngest I'll ever be again.  
Today is just a number.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

K9 Photoshoot Fail

 Last week, Kat and I attempted a photoshoot with the Les Méchantes dogs wearing our new line of dog apparel.
It was an epic fail!

While Benji on the left cooperated nicely, Oscar did not.
Trying to get him to stand still and stay is just impossible.
He has a mind of his own and would rather run and chase the seagulls!

 Of course it would have helped if I actually remembered the treats!
Notice Oscar looking up for them?  Yea, I forgot them.
He was not amused!

 Not Bear though.
He is the perfect male model!
Doesn't he look handsome in his bowtie?

Oscar and Benji modeled the bowtie too.
We found if we put them on the bench, they actually cooperated.
Who wore the tie better?
Oscar or Benji?
I think Oscar did!

Off the bench, they were like herding cats--every which way!
Who wore the harness better?
Oscar or Benji?
Definitely Benji!

I'm imagining Oscar whispering in Benji's ear that this is stupid!
Who wore the coat better?
Oscar or Benji?
Yep, Benji again!

To see more dog clothes and accessories, be sure to visit Les Méchantes here.
Use the code Dlo15 to receive a 15% discount off your purchase.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Where's The Bathtub?

 I love a long soak in a tub at the end of the day.
Just add bath salts, a candle, soft music and a glass of wine and I'm so happy!
So it was quite a disappointment when I had to give up the tub in the master bathroom.
No matter how we tried, it just wasn't going to fit.
The space that the tub would have gone, but wasn't quite big enough will now house a linen armoire instead.

 The armoire makes me happy because I'm already filling it with white fluffy towels, baskets and apothecary jars in my mind.
It just doesn't make me as happy as a tub would!

 That's ok.  
I've always loved the idea of furniture in bathrooms anyway, so now I'll have fun creating a whole new look.

 The armoire will now replace the built in cabinet that the architect included for bath storage.
This is much better and original.

Hopefully I won't miss the tub too much.
And hopefully I won't hear the question, "Where's the bathtub?'

So this poses a whole new dilemma.
Should I put a shower-over-tub in one of the guest baths, even though I was planning on a walk in tiled shower?
Just not sure if it even matters anymore!
What do you think of a home without a bathtub?
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